FantasySavvy 2015: Week 8 Player Rankings

QB’s

  1. Phillip Rivers @ BAL
  2. Big Ben vs CINCY
  3. Drew Brees vs NYG
  4. Andy Dalton @ PIT
  5. Eli Manning @ NO
  6. Matt Ryan vs TB
  7. Cam Newton vs IND
  8. Jay Cuter vs MIN
  9. Carson Palmer @ CLE
  10. Aaron Rodgers @ DEN
  11. Russell Wilson @ DAL
  12. Andrew Luck @ CAR
  13. Matt Stafford vs KC
  14. Peyton Manning vs GB
  15. Joe Flacco vs SD
  16. Teddy Bridgewater @ CHI
  17. Ryan Fitzpatrick @ OAK
  18. Jameis Winston @ ATL
  19. Josh McCown vs AZ
  20. Alex Smith vs DET
  21. Nick Foles vs SF
  22. Derek Carr vs NYJ
  23. Zach Mettenberger @ HOU
  24. Brian Hoyer vs TEN
  25. Matt Cassel vs SEA
  26. Colin Kaepernick @ STL

RB’s

  1. Matt Forte vs MIN
  2. Le’Veon Bell vs CIN
  3. Todd Gurley vs SF
  4. Devonta Freeman vs TB
  5. Adrian Peterson @ CHI
  6. Justin Forsett vs SD
  7. Marshawn Lynch @ DAL
  8. Mark Ingram @ NYG
  9. Jonathan Stewart vs IND
  10. Chris Ivory @ OAK
  11. Doug Martin @ ATL
  12. Chris Johnson @ CLE
  13. Giovani Bernard @ PIT
  14. Danny Woodhead @ BAL
  15. Frank Gore @ CAR
  16. Eddie Lacy @ DEN
  17. Charcandrick West vs DET
  18. Darren Mcfadden vs SEA
  19. Jeremy Hill @ PIT
  20. Alfred Blue vs TEN
  21. Ronnie Hillman vs GB
  22. Duke Johnson vs AZ
  23. Orleans Darkwa @ NO
  24. Ameer Abdullah vs KC
  25. Latavius Murray vs NYJ
  26. Reggie Bush @ STL
  27. Charles Sims @ ATL
  28. Antonio Andrews @ HOU
  29. Andre Ellington @ CLE
  30. Melvin Gordon @ BAL
  31. Shane Vereen @ NO
  32. C.J. Spiller vs NYG
  33. Theo Riddick vs KC
  34. Dexter McCluster @ HOU
  35. Isaiah Crowell vs AZ
  36. James Starks @ DEN
  37. Khiry Robinson vs NYG
  38. Rashad Jennings @ NO
  39. Ahmad Bradsaw @ CAR
  40. Chris Polk vs TEN
  41. CJ Anderson vs GB
  42. Christine Michael vs SEA
  43. Buck Allen vs SD
  44. David Johnson @ CLE
  45. Mike Tolbert vs IND

WR’s

  1. Julio Jones vs TB
  2. Odell Beckham @ NO
  3. Antonio Brown vs CIN
  4. A.J. Green @ PIT
  5. Calvin Johnson @ KC
  6. DeAndre Hopkins vs TEN
  7. Mike Evans @ ATL
  8. Larry Fitzgerald @ CLE
  9. Alshon Jeffrey vs MIN
  10. Steve Smith vs SD
  11. Brandon Marshall @ OAK
  12. Jeremy Maclin vs DET
  13. Keenan Allen @ BAL
  14. Martavis Bryant vs CIN
  15. Demaryius Thomas vs GB
  16. Stefon Diggs @ CHI
  17. Amari Cooper vs NYJ
  18. Randall Cobb @ DEN
  19. James Jones @ DEN
  20. Emmanuel Sanders vs GB
  21. T.Y. Hilton @ CAR
  22. Eric Decker @ OAK
  23. Dez Byrant vs SEA
  24. Donte Moncrief @ CAR
  25. Travis Benjamin vs AZ
  26. Brandin Cooks vs NYG
  27. Ruben Randle @ NO
  28. Stevie Johnson @ BAL
  29. Marvin Jones vs PIT
  30. Kendall Wright @ HOU
  31. Nate Washington vs TEN
  32. Willie Snead vs NYG
  33. Anquan Boldin vs STL
  34. Roddy White vs TB
  35. Mike Wallace @ CHI
  36. Golden Tate @ KC
  37. Ted Ginn vs INDY
  38. Tavon Austin vs SF
  39. Michael Crabtree vs NYJ
  40. Michael Floyd @ CLE
  41. Kamar Aiken vs SD
  42. Tyler Lockett @ DAL
  43. Dontrea Dye @ ATL
  44. Doug Baldwin @ DAL
  45. Andre Johnson @ CAR
  46. Davante Adams @ DEN
  47. Dorial Green-Beckham @ HOU
  48. Eddie Royal vs MIN
  49. Jermaine Kearse @ DAL
  50. Torrey Smith @ STL
  51. Dwayne Harris @ NO

TE’s

  1. Greg Olsen vs IND
  2. Tyler Eifert @ PIT
  3. Gary Barnridge vs AZ
  4. Martellus Bennett vs MIN
  5. Ladarius Green @ BAL
  6. Delanie Walker @ HOU
  7. Travis Kelce vs DET
  8. Eric Ebron vs KC
  9. Jason Witten vs SEA
  10. Jimmy Graham @ DAL
  11. Heath Miller vs CIN
  12. Jacob Tamme vs TB
  13. Crockett Gilmore vs SD
  14. Ben Watson vs NYG
  15. Richard Rodgers @ DEN
  16. Larry Donnell @ NO
  17. Vernon Davis @ STL
  18. Kyle Rudolph @ CHI
  19. Dwayne Allen @ CAR
  20. Coby Fleener @ CAR
  21. Owen Daniels vs GB
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2015 FantasySavvy: Waiver Wire Week 4

Not a ton on the waiver wire this week that we haven’t already talked about. Devonta Freeman exceeded my initial expectations and if he’s available needs to be picked up asap!! Check out my past waiver articles here for guys that may not be mentioned in this Weeks edition.

QB’s

Michael Vick, PIT

Big Ben went down with an MCL injury along with a bone bruise and the early report is he will miss 4-6 weeks. I think it could be the full 6 weeks if not longer. At his age, an MCL injury coupled with a Bone bruise could take a while to heal. Granted he will have the best treatment and a QB doesn’t need the full mobility of a skill position player, but nevertheless, I think it will be about 6 weeks. Michael Vick gets yet another shot to try to revive his career after another recent failed attempt with the NY Jets. Let’s face it,, Vick is very inaccurate, can’t read defenses that well and is extremely injury prone. However, this is a pretty nice offense he walks into with Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell and a returning Martavis Bryant in Week five. Vick will frustrate with interceptions, overthrown balls, fumbles, but I think he can remain fantasy relevant while playing in this offense. He is also still a legit threat to run the football. This is strictly short term, because Vick could get hurt in the coming weeks, but if you are a Ben or Romo owner and the pickings are very thin at QB, Vick should provide some decent fantasy results.

Johnny Manziel, CLE

We have talked about Manziel already, but I am bringing him back up, because he’s probably back on your waiver wire after the Browns mistakenly decided to go back to Josh ” I am better off as an Insurance Salesmen” McCown. Just be ready, because Manziel should have this job back in a few weeks, once Mike Pettine comes to his senses, if he has any, they did sign McCown in the first place, expecting him to be a viable starter. But my gut tells me, Pettine knows this team is still a few years away and he wants to teach Manziel a lesson after last year and doesn’t want to hand him the reigns just yet. He will be forced to soon though.

RB’s

Karlos Williams, BUF

I’m not sure who Williams reminds me of, he’s got a fairly unique running style. Maybe a mix of Darren McFadden and Rashard Mendenhall? Not sure, but Williams, is a no-nonsense type of runner. He hits the hole hard and finishes runs with power. RB’s who play with Mobile QB’s have a history of success since the threat of the QB run opens up lanes for the RB. Williams, a rookie from Florida State, has opened the year averaging 7.8 YPC with three TD’s. He is expected to start this Sunday against the Giants, as LeSean McCoy is out this week. This is a pretty intriguing pickup, and it seems like it could pay out for Fantasy Owners. He has pretty good burst, isn’t the most agile guy, but I like his physical running style. Maybe a mix of Knile Davis/Priest Holmes type. Somewhere in between.

Thomas Rawls/Fred Jackson, SEA

Jackson is likely the back sitting on benches as he was assumed to be the clear handcuff for the prestigious Marshawn Lynch, but Rawls was the one getting the rock last week after Lynch went out. Rawls finished with 104 yards on sixteen carries, while Fred Jackson did little. Lynch is a question mark this week against the Lions, so I wouldn’t advise going all in on Rawls or Jackson this week. If Lynch is out, I would expect Freddie J to get a little more burn then what he got last week. The Seahawks liked Rawls enough to release Christine Michael, but with Jackson there, I don’t think any guy will provide significant return, also Lynch could be fine.

Charles Sims, TB

Sims isn’t great, but he’s the preferred option when the Bucs are trailing, which will be often. Doug Martin was fools gold this preseason and he stinks. Sims could take the job outright, then again we may see Bobby Rainey soon.

