Denarius Moore @ Vikings
It’s been an up and down rookie year for Denarius Moore, but he’s come a long way for a fifth-round pick that missed out on OTAs this offseason. Clearly one of Carson Palmer’s favorite targets, Moore should perform at least good enough to be your weekly WR-3 play going forward. Moore has speed, playmaking ability and seems to be improving each week. Look for the rookie to have another solid game against a suspect Vikings secondary.
Earl Bennett vs. Chargers
In what promises to be a high-scoring game, Earl Bennett should abuse a Chargers defense that has struggled lately against the pass. In game adjustments have been a problem for Chargers’ defensive coordinator Greg Manusky since his days with the 49ers, and with Jay Cutler playing at a Pro Bowl level, Bennett should benefit with a strong performance.
Damian Williams @ Falcons
Looking like the favorite target of Matt Hasselbeck, Damian Williams has come on in recent weeks. With the improved play of Chris Johnson, Williams may have better success down the field. Give him a shot against a Falcons defense that has struggled with the vertical game all year.
Kendall Hunter vs. Cardinals
With Frank Gore’s health (knee, ankle) in question again, and coming off an ineffective performance against the Giants, rookie Kendall Hunter is worth starting as a flex play this week. Hunter has played well when given an opportunity, as evidenced by his 40 yards rushing and a touchdown in the second half against New York last week.
As mentioned in my waiver wire article, Hunter is a respectable pass blocker and has good hands for the passing game, so he will get looks in obvious passing situations. Look for the 49ers to control the time of possession against the Cardinals, and get back to pounding the football on the ground this week.
Lance Ball vs. Jets
With Moreno done for the year and Willis McGahee likely out with a hamstring injury, Lance Ball is likely to get a decent amount of touches in a short week. Ball hasn’t worked much this year, so as long as he feels fine, the Broncos will give him the football often, even though he carried the ball 30 times on Sunday.
Beanie Wells @ 49ers
After his 23 carries for a mere 63 yards against the Eagles, it’s safe to say that Wells is nothing more than a desperate play against respectable run defenses like San Francisco. Wells is battling a bum knee that is likely to give him problems for the rest of the season, and while he should be held for emergency use, you’re going to need other options to win going forward.
Cedric Benson @ Ravens -
Yes, Cedric Benson is still the main runner in the Bengals' ground game, but he’s not doing much. Benson fails to show much of a burst in his runs, and it’s not like he does much in the passing game. The Ravens are an up-and-down team, but they will be ready for a big division game at home this week, so don’t expect Benson to have success against Baltimore like Marshawn Lynch enjoyed last week.
Daniel Thomas vs. Bills
The rookie tailback is healthy, but because of the play of Reggie Bush, he’s seeing a limited amount of touches, and it appears Bush has taken over as the goal-line back. That’s the way it should be at this time, because Bush is playing great, and he’s been a big reason why the Dolphins have played well lately.
Thomas is still worth holding on your roster, but for now it would be best to look for another option, until Thomas starts playing better, or Bush falls to injury.
Deion Branch vs. Chiefs
It seems like Branch has an "excuse me?" touchdown each week, but if he fails to get anything done in the first half against the Chiefs, he likely won’t do anything. The Chiefs will be without Matt Cassel this week, and fantasy owners should expect the Patriots to make quick work of Kansas City, as they will likely use this game to get the running game established, as the Chiefs won’t pose much of a threat to score many points.
Early Doucet @ 49ers
Receiver Early Doucet has actually found a way to give fantasy owners production over the past month, despite the lackluster play from the quarterback position in the past month. While Doucet is worth using as a WR-3 in leagues of twelve teams or deeper, he’s worth considering as a bench option, as the Cardinals travel to San Francisco.