Fantasy Corner-Issue 7-Football

Cade McLaughlin, Contributing Writer

QBs to Watch:

Joe Flacco, QB (BAL): If you haven’t picked up Flacco, you should grab him while you can. Coming off a career day in Tampa Bay where he threw five TDs, Flacco torched the Falcons’ defense for 258 yards and two TDs. Flacco will likely dominate again against a struggling Bengals defense.

Austin Davis, QB (STL): The third-string quarterback has averaged 19 fantasy points the past three weeks. He kept the Rams in the game against San Francisco and was excellent against the vaunted Seahawk secondary, completing 85.7 percent of his passes and connecting with eight different receivers.

WRs to Watch:

Torrey Smith, WR (BAL): After starting slow and leaving many to wonder if Steve Smith had taken over in Baltimore, T. Smith has had success over the past three weeks, with three TDs and 170 receiving yards. Look for the red hot Flacco to target T. Smith more as the season goes on.

Doug Baldwin, WR (SEA): With Percy Harvin off to the Jets, Baldwin is the go-to man in Seattle, with seven catches for 123 yards and one TD last week. Seattle will still focus on the run, but Baldwin has become a solid flex option for those in need of a third WR option.

Kenny Stills, WR (NO): Still has had a lackluster year, but things may be looking up. He lived up to the deep-threat hype against the Lions, going for 103 receiving yards and a TD. This might be your last chance to pick up the receiver that poses a threat down the field.

Roll ‘Em Back:

Steven Jackson, RB (ATL): It is time to start looking for a strong replacement for the seasoned veteran. Atlanta faces a tough Lions defense in week eight, and given how pass-happy the Falcon offense is, don’t look for Jackson to get as many opportunities as he has had in recent weeks.

Cam Newton, QB (CAR): Although faring well against the Packers, Newton has limited options on offense besides Greg Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin. Expect the defending champs (Seattle) to shut down a struggling Carolina pass offense, resulting in another poor performance from Newton.

Carolina Defense: Feeling the absence of Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy, the Panthers defense has been awful. Expected to be a top-five defense, Carolina has been a major fantasy bust. With Russell Wilson and a loaded Seattle offense looking to regain their dominant form, expect the Panther defense to have a rough day.

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