Chris Thompson, WAS

Matt Jones owner were burned last week, partly by his fumble in the endzone, but mostly because of the gameflow. Kirk Cousins stinks and so does the Redskins defense. The Skins are going to be trailing a ton of games and that is why I am worried about Matt Jones and especially Alfred Morris. In games where the Skins are playing legit offenses, they will be forced to throw, leaving Thompson as the main cog. He played nearly every snap down the stretch as the Skins went into comeback mode, finishing with a TD and around 100 yards. He is the Skins version of Lance Dunbar. He’s for very deep leagues only 14-16 teams and when the Skins are playing a superior opponents, which could be every week actually!!

WR’s

Just a quick overview of the WR’s, since it’s pretty slim pickings this week. DeSean Jackson could possibly return this week, if not next, so if he’s out there, go snatch him up. Robert Woods, eh. Marvin Jones, Eh, I don’t trust Dalton long-term. I would still be stashing Breshad Perriman, the Ravens desperately need him. I mentioned it before, but I will mention it again, Dorial Green-Beckham out there in your league? Grab him NOW!!! Guy is slowly emerging and looks pretty beastly. Not sure what Whisenhunt is doing by holding him back, maybe he’s making him very hungry. Victor Cruz is another add if he’s out there as he should return this week.The talent is still there as well as the rapport with Eli. Giants offense should improve as season goes on.

TE’s

Max Williams, BALT

The talented rookie got his shot when Crockett Gilmore went down against the Bengals, finishing with three catches for 44 yards. Gilmore is highly questionable against Pittsburgh, and Williams could get his shot to earn more playing time with a good performance. The Ravens are so thin with weapons that Williams should get a decent amount of looks and could be a mainstay this season. It’s worth a shot, there is legit talent here.

Charles Clay, looks for real with Tyrod Taylor, also if Antonio Gates is still lurking in your league, he needs to be snatched.

Make sure to check out our radio show this Friday Night, if you can’t listen live you can check on demand at blogtalkradio.com/fantasysavvy. Last week we discussed the potential of Devonta Freeman, staying away from Davante Adams and we went 6-2 with our NFL picks!  Check back this weekend for the return of our Daily League suggestions and Weekly Player Rankings. Follow on twitter @FantasySavvy.

1
Peyton Manning (DEN) at NYJ

1 4 1.1 0.4
2
Aaron Rodgers (GB) at MIA

2 8 3.0 1.3
3
Matt Ryan (ATL) vs. CHI

1 10 3.8 1.7
4
Andrew Luck (IND) at HOU

1 9 4.1 1.5
5
Philip Rivers (SD) at OAK

2 10 5.2 2.1
6
Russell Wilson (SEA) vs. DAL

2 9 5.9 1.5
7
Jay Cutler (CHI) at ATL

2 12 6.1 1.7
8
Eli Manning (NYG) at PHI

3 25 8.0 2.5
9
Nick Foles (PHI) vs. NYG

5 17 9.8 2.3
10
Matthew Stafford (DET) at MIN

4 20 10.4 2.4
11
Colin Kaepernick (SF) at STL

3 20 11.3 2.4
12
Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) at CLE

7 22 11.3 2.2
13
Tom Brady (NE) at BUF

10 23 15.0 2.8
14
Joe Flacco (BAL) at TB

7 26 15.3 3.1
15
Cam Newton (CAR) at CIN

10 24 15.4 2.4
16
Andy Dalton (CIN) vs. CAR

9 29 16.7 3.7
17
Tony Romo (DAL) at SEA

9 24 16.6 3.0
18
Kirk Cousins (WAS) at ARI

9 26 17.5 4.4
19
Ryan Tannehill (MIA) vs. GB

13 27 19.6 2.9
20
Brian Hoyer (CLE) vs. PIT

12 27 20.3 3.0
21
Carson Palmer (ARI) vs. WAS

10 34 20.7 6.2
22
Austin Davis (STL) vs. SF

9 29 21.6 3.4
23
Jake Locker (TEN) vs. JAC

9 33 21.8 5.5
24
Teddy Bridgewater (MIN) vs. DET

12 30 22.6 3.4
25
Blake Bortles (JAC) at TEN

15 31 23.3 3.1
26
Drew Stanton (ARI) vs. WAS

15 34 25.0 4.6
27
Charlie Whitehurst (TEN) vs. JAC

15 32 25.7 4.1
28
Mike Glennon (TB) vs. BAL

16 30 23.8 2.9
29
Ryan Fitzpatrick (HOU) vs. IND

13 30 25.3 3.0
30
Kyle Orton (BUF) vs. NE

17 31 26.6 2.6
31
Geno Smith (NYJ) vs. DEN

17 32 27.6 2.6
32
Logan Thomas (ARI) vs. WAS

23 32 28.2 2.6
33
Derek Carr (OAK) vs. SD

24 33 28.7 1.9
34
Michael Vick (NYJ) vs. DEN

25 35 31.5 2.2
35
Matt Schaub (OAK) vs. SD

30 54 34.7 8.2
36
Tarvaris Jackson (SEA) vs. DAL

31 46 38.5 7.5
37
Zach Mettenberger (TEN) vs. JAC

31 42 33.6 4.3
38
Colt McCoy (WAS) at ARI

32 38 35.0 3.0
39
Johnny Manziel (CLE) vs. PIT

32 33 32.5 0.5
40
E.J. Manuel (BUF) vs. NE

33 56 44.5 11.5

 

