Andrew Luck – He is finally becoming a solid week-to-week starter in fantasy lineups, and will face a New England defense that should be improved with the addition of Aqib Talib. However, the Colts will likely play from behind at some point in the game where the Patriots secondary has struggled to keep a lead. Luck is also a threat to score running it in in the red zone as well.
Cam Newton – Newton has been up and down all season, but playing him against a horrible Bucs defense seems a good time to put faith in running him. Tampa has given up an average of 321 yards through the air so far this season.
Under the radar
Nick Foles – He will get his first start this week against the Redskins with Michael Vick out with a concussion. He played well coming in last week and had some strong showings in the preseason. The Redskins secondary has not been good at all making this a plus match up for Foles even coming in as a rookie. Don’t set expectations too high though as this will be Fole’s first start in the regular season.
Others to consider: Carson Palmer – The Raiders have been forced to throw the ball a lot lately with their defense being run over. This week will be no exception against the Saints and Palmer should be able to return the favor. Tony Romo – He has been playing better lately, with no interceptions over the past 2 games. He is doing a better job as a game manager and gets a vulnerable Browns defense this week.
LeSean McCoy – With Michael Vick on the sideline and Nick Foles in, the Eagles will look to McCoy to once again be the true focal point of the offense. The Eagles are 3-0 when McCoy has been given 20+ touches and 0-6 otherwise according to rotoworld. McCoy would be a must start regardless if you own him, but he should see an uptick in touches this week and should be a stronger play the rest of the season.
Stevan Ridley – If the Indy defense surrendered 3 TDs to the spare tire that is Shonn Greene then Ridley owners should be salivating over this match up. He may still be splitting time with the carousel of backs in New England, but when they are in the red zone Ridley is money.
Under the radar
Marcel Reece – McFadden will likely be out again this week, and the Raiders went to Reece as their feature back, altogether ignoring Taiwan Jones last week. He gets a very favorable match up against the Saints, and as a strong pass catcher should see plenty of work regardless of whether or not the Raiders go down early to the offensive juggernaut.
Others to consider: Felix Jones – He played well for Dallas last week and has another strong match up this week. It’s hard to trust Felix from week to week, but he is viable flex play this week against the Browns. Alfred Morris – The Eagles have worn down against the run over the past few weeks, and the Redskins are best offensively running the ball. Morris should be in line for a good start and the BYE week should have given time to recover from the stinger he suffered in Week 9.
Dez Bryant – He is starting to get hot at just the right time in fantasy leagues. He is getting his confidence going and developing rapport with Tony Romo. He may draw Joe Haden this week, but remains a solid play against a struggling Browns defense.
Denarius Moore – He is becoming more and more reliable each week, and draws a great match up versus the Saints this week, where we are likely to see the ball thrown quite a bit.
Under the radar
Donnie Avery – Bill Belichick’s defensive game play usually entails taking out the best player, in his eyes, out of the game to force teams to try and win without their go to guy. In this case it will clearly be Reggie Wayne, leaving Avery with a strong chance of seeing more targets. With the Colts probably having to throw the ball more to stay in the game this week Avery could a good flex play in deeper leagues.
Others to consider: Torrey Smith – The Steelers are a tough match up, but when the Ravens and Steelers play, all bets seem to be out the window. Smith also caught the go ahead score that won the game for the Ravens last season in Week 9 where the Steelers just couldn’t seem to keep up with Smith. DeSean Jackson – He has been playing better than expected this season, and has a good match up against the Redskins this week.
Dustin Keller – He didn’t play up to expectations last week, but gets a more favorable match up against the Rams this week. He remains the most solid receiving option for the Jets and Mark Sanchez will look his way this week.
Antonio Gates – It seems that Philip Rivers has found his tight end again and are starting to click again. Gates had 82 yards and 2 TDs when the Chargers played the Broncos earlier this season. He should be in for another strong week.
Under the radar
Greg Olsen – Some are still leery about running Olsen, but after last week’s 102 yard and 2 TD effort, he gets another solid match up against the Bucs. Run him.
Others to consider: Dwayne Allen – Allen is another Colt who could see more targets if the Pats try to take Wayne out of the game. He is more of a roll of the dice play right now if you are thin at the TE position though. Brent Celek – Like with most rookie QBs, the tight end is the security blanket and with the Eagles line suspect when it comes to pass protection Foles could look to dump the ball off to his tight end more this week.
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.