Eli Manning – He was solid, though no prosperous against the 49ers top ranked pass defense last week. However, this week presents a much more appealing opponent against a league worst Redskins pass defense. From first to worst. This is a great match up for Manning.
Ben Roethlisberger – With Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redmen both reportedly out this week, the Steelers will be looking to lean on the arm of Ben Roethlisberger. The Bengals have a middle of the road pass defense, and with Pittsburgh’s top CB Ike Taylor struggling over the past few weeks, this could turn into a high scoring and pass heavy contest.
Under the radar
Matt Hasselbeck – There’s no doubt owners are looking Hasselbeck’s way because of injury or a BYE week, but against a Bill secondary allowing just over 2 TDs per game and Kenny Britt returning to form owners could do worse.
Others to consider: Ryan Fitzpartick – Consequentially, Fitz has a decent matchup for the same purposes as Hasselbeck with the Titans also giving up 2 TDs per game through the air and just under 300 yards per game. Andrew Luck – While he wasn’t spectacular last week against the Jets he gets a better match up against the Browns this week, who gave up 381 yards to Andy Dalton.
Stevan Ridley – With the injury to Brandon Boldin likely to keep him out this week, Ridley should be leaned on I little bit more this week, though Bill Belichick will certainly rotate Danny Woodhead and Shane Vereen in throughout the game. The Jets aren’t what they used to be on defense and especially against the run. Look for the Patriots to exploit that weakness with Ridley and the power run game.
Chris Johnson – He continues to show signs of being strictly a match up play, and this week is a good match up against the Bills. While it’s true what Johnson has said about his lack of blocking from up front, he is still showing hesitancy behind the line. Everything considered, owners should be able to salvage a decent game this week from CK2Bench.
Under the radar
Felix Jones – He showed surprising speed and power last week against the Ravens. This week he gets a Panthers team that has struggled against big plays and Jones should fill in nicely with Murray sidelined this week.
Others to consider: Alfred Morris – Despite the explosive performance from RG3 last week running the ball, the Redskins would be wise to limit the amount of hits their franchise QB takes and lean on Morris a bit more. Doug Martin – He has lost some carries to LeGarrette Blount, but as the Saints keep struggling on this season on defense, Martin should get a chance to re-tighten his grip on the starting job and provide a solid fantasy day for owners.
Torrey Smith – Texans CB Jonathan Joseph has been battling a groin injury and has been getting burned in the process. Enter Torrey Smith and his big play ability that the Ravens have utilized him for a good deal this season.
Dez Bryant – With a difference in targets between Bryant and Miles Austin at 28-11 over the past 2 weeks, it looks as if Bryant has finally taken over as the WR1 in the Cowboys’ offense. The Panthers are a mediocre defense that has struggled at many times this season and the Cowboys should continue to get the ball to Dez.
Quick Update: Dez has been listed as questionable for this weekend with an undisclosed injury.
Under the radar
Lance Moore – Jimmy Graham is highly questionable coming into this weekend, and even if he plays it looks to only be in a limited fashion. So Moore, who is returning from a hamstring injury, should see a lot of Grahams targets this week against a bottom dwelling Bucs secondary.
Others to consider: Kenny Britt – He was targeted 11 times last week, and with veteran Matt Hasselbeck at QB and rookie Stephon Gilmore has problems adjusting, Britt could put up some solid numbers for owners who have been holding him all season. Denarius Moore – He is the most targeted and number 1 receiver for the Raiders. He gets a depressing Jaguars team that hasn’t been impressive on offense or defense.
Aaron Hernandez – After missing time with an ankle injury, Hernandez has returned to the tune of 9 targets for 6 catches, 30 yards, and a TD. He should remain highly involved against the bitter rival Jets, especially with Rob Gronkowski fighting a hip injury.
Heath Miller – He has his QBs faith in him and continues to be targeted by Big Ben. With the run game for Pittsburgh being mediocre at best right now, Miller should be a big part of the Steelers’ game plan this week.
Under the radar
Jared Cook – He is another player that could benefit from the veteran play of Matt Hasselbeck this week. He continues to show big play capability and gets a Bills defense that has not covered the tight end position very well so far this year.
Others to consider: Martellus Bennett – After spending the last few weeks hampered by a knee injury, the Giants have taken him off the injury report. He gets a porous Washington D and could return to the form we saw in the first 3 weeks of the season. Jason Witten – He seems to have regained his form over the last few games, and should return to solid production this week against the Panthers.
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.