It’s time to take a look at some of our fringe fantasy players, and determine who starts and who sits this week. Let this article be a guide for you as you make your final roster moves.
Kirk Cousins, QB – Redskins
Kirk has a long history of punishing the Eagles, and this trend should continue this week. Kirk had a top-tier fantasy season last year overall, and his numbers against the Eagles proved even more stellar. Kirk averages over 27 fantasy points per start against Philly, with his high being over 40. Captain Kirk will lead your team to victory this week
Dalvin Cook, RB – Vikings
Dalvin had an electric career in college, and seeks to continue that trend in Minnesota. He gets to get it rolling against one of the historically bad run defenses in the league in New Orleans. Cook should easily find the end zone, and plenty of room to run.
Sammy Watkins, WR – Rams
Anyone who knows me knows my thoughts about Sammy Watkins, and the 3rd round pick I spent on him last season. To say I’m not a fan is the understatement of the century. However, we must remain objective, and the match-up couldn’t be better. The Colts already have a shaky pass defense, and now top CB Vontae Davis will be out. Combine that with Sean McVay wanting to prove himself, and Sammy Watkins should find plenty of opportunity to get rolling.
Marshawn Lynch, RB – Raiders
Marshawn is one of the most interesting cases in fantasy this year. However, this week won’t be a great barometer for 2017 success. Oakland faces a defense in the Titans that allowed the fewest points to RBs last season, and their unit only got better in the offseason. Wait another week, and revisit Marshawn vs. The Jets.
Keenan Allen, WR – Chargers
Keenan should have a nice year overall, but he won’t find much success against Aqib Talib and a Broncos secondary that has proven to be one of the best in football, if not the best.
Martellus Bennett, TE – Packers
Martellus shot up draft boards as he showed some preseason chemistry with Aaron Rodgers. However, that chemistry will face some severely stiff competition vs. a Seattle defense that is stingier than most. They allowed under 6 points/game to opposing TEs last season, and return nearly an identical group.
Dak Prescott, QB – Cowboys
Dak hysteria has reached an all-time high this offseason, with people ready to crown the Cowboys champions in week 1. However, “Spags” and the Giants D had Dak’s number last season, and there’s no reason to believe that changes this week. Until Dak proves he can look better than JAG against NY, he has to take a seat in your lineup.