By: Kevin Lewis
New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles
WR Hakeem Nicks is out. With the way the Eagles pass defense is going this year, this might mean bad news for WR Victor Cruz who will see a lot more attention. If you have WR Ramses Barden, just keep in mind that he’s dealing with Nnamdi Asomugha instead of the rookie CB he was dealing with in Carolina.
I’d still go with Mike Vick this week because I feel as if the Giants secondary is still a problem. While the Cardinals defense stymied him this past week, he should be better. A lot of the sacks against him are due to him holding the ball. Why he’s holding it, no one knows. Maybe I have irrational confidence in Vick, but I think he has a nice game this week.
I don’t know what the plan is with the Giants and how they plan on using Andre Brown/Ahmad Bradshaw in this game but I’d hesitate on starting Bradshaw. Given what Brown has done the last two weeks, I’d start him until given a reason not to.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Washington Redskins
Vincent Jackson hasn’t been that good this year. I think a large part of that is that Josh Freeman just isn’t any good. That being said, Washington lost their best defensive player and their secondary is a mess. Start Vincent Jackson confidently this week.
Any QB against a weak Redskins secondary is a tempting play this week but stay away from Josh Freeman. He isn’t progressing and he looks like the same guy he did in his rookie year and last year. His second year is looking like a fluke at this rate.
Doug Martin hasn’t had a “breakout” game yet, but he’s been consistently solid and the Buccaneers continue to feed him. Don’t be discouraged by his workman like performances. Eventually he’ll get 100 yards on the ground. He might not score much but he’s consistently getting touches.
San Francisco 49ers @ New York Jets
Frank Gore had a rough week against the Vikings but he should rebound well against a struggling run defense. Reggie Bush was having his way with the Jets before he went down last week, and Gore, though he’s a different back, should have success. The Jets have their issues on defense this week.
Start Santonio Holmes. This isn’t exactly a wonderful option, and he won’t be going up against Richard Marshall again this week BUT against that defense someone has to move the ball. Given that he’s 5th in the league in targets this year, it might just be Holmes.
If your QB is on a bye week, and you can start Alex Smith do so with confidence. The Jets pass defense hasn’t been particularly good either. They just lost Revis and have no answers for Vernon Davis. Smith will never go for 300 yards and 2 TDs because the 9ers aren’t built to do so, but he could post a 225 and 2 TD kind of day.
Seattle @ St. Louis
Sam Bradford caught a dose of reality when he went up against a stingy Chicago Bears defense last week as he threw two interceptions and led the Rams to six points. Avoid him this week.
I’d start Danny Amendola this week simply because he’s basically the tallest kid in the room full of midgets. When Bradford does throw, he has to throw to someone right? Amendola is a good flex play until further notice.
Sit Steven Jackson. Great defense, and he’s hurt. That is a really bad combination for a Jackson owner.
Detroit @ Minnesota
Matthew Stafford, who has an injured hip, looks like he’s ready to go. Start him. Also, if you own Stafford and haven’t picked up Shaun Hill, do so immediately.
Start Mikel Leshoure. He came back from his suspension last week and saw the majority of the snaps at running back. He had 26 carries, 100 yards and a TD. He made Kevin Smith an afterthought and he should have plenty of opportunities to score TDs on a high powered offense.
Detroit’s pass defense has struggled all year. Christian Ponder has been a bit of a revelation and produces a bit with his legs. Kyle Rudolph scored two touchdowns last week against a great 49er defense. Start both of them. They will put up points this week.