QB KYLE ORTON VS OAKLAND
Orton has played incredible for the Broncos this year, and I don’t expect his stellar play to drop off on Sunday against Oakland. Orton is a must-start quarterback for the rest of the season due to his easy schedule and Denver’s high flying passing offense.
QB MATT CASSEL VS JACKSONVILLE
I never thought I’d be advising someone to start Matt Cassel this season, but this is the week to start him. Cassel is going up against an awful Jacksonville secondary that has already given up 14 touchdowns on the season.
RB KNOWSHON MORENO VS OAKLAND
After being nagged by injuries through the first five games, Moreno is healthy and ready to carry the load against the Raiders. There is a good chance that Denver runs away with this game early, and that will mean more carries for Moreno. The Raiders’ defense is also ranked no. 30 in the league against the rush.
RB PEYTON HILLIS AT NEW ORLEANS
Hillis has been a fantastic pickup for his lucky owners this season. The third-year pro hasn’t scored less than eight points in any game this season. His least productive game of the year was last week against a stout Pittsburgh run defense, in which he scored eight points. Hillis has been nagged a little by injuries this year, but he’s still been able to play in every game. Even though he’s listed as questionable on the injury report this week, the running back plays a weak Saints’ run defense. He should be able to put up a double digit point total for the sixth time this season.
WR DWAYNE BOWE VS JACKSONVILLE
Dwayne Bowe was one of my sleeper wide receivers coming into the year and last week he finally woke up. Bowe had a monster game last Sunday against Houston, receiving for 108 yards and scoring two touchdowns. This week he is going up against the Jaguars’ secondary, which is ranked no. 28 in the league, but is just as bad as Houston’s passing defense when it comes to giving up touchdowns as they are both tied for last place in that category. Bowe looks to be a safe start again this week.
WR MIKE WILLIAMS VS ARIZONA
The other Mike Williams had a great week against Chicago last Sunday racking up 123 receiving yards for the Seahawks. Williams looks to be more involved in the offense now after the Deion Branch trade and is quarterback Matt Hasselbeck’s go-to guy. The Seahawks will also be playing at home this Sunday, where they look like a much better team than on the road and Arizona’s secondary is ranked no. 26 in the league. Expect more solid production this week for Williams.
TE BENJAMIN WATSON
Watson has quietly put together a solid season for the Browns this year, as he leads the team with 29 catches. Last week he scored 14 fantasy points against the Steelers and he looks to be quarterback Colt McCoy’s no. 1 option again against the Saints with starting receivers Joshua Cribbs and Mohammed Massaquoi sidelined. Watson also has a good matchup this week against the Saints, who aren’t that great at covering tight ends.
CHIEFS DEF VS JACKSONVILLE
Believe it or not, the Kansas City Chiefs’ defense ranks no. 5 against the run this season. With starting quarterback David Garrard out, the Jaguars will look to use a heavy dose of Maurice Jones-Drew to pound the ball all day. Todd Bouman is not much of a threat throwing the football and hasn’t started a game since 2005. He will be more of a game manager for the Jaguars offense 25th ranked offense in his start for the injured Garrard. I expect the Chiefs to come away from this game with a few interceptions and a handful of sacks, making them a safe play this week.
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