Nov 8, 2009
Note: Players are in no particular order.
David Garrard vs. Kansas City – Yes, he’s been mostly a bum so far. However,
He’ll face a Chief defense which gives up about 260 yards/game and about 2 TDs.
The Chiefs are not deep in their secondary and are down to their third free
safety because of injury. All signs for Garrard to have a solid game for a
Matt Hasselbeck vs. Detroit – The Seahawk offensive line is always a concern
because of injury, but they were decent last week against the Cowboys. The Lion
secondary is one of the worst in the NFL and Lion defense is giving up about 260
yards/game and almost 2.5 TDs. They’re starting two journeymen at cornerback, so
look for Hasselbeck to post good numbers in this matchup.
Julius Jones vs. Detroit – He’s probably been in moth balls for most fantasy
owners for several weeks (see Kevin Walter), but this is the kind of matchup for
Jones in which he could do pretty well. Jones will face a struggling Lion front
seven and he should get a decent amount of carries in this game. Start him as
your #3 RB.
Jamaal Charles at Jacksonville – He’s expected to handle a majority of touches
in this game against a very shaky Jaguar defense. Charles should get at least 15
touches and he has the kind of speed to the outside which the slow Jaguar front
seven could struggle with. He’s worth a shot as your #3 RB.
Ryan Moats at Indianapolis Colts – We expect him to get most of the carries if
the game is relatively close. The Colt run defense give up over 106 yards a game
and it would be more if the opponent wasn’t throwing from behind in the second
half in order to catch up. Moats could score 10-12 points for fantasy owners
this week, so he’s worth a shot as your #3 RB/flex play.
Steve Breaston at Chicago – While he’s not making big plays like he did last
season, he’s still very involved because starting WR Anquan Boldin is banged up
and they can’t run the ball consistently. Breaston should have his way with
veteran CB Nate Vasher, who figures to cover him.
Malcom Floyd at New York Giants – While he’s now entrenched as their #3 passing
option, Floyd still is playing in one of the NFL’s best passing offenses. The
Chargers simply can’t run the ball, so they’ll look to move the ball in the air
against a struggling Giant secondary. Look for Floyd to catch 3-5 passes, but at
least one has a good chance to be a score. He’s not a bad option as your #3 WR.
Hakeem Nicks vs. San Diego – He missed two games of injury and only has started
one so far, but Nicks has still scored in four out of his last five games. He
runs well for his size and he could have his way against a shaky Charger
secondary. Start him as your #3 WR.
Mark Clayton at Cincinnati – The Raven offense got embarrassed at home earlier
this season against the Bengals, so look for them to make some adjustments. The
Bengals play off coverage, so Clayton should be able to make some plays in front
of them. He’s worth a shot as your #3 WR.
Jeremy Maclin vs. Dallas – The Eagles have put up over 70 points over their last
two games against Dallas and they’ve become the league’s best deep passing team.
Dallas has an average secondary and Maclin should be to exploit them enough for
you to start him as your #3 WR.
Torry Holt vs. Kansas City – This actually could be a high-scoring game and Holt
will work underneath. He should post a decent amount of catches and is worth
starting as your #3 WR in PPR leagues.
Kevin Walter at Indianapolis – He’s been a major disappointment this season, no
question. However, he’s going to be their #2 passing option now that starting TE
Owen Daniels is out for the season. The Colts are missing starters CB Kelvin
Hayden and SS Bob Sanders, so Walter has a chance to have a solid game this
week. Dust him off and start him as your #3 WR.
Pierre Garcon vs. Houston – He’s been maddening of late because he’s just missed
a few big plays here and there. The Texans will likely use rookie CB Glover Quin
on him, so Garcon would have the advantage there. He’s worth a shot as your #3
Robert Meachem vs. Carolina – Veteran WR Lance Moore is out this week, so
Meachem will move up to the #3 role. The Panthers don’t have a good nickel back,
so Meachem could make a big play or two this week. He’s worth a shot if you’re
struggling for a #3 WR this week.
Bobby Wade at Jacksonville – The Chiefs let go veteran WR Bobby Wade on Saturday
due in part to Wade’s performances so far this season. Wade has taken over the
slot/possession role in their offense since they don’t use the tight end very
much. If you’re looking for a #3 WR this week in a PPR league, Wade’s worth a
Spencer Havner at Tampa Bay – He only has six catches this season, but he’s been
a red zone target of late and has scored three times in his last two games. They
clearly look for him because of his size, so he’s worth a shot if you’re hurting
for a TE this week.
Marcedes Lewis vs. Kansas City – Lewis’ numbers have been spotty this season,
but the Chiefs haven’t covered the tight ends well since Hank Stram was head
coach. He’s worth a shot if you’re struggling for a TE this week.
Green Bay at Tampa Bay – While the Packer defense has been struggling of late,
they’ll face rookie QB Josh Freeman, who will be making his first start. The
Packers will almost certainly blitz Freeman, who really isn’t ready to play and
he could be without starting QB Antonio Bryant.
New England vs. Miami – The Patriot defense has been pretty average so far for
fantasy owners, but they’ll face a Dolphin offense which doesn’t move the ball
well. Opponents have been shutting down the “Wild Cat” formation of late and
look for the Patriots to control it as well.