Willis McGahee, RB, DEN – Willis has been good this year but he hasn’t done enough to deserve the top 10 rankings that he got this week. The ranking is really about match-up with the Saints coming to Denver this week. The Saints are allowing over 160 yards per game and McGahee doesn’t really share the workload. Lastly, the Broncos will look to control the clock and keep Brees on the sidelines so that he will have a positive effect on McGahee’s number of carries.
Christian Ponder, QB, MIN – Ponder has been really good, except for last week. Even with 4 teams on bye he didn’t crack my top 10, but he did come in higher than Romo, Stafford, Rivers and Freeman. Tampa Bay has the third best rush defense in the NFL and the second worst pass defense in the NFL, what do you think Minnesota is going to try and do?
Antonio Brown, WR, PIT – Just one TD on the season is not really what fantasy owners were hoping for through 7 weeks of the season. This week is definitely where I look for him to have one of his best games of the season, if not the best. The Redskins rank 32nd against the pass on defense and the fact that they have a VERY productive offense certainly helps things for the stats of their opponents. Ben is probably going to face less pressure in this game than he has all season and Brown played pretty well last week. Don’t think it’s time to bench Brown, it would be a big mistake.
Chris Johnson, RB, TEN – After two good games, I am ready to make a decision on Johnson. He isn’t terrible! But his offensive line is. He torched Buffalo last week and the Colts are another abysmal rush defense so the offensive line shouldn’t really keep him from some decent numbers. Once the easy match-ups are done, I am selling this guy as fast as humanly possible.
Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN – Thomas is the 15th highest scoring receiver in the NFL for fantasy owners but cracks my top 5 this week in my rankings. Why? Well simply put, Brees WILL score points and while I wrote earlier that the Broncos will try and control the clock, there will come a time when that goes out the window and they will have to stretch the field vertically. With the Bronco defense not playing well this year, this game has a LOT of shoot out potential.
Denarius Moore, WR, OAK – I’ve seen some REALLY high rankings for Moore this week and I don’t get it. I’m high on his chances at being a WR2 or quality flex play the rest of the way but with Brady Quinn at the helm and the Chiefs having a pretty poor rush defense, I am thinking that this will be more of a bounce back game for McFadden than a break out game for Moore.
Matthew Stafford, QB, DET – The Lions have been a pretty big disappointment this season and Stafford’s fantasy owners have felt it almost as much as Lions fans. OK, probably not that much but I promise you, it’s bad. After last week, I’ve given up on Stafford as someone worth considering as a starting QB. I know his point total at the end of the game was decent but it all came in the last half of the 4th quarter. He did a tad bit more than nothing through the rest of the game and isn’t even finding Calvin Johnson anymore. If your still a playoff contender, you need to make a trade.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI – Talent isn’t the issue but the rest of his offense is. The line is poor on their best day and they have not been able to run the ball with any sort of consistency.
Shonne Greene, RB, NYJ – Miami has a really strong rush defense and a secondary that could use some work. This game will need to be won on the arm of Mark Sanchez, NOT on the legs of Greene. Despite the last two games from Greene, he is NOT even an RB2 the rest of the way. You can do better, I hope.
Marques Colston, WR, NO – He’s been a very solid performer recently but Champ Bailey will be covering him is my guess and Colston has a LONG track record of inconsistency. Play him but don’t expect huge numbers. He is just a below average WR2 this week and a poor one when there are no byes.