But first let's get the obvious out of the way:
START OF THE WEEK:
When you realize what David Johnson will do (again) to the 49ers next week pic.twitter.com/aogfnBy0oV— Adam Pfeifer (@APfeifer24) November 6, 2016
With San Francisco's defense setting a new record for 100-yard games to rushers, this should be the lock of the week perhaps across the entire NFL.
So let's move to the nitty gritty.
CARDS START OF THE WEEK: WR J.J. Nelson
I hope you listened to my advice last week and started Nelson after I told you to do so.
I will admit here, however, Fitzgerald is clearly a must-start against a 49ers team that he scored two TD's against when Drew Stanton at Quarterback. But last week's star, J.J. Nelson, could be in for a big week after the bye here as well.
When the season began two months ago, J.J. Nelson was considered the #5 wide receiver on the Cardinals.
Now he's starting across from Larry Fitzgerald as the #2. And to be frank, this probably should have come a bit earlier considering Michael Floyd's ineffectiveness, but Nelson did suffer an injury in the first part of the season. If he hadn't, I believe he would have passed Brown and Floyd much quicker.
J.J. Nelson has the potential to blossom into Arians' new version of Emmanuel Sanders in the desert.— Blake Allen Turkey (@blakemurphy7) November 10, 2016
Granted, it's taken Michael Floyd dropping almost everything thrown his way, an ACL tear for Jaron Brown and John Brown's sickle-cell diagnosis for it all to happen but Nelson has stepped up big time, with 8 catches for 79 yards and 2 TD's last week against Carolina.
He was basically uncoverable for most of the day once the Cardinals opened up the offense and started tossing the ball, and while one of his touchdowns was wide-open, his volume has increased significantly over the past three weeks, and he's starting to fill a very specific role in the Bruce Arians' offense, one we've seen before.
All in all, look for Nelson and Palmer to get more comfortable together, along with the rest of the Cardinals offense.
CARDS SIT OF THE WEEK: Michael Floyd, WR
Floyd's a tough bet to start in almost any league, and while some have optimism his higher number of redzone targets might help even his season out, I'm not as optimistic.
Fantasy expert @MattFranchise had this to show about Floyd's productivity this season:
Michael Floyd vs J.J. Nelson— Matt Franciscovich (@MattFranchise) November 7, 2016
Snap differential: 215
FP differential: 7.6 (standard) pic.twitter.com/LIg5zE0Wwn
Clearly, Floyd's had LESS effectiveness despite being on the field almost three times as long. Something has got to give here if you are considering him, even in a desperation week.
NINERS START OF THE WEEK:
NINERS SIT OF THE WEEK: Carlos Hyde, RB
This one is tough as Hyde is basically the Niners offense, but even if he is healthy to go, he has a rough matchup against Arizona on the road.
Maybe he gets a TD as a saving grace but he seems too risky a flex play this week for me to advise. I'd say you will probably have to play him this week if he starts due to volume but I would find it very, very tough to expect any success from him.
NFL STARTS OF THE WEEK:
Isaiah Crowell, RB, Browns--Start a Browns player? Actually yes, Crowell has been a great fantasy RB option this year, and he had a nice outing last time he played the Ravens with 133 yards and a touchdown against a very good run defense. Look for him to put up similar numbers
Jordan Matthews, WR, Eagles--The Falcons secondary can't seem to stop anyone. I'd expect a floundering Eagles offense to get into a shootout with the Falcons as Wentz targets Matthews all day, maybe even forces the ball to him.
NFL SITS OF THE WEEK:
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans--Is there a reason to play Hopkins these days? Not to mention he is up against Jalen Ramsey and the Jaguars' excellent defense. Pity to see one of the top five wide receivers in the NFL being wasted this season.
Zach Ertz--The Tight End is coming off of a great outing but while they are playing the Falcons this next week, Ertz did not have an endzone catch for a TD and Wentz seems to look away from him in the redzone this season. I'd expect that to continue as he falls back from grace.
Gary Barnidge--Barnidge had only 4 catches for 37 yards in the last game against the Ravens, who are surprisingly in first place in the AFC North this season and a top-rated pass defense. Keep Barnidge on your bench this week unless you have a better option.
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