OK, I’ll freely admit that Week 6 was not exactly the best work I’ve ever done, but every once in a while you just have a bumpy week, so I stand before you yet again, beaten but unbowed, ready to make my recommendations for this week.
Remember, this is the third of the bye weeks and it’s leaving a heckuva hole, so don’t go starting any players from the Giants, Eagles, Bills, Patriots, Bengals, or 49ers. No Jason Pierre-Paul, no Patrick Willis, no George Wilson…like I said, HOLE.
That said 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)
Darnell Dockett – DE, Arizona Cardinals (vs. PIT): Dockett’s been awfully quiet, but coming out of the bye with the best fantasy matchup for opposing defensive linemen seems like a good place to break out of his funk, so look for Dockett to do just that Sunday.
Jabaal Sheard – DE, Cleveland Browns (vs. SEA): The rookie had a big game against Oakland last week with four tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble and has a favorable matchup with the Charlie Whitehurst-led Seahawks this week.
Kyle Vanden Bosch – DE, Detroit Lions (vs. ATL): The 11th year veteran gets his third straight solid pass rush matchup against the Falcons and should be able to notch his fifth sack of the season in Week Seven.
London Fletcher – ILB, Washington Redskins(at CAR): Fletcher had by far his best game of the season against Philadelphia with 12 total tackles and finally showed that he may yet reward IDP owners who were patient with the 36 year-old.
Daryl Washington – ILB, Arizona Cardinals (vs. PIT): The Steelers are in the top half of the NFL in tackle opportunities allowed so Washington should have every opportunity to come out stong after his bye a week ago.
LaMarr Woodley – OLB, Pittsburgh Steelers (at ARI): Woodley had a pair of sacks a week ago against the Jaguars and should have a better than average shot at racking up another one against an Arizona team that has allowed the seventh most sacks in the league.
Antoine Bethea – FS, Indianapolis Colts (at NO): The sixth year pro has averaged nearly eight tackles a game this season and should be plenty busy Sunday trying to slow down Drew Brees and the Saints.
Cedric Griffin – CB, Minnesota Vikings (vs. GB): Speaking of busy, I have a hunch that Griffin and the other members of the Minnesota Vikings secondary are going to be rather winded after Aaron Rodgers finishes carving them up Sunday.
Jerraud Powers – CB, Indianapolis Colts (at NO): Now healthy and back in the starting lineup with a great IDP matchup upcoming with the New Orleans Saints Powers is an excellent spot start or matchup play, especially in CB-required fantasy leagues.