As the injuries continue at the QB position, keep in mind the Gus Frerotte‘s, Tyler Thigpen‘s and Chad Pennington‘s of the league will fill in nicely from week to week. You don’t need Drew Brees at QB to contend if your other skill positions can carry their own weight. Dig deep in the trenches of the waiver wire for QBs, you never know when that supposed rock will turn into a diamond.
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. This list will change from week to week.
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.
Enough of the chit-chat, onto the list!!
Teams on a bye week:
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay at Minnesota
Drew Brees, New Orleans at Atlanta
Kurt Warner, Arizona vs. San Francisco
Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia vs. N.Y. Giants
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis at Pittsburgh
Jay Cutler, Denver at Cleveland
Philip Rivers, San Diego vs. Kansas City
Matt Cassel, New England (vs. Buffalo): Cassel continues to complete passes at a high percentage (67%), but his 6.7 yards per attempt is not going to win you any MVPs. Cassel has played better at home with a 6:3 TD to INT ratio as opposed to 1:4 on the road. Look for more pass attempts from Cassel this week as
Ladainian Tomlinson, San Diego vs. Kansas City
Willie Parker, Pittsburgh vs. Indianapolis
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota vs. Green Bay
Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia vs. N.Y. Giants
Frank Gore, San Francisco at Arizona
Matt Forte, Chicago vs. Tennessee
Joseph Addai, Indianapolis at Pittsburgh
Jamal Lewis, Cleveland (vs. Denver): Lewis has faced his fair share of tough run defenses this season: Baltimore twice, Pittsburgh, Washington and the Giants all rank in the top ten in fewest rushing yards allowed. Lewis finally has a cupcake of a defense and combined with Brady Quinn starting, you can be sure Romeo Crennel wants to set the tone with the running game taking the pressure off Quinn. 20+ carries for Lewis is likely and the rushing yards should come in bunches.
Marshawn Lynch, Buffalo (at
Ryan Grant, Green Bay (at Minnesota): The last time the Vikings allowed an opposing running back to rush for more than 62 yards in was week one against…wait for it, the Packers and Ryan Grant. Grant ran for 92 yards on only 12 carries in week one, but don’t expect this Vikings run defense to allow a repeat performance. The Pack may move the ball in the air, but the ground game will struggle and Grant will bear the brunt of the suffering.
Greg Jennings, Green Bay at Minnesota
Randy Moss, New England vs. Buffalo
Anquan Boldin, Arizona vs. San Francisco
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona vs. San Francisco
Calvin Johnson, Detroit vs. Jacksonville
Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis at Pittsburgh
Brandon Marshall, Denver at Cleveland
Roddy White, Atlanta vs. New Orleans
Andre Johnson, Houston vs. Baltimore
Steve Smith, Carolina at Oakland
Wes Welker, New England (vs.
Dallas Clark, Indianapolis at Pittsburgh
Owen Daniels, Houston vs. Baltimore
Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City at San Diego
Antonio Gates, San Diego vs. Kansas City