9 and by now you know whether or not your fantasy team is a contender. With the
bye weeks just about done, this is the last chance to build your team depth
before the race to the playoffs. There will be plenty of offense to go around
this week in the Dallas/Philadelphia game and the entire AFC South will produce
both passing and rushing numbers that will boggle the mind.
When using this list, try and remember a couple basic rules:
1) Studs – always play your studs. Each position will include a list of players
that are considered studs and should not be benched. If you have the luxury of
needing to decide between studs, check out the matchups or feel free to let the
shark tank assist you in your decisions.
2) Depth – every fantasy team is different and some have more depth than
others. Only follow the recommended moves if your team depth allows you to make
such a move.
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis vs. Houston
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay at Tampa Bay
Drew Brees, New Orleans vs. Carolina
Tom Brady, New England vs. Miami
Matt Schaub, Houston at Indianapolis
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh at Denver
Philip Rivers, San Diego at N.Y. Giants
Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia vs. Dallas: McNabb was very impressive last
week against the Giants completing 17 of 23 passes (74 percent) for 240 yards
and three touchdowns. With Brian Westbrook still ailing, look for McNabb to
continue to use Brent Celek and DeSean Jackson as the Eagles passing attack is
going to dominate the Cowboys this week.
one-week replacement for Brett Favre? Look no further than Smith. He has played
back-to-back solid games against the likes of
This week, he gets to face the Titans, who have allowed the most passing yards
in the NFL this season averaging 282.4 per game. Look for Smith to continue to
build a rapport with Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis as the 49ers offense
starts to turn some heads this week.
the NFL in passing yards allowed, you still can’t count on
to be your starter this week. The offensive line is horrible for
against the aggressive Saints defense on Monday night as he threw three interceptions.
Things won’t get any easier this week against the Redskins, who allow the
second fewest passing yards per game in the NFL.
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville vs. Kansas City
Ray Rice, Baltimore at Cincinnati
Chris Johnson, Tennessee at San Francisco
DeAngelo Williams, Carolina at New Orleans
Cedric Benson, Cincinnati vs. Baltimore
Steve Slaton, Houston at Indianapolis
Michael Turner, Atlanta vs. Washington
Matt Forte, Chicago vs. Arizona
Frank Gore, San Francisco vs. Tennessee
Brandon Jacobs, N.Y. Giants vs. San Diego: Even though Jacobs will lose
a goal line carry or two to Ahmad Bradshaw, he still makes a solid play this
week against a Chargers defense that allows an average of 132.1 rushing yards
per game. Look for Jacobs to surpass the 100-yard mark for the first time this
season as the Giants pound it down the Chargers throat all day.
Don’t fret Grant’s performance last week. Even though he only rushed for 30
yards on 10 carries, he’ll rebound against the Buccaneers, who allow an average
of 4.7 yards per carry on the ground. Grant has rushed for at least 90 yards in
three of the past five games and
him down this week.
numbers Thomas is putting up in essentially a part-time role: 5.8 yards per
carry, five touchdowns, and he hasn’t carried the ball more than 19 times all
season. The Panthers have had difficulty stopping the run and while no one
seems to be able to slow down the Saints passing attack, the Panthers will be
more successful in defending the pass than the run this week.
breakout game against the Chargers in Week 4 when he ran for 165 yards, his
rushing yardage totals have been 77, 62 and 69. It’s not like he faced the
league’s best run defenses during this stretch either as he placed
Mendenhall does face a top run defense in the Broncos, who are ranked third in
the league in rushing yards allowed. Look for the Steelers running attack to
struggle as Ben Roethlisberger is needed to keep them in the game.
has been the starter over Correll Buckhalter, he has totaled only 83 yards
rushing in the last two games combined. He faces the Steelers this week, who
have allowed the fewest rushing yards all season. Both
this week in what looks to be a defensive battle from the very beginning.
Laurence Maroney, New England vs.
Maroney owners got a reality check in Week 7, as he rushed for only 43 yards on
13 carries after exploding for 123 yards in the snow the week before against
the Titans. Maroney will struggle finding holes against the Dolphins this week,
who have played much better against the run than the pass this year. Tom Brady
and his plethora of receivers will be much better plays than Maroney this week.
