I’m going to try, as I write this article, to understand how the Denver Broncos can use the same offense that Julius Caesar used to conquer Canada to successfully win 21st century football games, but I have to admit the whole thing has me a bit foggy.
Bearing with me, here’s a look at some players you should give serious consideration to getting into your lineups or who could outperform expectations (Studs) and some that, for whatever reason, you may want to consider leaving alone, or at least take into account that they may be a relative disappointment this week. (Duds)
Chris Clemons – DE, Seattle Seahawks (at STL): No team in the National Football League has surrendered more sacks than the St. Louis Rams, and that’s a rather pertinent stat when looking at pass rush matchups.
Darnell Dockett – DE, Arizona Cardinals (at SF): Dockett’s been quiet most of the season, but a top 10 fantasy matchup against a division rival that’s “sitting in his chair” should be enough to get Dockett rolling.
Justin Smith – DE. San Francisco 49ers (vs. ARI): Flip side of that coin is Smith, who gets an even better matchup on paper against an inexperienced quarterback that will have pressure in his face all day long.
Leroy Hill, WLB, Seattle Seahawks (at STL): The Rams are the third-best IDP matchup in the league for opposing linebackers, so the seventh-year veteran looks to be in line for a solid fantasy day.
Rey Maualuga – MLB, Cincinnati Bengals (at BAL): With a full week of practice under his belt Maualuga may be in for his best IDP day of the season this week at Baltimore, as the Ravens have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing linebackers.
Brian Urlacher – MLB, Chicago Bears (vs. SD): This isn’t to say that you wouldn’t usually start Urlacher, but he’s arguably the top IDP option available this week period in a tasty matchup with the Chargers.
Charlie Peprah – SS, Green Bay Packers (vs. TB): Peprah’s been the Packers DB to own over the past month plus and should do quite well against a Tampa Bay squad that has allowed the seventh most fantasy points per game to opposing defensive backs.
Kenny Phillips – SS, New York Giants (vs. PHI): Phillips has been a decent if unspectacular IDP option to this point in the season but has a juicy third-best fantasy matchup for his position on tap with the reeling Philadelphia Eagles.
Major Wright – SS, Chicago Bears (vs. SD): Philip Rivers is the Santa Claus of interceptions right now, so there’s a fair chance Wright will get to unwrap a present for the third straight week, assuming Lovie don’t hook ‘em halfway through the first for no real reason.