Miami Dolphins @ Carolina Panthers
The Dolphins squeaked by Tampa Bay last week, but the short amount of time they have to rest this week will end up costing them the presence of starting tailback Ronnie Brown, who hurt his ankle late in the third quarter of last week's game. Since Brown will be unable to go, give Ricky Williams' fantasy value a boost, who in Brown's absence last week managed to run for 102 yards on 20 carries. Everyone else on the Dolphins continues to have minimal fantasy value. Davone Bess has been inconsistent all season despite having a decent game last week, Brian Hartline, who was never considered a big fantasy threat, was demoted and although Ted Ginn Jr. was named starter before last week's game against Tampa, he still didn't record a catch in the game. The same couldn't be said for WR Steve Smith, who despite leaving in the second quarter of Carolina's week 10 win over the Falcons, managed to reel in two touchdown passes before he did so. While the receiving totals are obviously not what owners are looking for, it does look like the Panthers passing game could be finding some of the that mojo it had last year. That doesn't mean that Jake Delhomme is a viable option at quarterback, but it does mean that if Smith is healthy perhaps it could be safe to plug him back into lineups again -- he has scored three times in the last three weeks. It seems like DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart are going to play musical chairs when deciding who will be the better back to play every week. Williams is obviously the more consistent of the two in the rushing totals department, but both he and Stewart seem to be flip-flopping on who will be the primary scorer. In weeks eight and 10, Stewart has four touchdowns and 169 yards on the ground (combined), however, in weeks seven and nine Stewart has no touchdowns and is averaging only 2.5 YPC. The matchup is a good one for both runners this week, so it may be safe to play both, but which one does the scoring, well -- check back here later to see who got the last chair.
|Chad Henne||**||QB||Jake Delhomme||**|
|Ricky Williams||****||RB||DeAngelo Williams||****|
|Lex Hilliard||RB||Jonathan Stewart||***|
|Davone Bess||*||WR||Steve Smith||***|
|Ted Ginn Jr.||WR||Mushin Muhammad||*|
|Dan Carpenter||****||K||John Kasay||***|
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Kansas City Chiefs
What better than to ease the Steelers' woes of last week's tough loss to the Bengals than traveling to Kansas City to take on a Chiefs team that could barely defeat the hapless Raiders in week 10. Ben Roethlisberger has to be rearing to go and licking his chops after how he played last week -- throwing for a season-low 174 passing yards and not only failing to throw a touchdown pass, but also throwing a pick. Have no fear though, Big Ben owners. While the Bengals have stymied the Steelers all year, Roethlisberger has been sharp for the better part of the season and the only way he doesn't have a monster game next week is if the Chiefs decide not to show up and just give the Steelers a win. That's ditto for Rashard Mendenhall, who despite his poor showing last week, appears to have the perfect matchup in line for a bounce back game. Don't forget about WR Santonio Holmes either. The fourth year receiver out of Ohio State has back-to-back good games, posting no worse than 88 yards receiving and is managing to stay productive despite Roethlisberger's recent struggles. The Chiefs haven't been recently struggling, they've just been bad all year round. Matt Cassel continues to look like he was just a product of New England's system and is in line to be the next Scott Mitchell of his generation. Jamaal Charles may have had a good game against a very bad Raiders run defense, but don't expect duplicate numbers against a very good run defense in the Steelers -- even if they end up being without stud DB Troy Polamalu. No, the one main constant had been Dwayne Bowe, who despite failing to score touchdowns on a regular basis, remained a reliable receiving option because of the yardage totals he put up. Now, Bowe is suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances and with his suspension comes the end of the Chiefs being remotely worth talking about in the fantasy football world. Sit all Chiefs this week.
|Ben Roethlisberger||*****||QB||Matt Cassel||*|
|Rashard Mendenhall||*****||RB||Jamaal Charles||*|
|Santonio Holmes||****||WR||Chris Chambers||**|
|Hines Ward||***||WR||Mark Bradley|
|Heath Miller||****||TE||Sean Ryan|
|Jeff Reed||*****||K||Ryan Succop||*|