NFL Week 9: Fire and Ice

FIRE:

James Winston (TB)- Winston is a safe start and a solid option this week. He has been a consistent quarterback this season and he is going to throw 30+ passes Thursday night. Winston may not always be a stud, but this week he is a start.

Darren Sproles (PHI)- Sproles will have 75+ yards this week against a weak Giants defensive line. Smallwood and Mathews are continuing to disappoint, while Sproles has been impressive throughout the season.

Tyreek Hill (KC)- He ran a ridiculous 4.24 40-yard dash and has been showing it off lately by scoring two touchdowns in the last two weeks. Kansas City’s crippled running back core will not only benefit Charcandrick West, but Tyreek Hill as well.

Devantae Booker (DEN)- Devontae Booker is someone to buy while you can. He did not have an extravagant game last week, but he will soon. Expect point totals above what C.J. Anderson was producing in the upcoming weeks.

Terrance West (BAL)- Terrance West was atrocious two weeks ago against the Jets: 8 carries for 10 yards. This week he bounces back and is worthy of flex play. The Steelers have let up more than 35 points to opposing running backs each of the past two weeks, so the matchup couldn’t be any better

Antonio Gates (SD)- Antonio Gates has officially succeeded Hunter Henry on the depth chart. Not only that, but it is looking more likely that Henry will not play this week. His absence will result in over 8 points for Gates this week.

 

ICE:

Derek Carr (OAK)- Derek Carr’s fire #1 performance from last week will be extinguished this Sunday. He is susceptible of bad weeks. Do not think the 35-point week will suddenly become a habit.

Matt Asiata (MIN)- With Norv Turner’s sudden absence, the Vikings’ offense will be stagnant. McKinnon may come back this week as well. As a result, Matt Asiata should say goodbye to fantasy football starting lineups.

Marvin Jones (DET)- Marvin Jones is dealing with a reoccurring foot injury and will go feet to feet with Xavier Rhodes in Minnesota. Jones will get stepped on and shut down.

Gary Barnidge (CLE)- The Dallas Cowboys have held opposing Tight Ends to a total of 4.4 points over the last two weeks. Gary Barnidge will continue the drought.

Colts’ Tight End Situation- Jack Doyle’s role will once again radically decline with the return of Dwayne Allen this week. It is a toss up on which tight end will score this week, however, Doyle is the safer play considering that Allen will most likely be on a snap count.

 

By Mike DiBiase                                                             Photo Credit: John Leyba, The Denver Post

 

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