Matthew Stafford – He put up 319 yards through the air when the Lions played the Vikings earlier this season. He should have had 2 TD passed last week where Titus Young let a pass go right through his hands, and one where Megatron got stopped at the 1 yard line yet again. With Stafford getting back into his groove after a poor start to the season he should be a strong play this week.
Philip Rivers – He has struggled mightily this season, but has had at least 2 TDs in 4 of his last 5 games. The Bucs have been unable to stop the pass and Rivers has rediscovered Antonio Gates.
Under the radar
Ryan Fitzpatrick – His only 300 yard game this season was against the Pats who the Bills always play hard against. With Bills GM Buddy Nix speaking so candidly this week about looking for a QB in next year’s draft, Fitz should also be looking to prove he still has value.
Others to consider: Andy Dalton – He has not played well over the past 2 weeks, but gets a favorable match up against a burnable Giants secondary. Carson Palmer – The Raiders will likely end up playing from behind during the game and with McFadden out this week, and the Raider’s lack of trust in Taiwan Jones, Palmer be heaving the ball all day.
Stevan Ridley – There’s not much to say here really. The Patriots ran all over the Bills in Week 4 and Buffalo’s run defense has given up a league high 14 TDs on the ground. Even if Ridley splits time among the procession of backs that Bill Belichick puts on the field, he will see his share of goal line touches.
Mikel LeShoure – He had a 3 TD game last week, though it was mostly due to opportunities created by the wide outs and Scott Linehan dialing up more run plays in the red zone. The new balance that Detroit is bringing though is a boon for LeShoure who gets a middle of the road Vikings defense this week.
Under the radar
BenJarvis Green-Ellis – The Giants have a tough rush defense on paper, but have given up over 100 yards to plodders like Alfred Morris and Isaac Redman, while stopping the poor rushing offense of Felix Jones and the Cowboys, along with slowing the San Fran run game after playing with a lead. The Bengals should be able to move the ball and open up holes for the Law Firm and give his opportunities to have a serviceable game.
Others to consider: Reggie Bush – He showed signs of being back to his early season form with his 18 yard TD last week, and though he may split some carries with Daniel Thomas, Bush has a great match up against the Titans. Willis McGahee – The Panthers are giving up 119 yards a game on the ground, and McGahee is the bell cow for the Broncos’ 3rd ranked offense.
Mike Wallace – With Antonio Brown likely to be out this week, Wallace should see a few more targets. He showed his ability to create yards on short plays with his top end speed last week against the Giants, and the Chiefs have been less than stellar defense.
Vincent Jackson – If for nothing else Jackson should have a strong game because he is playing his former team and wants to show GM AJ Smith why he should have paid him over the past 2 seasons while he was there. He should have a solid day against the Chargers 18th ranked secondary.
Under the radar
Malcom Floyd – He has been a model of inconsistency, but this is a good week to run Floyd. The Tampa defense is at the bottom of the barrel and should provide ample opportunity for Floyd to produce.
Others to consider: Brandon Lloyd – The Bills continue to be terrible defensively and Lloyd was productive when they last met. He should be a strong play this week. Eric Decker – He has been Manning’s preferred target in the red zone and has scored in 5 straight games. Keep rolling him this week against the Panthers despite the defense only surrendering 9 TDs passing on the season.
Antonio Gates – With Rivers reconnecting with Gates and the Chargers facing the bottom dwelling Bucs defense, he should have a solid outing this week.
Dustin Keller – He has been the best receiving option for the Jets since the loss of Santonio Holmes recording 14 catches on 18 targets over their past 2 games. He should be a solid play for a team with few other options in the passing game.
Under the radar
Brandon Myers – He has been battling a shoulder injury this week, but should be a strong play this week after hauling in 2 TDs last week. He should see his share of targets as the Raiders will likely play from behind during the game.
Others to consider: Vernon Davis – After starting the season as a top 5 TE, Davis has been mostly invisible with opposing defenses keying in on him. The strong play of Michael Crabtree should help to open things up for Davis, who is due as he comes off the BYE week. Scott Chandler – He has had 3 TDs over the last 3 games he has played against the Patriots. He remains a boom or bust option from week to week, but should be good for this one.
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.