No little narrative this week. This week is just business. Remember you can ask me any questions on twitter @PatrickJudis. Also listen to the Bro Show, the radio show I co-host every Tuesday from 3-5, you can follow the show @TheBroShow_.
Rashad Jennings NYG: Last week Jennings didn’t have a good game. In fact he was about the only Giant to not have a good game against Washington, but this week the Giants have the Falcons coming to New York. That’s important to note, because clearly the Falcons are just a different team when they are away from the Georgia Dome. In fact, the 2 games Atlanta has played on the road, they have given up well more than 100 yards rushing: 164 to Bernard and Hill against the Bengals, and 213 to Asiata and Mckinnon against the Vikings.
Laveon Bell PIT: I’ll make this simple. The Jaguars have the 7th worst run defense in the league. The Steelers love running the ball with this guy. Lots of opportunities + bad defense = happy fantasy owners.
Doug Martin TB: Doug Martin finally had an okay outing last week, thanks to a touchdown basically. This week though the Bucs go into New Orleans, who haven’t really been able to stop anyone from running the ball on them. Now I’m not saying Martin can do what Murray did on Sunday night, but at this point I think most Martin owners would take a third of what Murray did.
Alfred Morris WAS: As a Bengals fan I’ve witnessed too many times Jay Gruden do exactly what he did Thursday night. Morris was running well, but gets pass heavy. Even when his QB is clearly struggling, he will stick with the pass. Morris still had a decent game because of a TD, but this week they’re going up against the Seahawks. fresh off a bye. Luckily it isn’t in Seattle, or else I’d suggest benching him all together. However, it is in Washington so I wouldn’t say you have to bench him, but if you have someone with a great matchup, go ahead and throw them in for Morris this week.
Monte Ball DEN: I don’t plan on putting Ball in here every week, although I really could. With the Arizona defense coming to town, that is in the top 5 of rush yards allowed per game, he isn’t going to be getting any better after a rough season so far.
CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson BUF: In case people didn’t know by now, the Lions somehow have a very good defense. They have the 2nd scoring defense of teams that have played 4 games. Also they’re the 6th ranked run defense in yards per game. Put all that together and I don’t expect there will be much room for Spiller and Jackson.
The Ugly Donald Brown SD: I’m seriously shocked Brown didn’t have a good game last week. In fact, he hasn’t done anything to really show he’ll be the lead back in that RB committee when Mathews comes back. This week the Chargers go up against the best rush D in the Jets. Just leave Brown on the bench this week.
The Sleepy Terrence West CLE: The Browns have shown they are committed to the run this season. Having a RB who gets opportunities is already hard to come by in fantasy football, so this guy is a good sleeper just for that; but he will also get those touches against the Titans who are in the lower half of the league against the run, they are ranked 22nd in rush yards per game allowing 127 yards per game. West is a very sneaky flex play.
Keenan Allen SD: Allen FINALLY had the game owners have expected from him all year. Rivers looked to him early and often, as he led the team with 11 targets and caught 10 of them. This week the Chargers are playing the Jets who, while they boast the best run defense, also have given up the 3rd most passing TDs with 9.
Victor Cruz NYG: Cruz might not have been able to Salsa last week, but he still eclipsed the century mark on his way to his second good fantasy outing of the season. This week with that Falcons defense coming into town, and as I mentioned before (and will mention again, foreshadowing), Atlanta is just a different team away from home. Don’t be shocked if Cruz hits that Salsa by the end of the game at least once.
The Bad Julian Edleman NE: If you don’t have Edleman in a PPR league, sit him down. The Patriots can’t protect Tom Brady and the Bengals have one of the better passing defenses in the league. In PPR he’ll likely be a solid option though, but the Bengals have only allowed 2 passing TDs in 3 games.
Sammy Watkins BUF: Kyle Orton….really? Ugh; okay getting past that as a red flag, the Bills are going up against a Detroit defense that has only allowed 4 passing TDs this season and held teams to under 200 yards passing. Yeah, I don’t get how the Lions are doing it either, but stats are stats.
DeShaun Jackson WAS: Yeah, playing Seattle will get you in “the ugly” section real quick. Jackson is coming off an extremely disappointing performance against the Giants, where he failed to even get to 10 yards. This secondary won’t be any easier to throw against, but it will be hard to do worse than 1 catch for 9 yards.
The Sleepy Marvin Jones CIN: I originally had someone else in here (Jarious Wright MIN, go pick him up), but after watching the Chiefs tear up that New England secondary, I had to include this guy who will be making his season debut after being injured. I don’t expect Hue Jackson to throw a lot, but he hasn’t been shy about telling anyone who will listen how much he loves this guy.
Larry Donnell NYG: Eli Manning loves his big targets and Donnell is about as big as they come. He also is coming of an insane 3 touchdown game against Washington. If you have this guy, it’ll be hard to keep him out of the starting line up. Also, stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the Giants are playing the Falcons in New York and the Falcons are bad away from home.
Owen Daniels BAL: Daniels is really valuable in PPR leagues as the Ravens love quick throws to their TEs and, without Pitta, Daniels is the guy for that. The Colts defense is 5th worst against TEs, allowing 12 points per game in Standard leagues.
Dwayne Allen IND: Allen has had a couple of good games this year, but he won’t be having one against Baltimore, who only allow 2.3 points to TEs per game.
Travis Kelce KC: I know Kelce just had a huge game Monday night, but the 49ers have held opposing TEs to 4.3 points per game. I’m not saying sit him, but if you have a better option, don’t hesitate to go with them instead.
Quarterbacks This week, with only the Raiders and Dolphins on their bye, I doubt you need a guy to start from the QB position; but just in case you do, here are 2 guys with great match ups.
Brian Hoyer CLE: Hoyer has been a solid QB for the Browns as far as staying in games. He hasn’t been reliable fantasy wise; but this Titans team has misleading pass defense stats, as no one has really had to pass on them. That is until Andrew Luck did his thing against them, throwing 4 TDs. You can expect at least a TD out of Hoyer this week. Eli
Manning NYG: Blah blah blah... Falcons away from the Dome... blah blah. Listen, the past 2 weeks Eli has started to get it going on offense. This feels like a team that is starting to gel and figure out what they’re doing. In his last 2 games, Eli has thrown 6 TDs with only 1 INT.
Streamline Defenses PIT@JAX DET vs BUF SD@NYJ NYG@ATL