Fantasy owners will feel much better about these guys at this time next week.
The past few weeks have not transpired smoothly for these guys. While one has struggled to offer steady success, the other marquee names have consistently disappointed throughout most of September.
When this Sunday ends, you'll either be glad you have them, angry that you faced them or relieved that you avoided them altogether.
Anticipate big weeks from these guys who should come in handy for those who play in weekly formats.
QB Eli Manning (vs. Philadelphia Eagles)
He just can't be this bad for the entire season.
Eli Manning is not the superstar quarterback everyone makes him out to be because of his two Super Bowls. If you're one of the foolish people who used that argument to deem him the better Manning brother leading up to their head-to-head bout, shame on you.
But a 56.3 completion percentage and nine interceptions? Yikes. Those numbers would get Mark Sanchez laughed out of town.
Are you starting Eli Manning this week?
It's not entirely his fault, as the offensive line has provided him little room to breathe while Hakeem Nicks has not looked sharp during the last two weeks. The New York Giants are in dire trouble, but Manning's fantasy value should heal.
After throwing for 812 yards (with seven interceptions) during the first two games, Manning has compiled 336 during his last two contests. In all fairness, the Carolina Panthers and Kansas Chiefs both rank in the top-five in passing yards allowed.
Even if the team continues to crumble around him, Manning will rack up fantasy points in a shootout against the Philadelphia Eagles, who have allowed 325 passing yards per game after getting shredded by the older Manning.
Think of Week 1's bout against the Dallas Cowboys, where Manning threw for 450 yards and four touchdowns in a losing effort. Those gaudy fantasy totals should become the norm whenever two NFC East foes clash.
Projections: 29-of-46, 375 passing yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs
RB Chris Johnson (vs. Kansas City Chiefs)
We've seen this before. Don't fall for it.
Chris Johnson has averaged 3.3 yards per carry through four games and has yet to enter the end zone. As disappointing as CJPerhaps1K has been this season, owners can't give up on him just yet.
Through four games last season, Johnson also had not scored a touchdown, and he ran for 186 yards rather than his current 277. He amassed 1,057 rushing yards and six scores during the remaining 12 bouts, adding insult to injury among those who traded him during his slump.
He delivered an abysmal 21 yards on 15 carries last week in a runaway victory for the Tennessee Titans. Perturbed fans grunted at the sight of any running play with an offense that simply can't gain any traction. But the New York Jets have allowed 3.0 yards per carry this season, holding C.J. Spiller to nine yards in Week 3.
The Chiefs allow a league-worst 5.4 yards per carry, but their strength everywhere else provides offenses with less opportunities to effectively exploit them through the ground. Tennessee is not one to give up on the run, especially without Jake Locker under center.
Expect Johnson to finally break out on some plays this Sunday.
Projections: 22 carries, 105 yards, 1 TD
WR DeSean Jackson (at New York Giants)
Eagles plus Giants equals shootout. Remember?
On the other side of that rivalry game, Michael Vick will have ample time against a defense that sports a league-low four sacks through as many games. He'll use that extra time to target DeSean Jackson deep.
The speedy receiver has success against the G-Men, dating back to the day that cemented Matt Dodge's name in infamy. He's engineered 12 catches for 187 yards and a score in his last two games against them.
Jackson has caught five passes for 96 yards through his last two games after reeling in 16 receptions for 297 yards and two scores during the first two weeks. He's always a hit-or-miss play, but don't let that deter you from starting him with confidence against a shaky opponent.
The Giants helped rehabilitate Dwayne Bowe with a 34-yard touchdown grab, and they surrendered a 47-yard bomb to Ted Ginn the previous week. Now they'll help Jackson get back on track with a memorable afternoon.
Projection: 7 receptions, 140 yards, 1 TD
|QB Michael Vick||at New York Giants||Somebody has to throw those deep balls to Jackson.|
|RB Joique Bell||at Green Bay Packers||Green Bay is among the league's toughest against the run, which actually bodes well for Bell. Look for him to get involved in the passing game much more after a quiet Week 4.|
|WR Eric Decker||at Dallas Cowboys||Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker scored last week, so now it's Decker's turn. Denver is making it look so easy that this actually feels like sound logic.|
|TE Antonio Gates||at Oakland Raiders||Opponents have completed 72.1 percent of their passes against Oakland, and Gates has discovered the Fountain of Youth with 364 yards and two touchdowns.|
|St. Louis Rams Defense||vs. Jacksonville Jaguars||They started Blaine Gabbert last week. Seriously?|
Schedule courtesy of NFL.com