FAN­TASY WATCH

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - SPORTS -

Halfway through the sea­son, fan­tasy own­ers should know who to trust on a weekly ba­sis. Draft po­si­tion is mean­ing­less at this point — play­ers are ei­ther pro­duc­ing or they’re not. Fan­tasy’s mid­point also sig­nals some play­ers who have been on the outer edge of a break­through. A hand­ful of tal­ents that have flown un­der the radar or ben­e­fited from the trade dead­line will use this week as a jump­ing off point.

START Latavius Mur­ray, RB, Vik­ings: By now, trust­ing Dalvin Cook is a fool’s er­rand. The Min­nesota ground game hasn’t missed Cook as Mur­ray has scored four touch­downs in the last three games and faces a Lions run de­fense that is 26th in fan­tasy points al­lowed per game to op­pos­ing run­ning backs.

SIT Phillip Rivers, QB, Charg­ers: The Sea­hawks are down­right selfish when it comes to de­fend­ing the pass, not only rank­ing first in fewest fan­tasy points al­lowed to op­pos­ing quar­ter­backs, but also third in fewest re­ceiv­ing yards al­lowed.

START Court­land Sut­ton, WR, Bron­cos: The de­par­ture of De­mary­ius Thomas to the Tex­ans sets up the path for Sut­ton to be­come Den­ver’s top wide­out. Sut­ton has yet to be tar­geted more than six times in a game but ex­pect the big rookie to hit dou­ble dig­its for the first time. Hous­ton does come into the Mile High City with a five-game win streak, but a pass de­fense that is 19th in yards al­lowed and has given up 15 touch­downs will be sus­pect.

SIT Isa­iah Crow­ell, RB, Jets: Fac­ing the Dol­phins with the league’s worst run de­fense should be the type of game that perks up Crow­ell, yet there’s lit­tle rea­son to be­lieve he’ll snap out of his funk. Bran­don Wil­liams, Ro­toEx­perts

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