Matt Ryan, Peyton Manning, Michael Vick and Philip Rivers are all on bye this week.  So are all the players that they throw to.  Well, unless you count all of the opposing defenses Vick has been throwing to recently.  Still, those are some big QB, WR, and TE shoes to fill for your fantasy teams.

I’ve been saying a lot of bad things about The Tennessee Titans’ defense recently, but they deserve it.  Sure, they beat The Steelers last Thursday, but Roethlisberger still managed 363 passing yards against them; including an 82 yard bomb to Mike Wallace.  I guess the reason I’m saying all of this is to point out that just because The Titans won a game doesn’t mean you should stop playing all of your fantasy players against them.  Ryan Fitzpatrick is a great plug-in at QB this week and Scott Chandler should prove a worthy replacement for Tony Gonzalez or Antonio Gates.  Even Steve Johnson who has been on a bit of a TD drought recently should bounce back nicely against The Titans.

The Arizona Cardinals may have some questions at QB this week, but you sure don’t if you have a Cardinals WR on your fantasy team.  Both Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Roberts should put up great numbers against The Vikings this Sunday regardless of who is throwing to them.  Look for both of them to pass 80 yards and at least one of the two reaching the end zone.

The same can be said for Fred Davis and Santana Moss of The Redskins.  Divisional battles are always interesting, but when the two pass defenses involved are both relatively lacking, the results can be phenomenal for fantasy owners.  You were going to start The Giants’ players anyway, but Davis and Moss are great plays this week as well.  With The Giants turning the heat up on offense, The Redskins will likely need to turn to the air plenty and since Pierre Garcon is still suffering from a lingering toe injury, RGIII will be looking for Moss and Davis to pick up the slack.

On the negative end, Jordy Nelson owners shouldn’t expect anything like last week when The Packers play The Rams.  St. Louis has a surprisingly stout pass defense.  Cortland Finnegan held the league’s leading receiver going into last week, Brian Hartline, to ZERO catches.  ZERO!  No, I don’t think Nelson will be quite that bad, but I don’t expect to see him in the end zone.

Losing Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb for the year was bad for The Ravens, but things will be just as bad on the offensive side of the ball against Houston this week.  Yeah, yeah, Green Bay lit up Houston’s pass defense last week, but Baltimore’s offense isn’t exactly Green Bay’s either.  Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith will likely both have a rough weekend.

For tight ends, both Coby Fleener and Vernon Davis have rough matchups this week.  You’re probably more likely to have Davis on your team already, but don’t be fooled by Fleener’s matchup against The Browns, they’re surprisingly good against the tight end.

  1. sickmangarner says:
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    Need trade advice in a 1pt ppr.

    I have these RBs: DMC, Forte, Alfred Morris, Powell, Alex Green
    I have these WRs: Britt, Wayne, Julio Jones
    I have these TEs: Graham, Hernandez, Rudolph

    The trade I’m looking at is: I give Morris and Rudolph, I get Mike Wallace and Steve Smith.

    I like buying low on those WRs and I also like moving Morris since I already have RGIII and don’t want to tie up too much stock in Washington offense. But, should I be trying to get more for a solid RB and TE? Am I making myself too weak at RB?

    • Loudon

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      @sickmangarner, You definitely weaken yourself a bit at RB, but how many of each position are you playing? Jones and Wayne should be solid almost every single week so getting Wallace and Smith gives you 4 solid WRs. If you can start all of them, I think it’s a good trade for you.

      • sickmangarner says:
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        @Loudon, I can only start 2 WRs and a FLEX. So, maybe I should hold. I’m addicted to trading for upside, sometimes to my detriment.

        • Loudon

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          @sickmangarner, It’s still not a terrible deal for you, but you’d have to have faith that either Green or Powell will have value 3-4 weeks from now.

  2. Captain Kirk says:
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    Ok so I’ve had the #1 waiver for the entire season…..

    I don’t need an RB, but desperately need a 3rd WR…..

    Do I use my waiver on Felix Jones to block others from picking him up… or do i use it on the likes of Josh Gordon or Brandon Gibson?

    Or just wait until Free Agents?

    • Loudon

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      @Captain Kirk, Brandon Gibson wasn’t already taken last week after Amendola went down? If he survived the waiver wire last week, he might do it again, but know that you’re using your waiver claim on a temporary upside with both Gibson and Jones. If you don’t need a RB, don’t bother with Felix. He has a HUGE upside this week, but that’s the extent of his value.

      Don’t be fooled by Gordon. Yes, he has 3 TDs in the last two weeks, but he has never exceeded 3 catches this year and if he doesn’t break a value, he isn’t starter worthy.

      Maybe you could see if anyone would trade you an acceptable WR for Felix? Get a little more value than Gibson out of the #1 waiver wire claim?

  3. Random Collmenter says:
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    trade my chicago D for their Alex Green?

    also have Minnesota D.

    other RBs are doug martin, vick ballard, fred jackson.

    .5 PPR.

    thanks!

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Random Collmenter, Team defenses are a dime a dozen. If you have someone willing to trade you a starting caliber RB for a team defense, it’s almost always worth it.

      Do it

  4. Joe F says:
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    Hey who should I pick up for a start this week (.5 PPR) I have Julio on a bye and Greg Jennings seems to have more commercials than receptions this year I need a receiver. On the waiver wire I could get Josh Gordon,Givens,Andre Roberts,Manningham,Hixon, and either Jets receiver (Kerley,Hill). Who would you claim and start this week please help.
    Thanks guys great read as always

    • Loudon

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      @Joe F, I really like Andre Roberts this week and I think he has the most upside of your entire list.

  5. Guru from Kzoo says:
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    Great article,

    Give me your thoughts on this trade offer.
    PPR league 6points TD

    QB – Romo
    RB – McFadden
    RB – Rice
    WR – L. Fitz
    WR – H.Nicks
    TE – Rudolph
    QB/RB/WR Flex – CJ Spiller

    bench – M. Floyd, D.Jackson, F.Jones, Alex.Green

    I’m being offered P. Rivers and Gronk for Nicks and Spiller. What do you think of this offer? I know this looks bad with the night that Rivers has but QBs have the highest ceiling in our league.

    • Loudon

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      @Guru from Kzoo, First thing’s first. I don’t care is it’s Blaine Gabbert, if your flex spot allows you to start a QB, you start a QB. You NEVER, EVER start anything else.

      Ok, now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, I like this trade for you except for the fact that Rivers is on bye this week. Rivers will eventually be a solid flex play for you and with Romo past his bye, you’ll be home free after next week. Nicks and Spiller are obviously both fine, but The Raiders had their bye already which means you’ll only need a backup RB in week 8. Both Green and Jones have potential to be worthy of a start that week.

  6. george says:
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    Need some waiver wire advice.
    In a standard league w a flex, and my WRs are welker, t. smith, hawkins, and garcon, with julio on bye.

    I was thinking of benching garcon, and having hawkins as my #3 but I really dont like his matchup at PIT. Some guys still on the wire: andre roberts, kerley, tate, hixon, donne avery, devery henderson, givens, doug baldwin, and blackmon. I was thinking of going donney avery, but just wanted to know what you think, someone else, or should I roll with hawkins @ PIT.

    Thanks alot.

    • george says:
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      Also would you bench smith for any of those players? Thanks alot Loudon.

      • Loudon

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        @george, Garcon might not play this weekend with a nagging football injury so based on what you have, I’d agree with starting Hawkins over Garcon. If Garcon plays, start him over Hawkins though.

        I really like Andre Roberts ROS, but I wouldn’t start him over anyone you have this weekend.

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