Let me start off by saying, thank you, thank you to everyone who decided not to pick Peyton Manning in last weeks Draftstreet daily leagues. My wallet was not as upset at me as it was. Going for the win column again this week, we have a couple QB battles that should make things really interesting.
Draftstreet Tier 1:
Tony Romo, Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck, Drew Brees, Robert Griffin III, Cam Newton
My Pick: Tony Romo
Hey if you don’t trust Tony Romo to do it two weeks in a row, than don’t pick him, but the Cowboys are playing their bitter rival the Washington Redskins and they’re bound to be some fireworks in this game. The Redskins pass Defense received a slightly better rank this week, but that ‘s because they were on a bye. I expect this game to be a shootout.
Draftstreet Tier 2:
Alex Smith, Terrelle Pryor, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson
My Pick: Tom Brady
What happens when you play against Drew Brees? Usually, you lose the game and most of the time it is by more than a couple points. What happens when you are losing? You throw the ball to try and catch up. Tom Brady snapped a 52 game streak by failing to throw a touchdown pass last week. That will not happen again. There is an added bonus if Mr. Rob Gronkowski comes back into the lineup, which he is expected to do.
Draftstreet Tier 3:
A.J. Green, DeMarco Murray, Demaryius Thomas, LeSean McCoy, Marshawn Lynch, Arian Foster
My Pick: A.J. Green
Last year, Green had one stretch of three games without a touchdown. I don’t think that happens again this year. McCoy stands out as the best guy in this group and normally I would take him, but the Tampa Bay run defense is solid. Tampa begin the first part of the season without allowing a rushing TD and they are keeping runners under four yards a carry and less than 100 yards per game.
Draftstreet Tier 4:
Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, DeSean Jackson, Antonio Brown, Justin Blackmon, Torrey Smith
My Pick: Justin Blackmon
I literally told a guy at work today that I would give him 5o dollars if Justin Blackmon does not score this week against Denver. Once again, what happens when you are down by a lot of points? You throw the ball to catch up. Good luck to the Jags this week, hope you guys have plenty of ice in that locker room for all of the burns that will be happening.
Draftstreet Tier 5:
Knowshon Moreno, Reggie Bush, Danny Woodhead, Frank Gore, Doug Martin, Ray Rice
My Pick: Reggie Bush
This one is not even close. The Cleveland Browns have given up a league high eight touchdowns to opposing running backs. Add to that the reasonable chance that Calvin Johnson comes back and Reggie should be back to going crazy.
Draftstreet Tier 6:
Jordon Cameron, Jason Witten, Julius Thomas, Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Gates, Vernon Davis
My Pick: Jordon Cameron
I just can’t put my money on Gronkowski this week. Remember last year when he returned just to turn around and get hurt again? I need to see one productive week before I start singing praises. Even with Cameron’s bad week against the Bills, he is still averaging more fantasy points per week than any of the above names.
Draftstreet Tier 7:
Terrance Williams, T.Y. Hilton, Danny Amendola, Marques Colston, Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, Vincent Jackson, Steve Smith
My Pick: Vincent Jackson
You have to gamble somewhere in these leagues and Vinny is my gamble. Vincent Jackson has seen a decrease in his yards and catches every week since the beginning of the season. He also has a whopping zero touchdowns, so where is the argument to start him? Mike Glennon takes over and the pair were given a week to figure out what they need to do to be successful.
Draftstreet Tier 8:
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Giovani Bernard, Eddie Lacey, Trent Richardson, Darren Sproles, Bilal Powell, Alfred Morris, DeAngelo Williams
My Pick: Bilal Powell
Last week, Zach Greubel had Powell as one of his weekly ideal fantasy match-ups. This week, Powell has the Pittsburgh Steelers who have given up six rushing touchdowns to opposing teams. That ties them as the second worst team in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers. With stats to help support our predictions, which is really what fantasy comes down to, we can assume that Powell will find the rectangle at least one time this week.
If you don’t like the pick em type of daily league, Draftstreet also offers weekly snake drafts and salary challenges. Every week I use our defensive team statistical breakdown, it would behoove you to do the same.