Welcome to FIRE and ICE – Your weekly source for the players that will be heating up your starting lineups and the players that will be as cold as grandmother’s icebox. Each week, I will reveal three players bound for greatness and three players who plan on spoiling fantasy players chances of getting a win. As an added bonus, I will also be making predictions on what types of stat lines you should come to expect from each of the players listed based on their matchup strengths and current playing status.
QB – Matt Ryan…Atlanta Falcons @ Houston Texans
Ryan has passed for more than 300-yards in each of his first four games this season; expect this trend to continue for him this weekend against an unreliable Houston defense. A defense that ranks outside the Top-20 against the pass this season. The Falcons are currently underachieving this season with an abysmal 1-3 record, making this game a must win if they want to stay in the playoff chase, or compete in their own division for that matter. Time for Matty ICE to become Matty FIRE ball this weekend.
Projected Stat Line – 30 of 42 for 336 Yards Passing and 3TDs
RB – Sony Michel…New England Patriots @ Washington Redskins
Last week, I said something to the effect that sometimes it just takes the right team to help a struggling player get back on track when speaking about James Conner. Well it seems as if that approach has some merit to it, as Mr. Conner had himself quite the outing last week. This week I am going to say the same thing about Sony Michel. It’s time for this former 1st rd pick of the Patriots to get it going and what a better way to do that then to get matched up against a team that ranks near the bottom in run defense this season. Throw those logs on the FIRE and watch Michel stoke them all the way to a fantasy win this weekend.
Projected Stat Line – 22 Carries for 131 yards and 1 TDs – 3 receptions on 5 targets for 32 yards
WR – Adam Thielen…Minnesota Vikings @ New York Giants
If you’re like me then you have avoided the Vikings star receiver like the plague the last few weeks. Not because he isn’t a great player, but because the Vikings seem to be conducting an experiment called “run it all the time” and only pass it when absolutely necessary. Its almost like overnight they became the NFL’s equivalent to Army. Where they run it about 90 percent of the time, even in situations that dictate a team to throw. All that being said, this ends on Sunday. The Giants are not stopping anyone through the air this season. They have been completely torched by superstar WRs Mike Evans and Amari Cooper, so it’s time to FIRE up Thielen as he gets his shot to do much of the same to this weak secondary.
Projected Stat Line – 9 Receptions on 13 Targets for 122 yards and 1 TD.
QB – Dak Prescott…Green Bay Packers @ Dallas Cowboys
Dak has been off to a really hot start this fantasy season, chopping up the Giants, Redskins, and Dolphins the first three weeks. However, last week was not the same kind of party as the previous weeks were. The Saints managed to slow down the surging QB of the Cowboys, not allowing him into the endzone where he had made a nice home for himself the past three weeks. What’s even more concerning for the Cowboys signal caller, is they will be without All-Pro LT Tyron Smith this game as he is dealing with an ankle sprain. Time to ICE Dak and live to start him another day.
Projected Stat Line – 22 of 30 for 202 Yards Passing and 1TD, 1INT, 2 Sacks
RB – Marlon Mack…Indianapolis Colts @ Kansas City Chiefs
Normally, I would never recommend that you sit a RB that is Top 6 in rushing yards. However, Mack is dealing with injuries this week and this game might get out of hand if the Chiefs get hot on offense. Mack could get game scripted right out of this one like he was last week against the Raiders who got up big on the Colts earlier. ICE Mack and live to fight with him another day.
Projected Stat Line – 12 carries for 38 yards – 1 receptions for 9 yards.
WR – Corey Davis…Buffalo Bills @ Tennessee Titans
As someone that wants to be a believer in Corey Davis, I’m just going to have to come to grips with the fact that if he is ever going to get it done as a player, that its probably going to have to happen in another uniform. For whatever reason, Davis and QB Marcus Mariota have never seemed to get on the same page with each other. This simple fact should have owners very concerned about playing him even in good matchups. Presently, Davis is going to face a secondary of the Buffalo Bills that ranks near the top in pass defense. Choose a better option to start this week and ICE Davis.
Projected Stat Line – 3 receptions on 7 Targets for 42 yards.