Fantasy owners already know who their must-start players are, but everyone has a few decisions to make when it comes to setting a lineup. We’re here to help with those tough decisions.
Each week this space will be dedicated to identifying whom you should start or sit for your upcoming fantasy matchups.
Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks — Don’t stop playing him now. It could be deja vu as he’s playing the way he finished last season. If the past three weeks is any indicator, he should feast on the Buccaneers.
Eli Manning, QB, Giants — Four of his first seven games were stinkers. He’s played well for three straight weeks and faces the Browns. He should stay on a roll.
Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals — I know he’s had his issues this season, but he has a great matchup against the Falcons who have given up the second most passing touchdowns in the league (23). It should be a high-scoring game, which is always good for your fantasy prospects.
Carson Wentz, QB, Eagles — If you’re a Jameis Winston or Philip Rivers owner, you might do well to stream Wentz for one week. He faces a weak Packers defense that is 26th in points allowed to quarterbacks.
Thomas Rawls, RB, Seahawks — Rawls is revved up and ready to go and there’s nobody, besides rookie Alex Collins, looking over his shoulder. The Bucs are 21st in points allowed to running backs.
Rashad Jennings, RB, Giants — The Giants have decided to start running the ball more in the last two weeks, giving Jennings 36 carries over the last two games. The Browns defense should provide little resistance.
Spencer Ware, RB, Chiefs — Yes, he’s facing the Broncos, but they aren’t last year’s Broncos. They allow 124 yards rushing per game and they have trouble scoring on offense. That means the Chiefs won’t have to go away from the run in order to catch up.
Jordan Matthews, WR, Eagles —With the Packers ranked 31st in points allowed to wide receivers you should feel comfortable starting Matthews. He’s been targeted at least 10 times in four straight games.
DeVante Parker, WR, Dolphins — He’s had two good games in a row and should keep it going against a bad 49ers pass defense.
Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks — He and Wilson are on fire right now. No need to stop rolling with them against the Bucs, who are 23rd in points given up to wideouts.
Jameis Winston, QB, Buccaneers — He’s coming off a surprise win over the Chiefs, but you can’t expect him to throw for over 300 yards against the Seahawks. You may have to look elsewhere if you’re fighting for a playoff spot.
Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals — Dalton hasn’t been good for two weeks and he’ll be without A.J. Green for at least a few more. He has four interceptions and three TDs in his last three games. Also missing from the Bengals will be Gio Bernard, who tore his ACL last week.
Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers — Facing the Texans could be too much for him since they’re 5th in points allowed to quarterbacks. Derek Carr did really well against Houston, but he wasn’t missing offensive weapons like Rivers is.
Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals — With all the injuries in Cincinnati, it will be easier for the Ravens to key on Hill as the Bengals’ main weapon. Baltimore is second best at limiting running backs.
James Starks, RB, Packers — The Eagles are 7th in points allowed to running backs and they’ve allowed just five rushing touchdowns on the year. He hasn’t carried the ball more than nine times in each of his last two games.
Brandon Marshall, WR, Jets — Even if Marshall is well enough to play, he probably shouldn’t start for you. The Patriots will do everything they can to stop Marshall. They’re 5th in points allowed to wide receivers.
Randall Cobb, WR, Packers — There are possibly too many mouths to feed for Green Bay. Cobb could be the odd man out against the Eagles and their 17th-ranked defense in points allowed to receivers.
Cameron Brate, TE, Buccaneers — He was a dud last week after having three productive games. I think he stays cold against the Seahawks.