Start ’em, Sit ’em: Ride Cooper’s hot streak

Luke Garza

Sports Blogger

@LukeAGarza

 

Start ‘em

DeMarco Murray, running back, Tennessee Titans

A couple seasons ago, Murray was labeled a product of Dallas’ dominant offensive line. Six weeks into the season with the Titans, Murray sits fourth among fantasy running backs, despite Derrick Henry’s arrival in last spring’s draft. Murray has received more than 20 carries in each of his past three games and has a good chance to do so again. The Titans play the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, who surrendered 28 points to Lamar Miller in Week 6.

 

Amari Cooper, wide receiver, Oakland Raiders

Raiders receiver Amari Cooper is earning his spot back in fantasy lineups. (e Orimo, Flickr)
Raiders receiver Amari Cooper is earning his spot back in fantasy lineups.
(e Orimo, Flickr)

Cooper is coming off back-to-back games with more than 100 receiving yards, propelling him to third in the league in that category. The Raiders face the Jaguars on Sunday, in a game that should be a high-scoring affair. Look for Cooper to continue his hot streak with another double-digit fantasy performance.

 

Matthew Stafford, quarterback, Detroit Lions

Stafford has been revitalized under offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter. Stafford has surpassed 20 points in seven of his past 10 games and scored a season-high 28 fantasy points against the Rams on Sunday. The Redskins have given up only six passing touchdowns this season but have allowed at least 27 points in all but one of their games.

 

Sit ‘em

Jordan Howard, running back, Chicago Bears

Howard has been one of the league’s biggest surprises one-third of the way through the season. He ranks in the top 25 among all running backs but faces a stingy Packers defense on Thursday Night Football, an event which is nearly always sloppy.

 

Doug Baldwin, wide receiver, Seattle Seahawks

Baldwin faces an unfavorable matchup Sunday, as the Seahawks face the Arizona Cardinals. Baldwin has recorded more than four receptions only twice this season. The Cardinals, who allow the third fewest passing yards per game, have shown signs of improvement and have won two straight games after a 1-3 start.

 

Tyrod Taylor, quarterback, Buffalo Bills

Taylor has surpassed 200 passing yards only twice this season, yet has at least 15 fantasy points in each of the past five games. The Dolphins are coming off an impressive win against the Steelers. They’ve also done a solid job against mobile quarterbacks this season, holding Russell Wilson to a mere 16 yards Week 1.

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