Because we have so many teams on bye weeks, it is essential to keep in mind your depth at each position when looking over weekly start and sit options. For example, I have players like Cam Newton and Frank Gore on the sit’em section, but if you have no other option close to their talent or situation, of course your going to keep them in the lineup.
Tony Romo @ Panthers -
It’s been a tough start to the season for fantasy owners with Tony Romo, but when Cowboys took to the air against the Ravens they were effective. It appears offensive line coach Bill Callahan made the most of his bye week to bring Dallas’s offensive line play to a point where they’re skill players to make the impact we expected them too in the offseason.
Carolina should put up a good fight in this game, but I expect Romo to throw for 300 yards and two or three scores against an inconsistent defense.
Doug Martin vs. Saints -
We wanted to see the Buccaneers' talented rookie start to make some big plays and reassert himself as the first option in the run game over LeGarrette Blount. While Blount’s work in garbage time was disappointing, Martin did have a good game and his 42-yard reception and 23-yard run should put us at ease about his abilities to make big plays.
This week Martin plays against a Saints defense ranked 31st against the run and 30th in points given up. Make sure you get Martin in the lineup as a rock-solid RB2 play this week.
Alex Green @ Rams -
Green’s numbers in his first start against the Texans won’t jump off the page at you, but if you watch his plays on Game Rewind, his skill set appears to be a good fit for what the Packers want to do on offense. Green can make plays in the draw game and should fit well when the Packers are in three receiver sets.
I wouldn’t call him a shifty back, but he can make defenders miss at the second level and has power to run over defenders at the point of attack.
Bottom line, Green was clearly the favored runner by Mike McCarthy and that won’t change going into this week and likely the rest of the season. Consider Green a solid flex play this week.
Mike Williams vs. Saints -
The man is on fire and, to his own admission, part of the credit has to go to the presence of Vincent Jackson on the other side of the field. Jackson will draw double coverage and because defenses are also concerned about the Buccaneers run game, Williams will continue to see one-on-one matchups.
Averaging a ridiculous 22.5 yards per catch, Williams has a terrific matchup against the Saints secondary and should have another nice game.
Denarius Moore vs. Jaguars -
I talked about Moore and Carson Palmer reestablishing a connection last week as Moore has worked his way back (knock on wood) from his hamstring problems this summer. Moore will be the Raiders top receiver and best playmaker down the field.
With Darren McFadden drawing so much attention from the defense, expect Moore to have a field day against the Jaguars secondary. He has a shot to be a WR2 going forward.
Kenny Britt @ Bills -
Of course you have to watch the practice reports with Kenny Britt, but the guy is ultra talented and, when healthy, he will be productive on the field. You don’t have to like him, but if you’ve stuck with him on your roster, give him a start in your lineup against the Bills corners.
Owen Daniels vs. Ravens -
Daniels continues to be one of the more active options in the Texans' passing attack and he won’t go away anytime soon. With defenses focused on Arian Foster and Andre Johnson, Daniels will continue to have opportunities produce.
It appears Daniels is finally back to full strength after his knee injury back in 2009 slowed him down. Just a reminder that not every player is a super freak like Adrian Peterson. At the same time, some players do come back after a few years, unlike Terrell Davis who was never the same after his knee injury.
Kyle Rudolph @ Cardinals -
One of my sleeper picks from the summer, Rudolph is getting it done with five touchdowns and a two-point conversion through six games. Rudolph’s size, hands and use of his body in the red zone will make him a threat for double digit touchdowns yearly.
The Vikings' offense is all about Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin and Rudolph. Those three are the options they lean on most of the time to get it done on offense, and they should all continue to have success as the Vikings are thick in the playoff hunt.
Seahawks Defense @ 49ers -
A big week for Seattle as they are riding high off another late game comeback win at home. The 49ers were exposed last week, and it appears they don’t trust Alex Smith to come through if they are behind by a few scores and can’t get the running game going.
If the Seahawks find a way to build a double-digit lead by the fourth quarter, things could get ugly again for San Francisco.
Raiders vs. Jaguars -
If you’re looking for a bye week option off the waiver wire for defense, give the Raiders a shot this week. Blaine Gabbert has been horrific of late and Oakland forced three interceptions on Matt Ryan last week.
Cam Newton vs. Cowboys -
I need to see more from the Panthers' offense before I’m trusting Newton against respectable defenses. Look for the Cowboys to have a good game on defense, as Newton’s decision making and ball location was problematic the last time he was on the field.
Rashard Mendenhall vs. Bengals -
It appears Mendenhall should be a go against the Bengals in a big division game, but I’m not sold he will touch the football more than fifteen times, nor that he will have any burst coming off an Achilles injury.
Frank Gore vs. Seahawks -
The 49ers are going to struggle against the Seahawks' run defense. Expect Seattle to come into this divisional rivalry game fired up. Gore should have a hard time finding lanes to run through.
Steven Jackson vs. Packers -
With all due respect to the Rams' secondary, Aaron Rodgers will make quick work of them this week. Likely playing from behind most of the game, I don’t like Jackson’s odds of giving us more than 50 yards on the ground, especially with Daryl Richardson splitting time with him.
Brandon Lloyd vs. Jets -
Lloyd injured his shoulder late against the Seahawks but was able to return to the field. He should be in the lineup this week but will likely draw Antonio Cromartie in pass coverage. Cromartie had another terrific game against the Colts last week and it appears he’s ready to play consistent football.
Dennis Pitta @ Texans -
A hot start has turned south in recent weeks for Dennis Pitta owners and it’s time to keep him on the bench. Joe Flacco is working with his receivers more and that trend should continue this week as the Packer receivers had a field day against the Texans.
Texans Defense vs. Ravens -
This should be a high-scoring affair as the Ravens will need to win with offense going forward. Houston will get some turnovers, but the loss of Brian Cushing will continue to dog this team against respectable offenses.