1
Matt Forte (CHI) at ATL

1 6 1.4 0.8
2
Marshawn Lynch (SEA) vs. DAL

1 5 2.3 1.0
3
Le’Veon Bell (PIT) at CLE

1 8 3.1 1.1
4
Giovani Bernard (CIN) vs. CAR

3 9 5.4 1.4
5
Arian Foster (HOU) vs. IND

1 11 4.5 1.7
6
DeMarco Murray (DAL) at SEA

2 18 7.3 2.7
7
LeSean McCoy (PHI) vs. NYG

1 22 7.5 3.0
8
Eddie Lacy (GB) at MIA

4 26 8.0 2.9
9
Andre Ellington (ARI) vs. WAS

4 19 9.3 3.1
10
Frank Gore (SF) at STL

6 27 11.7 3.3
11
Branden Oliver (SD) at OAK

5 36 11.4 3.9
12
Ben Tate (CLE) vs. PIT

6 26 12.1 3.2
13
Andre Williams (NYG) at PHI

4 50 12.4 5.2
14
Alfred Morris (WAS) at ARI

3 29 16.7 4.5
15
Fred Jackson (BUF) vs. NE

9 45 17.3 5.3
16
Ahmad Bradshaw (IND) at HOU

11 27 16.4 3.0
17
Justin Forsett (BAL) at TB

10 53 18.6 5.1
18
Joique Bell (DET) at MIN

8 39 18.5 6.7
19
Lamar Miller (MIA) vs. GB

8 47 20.0 7.0
20
Steven Jackson (ATL) vs. CHI

13 33 21.5 4.1
21
Bishop Sankey (TEN) vs. JAC

13 44 21.7 6.0
22
C.J. Spiller (BUF) vs. NE

13 36 23.0 3.9
23
Doug Martin (TB) vs. BAL

12 38 23.6 5.2
24
Christopher Ivory (NYJ) vs. DEN

12 38 23.8 4.2
25
Matt Asiata (MIN) vs. DET

11 38 23.9 5.1
26
Zac Stacy (STL) vs. SF

10 41 25.5 4.8
27
Stevan Ridley (NE) at BUF

15 40 26.1 5.0
28
Ronnie Hillman (DEN) at NYJ

11 39 27.7 5.6
29
Shane Vereen (NE) at BUF

16 41 28.0 4.7
30
Trent Richardson (IND) at HOU

15 41 29.0 4.9
31
Darren Sproles (PHI) vs. NYG

11 41 30.2 5.4
32
Jeremy Hill (CIN) vs. CAR

16 40 31.0 4.4
33
Knowshon Moreno (MIA) vs. GB

7 47 30.6 7.1
34
Darren McFadden (OAK) vs. SD

26 52 33.7 3.6
35
Storm Johnson (JAC) at TEN

18 56 34.3 6.4
36
Reggie Bush (DET) at MIN

9 65 34.6 11.2
37
Jerick McKinnon (MIN) vs. DET

28 63 37.3 4.5
38
Chris Johnson (NYJ) vs. DEN

27 47 37.3 3.4
39
Antone Smith (ATL) vs. CHI

27 60 40.4 5.5
40
Jonathan Stewart (CAR) at CIN

27 62 40.8 6.7
41
Carlos Hyde (SF) at STL

34 57 41.3 4.1
42
Bobby Rainey (TB) vs. BAL

26 54 42.5 4.9
43
Lorenzo Taliaferro (BAL) at TB

32 68 43.2 5.5
44
C.J. Anderson (DEN) at NYJ

18 62 46.5 7.9
45
Benny Cunningham (STL) vs. SF

29 62 44.2 5.6
46
LeGarrette Blount (PIT) at CLE

25 63 46.0 6.3
47
Shonn Greene (TEN) vs. JAC

29 65 40.5 8.5
48
Darrin Reaves (CAR) at CIN

31 72 47.8 7.5
49
Isaiah Crowell (CLE) vs. PIT

30 61 46.1 6.1
50
Maurice Jones-Drew (OAK) vs. SD

31 63 48.1 6.4
51
Bernard Pierce (BAL) at TB

31 59 46.6 5.7
52
Roy Helu (WAS) at ARI

28 76 50.0 7.3
53
Terrance West (CLE) vs. PIT

34 67 49.0 5.8
54
James Starks (GB) at MIA

25 68 53.1 8.0
55
Donald Brown (SD) at OAK

26 55 41.9 7.7
56
Theo Riddick (DET) at MIN

37 75 53.7 8.8
57
Ka’Deem Carey (CHI) at ATL

31 74 60.9 6.9
58
George Winn (DET) at MIN

33 72 55.0 9.1
59
Peyton Hillis (NYG) at PHI

37 78 54.1 7.1
60
Juwan Thompson (DEN) at NYJ

34 78 57.3 8.8
61
Damien Williams (MIA) vs. GB

35 86 69.6 18.2
62
Fozzy Whittaker (CAR) at CIN

35 78 59.3 9.0
63
Dexter McCluster (TEN) vs. JAC

38 71 55.5 7.8
64
Chris Ogbonnaya (CAR) at CIN

38 78 57.6 8.9
65
Derrick Coleman (SEA) vs. DAL

39 86 73.6 17.6
66
Denard Robinson (JAC) at TEN

39 67 52.7 5.6
67
Devonta Freeman (ATL) vs. CHI

39 67 55.3 5.3
68
Ray Agnew (CLE) vs. PIT

40 89 69.0 12.1
69
Alfred Blue (HOU) vs. IND

40 68 56.9 6.8
70
Jay Prosch (HOU) vs. IND

41 91 65.7 12.1
71
Ronnie Brown (SD) at OAK

41 72 58.2 8.5
72
Shaun Draughn (SD) at OAK

42 85 59.5 10.3
73
Jacquizz Rodgers (ATL) vs. CHI

42 72 61.8 7.0
74
Robert Turbin (SEA) vs. DAL

44 77 61.2 6.4
75
James White (NE) at BUF

46 99 69.6 11.5
76
Jackie Battle (TEN) vs. JAC

47 101 70.6 13.7
77
Stepfan Taylor (ARI) vs. WAS

47 80 62.6 7.7
78
Joseph Randle (DAL) at SEA

48 86 65.8 7.2
79
Jordan Todman (JAC) at TEN

52 83 65.2 6.6
80
Daniel Thomas (MIA) vs. GB

53 81 68.9 7.9
81
Latavius Murray (OAK) vs. SD

54 104 71.0 16.0
82
Lance Dunbar (DAL) at SEA

54 78 64.2 5.8
83
Bilal Powell (NYJ) vs. DEN

56 89 70.7 6.5
84
Kyle Juszczyk (BAL) at TB

56 85 71.1 7.0
85
Jonathan Grimes (HOU) vs. IND

57 98 69.5 8.9
86
Dri Archer (PIT) at CLE

58 93 74.9 8.6
87
Marcel Reece (OAK) vs. SD

58 82 68.3 6.8
88
DeAngelo Williams (CAR) at CIN

59 100 79.5 20.5
89
Brandon Bolden (NE) at BUF

60 90 76.9 9.9
90
Darrel Young (WAS) at ARI

60 79 70.8 6.0
91
Trey Watts (STL) vs. SF

62 87 75.2 6.4
92
Leon Washington (TEN) vs. JAC

63 104 75.1 12.0
93
Jorvorskie Lane (TB) vs. BAL

63 99 84.7 15.6
94
DuJuan Harris (GB) at MIA

64 102 79.0 12.8
95
Patrick DiMarco (ATL) vs. CHI

65 92 79.7 11.1
96
Mike James (TB) vs. BAL

66 103 75.1 11.0
97
Dan Herron (IND) at HOU

68 97 82.5 14.5
98
Cedric Peerman (CIN) vs. CAR

70 93 82.8 8.2
99
John Kuhn (GB) at MIA

71 93 82.1 6.2
100
Michael Cox (NYG) at PHI

71 92 79.8 6.9
101
Anthony Dixon (BUF) vs. NE

72 94 80.4 7.8
102
Robert Hughes (ARI) vs. WAS

74 97 85.5 8.3
103
Will Johnson (PIT) at CLE

76 94 85.8 6.5
104
Will Ta’ufo’ou (JAC) at TEN

77 95 85.4 6.0
105
James Develin (NE) at BUF

78 101 86.0 9.0
106
Frank Summers (BUF) vs. NE

80 96 86.2 5.7
107
Silas Redd (WAS) at ARI

87 105 96.0 9.0
108
Henry Hynoski (NYG) at PHI

87 102 96.0 5.5
109
Jamize Olawale (OAK) vs. SD

89 100 95.8 4.1
110
Joe Banyard (MIN) vs. DET

91 103

 

