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 8th most fantasy points to opposing QBs.
Mark Sanchez vs. JAC – Since his implosion against the Bills in Week 6, Sanchez has tossed three touchdowns and added two on the ground. This week he draws the Jags, who are giving up the 3rd 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.