As a 49ers fan, and someone who endorsed Jimmy Garoppolo last week, I have an overwhelming sense of sadness for my recommendation last week. However, this is football, and injuries are commonplace. Next man up as they say, and luckily there are fewer byes this week than last which should provide some better streaming options for your team:
Drew Lock, QB, Denver Broncos (@ Atlanta Falcons) – 10.7 Percent Owned
Lock threw for three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to cap off an electric comeback against the forever-cursed Los Angeles Chargers. This week, the Broncos signal caller is blessed with the most generous defense to fantasy quarterbacks in the Atlanta Falcons. One potential concern is the health of Lock’s offensive line. However, with everyone practicing fully as of the end of this week, protection should be good enough. Lock is primed to continue his hot streak against the shaky Atlanta defense this Sunday.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Carolina Panthers (@ Kansas City Chiefs) – 30.8 Percent Owned
This is a pick based on projected game script, and while I don’t believe the Panthers will win this game (or even cover their 10.5 point line) , I do think there is massive ‘garbage time’ potential with this game. Between the offensive talent at receiver for the Panthers, and defense’s propensity for letting their foot off the gas when the game is out of reach, I think this is a good play. If you do plug in Teddy, maybe just skip the first two and a half quarters of the game where he’ll struggle, and tune in later on for those scrumptious garbage time points.
New York Giants D/ST (@ Washington Football Team) – 33.4 Percent Owned
These two teams are in the doldrum of their division, which also happens to be the worst division in the NFL this year. There’s no doubt about it, both of these teams are bad. However, there’s value if you know where to look. Last time these teams played, the defenses were what shined the brightest. While the Giants may not score another D/ST touchdown in this matchup, I like their floor given the general ineffectiveness of the Washington offensive line that ranks 31st in the NFL in terms of allowing sacks. In what will likely be another low-scoring wet noodle fight, you can do much worse than the Giants defense this week.
Houston Texans D/ST (vs. Tanksonville Jaguars) – 36.0 Percent Owned
The Texans D/ST unit has scored negative points in each of the last two weeks. However, those weeks were against strong offensive units in the Titans and Packers. Now, the Texans come off their bye playing a tanking Jaguars team starting whatever a ‘Jake Luton’ is. Y’all know that I love taking defenses against rookie/first-time starting QBs, and Luton is just that. Anything less than double digit fantasy scoring from this unit this week would be a disappointment.
Tight end is a bit of a minefield this week, with very few appealing options under 50 percent rostership remaining at this point of the week. I don’t feel strongly about making a true recommendation, however there’s a few emergency dart throws that look a bit more appealing than the rest of the heap. Firstly, Tyler Eifert has had two weeks off to heal from his neck injury. While he’s had less than stellar production this year, rookie QBs love that tight end safety valve, which should increase Eifert’s fantasy value compared to when Gardner Minshew was his quarterback. Another potential option is Logan Thomas, who has had a knack for finding the end zone in the last two weeks. However, his matchup is less than ideal against a Giants unit strong against the tight end.