Matthew Stafford: We’ve yet to see Stafford in his second season. Will we see something like his 400 yard, 5 touchdown performance against Cleveland last season or his 4 interception game against Green Bay? I’m figuring somewhere in between which is good enough for a decent fantasy game. The Redskins pass defense isn’t quite as poor as their numbers, but they also aren’t all that good.
Jon Kitna: Jacksonville has faced some tough quarterbacks this year and done a extremely poor job in defending them. They have given up over 2 TDs a game through the air and with Miles Austin, Jason Witten, Dez Bryant, and Felix Jones all there to help him along in his transition to fantasy goodness.
Vince Young: It looks like he will play in San Diego, but I’m not overly optimistic that he can play well. The Chargers hadn’t faced a good quarterback all season until Tom Brady, so I saw their numbers as being a little skewed. But they played Brady well and are living up to their high pass defense ranking.
Beanie Wells: Tampa Bay has given up the second most yards per game on the ground and the most yards per carry. Beanie should get the majority of the carries after Tim Hightower’s fumblitis last game. This is his time to shine!
Marshawn Lynch: Lynch is going to continue to be the Seahawks workhorse and get 25 carries a game. You can’t really expect that from many backs in this day and age. The Raiders are still porous against the run and give up 5 yards a carry and 138 yards a game rushing. The offensive line isn’t going to be a great asset, but he’ll still get his and all the goal line carries.
Chris Ivory: Even though Reggie Bush doesn’t look like he’ll be back for this week, there isn’t much hope for Ivory. The Steelers give up the second fewest rushing TDs, yards per carry and total rushing yards in the league and those numbers aren’t fluky. Just ask Chris Johnson, Ray Rice, Michael Turner, Peyton Hillis, and Ronnie Brown. They have yet to give up a run over 14 yards! The loss of Aaron Smith will be really tough, but I think they will continue to play solid rush defense.
Brandon Jackson: He has been coming on as of late and coach McCarthy says he’s going to get him more involved, which makes it a bad time for the Packers to face the Jets. The Jets are near the top in all of the rushing categories and should be able to keep BJax bottled up.
Dez Bryant: The Jaguars have given up 28 receptions over 20 yards and 9 over 40, bot tops in the league. Kitna seemed to like Dez and I could easily see Bryant taking a screen pass to the house, as the youngsters like to call it.
Pierre Garcon: There is no doubt Garcon will get his targets this week against the Texans. With Dallas Clark and Austin Collie both out (don’t name your kisd after Texas cities I guess), it’ll pretty much be the Wayne and Garcon show. Anthony Gonzalez says he will play and they have Blair White, but right now those two are canceling each other out. Garcon will get his.
Mike Wallace: He always seems good for a long touchdown, but this will be one of his tougher weeks to get that done. The Saints pass defense has been surprisingly stout this season and have given up 6 passing TDs in 7 games. They also aren’t giving up the big play and have allowed only 15 receptions over 20 yards.
Any Rams Receiver: Poor Old Sam Bradford, well, not poor or old, but I feel sorry for him in the football sense. If he had one solid receiver his life would be a lot easier. Danario has potential, but his knees are going to give him fits. Danny is a scrapper no doubt and would be a great piece in a real group of receivers. All those other guys have potential and maybe, just maybe will turn into something, but not this week against Carolina. Ever since Hakeem Nicks went off for 3 TDs in the first week against them, the Panthers have been shutting down wide receivers.
Tony Moeaki: The Bills have given up 2 touchdowns a game to tight ends in their last 3 games! That’s a bunch. Moeaki is due.
Kellen Winslow: The Cardinals have given up 4 touchdowns in their last 4 games to tight ends. Winslow still looks like he has a little gas left in the tank.
Marcedes Lewis: The Cowboys have only given up 17 receptions to tight ends all season and only 1 touchdown.
Andrew Quarless: I was ready to give him some fantasy love, but he just didn’t look ready to really contribute last week. He has more big play ability than Donald Lee, but Lee is still getting work and looked effective doing so against the Vikings.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: This is a horrible week for defenses across the board. I don’t love TB this week, but they do get Max Hall who did not look competent last week.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Don’t be afraid to start the Steelers this week. Yes, the Saints can still move the ball well, but Drew Brees hasn’t been as sharp when his running game isn’t working and it won’t work that well against the Steelers.