Matt Forte, RB, CHI - Mid way through the first quarter Forte was over 100 yards with two scores. He finished the day as the top scoring player in fantasy this week after amassing 188 all purpose yards to pair with those two scores. This big performance propelled the Bears through a game where their QB threw 4 INTs and their defense shut down a struggling Panthers offense that was missing its only decent receiver. Forte has been a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners and should be in your lineup weekly.
Malcom Floyd, WR, SD – Lloyd had a career performance on Sunday in a losing effort that snapped a 13 game winning streak for the Chargers over the Raiders. I was impressed with the progress that Floyd had made carving out a niche in that Chargers offense and he did not disappoint me after placing him in the top 20 ranked WRs. One game is not enough to get him to crack my top 10, but you can be sure he will remain a WR2 from here on out.
Ray Rice, RB, BAL – I spent all week trying to talk people out of benching their round one pick. I hope you can all breathe a sigh of relief now after a reassuring performance from Rice on Sunday. What impressed me the most was that both rushing TDs came on goal line carries. You can still expect McGahee to get a few… but hopefully Rice will get his share of chances to punch it in as well. Start this guy every week, regardless of match up and don’t think twice about it.
Brandon Lloyd, WR, DEN – Alright… fine. He is a starting WR for fantasy football, but you are on a short leash Brandon! He has never stayed consistent this long, so keep riding the wave as long as Orton can keep finding him open deep down the field. If you see the dropped passes start coming back bail out and try to trade him before he flops completely.
Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG – Nicks cracked the top 10 in the WR rankings for the first time ever and did not disappoint in the slightest. After 130 yards and 2 TDs you have to consider this guy a must start for the rest of the year. Don’t trade him away either… he is here to stay.
LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI - Not too much more you can ask for from a guy with broken ribs. He broke a very nice TD run to top off a 148 yard performance in a big win for the Eagles over the win less 49ers. I was skeptical about him going into the year, but not any longer. He has turned out to be a gem for fantasy owners and they should consider him a GREAT RB2 no matter who is at QB.
Mike Williams, WR, TB – The Buccaneers are the surprise of the year for me at 3-1 and ahead of the Saints in their divisional race. Mike Willams has been an even bigger surprise for fantasy owners as he has proven to be a VERY consistent producer and should now be considered a great WR3 or flex play.
Cedric Benson, RB, CIN - Benson had 144 yards on 23 carries in a losing effort for the Bengals who are spending too much time trying to pass the ball and are unable to close out games at the end because of it. Benson has remained productive despite the fact that the losses keep piling up. You can still feel confident in Benson as a RB2 or flex play unless they are going against a top-flight run defense and you have some solid alternatives.
Michael Crabtree, WR, SF - It was only one big game, but it sure looks as if the new Offensive Coordinator of the 9ers is looking to get Crabtree involved in this offense for once. The 49 offense rallied nicely at the end of the game, but it takes a complete effort to win a game and Alex Smith struggled in the 2nd and 3rd quarters. You can’t count on this type of performance after just one game, but if you have any bye-week issues or injuries go ahead and start him… it just might pay off in a big way.
Terrell Owens, WR, CIN – Despite the poor play of Carson Palmer, as long as the Bengals refuse to lean on the running game, one of the Bengals receivers will have a good game each week. It will be miserable trying to predict which one it will be, so if someone thinks Owens is the real deal then sell high!
Jason Witten, TE, DAL - This guy was once the best TE in the NFL and this season has been a disappointment as he was unable to find the end zone. That finally changed the same week that he has his highest yardage total of the year. If you drafted him, there is no reason to search for a replacement because I believe the Cowboys will look to this familiar face to try and salvage this disappointing season.
Shaun Hill, QB, DET -You only have one more week left to use this clutch fill-in for Matthew Stafford. Calvin Johnson has a shoulder injury that has Jim Schwartz concerned. That has me concerned about the Lions offense. They have no receiver that can draw the attention of defenses and open up the run game. If the Lions can’t run they won’t be able to pass without their deep threat and best red zone threat. I would look elsewhere if you need a QB for next week.
Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL - The Ravens had a tough start to their schedule and since they were able to run the ball so effectively in this game, there was no reason to test the excellent coverage provided by Champ Bailey. Match ups are excellent for Boldin for the next two games before their bye week… and are actually pretty good the rest of the season. (the only exception is week 13 vs the Steelers)
Chad Ochocinco, WR, CIN - Well, you drafted a headache with 85 this year. TO is taking too much of his production to rely on Chad every week as a WR2, but I still think he is the best fantasy receiver in Cincinnati so your probably going to need to keep using him for another week or two and see if that changes.
Matt Schaub, QB, HOU - The entire Texans offense collapsed this week. Treat it as an anomaly but with the production of Arian Foster, Schaub is no longer an elite QB.
Greg Jennings, WR, GB -The Redskins were allowing over 300 yards per game through the air and Jennings was limited to just 2 points. With Rodgers suffering a concussion and it being unlikely that he will be active next week, think twice about starting Jennings against an underrated Dolphins secondary with two weeks to prepare for the game.
Sam Bradford, QB, STL - Mark Clayton can’t have been the only reason for the Rams’ success. There will be growing pains for any rookie QB, but after his recent success I was very surprised to see Bradford shut down by the Lions of all teams.
Arian Foster, RB, HOU – See Matt Schaub.