Originally written on Fantasy Sports Locker Room  |  Last updated 5/23/15

Brandon LaFell– WR – Carolina Panthers (vs. New York Jets).   Brandon LaFell is one of my super starts of the week! LaFell is set to reward fantasy owners in the most hectic of times. I’ve commented about it before. The Jets secondary is a mess. WR2s absolutely burn this secondary… WR1s do as well for that matter. Now last week I recommended Andre Holmes and he posted 64 yards, which isn’t anything to jump about, but he was covered by Antonio Cromartie who is the only decent thing the Jets secondary so it was Rod Streater who took advantage and went off for 130 yards and score. If Marquise Goodwin making his first NFL start and T.J. Graham could carve up the Jets secondary then so can Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell. Not to mention Antonio Cromartie is suffering from a concussion if the Jets take the field without him, Cam Newton might be setting records! Newton has faired much greater at home too. If Brian Hartline can shred this defense. Then so can Brandon LaFell. Expect some LaFelling into the endzone and put him that Flex spot, besides, it gives you an excuse to cheer for Caaaaaaaaaaaaam and that’s always fun. Julian Edelman– WR – New England Patriots (@ Miami Dolphins) The Rob Gronkowski injury was just absolutely devastating. Definitely never fun to see a player go down like that. But in fantasy circles we must move on and find the next best thing. For the Patriots perspective, there’s one player that is set to surely benefit from this and that’s Julian Edelman. And he is another helluva start this week in my mind. Over the past three weeks, there are only four receiver’s with more fantasy points than Edelman and those are Josh Gordon, Eric Decker, Alshon Jeffery, and Larry Fitzgerald. So, Edelman is a stud! Nicknamed Minitron by Tom Brady, Edelman has his QB’s trust, so he should have yours too. Over the first six games of the season without Gronkowski, Edelman averaged 91 yards and 10 targets a game. Don’t sleep on the little fella because he’s got game like Jesus Shuttlesworth. *side note- Danny Amendola is another solid option. The Pats are going to have to lean on both Edelman and will play in three and probably four wide sets with the losses at Tight End. Miami’s defense is pretty solid despite the fact they got roasted by the Steelers last week but they are vulnerable on inside routes which Edelman and Amendola both run. They just lost slot corner Dimitri Patterson to injury so look for both slot man’s to garner Tom Brady’s attention. Chris Ogbonnaya– RB – Cleveland Browns (vs. Chicago Bears) I love to pick on the Jets secondary but when it comes to rush defense there’s no worse than the Chicago Bears and it’s not even close! (Ok… maybe Dallas). That makes Chris Ogbonnaya or the silent G as we like to call him here a great start this week. Especially with the recent announcement that Willis McGahee has been ruled out due to concussion, so it’s Ogbonnaya’s for the taking. The Bears are last in rushing yards allowed per game (157), last in first-down runs, 20 plus yard runs and yards per carry allowing 5.15. DeMarco Murray averaged 8.1 per carry last week, the week before AP went over 200 and it’s not just all studs who are running at will against this defense. Benny Cunningham, Brandon Jacobs, James Starks you name it! This week it’s Ogbonnaya’s turn. His pass catching ability just adds to the intrigue. With Jason Campbell in the line up as QB, Ogbonnaya ranks 3rd on the team in targets. So trust in the silent G to provide you with some fantasy glory and make your opponent curse in flames. I JUST GOT BURNED BY WHO? That’s right folks! And if you still don’t believe me, read this article by fellow writer Jon Collins here at the Locker Room on what he expects from the silent G. Golden Tate– WR – Seattle Seahawks (@ New York Giants) Golden Tate looks to get back on tract after his strong week 10 performance against Atlanta. (Photo: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images). I think it’s something about Christmas being right around the corner, but you got to have some GOLD in your line up for good luck. And I think you’ll be rewarded. The Seahawks coming off just their second loss of the season weren’t too happy, so you don’t want to mess with them. They get the hapless New York Giants who just got torched by San Diego last week and eliminated from the post-season. I think Russel Wilson and Tate hook up for a couple beauty plays in this one. Tate is Wilson’s #1 receiver leading the team in targets over the last month. Now I know they don’t throw a ton, but Tate has put up some bonafide games this year and should be another one with an eliminated team that might find it hard gathering up some motivation.   Matt Ryan, Roddy White and Harry Douglas– QB, WR – Atlanta Falcons (vs. Washington Redskins) The Atlanta Falcons get to enjoy the friendly confides of playing in their dome this week and get another deflated team in the Washington Redskins. Man, did they look awful last week. I love all three against the 27th ranked defense against the pass! White has shown enough over the past two weeks, snagging 18 catches for 217 yards that is he finally close to 100%. Matt Ryan is definitely heating up, completing 81 of his last 127 throws for 905 yards. The ‘Skins have allowed the third most touchdown passes in football. Despite a couple of bad games Harry Douglas continues to see his share of targets and they don’t have to worry about any shut-down corners in this one. There are two types of teams that get eliminated. One is the one’s who are completely deflated that show no fight in the Redskins, and the other are the Atlanta Falcons with something to prove and looking to do whatever they can to finish strong. I’ll take the Falcons to put up quite a few points in this one. Shopping at the five and dime – Not Too Shabby Start of the Week! Da’Rick Rogers – WR- Indianapolis Colts (vs. Houston Texans) The Colts have finally found a capable receiver to start besides Darius Heyward-Bey and Da’Rick Rogers is your man! He went on to put up 107 yards and two touchdowns on six catches last week and look great leading the team in targets. LaVonn Brazill put up some decent numbers too, but Rogers has the more appealing all-around game plus Brazill was nursing a sore foot and is questionable. Rogers is a 6’3, 200 pound beast and is ready to prove the team what he can do. Andrew Luck scored 30 fantasy points last time against Houston and the team is definitely spiraling downwards. I expect Rogers to step in once again and prove he’s not a one game wonder and look for him to get extra motivation from the home-crowd.. He should be in for another 9 targets game and should approach 80-90 yards. Not too shabby to me! The before it’s too late pick-up of the week James Starks – RB- Green Bay Packers We all remember the last minute inactivity of Reggie Bush last week! You definitely want none of that and need to be prepared as much as possible. James Starks should be owned with Eddie Lacy nursing an ankle injury. The expectations are for Lacy to play, but you just never know. This is a team that has turned into heavily involved running game due to the injury of Aaron Rodgers so Starks would be an excellent play if Lacy is forced to miss any time. Any thoughts/opinions? Feel free to comment below! 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