The reason we’re operating under a PPR umbrella is it allows us to cover a larger portion of the players involved in action weekly.
Lastly, as the author, it’s imperative that I note that this is NOT a start/sit column, rather an expectations column.
The Panthers have allowed 20 points in each of the past two weeks, but that was to Drew Brees and Tom Brady.
I believe you’re looking for two touchdowns and a little over 200 passing yards here) Titans @ Dolphins Trust: De Vante Parker (the Titans have been victimized on the boundaries all season, allowing a WR1 in every game this season) Bust: De Marco Murray (he’s finished higher than RB36 just once while averaging 34 percent of the team rushing attempts Since Week 1 while Miami has been hurt in the passing game only by backs so far), Derrick Henry (despite Murray’s slide, Henry has been higher than RB38 just once and has just once receptions all season), Eric Decker (he just can’t be put into lineups –or even rostered—until we get something useful), Matt Cassel (he's started and finished nine games over the past three years, finihsing higher than QB18 just once in those contests) Reasonable Return: Delanie Walker (he has four or fewer catches in three straight games, but still has 21.7 percent of the team targets, which ranks third for all tight ends), Rishard Matthews (both he and Walker will get downgrades on their ceilings if Matt Cassel is the starter, but Miami has allowed the leading target wideout in each offense they’ve faced to be a top-20 scorer), Jay Cutler (no one is going to play him based on the past two weeks and for good reason, but given his matchup and quarterback layout this week, he has to be in play again facing a defense that has allowed over 30 fantasy points to passers the past two weeks and 18 or more points to three quarterbacks.
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Patriots @ Buccaneers Trust: Tom Brady (This is actually Brady's first ever NFL start in Tampa Bay.
He has thrown 15 touchdowns to one interception in six career non-Week 1 Thursday games and the Bucs have just allowed back to back top-5 weeks to Case Keenum and Eli Manning), Jameis Winston (he’s turned in 300-yard passing games versus the Giants and Vikings while every quarterback to face New England has hit 300-yards this season), Mike Evans (he’s had a couple of tough individual assignments the past two weeks, but is all systems go against a secondary hemorrhaging passing yardage), Chris Hogan (he hasn’t had more than five catches or 78 receving yards in any game, but has scored three straight weeks and has been the wide receiver used the most in the red zone), Brandin Cooks (he’s had just one top-30 week through the opening month, but Tampa Bay is allowing the most receptions and yards per game to opposing wideouts to chase a big week in a potentially high-scoring game against Vernon Hargreaves) Bust: Mike Gillislee (this game should feature scoring, so I won’t fault anyone for chasing a short plunge into the paint, but Tampa Bay is allowing just 2.7 yards per carry and 65.3 rushing yards to backfields and Gillislee is givign you nothing in the passing game), O. Howard(New England has been a target for tight ends to start the year, but he’s had just four catches on the year and you’re counting on another busted play to carry you), Dwayne Allen/Jacob Hollister (it's hard to hop efor anything more than a touchdown here, but with Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander out, they may make a play or two) Reasonable Return: De Sean Jackson (his volatility has been on full display with 18.4 points in Week 2 and 10.9 points total in his other two games, but we’re making a play on an upside week against the Pats’ secondary in a similar faship to Cooks), Cameron Brate (his targets and yardage have gone up in every game while New England has allowed the fourth-most points to opposing tight ends), Danny Amendola (he has two top-15 scoring weeks in three games while Tampa Bay has allowed five or more catches to all three of the primary slot receivers they’ve faced.
