A repeat of the TNF game a couple weeks ago as Tennessee heads into Indy for a pivotal matchup in the AFC South. This could decide the division!!! Houston hosts a strong New England team in a game that was probably better on paper in the preseason than it is now. And finally, the game of the week. Jacksonville at Cleveland! I can die happy now that I’ll be able to watch such a fantastic game.
Jacksonville at Cleveland
There are two guys worth starting on this team. MJD somehow keeps proving me wrong (I wonder if he reads this and says “No Pat, I’m not gonna have a bad week. I’m gonna go for over 100 yards and score a TD this week!). But seriously, he’s scored in 4 of the past 6 games including a score in each of the last 3. He’s finally worth starting, but this matchup is pretty bad. Cleveland ranks 6th in the league in rushing and 2nd in Yards Per Carry (3.4). I think you have to ride him until he goes back to his classing 15 carries for 23 yards games.
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Cecil Shorts is the other guy. He whined and then he was fed like a little baby. 11 targets for 8 receptions and 71 yards, leading the team in all 3 categories. Unfortunate part is that he is going up against Joe Haden, who has been up and down the past 2 weeks (completely crushing AJ Green but then getting lit up by Antonio Brown). I would think he’s about a WR3 this week with some upside.
Tennessee at Indianapolis
Ryan Fitzpatrick had a solid week last week and could have another good one this week. We saw what Carson Palmer did to this defense – Fitz is a very solid streaming option this week at QB as Indy is ranked 19th against the pass. Moving to Luck, he has not looked great in the past couple of weeks. He’s had just 2 TDs to go along with 4 INTs in his past 3 games. Tennessee also ranks 7th against the pass and they’ve given up only 8 TDs through the air this year. I may look to stream this week if you own Luck – in fact I would probably start Fitzpatrick over Luck this week.
We saw what CJ2K did in just one half against this Colts team two weeks ago. Start him, end of story. Looking to Trent and Donald Brown……..ugh. I would not start either of these guys. Tennessee is a decent matchup as they rank 17th against the run and have given up 15 rushing TDs. Start with caution, but it will be tough to tell who is going to get most of the work between them.
Kendall Wright found the end zone! He found the end zone! Start him in another great matchup this week. He had 9 catches for 80 yards in the last game against this Colts defense. I think he gets into the end zone again. Justin Hunter is a stash guy who could be solid down the stretch in a deeper league, but nothing more than that in my opinion. TY Hilton – the targets are there and receptions are there, but not enough yardage and he hasn’t found the end zone in the last 3 games. He was held to 5 catches for 44 yards in the last meeting, so I would expect much of the same in this game.
Both TEs in this matchup are solid starts. Fleener found the end zone last week for the lone TD of the game for the Colts. In the last game between these teams, he had 107 yards from 8 receptions – so I would be playing him this week for sure. Delanie Walker had a down game but was still decent in PPR formats. Walker crushed this Colts team in their last meeting for 10 receptions, 91 yards and a TD. He may not get that again but its definitely a possibility, so the upside with Walker is worth the gamble of playing him.
New England at Houston
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Its a tough year if you’re a Houston fan…..I went through it as a Saints fan last year, though not quite this bad. Its tough to trust anyone on this team to produce for you. I wouldn’t recommend starting Case Keenum this week as New England ranks 9th against the pass and chances are Andre will be neutralized by Aqib Talib. I don’t see a good game coming from Keenum this week.
Ben Tate was awful last week, plain and simple. The only bright spot was that he was involved in the passing game. It would be tough to start him here because Dennis Johnson ran the ball effectively last week when Tate did not. The good news is that New England ranks 31st against the run, but the bad news is we don’t know what the workload split will be between these two. Knowshon Moreno shredded this defense last week, so there is a lot of upside for Tate if he is still the lead back.
Andre Johnson…..Aqib Talib…….might be a good game to sit him. Its really tough to sit him this year though and chances are you don’t have any better options. My expectations for him this week are very bad though. Hope he gets a short TD like Demaryious did last week. Garrett Graham had a week where he came back to Earth, which makes him tough to start again this week.