The bye weeks are done, but so are several players due to injury. If you’re still alive at this stage of the fantasy season, it’s no time to take your foot off the gas. While some players may struggle in attempting to fill the shoes of an injured starter, others will be up for the task. Choose wisely my friends, as mistakes at this stage of the season could cost you dearly.
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.
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay at Detroit
Tom Brady, New England at Philadelphia
Drew Brees, New Orleans vs. N.Y. Giants
Cam Newton, Carolina at Indianapolis
Matthew Stafford, Detroit vs. Green Bay
Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants at New Orleans
Tony Romo, Dallas vs. Miami
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh at Kansas City
Philip Rivers, San Diego vs. Denver
Michael Vick, Philadelphia vs. New England
Matt Ryan, Atlanta vs. Minnesota: Ryan has surpassed 300 yards passing in each of the past two weeks totaling 3 TDs and 1 INT. This week, Ryan has another solid matchup against a Vikings’ pass defense that is ranked 28th in passing yards allowed including a league-worst 19 passing TDs. Ryan and the Atlanta passing attack will be soaring to the top of the stat boards this week with a very favorable matchup.
Carson Palmer, Oakland vs. Chicago: While Palmer didn’t do much last week (164 yards passing, 1 TD) against Minnesota, it was more a result of the glowing success of the running game rather than a deficiency in the passing game. Look for Palmer’s numbers numbers to improve against the Bears this week who have allowed an average of 270.7 passing yards per game (30th in the NFL).
Matt Leinart, Houston at Jacksonville: With Matt Schaub out for the season, Leinart gets his chance this week. Unfortunately, he draws a Jaguars’ defense that is ranked 4th in the league in passing yards allowed. Expect the Texans to emphasize the running game as a well-rested Arian Foster works extra hard this week. Leinart’s passing scheme will be short, conservative passes even with the return of Andre Johnson.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo at N.Y. Jets: In the last three games, Fitzpatrick has averaged only 182 yards passing while throwing just 2 TDs to 7 INTs. One of those games was against this very Jets’ defense where he threw for 191 yards, 1 TD, and 2 INTs and that game was in Buffalo. Playing this game in the Meadowlands after the Jets embarrassing loss to the Denver Tebows on Thursday night is not a place you want to be. Cover your eyes Bills’ fans, this one is going to be ugly.