If you have any player in the Rams vs Chiefs game on Monday night, I am beyond jealous. With an over/under of 63, the highest in NFL history, we could be looking at 70, 80, what the hell I wouldn’t even be surprised to see 90 total points. If you don’t and are struggling like the rest of us with 6 teams on a bye, then you could be stuck with some difficult decisions that could decide your playoff fate. Stay away from these players this week if you are trying to keep your playoff hopes alive.
(QB rank: 14 | Opponent: @Chi)
The 90-million-dollar man makes the list this week with a tough matchup on the road against the Chicago Bears. Although the Vikings are 5-3-1 and have been passing the ball a lot, you would be surprised to find out that Cousins hasn’t been all that fantasy relevant. Other than Weeks 2 and 4 where he threw for over 400 yards and 3 touchdowns in each, Cousins does not have a single game with more than 2 touchdown passes. He’s been sacked 4 times in 5 games already this year and having a healthy Khalil Mack breathing down your neck doesn’t help either. The Bears also gave up the 7th least fantasy points to QBs and get to face Cousins coming off his worst game of the season. There are plenty of other safer options out there this week to replace him.
(RB rank: 15 | Opponent: Ten)
This article has to do potential busts and not players you should sit because there are times where you need to start players with bust potential. With six teams on a bye this week, you are most likely starting Marlon Mack. Tennessee held both Sony Michel and James White to under 8 fantasy points and is giving up the second least fantasy points to running backs on the season. Look for Luck to air the ball out to try to offset the Titans run defense and expect Mack to pay a hefty price because of it.
(RB rank: 22 | Opponent: @Wsh)
An unappealing player to begin with, Miller posts a low ceiling and low floor, but with six teams on a bye, you may be forced into playing him. In a dream matchup last week, Miller only rushed for 21 yards on 12 carries and disappointed a lot of fantasy owners. This week he faces a Washington defense that is top five against the run and should have no problem shutting him down. In matchups against teams with good run defenses, teams sometimes try to get their running backs involved in the passing game but Miller has been the definition of M.I.A. only catching 5 passes from Week 4 on. Miller is a touchdown-dependent play this week and if he doesn’t cross the white line, he could leave you scratching your head as to why you even put him in your lineup to being with.
(WR rank: 19 | Opponent: @Bal)
Boyd salvaged an abysmal showing by the Bengals last week in a plus matchup against the Saints with 3 catches for 65 yards. He now gets a stingy Baltimore defense that allows the 3rd fewest receiving yds/game. This really comes down to the absence of A.J. Green who said he might play but most likely isn’t going to suit up. Green draws the opposing team’s number one corner every week and has opened up gaping holes for Boyd, but without him, teams are now eyeing in on Boyd as the primary pass catcher and I expect the Ravens to shut him down. It’s also worth mentioning that without Green, Andy Dalton averages less than 250 passing yds/game and less than 1 TD/game.
(WR rank: 23 | Opponent: Min)
Boy did Robinson have himself a redemption game last week. (6 catches 133 yards 2 touchdowns) He showed everyone why the Bears signed him to be their number one wide receiver but unfortunately, I don’t think that type of play is going to continue this week. Shut down corner Xavier Rhodes figures to be draped all over him and the Bears have a bunch of other weapons that can get the job done. Between Cohen, who I think will have a good game, Gabriel, Burton, and Miller, The Bears can afford to leave Robinson on an island and eliminate Xavier Rhodes presence.