By: Kevin Lewis
Houston @ Green Bay
-With Greg Jennings out, look for Randall Cobb to get increased playing time and touches. I’d start him pretty comfortably at the flex spot this week, especially in leagues that account for return yardage.
-Although they have Arian Foster in the backfield, start Matt Schaub. Green Bay’s secondary is spotty, and Andre Johnson will be looking to rebound from a dismal 1 catch for 15 yards effort on Monday night.
-I’m not sure what to make of Alex Green or anyone else in the Packer backfield at the current juncture. Green did well last week against a spotty Colts defense and looks like he has some talent. The Packers may try to establish the run. I’d keep him on the bench a week until it becomes clear how the Packers will employ their backfield. I do like his upside though.
-Be patient with Jordy Nelson. Rodgers has been uncharacteristically inaccurate on deep balls, and that should regress to the mean. And for those who DON’T own him, try and buy him low before Sunday. It is a perfect time to do so.
New York @ San Francisco
-I know Ahmad Bradshaw had 200 yards last week. That was the Cleveland Browns. These are the San Francisco 49ers. Sit him. Just do it. Trust me.
-Every Giant weapon in the passing game is start worthy (assuming Nicks is healthy and will play). They are clicking, and they won’t do much against the 49ers on the ground. If Nicks doesn’t play, I’d hesitantly start Reuben Randle.
-If you have a bye week QB, starting Alex Smith probably isn’t the worst thing in the world. If you can do better, go for it though.
Buffalo @ Arizona
-I don’t know what to make of Fred Jackson for the rest of the year, but this is a tough matchup for him and Buffalo is a mess. I preach patience with him as his production should increase as he gets healthier and his schedule gets lighter. For this week, I’d leave him alone though.
–Ryan Fitzpatrick is a decent alternative if you have a QB on a bye week. He’ll throw a lot, there will probably be garbage time and thus the numbers will look pretty enough.
– Regarding the Cardinals RB situation, Larod Stephens-Howling and William Powell aren’t particularly promising options but I think Powell can contribute in PPR leagues. I’d watch both of them carefully however.
-Start Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Roberts with confidence. Buffalo’s defense is a comedy routine. Watch and laugh expeditiously.
Dallas @ Baltimore
-If you have an alternative, sit Tony Romo. The interior of Dallas OL is comically bad, and they’ll have to deal with a good pass defense in the Ravens. I think Ravens DB Cary Williams will get picked on a bit, but not enough to make Romo a good start this week.
– That being said, I expect Dallas to be playing from behind so Miles Austin and to a lesser extent Dez Bryant are both good plays on Sunday.
-You can’t bench Torrey Smith but I don’t expect much from him this week. I expect Ray Rice to do serious damage, especially after the talk of him not getting the ball enough was a popular topic last week.
– If you have DeMarco Murray try and move him for a decent package right now before his value drops too much. This week might be a good week to do it as Baltimore’s run defense has struggled.
Cleveland @ Cincinnati
– Joe Haden returns this week for Cleveland, but you are still starting A.J. Green regardless.
– If you haven’t already done so, drop Greg Little. He’s a waste of time.
-There is no reason to take Trent Richardson out of the lineup. He’s a borderline elite fantasy back at this rate and is incredibly fun to watch on a side note
-Cincinnati’s D/ST is probably a good bet with Brandon Weeden starting for the Browns.