The playoffs are underway and there are several matchups that need some serious consideration. The N.O-ARI game have plenty of action in the air this week. The Vikings, Titans, Broncos, Colts, and Bucs all have great matchups on the ground. Use this information to your advantage and keep things rolling.
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!!
Tom Brady, New England vs. N.Y. Jets
Tony Romo, Dallas vs. Philadelphia
Brett Favre, Green Bay vs. St. Louis
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis vs. Oakland
Derek Anderson, Cleveland vs. Buffalo
Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle vs. Carolina
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh vs. Jacksonville
Carson Palmer, Cincinnati vs. San Francisco
Drew Brees, New Orleans (vs. Arizona): Anytime you can own a QB that averages 40 pass attempts a game, you’ve got a good chance to post some serious stats from that position. Brees did not disappoint on Monday night throwing for over 300 yards and three TDs without much difficulty. Look for Brees to match the Cardinals passing attack this week which will see plenty of offense through the air.
Kurt Warner, Arizona (vs. New Orleans): Warner has surpassed 300 yards passing in two of the past three weeks and despite the five INTs he threw last week, he still posted over 20 points in most leagues. The Cardinals running game will see some tough times in the Superdome this week, but Warner will pick up the slack. Expect a shoot-out this week with Warner posting big numbers once again.
David Garrard, Jacksonville (vs. Pittsburgh): Garrard has looked solid lately averaging 261 yards passing over the past three weeks with five TDs to only one INT. However, this week will be a different story as he faces a Steelers team that got beat down by the Patriots last week. Garrard and the rest of the Jags will struggle as the Steelers redeem themselves.
Vince Young, Tennessee (vs. Kansas City): Young threw for 246 & 248 yards in weeks 12 & 13 and then responded with a real stinker last week throwing for only 121 yards and two INTs. Let that game be your reminder that you should not consider starting Young this week against the Chiefs who are ranked in the top ten in the NFL in passing yards allowed.
Studs (* = new addition to the list)
Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia vs. Dallas
LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego vs. Detroit
Joseph Addai, Indianapolis vs. Oakland
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota vs. Chicago
Willis McGahee, Baltimore vs. Miami
Clinton Portis, Washington vs. N.Y. Giants
Willie Parker, Pittsburgh vs. Jacksonville
Marion Barber, Dallas* vs. Philadelphia
Jamal Lewis, Cleveland* vs. Buffalo
Removed from Studs List
-Reggie Bush, New Orleans: knee injury
LenDale White, Tennessee (vs. Kansas City): White’s dislocated finger didn’t seem to bother him last week as he rushed for 113 yards and a score against the Chargers. This week, he faces a Chiefs defense that ranks 24th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed. With Vince Young likely to struggle, the Titans will once again turn to White for the offense and he’ll deliver.
Selvin Young, Denver (vs. Houston): Assuming Travis Henry is still dealing with his knee injury, Young will look to post back-to-back 100-yard rushing games against the the Texans who couldn’t stop LenDale White last week.
Earnest Graham, Tampa Bay (vs. Atlanta): Don’t look now, but Graham is ranked ninth in total points for RBs in PPR leagues. His two TDs last week certainly helped his cause. If Aaron Stecker can find success rushing against the Falcons, Graham should run wild.
Adrian Peterson, Chicago (vs. Minnesota): Look for Peterson’s struggles to continue against the Vikings who have allowed the fewest rushing yards in the league. Who would have thought that Chicago would actually miss Cedric Benson.
Kolby Smith, Kansas City (vs. Tennessee): Smith had a tough week last week (13 carries for 12 yards) against the Broncos. He won’t struggle that badly at home this week, but don’t get your hopes on 100+ yards. He may reach 50 yards rushing, but more than that is a stretch.
Edgerrin James, Arizona (vs. New Orleans): The Cardinals passing attack led the way last week as they were playing catch-up all game. That being said, James has rushed for more than 60 yards only twice in the past six weeks. The Saints held the Falcons to only 37 yards rushing last week and will have success keeping the Edge in check.
