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Ah yes, another 3-0 week for my teams. Things are sailing along smoothly. I've now reached 4-5, 7-2, and 4-5 (15-12 overall). My teams were led this week by the likes of Cam Newton, Julio Jones, Delanie Walker, Drew Brees, Adrian Peterson, and Antonio Brown.
Now we're hitting the homestretch...
Andy Dalton, CIN (vs Houston Texans) - Dude's been on a roll this year and you probably don't need me to tell you he's a great start this week against the hapless Texans. It's just about as good of a match-up as you'll get for a fantasy QB.
Derek Carr, OAK (vs Minnesota Vikings) - Derek Carr has truly become a franchise QB and is one of the biggest (if not the biggest) reasons why Oakland is relevant this late in the season for the first time in a long time. Turns out a year under his belt and the addition of Amari Cooper was all he needed. Michael Crabtree has been performing for him as well. He's a great start at home this week.
Blake Bortles, JAX (@ Baltimore Ravens) - While not getting as much pub as Andy Dalton, Bortles has also been a surprisingly solid fantasy QB all year. Things are going to continue going great against the Ravens. They've allowed 16 TD passes and the second-most fantasy points to QBs this year.
Russell Wilson, SEA (vs Arizona Cardinals) - Much like the entire Seahawks team this year, Wilson has been a bit of a disappointment. I wouldn't want to trust someone who's been struggling to put up points like Wilson against a stellar Cardinal defense.
Matt Stafford, DET (@ Green Bay Packers) - On the road against a team that's a tier or two (or three) above the Lions is no place for your fantasy QB. The Lions offense just hasn't been good and Stafford is too difficult to trust.
Tyrod Taylor, BUF (@ New York Jets) - Maybe just don't start people playing @ NYJ? Plus, TNF is always sloppy and hard to predict. The Jets shut everybody down...
DeAngelo Williams, PIT (vs Cleveland Browns) - This guy has been one of the top backs in the league every week he plays (and Bell doesn't). Plus, he's home and the Browns run defense is terrible.
Justin Forsett, BAL (vs Jacksonville Jaguars) - He's consistently good. That's always a good start. The Jacksonville defense always gives up a bunch of points to opposing RBs.
Doug Martin, TB (vs Dallas Cowboys) - The Cowboys don't stop any RBs and without Romo, this'll probably be a close game... meaning TB will be able to stick with their run game. The Cowboys are the best match-up for opposing RBs this week...
Chris Johnson, AZ (@ Seattle Seahawks) - They're still the Seahawks. They're still incredibly tough to run against, especially in Seattle. Plus, Johnson is older and I'm just sitting here waiting for him to show it. This is the week.
C.J. Spiller, NO (@ Washington Redskins) - Yes, I know the 'Skins have been terrible on run defense, but Spiller is a non-factor in the Saints offense this year. It's more mysterious than Darrel Young not getting any snaps in the Washington offense. Hopefully we've all learned our lesson on Spiller already. He isn't getting opportunities.
Eddie Lacy, GB (vs Detroit Lions) - He's too big and out of shape. This appears to be James Starks' backfield for now. Sorry everyone who drafted him top five.
Allen Robinson, JAX (@ Baltimore Ravens) - See what I wrote about Blake Bortles above. Robinson is a really good WR. He's almost match-up proof. If he does well against tough match-ups, why wouldn't he do well in great match-ups against weak defenses?
Alshon Jeffery, CHI (@ St. Louis Rams) - Just a hunch here. Cutler looked very good last week and I think Jeffery is actually getting healthier/better as we go along.
Michael Crabtree, OAK (vs Minnesota Vikings) - Don't forget about this guy. Sure, Amari Cooper is getting all the talk right now, but Derek Carr is making more than one WR look great. Crabtree has looked solid and though the Vikings can be tough for opposing WRs, I like the momentum Oakland has right now.
Marques Colston, NO (@ Washington Redskins) - The Redskins secondary is getting healthy and Colston has lost a step. He's really only had one good game all year (two weeks ago). The younger WRs are surpassing him there. Don't let the name suck you in.
Marvin Jones, CIN (vs Houston Texans) - Another hunch. The Bengals have become the Dalton, Eifert, Green show. Oh, and they run. Oh, and they'll probably run even more after getting a huge lead.
Jeremy Maclin, KC (@ Denver Broncos) - The Chiefs aren't very good, especially without Charles. Alex Smith isn't great and they don't feature the WR much, anyway. Now add to that that the game is in Denver against the best defense in this league. Tough.
Gary Barnidge, CLE (@ Pittsburgh Steelers) - The Steelers are a great match-up for TEs and for some inexplicable reason, Barnidge has been crushing all year... regardless of QB. He's a must-start.
Jordan Reed, WAS (vs New Orleans Saints) - Now officially a must-start TE. Also, the Saints defense is garbage.
Eric Ebron, DET (@ Green Bay Packers) - He's better than you think. I just picked him up in two leagues. You'd be wise to do the same. It's one area where the Lions defense isn't completely terrible and the Packers defense is vulnerable.
Julius Thomas, JAX (@ Baltimore Ravens) - For some reason, he hasn't been good. I'm not sure why, but I'm not risking it. TEs are the only thing the Ravens have any success against.
Heath Miller, PIT (vs Cleveland Browns) - No Big Ben = no start.
Charles Clay, BUF (@ New York Jets) - @ New York Jets. Plus, he's been pretty unspectacular lately and now Watkins is back and dominating the looks there.
Please leave any fantasy related questions you might have in the comments section and I'll try to answer as many and as quickly as I can. It's fun to get everyone's perspectives on this week's matchups floating around down there and I'm always interested to see what kind of decisions different fantasy players have to make. These are just general ideas for standard leagues, but we can all give and receive advice for unique situations as they come up.