Thursday games begin this week which will last through week 16. Also, no teams are on a bye week so you have all your options available to you. With injuries continuing to add up, now is the time to be even more active on your waiver wire. Build that team depth because you never know when someone like Laurent Robinson will come in handy.
I utilize statistical analysis combined with over 15 years of fantasy football experience to give you an inside look of how players will perform on a week-to-week basis. The Studs list will be updated on a regular basis as players emerge and injuries occur, but be patient with those players listed early in the season. They were ranked and selected high in your draft for a reason.
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.
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.
Bye Weeks: None
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay vs. Minnesota
Drew Brees, New Orleans at Atlanta
Tom Brady, New England at N.Y. Jets
Cam Newton, Carolina vs. Tennessee
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh at Cincinnati
Matthew Stafford, Detroit at Chicago
Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants at San Francisco
Michael Vick, Philadelphia vs. Arizona
Philip Rivers, San Diego vs. Oakland
Joe Flacco, Baltimore at Seattle: Flacco had a very strong game against the Steelers on Sunday night throwing for 300 yards with a TD and no INTs. This marked the third time in the past four games that Flacco has surpassed 300 yards passing. With the Seahawks up next for Flacco and the Ravens, expect the success in the passing game to carry over. Seattle was picked apart by the Cowboys on Sunday and the Ravens offense behind Flacco will do the same this week. Ride this hot player while you can.
Tony Romo, Dallas vs. Buffalo: Romo threw two TDs last week for the second time in the past three games as he continues to reclaim his spot among the league’s elite QBs. The emergence of DeMarco Murray has certainly made Romo’s life much easier and facing a Bills defense this week that has given up yards by the bushel this season is a happy sight. Look for the Cowboys offense to continue to click as Romo uses Laurent Robinson in place of the injured Miles Austin in a big way this week.
Jay Cutler, Chicago vs. Detroit: Even though the Bears’ offensive line has started to show signs of some cohesion and has given Cutler additional time in the pocket, Cutler still isn’t posting big fantasy numbers. Yes, Cutler threw two TDs last week with no INTs, but 208 yards? The fact of the matter is Cutler hasn’t surpassed 300 yards passing since week three and facing a rested Lions defense will be enough for Chicago’s O-line to revert back to some bad habits which means less time for Cutler to throw and more INTs. Don’t expect much from Cutler this week as he’s unable to repeat his Monday night performance.
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh: The Bengals rookie QB has been a surprise this season exceeding the low expectations set upon him. However, when Dalton has had matchups against strong pass defenses, he has struggled (see his 157 yards, 0 TDs, and 2 INTs game against the 49ers in week three). While the Bengals offense continues to play well this year, expect a knock-down, drag’em out battle against the Steelers this week which won’t translate into good numbers for Dalton when all is said and done.