Ryan Tannehill vs. Texans
Tannehill looked like a different quarterback under hardo coach Dan Campbell. I love me some Dan Campbell and love the matchup against the Texans for Tannehill this week. Cornerback Kareem Jackson will be out of the lineup for Houston as well. Tannehill racked up 266 yards to go along with two scores last week against the Titans. The two interceptions he threw will need to be eliminated. Houston has given up 12 touchdowns through the air this season. Miami focused on getting the running game going last week with Lamar Miller which made things immensely easier on Tannehill and company.
Matthew Stafford vs. Vikings
This is a very risky pick on my part, but Stafford is a very feast or famine fantasy player. Last week against Chicago he threw for 405 yards and four touchdowns in an overtime victory. Minnesota is much better in the secondary than Chicago and I realize that. I have a feeling the Lions will win this game after getting beat down by the Vikings in Week 2. Minnesota has only allowed 6 touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks this season. Detroit loves to sling the rock though and I believe Stafford will have a nice fantasy day.
Todd Gurley vs. Browns
A bye week was much needed for St. Louis last week to allow Gurley even more time to prepare his body for the remainder of the season. He had an okay past two weeks prior to that rushing for 159 and 146 yards respectively. By the way those were against Green Bay and Arizona who aren’t exactly slouches on defense. Gurley is still seeking his first NFL touchdown and I see him getting that this weekend against Cleveland at home. Hopefully Jeff Fisher’s dumb ass doesn’t run Gurley into the ground with the amount of carries he’s throwing at him right off the bat. The Browns are also ranked as the league’s worst run defense so there’s that to factor into your decision as well.
All week there has been talk that Michael will see an “expanded role” in the Cowboys offense. Michael himself even came out and said he’s not even sure what that means. This is a risky pick as well even more so than Stafford, but the upside is there for a nice return on investment. We saw first hand last week that you can run the ball against the Giants and Dallas has a much better offensive line than the Eagles. Coming off the bye week Michael has had a chance to prepare and get further into the playbook hopefully leading to more carries. Michael has been intriguing since entering the league with Seattle and has never really received a fair crack at getting a full time workload. Could this be the week that starts to change?
Mike Evans vs. Redskins
Evans has been dealing with a hamstring injury this season and has definitely affected his performance to go along with a rookie quarterback in Jameis Winston. The Bucs are coming off a bye as well which hopefully gave Evans hammy some more time to heal up for this week against a suspect Washington offense. The Skins were dominated by a similar style wideout the Jets Brandon Marshall last week at the Meadowlands. Washington has allowed 9 touchdowns to receivers this year and 20 plays over 20 plus yards.
Eric Decker vs. Patriots
Decker has been dealing with a knee issue for a few weeks now, but his health should not be a concern this week against the division rival Pats. He’s caught a touchdown in all four games he’s played this year and seems to have a great chemistry with Fitz Magic at the helm. The yards aren’t astounding but you can count on Decker to find the endzone week to week which is always nice. New England has given up 9 touchdowns to wide receivers and an average of 266 yards per game for the 2015 season.
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