Michael Vick, QB, PHI – The Eagles face off against the Redskins this coming Monday night who have the league’s 31st ranked pass defense. Vick is such a nightmare to defend against that he should have little trouble moving the ball effectively throughout the entire game. Given all the elite QB’s on BYE this week, Vick came in at number two in my rankings… so don’t make a mistake and leave him on your bench!
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, PIT - With the Patriots defense not being able to stop the Cleveland Browns, they are set to have their hands full when they visit the Steelers this week. Mendenhall has been a stud for fantasy owners this year, even after the return of Big Ben. The balance in the Steelers’ attack has been good for Mendenhall thus far this season and you can expect that to continue against the league’s 21st ranked run defense.
Andre Johnson, WR, HOU - Have I mentioned lately how terrible the Jaguars’ secondary is? With all the production from the Texans passing game going to Andre, he is as close to a sure thing as you can get for a big game this weekend.
Matt Schaub, QB, HOU – Despite all of the struggles that the Texans offense has endured this season, they head to Jacksonville this week to face the Jaguars. Jack Del Rio and his secondary have been abysmal this season, allowing an average of over 18 points per game to the opposing QB.
Mike Wallace, WR, PIT - The Patriots and their VERY inexperienced secondary come into town this week and with how well Wallace has been settling into his role as Big Ben’s deep threat, he is a must start as your WR2. There will be games where he does not produce, but you can expect 3 to 5 deep shots in his direction every week and that’s enough for me!
LeGarrette Blount, RB, TB – Fantasy owners were brought back down to earth with their expectations of this rookie. Given his situation, he won’t be the most consistent back you have ever owned, but more often than not he will produce enough to be started as a number 2 RB. Especially this week against the Panthers who are in the middle of a game of musical quarterbacks and rank 25th against the run.
Steve Johnson, WR, BUF – The TD streak finally ended… but Johnson was still a key part of the Bills offense and managed over 100 yards receiving. Now that they face the Lions, who are missing their franchise QB again, the Bills are actually a favorite to win this game. This is the first time he has cracked the top 20 in my rankings!
Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG – With the Cowboy’s as opponents this week, it should be a big week for the offensive players on the Giants. Particularly Manning, Nicks and the rest of the receivers that will help dismantle a team that was once a super bowl favorite of many.
Tom Brady, QB, NE – The Patriots passing attack is in shambles. They don’t have a deep threat and Welker hasn’t been able to shake the double teams to get open down the field. Going against the Steelers and their best defense in the NFL… you should lower your expectations. You will likely need to start him anyways though.
Peyton Hillis, RB, CLE – He has earned the right to be started, even against the Jets defense… but don’t expect a 100 yard game!
Ryan Torain, RB, WAS - The Eagles are good at stopping the run and with Portis looking to be a game time decision this week I would try my best to avoid using any of the Redskins’ running backs.
Miles Austin, WR, DAL - It sucks to lose your #1 WR, but it appears like that is the case for Austin owners. He will still be the best fantasy option on the Cowboys for a little while longer, but if they are still able to use Bryant so effectively as a substitute for their non-existent running game… that may change soon.
Tony Gonzalez, TE, BAL – The Ravens have an excellent line-backing corp. and are only allowing an average of 3.4 points per game to the opposing TE. Even with all the injuries to the position… you can probably find a better option this week.