Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC - The Jaguars are fighting for a playoff spot and/or the division title in December?! Someone pinch me… I must be dreaming. The Jags are an exceedingly average team with a mediocre quarter back, so it will not be an easy road for them. The one thing that they do have going for them is a star RB in MJD. The Raiders come to town this week and are known to be a bit weak against the run. Look for MJD and Rashad Jennings to see a lot of work in this game and for Jack Del Rio to avoid having to attack the likes of Nnamdi Asomugha on the outside in the vertical passing game.
Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL – All season long receivers and tight ends have been having huge games against the Texans and while Boldin has been inconsistent all year… this week he is worth the risk. You may also want to look towards Derrick Mason this week as he is the most trusted receiver on the field for Flacco and he understands the offense incredibly well as a possession receiver.
Knowshon Moreno, RB, DEN – Moreno is making a pretty solid claim at being a top 10 RB for next year’s fantasy draft. With the firing of Josh McDaniels and the promotion of the Bronco’s former RB coach to interim head coach… it stands to reason that the predominately pass-first offense we have gotten to know from Denver is gone for at least the season. Studesville has a tall task ahead of him, but a nice back in Moreno to lean on for the remaining 4 games.
Jacoby Ford, WR, OAK - I still say he is not a weekly starter unless your league counts return yards. However, Ford has been a dynamic playmaker for the Raiders and they look to get him involved in the game early and often. I would try and stick with safer options this week, but if you have been snake-bitten by injuries, the upside of Ford could pay off big this week against the Jaguars who have a pretty terrible group of cornerbacks.
Michael Turner, RB, ATL - Turner is one of the few workhorse backs in the NFL and he has a matchup that Marshawn Lynch was able to exploit last week. The Panthers run defense has been their achilles heel all season and Turner is having a great year. Also, considering the game is outdoors in Carolina, Matt Ryan will lean on his run game to push the Falcons to another win in a setting they typically do not perform well in (road game, outdoors).
Donald Driver, WR, GB – Ok, so I wanted to put Jennings here, but that just seemed too lazy to me… So I am including Driver instead! Everyone knows that Jennings is the hottest receiver in the NFL now that Bowe crapped out last week and if you read my article earlier in the week, you saw Driver’s amazing TD catch. They are going against the Lions this week folks… Driver is at least a flex play against a defense known to allow the big play, oh and they are banged up at the moment to boot!
Peyton Hillis, RB, CLE – As per fantasy-law… start your RBs against Buffalo! It doesn’t hurt that he is a top 5 guy either. And if you’re scared of how last week went, Buffalo’s defense will not be able to participate in a field goal oriented game… just too bad!
Earl Bennett, WR, CHI - He just appeared in my weekly pickup article this week, but I am already throwing him into my love list! To me, Monday was about the Jets collapsing… not the Patriots defense being suddenly great. The secondary for NE will likely nab an INT or two from Cutler, but since that doesn’t negatively effect the score of a WR… don’t worry about it! The Patriots DBs are young, inexperienced and they will not be able to shut down the Bears balanced offensive attack completely.
Cedric Benson, RB, CIN - What a rough season for the Bengals, but for this week all I need to say here is that he is up against the Steelers! Make sure to leave Benson on the bench this week if possible!
Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR - After such a disappointing number of carries last week for Goodson, you might expect Stewart to be the top fantasy RB on the Panthers. You’re correct… just not this week! I expect Atlanta to get the lead early and hold it through the entire game and since Goodson is the guy they look to in the passing game, don’t expect Stewart to have a big performance. The rankings on these two guys should be VERY close, but Stewart holds much more value the rest of the way.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA – Treat that game as a one-time deal… until it proves not to be! I doubt you see a repeat performance against the 49ers this week with the division title hanging in the balance in every game for each team the rest of the season.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, NE – The Lawfirm has been clutch for the past few weeks and you can still start him this week because of it… but the Bears have a very good run defense (ranked 2nd in the NFL) and if he does not find the end zone you could be in trouble!
Sidney Rice, WR, MIN - Don’t let one game force you into making a mistake in the playoffs! Rice has a lot of big play potential, but Favre is expected to be the QB and the match up is not favorable. The Giants defense is effective when they rush the passer… Favre, being old, is not adept at evading a rush… and the Giants are ranked 2nd in the NFL against the pass. They are only allowing an average of 192 yards per game. Rice will still get a decent ranking (top 20), but if you drafted well you won’t need him, so don’t sit any of your studs to make room for him.