The bye weeks are finally done which leaves you with a full roster of choices for your starting lineup. Be warned that there is a Thursday night game each week for the next six weeks. Start looking at your matchups early in the week so that it’s not a coin flip at 7:59 p.m. on Thursday night deciding your fantasy team’s playoff fate.
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!!
Kurt Warner, Arizona at Seattle
Drew Brees, New Orleans at Kansas City
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis vs. Houston
Jay Cutler, Denver at Atlanta
Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia at Cincinnati
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay vs. Chicago
Philip Rivers, San Diego at Pittsburgh
Sage Rosenfels, Houston (at Indianapolis): Rosenfels faces the Colts for the second time this season looking to improve on his week five stats of 246 yards passing with a TD and an INT. The Colts have won two straight games and are looking for a season sweep of the Texans in
Chad Pennington, Miami (vs. Oakland): Prior to last week’s game, Pennington had four straight games of 280+ passing yards while completing those passes at a very efficient 68% completion percentage. While Pennington’s 209 yards passing, one TD and one INT last week wasn’t terrible, he should improve in each of those categories this week against the Raiders. Start as many Dolphins offensive players as you can find this week and enjoy.
Jason Campbell, Washington (vs.
Frank Gore, San Francisco vs. St. Louis
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota at Tampa Bay
Clinton Portis, Washington vs. Dallas
Joseph Addai, Indianapolis vs. Houston
Matt Forte, Chicago at Green Bay
Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia at Cincinnati
Ladainian Tomlinson, San Diego at Pittsburgh
Marion Barber, Dallas at Washington
Willis McGahee, Baltimore (at N.Y. Giants): Despite what head coach John Harbaugh wants you to believe, McGahee is the man in Baltimore when healthy and he’ll shoulder the bulk of the carries this week against the Giants. While the Giants run defense has played well as of late, McGahee will grind it out and likely crack the 100-yard mark for the second straight week and third time this season.
Earnest Graham, Tampa Bay (vs. Minnesota): Combine the fact that Graham hasn’t rushed for more than 62 yards since week four with the Vikings run defense that ranks third in the NFL in rushing yards allowed, and you have one of the easiest benches in the history of fantasy football. Plus, the return of running back Carnell ‘Cadillac’ Williams may take carries away from Graham.
Anquan Boldin, Arizona at Seattle
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona at Seattle
Andre Johnson, Houston at Indianapolis
Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis vs. Houston
Brandon Marshall, Denver at Atlanta
Randy Moss, New England vs. N.Y. Jets
Steve Smith, Carolina vs. Detroit
Greg Jennings, Green Bay vs. Chicago
Roddy White, Atlanta vs. Denver
Calvin Johnson, Detroit at Carolina
Santana Moss, Washington vs. Dallas
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Cincinnati vs. Philadelphia
Lee Evans, Buffalo (vs. Cleveland): The Patriots did a fine job of holding Evans to only two catches for 22 yards last week, his lowest totals of the season. Look for Evans the Bills passing offense to find its groove again this week against the Browns who allowed Jay Cutler to throw for 447 yards in a tough loss last week at home.
Roy Williams, Dallas (at
Devin Hester, Chicago (at
Owen Daniels, Houston at Indianapolis
Dallas Clark, Indianapolis vs. Houston
Antonio Gates, San Diego at Pittsburgh
Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City vs. New Orleans
Chris Cooley, Washington vs. Dallas
Kevin Boss, N.Y. Giants (vs.
Greg Olsen, Chicago (at Green Bay): Olsen had a decent game last week catching five passes for 40 yards, but the Packers defense combined with another week of Rex Grossman doesn’t make starting Olsen a very enticing option.