The bye weeks are over and the playoffs are on the horizon. Stay active on the waiver wire as injuries spare no one. Just ask a McNabb owner.
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. I will try to answer as many inquires as possible.
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!!
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis vs. Cincinnati
Drew Bledsoe, Dallas vs. Detroit
Tom Brady, New England vs. New Orleans
Carson Palmer, Cincinnati vs. Indianapolis
Removed from Studs list:
-Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia: injured
Brett Favre, Green Bay (vs. Minnesota): Favre and Monday night football are like peaches and cream. Separately, they are both enticing but together they are down right irresistible. Look for another stellar Monday night as Favre threw for 303 yards and four TDs in week four on Monday night.
Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle (vs. San Francisco): Hasselbeck threw two INTs last week taking away from a decent fantasy performance. Expect less resistance from the 49ers who rank last in the NFL in passing yards allowed.
Tommy Maddox, Pittsburgh (vs. Baltimore): Big Ben is still questionable and Charlie Batch has a broken finger. With Maddox at QB, the Steelers will lean heavily on the run and the Ravens will ensure the passing game for the Steelers doesn’t get on track.
Michael Vick, Atlanta (vs. Tampa Bay): Vick has thrown for over 200 yards in each of the past two weeks completing 20+ passes each week as well. The Bucs will force Vick to do more running than he has recently which will diminish his passing stats. Don’t expect another “QB” performance from Vick this week as he reverts back to his RB first, QB second form.
Tiki Barber, N.Y. Giants vs. Philadelphia
Edgerrin James, Indianapolis vs. Cincinnati
Shaun Alexander, Seattle vs. San Francisco
LaMont Jordan, Oakland vs. Washington
Willis McGahee, Buffalo vs. San Diego
LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego vs. Buffalo
Larry Johnson, Kansas City (vs. Houston): All aboard the LJ train! 100+ yards rushing with close to 50 yards receiving in each of the past two weeks has turned Johnson into one of the hottest RBs around. Expect more of the same against the Texans who are last in the NFL in rushing yards allowed.
Mike Anderson, Denver (vs. N.Y. Jets): While Anderson posted his lowest rushing total in three last games last week, Anderson is likely to bounce back against the Jets who have seen Tomlinson and Stephen Davis both post solid numbers against them in back-to-back weeks.
Clinton Portis, Washington (vs. Oakland): Portis rushed for 144 yards against Tampa Bay last week which was his highest rushing total of the season. Don’t expect those yards again, but 100+ and a score are not out of the question.
Curtis Martin, N.Y. Jets (vs. Denver): Martin has only rushed for over 100 yards in one game this season and this week he faces the Broncos who rank fourth in the NFL in fewest rushing yards allowed. Nothing special from Martin this week.
Jamal Lewis, Baltimore (vs. Pittsburgh): Another lousy game for Lewis last week and this week he faces the vaunted Steelers defense. Lewis only mustered 61 yards on 17 carries in his first meeting with Pittsburgh in week 8. That’s about where his totals will be this week as well.
Kevin Jones, Detroit (vs. Dallas): Jones appears healthy, but the Cowboys will be ready to avoid the “letdown” week after a big Monday night victory over the Eagles. The Dallas defense will lead the way and Jones’ numbers will suffer.
Randy Moss, Oakland vs. Washington
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona vs. St. Louis
Santana Moss, Washington vs. Oakland
Steve Smith, Carolina vs. Chicago
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis vs. Cincinnati
Joey Galloway, Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta
Chad Johnson, Cincinnati vs. Indianapolis
Plaxico Burress, N.Y. Giants (vs. Philadelphia): Even during a horrible performance from Eli Manning, Burress still managed 50 yards receiving. Look for Eli to bounce back this week against the Eagles and Burress should post his second 100-yard receiving game of the season.
Donald Driver, Green Bay (vs. Minnesota): Driver lived up to expectations last week with 10 catches for 114 yards. Look for Driver to find the end zone this week while still posting solid yardage numbers at home against the Vikings.
Torry Holt, St. Louis (vs. Arizona): He’s baaaack! Holt’s four catches for 45 yards and a TD last week was just a warm-up to this week’s battle against the Cardinals. Look for Holt to make his bid for stud status starting this week.
Reggie Brown, Philadelphia (vs. N.Y. Giants): With McNabb likely out this week, Mike McMahon will lead the Eagles into the Meadowlands. While Brown has been inconsistent, look for McMahon to give Brown plenty of opportunities this week with L.J. Smith less than 100%.
Ashley Lelie, Denver (vs. N.Y. Jets): Lelie has yet to crack the 100-yard mark and had a sore knee last week. Since the Broncos will have success in the running game, don’t expect big numbers from Lelie and the rest of the Broncos passing attack.
Roy Williams, Detroit (vs. Dallas): Williams single-handedly gave me a loss in one of my fantasy leagues last week with his 7-117 and 3 TD performance. This week, Williams will return to earth mostly because I’m not facing him, but the Dallas defense will also have something to do with his limited numbers.
Courtney Roby, Tennessee (vs. Jacksonville): Roby was a one-week wonder and should be relied on to produce any more than a #4 WR which is not someone you want in your starting lineup.
Travis Taylor, Minnesota (vs. Green Bay): After a decent start, Taylor hasn’t cracked 40 yards receiving in the past five weeks. Without Culpepper at QB, the Vikings pass attack is not recommended in cheese country.
Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City vs. Houston
Jeremy Shockey, N.Y. Giants vs. Philadelphia
Alge Crumpler, Atlanta vs. Tampa Bay
Antonio Gates, San Diego vs. Buffalo
Removed from Studs list:
-L.J. Smith, Philadelphia: ankle injury
Chris Cooley, Washington (vs. Oakland): Cooley has a combined 13 catches in the past two weeks and is one more big game away from the studs list. If Jeb Putzier can post three catches for 30 yards against Oakland last week, Cooley should at least double those numbers.
Jason Witten, Dallas (vs. Detroit): Witten has been quiet as of late, but he should make some noise at home this week with a score and 50+ yards receiving making him a solid starter.
Kris Mangum, Carolina (vs. Chicago): Mangum has a knee injury and facing a tough Bears defense makes Mangum a player to avoid this week.
Desmond Clark, Chicago (vs. Carolina): The other TE in the CHI/CAR matchup is also someone not expected to post big numbers as the Panthers defense is coming together nicely.