LB D’Qwell Jackson (Cleveland at Cincinnati) – Quite a weekend with Ohio State playing Michigan as well as the Bengals taking on the Browns in their backyard! Expect Jackson to be flying around the field like a man possessed as the Benals keep Colt McCoy’s passing and a depleted running back stable off the field for periods at a time, especially in the fourth quarter.
LB Von Miller (Denver at San Diego) – Quite simply if you believe Philip Rivers when he says that there “Ain’t nothing wrong with him right now,” then you probably need to stop reading and get your list in to Santa Claus otherwise you won’t get anything in time! Last time Rivers suited up aginst Denver he got sacked five times. Two weeks ago he got sacked six times. It’s Miller time.
DE/DT Anthony Bryant (Oakland vs. Chicago) – I wouldn’t normally name check a defensive tackle, but Bryant is one to pick up and roster in all formats where available. He’s listed as defensive tackle but he’s actually playing some end, too, which makes him a great value. He also plays a Mike Martz quarterback, and not even the regular starting one but the inexperienced one who has thrown more career interceptions than touchdowns. Yes, please.
FS Ryan Clark (Pittsburgh at Kansas City) – It’s another quarterback nightmare. Noodle-armed Tyler Palko or rookie Ricky Stanzi, it’ll make not much difference. Ordinarily, the Steelers are one of the worst pass defenses in football, but couple that with their potent offenses and the net result will be first half run support for Ryan Clark and Troy Polomalu. Then, in the second half it’ll be play “pick the quarterback” as he plays frenetic catch-up football.
CB Jabari Greer/Aaron Ross (New Orleans vs. New York Giants) – Two teams that are struggling to run the ball and two teams that struggle to defend the pass. Could easily go with Ross here (who I might actually prefer) but it should be a rich vein for secondary players on both teams as they are giving up an almost identical 239 yards through the air per game.
CB Aaron Williams (Buffalo at New York Jets) – Ordinarily I’d sit most secondary players versus Mark Sanchez and the Jets. They run first and second and throw only when they have to and not very well when they do. You might get the interception, but picking players for interceptions is a sub-prime proposition at best. Risky. Buffalo corners play physical (Terrence McGee, Drayton Florence, etc) and figure to be on the field plenty with Ryan Fitzpatrick having lost almost half of his pass protecting offensive lineman for the season with injury. Plenty of tackle opportunities against a struggling run game, some interception potential as well as Rex Ryan will be sure to target him often enough in a must-win divisional game for both teams.
DE Robert Quinn (St. Louis vs. Arizona) – Nothing to see here, just a very bad offensive line and a rookie quarterback (or Kevin Kolb, who has happy feet under pressure) versus a tomahawk missile of a rotational end who is beginning to find his legs in the pros. Slightly risky given that he’s not yet an every down player but to be candid its games like this where you should be looking for sack production from your roster.