The HOT/COLD List, Week 7
Welcome back to another week of my HOT/COLD list. As usual, this list is not a rankings post. By that, I mean that just because Nick Foles is HOT and Matt Ryan is COLD does not mean I suggest starting the Eagles QB over the Falcons one. It just means that relative to that players’ expectations, I believe that Foles will perform well and Ryan will underwhelm. Both the HOT and COLD sections will be laid out like an actual fantasy football team (QB, 2RB, 2WR, TE, D/ST,) Without further ado….
QB: Nick Foles – Last week, Foles was the highest scoring fantasy quarterback in the league, and he could put up even bigger numbers this week. He goes from facing Darrelle Revis and the Bucs to Morris Claiborne and the ‘Boys. Just in case you were wondering, Revis is very good at football and Morris Claiborne isn’t. This means that Foles could have himself a huge day against a very poor and injury ridden Cowboys defense.
RB1: Giovani Bernard – Last week he struggled to get anything going on the ground (15 carries for 28 yards) but still managed to catch a touchdown which gave him at least a few fantasy points. This week is different. Against a Lions defense that is 3rd worst against the run (in terms of fantasy points allowed) and they have given up the most receiving touchdowns to opposing RB’s.
RB2: Lamar Miller – He has been widely inconsistent so far this year which has been extremely maddening to fantasy owners. However, expect a big game in week 7 for Miller all because of his matchup: the Buffalo Bills. The Dolphins should win this game relatively easily which means lots of mop-up duty carries for Miller against a defense that doesn’t know how to stop the run in the first place.
WR1: Julian Edelman – Last time the Patriots played the Jets, Edelman had a career high 13 catches. That was before Danny Amendola got healthy again though, right? Right. But Amendola suffered a concussion last week and is unlikely to play Sunday so don’t be surprised when Edelman torches the Jets secondary out of the slot.
WR2: Pierre Garcon – He’s the most reliable target that the Redskins have, especially when throwing deep. The Bears secondary, contrary to popular belief, is actually very prone to giving up the big play and is having a very poor year thus far.
TE: Rob Gronkowski – He’s active, he’s playing, he’s starting, he’s scoring. Make sure you get him in your lineup before it’s too late and you miss out on all the fun.
D/ST: Miami Dolphins – Who is the Bills quarterback this week? Matt Flynn? Thad Lewis? Jeff Tuel? Exactly.
QB: Matt Ryan – Even though the news that Julio Jones is done for the year seems like it happened forever ago, this will be the first game that Matt Ryan plays without his star wideout. Actually make that star wideouts (plural) because Roddy White will miss his first game of his career too. Expect a lot of distrust and unfamiliarity between Ryan and his receivers this week.
RB1: Le’Veon Bell – After a stellar opening 2 touchdown performance against the Vikings, Bell struggled mightily against a much better Jets run defense. That’s to be expected, but this week the Ravens are much closer to the Jets than they are to the Vikings, so don’t expect big things from Bell.
RB2: Stevan Ridley – He finally broke out of his major slump last week with 99 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns (and looked like a much more confident runner in the process). But playing a Jets defense this week isn’t exactly conducive to another breakout performance. New YorK stymied Ridley in their last meeting and I see no reason for anything to change this week, especially when the Jets’ D has only gotten better.
WR1: Dwayne Bowe – Unless you’re happy with no more than 4 catches per game and yardage totals that have not eclipsed 58 yards in any contest yet, please sit this guy. Kansas City’s ultra-conservative offense is affecting Bowe in an extremely negative way, however, the Chiefs keep winning so don’t expect anything to change soon.
WR2: Buffalo Receivers – Steve Johnson? Robert Woods? Those guys are fine players, but I just cant trust them this week, not when Matt Flynn might be throwing them the ball. Once EJ Manuel comes back, these guys become valuable again, but until that day, stash these guys on the bench.
TE: Tony Gonzalez – Tampa Bay does one thing really well: they take away what you do best. Now, the Bucs don’t do much else well, but from a fantasy perspective, this is significant. Tony Gonzalez is the only bright spot for the Falcons so look for Tampa to try and take him away in this game.
D/ST: Indianapolis Colts – Opponent: Denver Broncos