Alfred Morris, RB, WAS – I have watched a LOT of Redskins film this season because of all the RG3 questions. While watching this film, I have fallen in love with the Redskins rookie. No, not Griffen! I’m talking about Alfred Morris of course! This guy has been a beast. He has a surprisingly few number of weaknesses that I can see on tape. He has phenomenal vision; In week 4, there was just one run where I was not sure why he went to the hole he did and he still made a 4 yard gain out of it because of his power. This guy squats 650 lbs, which is an insanely high number for a guy who is 5’11” 222 lbs. He is always moving forward when tackled and is VERY rarely taken down by the first contact. Not much else to say, he is a top 10 guy until he gives me a single reason not to believe in him.
Jay Cutler, QB, CHI – I assure you, this isn’t me over reacting to last week when Cutler played very well. I still feel he is risky and prone to bone-headed turnovers. But the Jaguars are among the worst teams in the league and their secondary is known to not be effective against elite receivers, which I believe that Marshall is. I look for both guys to have a really good game this week.
Percy Harvin, WR, MIN – The Vikings are simply put, a MUCH better team than we anticipated. Harvin was a high draft pick on my board this year but he has still managed to out-perform my expectations. After all, he is currently the 16th best receiver in the league as far as fantasy points is concerned without scoring a touchdown in the passing game OR running game yet. He’s been great and he’ll be getting even better. I am not too worried about Jerome Simpson taking targets because Harvin is mostly a big-play guy anyways, he won’t need a high volume of targets to be productive.
Ryan Mathews, RB, SD – Jackie Battle is a hot waiver-wire pickup because all of a sudden, he is splitting time with Mathews. I want to caution Mathews owners a bit to not panic and bench their guy. You drafted him and your stuck with him until he starts producing and then you can make a trade but until then, you should LIKE the fact that Battle is seeing work. Mathews is among the least durable starting RBs in football by reputation and if he is sure to see 20+ touches a game, I don’t think he can possibly stay healthy.
Eric Decker, WR, DEN – New England did a good job of containing Steve Johnson last week against the Bills and it led to Donald Jones having his most productive game of his career. I don’t have any worries about Demaryius Thomas but rather I am just demonstrating that no matter who it is, you want to play your potential starting receivers against the Patriots secondary.
C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF – This is a guy who, despite the bad week last week, is a must-start fantasy back. But after the speedy return from injury and considering the crushing match-up ahead of Buffalo, I caution you to think of the Bills RBs as a poor RB 2 or solid flex play this week and no more.
Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS – I am still high on Garcon’s upside for the season and wish I owned him… but this week isn’t the best time to play him if you can avoid it. I know it’ll be his second game back and he suffered no setbacks at all last week, but I think it best to temper expectations on him so that you don’t get burned. Atlanta isn’t a soft match up and Garcon is a flex play for me personally.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR – The Panthers running game is a bit of a nightmare for fantasy owners under normal circumstances and with the Seahawks’ crushing defense coming to town, I want no part of Williams at all. Stewart is a bad flex play but only because he is the more likely target in the passing game. Try and stay clear of both guys this week.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, BUF – If you read my stuff, you’ll see plenty of negative talk surrounding Ryan Fitzpatrick because I am a Buffalo native and die-hard Bills fan. From a fantasy perspective however, he’s been pretty awesome as a QB2. He has been making some BAD throws all season and has a lot of turnovers. For fantasy owners, he has thrown more TD passes than any QB in the league despite his mistakes and benefits greatly from a punishing rushing attack. This week, it looks like Buffalo will be down two offensive linemen and facing them 49ers. ONLY in 2 QB leagues is he a playable guy and even then, it’s mostly because we are missing the bye week guys.
Cam Newton, QB, CAR – You still got to use him but he is at #8 in my rankings and that means you have to lower expectations quite a bit. Seattle is in town and they have only allowed double digit fantasy points to the opposing QB once this year and Romo only had 12 in that game. I would be pretty surprised to see Newton over 20 points unless he has a big rushing day or a couple goal line rushing scores.