Hey guys so I had a two week break because of school, but I’m back. For our first time readers this won’t be your normal start/sit article. This article will tell what guys are under the radar and I think should be started, and the highly talked about sits that I believe are in bad spots (Hunter Henry please stand up). So here we go:
Matthew Stafford- I usually don’t like playing players who got paid big money in the offseason, but Stafford has shown so far that he deserved every bit of that contract. Stafford for his career is average 252.2 yards a game with 1.5 TDs per game vs the Vikings for his career. This Vikings is defense is basically the same as it was last year and he had 451 yards and 3 TD’s, but the Lions offense is much improved this season and I could see him topping his career averages.
Jacoby Brissett- So you might read this and be like wait a QB vs the Legion of Boom? My answer is YES. Brissett finally looks like he’s on track with the number 1 WR on his team. Last week he targeted Hilton 9 times for 7 completions, 153 yards and 1 TD. The Seahawks pass rush isn’t looking as scary this season, and well the LOB isn’t the fastest. I’m a big believer in speed at the WR position. TY Hilton and Donte Moncreif run a 4.34 and 4.40 40-yard dash time respectively, but Sherman and Lane run a 4.56 and 4.53 40-yard dash time respectively. Earl Thomas is the only member of the LOB who is under a 4.50 40 time, and if the Seahawks decide to double team Hilton it opens up Moncreif’s speed (Brissett targeted Moncreif deep on his first attempt of the season week 1). So based on this I could see Jacoby Brissett being the Sunday Night hammer you need.
Deshone Kizer- Kizer is being hyped up this week, as he has been every week, but his stat line last week against a horrible Colts secondary was 242 yards, 2 TDs 3 interceptions. I know he’s a rookie, but he faces the Bengals defense that has 2 interceptions, and a staggering 10 sacks so far this season. Now the Brown’s o-line is elite, but the Bengals have had 10 sacks without their best pass rusher playing a snap yet. Vontaze Burfict is BACK and that scares even veteran QBs, imagine what it’ll do for a rookie.
Deshaun Watson- Watson looked great last week against the Patriots, but other than that he hasn’t looked good. His run game, other than him, is averaging 85 yards a game, and he’s already been sacked 9 times. While the Titans secondary has been getting exposed so far this season, their front 7 is still a lethal combination of players against a bad o-line even if they do only have 5 sacks this season.
Leveon Bell- If you’ve talked to me at all over the last 3 weeks you would have heard me say I didn’t like Bell because it was his “preseason”. If you’re one of the Bell owners you would see how disappointing he has been. He got his first TD of season last week, and Ravens just lost top run stopper Brandon Williams for the season. I think this is week Bell finally looks like Bell. I could see him having a huge week.
Melvin Gordon- Melvin Gordon hasn’t been mentioned anywhere this week. His injury is scaring people away from him, but not me. Gordon only has 146 yards and 2 TDs this season rushing, but his offense also has put up mediocre passing yards. It hurts saying this as an Eagles fan, but Fletcher Cox is not playing this week. He has 4 tackles and 2 sacks this season, but he’s been taking double teams from the o-line most of the season, and Eagles lost Bennie Logan, one their top run stoppers last season, to free agency.
Jacquizz Rodgers- Rodgers has disappointed this season, and this week is his last chance to prove himself before Doug Martin comes back from his suspension. Through 2 games Rodgers has 24 rushes for 82 yards and 1 touchdown. Giants have a good pass rush, and the Bucs offense should be on the field a lot playing from behind. The Bucs defense will be without key players for the second straight week and the game script did not favor running last week, and I do not think it will favor running this week either.
Some notes for this week:
- Jimmy Smith on the Ravens has a history of shutting down Antonio Brown, so temper your expectations and if he exceeds them then its even better.
- I might be biased because I’m in the 84% of teams that have them starting this week, but the Cardinals defense is my favorite start this week. I had them two years ago early in the season like they are now, and they got 4 interceptions 2 for touchdowns vs the 49ers. Hoyer is interception prone, and if Carlos Hyde doesn’t suit up they could be passing a lot.
- Adam Vinatieri has disappointed so far this season. That’s because his offense hasn’t been clicking so far this season, but last week they started clicking. According to yahoo the Seahawks have allowed the 4th most fantasy points to Kickers this season, and I think Vinatieri has a history of doing well during primetime games.
- Hunter Henry is being talked about a lot this week, but the Eagles defense has only allowed 1 TD to tight ends this season. However, they have allowed an average of 10.2 yards a catch to tight ends so far this season. Chargers offense is explosive and Henry was used more as a blocker last week, but I don’t think he’ll be needed as an extra blocker this week with Cox out for the Eagles. If you’re okay with Henry getting you 5 or 6 catches for 50-70 yards and no TD, then go ahead and start him, but I’m hesitant.
Sorry I didn’t have more for you guys have to type a big paper for school, but I’ll always answer any questions you guys have so DM me or tweet me @mbsports_guru on twitter.