I wish I was one of the lucky ones who took a chance on Adrian Peterson. The guy is unbelievable. There’s a team in one of my leagues that drafted Brian Westbrook, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Tom Brady, Adrian Peterson, and Randy Moss. For the record, he’s being fitted for his championship crown as we speak. The last of the bye weeks is upon us. Team depth is important late in the season with injuries piling up.
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. The first two weeks the studs list remains the same (except for injury). After week two, players are added/removed as needed.
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!!
Matt Schaub, Sage Rosenfels, Tom Brady, Chad Pennington, Kellen Clemens, Jeff Garcia
Studs (* = new addition to the list)
Tony Romo, Dallas vs. N.Y. Giants
Derek Anderson, Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh
Brett Favre, Green Bay vs. Minnesota
Palmer, Cincinnati vs. Baltimore
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis vs. San Diego
Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia vs. Washington
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh* vs. Cleveland
Kurt Warner, Arizona (vs. Detroit): Warner completed only ten passes on 30 attempts last week for 172 yards, no TDs, and two INTs. What happens the next week? He’s on the start list, of course! That’s what a matchup against the Lions pass defense who are ranked 30th in the NFL in passing yards allowed will do for you.
Marc Bulger, St. Louis (vs. New Orleans): Despite a decimated offensive line, Bulger threw for over 300 yards and a score prior to last week’s bye. The Saints have given up a bunch of yards in the air and Bulger will throw often enough to post solid stats this week.
Philip Rivers, San Diego (vs. Indianapolis): Rivers hasn’t thrown for more than 200 yards in over a month. If the Colts can force Tom Brady into turnovers and bad decisions, expect Rivers to struggle as the Chargers will be better off running LDT all day long.
David Garrard/Quinn Gray, Jacksonville (vs. Tennessee): Gray threw for over 300 yards last week, but neither he nor Garrard will have much success against the Titans pass defense in Tennessee.
Ahman Green, Ron Dayne, Sammy Morris, Kevin Faulk, Laurence Maroney, Thomas Jones, Leon Washington, Earnest Graham, Michael Pittman, Michael Bennett
(* = new addition to the list)
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota vs. Green Bay
Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia vs. Washington
LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego vs. Indianapolis
Joseph Addai, Indianapolis vs. San Diego
Reggie Bush, New Orleans vs. St. Louis
Willis McGahee, Baltimore vs. Cincinnati
Willie Parker, Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland
, Tennessee* vs. Jacksonville
Removed from Studs List
-LaMont Jordan, Oakland: Justin Fargas named the starter
-Larry Johnson, Kansas City: injured foot
Justin Fargas, Oakland (vs. Chicago): The newly appointed starter has the luxury of facing the Bears this week who continue to give the Super Bowl shuffling Bears nightmares on a regular basis. Fargas rushed for over 100 yards last week with a TD and should post similar numbers against Chicago who is ranked 26th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed.
Marshawn Lynch, Buffalo (vs. Miami): Lynch rushed for a career-high 153 yards last week and is primed for another big week against the dismal Dolphins. How bad has Miami been stopping the run? Only Denver has allowed more yards rushing on the season. Expect big numbers out of the rookie this week.
DeShaun Foster, Carolina (vs. Atlanta): Foster has dodged the RBBC bullet and remained the top dog in Carolina despite posting only one 100-yard game this season. Guess who that was against? You got it, your Atlanta Falcons! Expect more of the same out of the Carolina offense as Foster will make it two for two against the Dirty Birds.
Rudi Johnson, Cincinnati (vs. Baltimore): Personally, I’d rather have Kenny Watson in my lineup due to Watson’s ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. Johnson will continue to struggle on the ground as he’s not 100% and the Ravens run defense has been tough all season.
Steven Jackson, St. Louis (vs. New Orleans): Jackson is questionable this week against the Saints. Even if he does start, expect the Rams to find success in the passing game and they’ll limit Jackson’s chances as he splits time with Brian Leonard until he’s healthy. Temper your expectations on this one-time stud for at least another week.
Jamal Lewis, Cleveland (vs. Pittsburgh): You can’t ignore the four TDs rushing from Lewis last week. You also can’t ignore Lewis only gaining 37 yards on 20 carries. For all you non-math wizards out there, that’s an average of 1.9 yards per carry. The last time Lewis faced the Steelers he rushed for 35 yards on 11 carries, with no TDs. Expect more below average stats this week.
