Robert Griffen III, QB, WAS – This isn’t a matter of me changing my mind or jumping to a conclusion. I feel as though I have been very level-headed and consistent in my analysis of RG3 thus far. The reason that Griffen is even STARTABLE is not his arm, rather his legs. Just as with Tebow being a top 10 guy at the end of last season, the consistency that 50 or so rushing yards provides a quarterback is undeniable. That yardage is worth two points throwing but 5 points with his feet. The reason that I have the rookie in my top 3 for this week is the match up; Tampa Bay is the absolute worst pass defense in the league over three weeks. They are also the absolute BEST rush defense. Now your saying “I thought RG3′s value was dependent on running the ball?!” It is but defending a QB is a lot different than defending the standard rushing threat and the stats on this defense are still skewed by the 10 yard rushing day of the Panthers in week 1. You can’t bench this guy this week unless you own Rodgers or Brady, who I simply refuse to bench for any reason still.
Wes Welker, WR, NE – All the concerns aside, this week I have none. Buffalo’s new defensive scheme has not really clicked with the guys on the feild yet and except for against the Chiefs, they really haven’t held anyone down yet. They HAVE made strides each week but the play in the secondary has been poor and the only chance they will have at containing the Pats is to pressure Brady. When Brady gets pressure, they run a lot of short passing routes to Welker. This game has the potential to be the highest fantasy point total of the season for all Patriot weapons in the passing game.
Doug Martin, RB, TB – What the Redskins dealt with the last two weeks is what I believe will be the norm. A high-scoring game where the Skins’ defense just craps out on them by the end. Adam Carriker and Brian Orakpo were the best two players on the front seven of Washington and since they are both on IR, all bets are off. It will at least take a couple of months for them to fill these holes and become capable of stuffing the run. Martin may not have been a stat-machine thus far but he has looked really good on film and is due a break out performance VERY soon. I believe it will be this week.
Matt Ryan, QB, CAR – The Falcons at home are just one of the most appealing offenses for fantasy owners. The dome provides perfect conditions to move the ball in the air and even outdoors, these Falcons have been nothing short of impressive thus far. With New Orleans three games back already, the division is theirs for the taking and they will be thought of as the best team in the NFC before long if San Francisco doesn’t get back on track immediately. He’s in that elite class as far as I am concerned for as long as Cam and Stafford are still struggling.
Vincent Jackson, WR, TB – He is a VERY hit or miss guy, so I wouldn’t fall-over if he literally had zero points on Monday. This is why he didn’t crack the top 20. The match up dictates that you’ve got to get him in your lineup though. I’ve already talked about the injuries in the front-seven but Orakpo was by and far the best pass rusher the Skins had
Cedric Benson, RB, GB – He really hasn’t looked too impressive yet. He had a nice game and the Packers are definitely using him so that is enough when you play against the worst rush defense in the league. New Orleans has allowed big games to running backs each week thus far and the team is just in turmoil right now. Green Bay is mad about the “loss” to the Seahawks on Monday night and they are finally getting back to regular, regular-season games. By that I mean not in prime-time, rather on Sunday afternoon. Don’t over-think it here, It is a pretty safe bet to start a running back whose opponent is allowing an average of 215 yards per game on the ground.
Matt Schaub, QB, HOU – Last week was his best week and it’s not that I actually hate the guy, I just want to caution his owners here. This is a RUN-FIRST team…Don’t forget. Don’t get upset that he was on your bench for the big week and try and get him in there this week in a good match-up. Good match-ups scare me more here because I am so worried that the Texans just run the ball down the throat of the Titans the entire game with both backs and Schaub gets almost nothing done.
Jay Cutler, QB, CHI – Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, I hate you. Your not going to fool me again, Jay. He’s talented enough to have a good game this week but I want Forte back and some consistent numbers before I trust Cutler as a top 10 guy again. Also, the Cowboys defense has been very good this year and is among the most underrated defenses in the league.
Jordy Nelson, WR, GB – He’s fallen to a flex-play, surprisingly. While I believe that he and the Packers offense will rebound well this season, I want to know more about how they are going to use these guys before I consider him the WR2 I expected him to be.
Stevan Ridley, RB, NE – Despite all the scoring that I think is going to happen in this game, I’d have to say to just bench Ridley this week if you’ve got a good roster. The Pats really seemed back to a committee in the backfield against the Ravens and the way to beat my Bills is vertically down the field. Shh, don’t tell the Patriots.
Kenny Britt, WR, TEN – He might still rank as a flex-option but that is only because of the bye weeks. Britt looked better last week and if he had a good match-up i’d rank him as a really solid flex-guy but try and avoid using him against the Texans, who just bottle up Demaryius Thomas last week.