Terrell Owens/Lee Evans/Josh Reed, Sidney Rice/Percy Harvin/Bernard Berrian,
Jerricho Cotchery/Braylon Edwards/David Clowney, Louis Murphy/Darrius
Heyward-Bey, Donnie Avery/Keenan Burton/Laurent Robinson/Danny Amendola,
Mohamed Mossaquoi/Josh Cribbs/Chansi Stuckey/Mike Furrey
Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis vs. Houston
Steve Smith, N.Y. Giants vs. San Diego
Andre Johnson, Houston at Indianapolis
Vincent Jackson, San Diego at N.Y. Giants
Randy Moss, New England vs. Miami
Chad Ochocinco, Cincinnati vs. Baltimore
Wes Welker, New England vs. Miami
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona at Chicago
Roddy White, Atlanta vs. Washington
Marques Colston, New Orleans vs. Carolina
Hines Ward, Pittsburgh at Denver
Nate Burleson, Seattle vs. Detroit: Burleson continues to be Matt
Hasselbeck’s top target as he caught six passes for 89 yards last week against
the Cowboys. Look for Burleson to post solid yardage against
Lions defense that has already allowed 18 passing touchdowns on the season.
Derrick Mason, Baltimore at
Mason salvaged a poor performance against the Broncos last week with a touchdown
catch in the fourth quarter. The last time Mason faced the Bengals he was held
without a catch. You can bet Mason wants redemption and as the Bengals focus on
slowing down Ray Rice, there will be good old reliable Mason to clean up the
scraps. Look for Mason to continue his string of two straight games with a touhdown
as he adds 7-9 receptions along the way.
returning from a bye week, Sims-Walker caught only two passes for nine yards
against a below-average Titans defense. Look for him to get back on track this
week against the Chiefs, who have had more distractions than a circus this week
combined with a pass defense that has allowed an average of 252.1 yards per
is averaging an incredible 20.9 yards per reception this season with four of
his 24 catches having gone for a touchdown. Oh yeah, he also ran for a 67-yard touchdown
two weeks ago against the Redskins.
the Eagles will be flying high this week against
Hakeem Nicks, N.Y. Giants vs.
Mario Manningham last week as he caught only four passes for 53 yards. He was
also kept out of the end zone for the first time in five weeks. With the Giants
likely to experience plenty of success on the ground this week and Manningham’s
pending return to action, the window to sneak Nicks into your lineup has
officially been closed.
Kevin Walter, Houston at
While it’s true that Owen Daniels is done for the season and Walter is the most
likely candidate to receive more action in the Texans passing game, he’ll
struggle along with the rest of the offense against the Colts this week. Matt
Schaub will continue to look Andre Johnson’s way first, and there won’t be much
more available this week as Steve Slaton (or Ryan Moats) gets a heavy dose of
carries to keep the Colts offense on the sidelines.
passing attack looking as strong as it has, I really expected Holmes to be the
center of attention. While he is still on pace for a 1,000-yard season, he hasn’t
made the leap to the studs list. The Broncos defense has been very stingy this
season, and Holmes won’t find much room in the secondary this week. Try and
snag Holmes now if you can though, as he’s got an easy schedule in the upcoming
back-to-back weeks catching six passes for 99 yards in Week 7 and three passes
for 56 yards and a score last week. Both DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart
are in line for big games this week, which translates into very few
opportunities for Smith as the
passing attack has had fewer than 20 pass attempts in two of the last three
Dallas Clark, Indianapolis vs. Houston
Vernon Davis, San Francisco vs. Tennessee
Brent Celek, Philadelphia vs. Dallas
Antonio Gates, San Diego at N.Y. Giants
Heath Miller, Pittsburgh at Denver
Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta vs. Washington
Kellen Winslow, Tampa Bay vs. Green Bay
Jason Witten, Dallas at Philadelphia
Ben Watson, New England vs. Miami: In the past two games, the Dolphins
have allowed 12 catches for 181 yards and a touchdown to the opposing team’s
tight end. Watson has a touchdown catch in two of the past three games and he’ll
play a prominent role in short yardage situations for Tom Brady this week.
Kevin Boss, N.Y. Giants vs.
had his best game of the season last week as he caught three passes for 70
yards and a touchdown. The Chargers have allowed the opposing tight end to
catch an average of five passes for 55 yards and a touchdown over the past four
weeks. The Giants won’t need to pass often this week, but when they do, Eli
Manning will use Boss effectively and often enough to make him a worthy
defenses stack the middle of the field which doesn’t bode well for a tight end
to find open areas in the passing game. Fasano was outscored by backup Joey
Haynos last week. ‘Nuff said.
Todd Heap, Baltimore at
Heap caught seven passes the last time he faced the Bengals, but it was for
only 41 yards. Heap also hasn’t had a touchdown catch since Week 2 as Ray Rice
and Willis McGahee have dominated the goal line activity. Don’t expect much to
change this week as Heap continues to be a third or fourth option in the Ravens