RB Start: Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
This recommendation is largely dependent on the status of DeAngelo Williams. If Williams can't go (questionable), Stewart will get his first opportunity to be the full-time ball carrier in 2010. If Williams does suit up, a decrease in workload can be expected.
Stewart hasn't found much success in his limited work, rushing for 148 yards on the season at three yards per clip.
The Panthers rushing game has borne the burden of the team's non-existent passing attack, with rush lanes few and far between.
Carolina would be well-served to play smash-mouth football this week against the Rams, a team against which they should be able to control the line of scrimmage.
St. Louis struggled to contain a punishing runner in LeGarrette Blount last week and has allowed 4.6 yards per rush on the year (albeit just two touchdowns).
Stewart got warmed up with 14 carries last week and should be ready to feast with regular touches. Frustrated fantasy owners finally get some return on their investment.
RB Sit: Cedric Benson, Cincinnati Bengals
It seems as if the stars must align perfectly for Benson to produce an explosive fantasy week. While he can always be counted on to "grit" out some yardage, that's about the extent of his fantasy charm.
He doesn't break runs (long of 22), doesn't impact the passing game and hasn't reached the end zone since Week 3, a very familiar theme.
To make matters worse, the Bengals have been forced to throw early because their defense has spotted opponents significant early margins.
The Dolphins rank ninth in the league in rushing yards allowed and halted the Rashard Mendenhall train last week (15-37).
Benson should be in for a long day of stuffing by the Miami line. He reached his apex last season and should no longer be relied upon as a must-start option.
WR Start: Pierre Garcon, Indianapolis Colts
The Colts will look to defeat division rival Houston on Monday Night. With losses of Dallas Clark for the season and Austin Collie indefinitely, things are lookin’ good for Colts wide-out Pierre Garcon.
Before the Colts’ Week 7 bye, Garcon caught four passes for 103 yards and a score in week six. He’ll look to take over the work for the injured Collie and Clark, who are among Peyton’s favorite targets.
Reggie Wayne and Garcon should see a lot of action this week. Houston’s abysmal pass defense will have a difficult time facing the Colts’ top-ranked passing game, who are in the top three for almost every passing statistic.
In Manning’s last game against the Texans, he threw for 433 yards while airing out three touchdowns and no interceptions.
All signs are pointing in Manning’s favor come Monday Night in front of a home crowd in Lucas Oil Stadium.
* In Garcon’s career, November is his best month with 336 career receiving yards, and in his only Monday Night appearance, he caught a 48-yard touchdown pass.
WR Sit: Brandon Lloyd, Denver Broncos
Lloyd is the textbook definition of an enigma....