Oct 23, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi (23) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. The Miami Dolphins defeat the Buffalo Bills 28-25. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
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Another week has come and gone and now we are on to Week 10 of the NFL Season. I’ll take you through a list the best fantasy football players for the upcoming week.
The bye week can come at the worst time for Fantasy Football owners. Depending on who you drafted for your bench or pick up on the waiver wire, your team might be able to survive a week without your best players.
It’s always good to look through the waiver wire to see if a good player gets released. If so, make sure you snatch them up and start them in place of the player or players on the bye that week. That way it’ll make it seem like you haven’t missed that many points due to your key players being on the bye.
The Atlanta Falcons head into Philadelphia to play the Eagles on Sunday. The Giants were able to pass all over the Eagles secondary so I can see Jones having a big day. Matt Ryan is having a tremendous season so far with all the weapons he has on offense.
Jones is predicted to get 23 fantasy points this week against the Philadelphia Eagles defense. His 465 career catches are the most in NFL History in a player’s first 75 games. That’s a pretty amazing stat considering how many greats came before Jones.
This week, Jones will have 10 receptions for 150 yards against the Eagles defense. Big games are what Julio Jones is used to and he now has other wide receivers around him so teams aren’t always being double teamed.
What can we say about Jay Ajayi? He’s been one of the biggest surprises of the NFL Season so far. He’s come out of nowhere the last couple of weeks to gain over 200 yards in 2 of the last 3 weeks minus the bye.
Ajayi has propelled the Dolphins into position to possibly make the playoffs this year. Before he emerged, the Dolphins offense struggled. Now that Ryan Tannehill has been getting help in the running game, he’s been able to have more time in the pocket to make smarter decisions.
Ajayi and the Dolphins travel to the West Coast to take on the San Diego Chargers. Expect Ajayi to top the century mark again this week for the fourth straight week. If Ajaji struggles, then I don’t see how the Dolphins win this game after traveling to the West Coast.
Oct 2, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) prior to a game against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Jeffery has been injury prone his whole NFL career, but when he does play, he usually puts up great numbers. The Bears travel to Tampa this weekend and you can expect Jeffery to put up big numbers this week.
The Buccaneers secondary isn’t too good and that should allow Jay Cutler to exploit that weakness. Being a 6’3 Wide Receiver doesn’t hurt as well because most cornerbacks and safeties are around 5’10. All you have to do is throw the ball up and the bigger receiver normally will catch the ball.
Last week was the first time all season that Jeffrey scored a touchdown and I think he’ll add to that total this weekend. The poor Buccaneers secondary will make it easy for him to get 8 receptions for 120 yards and 2 touchdowns.
His coming out party was last season against the Baltimore Ravens. I hadn’t heard of Gary Barnidge before he torched the Ravens defense for 8 receptions and 139 yards and a touchdown. He ended up with 79 receptions 1043 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns altogether last year.
This season hasn’t been quite as good for Barnidge as he’s had to deal with multiple quarterback changes due to injury. I’m always weary of Barnidge when he plays against the Ravens. Truth be told, the Ravens seem to always have issues with Tight Ends, especially big and tall ones.
I think Cody Kessler is going to be a good quarterback and will use Barnidge to his advantage tonight against the Ravens defense. A security blanket is what Kessler needs right now and I believe he will get the most out of Barnidge. The game will be tight, but Barnidge racks up 6 catches for 90 yards and a touchdown.
This isn’t the first time I’ve put Matt Forte in my list of players who are ready for a big week. He was cut by the Bears due to age and money. He’s definitely outperformed my expectations of him so far this season and I’m sure many of the Jets fans as well.
Forte is a powerful back which is rare these days in football. Toughness is no stranger to Forte as he has a knack for going all out each and every play whether it’s running the ball or catching it out of the backfield.
The Los Angeles Rams travel to the East Coast to play the Jets. Los Angeles has a stout defense, but I can see Forte having some success on the ground. Forte will be able to run the ball for 85 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown as well as get 4 receptions for 50 yards and another touchdown.
Players might not perform well if they play on Thursday Night games so it’s best to be cautious. Granted, every player is dinged up towards the end of the season, but having less than three days off can be brutal to a players body and they need more time to heal.
Do people actually enjoy these Thursday Night games? To me, the only Thursday games the NFL should ever have are the Thanksgiving Day games, but just the two. Keep the Lions and the Cowboys playing, but lose the third one. The Thanksgiving Day football game isn’t as special anymore now that they play games regularly on Thursdays.
Here’s hoping you take a look at my Top 5 players who are ready for a big 10!