Real life got in the way this week, so no podcast for the three of you (including Matt and I) that listen to it… so this week, another blogged version of myself and Matt’s incredible, unbeatable, stupendously perfectualized god-given gob of golden fantasy football advice!
Game-by-game sit/start recommendations:
San Diego Chargers @ Buffalo Bills
Matt says: SIT TE Robert Royal. Assuming you aren’t in bye week hell there are probably some more consistent options out there. I like Royal, but with Trent’s head being slightly questionable, I’d just skip this one.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinnati Bengals
Chris says: SIT WR Chad Johnson. Too much talking, too much whining, and no Carson Palmer. For the rest of this season, the only way I play Chad Johnson will be if their QB situation is more stable, AND they have to be playing a weak defense, because right now T.J. Houshmandzadeh is THE man in Cincy. This week – expect Ryan Fitzpatrick to be behind center again, and on the other side of the ball? The Pittsburgh Steelers.
Tennessee Titans @ Kansas City Chiefs
Matt says: START RB LenDale White. Hell, start ME against the Chiefs right now. I assume KC will worry so much about Chris Johnson that the Whale gets a TD or two.
Baltimore Ravens @ Miami Dolphins
Chris says: SIT RB Ricky Williams. The Ravens are at the top of the league in run defense in terms of yardage allowed, and they’ve given up only one rushing TD all year. Despite Ronnie Brown’s resurgence, he and Ricky are still splitting the carries pretty evenly. Half the carries against a top-ranked defense means Ricky can stay on your bench and dream about giant fields of pot this week.
New Orleans Saints @ Carolina Panthers
Matt says: START RB Jonathan Stewart. New Orleans D is a little better than I thought they’d be, but Carolina will likely lean on the run early to keep NO’s offense off the field.
Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago Bears
Chris says: START RB Matt Forte. Forte has been a stud this year, and he always gets a full load of carries. The Vikings actually have a pretty stiff run defense, but for my money, Forte is a guy you have to start every week despite the matchup. That is, unless you are incredibly stacked at RB.
San Francisco 49ers @ New York Giants
Matt says: SIT WR Isaac Bruce. Giants coming off a surprise loss combined with O’Sullivan’s penchant forINTs. No way I touch a SF WR this week.
Dallas Cowboys @ St. Louis Rams
Chris says: START WR Roy Williams. Why not? Either of Brad Johnson or Tony Romo should do well against the Rams, and chances are they’ll try to get the ball to Williams to “welcome” him to the crack den. Also, crazy insane T.O. is obviously still one of best WRs in the league, and will merit double-teams.
Detroit Lions @ Houston Texans
Matt says: START RB Kevin Smith. Damnit, our run defense can’t stop anyone right now, so I don’t see why they would suddenly start.
Cleveland Browns @ Washington Redskins
Chris says: START QB Jason Campbell. I think the Redskins will respond well to their home loss to St. Louis last week. The Browns haven’t been terrible against the pass this year, but I look for Campbell to be good for a TD pass or two this Sunday. This isn’t one of those picks that I have a lot data to back up my claim – call it more of a hunch.
Indianapolis Colts @ Green Bay Packers
Matt says: SIT RB Dominic Rhodes. I’m assuming Indy will just throw, throw, and throw some more as they adjust to the Addai injury. I could be wrong, but I’d like to give Rhodes a week just to see how they use him.
New York Jets @ Oakland Raiders
Chris says: SIT TE Dustin Keller. He’s too much of a risk right now. One week he does very well, another week (like last week against a weak Bengals team) he gets shut out – but was nice enough to get a tackle after a Jets turnover. Getting shut out against the Bengals earns you a spot on the bench in my world.
Seattle Seahawks @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Matt says: START RB Warrick Dunn. The Seahawks blow. Plain and simple. Chris adds: They do indeed – and also consider that Dunn got 22 carries last week to Earnest Graham’s 5.
Denver Broncos @ New England Patriots
Chris says: SIT RB Selvin Young. I just don’t trust a Bronco running back in the fantasy football world. You never know from week to week who Shanahan’s going to give the bulk of the carries to, and with Young’s groin still causing him to miss some practice this week – I think you have to hold off on him. Keep an eye on the Broncos RB situation though, as impressive rookie Ryan Torain is on the mend, and will surely be in the mix when he returns.
Week 7 Sleepers:
Chris – Matt Cassel, Patriots. The Patriots are at home on Monday night, against a Broncos pass defense that is dead last in the NFL. Or, if it goes the other way and the Broncos dominate, the Pats could be playing from behind and chucking it up.
Matt – Jeff Garcia, Bucs. The Seahawks are absolutely awful in all facets of the game right now. This includes their secondary. TB will probably be “run first” early, but there will definitely be some openings downfield for Garcia to exploit.
Chris – Mewelde Moore, Steelers. Willie Parker re-aggravated his knee injury on Wednesday, and may not be able to go against the Bengals. Even if Parker can go, he may be limited, and as you might expect – the Bengals are god awful against the run.
Matt – LeRon McClain, Baltimore. I’m sticking with him for another week. Flacco is struggling and McGahee is a wuss, so La’Ron should get some touches. Whether he’ll be able to do a lot against Miami is questionable, but I’m guessing he gets the TD if Baltimore scores one. If you’re in a bye-week trap, might be worth a look.
Chris – Donnie Avery, Rams. The Rams will be playing with a little more confidence coming off their improbable win in Washington… and Avery is starting to come on strong. The Cowboys have allowed 8 passing touchdowns this year and have looked lost in the secondary at times.
Matt – Steve Smith, NY Giants. Plax gets the headlines, but Smith is becoming Manning’s go-to guy, especially in hot reads. The San Fran D is decent, but they are overmatched by the Giants’ O and Smith should benefit from that.