Marcus Mariota (6000)
For a good half of the season many would have considered Mariota as the best fantasy football quarterback. Since the bye week Mariota has not been able to top 10 points. The reason for this most likely lies in the opponents he was playing, the Broncos and Chiefs have 2 of the best defenses in all of football. This week Do not put too much weight into his last 2 performances and start Mariota. He has the Jaguars, a team that he was able to put up 19 fantasy point against in the first matchup. The Jaguars have a high ranking defense in terms of fantasy points against the quarterback, but Mariota should be a nice play for much less money than the top options.
Colin Kaepernick (5700)
Kaepernick has played extremely well and he has had some awful games. This week he has a chance to go up against the Rams who have struggled stopping anyone over the past few weeks. Kaep will likely run and throw all over them with little resistance. This should be a big Kaepernick game, he is perfect for anyone looking to spend less on a quarterback.
Tyrod Taylor (5400)
Taylor makes his money off his legs. While he does throw the ball well at times, it is his elusiveness that makes him an intriguing play this week. He faces the Dolphins this week which have been allowing opposing quarterbacks to have great games (well, besides Palmer but that was more a weather thing). Taylor should have more involvement in the game this week as the Bills won’t dominate the Dolphins like they did the Browns last weekend.
Jonathan Stewart (5200)
It’s clear that Stewart is going to get a majority of the carries in Carolina. The only problem is whether he is going to get the goal line carry or not. Newton and fat man Tolbert are always there stealing his snaps when it gets close to the end zone. This week I see Stewart negating that issue and getting into the end zone at least once. He should see quite a few carries as the Panthers play the time of possession game while trying to keep the ball out of Ryan’s hands.
Frank Gore (4800)
Gore has looked very spry for being the oldest starter at his position. He is a threat running the ball and catching out of the backfield. He is over 1000 total yards again this year and has 8 TDs on the season. This week he gets to face the the Raiders who rank 22nd against running backs in fantasy. If Carr plays well, this should be a shootout giving Gore plenty of opportunities to score.
Dion Lewis (4100)
Dion Lewis looked like the back breaking the franchise records last week, not Blount. While it’s difficult to figure out just who will be the star for the Patriots on Sunday it looks like Lewis is going to be more of a part of the game plan moving forward. The Jets defense has been having more difficulty over the second half of the season with stopping the run. What makes Lewis even better is that he is a big threat to catch the ball out of the backfield or even lineup out wide at times.
Desean Jackson (5500)
Jackson has been playing much better over the past 5 weeks. He is catching the ball, his release is quick and his routes look crisp. Cousins is starting to look his way more with the shoulder injury of Reed. This could be a nice matchup for Jackson against the Bears defense that has struggled against the pass. With Reed likely not playing again this week, the receivers should benefit heavily.
Deandre Hopkins (5200)
Hopkins is going to be a great play this weekend. He was having a horrible down year with Osweiler throwing him the ball. In fact, in the last game he saw 5 targets with Osweiler under center, one of which was intercepted. Once Savage was in, Hopkins caught 8 passes for 87 yards. With Savage starting again this week Hopkins should have another big game against the Bengals.
Cameron Meredith (4700)
Meredith and Barkley have been clicking over the past 2 weeks and he has flourished in daily fantasy because of it. This week they have a nice matchup against the Redskins who have been struggling defensively all year. Meredith will make a nice cheap play for anyone struggling to find a cheap option at QB.
CJ Fiedorowicz/Ryan Griffin (3700/3300)
Either one of these TEs could have a big game this week. It all depends on what happens during the week with Fiedorowicz in concussion protocol for the second week in a row. Griffin performed much better with Savage in at QB and ended up with 8 catches for over 80 yards before the final whistle blew.
Jared Cook (3000)
Cook has been everything that the Packers had hoped he would be since coming back completely healthy. He has been absent in a few games but has been huge in others. Most recently he went for 85 yards on 6 catches giving him just over 14 points in daily fantasy. This week he is playing the Vikings who are very stout defensively but weaker against tight ends. This is all building up to a big game for the Packers tight end.
San Francisco 49ers (2800)
Let’s go back to week 1 where the Niners shit on the Rams. Fast forward to this point and the Rams have actually gotten worse. Goff has been struggling to get anything going since facing New Orleans and is questionable for this week’s game. Look for the Rams to make quite a few mistakes and the 49ers defense to capitalize on them.