I wanted to talk nothing but Texans with Matt this week, so with Wednesday’s podcast already in the books, we have another blogged version of our fantasy football start/sit/sleepers for you here. Hope you
actually read like it.
Miami Dolphins @ Houston Texans
Chris says: START QB Matt Schaub. If you don’t have one of the elite fantasy football quarterbacks, this would be a good time to scoop up Matt Schaub. After an excellent road performance against the Jaguars, Matt will start his first home game of the season against the Dolphins. After throwing for 3 TDs in his last game, Schaub also figures to get back on the same page with Andre Johnson, who broke out last week after a slow start.
Baltimore Ravens @ Indianapolis Colts
Matt says: START RB Le’Ron McClain. I’m not sold that McGahee is 100%, as he keeps coming up gimpy. Besides which, McClain is the goal line and short yardage guy and you saw how much success Super Steve had in the red zone against these fools last week.
New England Patriots @ San Diego Chargers
Chris says: START WR Wes Welker. Here’s why you need to start Welker – simply stated, he’s due. Despite his drop-off in scoring (zero TDs so far this season) he’s still on pace to catch 108 balls this year. He’s got to score sometime, and even if he doesn’t – in PPR leagues he’ll still post solid numbers.
Oakland Raiders @ New Orleans Saints
Matt says: SIT RB Michael Bush. I’m gonna say that the Raiders ride the D-Mac Express early and often in this one and that Bush doesn’t top 4 fantasy points. I mean, honestly, assuming he’s even 90%, why would you not work the hell out of McFadden against a bad D?
Cincinnati Bengals @ New York Jets
Chris says: START WR Laveranues Coles. All the “lack of chemistry” issues between Coles and Favre are behind them now, and with the Bengals across the line of scrimmage – at home? Psshh, please – Favre might have another 6 TD game in him.
Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings
Matt says: START WR Roy Williams. You would have thought that Williams was going to be option 1 this year in Detroit, but Calvin Johnson seems to have (rightfully) passed him. Still, with the trade deadline looming two days after this game, look for the Lions to try and get him the ball just a little more to drive his price up for would-be suitors. Chris adds: On top of that, Williams was targeted an eye-popping 18 times last week. Williams seems to be trying to snatch that #1 WR status back from CJ.
Chicago Bears @ Atlanta Falcons
Chris says: START RB Michael Turner. Turner could struggle against Chicago’s highly-ranked run defense, but the Bears haven’t been great against the pass, which could set Turner up for some success in the red zone. It’s tough to even consider sitting Turner right now, but his performance has definitely been up and down according to the opponent’s quality. Despite that, start Turner this week.
St. Louis Rams @ Washington Redskins
Matt says: START QB Jason Campbell. I am this close to giving Campbell “must start” status over all but a handful of guys, at least until Jason does something to prove me wrong. That sure as heck won’t be this week as the Rams’ defense is still putrid, regardless of who is coaching. Campbell should have a field day.
Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Chris says: START QB Jake Delhomme. The Panthers are on the road in a tough divisional matchup, but the Bucs have given up 8 passing TDs this season, and Delhomme is steadily improving after a rocky start (save for that first game against the Chargers). Delhomme has two TD passes in each of his last two games.
Green Bay Packers @ Seattle Seahawks
Matt says: SIT QB Matt Hasselbeck. It should go without saying right now, but this Seahawks offense looks horrid and Matt is dinged to boot. Sit Hasselbeck and, seriously, consider dropping him outright.
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Denver Broncos
Chris says: SIT WR Eddie Royal. I’m almost always in favor of starting Royal, but he’s got an ankle issue this week – and while reports suggest it looks like he’ll be able to go, he could turn the ankle early and then what have you got? On top of that, Brandon Stokley has been gaining steam as a legitimate threat to Eddie’s #2 WR spot – at least in terms of fantasy numbers. When Royal’s back to 100%, I really think Royal will re-affirm himself in that high-powered Bronco offense.
Philadelphia Eagles @ San Francisco 49ers
Matt says: SIT RB Brian Westbrook. I know he’s tough and I know he wants to play, but even if he gets out there, one hit could have him back on the sidelines for the rest of the day. Assuming you aren’t in some kind of bye week hell, don’t risk getting nothing from one of your RBs. Just sit Westbrook and plug in someone else.
Dallas Cowboys @ Arizona Cardinals
Chris says: START WR Steve Breaston. Anquan Boldin is out for this game, and Breaston will start in his place. The Cardinals will essentially be playing on the road in front of thousands and thousands of Cowboy fans in their own home stadium. They figure to get behind big, and the Cardinal offense has been known to excel in garbage time.
New York Giants @ Cleveland Browns
Matt says: START Giants Defense. Remember a few weeks back when the Giants D feasted on the Rams? Well, this game won’t be quite like that, but look for that line to notch you at least two sacks and force whomever is QBing the Browns into at least one pick.
Matt – Jon Kitna. The Vikings D, rush or otherwise, has not been as good as advertised this year and I think the Lions’ two WRs match up well with them. Add in that I think the Lions are trying to showcase Roy Williams this week so they can cash in on him in a trade and I look for nearly 300 yards and 2 scores.
Chris – Kyle Orton. This is crazy-talk. Orton was my sleeper last week, this week – I’m uh… “sleepering” him again if you are hurting at QB. The Falcons have given up 9 passing TDs this season, and 220+ yards per game. The Bears should come to town and give Atlanta a stiff test for their untrustworthy 3-2 record.
Matt – I should have saved Le’Ron McClain for this one, but I didn’t, so I’ll go with Correll Buckhalter. SOMEONE is going to get some decent yardage against the Niners and I really think C-Buck is the guy this week.
Chris – Matt had him last week, this week I’ll trot him out. Chester Taylor. With the constant fear that the Vikings will run Adrian Peterson into the ground, they could easily give Taylor a full load in the second half if Detroit rolls over and gets blown out like they always do. Taylor also has a knack for hauling in a few catches when he sees the field.
Matt – Chansi Stuckey. The Bengals aren’t stopping anyone, so the Jets’ #3 WR should be a nice sneaky play if you are looking for a bye week fill-in. He won’t rack up a ton of catches, but 5 for 45 and a TD is a distinct possibility.
Chris – Devin Hester. Atlanta has not been good against the pass, and Hester seems to be getting his feet under him as a wide receiver. On top of that, he’s of course always a threat as a return man, and you could argue that he’s due for a big game at either or both positions.