Last week was just ‘one of those weeks’ for fantasy football owners.
With duds at every position, there were many frustrated fantasy GMs out there, myself included. Everyone has an off game from time to time, but some of last week’s numbers were horrific.
Victor Cruz (2/23/0), Vincent Jackson (2/40/0), and Calvin Johnson (3/46/0) all posted poor outings, and that’s just the beginning of the list at receiver.
Remember; one week is no reason to panic in fantasy. Everyone posts a dud, and it can’t deter you from benching your star. The frequency of Megatron’s poor games is troubling, but I’m sticking with him based on the talent theory.
Power through last week’s rough outings and stick with the guys who have gotten you to this point.
1. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
One of the guys who struck out last week, Brees will be back to his usual 30-point self this week. Brees is 7-0 all-time on Monday Night Football, and facing an Eagles secondary that has struggled against elite passing attacks (Detroit, Atlanta), Brees will rebound.
2. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Peyton has defined elite over his past four games, throwing for 300+ yards and three TDs in each of them. Nothing changes against Cincinnati this week.
3. Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles
Vick has been a roller coaster this season, but against New Orleans’ pass defense, I’ll trust guys with a lot less upside than Vick.
4. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Arizona has been pretty good at limiting opposing passing attacks, but they haven’t faced Rodgers and the Packers yet. Dismiss Rodgers’ struggles last week and start him confidently.
5. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
RG3 is looking to bounce back from a loss last week against Pittsburgh. At home against Carolina, I expect him to do so, racking up plenty of fantasy points along the way.
6. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Ryan has been brilliant this season, solidifying himself as an elite quarterback. After a big road win against Philly last week, expect Ryan and the Falcons to return home in style against a tough Cowboys defense.
7. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Big Ben threw three TDs last week, and should continue throwing for scores this week against a pretty bad Giants secondary.
8. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Stafford played his best game of the season last week against Seattle, and I look for him to take that play into Jacksonville.
9. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
The Colts keep winning, and Luck keeps chucking. Start him with optimism against Miami this week.
10. Matt Schaub, Houston Texans
Schaub hasn’t blown anyone away this year, mostly due to star running back Arian Foster. Against a pitiful Bills defense, there will be enough points to go around for both Foster and Schaub.
1. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
If you play against Foster and his cupcake matchup this week, your only hope may be an early Texans blowout and lots of Ben Tate. The only problem is that Foster is so good, he might score points from the bench.
2. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns
Richardson is the Brown’s best offensive weapon, and playing a lackluster Baltimore run defense, expect him to see a lot of touches.
3. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Forte finally rewarded owners with a touchdown last week, his first since week one. I expect another one (or two) this week against a bad Tennessee defense.
4. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
McCoy is coming off his best fantasy performance of the year, and now faces one of the league’s worst defenses. Sounds like a good time.
5. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
Cleveland has given up 100 yards rushing to opponents more often than not this year; expect a heavy dose of Rice.
6. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
Peterson has back-to-back 100-yard outings now, and even against a stout Seattle defense, he’s one of the best options out there.
7. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders
DMC racked up 113 yards last week, and this week faces a middling Tampa Bay run defense.
8. Willis McGahee, Denver Broncos
The ageless McGahee is coming off a great game last week and now faces a similarly bad defense in Cincinnati. I see no reason Willis won’t rack up 100 yards and a score.
9. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Martin lit up a solid Vikings run defense last Thursday, rushing for 135 yards and a score as well as taking a screen pass 60+ yards to the house. I have confidence that Martin can beat a sketchy Oakland front this week.
10. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Morris has been a consistent fantasy performer in 2012, and against a weak Carolina run defense, he might break out.
11. Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints
12. Mikel Leshoure, Detroit Lions
13. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers
14. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
15. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
16. Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins
17. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
18. Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants
19. Rashad Jennings, Jacksonville Jaguars
20. Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills
1. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
Marshall and his quarterback Jay Cutler have been locked in this year, and Tennessee doesn’t have an answer for the tandem.
2. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
His QB is on fire, and Thomas is reaping the benefits.
3. Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers
Facing a shaky Giants pass defense, I think Wallace will get by the defense for at least one big play, and probably more.
4. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints
Brees has been feeding Colston the ball, chucking toward his big WR 51 times in the last four weeks. Start him with confidence, even with Nnamdi Asomugha lurking.
5. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers
Smith has back-to-back seven-catch weeks now, and faces a Washington defense that has struggled mightily defending opposing WRs.
6. Victor Cruz, New York Giants
Cruz posted a stinker last week, and dropped a few balls in doing so. He had a similar outing in week one, and bounced back with 11 catches for 179 yards and a score in week two.
7. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts
Opposing defenses have started keying on Wayne lately, and have gotten burned elsewhere by QB Andrew Luck. Even though his numbers have been down, I’m still starting Wayne without second thought, especially against a poor Miami pass defense.
8. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Don’t let his dud last week scare you; V Jax has been known to disappear at times. He has also been known to tear Oakland apart.
9. Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings
Harvin is the number one WR in half-PPR formats, and is an every-week starter. His matchup against Seattle’s physical secondary is the only thing limiting his upside this week.
10. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
White’s home numbers speak for themselves: he’s averaging over 20 points per game in the Georgia Dome.
11. Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders
12. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
13. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
14. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens
15. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
16. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
17. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
18. Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles
19. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs
20. Desean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
21. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
22. Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins
23. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
24. Titus Young, Detroit Lions
25. James Jones, Green Bay Packers
1. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
He returned to action last week, and caught a touchdown in the process. It looks like Graham owners can once again start him and expect an elite performance.
2. Owen Daniels, Houston Texans
Daniels was red-hot going into the Texans’ bye week. If I’m Gary Kubiak, I used the bye to find out more ways to get Daniels the ball.
3. Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons
Gonzo had his worst game of the season last week, catching just three balls for 29 yards. I expect him to bounce back this week and score his 100th touchdown in prime time on Sunday night.
4. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Witten went crazy last week, reeling in 18 of Tony Romo’s passes. Not to be outdone by Gonzalez lining up for the opposing Falcons, Witten should have another good outing.
5. Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions
Pettigrew has been up-and-down this year, but with 30 catches in his last five games, he’s a good option moving forward.
6. Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals
With Champ Bailey blanketing A.J. Green, Andy Dalton may look Gresham’s way more than a few times this Sunday.
7. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers
I guess I really like the Steelers’ pass offense more than the Giants’ pass defense. Fear the Terrible Towel.
8. Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles
Against New Orleans, there will be many fantasy-relevant Eagles. Celek is one of them.
9. Jacob Tamme, Denver Broncos
Tamme has a good matchup in this game against a Bengals’ defense that has allowed opposing TEs to score 12.7 fantasy points per game. Now if he can just take advantage…
10. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Olsen faces Washington this week, who has given up the second-most fantasy points to opposing TEs.
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