PRYOR, OK —
It is now four weeks into the NFL season and after three weeks of football, fantasy owners are searching for a reset button. You’ve now realized those “sleepers” that you thought would make fellow fantasy owners think you were a genius, are just embarrassing you more than Mark Sanchez during the “butt-fumble.” On the bright side, at least your weekly draft choices aren’t put in a newspaper for the whole county to see.
Last week against Jacksonville, Marshawn Lynch was a bust, getting 17 carries but never finding the end zone against possibly the worst defense in the league. Peyton Manning did throw for 347 yards and three touchdowns Monday night against the Raiders. I can’t guarantee Manning-like numbers, but these players should help you get the victory this week.
Quarterback: Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
As much as it kills me to say, Romo is a solid fantasy quarterback. He may not be able to win a playoff game himself, but he can help you win one in fantasy football. After a solid performance against St. Louis last week, he’ll play an even weaker secondary this week. San Diego has allowed every quarterback to pick them apart thus far, and Romo will just continue the Chargers’ misfortune.
Running back: Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders
McFadden and Oakland are playing Washington this week, and they could possibly be the worst rush defense in the league right now. McFadden should run circles around them, especially with extra carries. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor is banged up and could possibly miss the game with a concussion, which just means more opportunities for McFadden.
Wide receiver: T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
So far, every receiver I pick is a bust, but Hilton should change my misleading ways. Quarterback Andrew Luck should have fun against the Jaguar defense and Hilton will likely be his No. 1 target. Reggie Wayne will likely be doubled up, which will give Hilton more opportunities to make plays.
Sleeper: RB Bilal Powell, New York Jets
Powell does not have an easy matchup against a solid Tennessee defense, but he should still produce a lot more than expected. Powell carried the ball 29 times last week for 149 yards and will see even more opportunities this week. Fellow running back Chris Ivory will not play with a hamstring issue, which means Sunday will be the Powell Show for New York.
Editor’s Note: “Fantasy Football Forecast” is a weekly feature by Times Correspondent and local fantasy football enthusiast Dekota Gregory.