- Antonio Bryant at Seattle Seahawks
- Bryant had a rough week last week. Thankfully, for any owners still in the playoffs, he has an excellent matchup this week. Start him, as top wide receiver numbers are very possible.
Terrell Owens vs. New England Patriots
The big man finds himself on this list again. The Patriots and their pass defense are well known. Even Owens’ counterpart Lee Evans should be considered as a third option.
Greg Jennings vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Donald Driver has dominated the Packers' passing attack for most of the season. The Steelers are going to struggle all day in pass coverage—though Rodgers could also struggle in the pocket. These struggles should lead to Jennings getting behind the secondary at least two or three times. Rodgers only needs to connect once for Jennings to earn my recommended start status.
Jason Avant vs. San Francisco 49ers
With Jeremy Maclin likely sitting out this week’s game against the 49ers, Avant finds himself in a prime position to benefit from the Eagles pass heavy offense this week. Avant is a boom/busy third WR play this week with lots of PPR potential.
Roddy White vs. Darrell Revis
Point made. Revis can get beat deep, so if you don’t have better options you can still play White. (Yes this is the exact thing I said about Bryant last week)
Sidney Rice at Carolina Panthers
Rice did indeed struggle last week against the Bengals, but a TD saved his performance from being very below par. I expect similar production this week against the Panthers.
Randy Moss at Buffalo Bills
OK, these are the same two guys as last week! I hate doing this, but the matchups just are not favorable. I want to say start Moss as he proves everyone wrong, but the Bills are fairly good in pass defense, and I’m just not sure about Moss anymore. Obviously, most people will ignore this. But for those feeling uncomfortable starting him, this is here to encourage you to follow your feelings.
Vincent Jackson vs Cincinnati Bengals
Sometimes I make suggestions because I see the possible floor. This week I see a very short ceiling for Jackson. I’d avoid this matchup entirely, but for those of you won’t listen to me, anticipate third WR type numbers at best from Jackson.
Michael Crabtree at Philadelphia Eagles
This Eagles defense is not as porous as it seems. After the week Crabtree had, many owners will rush him into their starting lineups when the Eagles have quite effectively shut down some very good WRs. Crabtree is at best a third WR/flex start this week. Start at your own risk.
- TE Starts
Dustin Keller vs Atlanta Falcons
This is the risky TE start this week. If you’re lacking a solid top TE, consider Keller a risky boom pick against the Falcons, who have struggled against TEs when they are used properly. A lack of passing attempts from the Jets however, could negate every advantage they get in this matchup.
Kellen Winslow at Seattle Seahawks
Another mismatch for the Seahawks defense. Owners of Winslow who are worried about recent production can once again safely start him this week.
Jermichael Finley vs Pittsburgh Steelers
The big man has been tearing it. Mike Clay was building him up well before he exploded, and now I am trying to save you from a disappointing week against the Steelers. The Packers OL will not be able to handle the Steelers on their own. TEs will be called upon to block all day in this game.