Well, last week was a nightmare. However, 2-1 on the season so far. I’ll take it! Here is this week’s lineup.
QB: Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers ($6,300)
There is no way that Philip Rivers will let his team fall to 0-4. It helps that they are playing in LA this week and that the Eagles have a beat up secondary. Check out Eli Manning‘s box score from last week. I think Rivers has a chance to have something similar. This may be the biggest game that he has all season.
Honorable Mention: Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams ($5,600)
RB: Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars ($6,700)
Well, Jay Ajayi was my go-to-guy last week against the New York Jets and that failed miserably. However, I am going right back at the Jets because I am stubborn. Leonard Fournette has received at least 14 carries in each game so far. His lowest, 14, came in a game in which the Jags were getting crushed. He has scored a touchdown in each week and he factors in the passing game as well. The Jets are not good against the run. They shutdown Ajayi last week, but I think it was more the Dolphins shutting down the run rather than the Jets shutting it down. I think Fournette will have a big week, especially since Todd Bowles keeps talking Blake Bortles.
Honorable Mention: FOURNETTE, FOURNETTE, FOURNETTE
RB: Jacquizz Rodgers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($4,400)
Jacquizz Rodgers had a very, very quiet game last week. He only received 5 rushing attempts and recorded 15 yards. However, the Bucs as a whole looked terrible against a stout Minnesota defense. The Giants are dead last in rushing yards allowed per game and the Eagles, who’s rushing game was atrocious the first two weeks, tore them up last week. I think Rodgers will be very low owned and has a chance to have a solid game.
Honorable Mention: Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams ($7,800)
WR: Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers ($7,200)
So far this year I have not stacked a QB with a WR1, but this matchup is too tempting. Keenan Allen has been peppered with targets from Rivers and he is on pace for over 100 receptions this year. As I mentioned, the Eagles secondary is very thin at the moment. Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard and Brandon Marshall had a field day on them last week. I was thinking of rolling the dice with Travis Benjamin, but this matchup is just looking too good for Allen.
Honorable Mentions: Travis Benjamin, Los Angeles Chargers ($3,900)
WR: Marqise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars ($4,500)
Once again, I am targeting the Jets. Since Allen Robinson went down in week one, Marqise Lee has seen 19 targets. He has turned that in for 11 receptions and 141 yards. The Jets are mediocre against the pass, but Lee is cheap and has been reliable. If he can convert one of his catches into a touchdown this week he has a chance to exceed his valuable by far.
Honorable Mention: Sammy Watkins, Los Angeles Rams ($5,900)
WR: Sterling Shepard, New York Giants ($5,000)
Sterling Shepard had a HUGE game last week against a depleted Eagles secondary. He hauled in 7 receptions for 133 yards and a touchdown. He should have recorded another touchdown, but the ball came lose as he hit the ground. The Eagles secondary is bad, but the Bucs secondary is worse. The Buccaneers are allowing 329.5 passing yards per game (31st in the NFL), while allowing the most fantasy points to opposing WRs. They are going to try to lockdown Odell Beckham and I think that opens up some opportunities for Shepard to have another big game.
Honorable Mention: Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys ($6,500)
TE: Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots ($6,600)
Rob Gronkowski is once again showing that he is Tom Brady‘s favorite target. He has recorded a 6+ catches, 80+ yards and a touchdown in each of his last two games. The Panthers have been very good against tight ends and opposing passers this year, but the Patriots are different. Brady is pissed after being embarrassed in week one. The Panthers were torched by Drew Brees last week and I expect more of the same this week.
Honorable Mention: Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($3,800)
FLEX: Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles ($6,300)
Yes, I am deploying a tight end at my flex spot. Zach Ertz has seen 28 targets so far this year! He is the Eagles most reliable receiver and Carson Wentz‘s favorite weapon. As I have done each week, I pair up an opposing receiver with my quarterback. I do not really trust any of the Eagles’ wide receivers, so I am going with Ertz in this situation.
Honorable Mention: Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals ($6,100)
D/ST: Detroit Lions ($2,700)
Case Keenum somehow tore up the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week, but the Lions are a much improved defense. They already have 8 turnovers, 8 sacks and 3 touchdowns on the year. They most likely will not record another touchdown this week, but I think you can rely on the turnovers and sacks. They will also be low owned in my opinion, which is a nice little advantage to have.
Honorable Mention: Jacksonville Jaguars ($3,600)