We woke up to injury news speculation once again this Sunday. No surprise there.
Tyler Eifert is unlikely to play. Andre Ellington is likely to miss this week and next week. Kenny Stills is probably not going to play. Danny Amendola is questionable. Michael Floyd is expected to play. Heath Miller is unlikely to play. Austin Seferian-Jenkins is actually supposed to play.
There are tons more (Zach Miller is expected to play), but we’re not a news site.
When we already have fine news sites like Rotoworld.com it seems like a waste of time to go on too long about the news. You came here for rankings which have been sliding toward the boom-or-bust scale. As always you’ll want to check late NFL news at a site like Rotoworld to make sure games are being played and players are in lineups.
Our rankings are posted early Sunday and don’t always reflect final starting lineups.
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Cam Newton is the top pick. There is no way he can mess this up.
It may surprise some to see Jay Cutler in second place, but he gets the 49ers on the road. That’s a huge spot. Alshon Jeffery is off the injury report for the first time all season and he has Matt Forte and Jeremy Langford in the backfield.
Ryan Fitzpatrick and Ryan Tannehill are also probably pretty surprising. People haven’t been paying enough attention to Fitzpatrick, now he gets the Giants defense. Tannehill gets the Ravens defense with newly minted rookie wide receiver Devante Parker running routes.
David Johnson, C.J. Anderson and Shaun Draughn in the top 10? Yep, we are FULL ON BOOM-OR-BUSTin it here!
Johnson should get 20-25 touches. That means he’ll get plenty of volume and opportunities to get in the end zone, a place has shown a nose for finding.
Adam Schefter reported this morning that we should see more of Anderson this week because he has more yards per carry and has outperformed Ronnie Hillman in pass protection. With that news, I wouldn’t be surprised if Hillman is relegated to backup/handcuff status.
Draughn gets 100 percent of the work out of the backfield for San Francisco. Obviously, that’s not as good as 100 percent in another backfield, but he should approach 100 total yards and has been racking up PPR points as well.
Martavis Bryant, T.Y. Hilton and Jeremy Maclin in the top-10 are probably head-scratch-ish if you haven’t read all of our articles this week.
We, of course, are high on the Steelers offense, which means we need to be high on Ben Roethlisberger‘s weapons. Bryant may get a target or two more this week with Heath Miller likely to be out.
We all know Hilton is a star, it’s just the lack of Andrew Luck that concerns people. However, Matt Hasselbeck made sure Hilton got on the board twice last week. He’s too smart a quarterback to not get Hilton involved again.
I also think it’s a great spot for Maclin, coming off a monster game. He’s had 10 or more targets in four games this season. The Chiefs would be smart to make sure it happens this week against an Oakland offense that allows 95.7 yards per game to No. 1 wide receivers.
Scott Chandler‘s the one that really stands out at an unlikely spot. But here’s what I said about him in our Draft Kings and FanDuel sleepers columns: Here are the key stats on this one: Chandler is 6-feet, 7-inches tall, weighs 260 pounds and he was targeted 11 times last week during the game in which Rob Gronkowski got hurt.
The Newton-Greg Olsen stack might be the top stack of the week in daily fantasy football. Where players aren’t going Olsen, they’re going to go super cheap with Chandler. That means guys like Gary Barnidge, Travis Kelce, Delanie Walker, Jordan Reed and Julius Thomas will go ignored. Playing ignored players who go off will win you a daily fantasy football tournament, like the Millionaire Maker.