In case you were living under a rock this weekend, there was reassurance that Julio is definitely one of the league’s top WR’s, and the Panthers never should have taken the franchise tag off Josh Norman. Julio as I expect most of you to know went for 12 catches and 300 yards receiving and a TD. Julio had more receiving yards than 26 different QB’s had passing yards, now some of those QB’s were only playing because the starter got hurt mid game, but still Julio had a day for the ages. Who will go off this week, keep reading who I would guess (assuming that a person owned in less than 50% of leagues goes off).
Carson Wentz – PHI (owned in 34.4% of ESPN leagues): Wentz has played well through the first 3 games or 4 weeks. He has averaged 17.3 points per game and led the Eagles to a 3 straight wins. He had his first 300 yard passing and completed 74.2% of his passes week 3. Wentz and the Eagles play the Lions this week, and the Lions have given up 3 TDs on average to opposing QBs. I would look for Carson Wentz to have a big game this week, and for the rest of the season.
Terrance West – BAL (owned in 45.2% of ESPN leagues): Terrance West is an interesting add this week, most in part due to the fact that the Ravens backfield is a huge question mark. Forsett was released after being benched last week in favor of West, and Dixon is not fully healthy. I would expect Dixon to get be active and get some carries this week; however, the Ravens will probably play it safe with him and use West as the starter. West went for 113 yards and a TD last week against the Redskins, while I do not expect a repeat performance this week, I do expect him to get the bulk of the carries and perform well. The Ravens play the Redskins this week who have been the 3rd worst team in terms of keeping opposing RBs in check. Last week was the first week that they did not allow 2 TDs to RBs, and only in week 2 did they hold RBs under 100 yards.
Fozzy Whittaker – CAR (owned in 32.6% of ESPN leagues): Whittaker has been real good since Stewart got hurt, though I think that he has shown enough flashes that even when Stewart comes back I think Whittaker will maintain a spot in passing downs. Whittaker only had 8 carries over the past 2 weeks but he has had 14 receptions over that same time, and in a PPR league he has been effective. This week Whittaker and the Panthers are playing the Buccaneers who on average give up 23.3 points per game to opposing RBs.
Victor Cruz – NYG (owned in 45.4% of ESPN leagues): Usually I will say that 3 WR’s are not all valuable in fantasy football when they are all on the same team, and that is usually because teams do not pass enough for 3 WR’s to be productive. The Giants seem to be different though, they have passed a lot in the past few years, and they throw the ball a lot this year too. Victor Cruz has had double digit fantasy points in each of the first 4 weeks so far, and has only been under 50 yards 1 time. Cruz seems to be a player that will consistently get you around 10-14 points a week. Additionally this week the Giants play the Packers who have given up the second most fantasy points to opposing WR on the season. Through the first 4 weeks (their first 3 games) they have given up 131 points to opposing WRs. Victor Cruz is one of the best bye week fill-ins at WR that you will find on the waiver wire this week.
Quincy Enunwa – NYJ (owned in 40.1% of ESPN leagues): Enunwa entered the season as the 3rd WR for the Jets, although the torn rotator cuff of Eric Decker has vaulted Enunwa’s value and position on the depth chart. Enunwa has been slightly less consistent than Cruz, but he has scored more points on the season. The Jets play the Steelers who have been average in terms of points allowed to opposing WRs. Cruz is the safer bet, but if he is already gone I would look to see if Enunwa is available for a bye week will in this week.
Cameron Brate – TB (owned in 9.0% of ESPN leagues): Cameron Brate, I talked about him last week in my section, but this guy needs some more love. Brate is currently a top 10 fantasy TE while only being owned in 9% of leagues. Now, I am not usually the one to carry a backup TE on my roster, but Brate should be starting in most 10 team (or larger) leagues. Brate went for 5 catches again this week when playing the Broncos who have a good pass defense. Now you might sit there and try to tell me that Brate is playing the Panthers who have Kuechly, and their pass defense was good too last year; to that I will say 504. That is the number of passing yards that the Panthers gave up just last week alone, plus they gave up 4 passing TDs and 2 of them went to a TE. I expect Brate to continue to play well this week.
Bills D/ST (owned in 36.7% of ESPN leagues): The Bills are entering this week with the 3rd ranked defense, and they have gotten to that point because they have been forcing a lot of turnovers (8 so far), and getting a lot of sacks (13). The Bills will give up points as they have allowed an average of 17 points per game through the first four games, which included a shutout of the Patriots; however, they will get the turnovers and sacks that are needed to be a really good fantasy football defense. This week the Bills go to LA to play the Rams in what should be an interesting matchup as both teams have decent defenses and are still trying to piece together their offense. Furthermore, the Rams have given up 9.25 points a week to opposing defenses. The Bills would be the defense I would stream and possibly look to keep for the remainder of the season.
The scoring that I have used is based off of ESPN’s standard PPR scoring. Good luck on the waiver wire this week and in your upcoming match-ups. Remember to follow me on twitter and the Fantasy Life app @FantasySportGM and tweet me your start/sit or trade questions this week
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