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QUARTERBACKS TO START
Alex Smith vs. CHI – Yes, he has been turnover prone, and yes, he has not led the Niners to victory since he has taken over as their starter, but he has put up some fantasy worthy stats. His attempts have gone up each game (22, 32, and 45), and his TE Vernon Davis is ballin’ right now. The Bears defense was just shredded by the Cards, and I know this is San Fran we’re talking about, but I think that Smith has a shot to put up some numbers in this one, as the Bears are yielding the eighth most fantasy points to opposing QBs.
Mark Sanchez vs. JAC – Since his implosion against the Bills in Week Six, Sanchez has tossed three touchdowns and added two on the ground. This week he draws the Jags, who are giving up the third most points to opposing quarterbacks. If you own Matt Schaub, like me, you will likely be scouring for help in some leagues, if you didn’t get a solid backup, like me. Both Smith and Sanchez should be able to fill in just fine.
QUARTERBACKS TO SIT
David Garrard at NYJ – The Jets pass defense is second in the NFL and Darrelle Revis should be able to contain Mike Sims-Walker. Garrard has been solid for fantasy owners of late, but this matchup is one to avoid.
Kyle Orton at WAS – His true colors might have shown through against the Steelers on MNF, and the Redskins are no slouch in pass defense; as a matter of fact, they are the best in the NFL at this time. Orton isn’t taking enough deep shots right now and the passing game looks very methodical.
Carson Palmer at PIT – He had a decent game last time he faced the Steelers, but they were without Troy Polamalu. The Steelers are on a roll themselves and I give their defense the edge at Heinz Field, where they make it tough for everyone.
RUNNING BACKS TO START
Cedric Benson at PIT – I think that Benson is matchup proof. He is one of the few feature backs in the NFL and has 28 red zone carries on the season. In standard leagues, he has scored under 10 points just once, which is solid in that particular format. While the sledding might be tough against the Steelers, you shouldn’t sway yourself into starting a lesser option with a better matchup.
Jamaal Charles at OAK – Damn, I hope you didn’t start him last week. He is in somewhat of a timeshare with Kolby Smith, but Charles is the better back. He can also make some plays in the passing game. This week the Chiefs draw the Oakland Raiders, who have given up five rushing touchdowns in their last two games. So, to say that Charles has a chance to score a TD is quite the understatement. He makes for a nice flex play, but nothing more. I hope you are not counting on him to be your RB2 the rest of the way. If you are, then you better take a look in the mirror there, pal.
RUNNING BACKS TO SIT
Tim Hightower/Chris Wells vs. SEA – We have a running back by committee going on in Arizona right now. Hightower and Chris Wells have been splitting carries down the middle the last two weeks and this relegates Wells to a RB3 or flex option in standard scoring shallow leagues. However it’s a double edged sword on Hightower, he gets a huge boost to RB2 level in PPR formats and is worth a start every week because of his reception totals.
The Seahawks are giving up some yardage in the run game, but they are doing a good job of stopping opposing running backs from scoring, as they have only allowed two rushing TDs in their last four games. Look for each back to get around 50-60 yards on the ground. Bench both backs in standard leagues.
LaDainian Tomlinson vs PHI – If you’re still playing LT2, what is it going to take for you to bench him? Lets run down some of his stats; he has not gone over 75 yards in a game once this season, he has three touchdowns in nine games, he is sporting a 3.2 YPC average, he has been held under 25 yards in a game twice this season, we could go on. Tomlinson has lost his burst and he cannot create on his own anymore, I know it’s mighty sad to see, but it is the end.
WIDE RECEIVERS TO START
Calvin Johnson at MIN – It has been frustrating to own Megatron this year and his owners have every right to be upset, he is treading on bust territory. He and Matt Stafford appeared to be in some sort of dispute on the sidelines last week, but Johnson cannot complain, because he was targeted nine times, too bad the Seahawks DBs had more receptions from Stafford than he. The Lions are going to get down early and will undoubtedly be forced to throw the ball early on. Stafford and Johnson need to get back on the same page and I fully expect Johnson to produce a nice line, helped of course by garbage time.
Sidney Rice/Bernard Berrian/Percy Harvin vs DET – The Vikings are going to have their way this week at home against the Lions. Rice is an every week start and Berrian and Harvin are solid WR3 options this week. We all know that Brett Favre loves picking on the Lions, so all three receivers have a shot at a touchdown this week.
WIDE RECEIVERS TO SIT
Roy Williams at GB – I think Tony Romo made it a point to target Williams a team-high eight times last week, but Roy still couldn’t find the endzone. Even though the Packers have given up nine touchdowns to wide receivers this season, I don’t trust the alligator armed diva. Maybe it’s because I was so sick of his crap while he was playing with the Lions. Did anyone see him run out of bounds rather than try to outrun the Eagles linebackers last week? Not a guy I want on my real or fantasy team.
Robert Meachem at STL – Yes, his value is on the rise, but any receiver in the Saints passing attack can go off or go completely unnoticed; it all depends who Drew Brees locks onto. Last week Marques Colston had only one grab, while Meachem torched the Panthers for 98 yards and a 54-yard touchdown. Lance Moore will likely miss this week’s game as well, but Meachem is a high-risk, high reward player until he solidifies a more definitive role in this offense.
TIGHT ENDS TO START
John Carlson at ARI – Expect the Seahawks to get down early in this one and turn the pass in order to keep up. Carlson had a nice six reception game last week against the Lions and was targeted nine times in that game as well. The Cards are giving up the fourth most points to tight ends for fantasy purposes and Carlson as well as the entire Seattle passing game are advisable starts.
Vernon Davis vs CHI – Did you draft him, and hold onto him while he struggled early on? This is a shout out to all you VD owners out there!!! Davis looks to overtake Dallas Clark this week as fantasy’s best tight end and should be started with supreme confidence against a Bears team that looks absolutely lost.
TIGHT END TO SIT
Fred Davis vs DEN – He was the trendy pickup after Chris Cooley fell to injury and he managed to do squat last week with only two catches for 26 yards. Not to mention he faces a Denver Broncos defense that is second to only the Colts in fantasy points allowed to tight ends. There really isn’t one solid fantasy option on this entire Redskins offense right now.