This week, there are matchups to watch in the NFL such as the Thursday Night game between the Super Bowl Champs and the Carolina Panthers as well as other potential explosive contests but who will be the standout players to select for your Fantasy teams??? Here are some that you should and should not play.
TONY ROMO VS. TAMPA BAY
Romo seemed completely out of sync against the Seattle Seahawks in last week’s tilt as he only threw 1 TD and 1 Int with 251 yards passing. Don’t get me wrong, that was remotely decent but not quite what Romo Owners were expecting after dominating the Giants. The Buccaneers have allowed 400 yards through the air and that should help jump start Romo back into the upper echelon of QB’s. Look for Romo to have 250 yards by the half.
ROBERT GRIFFIN VS. CINCINNATI
The Bengals surrendered 27 points to a rookie QB who looked horrible in his first start, so they will surrender lots of points to a better rookie QB in RGIII. Griffin threw for a paltry 206 yards and a TD versus the Rams but padded his Fantasy stats with 82 yards on the ground and a couple more TD’s. Pierre Garcon may be back this week so the Cincy Secondary better be ready. Griffin shows poise beyond his years and will look to exploit the league’s 29th ranked Passing Defense.
CAM NEWTON VS. NEW YORK GIANTS
The Giants have given up 259 yards per game through the air to two relatively easy opponents, their Secondary is still banged up and they may have to employ back-ups to the back-ups for the 3rd straight game. This doesn’t bode well for stopping “Superman” and the Panthers attack. Expect a high scoring shootout this week and for both QB’s stats to be enormous.
PEYTON MANNING VS. HOUSTON
Manning threw 3 picks against the 15th ranked Pass Defense, so what will he do against the #1 defense in that classification. Wade Phillips has his squad firing on all cylinders through the first two games giving up a measly 124 yards per game through the air. They have only allowed 50.9% of the passes thrown to connect with receivers. Sure I am aware that they played Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Tannehill but they have a sound positional defense. Manning will not have a good day.
RUSSELL WILSON VS. GREEN BAY
The Packers have a rather stifling defense that put a halt to two potent offenses in Chicago and San Francisco. In those two games the Packers only gave up 132.5 yards per game through the air. Seattle dominated Dallas last week but the Packers have a more sound situational scheme. They will clamp down on the less than stellar receiving corps that the Seahawks employ and cause Russell Wilson to throw checkdowns and have RB Marshawn Lynch carry the load.
JOE FLACCO VS. NEW ENGLAND
Flacco was being heralded as the “Elite” Quarterback he proclaimed to be after a strong Week 1 performance at Cincinnati, but he was back to “Old Joe” after the Eagles game in Week 2. The Pats have only given up 202 passing yards per game so far and they have a sneaky set of DB’s who should be able to keep the aerial attack grounded for the most part. Even though this game is in the confines of M & T Bank Stadium, I expect a ton of Ray Rice and less value for “Old Joe”.
RUNNING BACK STARTS
PIERRE THOMAS VS. KANSAS CITY
Kansas City allowed C.J Spiller to run all over them last week and through 2 games they have allowed 142.5 yards per game on the ground. Thomas seems to excel against weaker defenses so look for him to break down the Chiefs D. The Chiefs will be concentrating on stopping the passing offense of New Orleans so expect there to be opportunities for Thomas to break off some big runs.
DONALD BROWN VS. JACKSONVILLE
Brown hasn’t been overly effective so far this year but he was trying to run the ball against the 9th and 12th best Run Defenses in the NFL so far. This week he gets a primo matchup against the 31st ranked Run Defense in the Jaguars. I predict a 100+ yard game for Brown with a TD.
TRENT RICHARDSON VS. BUFFALO
T Rich had his coming out party last week against the terrible Bengals Run Defense, but the party will continue on this week against a worse group of run stoppers. As long as Brandon Weeden can find a small semblance of success passing, the defense has to remain honest and not cheat which in turn will create opportunities for Richardson. I see 120 yards and 2 TD’s this week against the Bills.
RUNNING BACK SITS
MICHAEL TURNER VS. SAN DIEGO
The Chargers have eliminated Darren McFadden and Chris Johnson in the first two games of the season and Michael Turner isn’t in the same class. He has shown less and less burst as his career has advanced and he won’t get any gimme yards against the #1 Run Defense in the NFL. Turner only put up 32 yards against the 27th ranked Run Defense last week so the Chargers may cause him to go into negative yards this week.
