QB Mark Sanchez (NYJ) Home against HOU
The main reason you have to put Sanchez into your lineup is the simple fact that the Houston defense has week in and week out not been able to stop any teams passing attack. Houston’s pass defense ranks 32nd in the league as they are giving up over 300 yards a game.
They also have given up over 22 pass touchdowns and have only managed to grab 5 interceptions. You also have to like the fact that Sanchez and Santoino Holmes seem to be on the same page. With their play as of late, you have to expect them to connect for at least one big completion. I expect Sanchez to produce a big week as Houston continues it’s lackluster season.
Other QB to start: When Tom Brady and Peyton Manning play each other it always ends up being a shootout. With how bad both teams’ defenses are this season, I would be shocked if both teams don’t score at least 30 points. Joe Flacco faces a weak Carolina defense that should be completely exposed by the Ravens. Expect Flacco and Anquain Boldin to produce big games.
RB Cedric Benson (DET) home against BUF
Fantasy owners of Cedric Benson have waited patiently for the Benson of last season. He has managed to stay healthy but has not been able to produce the yards or the touchdowns necessary to put him in the lineup every week. He should at least shine this week as he faces the league’s worst rush defense. Benson should get the ball early and often, while he pounds his way to a big game. 100 yards rushing and 1 TD should be something he can achieve this week.
Other Rb to Start: Peyton Hillis should continually shine this week as he faces a Jaguars defense that ranks in the lower third of the NFL in stopping the run. Hillis has managed to have big games against some of the league’s best defenses. Against one of the worst, he should strive. BenJarvus Green-Ellis should get plenty of opportunities as New England tries to control the clock. He should find plenty of lanes in front of him with Logan Mankins solidifying a already solid offensive line.
WR Any WR/TE for New England/Indianapolis
As stated above, New England vs. Indianapolis has always been a matchup that has featured a lot of points. Last year’s final score was 35-34 and I would be surprised if both teams don’t manage to produce a similar score this week. In any case, both pass defenses should not be able to matchup against their counterparts’ passing attack. With how well both quarterbacks manage to spread the ball around, you should not have any doubts about putting any of their wide receivers or tight ends into your fantasy lineup.
Other WR to Start: I really like Dez Bryant this week. Detroit has no one on their roster who can matchup with him. Greg Jennings has been relatively quiet this season, putting up only modest fantasy numbers. He should produce a big week as they face a deflated Minnesota team. Jennings should take advantage, and at the very least, get his fantasy owners 100 yards receiving and one trip to the end zone.
QB David Garrard (JAX) Home against CLE
As of late no quarterback has been hotter then Garrard. Everything has seemingly went his way, as he has managed to produce back to back big weeks and even managed to throw in a game winning hail mary for his lucky fantasy owners. But, there are some signs that have to make you think that this week his luck will run out. He faces a Browns defense that has managed to bottle up some of the leagues best quarterbacks and have forced a fair amount of interceptions. Seeing as Garrard is not even an elite quarterback, you would have to believe he will not be able to produce this week.
Other QB to Sit: Going into this week I already had my doubts about starting Matt Schaub as he faces a tough Jets defense. Now knowing the fact that he had to spend a night in the hospital due to a knee problem guaranteed his place on my bench. I don’t expect Brett Favre’s last ever matchup against Green Bay to be a memorable one for the penis text messager. Green Bay should constantly put the 50-year old under pressure, which will inevitably lead to him fumbling and throwing a couple interceptions. That will make it difficult for Favre to produce any resemblance of a solid week.
RB LeSean McCoy (PHI) Home against the NYG
McCoy has not been able to find the red zone as of late. He has managed to produce a couple of mediocre games, but it has been quite a while since he has been a fantasy force. With him facing the number two rush defense this week, you would have to think his numbers will continue to be lacking. The Giants have prided themselves on being able to force teams to be one dimensional. I don’t expect this to be a trend that changes this week.
Other RB to Sit: LeGarrete Blount faces a San Francisco defense that’s only strength has been their ability to stop teams on the ground. I expect Blount to find no running lanes as San Francisco tries to get their season back on track. Tim Hightower and Beanie Wells face a Kansas City defense that was completely humiliated last week, but still managed to limit Denver’s run attack. I expect Kansas City to get back on track this week and give Wells/Hightower no room to run.
WR Malcom Floyd (SD) Home against Denver
With Floyd finally healthy, many owners will not think twice about putting him back into their lineups. But with him still not at 100 percent, owners may want to think twice before inserting him. Inserting any player who is dealing with hamstring issues can be a huge risk. Hamstring injuries can flare up at any time, forcing a player out of the game at any point. You also can’t discount the fact that this week Floyd will have Champ Bailey draped all over him. He should struggle as most wide receivers do against Bailey. Especially, considering the fact that he is not at 100-percent. I expect Floyd to once again be a fantasy stud this season, but I don’t expect it to happen this week.
Other WR to Sit: Steve Smith has Brian St. Pierre throwing him the ball, I can’t see a scenario where this ends up in being a good thing. Avoid Eddie Royal and Jabar Gafney this week as San Diego has been very stout on pass defense. Kyle Orton will have to rely more on finding Knowshon Moreno in the flats as San Diego does a great job of preventing wide receivers to get open. Don’t expect Denver’s flying attack to be as potent this week.