We had a rough Week 6 of choose or lose with some of our picks, but we aren’t letting that keep us down. This week provides for a few matchups that are obvious choices to start players. Perfection is never guaranteed in fantasy football, but we try to give you a fighting chance at it with our picks.
Carson Palmer vs. Baltimore Ravens
If you have Palmer and you aren’t starting him on a weekly basis, chances are you have a quarterback like Tom Brady and Palmer is a backup. This week will provide fantasy gold if you choose to start him like we are suggesting. The Ravens just lost to the 49ers and this game is at Arizona, and the Ravens’ defense is “turrible” (in our Charles Barkley voice). If you have Palmer on the roster, you need to start him against Baltimore.
Blake Bortles vs. Buffalo Bills (London)
This game is in London but that isn’t going to change the performance of the Bills’ defense and Bortles should be started. The Jaguars don’t have the best offensive line, but they have speed on the outside, and Bortles has proven that he can efficiently use those weapons in his favor. If the Bills can’t get a decent pass rush — like every game this season — Bortles will shred them with his cannon arm and multiple weapons at receiver. Julius Thomas is also starting to play like he did in Denver, and that simply adds another weapon for Bortles to use.
Alex Smith vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Suddenly, Smith has no help in the backfield even though every fantasy expert told you to pick up running back Charcandrick West. He is facing a Steelers’ defense that has been rising to the occasion on a somewhat consistent basis, and intercepted Carson Palmer a couple of times last week. Without help in the backfield, Smith could be running for his life in this game and you should stay away from starting him if you can.
Joe Flacco vs. Arizona Cardinals
Flacco played lights out last season but he actually had some receivers to throw it too. Yes, he still has Steve Smith, but his next best option is Kamar Aiken? No thanks, I’ll pass on that choice, although he is starting to form a bond with Flacco recently. The Cardinals’ defense shredded Kaepernick and the 49ers, and this game could closely mirror that matchup. Although, Flacco is much more of a worthy opponent than Kaep is.
On the Bubble
Matthew Stafford vs. Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings’ defense shut down the Chiefs last week and could probably repeat that feat in this week’s matchup against the Lions. This game is in Detroit, which slightly favors the Lions, but Stafford might be a risky pick to start this week. With that being said, he has played decent football against the Vikings throughout much of his career, and an early deficit for the Lions would mean that he would be able to attempt a shootout like he did with Chicago in Week 6.