After a couple of quiet(er) weeks on the injury front, the hammer dropped as Ty Montgomery, Dalvin Cook, Marcus Mariota, Derek Carr and Julio Jones were just a few of the stars that left their games due to injury.Eventually.), Travis Kelce (he’s gone over 100-yards eight times since the start of last year, tied with Julio Jones for the most in the league while he’s gone over 100-yards in two of his three career games versus Houston) Bust: Ryan Griffin (he’s not the type of player who can do a lot on little opportunity while the Chiefs have allowed just 13 receptions the Eagles, Chargers and Washington tight ends since Eric Berry’s injury) Reasonable Return: Deshaun Watson (the Chiefs are not the Patriots or Titans, but this game is at home and Watson has added 25 rushing points to his totals over the past three weeks while Kansas city has allowed 55 rushing yards to Carson Wentz and 38 to Kirk Cousins to start the year), Alex Smith (he’s hit 15 plus points in every game this season and in six straight games going back to last year), Will Fuller (the touchdowns are going to draw more attention than the four catches for 35 yards will justify, but he did have 4-104 in this same matchup a year ago with Brock Osweiler), Lamar Miller (his 131 yards from scrimmage last week were just the third time in 12 games that he’s hit the century mark in a game, but he’s averaged 19.6 touches per game over that span), Tyreek Hill (he’s become the volatile producer we assumed he’d be once his touchdown rates began to stabilize since he’s not a high target option, but we saw Houston struggle to contain the one true speed receiver they faced so far on the season in Brandin Cooks) Vikings @ Bears Trust: Stefon Diggs (he still turned in 5-98 last week when Keenum was a dud and the Bears have been hit hard by lead receivers the past three weeks, allowing top-8 weeks to Mike Evans, Antonio Brown and Jordy Nelson) Bust: Adam Thielen (he has five catches in every game Keenum has started, but has turned those into WR52, WR29 and WR47 weeks.Until Sam Bradford returns, he’s more of a flex option), Kyle Rudolph (maybe we’ll see his passing usage climb if Minnesota struggles to run the ball after losing Dalvin Cook, but until that happens, we must keep holding him out), Case Keenum (the carriage turned back into a pumpkin real fast against a healthy defense), Mitchell Trubisky (a rookie quarterback making his first career start versus a Mike Zimmer-led defense), Tarik Cohen (his usage has steadily declined and while it may revert back to the opening two weeks with the quarterback change, we’re in a holding pattern with forcing him above hopeful flex status), CHI pass catchers (as mentioned with Trubisky, this is a rough spot to have any true expectations for production from the passing attack) Reasonable Return: Latavius Murray (he played 19 snaps to just six for Jerick Mc Kinnon after Cook exited the game.You can entertain him as a RB2/flex play against a Chargers’ team that has allowed four top-15 backs on the season) Bills @ Bengals Trust: Charles Clay (the Bengals have allowed a combined 10-96-1 to opposing tight ends so far, but have yet to face a player that is a focal point of his team’s passing game like Clay is and he’s now been a top-6 scoring option in six of his past eight games dating back to last year) Bust: Tyrod Taylor (his rushing can always build a stable floor, but he’s been just the QB25, QB17 and QB18 since Week 1 while the Bengals have held every passer outside of Aaron Rodgers under 200-yards passing), Andy Dalton (we wanted to see the Bills defense face a good quarterback and they continued to make life miserable for fantasy output, not allowing any quarterback to finish higher than QB22), Tyler Kroft (it’s hard to stock Kroft’s Week 4 too greatly since it was versus a Browns’ defense that has been shredded by tight ends and Kroft was just coming off a four-target game the week prior), Giovani Bernard (he’s been a flex or better option in three games, but he’s yet to have double-digit touches in any game.If you don’t get a touchdown, the floor is low), Bills WRs (no Buffalo wideout has scored higher than WR44 so far on the season) Reasonable Return: A. Green (he’s hit for back to back WR1 weeks, but the highest a receiver has finished so far versus Buffalo is WR22), Le Sean Mc Coy (he hasn’t turned in a RB1 week since Week 1, but also has posted double-digit points in every game), Joe Mixon (20 plus touches per week will keep him on the table as a weekly RB2/flex, but the touches haven’t come along with much upside) Panthers @ Lions Bust: Jonathan Stewart (since Week 1, he’s been the RB57, RB43 and RB50.She got several patents in the 70’s – for a “nearly invisible” bra and pantyhose. Julie reasoned that the wearer always had a spare if she got a run in her hose.