At 18-26 on the season it’s time to stop messing around, especially during bye weeks. This is going to be an interesting week all around with Drew Brees amongst the missing, and AJ Green and Calvin Johnson possibly out on Sunday. Time to being Start ’em Up!!!

QB- Kyle Orton, Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots ($6500)- While the Patriots defense is currently allowing the second least fantasy points to quarterbacks, they have been pretty streaky over the last two weeks, and back on the road I wonder which version we see- the one that was torched by the Chiefs or the one that gave up nothing to Andy Dalton and company. Plus, Orton did look good last week in his debut, throwing for over 300 yards against the Lions in Detroit. Great cheap play this week.

QB- Brian Hoyer, Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers ($6500)- Hoyer’s done a better job than anyone could have predicted as the Browns starter, throwing for over 1000 yards with six touchdowns through his first four games. And we’ve seen so far that the Steelers defense can be beat this season. At the Dogg Pound, I could see Hoyer having his first 300 yard game of the year, with two scores whether Cleveland wins or loses.

RB- Andre Williams, NY Giants at Philadelphia Eagles ($6300)- With Rashad Jennings out due to a sprained MCL, expect the rookie whose put up almost 30 fantasy points the last two weeks while being a backup, to erupt against the soft Eagles run defense. Jennings is in danger of being Wally Pipped-here, as Williams should be much more explosive than the grinder, and I fully expect 100 yards and a minimum of one touchdown Sunday night.

RB- Ben Tate, Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers ($6800)- Tate showed last week that thoughts of Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell eclipsing him were premature. Finally healthy, the former Titan ran for 124 yards on 22 carries, and against the Steelers (who Tate had six carries for 41 yards before he went down in week one), Tate is going to follow-up his return in a big way. Jump on him while he’s still this cheap.

WR- Mohammad Sanu, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Carolina Panthers ($6000)- He’s not a household name, but he’s seen his usage sky-rocket thanks to injuries to AJ Green and Marvin Jones. With both possibly out this week, Sanu will light up the weak Panthers secondary for his best day on the season. He comes into the game with 47 fantasy points over his last three games, and it’s not a stretch to think he gets half that number in this game. Book it.

WR- Golden Tate, Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings ($6400)- His last two weeks alone explain why the Lions coveted him in the offseason, with 250 receiving yards and a touchdown, mostly making up for Megatron’s woes. Now with Johnson possibly not on the field, Tate becomes a must-start against the Vikings. At minimum, he’ll be good for 85 yards, seven to nine receptions, and one score.

WR- Justin Hunter, Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars ($5900)- Hunter stormed back to fantasy relevance last week with three receptions for 99 yards and a score, now he faces one of the worst defenses in football in the ultimate matchup of futility. Whether Charlie Whitehurst or Jake Locker are at quarterback, Hunter is a solid cheap play this week, and expecting him to put up a similar stat line in entirely reasonable.

TE- Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders ($6200)- He’s been boom-or-bust this season, with two games of 20+ fantasy points and two games under five points, but against the Raiders, expect Gates to have a second straight boom game. He might not get multiple scores, but 60 yards on five receptions, plus one touchdown will still be worth his salary.


Antone Smith, RB, Atlanta Falcons vs. Chicago Bears (5800)/Markus Wheaton, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns ($5100)

The Falcons have had a four-man platoon at running back this season, with Stephen Jackson, Devonta Freeman, and Jacquizz Rodgers all involved, but Smith has been the big play machine that has emerged. He is averaging 16.3 yards on only 17 total touches this season, with four touchdowns, including a 74-yard run against the Giants. Against the susceptible Bears defense, expect another big play from the diminutive runner. As far as Wheaton goes, his numbers have seemed to go down every game, but the Browns defensive strength is not an offenses’ number two receiver, and as such I look for Wheaton to return to relevance, with a minimum of 50 yards and a score in Cleveland.

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  1. Mike Aglialoro Mike Aglialoro says:

    6-4 with Hoyer and Gates barely hitting their marks, now 24-28 on the season

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