The NFL fantasy landscape continues to get some big surprises from week to week and owners are trying to figure out how to take advantage.
Last week the Texans defense delivered on the sleeper promise, allowing just 229 total yards and forcing three turnovers against Buffalo. Latavius Murray also went off for 155 yards and a touchdown against Arizona. Both were predicted to do so. Who might be in store for a similar bit of productivity in week seven? There are certainly one or two surprises people might not be expected, both of the young and the old variety.
Mitch Trubisky vs. Patriots
Picking any quarterback against the Patriots is always a big risk. New England has a way of frustrating passers with good game plans and sound, disciplined play. That said, their pass defense has been weak. They’ve allowed 268 yards per game which is 12th in the NFL but also 15 touchdown passes, which is tied for 31st. Trubisky has been hot of late with nine touchdowns in the past two games. He’ll be at home. It’s a worthwhile gamble.
Frank Gore vs. Lions
“The Inconvenient Truth” does not age. He merely goes to another team and provided steady, solid play until they get too scared to keep him any longer. He put over 100 yards on one of the best run defenses in the NFL last week vs. Chicago. Now he’ll go against one of the worst in Detroit. The Lions are allowing 145.8 yards per game on the ground. Since Brock Osweiler will start again this week, that means Gore should get another heavy dose of action.
John Brown vs. Saints
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One of the receivers who’s quietly had a good year thus far is John Brown. Most forgot about him after dealing with injuries in Arizona the past couple of seasons. Now he’s got 434 yards and three touchdowns in six games. Better still he’s about to face a Saints defense that has been generous against the pass all year, allowing 297 yards per game. On that fast track of the Superdome, Brown’s speed is going to be lethal for the Ravens.
David Njoku vs. Buccaneers
Baker Mayfield has played some tough defenses lately but he’ll get a reprieve against a really bad Buccaneers team that has been shredded most of the season. The player who could end up having a big game is tight end David Njoku. He’s begun to emerge this year as a genuine weapon. Trey Burton sliced them up a few weeks ago, then Austin Hooper put up a big game the next week. Everything is set up for Njoku to have a big day.
Chargers defense vs. Titans
They aren’t what one might call a suffocating defense, but the Chargers have become quite the opportunistic one. They’ve forced two turnovers in each of their past five games. Now they face a Titans offense that is absolutely lost at the moment. Marcus Mariota is a shell of the quarterback he once was, unable to get anything going in the passing game. This presents a big opportunity for the Chargers to show they’re not the Philip Rivers show.