1
Julio Jones (ATL) vs. CHI

1 17 1.9 1.7
2
Demaryius Thomas (DEN) at NYJ

1 6 2.0 1.2
3
Antonio Brown (PIT) at CLE

1 10 3.1 1.3
4
Jordy Nelson (GB) at MIA

1 10 3.9 1.4
5
Brandon Marshall (CHI) at ATL

1 21 6.5 2.9
6
Alshon Jeffery (CHI) at ATL

2 14 6.7 2.1
7
Dez Bryant (DAL) at SEA

4 29 8.0 3.4
8
Jeremy Maclin (PHI) vs. NYG

4 19 8.9 2.8
9
Randall Cobb (GB) at MIA

3 30 8.9 3.1
10
Emmanuel Sanders (DEN) at NYJ

2 22 10.0 3.0
11
Golden Tate (DET) at MIN

5 29 12.0 3.7
12
Vincent Jackson (TB) vs. BAL

7 30 14.7 4.5
13
Steve Smith (BAL) at TB

6 39 15.0 5.4
14
Victor Cruz (NYG) at PHI

8 34 16.3 5.9
15
Roddy White (ATL) vs. CHI

4 40 16.4 5.3
16
Percy Harvin (SEA) vs. DAL

6 31 17.5 4.8
17
Kelvin Benjamin (CAR) at CIN

6 66 19.5 7.5
18
Mike Wallace (MIA) vs. GB

10 83 20.1 8.6
19
Keenan Allen (SD) at OAK

5 41 20.5 5.7
20
Ty Hilton (IND) at HOU

4 36 19.0 5.9
21
Pierre Garcon (WAS) at ARI

7 60 21.5 7.4
22
DeAndre Hopkins (HOU) vs. IND

12 41 22.7 5.6
23
Julian Edelman (NE) at BUF

12 37 24.4 4.5
24
Michael Floyd (ARI) vs. WAS

12 52 25.2 6.5
25
DeSean Jackson (WAS) at ARI

12 42 25.8 6.0
26
Reggie Wayne (IND) at HOU

10 40 26.2 5.0
27
Wes Welker (DEN) at NYJ

12 44 27.6 6.5
28
Brian Quick (STL) vs. SF

12 46 27.7 6.2
29
Andre Johnson (HOU) vs. IND

7 40 27.0 6.2
30
Rueben Randle (NYG) at PHI

9 45 29.3 7.0
31
Mohamed Sanu (CIN) vs. CAR

12 59 29.9 8.8
32
Kendall Wright (TEN) vs. JAC

11 45 30.3 6.3
33
Michael Crabtree (SF) at STL

17 50 31.7 5.9
34
Sammy Watkins (BUF) vs. NE

22 73 33.5 6.5
35
Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) vs. WAS

6 53 34.5 6.5
36
Justin Hunter (TEN) vs. JAC

22 57 36.3 5.9
37
Terrance Williams (DAL) at SEA

16 59 36.5 6.6
38
Torrey Smith (BAL) at TB

17 50 37.7 5.8
39
Eric Decker (NYJ) vs. DEN

22 70 39.1 6.5
40
Cordarrelle Patterson (MIN) vs. DET

16 61 39.8 7.6
41
Andrew Hawkins (CLE) vs. PIT

27 62 40.3 5.5
42
Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG) at PHI

23 87 42.7 8.7
43
James Jones (OAK) vs. SD

28 86 42.6 7.0
44
Eddie Royal (SD) at OAK

29 63 43.7 5.7
45
Anquan Boldin (SF) at STL

15 66 45.0 6.1
46
Markus Wheaton (PIT) at CLE

31 63 46.4 5.3
47
Allen Robinson (JAC) at TEN

26 94 47.1 7.6
48
Malcom Floyd (SD) at OAK

7 70 51.9 9.9
49
Greg Jennings (MIN) vs. DET

33 70 49.6 5.6
50
Allen Hurns (JAC) at TEN

36 73 51.3 7.3
51
Mike Evans (TB) vs. BAL

39 89 53.0 10.4
52
Cecil Shorts (JAC) at TEN

26 82 58.4 13.0
53
Devin Hester (ATL) vs. CHI

31 82 55.8 9.6
54
John Brown (ARI) vs. WAS

39 79 53.1 7.0
55
Andre Holmes (OAK) vs. SD

39 82 53.9 8.3
56
Calvin Johnson (DET) at MIN

5 89 58.9 26.0
57
Brian Hartline (MIA) vs. GB

25 85 55.1 7.1
58
Kenny Britt (STL) vs. SF

27 87 59.2 9.3
59
Miles Austin (CLE) vs. PIT

37 81 56.3 6.9
60
Jordan Matthews (PHI) vs. NYG

40 72 55.2 5.7
61
Doug Baldwin (SEA) vs. DAL

28 82 59.2 8.0
62
Louis Murphy (TB) vs. BAL

44 99 59.0 11.0
63
Andre Roberts (WAS) at ARI

39 81 66.0 9.1
64
Steve Johnson (SF) at STL

40 101 61.8 10.4
65
Davante Adams (GB) at MIA

35 80 59.4 8.1
66
Riley Cooper (PHI) vs. NYG

42 81 62.2 8.7
67
Hakeem Nicks (IND) at HOU

36 84 61.9 8.4
68
Jeremy Ross (DET) at MIN

39 104 68.9 10.3
69
Brandon Tate (CIN) vs. CAR

33 120 65.8 14.2
70
Danny Amendola (NE) at BUF

30 115 80.2 12.2
71
Jarius Wright (MIN) vs. DET

41 86 65.0 8.8
72
Nate Washington (TEN) vs. JAC

37 90 68.5 8.6
73
Santonio Holmes (CHI) at ATL

38 104 78.1 10.9
74
Cody Latimer (DEN) at NYJ

40 90 65.3 17.7
75
Robert Woods (BUF) vs. NE

42 80 67.4 6.2
76
Brandon LaFell (NE) at BUF

43 88 62.5 6.6
77
Tavon Austin (STL) vs. SF

43 98 75.3 9.2
78
Jeremy Kerley (NYJ) vs. DEN

44 87 70.3 8.0
79
Taylor Gabriel (CLE) vs. PIT

46 84 71.5 7.8
80
Jermaine Kearse (SEA) vs. DAL

47 87 71.4 7.8
81
Harry Douglas (ATL) vs. CHI

47 83 70.4 10.6
82
Dexter McCluster (TEN) vs. JAC

48 93 73.6 9.1
83
Marqise Lee (JAC) at TEN

48 92 76.5 9.5
84
Travis Benjamin (CLE) vs. PIT

52 105 72.6 10.4
85
Dane Sanzenbacher (CIN) vs. CAR

52 94 79.2 8.3
86
Jerricho Cotchery (CAR) at CIN

53 89 72.9 8.9
87
Ted Ginn Jr. (ARI) vs. WAS

54 107 87.4 14.1
88
Jacoby Jones (BAL) at TB

55 101 82.1 10.7
89
Corey Fuller (DET) at MIN

55 99 78.6 8.5
90
Chris Givens (STL) vs. SF

56 96 79.9 7.6
91
Aaron Dobson (NE) at BUF

60 100 78.8 10.3
92
Denard Robinson (JAC) at TEN

61 91 76.7 9.2
93
Donte Moncrief (IND) at HOU

63 121 95.5 15.0
94
Jarvis Landry (MIA) vs. GB

64 101 79.4 8.2
95
Josh Huff (PHI) vs. NYG

65 127 94.7 22.3
96
Brandon Lloyd (SF) at STL

65 100 78.0 8.6
97
Austin Pettis (STL) vs. SF

66 105 87.5 8.2
98
Jason Avant (CAR) at CIN

68 113 87.4 9.6
99
Justin Brown (PIT) at CLE

69 116 92.0 12.7
100
Mike Williams (BUF) vs. NE

69 89 78.9 6.0
101
Solomon Patton (TB) vs. BAL

71 119 92.0 20.0
102
Preston Parker (NYG) at PHI

71 111 82.7 11.5
103
Denarius Moore (OAK) vs. SD

71 108 89.3 13.3
104
Cole Beasley (DAL) at SEA

72 97 84.8 7.7
105
Ryan Broyles (DET) at MIN

73 117 98.9 13.2
106
Ricardo Lockette (SEA) vs. DAL

73 110 88.7 9.6
107
Marlon Brown (BAL) at TB

73 107 82.5 9.4
108
Rishard Matthews (MIA) vs. GB

74 123 98.0 14.6
109
Brandon Gibson (MIA) vs. GB

74 118 95.5 16.3
110
Vincent Brown (OAK) vs. SD

74 118 92.6 13.5
111
Stedman Bailey (STL) vs. SF

74 117 92.9 13.9
112
Marquise Goodwin (BUF) vs. NE

75 113 92.1 12.6
113
Damaris Johnson (HOU) vs. IND

75 109 92.4 8.7
114
Ace Sanders (JAC) at TEN

76 111 90.1 12.1
115
Greg Salas (NYJ) vs. DEN

79 102 89.0 7.9
116
Seyi Ajirotutu (SD) at OAK

80 135 109.8 20.0
117
Lance Moore (PIT) at CLE

80 123 100.0 15.2
118
Philly Brown (CAR) at CIN

80 118 91.1 12.9
119
Jarrett Boykin (GB) at MIA

81 89 85.7 3.4
120
Aldrick Robinson (WAS) at ARI

82 131 105.3 20.1
121
Kenbrell Thompkins (OAK) vs. SD

82 130 93.8 18.5
122
David Nelson (NYJ) vs. DEN

83 124 103.2 11.5
123
Adam Thielen (MIN) vs. DET

84 133 109.0 15.7
124
Dri Archer (PIT) at CLE

85 128 106.5 21.5
125
Eric Weems (ATL) vs. CHI

87 108 100.0 9.3
126
Brian Tyms (NE) at BUF

89 125 107.0 18.0
127
Andre Caldwell (DEN) at NYJ

89 113 98.8 9.1
128
Charles Johnson (MIN) vs. DET

90 139 114.5 24.5
129
Mike Brown (JAC) at TEN

90 114 105.8 9.8
130
Kamar Aiken (BAL) at TB

92 119 105.8 8.7
131
Dwayne Harris (DAL) at SEA

93 122 105.3 9.4
132
Keshawn Martin (HOU) vs. IND

95 125 112.2 9.8
133
Brice Butler (OAK) vs. SD

96 130 115.2 11.2
134
Robert Herron (TB) vs. BAL

97 128 110.8 13.6
135
Bryan Walters (SEA) vs. DAL

98 112 103.0 6.4
136
Paul Richardson (SEA) vs. DAL

103 126 115.0 9.4
137
James Wright (CIN) vs. CAR

103 114 107.3 4.8
138
Russell Shepard (TB) vs. BAL

106 138 123.7 13.3
139
Ryan Grant (WAS) at ARI

106 131 116.0 10.0
140
Chris Hogan (BUF) vs. NE

109 132 120.5 11.5
141
Josh Morgan (CHI) at ATL

110 129 119.5 9.5
142
Jeff Janis (GB) at MIA

114 122 118.0 4.0
143
Brenton Bersin (CAR) at CIN

115 126 119.3 4.3
144
Devin Street (DAL) at SEA

115 123 120.0 3.6
145
Bruce Ellington (SF) at STL

119 129 122.6 4.1

 

