Shootout in Detroit! That is going to be a pretty sweet game. I would love to see Glennon throw for 4 TDs…..maybe a #FakePigskinBP for this week. Carolina heads into Miami to try and get into the lead of the Division (ya right Panthers, you ain’t winning!). Oh and we get to see the Saints dismantle the Falcons on Thursday Night Football…..this was supposed to be a better game at the beginning of the year. Funny thing I said to guys in my home league during our draft – “I think the Falcons could have gotten worse since last year”.
New Orleans at Atlanta
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Tampa Bay at Detroit
QBs over the past 4 weeks against the Lions: averaging 314 yards and 3 TDs. This is great news for Mike Glennon. There’s not many guys who I would sit for Glennon, but if you’re in a deeper league or have a QB on bye this week, he’s definitely a solid streaming option with a very good match up. The QBs over the past 4 weeks: Big Ben, Cutler/McCown, Romo and Dalton.
The Lions have not had a running back go over 50 rushing yards over their past four games. I feel like that trend will continue this week. As good as Rainey was last week, it was against the terrible rush defense of the Falcons. I don’t like Rainey at all this week and I would not start him. He may only save his day with a rushing TD, but the Lions have only given up 5 of those all year. Not looking good for him this week.
Vincent Jackson had 12 targets out of 23 total Glennon attempts last week – next closest was Brian Leonard who is a running back. V-Jax is the only guy in this receiving core who is worth starting and he is likely going to have a big week. Antonio Brown just ate up this defense, expect Jackson to do the same (or more).
Carolina at Miami
Super Cam! As a Saints fan, I was hoping that the Panthers lost, but Cam played really well. He gets a good match up this week in which I’m expecting him to have another awesome game. Miami ranks 19th against the pass, though they’ve given up just 11 TDs this year in 10 games. This may be due to the Phins ranking 25th against the run, which can also benefit Cam. You’re starting him this week for sure and I’d be surprised if he didn’t score more than 20 points.
Tolbert: 6 rushes for 17 yards. DeAngelo: 6 carries for 14 yards. Johnathan Stewart: 4 carries for 10 yards. New England stopped the run effectively all game (though Cam ran for 62) so these guys were pretty much useless. But as I mentioned last week, the split of carries is going to be a thing every week. I wouldn’t recommend starting any of these guys, but it is a good match up as Miami is 25th against the run and gives up 1 rushing TD per game. Still with the good match up, it would be tough to pick who will have a good game (if any of them).
Greg Olsen gets into the end zone last week, showing that he is still worth playing! But seriously he’s been solid as of late. The TE position has been wildly inconsistent this year, so with Olsen scoring in 3 of the past 4 weeks, that makes him a solid option. Think this is another good match up for him. Steve Smith leads the team in receiving yards last week and continues to be around a WR3. He is what he is, though I think some of this game was to do with Aqib Talib. Think he has a better week this week when he likely goes up against Brent Grimes. Brandon LaFell tied for the team lead in targets and manages to find the end zone. He might be a low end WR3 but he’s mostly a deep league guy you can start.