The absence of Andy left a big hole to fill in this week’s “starts of the week” episode. A hole so big there was obviously just one option to come in and fill the void. Jay Griz, the seven-foot Grizzly himself, was kind enough to stop in and help Mike and Jason with the starts this week. He appears to be a bit biased with his picks, so you may want to lean on Mike and Jason this week. As always, you can find the SOTW podcast here, or catch it on YouTube.
QB Cam Newton vs. Philadelphia
Cam Newton looks fantastic, he appears to be healthy, and the offense has found its scoring groove with the emergence of Devin Funchess as a go-to target. The Eagles secondary is beatable, making this a very nice matchup for Cam Newton.
RB Mark Ingram vs. Detroit
Mark Ingram has been freed from the timeshare struggle with Adrian Peterson as Peterson was traded away. Ingram is now free to be the top 10 option that he is supposed to be, and plays a Lions defense that allows success to pass-catching RBs.
WR Taylor Gabriel vs. Miami
Mohamed Sanu is out this week for Atlanta, making Gabriel a solid start in a nice matchup against Miami. Gabriel has excelled in games where Sanu has been absent. During a seven-game span without Sanu in the lineup last season, Gabriel ranked as the fourth WR in points per game while finishing as a WR2 or better in six of those seven games. He can be a volatile player, but with improved playing time and the nice matchup he is a good plug-and-play option.
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins vs. New England
Since returning from suspension ASJ has been a TE1. He’s getting plenty of targets and has a matchup against a struggling New England defense this week.
QB Kirk Cousins vs. San Francisco
Kirk Cousins has gotten back on track after a slow start to the season, and he should continue that trend against a bad 49ers defense. The 49ers are traveling east for a noon kickoff for the second week in a row, while the Redskins are well rested and coming off their bye week. It’s such a nice matchup that he should easily throw for two touchdowns along with enough passing yards for fantasy relevance, making him a must-start.
RB Javorius “Buck” Allen vs. Chicago
Allen has been receiving high volume, with over 20 carries in each of the last two weeks. His floor is extremely high as he is also a factor in the passing game, notching five, five, six, and four catches over the last four games respectively. A week 6 matchup at home with Terrance West out makes for a great matchup against a Bears defense who has given up a touchdown to a RB in every game this season.
WR Danny Amendola @ New York Jets
Amendola has value as the Patriots “RB through the air”, catching the short completions and racking up the PPR points. This season he has caught at least six passes in every week that he has played the entire game, and he has also received some red zone usage. Rule 80-11 states that when Amendola is healthy he should be in your lineup, so start him.
TE Hunter “The Goose” Henry @ Oakland
The Goose is totally loose, coming off an eight-target outing last week against the Giants. He’s back to running routes and being active in the passing game, and has scored in each of the last two games. The egg games (zero points) look to be in the rear-view mirror as Henry is back in the fold as a part of the Chargers passing attack.
Jay Griz’s Starts
Jason Moore’s ironclad, locked-and-loaded, 100% guaranteed, boom-boom kicker of the week
Justin Tucker vs. Chicago Bears
The Ravens offense is getting better and has a matchup that should allow them to move the ball and get Tucker in position to light up your fantasy scoreboard.