Here are few guys I like and dislike this week. Don’t hold it against the sitters. Better matchups are on the horizon.
Brett Favre: The Favre played lights out against his old team last season and that was when the Packers where playing well in pass defense. This season the Pack are not back, at least pass defensively. They have given up 18+ fantasy points to every quarterback they’ve faced, well, that’s not counting Trent Edwards, who doesn’t count.
Matt Hasselbeck: The Cardinals are 26th in pass defense and the Seahawks are usually a better team at home. Of course Hass isn’t going to win your matchup single handedly, but he has a good shot at getting you 16+ points since they have yet to hold a QB under that number.
Tom Brady: You were going to start him anyway, but facing the #1 rated San Diego pass defense would give anyone pause. The good news is that the Chargers have faced such quarterback greats as Cassel, Garrard, McCown, Hasselbeck (the highest point total), Anderson, Hall, Campbell, Gradkowski, and Bradford. That doesn’t mean they’d be ranked last if Brees, Manning and Rodgers were on that list, but it makes me feel better about getting Brady in there.
Vince Young: The Eagles are tough on receivers and that’s the strength of the Titans passing offense. They are ranked 9th in pass defense.
Tony Romo: He’s hard to bench, but you need to lower expectations going against the Giants pass defense. They shut down both Matt Schaub and Jay Cutler.
Marshawn Lynch: Justin Forsett actually looked better than Lynch last weekend, but Lynch will get the most work and goal line touches. Arizona is ranked 29th in rush defense and are on the road. Lynch should be able to get a touchdown.
Knowshon Moreno: Oakland’s rush defense is not good. Their offense with Jason Campbell or Kyle Boller is not good either. The Broncos should be able to get up them and give Moreno plenty of touches for the first time this season.
Felix Jones: The Giants defense has quickly become a top 5 all around defense and defend against the screen well. Jones has the ability to break one, but I would keep my hopes in check.
Ronnie Brown: The Steelers are the one defense I feel ok sitting even top running backs against. But after this game I am buying low on Ronnie, unless he gets hurt of course.
Patrick Crayton: He makes for a great spot start against the scuffling Patriots defense. Philip Rivers is good enough to make any wide receiver look great and Crayton will be sitting in for the injured Malcolm Floyd.
Dwayne Bowe: The Jaguars at home is good news for any passing game and Bowe showed last week that he could still have a good game against horrible defenses.
Johnny Knox: The Indigenous Peoples of D.C. aren’t all that good at covering #1 receivers and Knox is now the clear #1 and really the only Chicago wide receiver you can feel good about starting.
Kenny Britt: The Eagles will focus on Britt and CJ and let Washington and company try to beat them.
Mike Williams TB: The Rams are playing well against #1 receivers. Williams is good enough to have a decent game, but his matchup doesn’t lend itself to easy numbers.
Todd Heap: The Bills have given up 5 touchdowns to tight ends already. That isn’t a great number. Heap will be looked for in the red zone. We can expect a lot of Ray Rice, but they will throw the ball when they need to.
Ben Watson: The Saints have given up the 2nd most fantasy points to tight ends and Colt McCoy seems to like Watson.
Kellen Winslow: The Rams are also tough against tight ends an Winslow just hasn’t been putting up the numbers we expect from him.
Jason Witten: If you have someone like Aaron Hernandez backing up Witten this would be a good weekend to play him. The Giants defense is ranked first in DVOA against tight ends and he will probably be needed to block more than usual.
Kansas City: The Jaguars are not good on the road usually and they could have Todd Bouman at the helm. That spells a great spot start for KC.
Denver: It’s looking like Jason Campbell might get the nod again and he has just lost it. And on the road in Denver he isn’t going to get it back.