Dec 6, 2009
Note: Players are not ranked for order.
Vince Young at Indianapolis – He doesn’t have a good history playing at the
Colts, but at least SS Bob Sanders won’t be involved in this game. Young has
played pretty well of late and he’s working with the best group of receivers
that he’s been able to work with. He should be good enough this week and
provides good enough upside to take a risk on if you’re desperate.
David Garrard vs. Houston – This is a huge game for the Jaguars and Garrard
seems to play much better at home. Have to think he puts up good numbers in a
game that could be high-scoring. The Texans simply don’t have a good enough
secondary to keep the passing game of the Jaguars down.
Jonathan Stewart vs. Tampa Bay – Even if starting RB DeAngelo Williams can play,
look for Stewart to see more carries than usual. Williams’ ankle is not going to
allow him to likely take in his usual amount of work even if he can play, so
Stewart figures to become a bigger part of their running game this week. Stewart
is looking like a rock solid #3 RB or better if Williams is out.
Jamaal Charles vs. Denver – This matchup isn’t easy, but Charles should get a
decent amount of touches against the fast Denver defense. Look for the Chiefs to
move him around to create better matchups. Charles’ combined yardage in this
matchup should be good enough for you to start him as your #3 RB.
Jerious Norwood vs. Philadelphia – Since the Eagles will have to use slow LBs
Jeremiah Trotter and Joe Mays again, the chance for a big play will rise from
the Falcon running game. Norwood matches up well with them, so if desperate for
a #3 RB with some upside, Norwood is worth a shot.
Rock Cartwright vs. New Orleans – He has looked solid the last few games in
place of starting RB Clinton Portis. The versatile Cartwright should get a
decent amount of touches, so he’s worth a shot as your #3 RB.
Darren Sproles at Cleveland – I haven’t been hitting well on the blowout reach
players, but this one looks to be to good to pass up. The Chargers figure to
have an easy time with Browns, so Sproles should get an extended look in the
second half. The Browns are very banged up on defense, so there’s a decent
chance that Sproles breaks off a big play. He’s worth a shot as your #3 RB/flex
Robert Meachem at Washington – Nice story here with Meachem. He went undrafted
in most leagues and was pretty worthless until backup WR Lance Moore got hurt
last month. Meachem has taken advantage of his increased role and is scoring on
deeper passes or in the red zone area. He’s scored in four straight games and
has 5 TDs over that span. The Redskins are down one of their top-three CBs, so
Meachem will have a very good matchup. He’s looking like a solid #3 WR again
Jason Avant at Atlanta – He should be on the field more than usual because of
the absence of starting WR DeSean Jackson. Avant’s physical play matches up well
against a struggling Falcon secondary. Avant has been really playing well lately
and should finish with very solid numbers this week.
Laveranues Coles vs. Detroit – He’s been one of the biggest disappointments as
far as middle-round picks are concerned. Still, Coles will face a very shaky
Lion secondary. No secondary has given up more production the last four weeks to
receivers–a whopping 15 catches/227 yards/1.5 TDs per game! The Bengals may not
throw the ball much in this game simply because they can win any way they want,
but when they throw it, they will be successful. Coles is worth a shot as your
Kenny Britt at Indianapolis – His recommendation simply comes down to this: If
veteran WR Justin Gage is playing, then Britt is too risky. If he’s not, Britt
is looking much better and would be worth starting as your #3 WR. The Titans
will have to throw at some point in this game to have a chance to win, and Britt
has become some what of a go-to receiver in their passing game.
Malcom Floyd at Cleveland – We’re not expecting the Chargers to throw a lot
simply because they don’t have to. However, the Brown cornerbacks are banged up
and they’re also very small. Floyd matches up very well against them and is
worth a shot as your #3 WR.
Danny Amendola at Chicago – He’s been a bit inconsistent, which makes him hard
to trust, but Amendola has clearly become the possession receiver in the Ram
offense. He’s worth a shot in PPR leagues as your #3 WR against a shaky Bear
secondary. The Bears simply don’t have a good nickel defender.
Fred Davis vs. New Orleans – This is going to be a game where the Redskins are
going to have to throw a lot. The Saints are going to be without their top-three
cornerbacks and starting SLB Scott Fujita, so the matchup is looking a little
better than first thought. 4-5 catches are possible for Davis.
Tony Scheffler at Kansas City – Understand that he’s rarely involved in their
passing game. However, the Chiefs continue to be one of the NFL’s worst teams
covering the tight end. If you’re desperate for a TE, the athletic Scheffler is
worth a shot.