Jeremy Maclin (PHI) Laying out for the grab beneath Brent Grimes' Reach
This season has been as crazy as ever in fantasy football.
Who would have guessed that Michael Vick would become the starter after a Kolb injury, play incredibly, lose his job and get it back before technically losing it again (confusing, I know).
Who could have possibly known that Arian Foster and Peyton Hillis could be leading your team to victory? Or that Brandon Lloyd and Austin Collie are the top two fantasy WRs in standard-scored leagues? Jeremy Maclin, Hakeem Nicks and Calvin Johnson come next on the top list, and only then, do familiar names appear (Reggie Wayne, Roddy White, Andre Johnson).
Clearly, fantasy this year is as wild as ever, and when you don't know where to turn, turn here for advice to lead you to a championship.
Ray is back and better than ever.
Buffalo has a history of allowing huge games to run defenses. LT and Shonn Greene tore them up, so there's no reason Ray Rice shouldn't be able to. Their secondary, on the other hand, is slightly better. This doesn't mean Anquan Boldin will get a bunch of open looks and maybe some red zone targets; it just means that the Ravens understand that running is more of a guaranteed success.
Definitely go with Boldin if you don't have any better options.
Well, maybe not Kolb, but there are some players here that get a significant boost in targets.
Kolb will still go deep even though Jackson won't be in the lineup. This means Maclin could get more targets, similarly to last week's incredible performance. But this also brings another player into the game.
If you're in a league where receivers are tight, Jason Avant can instantly be significant to you, especially if you have DeSean Jackson on your team.
Peyton Hillis Of The Browns Powering Through Cincy's Defense
Arian Foster, LeSean McCoy, Matt Forte, LaDainian Tomlinson, Peyton Hillis and Ahmad Bradshaw are every-week automatic starts. So get it in your head, because these players WILL help your fantasy team on the road to victory.
If your running backs are Peyton Hillis and LeSean McCoy, you better believe that you have an elite running back core in your league. If you have any doubts about these players' ability to perform, erase them if you want to win.
The Brees matchup goes unsaid. Ben Roethlisberger came back in Week 6 for the first time since last season, and tore apart the Cleveland defense, or lack there of. If you have Brees but are worried about your lineup, you should get a huge day out of him tomorrow.
But, you also should get a big day out of Sam Bradford. He's playing a slacking TB defense, so the matchup isn't terrible. The other fact, though, is that Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman is hot right now, and St. Louis doesn't have such a good defense either.
If not close, the Rams very well may find themselves down during this game, and need to deviate away from Steven Jackson and throw the ball in the air. This is also why I believe St. Louis receivers Danario Alexander and Danny Amendola are hit-or-misses for tomorrow. I believe one of them will have a huge day.
Greg Jennings and Donald Driver have talent and the potential to be the league's No. 1 receiving core, but there will not be a day when both of them have huge days and show their worth. Jennings is more likely to have a big performance because he's younger, faster, better and a more frightening deep threat, but even he is having a very questionable season thus far.
In my opinion, Greg Jennings is still an every week automatic start, but in a week where things look good for Jennings, they won't be for Driver. And when Jennings has tough matchups (he's visiting Revis Island on Halloween), Driver will probably have a good game.
If you don't believe it now, you'll slowly realize through the next few years that he's going to work his way into Tier 1 of all NFL quarterbacks. He's having a ridiculously good season, and I feel not enough people are realizing it.
Perhaps in this matchup against Oakland, he'll finally show what he can do. With an iffy running game, he launches the ball up successfully. Out of Jabar Gaffney, Brandon Lloyd, Demaryius Thomas and Eddie Royal, no one knows who will have a huge day here, but one of them definitely will.