Start ’em, Sit ’em: Funchess in for another big week

By Grant Ramirez

Sports Blogger

@Grant_Ramirez3

 

Start ‘em

Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers (vs NO)

(al.asher, Flickr)

Devin Funchess has produced big numbers since Carolina traded Kelvin Benjamin to the Bills. He’s averaging 100 yards and a touchdown in his past two games. Sunday, he faces the Saints, who would usually be a tough matchup for opposing receivers. However, it is questionable whether New Orleans’ starting cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore and Ken Crawley, who are recovering from injuries, will return to action this week. This could open up more opportunities for Funchess.

Brett Hundley, QB, Green Bay Packers (vs TB)

In his first few starts after being thrust into the lineup because of an injury to Aaron Rodgers, Brett Hundley was mediocre. He finally turned things around on Sunday in Pittsburgh, however, putting up an impressive three-touchdown performance against a top-five defense. Although it isn’t always a good idea to react to one good performance, I’d look for Hundley to continue his positive momentum. He has a good matchup this week, facing Tampa Bay’s horrid passing defense.

Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets (vs KC)

Robby Anderson has been on an absolute tear the past four games, highlighted by a 146-yard and two touchdown performance against Carolina. He’s proving himself as a big downfield threat, averaging nearly 19 yards per catch during that stretch. Anderson should have another productive day this week against the Chiefs. Despite having star cornerback Marcus Peters, Kansas City’s passing defense has been extremely vulnerable, ranking in the bottom five in the league.

Sit ‘em

Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys (vs WAS)

Since Ezekiel Elliott began serving his six-game suspension, the once dynamic Dallas offense can’t seem to get anything going. During that stretch, Bryant has averaged less than 50 receiving yards per game and he hasn’t scored a touchdown in more than a month. It doesn’t help that he’ll be facing a tough opponent in Washington cornerback Josh Norman on Thursday night. In the Cowboys last game against the Redskins, Bryant had only 39 yards. Don’t expect him to get out of his slump this week.

New York Giants, D/ST (vs OAK)

The Giants face Oakland on Sunday, which has been inconsistent offensively, however I like their chances to put up a good performance this week. New York’s already porous secondary recently took a big blow, losing top cornerback Janoris Jenkins to a season-ending ankle injury. In addition, the Giants decision to bench Eli Manning and start Geno Smith may affect the defense. Unless Smith underwent dramatic improvement, I wouldn’t count on him to be able to move the chains consistently or protect the football. This could put the defense in some bad situations in terms of field position.

Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals (vs PIT)

Joe Mixon finally had his breakout game on Sunday against the Browns, rushing for 114 yards and a touchdown. I’d pump the brakes on expecting this kind of production on a regular basis, though, considering his previous high in yardage was only 51 yards. This week the Bengals host the Steelers’, whose rush defense ranks just outside the top five in the league. Cincinnati’s bad offensive line should struggle to handle this front and create running lanes. Mixon has the talent to become a big time running back, but don’t look for big time production against Pittsburgh.

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