Kevin Walter, Andre Davis, Andre Johnson, Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Donte Stallworth, Jerricho Cotchery, Laveranues Coles, Brad Smith, Joey Galloway, Ike Hilliard
T.J. Houshmanzadeh, Cincinnati vs. Baltimore
Braylon Edwards, Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh
Terrell Owens, Dallas vs. N.Y. Giants
Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis vs. San Diego
Johnson, Cincinnati vs. Baltimore
, N.Y. Giants vs. Dallas
Steve Smith, Carolina vs. Atlanta
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona vs. Detroit
Torry Holt, St. Louis vs. New Orleans
Roy Williams, Detroit vs. Arizona
Greg Jennings, Green Bay (vs. Minnesota): In the last two games, Jennings has caught nine passes for 226 yards and three TDs. With Jennings facing the 31st ranked defense in passing yards allowed this week, I’ll go WAY out on a limb and say he’ll post big numbers once again this week. Who said this job is hard?
Santonio Holmes, Pittsburgh (vs. Cleveland): Who would’ve thought that the Steelers would be a force offensively this season in the passing game? Holmes had two catches for 55 yards and a score the last time he faced Cleveland, but look for those numbers to improve playing in the friendly confines of Heinz field.
Marques Colston, New Orleans (vs. St. Louis): Just when I think I’m out, Colston pulls me back in. Despite his awful first half, he’s posted back-to-back huge games and should make it three in a row this week. Come on Marques, I dare you to prove me wrong this time!
Kevin Curtis, Philadelphia (vs. Washington): Curtis has had a nice stretch of games over the past three weeks and is in line to improve on the four-catch, 28-yard performance from back in week two against these same Redskins.
Chris Chambers, San Diego (vs. Indianapolis): If Chambers didn’t have a long catch called back last week, he would’ve been stud-worthy. Now he finds himself on the wrong end of the start/bench list. Sorry Chris, nothing personal, it’s just business. The Colts will be looking for redemption after their loss to the Patriots last week and their pass defense will be front and center dishing out the pain.
Bernard Berrian, Chicago (vs. Oakland): After a bye week, the Bears should be able to….ah, who am I kidding. They still stink.
Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City (vs. Denver): With Larry Johnson on the shelf, I don’t think the Broncos will be worrying much about Priest Holmes. Bowe and the rest of the Chiefs passing attack will struggle this week at home.
Ronald Curry, Oakland (vs. Chicago): Josh McCown or Daunte Culpepper. It’s like choosing between a punch in the face or a kick in the groin. I wonder what Rich Gannon is doing these days. Hmm…
Owen Daniels, Ben Watson, Kyle Brady, Chris Baker, Alex Smith, Jerramy Stevens
Studs (* = new addition to the list)
Antonio Gates, San Diego vs. Indianapolis
Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City vs. Denver
Jason Witten, Dallas vs. N.Y. Giants
Kellen Winslow, Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh
Clark, Indianapolis vs. San Diego
Chris Cooley, Washington vs. Philadelphia
Jeremy Shockey, N.Y. Giants vs. Dallas
Heath Miller, Pittsburgh* vs. Cleveland
Donald Lee, Green Bay (vs. Minnesota): Lee will show his appreciation for signing his contract extension earlier this week by posting solid numbers against a Vikings pass defense that only a mouse could love.
Randy McMichael, St. Louis (vs. New Orleans): McMichael returns from a bye week looking to improve on a sub-par season. He has yet to catch more than three passes in a game and only has one TD on the season. Look for McMichael to take advantage of a Saints defense that allowed Quinn Gray to pass for over 350 yards last week.
Robert Royal, Buffalo (vs. Miami): Miami’s defense should be well rested after a bye week and the Bills are uncertain who will start at QB this week. It’s highly unlikely that Royal makes it back-to-back games with a TD given the circumstances.
Greg Olsen, Chicago (vs. Oakland): Despite sharing time with Desmond Clark, the rookie has posted solid numbers including six catches for 59 yards and a TD two weeks ago. While Olsen will continue emerge as a fantasy stud at TE, he’ll struggle this week as Brian Griese will have a tough time against the Raiders pass defense.