We fantasy footballers have decisions, decisions to make each week in choosing players to start or sit in our lineups. Some are obvious – if you have an AR-12 or Tom Brady, you always start them. Period. So I won’t be addressing the Big Guys here.
Kendall Wright, WR, Tennesse – Wright has been a marginal fantasy player at best so far, but Kenny Britt is out of action this week. The Titans also found their offense last week, putting up a 4-handle score against the hapless Lions defense last week. Houston’s defense is a different story, but I expect the Titans will be behind and forced to throw.
Ramses Barden, WR, New York Giants – He’s been around, but with Hakeem Nicks out with a knee issue, Barden should step in and produce again. I wouldn’t expect a massive game, but in deeper leagues he’s worth a start in the last WR or FLEX spot.
Brandon Lloyd, WR, New England – He’s tops on the team in targets and the Bills defense hasn’t lived up to their potential yet. Look for them to pick on rookie CB Stephon Gilmore, who was susceptible to giving up the deep ball and has some troubles learning to defend the double-move. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Lloyd have 100+ yards and a TD today.
Andre Hawkins, WR, Cincinnati – Hawkins has had 2 long TD receptions in consecutive weeks and with A.J. Green’s presence, he will be drawing the 29th-ranked Jaguars’ defense. And their #2 corner at best. He could be ready for his first 100-yard game this week.
Cedric Benson, RB, Green Bay – the Saints are dead last in defense in the NFL, and AR-12 has looked quite human so far through 3 games. I think the Packers want to get more balance to the offense no matter who they’re playing, and Cedric-sir Benson-mum should be the largest beneficiary from the situation. If you own him and aren’t sure, this is as good a game to plug him in and see what he can do as any will be.
Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City – Peyton Hillis is inactive this week, so Charles should see a bigger workload than usual. Also, they’re playing at home against a statistically humdrum Chargers’ defense and the Chiefs have owned the Chargers lately. Look for a big game from him.
BenJarvis Green-Ellis, RB, Cincinnati – Again, the horrible Jaguars’ defense helps here. They’re either last or next to last against the run in the red zone, so look for the Law Firm to have 100+ yards and at least one TD. Could be a huge fantasy game for him this week.
Mario Manningham and Randy Moss, WRs, San Francisco – With Revis Island under quarantine, that means Antonio Cromartie will cover Michael Crabtree most of the time. Their third CB will be facing the #2 guy for the 9′ers, whether it’s Moss or Manningham. With the Jets’ rush defense being pretty bad so far and the Niners being a rushing team, when they DO pass I like the looks the “Ms” for the Niners should see.
Steven Jackson, RB, Rams – playing Seattle, the #2 rushing defense, on the road, and he’s not had over 60 yards in a game this season with 0 TDs. Coach Fisher claims Jackson is slowed by a groin injury. Sit the guy.
Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago – If you’ve got anything resembling a viable starter backing up Cutler, this is the week to use him. The Cowboys have the corners to matchup against anyone, and their pass rush should really pester Cutler the entire game in Dallas.
Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia – Vick has been turning the ball over at an alarming rate, his star LT Jason Peters has been out and won’t return until Nick Foles has officially taken over the reigns from Vick – probably after their bye week, if Vick keeps this up. The Giants’ pass rush is the stuff of legend so if you’ve got a decent #2 QB, you should greatly consider sitting Vick this week.
Arizona RBs – Miami’s defense is quietly very strong against the run, ranking third in defending it in the NFL to this point. The Cardinals have major issues on their interior offensive line, and the Miami DL is underrated with a healthy Jared Odrick coming along nicely after 2 injury-plagued initial seasons.