Were going to take this article in a new direction this week. Instead of previewing and regurgitating information about each and every game this weekend, I am going to touch base on just a few. For those of you seeking specific insight on a certain team, position or topic simply head over to our home page to submit your question. You will receive an in-depth answer within 24 hours!
Green Bay vs. Indianapolis -
This one is going to go one of two ways; either its going to be a shootout with Green Bay eventually taking the win or its going to be an onslaught in which Andrew Luck comes down to earth. I’m thinking shootout for two reasons; the game is being played in Indianapolis on turf and the colts have had two weeks to prepare for the Packers prolific offensive attack. Get all your Wide receivers in there aside from Greg Jennings who has officially been ruled out. If you are in a pinch at wide receiver James Jones is worth a look. The guy is maddeningly inconsistent and the last time Greg Jennings sat out I’m pretty sure he got negative fantasy points but the guy can score and will have plenty of looks coming his way. Last week Jones caught two touchdowns (it looked like he stole one from Jermichael Finley) Donnie Avery looks to be a nice play as the Green Bay defense is likely to key in on Reggie Wayne.
Baltimore vs. Kansas City -
This Baltimore defense has not been as unforgiving as it has been in years past but I expect that to change this week against Kansas City. I don’t think the Chiefs passing game scares the Ravens at all so they should be able to key in on Jamaal Charles and Bottle him up. There is a good chance Charles gets loose for a long touchdown out of sheer talent but make no mistake, this veteran defense still knows how to handle business. It should be noted that the Baltimore defense has allowed a surprising 6 touchdowns on the ground so far but I think they right the ship this week in that aspect. Ray Rice is about to have a field day as he runs out the clock. Baltimore wins big.
Atlanta vs. Washington -
I wish I could say that this is the game Robert Griffin III get stopped but I just don’t believe that to be true. He will throw a few interceptions in this one (the Atlanta Defense really knows how to scheme) but the talented rookie will make up his fantasy football points on the ground and will probably score twice. I do think Alfred Morris gets put in his place, his time is the sun is coming to a close any day now. Michael Turner should come back down to earth a little bit in this one but he is still expected to score. Both Roddy White and Julio Jones will score in this one as well as Matt Ryan balances out his dealing in week 5.
Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh -
This is a statement game as both teams try to claim supremacy over their home state. I get the feeling this one will be Lesean McCoy’s big breakout game despite the tough Pittsburgh defense match up (Pittsburgh has only allowed 303 yards on the ground to date - good for fifth best in the league) If Andy Reid has learned anything this year its that he should give the ball to his most talented player if he wants to win. Eli Manning managed to find some open receivers last Sunday night against this highly touted Philadelphia pass defense and I see no reason Ben Roethlisberger cant do the same. Keep in mind Hakeem Nicks sat out this week and all of Pittsburgh’s receivers are well rested and healthy.
Tennessee vs. Minnesota -
Chris Johnson’s big game last week sure came out of nowhere. He failed to score but racked up 141 yards on the ground against the leagues best all around defense (statistical) Make no mistake, this Minnesota defensive front is no slouch so a let down could certainly be on the horizon. Either way, if you own Chris Johnson you have to start him. It looks as though Kenny Britt will once against be inactive for the second week in a row so make other plans. I do expect Adrian Peterson to have a nice game, 80 yards and two touchdowns sounds about right. If Chris Johnson gets half that stat line consider yourself lucky.
Denver vs. New England -
This one has all the makings of a shootout. The Patriots lit up the Bills last week but still allowed 4 touchdowns passes from Ryan Fitzpatrick. Peyton Manning is just a little bit better than Fitzpatrick so I’m sure he can put out an equally strong performance. We all know the history between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, this should be the best game of the week with fantasy football implications galore. don’t get cute and start Brandon Bolden unless you are in a tight spot but both Willis Mcgahee and Stevan Ridley should be ok. Do not expect huge numbers from Ridley this week, the Denver defense has been pretty good against the run having only allowed one rushing touchdown to date.
San Diego vs. New Orleans -
Everyone loves a Sunday night shoot out and this match up aims to please! New Orleans cant stop anyone! The New Orleans defense has given up over 1,100 yards through the air and over 700 yards on the ground so be sure to start all of your Chargers. New Orleans has been surprisingly good against tight ends thus far so don’t expect a ton of yards from Antonio Gates but I do think he is due for a touchdown. Both Ryan Mathews and Jackie Battle are start-able in this one due to the match up, just be sure to monitor the situation going forward. On the other side, the saints will need to find their scores through the air; this San Diego defense has only given up 317 yards on the ground in 2012. That shouldn’t be a problem for fantasy football purposes, if you are starting any saints running backs besides Darren Sproles (who makes his living through the air) your team is in trouble anyway.
Houston vs. NY Jets -
This game will be the straw that broke the camel’s back. Mark Sanchez’s days are numbered and getting chased down by JJ Watt all night will not help his cause. Couple that with the prolific Texans rushing attack and you have a recipe for disaster. The Jets defense has given up 691 yards on the ground and 7 scores, second only to the New Orleans Saints. If you have a chance to grab Tim Tebow do it now while he is still available. Arian Foster should run wild and Ben Tate might get in on the action if things get out of hand (and if his toe is ok) Matt Schaub should be an ok start but the Texans are likely to be up big limiting his upside.
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