Matt Ryan – Ryan is ranked at number 2 in fantasy, in most leagues, behind only Drew Brees. He has a solid matchup against the Raiders who currently rank 29th against the pass, which could be lower were they not coming off of a BYE week. He is fast solidifying himself as one of fantasy’s most productive QBs.
Kevin Kolb – The Cardinals have now lost Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams, now they will be turning to William Powell who is yet unproven. Even before the loss of Williams, Kolb had aired it out 98 times in the last 2 games. Against a porous Bills D Kolb and Arizona should continue to be pass heavy and Kolb should bounce back from last week.
Under the radar
Christian Ponder – He has a strong matchup against Washington secondary that has given up 13 passing TDs through 5 weeks. He should be a great BYE week filler, especially if you are in a points per completion league.
Others to consider: Andrew Luck – After a great Week 5, Luck gets the Jets, but without Darrell Revis, and though Antonio Cromartie has played well the Jets haven’t been thrown on more because they rank just 3 yards from being dead last against the run. Andy Dalton – He threw for 318 yards and 3 TDs in Week 2 against the Browns. They will get back top CB Joe Haden, but Cleveland’s defense ranks 29th overall, so their problems run deeper than their hole at the CB position.
Reggie Bush – The Rams moved up the chain to 18th versus the run, though, it is slightly skewed by the fact that they held the inept running game of the Cardinals to 45 yards. Bush should see a majority of the carries with Daniel Thomas sidelined, and though Lamar Miller will see some touches, it shouldn’t be enough to keep Bush from a strong showing.
BenJarvis Green-Ellis – As stated before, the Browns have been bad on D, and with Bernard Scott out, BJGE should see a healthy portion of carries on Sunday.
Under the radar
William Powell – After a strong preseason, Powell is now the featured back in Arizona for the time being. The Bills have been awful against the run making Powell a serviceable play for this week as we see what he can do as the starter.
Others to consider: Willis McGahee – Despite the fumble and dropped catch, McGahee is slated as the main back in Denver’s backfield. A vote of confidence from Peyton Manning should alleviate any concerns owners have. Michael Turner – He just isn’t what he used to be on the field, however, Turner has a great matchup against the Raiders and should be run this week.
Reggie Wayne – Whether Andrew Luck will admit it or not, Wayne is his go-to guy on the field and is averaging 15 targets a game. He may draw Antonio Cromartie, but Cromartie is much more beatable than his predecessor as mention earlier.
Michael Crabtree – He will matchup with a declining Nate Webster this week, and the Giants have been struggling to stop the pass as of late. After a breakout performance against the Bills where he hauled in 6 catches for 113 and a TD, owners should continue to ride Crabtree.
Under the radar
James Jones – With Greg Jennings out this week, Jordy Nelson will likely receive the attention of Texans CB Jonathan Joseph. Aaron Rodgers will likely continue to spread the ball around and Jones could be the beneficiary as he was last week where he pulled in 2 TDs for the second straight week.
Others to consider: Demaryius Thomas – Thomas was a monster last week, catching 9 passes for 188 yards. He will work out his fumbling issues and he remains a borderline WR1. Percy Harvin – When Harvin is on he is on as he showed last week where he had 8 catches for 108 yards to with a rushing and receiving TD. He was on the injury report with some hamstring tightness, but is listed as probable. He is a must start against a terrible Redskins secondary.
Owen Daniels – He has scored in 3 straight games and the Packer’s struggles against the pass have continued. He should see a fair amount of targets along with Andre Johnson as Green Bay tries to slow down Arian Foster.
Kyle Rudolph – Washington has not been able to stop tight ends this year and Rudolph should remain a solid red zone threat for the Vikings.
Under the radar
Joel Dreessen – He continues to see red zone looks as he is another tight end who has scored in 3 straight games. He will be boom or bust as Jacob Tamme is targeted much more, but if you’re facing BYE week woes he could worth a look as a filler for this week.
Others to consider: Tony Gonzalez – He has been ageless this season and a favorite target for Matt Ryan. He has the best matchup on paper for tight ends this week. Dwayne Allen – He has seen an uptick in targets, and though Coby Fleener has been the more targeted of the two, it is Allen who has seen the end zone on short targets.
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.