DONOVAN MCNABB AT DETROIT – Mcnabb hasn’t been out of this world as far as fantasy stats are concerned, but he has been serviceable in situation. With the Skins’ running game starting to get more reliable, options should start opening up down the field for Mcnabb on play action and bootlegs. The Redskins face the one-win Lions on the road this week. I think that McNabb will take advantage of the Lions’ mediocre pass defense, as they will have trouble stopping Ryan Torain.
Projection – 253 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, 25 rushing yards
JOSH FREEMAN AT ARIZONA – Josh Freeman is playing great, but he still isn’t starting material for fantasy purposes just yet. This week, Freeman and the Bucs are on the road against the Arizona Cardinals. The Cards have been average against the pass this season. They have let up an average of 19.6 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season. I think Freeman will have a breakout fantasy performance this week in Arizona.
Projection – 227 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, 39 rushing yards
BEANIE WELLS VS. TAMPA BAY – It’s clear that Arizona running back Tim Hightower isn’t starting material in the NFL, so next in line is second-year running back Beanie Wells. Wells was nagged by an injury earlier this season, but he’s recovered and is now the workhorse of the Arizona backfield. He plays the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week at home this week. The Bucs have been terrible against the run this season, so I expect the Cardinals coaching staff to use Wells a lot in this matchup. A higher workload could result in a big fantasy day for Wells.
THOMAS JONES VS. BUFFALO – Before the season started, I would have never expected to see Jones receive the workload he has so far. He and Jamaal Charles have been stellar this season, and they face the Buffalo Bills at home this week. The Bills have been awful against the run this season, and that’s the Chiefs’ specialty. I could easily see Jones and Charles top 100 yards and a touchdown this week.
Projection – 115 rushing yards, 1 touchdown, 10 receiving yards
MIKE WILLIAMS (SEATTLE) AT OAKLAND – Williams had 11 catches last week against Arizona. Matt Hassleback won’t forget his big target this week against the Oakland Raiders. Although the Raiders have been good against opposing wide receivers this season, Williams looks like he’s Hassleback’s safety valve. The tall target will be shooting for his third straight double-digit fantasy performance, and I think he will meet and exceed those expectations.
Projection – 9 catches, 96 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
DEZ BRYANT VS. JACKSONVILLE – The former Oklahoma State standout had his first big game last week against the Giants in primetime. He scored twice and also returned a punt for a touchdown against a solid New York pass defense. Bryant seemed to have a connection with Kitna, who looks like he will be the quarterback for the rest of the season for the Cowboys. If the connection stays alive Bryant could finish very strong this season. This week, Bryant and the Cowboys face a terrible Jacksonville Jaguars pass defense. This only knock on Bryant’s value this week might be if the Cowboys decide to run more than pass. Regardless, Bryant should be targeted early and often.
Projection – 5 catches, 80 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
VISANTHE SHIANCOE AT NEW ENGLAND - Behind all of the Favre-a-palooza, Shaincoe hasn’t been super productive thus far in 2010. Veteran Brett Favre has an ankle injury, and it is up in the air if he will play Sunday against the Patriots who give up the third-most fantasy points per game to tight ends. If Jackson gets the nod, I could see Shiancoe getting a ton of targets. Since Favre has been starting for the last two seasons, Jackson has been left as the backup. Limited playing time might mean a change in the gameplan that result in shorter passes and more play-action. Jackson might be forced to check down a lot and that’s Shiancoe land. If Favre does play, it’s still a favorable matchup this week.
Projection – 7 catches, 66 receiving yards, 1 touchdown