It’s crazy we are already a quarter through the NFL season. In this post I will touch on my favorite players at each position.
Tom Brady @ CLE– Welcome back Tom Brady! With Deflatgate officially behind us, we can now focus on the TB12 F You Tour. Brady gets to take out all of his frustration this week against the 0-4 Cleveland Browns. Opposing quarterbacks are averaging 2.5TDs/gm against the Browns. Rust could be an issue for Brady, but it shouldn’t take long to shake it off against Cleveland. Brady is almost a shoe in for 300+ passing yards and 3TDs.
Honorable Mentions: Ben Roethlisberger vs NYJ, Andrew Luck vs CHI
CJ Anderson vs ATL- Coming off a couple tough matchups, CJ Anderson looks primed for a big week against Atlanta. Dating back to last season, Anderson has 8 TDs in his last 7 homes games. Atlanta’s run defense hasn’t been exposed quite yet because they have faced teams lacking solid run games. In the Falcons two road games this season, they are allowing 5.54yds/rushing attempt. Anderson should see a heavy workload regardless, but could see even more work if Paxton Lynch starts at QB on Sunday.
Honorable Mentions: David Johnson @ SF, Le’Veon Bell vs NYJ
Odell Beckham Jr. @ GB- OBJ is one of the most polarizing players in all of the NFL. For fantasy purposes, we don’t care about his off field shenanigans as long as he is on the field for Sundays. This week we get a similar spot to what Julio Jones was in last week. Beckham is averaging nearly 10 targets/gm, he also leads the Giants in red zone targets with 6. He should get right against a Sam Shields-less Packers secondary. In the 2 games without Shields, the Packers allowed 9/182/1 to Stefon Diggs and 6/205/2 to Marvin Jones. OBJ should “have fun” carving up Green Bay on Sunday.
Honorable Mentions: Antonio Brown vs NYJ, TY Hilton vs CHI, Brandon Marshall @ PIT
Joe Flacco vs WSH- Wacco for Flacco Week! He has attempted 40 or more attempts in the Ravens last 3 games. Flacco has also rushed in 2 TDs, which provides massive upside for a quarterback who is 3rd in passing attempts in the NFL. The Redskins were without 3 of their top defensive backs last week, and should be in a similar situation this week. With Norman shadowing Steve Smith Sr., this could be the week Flacco hits a couple long touchdowns.
Honorable Mentions: Derek Carr vs SD, Ryan Tannehill vs TEN, Ryan Fitzpatrick @ PIT
Jordan Howard @ IND- In his first game as the bell cow, Jordan Howard did not disappoint. He played on 93% of the Bears offensive snaps, and touched the ball 26 times. This week Howard gets to face the Colts who had to fly home from London. The Colts lack talent throughout their entire roster, especially on the defensive sides. Opposing running backs have 6 touchdowns through 4 weeks against them. Howard has a great shot at a score this week, and with his volume expectation his floor is extremely high.
Honorable Mentions: Melvin Gordon @ OAK, Eddie Lacy vs NYG
Julian Edelman @ CLE- No one benefits more from Tom Brady’s return than Julian Edelman. In his last 16 games with Brady, Edelman has 119 catches/1355 Yards/ 10 Touchdowns on 176 Targets. The Browns have been destroyed by slot receivers (Jarvis Landry & Jordan Matthews) as well as tight ends (Dennis Pitta & Jordan Reed), that bodes well for Edelman who runs most of his routes in the middle of the field. Edelman will be the safety valve for Brady while he gets comfortable with his other weapons.
Honorable Mentions: Jarvis Landry vs TEN, Mike Wallace vs WAS
Brian Hoyer @ IND- Hoyer has thrown for 619 yards and 4 TDs with 0 INTs in 2 games as the Bears starting QB. He has been successful by spreading the ball around to the open man; in both games 7 players have had 2 or more receptions. He should see continued success this week against the Colts who are giving up an average of 31.25 points to opponents this season.
Terrance West vs WAS- In Week 4, Terrance West got 21 carries and turned them in to 113 yards and a touchdown. He should be back in the bell cow role this week against Washington as the Ravens slowly work in Kenneth Dixon. Washington has allowed 5.15 yds/carry and 7 Touchdowns to opposing running backs. West has a very high touchdown probability, as he should see nearly the entire Ravens red zone carries.
Quincy Enunwa @ PIT- Quincy Enunwa has been a big surprise so far this season, and should continue to produce with Decker out again this week. The volume is safe to project for Quincy; he should easily see 8-12 targets against a bad Steelers secondary. Pittsburg has allowed a 100 yard receiver in 3 of their first 4 games. Enunwa is a safe floor play this week, with touchdown upside against the Steelers.