After a week full of injuries and a new set of teams on their bye week, let me help you make the right decisions for your starting lineup. Here are a few players I think you need to pay attention to when decided who to lock into your top spots.
Philip Rivers vs. Oakland Raiders – The Raiders are not good and Rivers has been putting up big numbers week after week. I’m pretty sure I could have a decent stat line in this matchup. Start Rivers with confidence.
Eli Manning vs. Philadelphia Eagles – The Eagles’ pass defense is one of the worst in the league and has allowed the most fantasy points to quarterbacks than any team this season. Add in the Giants’ play-making rookie Odell Beckham Jr. back for the first time this season and I like this matchup for Manning.
Eddie Lacy vs. Miami Dolphins – Lacy looks to be back after a solid performance last Thursday. After a long week to rest up, look for him to have another good outing against a Dolphins team that has allowed 11 rushing touchdowns in their last 10 games at home.
Andre Ellington vs. Washington Redskins–Ellington had a huge game back after he was able to heal up over the bye week. Look for Arizona to keep feeding him the rock now that he seems to be healthy and their quarterbacks are not. Factor in he had more receiving yards that Fitzgerald and Floyd combined and I like this guy vs. the Redskins
Emmanuel Sanders vs. New York Jets – Sanders has put up huge numbers this season as he competes for the league lead in receptions this season. I was surprised to see that he has not reached the end zone yet this season after posting solid stat-lines week after week. He should be a great start against a bad Jets’ pass D.
Golden Tate vs. Minnesota Vikings – With Calvin Johnson ailing from an ankle injury that could potentially keep him out this week vs. the Vikes, Tate is looking better and better. This should be a safe start for a guy that has probably been wasted on your bench most of the year.
Antonio Gates vs. Oakland Raiders – I am as shocked as anyone at Gates’ monster season so far. I thought that he may have finally come down to earth after his Week 3 and 4 slump, but he then posted another huge game in Week 5. I would start him against the Raiders this week unless you have Julius Thomas.
Delanie Walker vs. Jacksonville Jaguars – Walker has been another pleasant surprise to fantasy owners this season, posting numbers about as consistent as they come. Add in a bad Jags’ D and you should feel pretty confident in this spot.
Nick Novak vs. Oakland Raiders – Novak is inconsistent, but the Raiders are allowing over nine points a game to opposing kickers this season. I think this will be one of his better games.
Robbie Gould vs. Atlanta Falcons – Gould is another kicker that has been a little disappointing this season, only averaging a hair over six points a game this season, but the Falcons defense is allowing over ten points a game this season to kickers. I think Gould should show his true form this week.
Denver Broncos vs. New York Jets – There aren’t many teams with offenses that look as bad as the Jets did last week against the Chargers. I am expecting as least two turnovers and possibly a touchdown out of the Broncos defense this week.
Baltimore Ravens vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – The Bucs have rebounded a little bit after starting Mike Glennon over Josh McCown. That being said, I still think the Ravens defense stands there ground this week after seeing them play well against Andrew Luck last week.
Tony Romo vs. Seattle Seahawks – Tony Romo has been known for being turnover prone in the past, and given the Seahawks’ defense’s reputation I don’t see this being a great matchup for him. At least this time Romo won’t be holding for extra points.
Joe Flacco vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Flacco had a whopping seven points last week when I told you to sit him after a strong Week 4. Hopefully you listened to my advice and weren’t phased by his lackluster performance against the Colts. I am going to keep him here this week again, until he proves he can play on the road.
Zac Stacy vs. San Francisco 49ers – Stacy suffered a calf injury last week, but is expected to play Monday night against the Niners. That being said, I don’t look the odds of him putting up any big numbers against a good defense with a bad leg.
Stevan Ridley vs. Buffalo Bills – Ridley is coming off a big performance against Cincinnati last week, which can only mean he will be lucky to see the field this week as Belichick continues to play running back mind games with fantasy owners.
Larry Fitzgerald vs. Washington Redskins – If you haven’t dropped Fitz yet then you should at least buy him a season ticket to your bench until he can prove he is worth otherwise. I know he is getting older, but I didn’t think he would be unstartable this season.
Cordarrelle Patterson vs. Detroit Lions – I was one of the people lobbing for Patterson before the season started and thought I hit the nail on the head after Week 1. Then I realized Patterson was not the next Josh Gordon, even with Adrian Peterson out this year. Sit him against Detroit.
Zach Ertz vs. New York Giants – It appears there are not enough balls to go around in Chip Kelly’s offense in Philly. Even the great LeSean McCoy is having a hard time putting up big numbers as everyone shares the wealth for the Eagles’ offense. I would start looking for other options until Ertz returns to his Week 1 and 2 performances.
Coby Fleener vs. Houston Texans – I think I like Fleener as a real football player more than I do as a fantasy player. He has posted some nice games this year, but is inconsistent and Allen is clearly the better tight end in Indy.
Nick Folk vs. Denver Broncos – After watching the Jet’s offense in Week 5 I am thinking they may be lucky to cross the fifty this week against the Broncos. Sit Folk.
Sebastian Janikowski vs. San Diego Chargers – If you haven’t dropped Seabass by now, please do so now. There has to be better talent on your waiver wire.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Seattle Seahawks – The Cowboys have been a nice surprise this season for fantasy owners that wisely chose a defense late in the draft, but Russell Wilson is the man and can make things happen with his arm and his legs. I would look for another defense to start this week.
New York Jets vs. Denver Broncos – If rule No. 1 in fantasy football is never sit Peyton Manning, then rule No. 2 would be never start a defense against him either. I’m not sure I would even start a defense with 12 players against him. He’s that good.