Randy Moss, New England vs. N.Y. Jets
Terrell Owens, Dallas vs. Philadelphia
T.J. Houshmanzadeh, Cincinnati vs. San Francisco
Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis vs. Oakland
Braylon Edwards, Cleveland vs. Buffalo
Chad Johnson, Cincinnati vs. San Francisco
Wes Welker, New England vs. N.Y. Jets
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona vs. New Orleans
Marques Colston, New Orleans vs. Arizona
Torry Holt, St. Louis vs. Green Bay
Removed from Studs List
-Steve Smith, Carolina: poor offense
Bernard Berrian, Chicago (vs. Minnesota): Look for Berrian to continue his solid production against the Vikings who have had trouble stopping the pass all season. Whether it’s Orton, Griese, or someone else at QB, Berrian will find the openings and post solid numbers once again this week.
Greg Jennings, Green Bay (vs. St. Louis): Jennings has a TD catch in each of the past four weeks including his second 100-yard passing game last week. There’s no reason to think Jennings and the Packers will slow down this week. Keep Jennings in the lineup and he’ll continue to produce.
Patrick Crayton, Dallas (vs. Philadelphia): It was the Marion Barber and Jason Witten show last week which kept Crayton and Owens at bay. Look for the Eagles to struggle slowing down the Cowboys WRs this week which will mean good things for Crayton and Owens.
Bobby Engram, Seattle (vs. Carolina): Engram had a TD catch in each of the past two games and he should post solid stats once again this week against a Panthers defense that struggled slowing down David Garrard and the Jaguars last week.
Ronald Curry, Oakland (vs. Indianapolis): The Colts have allowed the fewest passing yards this season and that won’t change against the Raiders this week. Curry and the rest of the Raiders passing attack should be bench material this week.
Mark Clayton, Baltimore (vs. Miami): Clayton was the main target against the Colts, but his inconsistency is not worth taking a chance on this late in the season. Look for Mason to bounce back this week and Clayton’s stats will suffer.
Roddy White, Atlanta (vs. Tampa Bay): White caught a TD pass last week, but only had three catches as Michael Jenkins was the preferred target of Chris Redman on Monday night. Look for White’s struggles to continue against a tough Tampa Bay pass defense this week as the Bucs as playing for the division.
Reggie Williams, Jacksonville (vs. Pittsburgh): Williams had a very solid game last week (5-90, 1 TD), but that was against the Panthers. The Steelers will make things very difficult for Williams and the rest of the Jaguars passing game.
Jason Witten, Dallas vs. Philadelphia
Antonio Gates, San Diego vs. Detroit
Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City vs. Tennessee
Kellen Winslow, Cleveland vs. Buffalo
Chris Cooley, Washington vs. N.Y. Giants
Dallas Clark, Indianapolis vs. Oakland
Jeremy Shockey, N.Y. Giants vs. Washington
Heath Miller, Pittsburgh vs. Jacksonville
Donald Lee, Green Bay (vs. St. Louis): Lee had a big game last week (4-71, 1 TD) and should continue to find success against the Rams this week as the Packers keep on rolling.
Desmond Clark, Chicago (vs. Minnesota): The Vikings defense is #1 at stopping the run but the worst in the league in stopping the pass. Clark should take full advantage of the Vikings defense and should post numbers close to two weeks ago: five catches, 76 yards and a TD.
Chris Baker, N.Y. Jets (vs. New England): It’s going to be ugly for the Jets this week in New England. Stay far, far away.
Alge Crumpler, Atlanta (vs. Tampa Bay): Crumpler had a nice game two weeks ago catching seven passes, but he only managed three catches for 16 yards last week against the Saints. The Bucs pass defense is much better than the Saints so expect Redman to struggle which will keep Crumpler’s numbers to a minimum.