It’s the final week of the regular season and those McNabb owners know full well why it’s important to play those players whose teams still have something to play for. Because of this, the Studs list will be removed as lots of big names will find themselves resting for the postseason. The teams to focus on this week in the AFC are the Jets, Bills, Ravens, Jaguars, and Broncos. In the NFC, it’s the Vikings, Panthers, Saints, Seahawks, and Rams. Good luck!
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.
Enough of the chit-chat, onto the list!!
Jake Plummer, Denver (vs. Indianapolis): Plummer has never been Mr. Consistency, but don’t be surprised if his 300+ yards passing with 2 TDs from last week happens again this week.
Jake Delhomme, Carolina (vs. New Orleans): Delhomme threw four TDs last week after throwing for 340 yards and two TDs the week before. This week, Delhomme should post big numbers once again with the playoffs on the line against the Saints awful pass defense.
Drew Bledsoe, Buffalo (vs. Pittsburgh): Bledsoe hasn’t thrown for 200 yards in three games and this week he faces the top-seeded Steelers. Pittsburgh may rest some of their players, but not enough of them to make Bledsoe an option to start.
Kyle Boller, Baltimore (vs. Miami): Boller has come back to earth after his four TD performance three weeks ago. Against Miami, the Ravens will likely run the ball close to fifty times leaving Boller with minimal chances in the passing game.
Jamal Lewis, Baltimore (vs. Miami): Lewis had a rough game against the Steelers last week gaining only 26 yards on 14 carries. Expect Lewis to surpass those numbers easily against the Dolphins in Baltimore.
Curtis Martin, N.Y. Jets (vs. St. Louis): Martin’s magical season will continue against the Rams who rank 27th in the NFL is rushing yards allowed. The Jets need a win and they’ll rely heavily on Martin to insure it.
Rueben Droughns, Denver (vs. Indianapolis): The 22 carries for Droughns last week should tell you all you need to know about his health. Look for another solid game from Droughns as the Broncos will post Colts-like numbers offensively.
Sammy Morris, Miami (vs. Baltimore): Morris has been the main weapon in the rushing attack for Miami, but hasn’t had many “start-worthy” weeks. This week won’t be one of them in Baltimore.
Amos Zereoue, Oakland (vs. Jacksonville): Zereoue’s combined rushing stats over the past two weeks: five carries for 18 yards, no TDs. Zereoue won’t fair much better this week against the Jags battling for a playoff spot.
Stephen Jackson, St. Louis (vs. N.Y. Jets): Jackson turned some heads on Monday night against the Eagles rushing for 148 yards and a TD. Jackson won’t find as many holes against the Jets despite the NFC West being up for grabs, look elsewhere if possible.
Muhsin Muhammad, Carolina (vs. New Orleans): What else can you say about Muhammad? 87 catches, 1,300 yards receiving, and 14 TDs all from a WR that probably wasn’t taken until the mid to late rounds of your draft. Enjoy another week of big stats as Muhammad continues to shine.
Rod Smith, Denver (vs. Indianapolis): The Broncos need a win and you can bet Plummer will look to Smith as often as possible. Smith may not post another 200+ yards receiving, but 100+ and a score is not out of the question.
Jimmy Smith, Jacksonville (vs. Oakland): Smith was quiet last week catching only two passes for 17 yards, but those numbers will rebound against a porous Raiders pass defense.
Darrell Jackson, Seattle (vs. Atlanta): Jackson has picked up steam in the second half of the season and he should continue to post solid numbers again this week. With the Seahawks needing a win to clinch the division, Hass to D-Jax will be heard often on Sunday.
Anquan Boldin, Arizona (vs. Tampa Bay): Boldin had his best week since returning from injury mid-season last week against the Seahawks. Boldin and the Cards won’t have the same success against Tampa Bay this week and Boldin should not be expected to post big numbers.
Plaxico Burress, Pittsburgh (vs. Buffalo): Burress returned from a hamstring injury to pull down a TD and 97 yards receiving. With Big Ben likely not to play and the Steelers already clinching the #1 seed, don’t expect to see Burress on the field very much if at all on Sunday.
Chris Chambers, Miami (vs. Baltimore): A possession receiver for a below-average offense facing the Ravens is not someone you want in your starting lineup.
Keyshawn Johnson, Dallas (vs. N.Y. Giants): Keyshawn has had a couple solid weeks in a row, but I’m not sold on the Cowboys passing attack making that much noise this week in the Meadowlands. If you have other options, you may want to explore them.
Jermaine Wiggins, Minnesota (vs. Washington): Wiggins has been held without a TD for five weeks. Expect that to change this week as the Vikings pull out all the stops against the Redskins.
Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City (vs. San Diego): Yes, the Chiefs don’t have much to play for. But Gonzo will look to repeat last week’s performance to reclaim his spot as the top TE in fantasy football.
Freddie Jones, Arizona (vs. Tampa Bay): Jones could only muster one catch for five yards against an average Seattle pass defense. Against the Bucs this week, he’ll be lucky to post those kind of numbers.
Jason Witten, Dallas (vs. N.Y. Giants): Witten has emerged as a top TE this season, but you can’t rely on the ‘Boys to put up enough points that Witten’s numbers will make a difference in your fantasy matchup.