CEDRIC BENSON VS. SEATTLE
The Seahawks have the 2nd ranked Run D in the NFL as of now and this week they will be going up against a team that will try to control the clock through the employment of the ground game. The Hawks however are not pushovers as they have quashed the hopes of DeMarco Murray and the Cardinals RB’s. The fact that this game is a home game for Seattle really will have the Linebackers fired up for blood. Expect Benson to be a bit part in the play which is the Packers Offense this week.
ADRIAN PETERSON VS. SAN FRANCISCO
The Niners will be keying in on “All Day” this Sunday. They are a notoriously tough Run Defense and so far this year they have only surrendered 63.5 yards per game on the ground. The longest run the 49ers have allowed so far this year is 11 yards so don’t expect Peterson to bust out too many long ones. If you have other options, this week you have to sit Peterson.
WIDE RECEIVER STARTS
STEVIE JOHNSON VS. CLEVELAND
Cleveland is still without star CB Joe Haden and this is a big reason why Johnson can exploit the Browns D. Cleveland has allowed 300 yards per game passing this year and they have not been able to adequately clamp down on passing attacks. I see Johnson topping 100 yards with a minimum of 1 TD this week.
DWAYNE BOWE VS. NEW ORLEANS
As it stands right now the Saints can’t stop a nosebleed let alone a team with any skill and this week their Secondary will be taxed to the hilt with Dwayne Bowe. Prognosticators have said that Matt Cassel is not a top flight QB but he doesn’t have to be against the worst Defense in the NFL. Bowe is probably home ready to be the proverbial “Cheetah about to pounce on the Gazelle.” Expect 120 with at least 1 TD.
BRANDON MARSHALL VS. ST. LOUIS
Chicago got put in their place last week at Green Bay and this week QB Jay Cutler and WR Brandon Marshall will be out to prove that that meeting was an anomaly. Cortland Finnegan has the same technical style to take Marshall out of the game but he can’t match the size. Marshall has proven doubters wrong before with his Medical Diagnosis and his Domestic History so look for a giant chip on his shoulder against the Rams. He will be a BEAST this week.
WIDE RECEIVER SITS
DEMARYIUS THOMAS VS. HOUSTON
Thomas will be in tough against the toughest Pass Defense in the NFL. The Texans are only allowing 50.9% of passing attempts to reach the intended destination and that doesn’t bode well for Thomas. Houston has only given up 11 passing 1st downs to date and they have really bought into Wade Phillips’ 3-4 scheme. The Texans won’t completely shut down Peyton’s Denver Offense but they won’t let Thomas burn them deep either.
VINCENT JACKSON VS. DALLAS
V JAX had a superb game against the depleted Giants Defense but he’ll have a much tougher time against the 3rd ranked Pass Defense in the NFL. He is a big, rangy downfield threat but the Dallas Secondary has not allowed one pass of 40+ yards to date. Jackson is known to follow up a stupendous performance with a mediocre to non existent one. Expect that against Big D.
DANNY AMENDOLA VS. CHICAGO
I hope all you people that picked up Amendola off waivers won’t plan on him duplicating that 15 catch game he just displayed last week against Washington because he just won’t do that again. He is going to be neutralized by CB Tim Jennings, who is having a rebirth in the Chicago Defensive scheme. Jennings has had to match up with the Packers outstanding receivers so putting a halt to Amendola should be a breeze compared to that.
TIGHT END START
MARTELLUS BENNETT VS. CAROLINA
Many players go to a new team and experience a downtrend in their statistics or overall use, but a change of scenery has done wonders for Martellus Bennett. He has gone from obscurity to instant playmaker for the Giants. He will be a huge part of the Giants Offense on Thursday Night versus the Panthers. Hakeem Nicks has been downgraded to “out” so expect the already well targeted Bennett to benefit from this situation. He has a couple TD’s and 112 yards through two games and that was with the WR mouths to feed. Expect a big game.
TIGHT END SIT
FRED DAVIS VS. CINCINNATI
Last year Davis was a much used valuable part of the Redskins Offense but this year he is a just an afterthought in the Offensive scheme. The departure of Chris Cooley should have been a great moment for Davis but to date the Washington Tight Ends have been a very minute part of the overall scheme. Cincy may not have a great defense but they seem to hold TE’s down better than most. Davis seems to have gone the way of Zach Miller from the Raiders did when he signed on with the Seahawks. Don’t expect much this week again.
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