Stud: RB Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers
Melvin Gordon is a big reason the Chargers’ offense is rolling. After not scoring a touchdown his rookie year, Gordon leads NFL with six rushing touchdowns. He’s also become a target for Phillip Rivers in the passing game. Gordon faces the Raiders on Sunday who have allowed the second most rushing touchdowns to running backs this season, making Gordon a definite RB1 this week
Dud: WR Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers
If Cam Newton can’t play because of his concussion, Benjamin may see his numbers fall. Even with Tampa Bay’s below average pass defense, Benjamin is less likely to put up his standard numbers. This does not make him a “must-sit”, but beware. If there is another wide receiver with a better match-up, at least for this week, start him in Benjamin’s place.
Stud: QB Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Tom Brady will suit up for the Patriots once again and the two-time league MVP will get a favorable match-up in his return against the lowly Cleveland Browns. The Browns have given up almost 30 points and 300 yards passing per game this season. While the Patriots went 3-1 without him, having their captain back will be a much-need-ed shot in the arm. Look for Brady to make a statement with a huge game.
Dud: RB Ezekiel Elliot, Dallas Cowboys
Elliot ran all over the 49ers last week, but he faces his toughest match-up of the season so far as Dallas meets Vontaze Burfict, Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap and Cincinnati’s fearsome front seven. The Bengals have allowed just 88 yards to running backs and have yet to allow a rushing touchdown. If the Cowboys expect to get a victory Sunday, it’s going to have to be Dak Prescott who leads the way.