No more bye weeks! This is great news for everyone whose team isn’t riddled with injuries. QBs seem to be dropping like flies with concussions and other assortments of injuries, but for some teams (Jacksonville, I’m looking at you), that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Seriously, if you predicted Chad Henne could come into a game against The Texans and throw 4 TDs for 350+ yards, there’s a research lab in some underground government facility that is tracking your location as you’re reading this. If you went on to predict Matt Schaub would do even better, RUN NOW!
Mike Mularkey has already announced Chad Henne will start week 12 in Jacksonville so this might be a good time to jump aboard the Chad Henne train, at least for one week. The Jaguars host The Titans for what is sure to be the least watched game in the NFL this weekend. Both teams have defenses that are almost as bad as their offenses, but they are also both capable of lighting up the scoreboard as both have done in respect of their most recent game. If you’re in a 2 QB league or you’re in dire need of a replacement for Michael Vick (since Foles didn’t do your fantasy team any favors), give Henne a look. Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts should also both be starting for any fantasy teams needing upside picks.
After allowing The Patriots to do whatever they wanted offensively this past weekend, The Colts will have their hands full with The Bills this Sunday. No, The Bills are not as solid a team, but Steve Johnson and Donald Jones are both capable of making things happen and Ryan Fitzpatrick can be good when he wants to be. Although it’s hard to count on any of them, this is one week where their chances of success are particularly high.
The Eagles were once considered an elite pass defense, but they haven’t looked the part all that often this year. That’s why Cam Newton has a decent shot at success this coming Monday night. Although he didn’t exactly wow fantasy owners against Tampa Bay, he also didn’t make any mistakes. Throw in the fact that opposing QBs are averaging a passer rating over 150 against The Eagles since they made a change at defensive coordinator and there’s reason to believe Cam Newton could see similar results.
The Bengals’ defense has been impressive lately and although they were only playing The Chiefs last week, they should have similar success against The Raiders. The Raiders, after all, only managed 17 points against The Saints. Those of you counting on Denarius Moore or Darrius Heyward-Bey should look elsewhere this week.
The same can be said for anyone looking for production out of The Steelers offense. The Cowboys only managed one TD through the air against The Browns last week and when The Steelers travel to Cleveland with Charlie Batch leading the charge, the results likely won’t be any better. Mike Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders both lose a ton of value until Big Ben returns and if Antonio Brown manages to play this week, don’t expect much from him either.
Looking for help on the waiver wire? If Danario Alexander isn’t on a roster already, now is the time to pick him up. In just 4 games played, he has more receptions, TDs, and yards than Robert Meachem does on the season. Chaz Schilens is also a good option in deeper leagues. Against a The Patriots, his receiving skills will likely be needed early and often.