By: Andrew Hedglen
Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers QB) – If you have Cam Newton or Aaron Rodgers on a bye week, Roethlisberger should be a strong plug-in this week against Minnesota. The Vikings have given up the 11th-most fantasy points to quarterbacks, as this will be a competitive match-up against two winless teams. Yes, Pittsburgh’s offensive line has its woes, but Le’Veon Bell is expected to return to help the run game. Roethlisberger has performed better and better as the weeks have gone on.
Bilal Powell (Jets RB) – Powell should be a weekly plug-in for the foreseeable future. He carried the ball a whopping 27 times for 149 yards last week against Buffalo, and scored 13 fantasy points the week before that. He’s a runner with surprising speed for his size, and Chris Ivory is out of commission with hamstring issues. The Jets face the Titans this week, who are a middle of the pack defense that gives up the 15th-most fantasy points to running backs.
Danny Woodhead (Chargers RB) – Woodhead is much more than a sleeper in PPR leagues as he catches plenty of passes out of the backfield. He’s gotten 12 touches in each of the last two weeks and scored six fantasy points in both games. Their game at home against Dallas should be a shootout, and the Cowboys have talented corners. This could translate to plenty of dump-offs from Rivers to Woodhead.
Ryan Broyles (Lions WR) – Broyles will get a lot more looks this week against a Chicago team that has given up the fifth-most fantasy points to wide receivers. He showed great promise last year until suffering injuries of his own. Look for Broyles to have a big game in a Lions versus Bears shootout.
Denarious Moore (Raiders WR) – Moore exploded for 124 yards and a touchdown against Denver on Monday night. While 73 of those yards were on one catch and the touchdown, there is optimism for Moore heading into week four facing the porous Redskins’ defense. They’ve given up the most fantasy points to wide receivers. Terrelle Pryor suffered a concussion in the Denver game, but should be cleared and continues to improve every week as a passer. Use Moore if you need him.