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Carson Palmer (Oak vs NO) – The Saints can’t stop anyone, and with McFadden & Goodsen still out for the Raiders, Palmer will be the Offense. I look for a huge day for him at home on Sunday.
Alex Smith / Colin Kaepernick (SF vs Chi) – With an ADP of early 11th round, you can make the argument for the Bears Def. as the Top Value pick of this year’s fantasy draft. So far on the year they have 26 sacks & 30 turnovers. So regardless who actually starts for the 49ers, neither one of these two QBs should be anywhere near your line-up.
Steven Jackson (Stl vs NYJ) – Jackson had a great game last week against SF who is one of the best Ds in the league. I expect that to continue this week. The Jets are a bit banged up but still have a strong pass Def, so if the Rams are smart they’ll use Jackson a lot and should be a very good start again this week.
Issac Redman (Pit vs Bal) – After a bad performance against a bad team last week 8 for 21yrds & a fumble, Redman may be in the doghouse and with Dwyer back and Mendenhall close to returning, it may be time to completely cut ties with him.
Randle Cobb (GB @ Det) – Still no Greg Jennings and even with Jordy Nelson most likely returning from his injury (Hamstring/Foot), the Packers will still utilize the explosive talents of the young receiver.
Malcom Floyd – (SD @ Den) – Floyd will most likely see Champ Bailey most of the game & with the emergence of Danario Alexander, I don’t see him making much of an impact in this game.
Greg Olson (Car vs TB) – Last week I looked like a genius suggesting Olson as y TE to start. Tampa’s pass Def is dreadful and I look for Olson to receive plenty of targets in and out of the redzone.
Vernon Davis (SF vs Chi) – Davis has been a big disappointment for Fantasy owners this year & I expect that trend to continue against the Bears who have only given up 2 TDs to opposing Tight Ends. Even if Alex Smith starts I would sit Davis.
Bengals (vs KC) – We’ve been preaching this all year. Whoever is playing the Chiefs is a must start. Even after a subpar defensive performance for most of the game last Monday. The Steelers still ended up with 2 sacks & an INT.
Chargers (@Den) – The last time these 2 teams met in Week 6, Peyton Manning scorched the Chargers Def for over 300yards & 3 TDs. He may even have a better game this time at home.
Game Previews (Fillar):
Cleveland Browns @ Dallas Cowboys
I’ll take Jason Witten over every other tight end this week. If Joe Haden doesn’t play, I have no clue who matches up with the favorite son of John Madden. Tony Romo probably has a big day, and if you’re ever going to actually use Felix Jones, now would be a good time. Don’t get cute with Trent Richardson, even if you don’t like the match up. Never sit your studs, if starting. Ever.
Cincinnati Bengals @ Kansas City Chiefs
So, let me get this straight — Brady Quinn was knocked into oblivious, giving Romeo an out after he mentioned Quinn should start — and now Quinn is still going to start after being cleared? Bwahahaha. No seriously, I would honestly sit Dwayne Bowe, who hasn’t had a touchdown in six weeks and is suffering in KC. Give up your first born child for the Cincinnati defense. Then buy the kid back and purchase the Chief’s next opponent each week going forward. Kind of a dark metaphor, but it gets the point across.
Arizona Cardinals @ Atlanta Falcons
Jacquizz Rodgers is going to break out and hopefully be used more often soon, because Michael Turner is feeling the effects of 300+ carries a season for many, many years. Atlanta wants to stick with the pass anyway, so what’s the hold up? He won’t be playing this week, and maybe not next week, but it may be wise to stash away Beanie Wells for the home stretch. Starting runningbacks are tough to come by. Start your Falcons. Yes, even Turner.
Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions
If this game has less than six total touchdowns, I’ll eat my hat. And that hat is pretty disgusting. The Packers indoors and the Lions at home will pile up the points, and I think Titus Young will have one of his majorly productive games here. Keep starting Randall Cobb, but try to avoid Mikel Lashoure; it’s going to be an air battle to the end.
New York Jets @ St. Louis Rams
The Jets were able to put 7-points on the board while on the road to Seattle… with their defense. Stephen Jackson ran well last week and the Rex Ryan Circus continues to struggle keeping the tent from collapsing. St. Louis defense a nifty fill-in this week too.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Redskins
Well, well, well. Hello, Nick Foles. You’ve finally gotten your chance to start. And against the miserably awful Redskins pass defense, you say? Wonderful! It should also be noted that Jeremy Maclin has been Foles’ favorite target when he’s actually on the field throwing a football instead of holding a clipboard while Vick gets his skull smashed.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Carolina Panthers
Tampa continues to get very little respect from Vegas. -1.5? I’ll roll with Doug Martin, Josh Freeman, Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams every single week and enjoy the ride. I refuse to touch a Panthers runningback until one proves he’s more useful than the other, instead of both being watered down.
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston Texans
I’m on board with the idea that Matt Schaub‘s day will consist of handing the ball to Arian Foster, then blowing kisses into the crowd while the Jacksonville defense is torn to shreds. If you have any Jaguars on your roster, garbage time may be your friend here. No problem gambling that Cecil Shorts and/or Rashad Jennings will get touches late and sneak away with some fantasy points.
New Orleans Saints @ Oakland Raiders
The Ravens put up a 55 on the Raiders last weekend. How did Ray Rice do? Oh, about 13 carries for 33 yards and a score. And there was one of him. I’m steering away from Pierre Thomas, Chris Ivory and Mark Ingram — Drew Brees will be doing the damage here, and there will be plenty of damage to go around. Lance Moore should be a decent play on a solid day to be playing your Saints. Carson Palmer and Marcel Reese are still on my hot list. Darius Heyward-Bay too, if he plays.
San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos
Norv Turner loves November. But curses are made to be broken, and I don’t see the Chargers hanging with Peyton Manning very long in Denver. Phillip Rivers will likely need to resort to what he does best, forcing the football and turning it over. Not to mention the fresh thought of the Broncos humiliating comeback on National TV on San Diego’s home turf. That should echo nicely throughout the bolts.
Indianapolis Colts @ New England Patriots
Extra! Extra! Andrew Luck vs. Tom Brady everybody! I like pretty much everybody here, except the defenses. Luck has been terrific lately and New England is New England, especially at this point in the season at Foxboro.
Sunday Night Game
Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Byron Leftwich hasn’t started a game since 2009, and if the Steelers offense is going to be efficient, it’ll probably be on the ground. Unfortunately, it’s anybody’s guess who’ll get the majority of that work with Rashard Mendenhall just coming back before his next injury. Not owning the Steelers defense in any leagues this year, I was also surprised to learn how vanilla they’ve been every single week, even after playing teams like Oakland, Kansas City, NYJ, Tennessee and Philly. Pitt’s defense has scored between 2 and 8 points in every week in standard scoring. Too boring for my taste.
Monday Night Game
Chicago Bears @ San Francisco 49ers
Is there a way in which I can have less than nothing to do with any Chicago Bear not on the defense that isn’t named Matt Forte? No Jay Cutler, no dice.
Vernon Davis is also officially dead to me now. I refuse to paint him red for the rest of the season after the awful things he’s done to me when I’ve taken his side. He simply is not a major part of this offense anymore, for whatever reason.