I took the week off last week, and it was for a good reason, mind you. I didn’t play any DFS, but I did play my regular seasonal leagues. However, I wasn’t active on the waiver wire. You could say I took the week off from writing the streamers column, but I also wrote streamers off in my personal life, too. I got to marry my best friend this past weekend, and it was amazing. [Jay’s Note: Congrats!] I’m back on the grid now, and I’ll be looking at the waiver wire for my column each week, but I have my lineup cemented in my personal life for good. Let’s get to it!
Teddy Bridgewater (43 percent) at Detroit — The Teddy hype train was full steam in the offseason and the preseason. For good reason, too. He had Adrian Peterson to throw to out of the backfield, Kyle Rudolph healthy, Mike Wallace to take the top off of defenses and emerging go-to wide receiver Charles Johnson. Well, none of that has really worked out as we thought. The Vikings have established the run each week so far, but it hasn’t always worked despite the game script. Bridgewater has been a let down for fantasy owners so far this year, but with two good (Rodgers, Dalton), one viable (Cutler) and one name (Manning) on bye this week, people need quarterback help. His best game of the season so far came against the same Lions in Week 2 with 18.22 fantasy points.
Blake Bortles (62 percent) vs. Buffalo — The secret is out on Bortles, who is being touted as a pickup throughout the industry. It’s a London game, which makes me a little nervous, and it would help immensely if T.J. Yeldon, Allen Robinson and Julius Thomas are healthy to play. If the latter two are, I’m rolling Bortles out with confidence this week.
Jordan Reed (50 percent) vs. Tampa Bay — There’s not much to say here other than it looks like Reed is good to go for Sunday. He’s a tight end 1 each week that he’s healthy, which who knows how long it will last. Pick him up and run him out there while you can.
Ladarius Green (31 percent) vs. Oakland – It’s a deep sleeper pick, but I wouldn’t mind rolling Green out this week against the worst defense in the league against tight ends. It seemed the Raiders schemed differently before their bye against Owen Daniels and the Broncos, but Daniels still had two targets in the end zone. Gates is obviously the play you want here, but if you’re stuck without a tight end play this week, it’s worth gambling on Green, especially if the receiver corps is still banged up.
Kickers and Defense & Special Teams
Josh Lambo (40 percent) vs. Oakland — He’s a kicker, who is a kicker, that kicks. However, the matchup is great, as the Raiders have allowed the third most points to fantasy kickers this year.
I’d start him over: Josh Brown, Dan Carpenter, Kai Forbath.
I’d sit him for: Justin Tucker, Stephen Gostkowski, Chandler Catanzaro.
Miami (33 percent) vs. Houston — We finally saw a glimpse of what this unit can do. You’ll dump them after this week, but I’ll take that defensive front against a bad offensive line.
I’d start them over: Atlanta, Buffalo, Pittsburgh.
I’d sit them for: St. Louis, Arizona.
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