Joe Flacco – The Ravens will get the Browns who have been brutal on defense and are tied for second most TDs allowed through the air with 8. Flacco has been playing well in fantasy and has been good at home.
Andy Dalton – Dalton played well last week and could have been better were it not for a TD thrown by Mohamad Sanu instead of Dalton. His WRs outside of AJ Green appear to be coming on, and oh yeah, he still has AJ Green. He should be a solid play this week.
Under the radar
Christian Ponder – I like Ponder this week against a Detroit team that he may be worth a start over some QBs, though you shouldn’t go too far in who you might bench for him just yet. He gets a Lions team that Jake Locker shredded last week and could be a good start if you feel like rolling the dice.
Others to consider: Philip Rivers – Rivers has had a solid history against divisional rivals and should have a solid day against the Chiefs who are among the teams tied for 2nd with 8 TD passes allowed this season. Peyton Manning – There many people very worried about reports of Peyton Manning’s arm strength issues after throwing for 3 INTs against the Falcons, but it won’t matter this week at least. Even if you’re an owner on edge, this should be a solid week for Manning and the arm strength will return.
Willis McGahee – McGahee is battling sore ribs, but as of right now is a go for this Sunday. The Raiders have been suspect against the run, allowing Reggie Bush to explode for 172 yards in Week 2. It’d be safe to expect Peyton Manning to get McGahee in position to score this week.
BenJarvis Green-Ellis – The Jags have given up a lot of yards on the ground and the Law Firm should be a solid start this week. Bernard Scott is battling an ankle injury and BJGE should not cede too many carries this week, as he has the job locked up.
Under the radar
Cedric Benson – The Packers aren’t a run first team, that’s for certain, but Benson has been solid when given the carries, and the Saints have been the league’s worst run defense so far this season. Benson has shown himself to be reliable enough in the pass game to keep him on the field and should have a strong say in what should be a mostly offensive based game.
Others to consider: Stevan Ridley – After being phased out due to what Bill Belichick said was “game planning”, look for Ridley to bounce back against the Bills. He averages 5.8 yards per carry against the Bills last season. Ryan Mathews – He came just short of a rushing TD last week, and gets a suspect Chiefs run defense.
Demaryius Thomas – After a disappointing week against the Texans, Thomas should see his share of targets against the Raiders who have been very weak against the pass. He has been Peyton Manning’s go to guy and should be a strong play this week.
Torrey Smith – After playing through tough circumstances last week, Smith will get a favorable match up against the Browns. He continues to improve and become more than strictly a deep threat for the Ravens.
Under the radar
Denarius Moore – With the injury to Darrius Heyward-Bey, Moore will step in to be the WR1 for the Raiders. He was targeted 11 times by Carson Palmer last week, and the speedster gets a Denver team that has had trouble covering the deep pass.
Others to consider: Brandon Lloyd – Tom Brady continues to target Lloyd often, posting double digit targets again last week with 12. He has yet to strike pay dirt, but a soft Buffalo secondary could help this week. Lance Moore – The Saints-Packers game is expected to be a shootout. Moore can be inconsistent, but he is playing more the season and could be relied on more with Marques Colston reportedly battling the dreaded plantar fasciitis.
Kyle Rudolph – He is a clear favorite target for Christian Ponder, and draws a Lions defense that has struggled against tight ends so far this season.
Jermichael Finley – His numbers have remained nominal, but he remains an important cog in the Packers offense. He drew 6 targets last week and should be in for a solid day as the two offensively driven teams battle it out.
Under the radar
Jermaine Gresham – Gresham has seen steady targets from week to week with 8, 5, and 7 throughout the first 3 weeks. He continues to be an involved part of the Bengals offense. He is worth a spot start this week.
Others to consider: Owen Daniels – Daniels is usually hit or miss with the Texans being a run based team, especially in the red zone, but Daniels should be worth a start this week against another team, in the Titans, who are soft against the underneath passes to tight ends. Brandon Pettigrew – He remains a strong PPR TE who won’t do much with the ball post-catch, but should remain a reliable start against the Vikings.
If you grabbed Ryan Williams, he could also be a solid start for this week and has some favorable match ups in the upcoming weeks.
About the Author
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.