1
Julius Thomas (DEN) at NYJ

1 2 1.1 0.3
2
Rob Gronkowski (NE) at BUF

1 5 2.2 0.7
3
Greg Olsen (CAR) at CIN

2 22 4.4 2.4
4
Martellus Bennett (CHI) at ATL

2 10 4.4 1.7
5
Delanie Walker (TEN) vs. JAC

2 12 5.1 1.8
6
Antonio Gates (SD) at OAK

3 11 5.4 1.5
7
Larry Donnell (NYG) at PHI

4 14 7.4 1.8
8
Jordan Cameron (CLE) vs. PIT

5 16 8.9 2.6
9
Heath Miller (PIT) at CLE

6 25 11.0 2.7
10
Owen Daniels (BAL) at TB

4 23 11.2 3.2
11
Dwayne Allen (IND) at HOU

1 18 11.5 2.7
12
Zach Ertz (PHI) vs. NYG

8 20 12.1 2.5
13
Jason Witten (DAL) at SEA

3 19 12.4 2.9
14
Vernon Davis (SF) at STL

5 27 12.6 3.6
15
Jordan Reed (WAS) at ARI

6 26 14.7 3.9
16
Jared Cook (STL) vs. SF

9 27 16.5 3.3
17
Eric Ebron (DET) at MIN

9 28 17.5 3.4
18
Niles Paul (WAS) at ARI

9 38 19.8 5.2
19
Charles Clay (MIA) vs. GB

3 34 18.4 3.4
20
Timothy Wright (NE) at BUF

10 34 19.4 4.4
21
Garrett Graham (HOU) vs. IND

7 42 24.8 4.9
22 11 32 21.7 3.4
23
Jermaine Gresham (CIN) vs. CAR

14 33 26.1 5.0
24
Clay Harbor (JAC) at TEN

14 37 22.0 4.3
25
Ladarius Green (SD) at OAK

12 40 24.2 4.3
26
Coby Fleener (IND) at HOU

13 30 23.2 3.3
27
Luke Willson (SEA) vs. DAL

15 37 23.7 4.0
28
Richard Rodgers (GB) at MIA

16 43 29.4 6.6
29
John Carlson (ARI) vs. WAS

17 45 28.2 4.6
30
Andrew Quarless (GB) at MIA

17 38 28.2 4.8
31
Scott Chandler (BUF) vs. NE

17 34 27.0 3.9
32
Brent Celek (PHI) vs. NYG

18 47 34.0 6.3
33
Brandon Myers (TB) vs. BAL

19 52 29.8 6.0
34
Mychal Rivera (OAK) vs. SD

19 51 31.2 5.5
35
Brandon Pettigrew (DET) at MIN

19 45 34.6 6.7
36
Jace Amaro (NYJ) vs. DEN

19 37 25.9 3.9
37
Levine Toilolo (ATL) vs. CHI

20 35 28.2 3.9
38
Derek Carrier (SF) at STL

22 68 37.0 12.6
39
Chase Ford (MIN) vs. DET

22 46 34.0 5.9
40
Jeff Cumberland (NYJ) vs. DEN

23 43 34.8 5.2
41
C.J. Fiedorowicz (HOU) vs. IND

24 58 32.9 8.5
42
Rhett Ellison (MIN) vs. DET

25 54 37.6 6.6
43
Joseph Fauria (DET) at MIN

25 51 39.3 10.8
44
Ryan Griffin (HOU) vs. IND

26 65 38.5 11.6
45
Robert Housler (ARI) vs. WAS

26 49 43.4 8.8
46
Logan Paulsen (WAS) at ARI

27 61 45.5 10.8
47
Vance McDonald (SF) at STL

27 60 45.3 12.9
48
Lance Kendricks (STL) vs. SF

27 39 33.2 3.8
49
Jacob Tamme (DEN) at NYJ

28 50 37.5 6.4
50
Jim Dray (CLE) vs. PIT

34 49 40.2 5.4
51
Adrien Robinson (NYG) at PHI

38 62 46.7 10.9
52
Daniel Fells (NYG) at PHI

38 50 42.9 4.1
53
David Ausberry (OAK) vs. SD

39 66 48.2 9.2
54
Gavin Escobar (DAL) at SEA

39 53 47.6 4.7
55
Cooper Helfet (SEA) vs. DAL

41 51 45.8 3.7
56
Dion Sims (MIA) vs. GB

41 48 44.0 2.3
57
Crockett Gillmore (BAL) at TB

42 72 57.0 15.0
58
Gary Barnidge (CLE) vs. PIT

42 55 47.0 5.7
59
Jack Doyle (IND) at HOU

46 56 51.0 5.0
60
Ed Dickson (CAR) at CIN

47 57 51.2 3.8
61
Brian Leonhardt (OAK) vs. SD

47 50 48.5 1.5
62
Dante Rosario (CHI) at ATL

48 50 49.0 0.7
63
Nic Jacobs (JAC) at TEN

49 53 51.0 2.0
64
Chris Gragg (BUF) vs. NE

53 78 62.3 11.1
65
MarQueis Gray (MIN) vs. DET

54 57 55.5 1.5
66 55 76 65.5 10.5
67
Bear Pascoe (ATL) vs. CHI

56 67 62.0 4.5
68
Luke Stocker (TB) vs. BAL

59 79 69.0 10.0
69
Matt Spaeth (PIT) at CLE

62 71 66.5 4.5

FantasySavvy 2012: Week 14 Fantasy Five (Playoff Edition)

By: Alex Schoenfeld

The first round of the playoffs is here. For those who are lucky enough to still have a heartbeat feast your eyes on the fantasy five.

Dallas @ Cincinnati:

Usually, when discussing anything Bengals, we start with AJ Green. Not this week. Here’s a question for you football buffs: What do Corey Dillon and BenJarvus Green-Ellis have in common? Easy right? Both played for the Patriots. What I bet you didn’t know, is that “The Law Firm” has run for 100+ yards in his past 3 games; making him the first Bengals back since (yep, that’s right) Corey Dillon (circa 1999) to put up such numbers. Can he continue this pace against a porous Cowboys run defense? He’s got my vote. My stat prediction: 26 attempts for 106 yards, 1 TD along with 4 catches for 19 yards.

Keeping with our running back theme, DeMarco Murray had a nice game against Philadelphia last week (who hasn’t?) with 23 attempts for 83 yards and a score. So much for Garrett’s plan to ease him back into a normal workload. Murray is angry. Missing the majority of the season with a bum foot has him mad at the world, so expect hard “hit you before you hit me” type runs. Don’t overthink this one; he’s a top 10 RB play. My stat prediction: 18 attempts for 88 yards and 5 catches for 50 yards and a rec TD.

AJ versus Dez. Green is the better option but I like them both to find the endzone. My stat prediction: AJ: 10 receptions for 115 yards and a TD. DB: 6 Receptions for 77 yards and a TD. Offensively, both of these teams are hitting their stride; finding that “oh so difficult” balance between the run and passing game.

I anticipate sporadic quarterback play in this game. Tony Romo should have the better day of the two, but don’t discount Andy Dalton and his ability to find AJ deep. My prediction: Romo: 23-40 270 2 TD’s and 2 INT’s. Dalton 18-27 230 yards 2 TD’s 1INT.

 

 

Chicago @ Minnesota:

Adrian Peterson. Need I say more? This guy is NOT human. If Fox’s robot “Cleatus” actually played on Sunday’s, his number would be 28, his team the Vikings and the name would be Peterson. With Urlacher already declared out for the game (and possibly the remainder of the regular season) expect AP to gash the normally stout Bears defense. This is a do or die game for the Vikings so expect desperation. Stat prediction: 30 attempts for 154 yards and 1 TD along with 4 catches for 27 yards.

With teams focusing more of their defensive strategies to contain Brandon Marshall, we should see opportunity for Matt Forte. Forte is a perfect example of my “law of averages” theory. He has had a solid season, but truly underwhelmed projections until this point. I predict BIG receiving numbers for Forte from this week out. My stat prediction: 18 rush for 70 yards and 8 receptions for 85 yards and 1 TD.

Fantasy favorite Percy Harvin is on IR. We all know his ability, and in the same breath, we know his propensity for injury.This hurts many fantasy teams, but owners can’t say they weren’t warned. Don’t get cute with Jerome Simpson. If there’s any viable receiving option for Minnesota, it’s Rudolph or Jarius Wright. Of course, these are complete lottery tickets, so owners beware. Rudolph has been hot of late however.

We thought the big and physical secondary play of the Seahawks would limit Brandon Marshall. Mark that under the list of “things that DIDN’T happen” last week. He did everything but find the endzone. We know he’s a PPR freak, but the yards came with it this time (165). He cut up the Vikings secondary two weeks ago for a line of 12 catches for 92 yards. I don’t think he will have 17 targets like he did in the previous match-up, but I do expect him to find pay dirt. Stat prediction: 9 receptions for 95 yards and 2 TD’s.

Quarterback play in this game should be lopsided. I like Jay Cutler to keep his playoff push focus up against a susceptible Viking’s pass D. Stat prediction: 21-30 288 yards and 3 TD’s 2INT.

Do not, I repeat, DO NOT even sniff Christian Ponder. Over the past seven weeks, he’s thrown for 76 less yards than AP has ran for over that span. He couldn’t take advantage of Green Bay’s vulnerable defense, what makes you think he can produce against arguably the best? Stat prediction: 14-29 215 yards 2 INT’s.

 

 

Philadelphia @ Tampa Bay

The secret’s out. Bryce Brown will hurt you. Now that opponents know what he’s capable of, can they stop him? If any team in the league can, it would be the Buccaneers. Their stingy run D only allows a mere 82 yards per game. The only two players in the league than broke the century rushing mark against the Bucs run defense are Adrian Peterson and Alfred Morris. But I still like Brown. Stat Prediction: 18 attempts for 70 yards 1 TD along with 5 catches for 61 yards (plus 1 fumble).

Rookie wall? What rookie wall? Doug Martin has been great this year. Owners who took a chance with him are being rewarded greatly for their intuition. Philadelphia has quit on their season. This means that “they aren’t who we thought they were” players in DeMeco Ryans and Nnamdi Asomugha won’t be risking next year’s health on stopping the “Muscle Hamster.” I think this will be an explosive game for all key pieces in each offense. Stat prediction: 28 attempts 120 yards 1 TD along with 6 catches for 63 yards and 1 TD.

With nothing to lose, I think the Eagles will test out rookie Nick Foles. He has the tools to be a successful NFL QB; size, arm strength, presence etc… With DeSean Jackson out, let’s see if that frees up Jeremy Maclin and possibly Jason Avant. Last time Maclin saw the Bucs, he exploded for 142 yards on 6 catches with 2 TD’s. My stat prediction for Foles: 25-43 277 yards 2 TD’s 3 INT. Stat Prediction for Maclin: 5 receptions 94 yards 1 TD. Avant prediction: 7 receptions 72 yards.

Josh Freeman will have a big day at home. If you need a TE, pick up Dallas Clark (if available still). It seems like their receiving core is finally clicking. I start Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams. Heck, if you’re desperate, there are worse spot starts than Tiquan Underwood. Nothing like a desperate team facing a demoralized squad at home. Freeman stat prediction: 26-40 311 yards 3 TD’s and 1INT. Clark prediction: 5 receptions 40 yards and 1 TD. Jackson prediction: 11 receptions 122 yards. Mike Williams prediction: 4 receptions 80 yards 1 TD. Underwood prediction: 4 catches 49 yards.

 

 

Baltimore @ Washington:

The Ravens were embarrassed. Check that, humiliated by their bitter divisional foe; who I might add was starting an ancient QB (I see you Charlie Batch). How will they respond?

With a banged up Terrell Suggs, who will match the physicality of Alfred Morris? Who will contain Robert Griffin III? If you’re scratching your head over those propositions, trust me, you’re not alone.

I absolutely love Morris in this spot. Those who did their research before the season are reaping the benefits of Alfred’s domination. At home I think he has one of his best games of the season. The traditional defense style of the Ravens is not conducive to stopping the ‘Skins “Pistol” formations. With RG3 opening up lanes, there will be no telling how damaging Morris will be. Prediction: 24 attempts for 143 yards 2 TD’s along with 3 catches for 19 yards.

RG3 will have a day. Pierre Garcon is back in the mix; expect him to be located early and often. These two have nice chemistry for only playing in about 6 games together. Griffin III Stat prediction: 15-21 210 yards 2 TD’s along with 7 rushes for 50 yards. Garcon stat prediction: 9 receptions 82 yards and 1 TD.

In order for Baltimore to hang with Washington, they will HAVE to score. As I’ve noticed all season, even though Ray Rice is considered the focal point of the offense, Joe Flacco dictates whether they sink or swim.

