A reminder that this article presents two different groups. The first five are not about studs that will produce, but rather, players that are expected to exceed their normal level of production. The second five are solid players who won’t live up to the “stud” status or continue the hot steak they are currently on for that particular week. Let’s dive in!
1) Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons) – Julio Jones has had his way this season, but Ryan has been good, not amazing this fantasy season. It’s time for him to have one of his games where he tosses for over 300 yards and 3 or more TDs. He has this breakout game and will destroy the Titans’ secondary. Jones can’t be stopped, Hankerson will find plenty of space with the Titans doubling Jones, and Tamme could find some room over the middle. If you haven’t picked up on it, I’m in for the Falcons offense on Sunday.
2) Antonio Gates (San Diego Chargers) – Gonna keep it short and sweet. Gates will be tied for the #2 fantasy tight end with Olsen behind Gronk for the rest of the season. Week 7 will be another great outing against a team that is awful defending tight ends, Oakland.
3) Matt Cassel (Dallas Cowboys) – I’m taking him as a sleeper QB this week. The Giants run defense has been very good this season, but their secondary is weak due to injuries and lack of talent. I’m taking this veteran who is looking to prove he should have been the guy in Buffalo. He is going to need to have a good day for the Cowboys to win.
4) Martavis Bryant (Pittsburgh Steelers) – Time to get on this train before it’s too late. He is a perfect target for Mike Vick or Landry Jones, a bigger receiver with a big catch radius. When Roethlisberger returns, Bryant will be a legit fantasy starter every week. Especially in Week 7, against the downward spiraling Chiefs and their awful secondary.
5) Tavon Austin (St. Louis Rams) – Coming off a bye week, the Rams had to take some time and evaluate their offense. Gurley has come on and been extremely impressive as a rookie. But they need some playmaking on the outside. They will find ways to get Austin the ball in open space against a Browns team that struggles with speed at the WR position.