The last week of dealing with bye weeks is officially here! After this your fantasy options will only depend on injuries and whether you actually make the playoffs. You can help assure that by looking at this week’s starts and sits.
Nick Chubb, RB, Browns: Kareem Hunt is now involved in the backfield for the Browns as well, and while that kills Chubbs receiving value, he still had 27 carries last week. Chubb obviously remains to be the lead back, and Hunt’s presence could hurt Chubb’s overall value going forward, this week he faces a Dolphin’s defense that allows the sixth most fantasy points to opposing running backs per week, according to Fantasy Pros. Chubb may not have the best matchup, but he is healthy and isn’t in a serious running back by committee situation.
Calvin Ridley, WR, Falcons: This isn’t to say Julio Jones shouldn’t be in your lineup, but he should probably always be in your lineup anyway. The Bucs allow the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers per week. Ridley is also coming off his best game of the season with eight catches for 143 yards and a touchdown. Ridley is probably teetering along the WR1 line this week, but he is a very safe WR2 at the very least.
Derrius Guice, RB, Washington: Guice came back from his injury last week and had 69 yards and a touchdown on eight touches. He will be facing the Lions, who allow the most fantasy points to running backs per week. The only problem is Adrian Peterson is still the starting running back, and Chris Thompson is also returning to practice this week. It is hard to say how much that will impact Guice, but he should be a nice flex option this week.
Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons: Ryan is entering his third week back after missing some time with injury. Last week he crossed 300 yards passing and threw a touchdown. He should have an even easier time facing this Bucs’ defense that can’t stop anyone through the air.
Dwayne Haskins, QB, Washington: Haskins and Washington aren’t having the best start together. He still finished last week with two touchdowns and nearly 250 passing yards. The Lions allow the fourth most points to quarterbacks per week, and you really only have to bet on Haskins this one time. The alternative is probably picking up a guy like Mason Rudolph who looks like he will be playing with a second or third string offense.
Defenses to stream
Bengals defense against the Steelers
Amari Cooper, WR, Cowboys: Cooper has had some pretty high highs and low lows in fantasy this season. This week seems like he is lined up for a low against the Patriots. New England allows the fewest points to opposing wide receivers in fantasy. It may be hard to sit Cooper with bye week struggles, but it may be worth it given Cooper’s struggles at certain parts this season.
Brian Hill (or Devonta Freeman if healthy), RB, Falcons: Many were disappointed with Hill last week after picking him up and playing him. You shouldn’t expect that to change this week with Devonta Freeman looking like he won’t be able to go again. The Bucs allow the second fewest fantasy points to running backs per week, and their defense allows the most points to wide receivers. It seems easy to anticipate Atlanta taking the path wit least resistance for success.
Josh Allen, QB, Bills: This is more of a temper expectations. Allen has proved he can put up fantasy points pretty consistently whether it is by passing or rushing. If you have a better option go ahead and play them. The Broncos allow 12.8 points per games to quarterbacks, but you shouldn’t go digging through the bottom of the waiver wire for a replacement.