QB – Lamar Jackson
It’s a good time for a changing of the guard in Baltimore. The Ravens will bring a newfound confidence and a two-game winning streak into Atlanta, where they’ll face a poor defense for the third straight week. The Falcons are 27th in the league in sacks with just 21 so far; a lack of pressure that will greatly benefit Jackson as he tries to keep pace with Matt Ryan.
RB – Gus Edwards
The weakness of Atlanta’s defense is best exploited by the running game and the Ravens will look to keep the momentum of the past two weeks going. There are two reasons to keep giving Gus Edwards the ball; one is to assist Lamar Jackson as he continues to get more comfortable as a starter and the second is to keep the opposing offense off the field.
RB – Matt Breida
Owners should be reassured by Breida’s full participation in San Francisco’s Friday practice. Those lingering injuries that have limited his production are hopefully behind him as he faces Seattle’s porous run defense. The Seahawks have giving up rushing touchdowns in four consecutive weeks.
WR – Christian Kirk
Kirk is Arizona’s second pass-catching option in terms of targets this year, which will hopefully pay dividends against Green Bay’s depleted secondary. The Packers have given up six touchdowns to wide receivers over a five-week period. Kirk should benefit from a couple big plays with the opponents best best defensive back, Jaire Alexander, likely occupied with Larry Fitzgerald.
WR – Tyler Lockett
Can you believe that Lockett has caught eight touchdown passes this year? This is the breakout that fantasy players have been waiting for and Lockett has been integral to Seattle’s winning ways as of late. He’s been more boom than bust this year and faces a San Francisco secondary that is vulnerable to big plays.
WR – DJ Moore
Tampa Bay’s secondary has giving up a touchdown to a wide receiver every single week of this season. No other defense in the NFL has a streak like that going. Moore should take advantage with a banged up Devin Funchess returning and Carolina looking to get back on track.
TE – Cameron Brate
The Panthers have given up a leage-leading eight touchdowns to tight ends. Brate, given more targets due to O.J. Howard’s injury, now could receive even more focus from Jameis Winston due to the absence of Desean Jackson.
FLEX – Lesean McCoy
McCoy is having the most disappointing season of his career, but could still be an asset to fantasy players at an important time. In Miami, he’ll face a defense that has given up 261 yards and two touchdowns on the ground over its last two games.
QB – Tom Brady
That’s right. Sit him. By now, owners are aware of how pedestrian Brady has been for fantasy purposes this year. He’s 14th in scoring amongst quarterbacks and has a tough task against the Vikings this week. Count on the depth at this position to turn up a better option.
RB – Tevin Coleman
As the Ravens continue to excel at stopping the run, Coleman is in an unfavorable situation and still splitting time in the backfield with Ito Smith. He has only 16 carries in the last two weeks as the Falcons prefer to settle things on the arm of Matt Ryan. That won’t change this Sunday.
RB – Sony Michel
Minnesota has the league’s 4th-best run defense and allows less than four yards per carry on average. Despite how well Michel has been playing since he took the lead in the Patriots’ backfield, this is definitely more of a James White game. Michel will be under 100 total yards and fail to reach the endzone.
WR – Kenny Golladay
Golden Tate’s departure was good for Golladay’s production, but Marvin Jones being on the injured reserve list is not. It’s not good to go from being the primary option to being the only option as the defensive gameplan against the Lions has now been simplified for the Rams. Additionally, LA gets Aquib Talib back this week.
WR – Josh Gordon
I’m going with a reverse stack this week with New England. Minnesota’s secondary is a strength and with Rob Gronkowski returning, I don’t see Gordon getting a lot of targets. He has just one touchdown catch since becoming a Patriot.
WR – TY Hilton
When the Colts faced the Jaguars a few weeks ago, Hilton had three catches for 77 yards. Expect that kind of a day again this week, as Jalen Ramsey encourages Andrew Luck to go elsewhere with the football.
TE – Jordan Reed
While Colt McCoy is targeting Reed more than Alex Smith, Vernon Davis is still in the mix and muddying up the pass-catching situation in Washington. Besides that, Reed faces a tough test against Philadelphia. The Eagles have given up only two receiving touchdowns to tight ends this season.
FLEX – Robert Woods
There’s a weird balance between Robert Woods being more productive than expected and actually not that productive. He’s a good PPR-receiver but has only one touchdown since Week 4.