By Ethan Cox
- San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates is bound to have a stunning performance this Sunday against division rivals, Oakland Raiders. After trying to prove at 35 years old he can still perform, Gates put up 187 yards and 2 touchdowns in his two games of the season. He is now preparing to match up against the 32nd ranked defense against tight ends. Being only owned by 73% of fantasy football users, adding Gates would be a great pickup.
- Coming in where he left off last season, Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns has shown he can still play ball, no matter how bad his team’s form has been. With fellow wideout Allen Robinson listed as questionable for Sunday’s London matchup against the Buffalo Bills, Hurns will be expected to take on a bigger role as the primary target. Hurns has a good matchup this week, playing a shaken up defense, due to injury, that ranks 26th in pass defense against wide receivers. Hurns is only owned by 62% teams in fantasy football, so if you’re in need of a receiver, Allen Hurns is your guy.
- With his wide receivers playing in world class form, Carson Palmer of the Arizona Cardinals is a definite start this week. This veteran gunslinger has shown that age is just a number, putting up 1,737 yards with 14 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions this season. Expect Palmer to continue putting up excellent numbers against the Baltimore Ravens secondary, which has two starters listed doubtful for Sunday due to injury.
Notable Starts: Larry Fitzgerald (vs BAL), Todd Gurley (vs CLE), Martavis Bryant (@ KC)
- So far this season, Dion Lewis, running back of the New England Patriots, has been a great addition from the waiver wire to anyone that has picked him up. He’s been playing an essential role for the Pats offense as a two-dimensional back, both running and catching the ball. Although, this week I would not suggest starting him as Lewis and co. go up against their bitter division rivals, the New York Jets. The Jets have the 3rd ranked rush defense and the 6th ranked pass defense, making them the number one overall defense in the league. They also only allow an average of 10.4 fantasy points per week against running backs. I cannot see Lewis having a big game against the fierce front seven of the Jets.
- Possible Rookie of the Year, Amari Cooper and his Oakland Raiders will travel to sunny San Diego to face division rivals, the Chargers. Showing that he is a promising player with much potential, Cooper has put up an average of 13.1 points against teams that do not have a defense rank in the top 10. Although, when playing teams with a top 10 ranked defense, Cooper only averages 4.8 points per game. The Chargers played excellent pass coverage against the Packers last week and I expect them to do even better this Sunday.
- Another player that is making his presence known and also is going for the Rookie of the Year title is Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota. Mariota and the Titans have the Atlanta Falcons coming to town this week and it is not looking good for the Titans. Although the rookie quarterback has been performing better than expected, Mariota has yet to win a game at home and now has the challenge of facing the 5-1 Falcons who are also the 10th ranked defense overall. To add insult to injury (literally), Mariota suffered a sprained MCL last week and won’t be 100% going into this game.
Notable Sits: Carlos Hyde (@ SEA), Joe Flacco (@ARI), Gary Barnidge (@ StL)