Peyton Hillis, RB, CLE – Hillis just may be the real deal. In the past couple weeks people have compared him to Mike Alstott, Jerome Bettis and Larry Cszonka. I won’t go that far yet, but for this season he is one of the best and most consistent RBs that you could hope to own. He is a must start and a top 5 back until week 17 when they play the Steelers again, the last time is the only week he was not able to score 10 points all season.
Drew Brees, QB, NO – Brees and the Saints have had their ups and downs this season, but when you have one of the best QBs in the league and they play against the 28th ranked pass defense at home your decision is easy. Seriously though, a lot of this love has to do with the likelihood that one or both of the injured RBs will return this week. This offense will be very close to what it was last year once both are back and we are due to see a flash of that production this week regardless.
Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG - I know he didn’t have a great game last week, but the Giants have a track record of being inconsistent over the past couple season. When they play well, they stack up against any team in the NFL. I won’t go as far as calling this a new trend or anything, but if they struggle this week too then that will be the time for concern.
Felix Jones, RB, DAL – Normally, I would not advise you to start Jones after a season full of disappointment and just one productive game. However, this week he is a decent flex option as he goes against a Lions defense that is banged up and allows a lot of 20+ yard plays. Lets just hope Jason Garrett can get this team turned around and keep this running game productive.
Matt Ryan, QB, ATL – Matt Ryan is on the road this week and that is typically not a great time to start him. This week will be an exception as the Falcons are on a roll lately and going against the Rams’ 18th ranked pass defense. Despite being on the road, the Ryan-White connection will still be in a dome and this team is on a mission to prove that they are the best team in the NFC. What is scaring me the most about the Falcons? They might be right!
Santonio Holmes, WR, NYJ – Holmes is a clutch player that Sanchez is learning to look to when the game is on the line. This week against the worst secondary in the NFL should be a great game for Holmes, Mark Sanchez and Braylon Edwards.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, BUF - Fitzpatrick is a great backup to have. Since taking over the job, he has managed double digit fantasy points in each game. With his lowest two performances coming in consecutive weeks now, sit him down if you have another viable option.
Jahvid Best, RB, DET – Fool me once, shame on you… fool me for 7 straight weeks? My bad. It has been 7 weeks since Best managed double digit fantasy points and after not even getting the job done against the BILLS… he is at best a deep flex play. I’m sure he’ll score a TD again at some point during his career… but I’m done thinking it might happen this season after such a long drought.
Chad Ochocinco, WR, CIN - Don’t let one great game change the negative opinion that 85 has been crafting all season. Expect the double-team to be back on him this week as well as for him to have a modest game at best. Asking for any more than that is asking to get burned.
Keiland Williams, RB, WAS - Even if Portis and Torain are non-factors in this game, the Tennessee Titans have a very good run defense and Williams is at best a flex play in this game.
Brandon Marshall, WR, MIA – He’s just been bad this year. He has only two games in the double digits and with Tyler Thigpen calling the shots this week, all of the upside that kept Marshall as a fantasy-starter is gone.