The bye weeks are finally over thankfully. Now we’re in the last stretch of the season before our fantasy playoffs begin. Hopefully your team is still in it and if not remember, you can always play spoiler to a rival and knock them out of the playoffs.
Ok, here are some players to look at this week.
Mark Sanchez vs HOU – Houston still can’t protect against the pass and though the Jets aren’t the most prolific passing team, they are still facing a weak secondary. Sanchez has proven that he can throw the ball well at point during the season and this week should be one of those weeks for him.
Shaun Hill vs DAL – Hill has had a knack for getting the ball to the play makers in Detroit and this week should be no different. Though Dallas put together a good win last week, they still allowed close to 400 yards through the air and gave up 2 TDs, and save for a penalty against the Giants, it would have been 3. He will probably throw a pick or 2, but should be a good play.
Matt Cassel vs ARI – Cassel has played well after a shaking start this season, and he has found Dwayne Bowe in the passing attack which has made a huge difference. Arizona has been an up and down defense all season, but most of the time they have been down. It’s hard to guarantee anything passing-wise for KC, but this will be a god game to chance it.
Troy Smith vs TB – Keep an eye on Troy Smith, he could have a good day against a young Tampa Bay defense, and has brought life to the 49ers offense.
Donovan McNabb vs TEN -McNabb had a decent week due to a entire half of junk time production as they were routed by the Eagles. Though the Titans rank low at 25th against the pass, they are a tenacious D, yes pun intended, and have been tough against opposing fantasy quarterbacks.
Brett Favre vs GB -Favre has been bad as of late, and the Green Bay defense has shored up over the past few games, they are coming off a bye week that should help them come out fresh and have given up the 4th least amount of TDs to opposing teams at 9 on the season.
Jason Campbell vs PIT – Campbell has played well over the past few weeks, and even though the Steelers were exposed by the Patriots last week, Oakland won’t be able to make it back to back weeks against a still stingy defense.
BenJarvis Green-Ellis vs IND – BenJarvis has been up and down lately, but against a soft Indy run defense he looks to have a good match up as New England likes to dink and dunk the ball and that should give him opportunities in the red zone. As for overall yards he may be lacking, but he has a good shot at getting in the end zone.
Jamaal Charles vs ARI – Charles has been slowly getting more and more touches each week and if you’ve suffered through his slow start to the season it should be paying off now. He should be in line for a nice day.
Peyton Hillis vs Jax – Hillis proved me wrong last week and is in line for a good day against Jacksonville. Hillis has proven to be the best RB pick up this season and is showing no signs of slowing. Run him.
Keiland Williams vs TEN – On top of the fact that the Titans have only allowed 4 rushing TDs this year, Clinton Portis may be able to go this Sunday. If you grabbed Williams it may be god to sit on him for a week and see how it plays out. Portis and Torain haven’t been the healthiest backs and Washington has good playoff match ups.
Reggie Bush vs SEA – Really I mean the New Orleans backfield I just didn’t want to list everyone. Reggie Bush could be in line for a good run once he is back and fully healthy, but it may not be this week. On top of that Sean Payton is terrible for fantasy line ups whether it’s at running back or wide receiver.
Brandon Jackson vs MIN – Jackson had a great day against the Cowboys with 2 scores, but Green Bay did take advantage of a flounder, at the time, Dallas team. Outside of that Jackson has been tough to own. The Vikings are floundering too, but they haven’t been as vulnerable against the run. Not that Green Bay has been run blocking particularly well. Run him if caution.
Calvin Johnson vs DAL – Johnson will face a resurgent Dallas team, but even with an impressive showing they were still weak against the pass, and Shaun Hill has been good about connecting with his primary target, Johnson. It looks like Detroit has finally figured out who this offense should run through.
Mike Wallace vs OAK – Nnamdi Asomugha looks like he might not be able to go this week and that should give Mike Wallace a big boost as the Oakland secondary has struggled without Asomugha.
Michael Crabtree vs TB – Troy Smith looks like he has developed a good rapport with Michael Crabtree since he has taken over and against a Bucs defense giving up 15 TDs on the season he could be a good play.
Steve Smith (CAR) vs BAL – Steve Smith has a ton of talent and fantasy value. Unfortunately, just not this season. Carolina is a wasteland for fantasy receiving production with rookies at the helm. Avoid them until we see that Clausen or Pike can run the offense better.
Santana Moss vs TEN – See McNabb, his tough play this week will likely translate over into a tough week for Moss, who has been inconsistent all season anyway.
Vernon Davis vs TB – Much the same as with Crabtree, Troy Smith has brought life to the passing game and Vernon Davis is threat to score once again. He had 2 scores called back last week, he should grab one this week.
Kevin Boss vs PHI – With the Giants thinning at the wide receiver position, look for Boss to get an increase in targets this week.
Brandon Pettigrew vs DAL – Pettigrew continues to see a good number of targets in the red zone, Shaun Hill is looking to him when Calvin Johnson is getting double teams. This should continue against Dallas this week.
Rob Gronkowski vs IND – Gronkowski had a great week catching 3 TDs against the Steelers, but he is not usually targeted as much as Aaron Hernandez and is more of a blocker and his past few games he hasn’t been very productive. He is an all or nothing play.
Brent Celek vs NYG – Celek probably shouldn’t be on here because nobody should be running him, even in deeper leagues. However, there are still people out there playing him. Please stop. Vick is playing for a permanent starting job and a new contract and is only looking deep , checking down, or running it himself and I’m not sure he realizes that Celek is on the field. If it wasn’t for Celek’s lone catch on Monday I think that might be believable.
Heath Miller vs OAK – Miller has not been as productive as last season and though he may return to form before the season ends, it’s best to leave him benched until he starts showing a little more productivity.
Any comments or questions please post. Good luck to everyone this week.
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Written by David Willow
My name is David Willow. Your NFL and Fantasy Jedi. I have lived in Dallas, TX most of my life. I have been following both football and basketball since I was a child. I love being able to research and analyze different players and teams. I've been a fantasy sports enthusiast for around 8 years with some titles to back that. I have a Bachelors degree in History with a minor in English. Other hobbies include me being part of an acting workshop for five years, playing guitar, and working out. Hit me up with any comments, questions or opinions.