As the NFL season surpasses the midway point, the league’s best and worst teams are starting to take form. Teams that came into the season expected to play well have suffered as of late, while teams that were expected to do poorly are undefeated (i.e. Kansas City Chiefs). Just as I have done all season, I have provided you guys with the players that should be starting week in and week out. I hope you enjoy this week’s picks.
Alex Smith (Chiefs QB) – He’s scored over 20 fantasy points three different times this season, and this week could be another one of those weeks as the undefeated Chiefs go up against a Bills’ defense that gives up the third-most fantasy points to quarterbacks. He’s still only owned in 60 percent of leagues.
Ben Tate (Texans RB) – Arian Foster has a bad hamstring and looks very questionable to play, while Tate has broken ribs but declared he will play. Tate will be huge if Foster can’t go, and it’s looking doubtful at this point. We’ll find out more as the week goes on. Tate is owned in 49 percent of leagues.
DeAndre Hopkins (Texans WR) – While Hopkins has been a bit of a disappointment and has only had a few good games this year, I think he has a big game this week because the Texans will have to throw against Andrew Luck and the Colts. He had three catches for 76 yards and a touchdown last week, and he’s a unique talent. He’s owned in 47 percent of leagues.
Eddie Royal (Chargers WR) – While Royal has been inconsistent over the course of the season, you may want to take a chance on him against a Redskins’ team that has given up the third-most fantasy points to wide receivers. He had four catches for 69 yards and a touchdown last week against Jacksonville, and they’ll have to throw a lot more this week.
Kyle Rudolph (Vikings TE) – Rudolph caught a team-high four balls for 52 yards last week with Christian Ponder back under center. Ponder found him a lot on checkdowns, and the Vikings will need to throw a lot against a poor Cowboys’ defense while they play from behind. The Cowboys give up the fifth-most fantasy points to tight ends.
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