Eddie Lacy, RB, Seattle Seahawks
With Chris Carson out indefinitely, Lacy and Thomas Rawls get back to splitting carries as the Seahawks’ backs between the tackles. Lacy had 52 yards on 11 carries last Sunday night against the Colts, making him the most productive rusher for the day from a yards-per-carry perspective. Lacy gets a golden matchup against the Rams Sunday who have allowed 4.9 yards per carry and seven touchdowns on the season. I like Lacy as a Flex play this week.
DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins
Look, I know fantasy owners have to be frustrated with the mediocre numbers the Dolphins have put up offensively in good matchups. The good thing for Parker owners is that he leads the team in receiving yards and has had at least 69 yards receiving in each of his three games. Once again, the Dolphins have another plus matchup Sunday against the Titans who have allowed 688 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns to opposing wideouts this season. It’s Miami’s first game at home and I expect the Dolphins to turn up the heat on offense.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Good news for Colts fans, quarterback Andrew Luck practiced Wednesday. However, Luck will not be playing Sunday against the 49ers. That means Jacoby Brissett will once again take the reins under center for Indianapolis. I like what I’ve seen from Brissett so far. He played a very good and competitive first half last Sunday night against revered Seattle defense.This week, Brissett, Hilton and the Colts get a much better matchup at home against the 49ers who have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers according to Pro Football Reference. This game has shootout potential and I expect the Colts to air it out often. Hilton leads the team in every major receiving category including, targets, receptions and yards.
Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants
I like Manning as a streamer this week against a Chargers defense that doesn’t allow a lot of yards but doesn’t force interceptions either. Los Angeles has just one pick on the year. Also with the Giants’ awful run game, Manning will be asked to throw the ball more. At home, with good volume against a defense that isn’t a threat to take the ball away, expect Manning to put up good numbers for those in need of a streamer.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
I’m no fan of Jeffery’s matchup this week as the Eagles host the Cardinals and Jeffery will likely be shadowed by Cardinals star corner Patrick Peterson. Jeffery has struggled in each of his matchups against elite corners. He had 38 yards in Week 1 against Josh Norman, 56 yards in Week 3 against Janoris Jenkins and though he scored last week, he was limited to just 29 yards against Casey Hayward last week. He’s a risky play this Sunday.
Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions
Abdullah is having a much better season to begin with than in years past. He’s coming off a 20-carry, 94-yard, one-touchdown game against a tough defense in the Minnesota Vikings. This week he faces another tough run defense in the Carolina Panthers. This team held Carlos Hyde to 45 rushing yards in Week 1, held LeSean McCoy nine rushing yards in Week 2, held Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram to less than 100 combined rushing yards (but did allow a score to Kamara) and held Pats back Mike Gillislee to just 49 yards last week. I don’t foresee Abdullah having a good day on Sunday.
Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
I made the mistake of doubting the Bills’ run defense at the beginning of the year after they shut down the Jets running game. Since then however, the Bills have been real stingy against the run allowing 3.9 yards per carry and just two rushing touchdowns from backs all year. Perhaps their most impressive showing happened in Week 3 when they held C.J. Anderson to just 36 yards on eight carries, one of which went for 32 yards, meaning he did most of his damage in on one play and had just four yards on seven carries otherwise. This week the Bills head to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals. Rookie back Joe Mixon has led Cincinnati’s backfield since the team got a new offensive coordinator, but I expect Mixon to get shutdown against Buffalo’s stout run defense. He rushed for just 29 yards last week on 17 carries. Expect more of the same this week.
Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys
Witten has been on a cold streak since Week 2 against the Broncos. That trend will continue when the Cowboys host the Packers Sunday. The Pack have allowed just over 100 yards and no touchdowns to opposing tight ends through four games this season. That bodes ill for Witten who has had just two receptions for 12 yards in the past two games.