Byes: Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints
Eli Manning, Giants @ Eagles
The Eagles have allowed 13 scoring passes in 2014, the most in the NFL. They are ranked 30th against the pass, and have given up multiple passing touchdowns in every game this season. Manning has had a solid fantasy game in his last four contests, throwing for multiple scores in every game since week one. His receiving corps of Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle, Odell Beckham, Preston Parker, and TE Larry Donnell are creating space for him to throw to. He has thrown for multiple scores in 8 of his previous 11 games against the Eagles. it should easily be 9/12 after Sunday night.
Branden Oliver, Chargers @ Raiders
Last week, Oliver, the undrafted rookie from the University of Buffalo, gained 69 rushing yards by halftime against a Jet run defense that was allowing just 63 yards per game. Oliver makes the list this week because Donald Brown suffered a concussion, and it seems as though he will miss the game this week. Without Brown for most of the game last week, Oliver accumulated 23 touches. You can expect at least that this week. The Raider run defense is allowing 158 yards per game on the ground. Oliver will also be involved again in the passing game. He should have no problem gaining over 100 combined yards and scoring another touchdown this week.
LeGarrette Blount, Steelers @ Browns
Blount had a below average fantasy game last week, with just 11 touches for 46 yards against the Jaguars. The key reason he makes the list is the fact that he has been on the field for almost every offensive snap the Steelers have had this year while inside the 5-yard line. Last week, the Steelers had just one snap inside the 5, and Ben Roethlisberger threw for a score to a backup TE. Blount will get the goal line carries Sunday and will face a Brown run defense that is allowing 152 yards a game on the ground. Blount scored the Steelers first touchdown of the year week one against the Browns. He should be able to find the goal line again this week in Cleveland.
Allen Robinson, Jaguars @ Titans
Robinson is not topping any charts with receiving statistics but he is the healthiest of the Jaguar wide receivers and has developed momentum and chemistry with Blake Bortles. Bortles looks to him first on third downs. Robinson has 17 receptions for 168 yards the last three games. He should be able to find room and the goal line this week against a Titan pass defense that has allowed 10 scoring throws in 2014.
Golden Tate, Lions @ Vikings
Golden Tate is a must play with Calvin Johnson appearing as he will not be ready to go with a high ankle sprain. Tate has hauled in 20 receptions for 301 yards and a touchdown his last three games. Matthew Stafford has thrown six touchdown passes his last four games against the Vikings, and only one of those was to Johnson. For some reason against the Vikings, Stafford has found open receivers other than Calvin Johnson. This could be Tate’s best fantasy match-up of 2014.
Tim Wright, Patriots at Bills
Wright made a few appearances in this column in 2013 as he teamed up with Mike Glennon to score in 3 of his last 4 games with the Buccaneers. The Patriots traded for him, with the goal being to try and keep bracket coverage away from Rob Gronkowski. Tom Brady has thrown for 7 scores to tight ends in his last 6 games against the Bills. While the Bills have been solid against the pass and have allowed just 1 opening day touchdown to a TE in 2014, facing the Patriots passing game is always a challenge for them. The Bills will try and limit Gronkowski, as all teams try and do, and that should open up the middle of the field for the other Patriot receivers. A 55-65 yard, one touchdown afternoon is realistic for Wright.