Fantasy football: what to look for this week


RB, DeMarco Murray (TEN) – Before the beginning of the season, I had reservations about Murray’s production and role in Tennessee. But now it’s very clear that he is the go-to guy for short yardage and red zone situations. Keep starting him.

QB, Tom Brady (NE) – On Sunday at midnight, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s arch-nemesis was reinstated
by the NFL Players Association back into the league. Fresh off his suspension, a healthy and rested Tom Brady looks to start his revenge campaign in Cleveland against the 0-4 Browns this weekend.

WR, Julio Jones (ATL) – After becoming just the sixth player in NFL history to have 300 receiving yards in a game, Jones looks to continue his hot streak at Denver this Sunday. Regardless of their defense, if Jones is open, Matty Ice is throwing the ball to him.

TE, Jordan Reed (WAS) – Reed continues to serve as a premier option in his position due to this high volume of targets from Kirk Cousins, especially in the red zone. After scoring 11 touchdowns in 2015, expect more to come from Reed this season.


QB, Cam Newton (CAR) – The 2015 runners-up are now starting their season 1-3 looking for a scapegoat. Newton’s offensive production is not at fault, but stay away from him this week. He’s officially entered the concussion protocol, and has historically never played well with an ailment.

RB, Isaiah Crowell (CLE) – Coming off his second 100+ yard rushing game this season in Week four, Crowell still remains as the Browns’ featured back ahead of Duke Johnson. Going against a strong New England rush defense who have only allowed two rushing touchdowns will be tough.

WR, Kevin White (CHI) – After sitting his entire rookie season due to a lingering stress fracture injury, White still hasn’t lived up to his expectation as the best receiver in his 2015 draft class. He’s been targeted 24 times in the last two weeks, but only hauled in half of them. White is a high-risk flex option until he is healthy and finds his groove.

D/ST, New York Jets – If Ryan Fitzpatrick continues
to turn the ball over, the Jets’ defense will have more opportunities to produce points, but definitely not against a red-hot Pittsburgh Steelers offense. Stay far away from the Jets’ defense this weekend.


QB, Dak Prescott (DAL) – The rookie has thrown the ball 141 times and has yet to be picked off. The NFC “Least” quarterback, Prescott is only owned in half of all leagues, and is a decent option if you find yourself with bye week complications.

RB, Frank Gore (PHI) – When the pass isn’t working, Luck turns to the veteran running back who has now found the end zone in the last two weeks. Gore will look to tear up the Chicago Bears’ No. 30 ranked defense this weekend.

WR, Will Fuller (HOU) – The former Notre Dame rookie wideout has dazzled many scoring on touchdowns on both offense and special teams. If teammate DeAndre Hopkins’ slump carries on, Fuller’s fantasy stock will continue to rise.

WR, Steve Smith Sr. (BAL) – The 37-year old veteran receiver blazed passed Oakland’s secondary for a 51-yard score, and has etched himself as Flacco’s favorite target and the Ravens player to own due to their lack of offensive roster depth.