The Redskins defense will have an emotional letdown after a high intensity Monday night game against the Giants. Flacco will throw the ball deep. With DeAngelo Hall shadowing Torrey Smith for the majority of the game, I like Anquan Boldin to work the middle of the field. I also like Dennis Pitta as a top 10 tight end. Flacco stat prediction: 22-38 327 yards 2 TD’s 1 INT. Rice stat prediction: 25 attempts for 94 yards 1 TD along with 6 receptions for 59 yards. Smith stat prediction: 4 receptions 77 yards. Boldin stat prediction:10 receptions 105 yards 1 TD. Pitta stat prediction: 3 receptions 50 yards 1 TD.

 

 

New Orleans @ New York Giants:

Big game at Met-Life Stadium. The Giants need this one to keep their heads above water in the division. The Saints are on life support for a wild card spot, one more loss and their season is over.

After one of his worst performances of his career (5 INT’s no TD’s) last week against the Falcons, Drew Brees is aware of the task ahead. He knows that only his best of the season will allow New Orleans to take down the defending champs in their own house. Stat prediction: 29-51 330 yards 2 TD’s 2 INT’s. Brees fights to the end but can’t seal the deal. I don’t think this is the game where Darren Sproles gets his game back. The Giants have a very deep and athletic defensive line that can contain him. Stat prediction: 3 rushes for 20 yards along with 6 receptions for 44 yards. Jimmy Graham will find the endzone. He is always a matchup disaster and will work the middle of the field and red zone effectively. Stat prediction: 8 Receptions 78 yards 2 TD’s.

Despite the loss in D.C. this past Monday, Eli Manning looks as if he’s regained his early season form. The Saints have one of the worst defenses in the league, and playing outside of their dome, I can see Manning doing damage. Keep in mind N.O.’s d-coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s claim to fame is the SuperBowl title in 2008. With the Giants. There will be a familiarity of schemes; which can serve to help Eli audible at the line, as he does so well.  Stat Prediction: 28-39 318 yards 3 TD’s 1 INT.

Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, Reuben Randel, Martellus Bennett. Giants have weapons. Eli can spread the ball around (especially on this Saints sieve-like defense). Out of this group though, I believe Bennett will outperform his mediocre projections. Bennett stat prediction: 7 receptions 90 yards 1 TD. Nicks has been hobbled the majority of the year, but as we’ve seen in the past, the closer to playoff time the more dynamic play of Hakeem. With Cruz whittling away at trust factor with Eli (leading the league in drops), Hakeem gets a bump in targets. Stat projection: 11 receptions 105 Yards 1 TD. Cruz will be efficient, stat projection: 6 receptions 55 yards 1 TD.

I don’t trust any of the running backs in this game. Obviously, if you have Ahmad Bradshaw, you’re starting him. I think he’ll underwhelm against a terrible rush defense but could find the endzone. Stat prediction: 15 attempts 54 yards 1 TD along with 4 catches for 34 yards. If I had to choose one Saints back, it would be Pierre Thomas, based solely on the fact that I think he’ll have goal line carries. Stat prediction: 13 rushes 68 yards 1 TD along with 3 receptions for 35 yards.

FantasySavvy 2012: Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em 2012

As seen on FP911.com, make sure to check there for tons of excellent info.

Sometimes I glance over different sites’ Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em articles out of curiosity just to see who they are recommending or not recommending. This week I stumbled upon a particular site and I really just shook my head in amazement of how obvious a lot of these players were. I try to do my best to provide you with the not so obvious selections, because that is what this article should be about. Otherwise, what is the point of reading? Anyway, this particular site had recommended starts such as Julio JonesJordy NelsonDemaryius ThomasReggie Wayne and then at QB, Matt Ryan and Eli Manning. I mean, do we really need to be advised that these guys should start? Most of these guys were drafted within the first 5 rounds of our drafts and should be started every week regardless. Maybe the author is just trying to make us feel good about our teams? Or maybe he is just thinks the majority of his readers are dumb? If you are a supposed “expert” then give me some expert advice, not something I could get from a 10 year-old! At Fp911 we recognize our readers are passionate, knowledgeable owners and we try to provide them with the best information we possibly can. We hope that you recognize the difference between our site and others and continue to stick with us throughout this season and into the future.

You won’t see the obvious names on here, that would be pointless. Maybe occasionally to give you a reminder, but rather we are looking to identify some guys that you may be on the fence with and encourage you to either start or sit them. Matchups will be broken down, stats will be used, some projections will be provided and some “gut” feeling will be mixed in. But when it comes down to the come down, it’s your “gut” you need to roll with.

*Players listed in order of projected effectiveness in the start ‘em category and ineffectiveness in the sit ‘em category.

Quarterbacks

Start ‘Em

Andrew Luck vs Green Bay

Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

Luck has averaged 282 yards passing over his first three games in the NFL and should keep it rolling against Green Bay. It’s not a ideal matchup, but the Colts should be passing early and often as they try to keep up with the Packers. Look for Luck to approach 300 yards passing once again and to throw at least 2 TD’s in what should be a high scoring affair in Indy.

Andy Dalton vs Miami

Dalton is emerging in his Sophomore campaign and has 8 TD’s in his last 3 games while going over the 300-yard mark twice. Miami’s Defense has been tough against the run, but inferior against the pass ranked 19th in points allowed to Fantasy QB’s. Dalton is a guy who is out there on waivers in a lot of leagues and a QB I would look to play matchups with if my number #1 option wasn’ t the strongest. This is one of those weeks as I look for Andy to keep it rolling at home.

Christian Ponder vs Tennessee 

Could be a good week to play Ponder if you are a Romo owner and looking for a bye week replacement. The Titans defense is allowing 26 points per game to Fantasy QB’s, tied for last in the league with Oakland and have allowed 10 passing TD’s as well. The Vikings should be moving the ball all game and Ponder will have opportunities to score. I can see Ponder throwing a TD and possibly running one in as well. The matchup is right here, so I believe it’s safe to play Ponder if you need to.

Sit ‘Em

Sam Bradford vs Arizona

Don’t get giddy and try to start Bradford tomorrow night. If you haven’t recognized by now, you should have noticed that Arizona’s defense is legit. Yes, Ryan Tannehill threw for 400 yards against them last week, but that was only because of the man, the myth, the legend, Brian Hartline! Bradford hasn’t thrown a TD in two games and now goes against the Cardinals who are allowing the 6th fewest points to Fantasy QB’s. Keep Sammy benched in all leagues.

Matt Schaub @ NYJ

The Jets did lose Darelle Revis, but their secondary did a nice job against Alex Smith last week holding him under 150 yards passing and without a TD. The Jets were embarrassed last week at home, so I expect them to have an inspired effort back in their building on Monday Night Football. They also still rank 7th best against Fantasy QB’s. Schaub may have a decent day, but will most likely be held under 250 yards passing and could be limited to just one passing TD.

Michael Vick @ Pittsburgh

Not crazy about this matchup for Vick as he goes on the road to Heinz Field with the Steelers coming off a bye week after the loss to the Raiders. This was a Pittsburgh secondary that was the toughest against Fantasy QB’s last year and I think if you have a better option you should bench Vick this week. Vick’s matchups have been brutal so far going against Arizona, Baltimore, the Giants and now Pittsburgh. Things will get easier for Vick, but this is a week to be cautious with him.

Running Backs 

Start ‘Em

Frank Gore vs Buffalo

Gore hasn’t been great this year, but has been his usual steady self, finding the endzone in three out of his four games. The matchup is right here against Buffalo who are allowing the 27th most points to Fantasy Backs.

Ryan Mathews @ New Orleans

I have always felt Mathews was a little overrated, mostly because he’s always getting hurt and never lives up to expectations. Yet every year owners take him high only to be disappointed. There is some concern again this season with the emergence of Jackie Battle and him taking the goal line carries. After recommending Mathews last week, I hope he doesn’t burn us again this week in what is the best matchup he might face all year. We all know the Saints have been brutal against the run and Mathews should get it going, but even if he can’t find running room he should be a factor in the passing game. Either way he should produce for your fantasy teams, if he doesn’t and Jackie Battle continues to steal the show, be worried!

Alfred Morris vs Atlanta

Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

This guy just continues to beast, running through holes and through defenders. So far in 2012, Morris is averaging 4.6 yards per carry and has 4 TD’s. Atlanta’s secondary has been top notch but their Run Defense is a different story, allowing the 25th most points to Fantasy Backs. It doesn’t look like Morris is going anywhere in the near future and he looks to be a legit option for the rest of the season. Props to all owners who snatched him up.

Sit ‘Em

Steven Jackson vs Arizona

Why did you draft him? I’m sorry but that was a donkey move! Move him if you can or else he will continue to frustrate you! No TD’s and a 3.3 YPC, turrible! This guy is fool’s gold every season.

DeAngelo Williams/Jonathan Stewart vs Seattle

When both are on the field, they can be considered flex plays at times, but this is a week to avoid them. The Seahawks have been stout against the run, allowing the 7th fewest points to Fantasy Backs.

Chris Johnson @ Minnesota

Johnson broke out in the unlikeliest of matchups against Houston, but I still want to see more. I would continue to try and see what you could get for him. If Johnson has another good game against Minnesota and their No.2 Rush D, then I may be a believer, but I am banking against Johnson in this game.

Wide Receivers

Start ‘Em

Brian Hartline @ Cincinnati

Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins

Hartline is Fo’ Real and Tannehill loves him. Now, he’s not going to produce 200-yard games, but he should get a good amount of catches and come close to 100 yards often. Hopefully you landed him on the wire this week. I would even go out and try to trade for the guy, his value couldn’t be that high. Tannehill loves to hit this guy on comeback routes, which Hartline seems to have perfected. Stick ‘em in your lineups this week and expect production.

