This isn’t exactly a great matchup for Manuel, but people are anointing the Bengals defense a bit too soon for my liking. On the year, the Bengals are allowing opposing quarterbacks to complete 69 percent of their passes and 263 yards per game. They’ve only allowed seven touchdowns on the year, but it’s not like they can’t be passed on.
Obviously, you’re not going to start Manuel unless you’re in a deep or 2-QB league, but he could put up some numbers. Manuel looked really good in the preseason and it looks like he’ll have both Sammy Watkins and LeSean McCoy playing. If the Bills get down early, Manuel could be dropping back and chucking it deep. Well, knowing him it’ll be a lot of checkdowns, but you get it.
I’ve brought Thompson up quite a few times, but he really hasn’t had a full breakout just yet.
Matt Jones is questionable and Thompson actually played 10 percent more snaps than Jones and 20 percent more snaps than Alfred Morris in week five. It’s certainly looking like Thompson could be in for his heaviest workload yet.
Also, this could be a week where Thompson is actually worth starting in standard leagues. In the past three weeks, Thompson has caught 16 passes but he’s only run the ball 11 times. With Jones out, he could see a few more rushing attempts.
One more thing to keep in mind, the Redskins are taking on a well-rested Jets defense, so it could be tough sledding on the ground in general. If the Redskins are forced to abandon the run like they kinda have in the past few weeks, Thompson should continue to see targets.
The breakdown of the Titans backfield is one of the most confusing things in fantasy this year. In week five, Dexter McCluster led the team with eight carries, and Andrews and Bishop Sankey each got seven. However, Andrews seems to be the preferred running back in the passing game and at the goal line.
This week, the Titans take on a very bad Dolphins run defense that is allowing opposing running backs 160.5 yards per game and 4.4 yards per carry.
If Andrews can get something going early, he may finally break free from the current three-headed attack the team is currently using.
This one is pretty much a layup this week but if Odell Beckham Jr. is out on Monday Night Football, both Harris and Randle become legit fantasy options. If Beckham Jr. does play and you have to start one, I’d go Harris, but if OBJ is out, then I’d start Randle. Regardless, you can’t go wrong with either, but that’s just how I see the situation.
In the past two games, Harris has looked like the slot receiver that Manning has been missing with Victor Cruz out. In two weeks, Harris has put up 11 catches on 14 targets for 123 yards and a touchdown. Against a horrible defense, both he and Randle could have huge games.
I’m digging deep here, but if your team is currently an abyss at tight end, Celek could be an interesting fantasy option. In his past two games, Celek is averaging three catches, five targets and 26 yards per game. He also caught a touchdown last week.