Hello, Who2Start nation! We are at the mid-point of most leagues' regular seasons. So for this week's Pass / Run Happy article, we will highlight a few teams that have great schedules for the rest of the fantasy season, both against the pass and the run.
Houston Texans: Brock Osweiler has been frustrating his fantasy owners and likely DeAndre Hopkins owners even more. Will Fuller got off to a hot start but has since cooled off and is now battling a bad hammy. Good news for all names listed here (and maybe even add TE C.J. Fiedrowicz, who's drawn the favor of Osweiler lately), though, is the Texans only have one defense ahead of them that gives up less than 20 ppg to QBs. Next week at Denver, then a string of games against the likes of Detroit, Oakland, San Diego, Indianapolis and in the money week, Cincinnati. Great news for all Texan pass catchers and if you want to gamble, grab and stash Osweiler in case he gets his game going.
Tampa Bay: Like the Texans, only one defense remains for the Bucs that gives up less than 20 ppg to QBs. Seattle comes to Tampa Week 12, so you might want to temper your expectations then, but for the remaining weeks you get games against the likes of Oakland, Atlanta, San Diego, New Orleans (twice) and Dallas. Plus, none of their remaining games should be affected by inclement weather. Jameis Winston, coming off the Bucs' bye week, should be able to get his production back up. Bump up Mike Evans, too, while you're at it.
Baltimore Ravens: If you're hanging on the edge of where you think you need to be to make your league's playoffs, the Ravens' passing attack is a spot you want to load up on if you need a quick turnaround. Their fantasy playoff weeks are fairly brutal (@NEP, vs. PHI and @PIT) but in the next few weeks, you would get the Jets, Cleveland, Dallas and Cincinnati. Playing your cards right and grabbing Joe Flacco, Steve Smith and Mike Wallace might just propel your team back into playoff contention.
Kansas City: Only two defenses remain on the Chiefs schedule (Carolina and Tennessee) that allow less than 20 fantasy ppg to RBs. And the real kicker, three defenses (New Orleans, Indianapolis and Atlanta allow over 30! Jamaal Charles is back, but Spencer Ware obviously has something to say about that. There should be enough carries to make both backs relevant, but in a timeshare neither one will truly stand out.
Denver: If your team's run game is truly lacking and you're hanging on by a thread, now's the time to go get C.J. Anderson. After a tilt with the Texans, the Broncos face San Diego, Oakland and New Orleans; three defenses that will give up a ton of production to RBs. Devonte Booker is starting to mix himself in, so if you want to throw a dart, he's worth a shot.
Carolina: The Panthers are a total bomb this year and their next two weeks are their bye week and a tough matchup against the Cards, but then there's a nice stretch of games. The big time upside play here is that they finish the fantasy season with San Diego, Washington and Atlanta. Jonathan Stewart (or Cameron Artis-Payne and Fozzy Whittaker if J-Stew gets hurt again) may win his owners some leagues.