This week marks the beginning of the bye week stretch for fantasy owners. With great fantasy-rich teams like the Broncos, Seahawks, and Bengals all on their bye, you might have to your bench players, filling some spots on your starting roster. It is hard to replace a player like Peyton Manning or AJ Green, but below is some advice that could help fill the void. Good Luck to all fantasy owners this week.
Bold Prediction: Fred Jackson will record over 150 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns. This performance will allow him to propel himself to the starting running back in Buffalo.
QB: P. Rivers- Rivers has been great in his past few contests at home, so I see this one not being so different. To top it off, he is playing against the Jaguars, who have allowed an average 23 points to QB’s this year.
RB: Eddie Lacy- Though not having the best year, I do believe this is the game where Lacy gets himself into good form. He will be going up against a defense, in the Bears, that has had trouble stopping the run as of late.
WR: Jeremy Maclin- Despite facing the 49ers, I expect Maclin to continue his dominance in Week 4. He has scored in every game so far and has averaged around 100 yards receiving. He shows no signs of slowing down.
TE: A. Gates- Like the QB position, the Jaguars don’t know how to defend the TE position either. Gates has been one of the best tight ends now for years, and had a great game with Rivers week 2, so the Rivers-Gates connection should be strong in this matchup. He is listed as probable, but is expected to see the normal amount of snaps in Week 4.
K: D. Bailey- I base kickers points on two things: how far they can kick, and if their offense can put up big points. Bailey has one of the strongest legs in the NFL, (as we saw with a 51 yard field goal this year) and the Cowboys offense can beat up on a weak Saints defense.
DST: Lions – the Lions are coming off a huge victory against the Green Bay Packers. They scored of a fumble recovery and forced a safety in Week 3. And let’s not undermine the fact that they held one of the most talented offenses to only 7 points. They are facing a weaker team this week in the Jets, so expect big points out of them.
Start Of The Week:
K. Cousins- If you’re not starting him, you should consider it, as he will be playing a Giant defense that is letting up 18 fantasy points a game to QB’s. He has great receiving weapons (Garcón and Jackson) and he seems to know how to use them.
QB: R. Tannehill- Oakland has done well defending the pass this year, letting up an average of 12 points to Quarterbacks. Tannehill has done decently, but I am expecting a less than impressive performance this week.
RB: D. Sproles- The 49ers have a very good rush defense allowing only an average of 10 fantasy points running backs. Sproles is a 2nd string RB, so that means he will gets less carries than many other options. Sproles might not be getting many catches either, as he was covered well by Washington last week, and will probably be covered just as well by the 49ers.
WR: V. Jackson- Jackson has had a beyond disappointing year so far, and will continue to be on the road this week. Pittsburgh can handle the WR position fairly well, allowing an average 18 points. If your team is desperate then he might be an acceptable WR3 or Flex, but otherwise get him on your bench.
TE: J. Witten- When going against the Saints, Witten hasn’t done so great (Witten has gotten more than 60 yards only one out of seven games versus the Saints). Witten has been extremely weak when it comes to fantasy points this year (year high: 4.90 points). I suggest trying to find another option at tight end before Sunday.
K: R. Succop- Succop missed two field goals last week against the Bengals and is playing a fairly good Colts defense this week. Don’t expect many points out of him this week.
DEF: Eagles- The Eagles defense had a good week one, but that was against the Jaguars. They are playing against a very dynamic 49ers offense. The 49ers can hurt any defense in the air and on the ground. Also, the 49ers have allowed an average 5 points to defenses thus far this season.
Sit of the Week: Torrey Smith- Smith has under-performed in every game this season only recording 6 receptions for 85 yards. Until has a breakout game he will be on my bench and should be on yours.
**Disclaimer: The Roundup is not responsible for any wrong predictions or losing your matchup for you. This advice is based of intensive research and intuition to help provide you with help on who to trust each week on your team and starting roster.