Starts of the Week
Wentz is an obvious start this week in fantasy playing the 49ers, one of the worst teams in the NFL. He has also been consistently amazing throughout the season and the second-best quarterback this year in fantasy. Look for Wentz to have a monster game against the niners.
PREDICTION: 330 yards; 4 TD
Kamara is going to have another big week for the Saints. He has put up some solid numbers in the past few weeks, especially in PPR formats. I expect the Saints to be up fast against the Bears, resulting in more carries for Kamara.
PREDICTION: 60 yards rushing; 45 yards receiving; 1 TD
Kelvin Benjamin has had a disappointing start to the season, but he should bounce back very nicely against a Buccaneers defense, that ranks in the bottom half in every category this season. While Cam Newton isn’t the same quarterback he was two years ago, he has never been afraid to throw shots down the field, and Benjamin should dominate against the Bucs’ undersized corners.
PREDICTION: 85 yards receiving; 1 TD
Sits of the Week
Matthew Stafford is a great quarterback… when healthy. A nagging ankle injury, combined with a matchup against the NFL’s top passing defense, provides fantasy players with a great reason to leave Stafford on the bench this week. He hasn’t surpassed 16 points since Week 1, and I don’t expect him to have much luck on Sunday night.
PREDICTION: 200 yards; 1 TD; 2 INT
Lamar Miller has not been great this season. He only has two touchdowns on the year and only one 10+ point week. With D’onta Foreman starting to gain more carries, I see no reason to play Lamar Miller. Also, there is the fact that he is playing the Seahawks defense, which held Todd Gurley to only 43 rushing yards.
PREDICTION: 35 yards rushing; 15 yards receiving
Since returning from injury in Week 4, Will Fuller has been on fire, catching 4 touchdowns in his last 3 games. That statistic is misleading, as Fuller has faced terrible passing defenses in the Titans, Chiefs and Browns. He will have a much harder time against the elite Seattle secondary, and I expect him to be shut down.
PREDICTION: 30 yards receiving
Sleeper of the Week
With the absence of Lynch, look for Richard and Washington to fill his gap. Richard will be the better of the two because of his big-play potential and ability to catch passes out of the backfield. Earlier in the season, he ripped off a 52-yard TD run against the Jets. Even with a tough matchup against the Bills defense, I expect Richard to be a solid start.
PREDICTION: 70 yards rushing; 30 yards receiving; 1 TD