Sunday fun day...or not. Le'Veon Bell, Steve Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Matt Forte are a few guys who were in starting lineups when they went down. To say Sunday was brutal would be an understatement. The "good" news is that it makes this column very easy.
Tyrod Taylor (Buf) v. Mia - 48.3% owned.
Taylor was pretty dang good when he was healthy. He banged up his knee and ankle, which will happen since he runs the ball. His average FPG (fantasy points per game) is just under 15, but I would expect more against a Miami team that gave up 24 points to him the first time they played. Taylor should have all his weapons back as well.
Marcus Mariota (Ten) @ NO - 34.2% owned.
This one scares me a bit. Ken Whisenhunt was fired as the head coach. You never know what to expect after that, but, thankfully for fantasy, the offensive coordinator was promoted. New Orleans gives up the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Mariota should be practicing tomorrow and should play this weekend. He would be a slam dunk if he was fully healthy and the head coach didn't get fired.
Jay Cutler (Chi) @ SD - 20% owned.
Cutler has been pretty good, and, get this, consistent. In his last four games, he's scored 17.2, 17.5, 19.2, and 19.5 fantasy points. That's workable as a streaming option. San Diego was a very good pass defense, but that hasn't been the case lately. Look for Cutler to get you between 17-20 points again.
Jameis Winston (TB) v. NYG - 17.4% owned.
Want a boom or bust play? Winston is your man. Brees just did very bad things to this defense last week, and I'm not completely sure that TB's weapons aren't better than the Saints' at this point. You could do worse than a QB facing the Giants.
DeAngelo Williams (Pit) v. Oak - 28.4% owned.
Williams is a top-fifteen back the rest of the way. Oakland has a good run defense, but he'll get the work. Add him. He's the #1 add for the rest of the season.
Jeremy Langford (Chi) @ SD - 3.7% owned.
The Chargers give up the most fantasy points to opposing running backs. He's the starter. Easy.
Mike Davis/Kendall Gaskins (SF) v. Atl.
No one owns these guys, not even their Dads. One of them will be starting in San Francisco. Davis has the upper hand, but that hand is hurt. Keep an eye on that. If he's out, Gaskins it is.
Rueben Randle (NYG) @ TB - 44% owned.
He wasn't one of the beneficiaries of the huge game last week. I bet he gets right this week against another good matchup.
Terrance Williams (Dal) v. Phi - 43.6 owned.
It's a good matchup, and he gets to be the WR2 in Dallas behind Dez. Cassel should be better this week.
Leonard Hankerson (Atl) @ SF - 25.3% owned.
If he's healthy, he's a must start against this defense. It's that simple.
Heath Miller (Pit) v. Oak 35.9% owned.
Ben is back, and he likes Miller. He's playing the Raiders. I think we all know that's a great matchup for any TE. Miller should have a very nice game.
Jordan Reed (Was) @ NE - 52.7% owned.
Not the best matchup, but Reed is a top-seven TE. Add him already.
Vernon Davis (Den) @ Ind - 15.5% owned.
Davis was traded to Denver. Julius Thomas isn't as athletic as Davis, even at his age. Add Davis.
Cincinnati Bengals v. Cle (TNF) 38.9% owned.
Thursday Night Football is good for defenses, especially ones that play a team that can't run the ball.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Dal - 56.8% owned.
Two words: Matt.Cassel.
Williams, Lankford and Reed are the three that need to be picked up, now. Tony Romo is one step closer to getting back, and, if he's available, I would pick him up ASAP.