That's the question that many of you are asking this week or hell, you've probably asked once you saw Lake Norman on the fantasy playoff schedule. Twice, no less. So here is my advice for you in this situation.
I don't know why there has been a war on No. 1 wide receivers with bad matchups in recent weeks, but it needs to stop. I understand it, too. Julio hasn't scored a touchdown in a month (mostly because Matt Ryan isn't that great) and of course the matchup, but just stop it. If you really think that you can do better with Curtain Jerker McGee on your waiver wire, then be my guest.
Thankfully, Julio has gone and complained to the head coach, which is great news. Because once a receiver goes to his coach, the over-correction comes the following week. Not buying it? Maybe you haven't seen what Sammy Watkins has done for the last couple of weeks.
All this means that you need to start Julio. I wouldn't touch him in daily fantasy leagues, but he's starting in your traditional leagues. And just to show that I'm serious, I'm going to offer just a few receiver options for this week, lest you be tempted to bench Julio for one of those guys.
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills Raise your hands if you also benched Taylor this week. That's nice of you to do that, but you realize I can't see you, right? In any event, he's a solid start this week after back-to-back weeks of at least 26 points in the weird NFL.com scoring system. The Eagles have allowed the third-most fantasy points to quarterbacks.
Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers He had close to 20 fantasy points in his only game against the Saints. But that was on the road. Now with the Bucs playing host to the New Orleans, I feel really good about this. The Saints have allowed the most fantasy points to quarterbacks this year. And anecdotally, the Saints aren't as good on the road.
Shaun Draughn, RB, San Francisco 49ers My great lament is leagues where the waiver wire resets every week. I hate that. Because bad teams are always rewarded. And you know you have some kid in your league who has guys like Draughn out of sheer badness and not skill. And now he's got this amazing matchup against the Browns. Ugh. This makes me angry.
Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ersBlaine Gabbert is dealing. A sentence I never thought I would write, unless I was writing a "where are they now" story and Gabbert was dealing cards at Binion's on Fremont Street. But he's actually played well as an NFL quarterback. And Boldin is his favorite dude.
49ers D/ST If you're that person who waits until Friday afternoon to find a defense, only to end up hugely disappointed, well you're in luck. The 49ers are a decent play. The Browns have allowed the most fantasy points to defenses this season. The 49ers defense has played a lot better in recent weeks. Look at the way the team shut down Jay Cutler and the Bears. That was pretty impressive. So I'd actually play this squad and feel pretty good about it.
Blake Bell, TE, San Francisco 49ers The matchup isn't great for the 49ers. But Blaine Gabbert loves his tight ends. So I'd go with Bell as a pure Danger Zone special. Wow, this is heavy 49ers this week. I do like this play a lot. And I shot a perfect three-for-three from the Danger Zone last week with Parker, Tye and Scott Chandler. I might have to retire right now. In fact, I've long given up on all of my teams and I only worry about the Danger Zone.