By: Ryan Hawks (@RyanWorldEater)
We’re into the double-digit weeks! With the fantasy football playoffs starting in a month for most teams, we’re getting into the home stretch. Most teams already have their squad together, but many still go through questions on who to start each week. Well, here at World Eater, we really care about each person’s team, and take pride in giving only the best advice on who to start. Read on to see who will eat this week, and who will bunk out there in the world.
This week is no different. He goes up against the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football. Expect this to be one of Newton’s better games, as he fights off his doubters in the prime-time lights. Funchess will be the main beneficiary, since Newton really doesn’t have any other options aside from rookie runner Christian McCaffrey.
On paper, the matchup doesn’t look great, as Miami hasn’t allowed a 100-yard receiver since week one. This is fine for Funchess, who is a big target who doesn’t get a lot of yards, but is likely to see a good amount of red-zone looks this week. He is a good bet to score and even get a decent amount of yards.
Teams should throw him into their lineups, and he might secure them a victory on Monday Night!
Still, this is a great week for Sanders, who is going up against a Patriots defense that is giving up the second most points to wide receivers. He saw five targets from Osweiler in his return from injury, and should be a lot healthier this week. Fellow wideout Demaryius Thomas should get attention from Malcolm Butler, leaving Sanders to feast on whoever attempts to cover him.
Though it doesn’t mean much now, it is worth noting that last time the Broncos played the Patriots with Osweiler in the lineup in 2015, Sanders went off for six catches and 116 yards. Teams hesitant to put Sanders in their lineup should take the chance, because they will be rewarded.
Even after last week, Denver is still giving up the second fewest points to wide receivers. Tom Brady and Bill Billicheck likely gameplan their offense to heavily feature Rob Gronkowski and dump offs to their receiving running backs like Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead.
This leaves Cooks in the dark this week. He should be left on team’s benches this week if possible as well.
Without Evans in the lineup, Jackson will suffer, not gain. Sure, the Jets are giving up the ninth most points to wide receivers, but their two rookie safeties are starting to come on strong for the team. Jackson thrives off of the deep ball, and they will shut it down this week. Without Evans to garner attention, they can put all their effort into making sure Jackson doesn’t blow the top off their defense.
Add that to the fact that quarterback Jameis Winston won’t be in the lineup this week either. Ryan Fitzpatrick will be making his first start for the Bucs this weekend. Who knows how many reps he’s had with Jackson, and those deep balls require a decent amount of chemistry.
Let Jackson take a week off in fantasyland with his teammate Evans this week. He could probably use a bye week since he won’t get one this season.
As we mentioned, Evans is out, and the Jets defense will focus on making sure Jackson doesn’t hit a home run against them. This means that the Bucs likely create a game plan that features Brate, and possible even rookie tight end O.J. Howard prominently.
The Jets overall are weak to tight ends, giving up the fifth most fantasy points to them. Brate will be leaned on heavily this week to carry the load and be a safety valve to Fitzpatrick in his first start. Teams should have him starting for them, at least for one more week.
We already know full well how the Jaguars cornerbacks have been victimizing wide receivers each week. It’ll be the same story again when Phillip Rivers and company come to town. However, Rivers will still get his yards, and is going to look to Henry and his tight ends to offset Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye.
The Chargers have had their entire bye week to scheme how they will unleash their young weapon onto the Jags. They may have their great corners, as well as a pass rush so ferocious that real life jaguars would be proud, but they can be exploited by tight ends.
Henry is almost a lock to rack up good yardage this week, and also has a great chance to score. Teams should start him without worry this week and he’ll be sure to make their opponents cry.
Tampa Bay’s defense has been pretty suspect this year, but their strength is in their linebacking corps, including guys like Kwon Alexander and Lavonte David. Statistically, Tampa Bay is giving up the sixth fewest points against tight ends. This will give Seferian-Jenkins a good amount of trouble hanging on to the ball Sunday.
In addition to that, the wide receivers like Robby Anderson in the Jets offense are starting to catch on. They’re also starting to get their running back tandem of Matt Forte and Bilal Powell going in the pass game as well. When it comes down to it, Seferian-Jenkins is getting targets, but not a lot of yards.
Sit Seferian-Jenkins down for this week and find other options.
This week’s matchup however, is horrible. The Steelers are giving up the fourth fewest points to tight ends this season. Not only that, but it looks like Blitzburg is back, and signal caller Jacoby Brissett will undoubtedly be harassed all day by their pass rush.
This is game where it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Colts entire pass game disappear and their offense struggle to even stay on the field. Squads should look for some streaming options this week so they don’t put themselves through the same torture that Brissett is about to face this weekend.