Alright, so I had a bad week in my advice during week five. I’m not perfect. Don’t expect me to be. I thought I had good reasoning for my picks last week. This week, I’ll try to do better.
Here’s this week’s picks.
Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks
Baldwin was terrible last week, one catch on one target for one yard. There’s no way that happens again. Seattle has been fairly run heavy this season. However, I expect them to start incorporating Baldwin into the mix. They also play Oakland who is awful against the pass. Fire up Baldwin as a WR2 this week. The volume should be there.
Sony Michel, RB, New England Patriots
He’s had back to back weeks of at least 19 touches, over 100 total yards, and a touchdown. He’s quickly becoming the lead back in NE, except on passing downs. James White still owns that as he should. However, Michel should continue to see early down work. I think either back is a solid start this week against KC. Expect a shootout in this matchup, which usually benefits everyone.
Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
There are two reasons Winston makes this least. 1) he has decent weapons that even Ryan Fitzpatrick did well with. 2) the Bucs play the Falcons. Atlanta has been awful against the pass. There’s a decent chance this game will be a shootout, which bodes well for Jameis. If you have Brees on a bye, like I do, give Winston a shot. He’s likely available.
Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets
A lot of people are going to see his stat line from last week (3-123-2) and put him into their lineup without any hesitation and in non-PPR leagues, that’s fine. What I see is three catches on five targets. That’s not much volume. For me and PPR leagues, volume is what you want. He also hasn’t had more than six targets in a game this season. Indy is surprisingly decent against WRs also which has me very skeptical about Anderson this week.
Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins
Stills is in a similar situation as Anderson. He also hasn’t seen more than six targets in a game this season. The Dolphins play the Bears this week who have a solid defense. I’m pumping the brakes real hard on Stills.
Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins
Yep, another Dolphin. Drake did have a nice game last week, but he only had six rushing attempts (he had seven catches on eleven targets). If the targets continue to go his way, then yes, start him. But against the Bears defense Miami will probably struggle in all facets. Let Drake ride the pine again this week.
Adam Thielen/Stefan Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings
Look, you’re not benching either of these guys. I wouldn’t. You wouldn’t. Your grandmother who knows nothing about football wouldn’t. My advice is to brace yourselves for an average day from whichever of these guys gets shadowed by Patrick Peterson. Arizona is good against WRs and terrible against RBs. Expect a run heavy approach from the Vikings.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Jeffery has had two completely different games this season, 8-105-1 in his first, 2-39-0 in his second. However, he’s seen at least eight targets in both games he’s played. He should see around that amount again, but he’s playing against the Giants defense who is solid against WRs. Again, you’re probably not benching him, but limit your expectations.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Oakland Raiders
Lynch saw the fewest number of carries this season last week. That could be due to how the game was going, but this week could be similar. Seattle has the best rushing defense the Raiders have seen so far so his touches could be limited again.
There you go. My picks for the week. Good luck to you!