By Grant Ramirez
Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (vs SF)
Carson Wentz has been playing at a MVP level his past couple games, making huge plays downfield and displaying an unreal ability to escape pressure. His success should continue in a dream matchup against the winless 49ers. Dak Prescott, Kirk Cousins, and Jacoby Brissett have torched San Francisco’s defense in recent weeks. Going up against a red-hot Wentz may be its toughest challenge to date.
Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings (vs CLE)
Although he had only 41 receiving yards against the Ravens, Adam Thielen has had a breakout season. Expect him to rebound this week in London against the Browns. Although starting quarterback Sam Bradford is still out with a knee injury, Case Keenum has been serviceable and Cleveland has a terrible pass defense. In addition, the return of Stefon Diggs should open up more favorable matchups for Thielen.
Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals (vs IND)
Joe Mixon made the most of his limited opportunities in a loss to the Steelers, averaging an outstanding 7 yards per carry. Although he hasn’t had an overly productive rookie season, his flashes should make the Bengals give him more opportunities as the year wears on. Mixon has a favorable matchup on Sunday against an Indianapolis defense that has struggled mightily against the run. Mixon also has proven to be a skilled receiver out of the backfield, which gives him even more fantasy value.
Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears (vs NO)
Mitchell Trubisky hasn’t played at a level you would hope for a No. 2 overall pick. Although he has been careful with the ball, throwing only one interception, he has failed to top 130 passing yards in any of his first three starts. The Bears travel to New Orleans on Sunday to face a Saints team that has had a famously bad defense in recent years. However, the secondary has been opportunistic in recent weeks, producing four interceptions over the past few games. I wouldn’t expect for a breakout game for Trubisky this week.
OJ Howard, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs CAR)
OJ Howard had a breakout game against Buffalo, catching six passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns. Don’t look for that kind of production every week though, because he has been inconsistent overall this season. The rookie has had less than 20 receiving yards in four of his six games. In addition, he will face a Panthers’ defense on Sunday that has been good at limiting opposing tight ends, giving up the seventh-least fantasy points to the position in the league.
Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins (vs BAL)
After exploding for 85 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday against the Jets, Kenny Stills will look to continue his success when the Dolphins travel to Baltimore. There are a few things working against him, however. Most notably, starting quarterback Jay Cutler is out with broken ribs, and backup Matt Moore will replace him. Plus, although Baltimore’s defense hasn’t been as dominant as it was early in the season, they still talented are ranked No. 11 in pass defense. These factors don’t add up well for Stills.