Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Fantasy Forecast

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Fantasy Forecast

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Byline: Justin Barney and Hays Carlyon

Whether you're in a traditional league or play in a weekly format, the T-U's Justin Barney and Hays Carlyon have you covered this season.

THREE TO START

QB BRIAN HOYER, TEXANS

Hays Carlyon: If you're caught in a bind or in a weekly league, Hoyer could be a nice pickup or bargain this week. He's playing New Orleans. That makes any opposing quarterback intriguing. Hoyer is cleared from his concussion and was playing well before the injury. Hoyer had a five-game streak of throwing at least two touchdowns until he went down.

Justin Barney: We should make this quarterback start a given from here on out - anyone taking snaps who faces the Saints is a must-start. Hoyer is a top-five play this week.

RB JAVORIUS ALLEN, RAVENS

HC: Seattle's Thomas Rawls was the hot pickup this week, but Allen will produce more on Sunday. Allen carried 22 times after Justin Forsett's season-ending injury last week. Baltimore also lost quarterback Joe Flacco for the year and could lean more on the ground game. The Browns rank last against the run, giving up 138.8 yards a game.

JB: I like the pick. While he has yet to find the end zone this season, he's primed for a major increase in workload.

WR ERIC DECKER, JETS

HC: Decker has scored a touchdown in seven of his nine games. He's consistently seeing around 10 targets a game. He should produce against a visiting Miami defense that isn't doing anything well.

JB: Have you paid attention to Miami's pass defense this year? Awful. Decker and Brandon Marshall are in line for big games.

THREE TO SIT

QB TOM BRADY, PATRIOTS

JB: If you have Brady in a traditional league, you've got to start him. In a weekly format, there are much better options. Denver's pass defense leads the league - it has allowed just eight passing touchdowns - and Brady is already without some pretty significant weapons because of injury. …

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