Dwayne Bowe vs Baltimore

Don’t be discouraged by the matchup. This guy is the ideal fantasy play week to week because Casselconstantly looks his way and Bowe just reels the passes in. Bowe has seen 43 targets the past three weeks! I kind of feel kind of cheap owning Bowe in Fantasy, because he plays for such a poor team and most of his stats come in garbage time!

Eric Decker @ New England

After a slow start to the season Eric Decker has picked the pace up the last two weeks catching 15 balls for over 200 yards and a TD. Decker could start to distance himself from Demaryius Thomas in the coming weeks, at the very least stay neck to neck. Either way, Decker is for real and needs to be in your lineups this week and pretty much every week going forward. This might be the last time you see him on my Start ‘em list.

Sit ‘Em

Pierre Garcon vs Atlanta

Garcon owners are finally glad to have him back healthy and ready to emerge with RGIII. But he had a slow return last week with just one catch for 20 yards and he gets a tough matchup this week in Atlanta who have been the best against Fantasy Wideouts.  Garcon will start producing soon, but avoid him in this matchup.

Anquan Boldin @ Kansas City

Boldin looked great last Thursday night popping off for 131 yards on 9 catches, but don’t be confident in him in Week five. The Chiefs defense is starting to return to prominence now that they are getting healthier and are ranked 7th best in defending Fantasy WR’s. Brandon Flowers will be a tough matchup for Boldin, so look forFlacco to connect with his other options. Dennis Pitta time?

Andre Roberts @ St. Louis

Andre Roberts along with Brian Hartline were hot pickups this week, but unlike Hartline who I am suggesting to start, consider sitting Roberts. The Rams have been 4th best against Fantasy WR’s, so expect Roberts to be limited somewhat. I do like Roberts outlook for the entire season however and believe the guy is going to remain consistent.

Tight Ends

Start ‘Em

Kyle Rudolph vs Tennessee 

Rudolph along with Dennis Pitta both burnt me last week, but Rudolph at least should bounce back this week. The Titans have been brutal against all offensive players and are the worst at defending the Tight End position. Rudolph should provide for your fantasy squads in Week five.

Scott Chandler @ San Francisco

Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills

The matchup doesn’t look good at first, but if you dig deeper you will see that the 49ers haven’t been great at defending the Tight End ranked 26th overall. Chandler is going to remain Fitzpatrick’s favorite target around the goaline as Chandler continues to have a bit of breakout season in 2012. Look for Chandler to either finish with a TD or have a good game yardage wise.

Jacob Tamme @ New England

Tamme hasn’t lived up to his draft day hype, but this might be the week to plug him back into your lineups. This game will be a shootout and the Pats have been bad against Tight Ends ranked 2nd worst in points allowed. If Tamme doesn’t get it done this week or if we see Joel Dreessen cutting into his production, he could be waiver wire material.

Sit ‘Em

Heath Miller vs Philly

Miller has been one of Ben‘s favorite targets this season, but consider sitting him this week against Philly who are ranked 4th best at defending the Tight End.

Martellus Bennett vs Cleveland

Bennett had a slow game against Philly last week with just one catch and might be in for another off performance against the Browns who are ranked 3rd best in points allowed to Tight Ends.

Jermichael Finley @ Indianapolis

If Greg Jennings is out with the groin injury that helps Finley, but this guy still only has one TD all season and drops way too many passes. The Colts are also are giving up the fewest points to Fantasy Tight Ends, so look to bench Finley.

IDP’s

Start ‘Em

Akeem Ayers @ Minnesota

Akeem Ayers, Tennessee Titans

The young Titans LB has been emerging this season with 29 tackles a sack and three pass deflections. He should continue to rack up the tackles this week as the Vikings will run Peterson a ton and Ponderwill also take off from time to time. Continue to put the talented youngster out there and pick him up and start him if he’s available in your league.

Lance Briggs @ Jacksonville

We saw Briggs pick of Romo, pull of a juke move and take it to the house on Monday Night against Dallas and he should keep the stats pumping against Jacksonville. MJD will be running often which means plenty of tackle opportunities for Briggs, plus Blaine Gabbert could toss him a INT as well. The Chicago Defense is going to dominate the Jags, get Briggs in your lineups.

Sit ‘Em

DeAngelo Hall vs Atlanta

Hall preys upon bad QB play and bad WR’s, but he won’t have that luxury this week against Atlanta. Hall won’t do much guarding Julio Jones and Roddy White, keep him benched.

Devin McCourty vs Denver

Don’t like this matchup for McCourty facing  Peyton Manning. Keep him reserved.

FantasySavvy 2012: Week 4 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em

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Week three, and all it’s craziness are in the books. The replacement refs will return for tonight’s game between the Ravens and Browns and maybe they can return some sanity. The regular Refs will return and no doubt will be praised early on even if they make some horrible calls initially, but eventually, just like all refs, they will be bashed and harassed and we may even demand the replacement refs back! While I didn’t think the replacement refs were good, there was definitely a lot overreaction in the media in my opinion. But the good news is, you don’t have replacement writers here at Fp911. My Girlfriend will not be filling in for me this week, nor will my Aunt Cindy be making my selections. No, no, there will be none of that. I am here and would never compromise our product. Paul Greco Dan Stack, Dan Leason, Colin Hager, Chuck Anderson and the rest of the guys are all here and will remain here week to week to provide you with the best Fantasy Football information we possibly can.

You won’t see the obvious names on here, that would be pointless. Maybe occasionally to give you a reminder, but rather we are looking to identify some guys that you may be on the fence with and encourage you to either start or sit them. Matchups will be broken down, stats will be used, some projections will be provided and some “gut” feeling will be mixed in. But when it comes down to the come down, it’s your “gut” you need to roll with.

*Players listed in order of projected effectiveness in the start ‘em category and ineffectiveness in the sit ‘em category.

Quarterbacks

Start ‘Em

Peyton Manning vs Oakland

I’ve been off on Manning for two weeks in a row, but this week I “guarantee” I will be right as he will produce nicely for your fantasy teams. Manning got the job done last week against an extremely tough Texan defense by throwing for 330 yards with two TD’s and has been great at home thus far throwing for nearly 600 yards with 4 TD’s and no INT’s. He stays in Denver this week against Oakland and should have his way against this secondary that is ranked 27th overall in defending Fantasy QB’s.

Joe Flacco vs Cleveland

Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

Cleveland’s secondary is just not the same without Stud CB Joe Haden and it’s showing in the numbers. The last two weeks they’ve been eaten up by Andy Dalton and Ryan Fitzpatrick and as a result are ranked 28th against Fantasy QB’s. Flacco may not have a huge yardage night but expect him to finish with around 250 yards passing with at least 2 TD’s.

Andy Dalton @ Jacksonville

Dalton could be coming into his own this season throwing back to back 300-yard three touchdown games. The matchups have helped against a Joe Haden less Browns secondary and an injury riddled Skins team, but nonetheless he’s producing at a high level. Jacksonville’s secondary hasn’t been bad this year ranked 10th overall against Fantasy QB’s, but I am a believer in Dalton and his weapons. The Bengals should have plenty of possessions with Blaine Gabbert’s ineffectiveness, so look for Dalton to get plenty of chances to score and find the endzone a few times.

Sit ‘Em

Jay Cutler @ Dallas

Cutler has been brutal after his big Week 1 showing, being held under 200 yards twice while throwing just 1 TD with 5 INT’s. Unfortunately for Jay, it does not get much easier against Dallas and their new and improved secondary. Dallas is currently allowing the fewest points to Fantasy QB’s and they will stay atop the charts after facing Cutler.

Jake Locker @ Houston

Locker was terrific against Detroit in Week three throwing for 378 with two TD’s, but the sledding gets rough this week against the Texans. I would not expect him to fare well against this top defense, so I advise you to keep the youngster reserved in this matchup.

Cam Newton @ Atlanta

Let’s hope this is the first and last time we have to put Newton on this list this season, but if he continues to play like he did last week against the Giants we might be seeing him here more often. Atlanta’s secondary has been great ranked 5th best in defending Fantasy QB’s as CB’s Asante Samuel and Dunta Robinson have been holding it down in the absence of CB Brent Grimes. Cam Newton also doesn’t have have great numbers against the Falcons with just two TD’s and 5 INT’s. You may not have a better option than Cam on your bench, but if you do, consider reserving him in this game.

Running Backs

Start ‘Em

Stevan Ridley @ Buffalo

Ridley was taken out of the gameplan last week against Baltimore but should return this week against Buffalo. The Patriots should be running often in this game as they should hold the lead for the majority of the game. Look for Ridley to approach 100 yards rushing and have a couple shots to reach the endzone.

Ryan Mathews @ Kansas City

Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers

Mathews made his 2012 season debut last week, but was somewhat limited in his return from his shoulder injury. It also didn’t help that the Chargers got blown out and Mathews didn’t have a chance to really produce. Expect Mathews to get going against Kansas City as he gets it done in both the passing and running game. I expect over 100 total yards with 4 to 5 catches and a possible score.

Cedric Benson @ New Orleans

To my surprise, Benson has been fairly involved in the Packers offense. He’s received nearly 40 carries in his last two games and is even catching some passes out of the backfield. He should definitely be in the gameplan this week against New Orleans and their last ranked Rush Defense. Benson should approach 100 yards and find the endzone in what will be a shootout at the Superdome.

