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Fantasy Football: what to watch


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WHO I LIKE

QB, Aaron Rodgers (GB) – After throwing four touchdowns and rushing 60 yards against the Atlanta Falcons, Rodgers has earned the must start status this week. Rodgers managed to torch Atlanta’s secondary, even without Lacy, Cobb or Montgomery. A matchup against the beat-up Indianapolis Colts is very appealing.

RB, Jonathan Stewart (CAR) – Since his return from injury in Week Six, Stewart has dominated the Panthers’ back-field. He’s racked up four scores in the last two games, and a matchup against the 3-4 Rams is favorable.

WR, Dez Bryant (DAL) – Welcome back X-Factor! With Dak Prescott still at the helm, Bryant managed to get over 100 yards receiving and a score. Start Dez with confidence week-to-week now.

TE, Tyler Eifert (CIN) – Another impressive performance by a returnee from injury rehab was Tyler Eifert. Eifert managed to haul in nine catches, for 102 yards and a touchdown. The stud tight end out of Notre Dame will look to strengthen his offense once again against the New York Giants in Week 10 after their bye.

WHO I DON’T LIKE

QB, Russell Wilson (SEA) – I’m now wondering what happened to the nimble Russell Wilson. He’s barely managed to rush for over 50 yards this season, when he ran for 849 yards back in 2014. His passing threats are too shaky, and Seattle’s run game is working out. Stay away from Wilson for now.

RB, Mark Ingram (NO) – After losing a fumble in the first quarter that resulted in a touchdown by Seattle’s defense last week, Ingram was benched. He shouldn’t be completely out of the rotation, but the Saints’ inability to stop offenses from scoring forces them to pass.

WR, Allen Robinson (JAX) – Robinson is now going on a three game scoring drought, and just can’t seem to connect with Blake Bortles. If he doesn’t have a breakout game soon, Robinson owners should start getting nervous about his fantasy production.

MY SLEEPERS

RB, Derrick Henry (TEN) – DeMarco Murray has been more than effective in the Titans’ backfield, but the emergence of the 2016 Heisman’s increased production might be something to consider when you face six teams on bye this weekend. Look for Henry, who’s only owned 44 percent of leagues, on the waiver.

RB, Bilal Powell (NYJ) – Besides these past two weeks, Matt Forte’s slump has resulted in increased production for Bilal Powell. He’s often used as a quick pass catcher, but he’s very elusive and available in 52 percent of leagues.

WR, Jamison Crowder (WAS) – Crowder, who is only owned in 44 percent of all leagues, has been a silent killer these last four weeks. He’s on bye this week, but he should definitely add some value to your lineup these next couple of weeks.

WR, Russell Shepard (TB) – If you’re really desperate this week, it seems apparent that Shepard has earned Winston’s trust. This has resulted in seven catches, 100+ yards, and two touchdowns. He’s available in 97 percent of leagues, and consider him a low end flex.

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Fantasy Football: what to watch