Once again it’s another massively important Sunday in the world of fantasy football. Last week started the grind of the season. This stretch is where champions are made. If you are in a pinch this week, don’t fear, I have some tips for you.
Start These Guys
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Miami Dolphins
It’s time to start considering Fitzmagic as a legitimate starting QB in fantasy. Believe it or not, Fitzpatrick is a top ten fantasy quarterback this year. The best part for Fitzpatrick fantasy owners is that he’s playing the lowly New York Jets. The Jets have given up points like crazy, as Kyler Murray had well over 20 against them last week. Unless you have Patrick Mahomes or Russell Wilson, consider starting Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Antonio Gibson, RB, Washington
The Football Team’s rookie running back is having himself a strong start to his career. This week’s matchup against the New York Giants is a highly favorable one. The Giants are a bottom ten defense in fantasy against running backs. Washington’s quarterback situation is murky, after Haskins got benched, Kyle Allen was hurt last week, and they don’t seem like they want Alex Smith to see much action. That’s a good sign for Gibson owners, as Washington will look to do their damage to New York on the ground.
A.J. Brown, WR, Tennessee Titans
Brown returned to the field last week after a nagging injury had kept him out for weeks, and his impact was felt immediately. He hauled in seven catches for 82 yards and tacked on a touchdown. Brown is clearly the go to guy in the Titans offense when he’s healthy, so he’s absolutely worth starting every week once again.
Jimmy Graham, TE, Chicago Bears
Most people had assumed Jimmy Graham would no longer be a relevant fantasy football player after his struggles in Green Bay. Surprisingly, the Chicago offense has fit like a glove fir the former Pro Bowl tight end. Graham has scored in three games this season, as well as seeing many red zone targets from newly minted starter Nick Foles. While I still have my reservations about Graham heading forward, he has proven himself as a worthy starter this season.
Bench These Guys
Mark Ingram, RB, Baltimore Ravens
This is tough. Ingram was a great fantasy guy last season, but Baltimore’s backfield is just too crowded. The former Heisman winner has quickly turned into a touchdown reliant fantasy player. If you are deep at running back this year, Ingram should only be an option on bye weeks. In leagues that have 8 teams Ingram is someone I’d consider cutting if there is someone on the market who will get more touches.
Austin Hooper, TE, Cleveland Browns
I was tempted to put any of the Cleveland running backs, but alas, I don’t want to be responsible for anybody benching Kareem Hunt. Hooper has been good this year, but the Steelers defense against tight ends has been great. Zach Ertz struggled mightily last week.
Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
Burrow has been a viable starting option this year, but last week and this week he should have been and needs to be on the bench. The Colts defense has been on fire this season, and Burrow is coming off of his worst game to date fantasy wise. The Colts have been forcing quarterbacks to make mistakes, totaling nine interceptions this year. Rookies tend to make mistakes against elite defenses, and that’s a recipe for disaster for Burrow