Sit ‘Em

Chris Johnson @ Houston

If you have traded Chris Johnson, I can’t blame you with his atrocious 1.4 yards per carry. I mean what the hell happened to this dude? 1.4  ypc? I’m pretty sure you and I could go out there and average at least 2 yards per carry. Anyway if you can’t deal him he needs to remain benched until proven otherwise, plus, this matchup sucks. Hopefully Jake Locker continues to emerge this season and helps open up some holes for him.

Steven Jackson vs Seattle

Here is another guy that you will regret drafting. I spoke on it last week, I never understand the infatuation with this guy. I ranted on it already, but steer clear of Jackson against Seattle. The Seahawks defense is legit.

Ryan Williams vs Miami

Good news for Williams owners as Beanie Wells will be out until November with a turf toe injury. Williams also showed some life against Philly by rushing for 83 yards on 13 carries. But, keep Williams benched this week against Miami and their top 10 Run Defense.

Wide Receivers

Start ‘Em

Vincent Jackson vs Washington

Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Bucs

Jackson was a recommended sit last week against the Cowboys but he is a must-start against this injury decimated Washington Defense. The Skins secondary has allowed the most points to Fantasy WR’s in 2012 getting torched by Danny Amendola and A.J. Green the last two weeks.

Brandon Lloyd @ Buffalo

Lloyd and Brady are looking better and better every week and It could finally all come together in Buffalo. Lloyd has seen 25 combined targets the last two weeks and look for Brady to look his way often again on Sunday. Lloyd doesn’t have a score so far and only has one 100-yard game so there is still some time to buy low.

Torrey Smith vs Cleveland

I had Smith on my sit list last week, but had I known he was going to play despite his brothers death, I would of recommended him. We see it a lot where something tragic happens to these players and they go out, play and have a special performance. Much respect to Smith who went off for two TD’s against New England. After a slow start to the season I expect last week’s game to catapult Smith and he should enjoy another nice game tonight.

Sit ‘Em

Nate Washington @ Houston

There is that Houston defense again. Washington had an amazing catch last week which went for a TD, but reserve him in this game.

Brandon Marshall @ Dallas

Brandon Carr shutdown Vincent Jackson last week and I expect him to matchup with Brandon Marshall this week and contain him as well. Cutler has been brutal, the Dallas secondary has been superb, stay away from Marshall.

Danny Amendola vs Seattle

Amendola was slowed down against Chicago after he exploded against Washington and he could be slowed even more against Seattle and their physical corners. Brandon Browner and Co. will be up in the face of Amendola and I expect him to struggle. I like Amendola, I hate this matchup.

Tight Ends

Start ‘Em

Kyle Rudolph @ Detroit

Rudolph has 3 TD’s already this year and is proving to be Christian Ponder‘s favorite redzone target. Look for Rudolph to produce against the Lions who are allowing the 2nd most point to Fantasy Tight Ends.

Dennis Pitta vs Cleveland

Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens

Pitta seems to be Joe Flacco‘s favorite option and it shows in the targets numbers as Pitta leads all Baltimore receivers with 31. Pitta should enjoy another nice game against Cleveland and is turning into an every week start.

Owen Daniels vs Tennessee

Daniels is finally healthy and has been steady so far this year. He finally reached the endzone last week and could return there again facing the Titans who are allowing the most points to Fantasy Tight Ends.

Sit ‘Em

Jared Cook @ Houston

Cook is the the 4th Titan to make the sit em list this week. Cook got into the endzone last week, but did come off a fluky big play. I expect Cook to remain inconsistent this year and he needs to be benched in unfavorable matchups such as this one.

Jason Witten vs Chicago

I thought Witten would get off the schnide last week, but he disappointed once again. Romo probably won’t have a bigtime game against Chicago, so that should mean Witten most likely will struggle again. Things will get better for Witten, but he needs to show it first before you start reinserting him back into your lineups.

Fred Davis @ Tampa Bay

After two slow weeks to start the season, Davis enjoyed a nice game last week going for 90 yards on seven catches. I’m still not convinced he’s going to be a favorite of RG3 this year or at least not right away so I am sitting him this week. Tampa Bay is also in the top 10 at defending the Tight End position.

IDP

Start ‘Em

Chris Clemons @ St. Louis

The undrafted Clemons had a monster game last week against Green Bay sacking Aaron Rodgers four times. Clemons has a great matchup against the Rams who allowed the most sacks in the league last year and are allowing the 2nd most sacks this year. Expect another nice performance.

Ed Reed vs Cleveland

Ed Reed, Baltimore Ravens

Ed Reed vs Brandon Weeden on National TV? Look for Reed to pick off Weeden at least once and possibly take one to the house.

Sit ‘Em

Cliff Avril vs Minnesota

Avril hasn’t gotten off to the start many people expected with just one sack this season after finishing with eleven last year. Keep him benched until he proves last season wasn’t a fluke.

Derrick Morgan @ Houston

Arian Foster and Ben Tate will be centerfolding this offense as usual, so Morgan won’t have many sack opportunities on Matt Schaub. The Texans offensive line has also allowed the 3rd fewest sacks.

 

 

 

 

FantasySavvy 2012: Week 3, Fantasy Five

By: Kevin Lewis,  @Klew24

Philadelphia @ Arizona

Start Vick with caution. He should have plenty of opportunities, as the Eagles defense will bottle up the Cardinals on Sunday. He also has been turnover prone, and the Cardinals do boast a good defense. And the Eagles lost 2 offensive linemen this past week. If you have a comparable backup option, I’d go with him.

Sit Larry Fitzgerald. I’m not saying his long term prospects this year look bleak. He will be fine. However, this week he’s going up against a good secondary. If you have a good option on your bench, go with it and feel comfortable. I know it’s hard benching a second round pick this early but it must be done.

Start Brent Celek. In this kind of game, against a good Arizona defense, I’d feel comfortable starting Vick’s safety blanket. Maclin is out which means there are targets to be had. Celek has had quite a start to the 2012 campaign and I’d expect that to continue.

Sit Desean Jackson. With Maclin out, I’d expect lots of rolled coverage to Jackson’s side. And with Patrick Peterson looming, I’d sit him out this week

Houston @ Denver

Sit Matt Schaub. I don’t think many people went into this season with Schaub as their starting QB but if you did, and you have a good bench option, go with him. Denver has actually done a fairly solid job against the pass.

Don’t be stirred by Peyton Manning’s performance last week. Yes he threw three picks but he’s also Peyton Manning. While his arm doesn’t look like what it once was, don’t overreact. While Houston is a tough matchup, I’d start Manning this week.

Start Willis McGahee. I know the Houston Texans defense is great, and Willis won’t get many yards on the ground. That being said, Peyton Manning led teams love running the ball inside the 10 yard line. I can see McGahee getting a TD or two this week on that account.

Stay patient with Eric Decker. A lot of people liked Decker over DeMaryius Thomas and I never really got why, but Decker should get better as the chemistry between him and Manning grows. He’s a solid WR.

St. Louis @ Chicago

Don’t be discouraged by Jay Cutler’s terrible performance last Thursday. He probably should have been a fringe starter/high end QB2 anyway, but if you have him, start him with confidence. The Rams defense isn’t particularly good.

Start Michael Bush. The Rams give up a robust 6+ YPC on runs up the middle. That is Michael Bush’s calling card. With Forte  OUT Sunday, Bush will likely have a big game.

Don’t get carried away with Danny Amendola. That being said, in PPR leagues, he’s an absolutely great flex play until proven otherwise. Start him with confidence. The Bears are a bend but don’t break kind of defense and Amendola will get a lot of looks.

Sit Stephen Jackson. He’s hurt, he may not play and if he does he’s playing against a very good run defense in the Bears. If you have comparable options, sit Jackson. Daryl Richardson could make for a sneaky flex play this week if Jackson is out, but the matchup isn’t great.

Green Bay @ Seattle

Sit Cedric Benson. Cedric Benson’s bread and butter is runs up the middle. Seattle stops them to the tune of a 2.2 YPC. Seattle’s defense is extremely tough and I think the Packers will do away with the run after realizing it isn’t going anywhere.

Start Randall Cobb. This seems like a game where the Packers will throw the ball 45+ times, and Cobb will see quite a few touches out of the backfield on 3rd down. If your league accounts for return yardage, that’s even better.

Sit Greg Jennings. Apparently he had a set back and he doesn’t have a good grasp on his groin injury. He plays Monday night so unless you have Randall Cobb on your bench, it’s best to bench him now and save yourself the headache.

Even with Aaron Rodgers coming in town, do NOT switch out the Seattle defense. They can play, and they will give Rodgers some trouble. Start them with confidence.

Kansas City @ New Orleans

Dwayne Bowe had 100+ yards and 2 touchdown scores last week. Start him again. Kansas City will likely be getting blown out and there will be plenty of garbage time minutes for Bowe to boost his numbers.

Mark Ingram isn’t a good RB, and he leaves a lot to be desired but he will have some chances to score on Sunday as NO will be marching against a struggling KC defense. If you need a flex and have him on your bench, give him a shot.

Start Lance Moore. Kansas City has struggled defending the pass as well. They weren’t really tested last week as CJ Spiller went nuts, but Brees and co will test them this week. Moore will be a good play this week.

KC will be down and KC will throw, so if you’re in need of a flex, or a RB in a pinch, start Dexter McCluster (PPR leagues). He will get 5-6 grabs and maybe sneak into the endzone. If you’re in need, take a chance and start him.