Jay Cutler: Cutler takes on a Niners defense that has allowed nearly 20 Fantasy points per game to opposing QBs. He has had over 30 passing attempts in all but two games this year (one he left due to injury).
Blake Bortles: Bortles has thrown for multiple scores in all but one of his past seven games. He takes on a Titans defense that has allowed 1,176 passing yards and eight passing touchdowns in the past four weeks.
Tyrod Taylor: The Texans defense has woken up as of late, particularly against the pass. In the past month QBs are scoring a league low 10.65 Fantasy points per game. Expect the Texans to take away the run and dare Taylor to beat them with his arm.
Matt Ryan: Going against Tampa Bay may look like a matchup on paper, but the Bucs are allowing just 13 Fantasy points to opposing QBs in the past month. Add in that Ryan has only broke 300 yards twice since Week 2. He has also thrown eight picks in his last five games.
Jonathan Stewart: Stewart has had over 20 carries in seven straight games. He also leads the league in red zone rushing attempts and faces a Saints defense that has allowed the most Fantasy points per game (26.67) to running backs over the past month.
Buck Allen: Allen played well in his first start, particularly in the passing game, where he caught four receptions for 29 yards and a touchdown. He takes on a Dolphins team that has allowed 26.18 Fantasy points per game to RBs in the past month.
Bonus: C.J. Anderson: The Chargers are allowing over 22 Fantasy points per game to RBs over the past month. That is an improvement to their numbers on the season, but it shows how bad against the run they have been. Anderson is slowly stealing the job back as he had 44 snaps compared to just 27 for Ronnie Hillman.
Frank Gore: Gore has been dealing with a number of injuries, including his knee and quad. The 32-year-old has been slowed down as of late, failing to rush for over 40 yards in two straight. He takes on a stout Pittsburgh defense that has allowed just 10.7 Fantasy points per game to opposing RBs in the past four weeks.
Latavius Murray: Murray has topped 100-yards once in his last eight games. In that stretch he has just two touchdowns. In fact, in that span he failed to top 60 rushing yards five times, including the last three. He takes on a stout Chiefs defense that has clamped down on the run as of late.
Brandon LaFell: The Eagles have been torched in the air as of late, most recently allowing three touchdowns to Calvin Johnson on Thanksgiving. Expect LaFell to be the WR most targeted by Tom Brady this week. In the past four weeks the Eagles are allowing 35.13 Fantasy points to opposing wideouts, including 60 receptions for 735 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Donte Moncrief: Moncrief and Matt Hasselbeck seem to be on the same page. In the past two games (both started by Hasselbeck) Moncrief leads the Colts in total targets and receptions. That bodes well this week against the Steelers, who are the only team to allow more points to opposing WRs than the Eagles in the past month, at 41.93.
Sammy Watkins: Watkins is coming off of a huge week against the Chiefs. However, he has proven to be very boom or bust and will either win you the week (or perhaps a million dollars) or leave you desiring more. The Texans have locked down receivers as of late and will likely throw extra attention Watkins’ way.
Demaryius Thomas: This is only if you are debating between Thomas and another reliable option. Do not bench Thomas and throw any waiver wire pickup in their over him. Thomas was targeted 12 times last week, but only had one grab for 36 yards. The worst sight was his body language, as Thomas appeared lackadaisical on numerous occasions. The Chargers are allowing just 17 Fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts in the past month.
Delanie Walker: Walker leads all tight ends in receptions. Walker is a favorite of his rookie QB and has a great matchup to exploit this week. The Jags are allowing nearly 15 Fantasy points to opposing tight ends in the past month.
Scott Chandler: Everyone’s favorite waiver wire pickup. With Gronk out this week Chandler is expected to see a bump in usage. Last week Chandler was targeted 11 times, which he caught five for 58 yards and a touchdown. While the Eagles have been good at defending the tight end all year, Chandler has a good chance to top 10 PPR points.
Charles Clay: It has already been addressed how strong the Texans defense has been as of late. Well, in the past month they are allowing just 2.87 Fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends. Add in a declining workload and Clay is not an appealing option.
Vance McDonald: McDonald has been productive ever since Vernon Davis was traded and Blaine Gabbert was named starter. However, the Bears have allowed just two touchdowns to opposing tight ends all year, while holding them to 5.95 Fantasy points per game.
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