TOM BRADY VS MINNESOTA
Brady and the New England Patriots go up against a Minnesota Vikings pass defense that has only given up eight touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks this season. I just don’t think that Brady will be a top 10 fantasy quarterback this week. I also think that the Vikings pass rush will get back on track this week, and will cause Brady to check down more than he would like. If you have better options, consider benching Brady this week.
BRETT FAVRE AT NEW ENGLAND
It’s questionable whether Favre will play on Sunday against the Patriots. If he does play, I just don’t see him being very productive as far as fantasy is concerned. He is facing a Patriots defense that allows the third most points to opposing quarterbacks, but the Pats will find a way to get after Favre if he plays. It’s up in the air if Favre will start, so hopefully you have other options at quarterback this week.
RYAN MATHEWS VS TENNESSEE
Mathews was hyped up a lot before the season, but injuries have kept his numbers pedestrian. The Chargers face a Tennessee defense that has only allowed one touchdown to opposing running backs this season, so don’t expect Mathews to find the paydirt. The Chargers have also given Mike Tolbert more carries than expected, so until Mathews’ numbers improve, try to find other options.
CEDRIC BENSON VS MIAMI
Amidst all of the Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco craziness, the Bengals offense has been struggling this season. They haven’t really found their identity, and struggle in the redzone. Miami has been solid against the run this season and Benson hasn’t overwhelmed owners with eye-popping stats thus far. Benson has only reached double-digit fantasy points only twice this season. I just don’t anticipate Benson to have a great game. Expect below-average numbers from Benson this week.
MICHAEL CRABTREE VS DENVER
With Troy Smith starting for the 49ers this week, I want no part of Michael Crabtree this week. Crabtree’s targets should be limited as Vernon Davis will probably be the centerpiece of the 49ers passing offense. San Francisco plays the Denver Broncos who have been solid against opposing wide receivers. I’d wait to see how Troy Smith plays this week before I start Crabtree again.
MARQUES COLSTON VS STEELERS
Colston had a breakout game last week against the Cleveland Browns. It was his first 100-yard game and his first receiving touchdown this season. But I think Colston will revert back to his disappointing ways this week when he faces the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers have only allowed three touchdowns to opposing wide receivers this season, and quarterback Drew Brees has thrown eight picks in his last three games. If you have other options, I’d definitely consider benching Colston this week.
MARCEDES LEWIS AT DALLAS
Lewis has been playing good lately and quarterback David Garrard comes back this week, but I hate Lewis’ matchup this week. Dallas has been fantastic against opposing tight ends this season. They have only allowed one touchdown and a league fewest 17 catches to tight ends. I expect the Jaguars to struggle on the road in Dallas this week, so this isn’t a good week to play Lewis.
PACKERS DEF AT NEW YORK
The Packers are on the road this week against the New York Jets, and they are getting hammered with injuries. Cullen Jenkins, Ryan Pickett, and Nick Collins all have been nagged by injuries this week at practices. The Packers also lost Brandon Chillar and Brad Jones for the year, so their rush defense won’t be at the top of its game. I expect the Jets to run wild on the Packers this week. Don’t expect Green Bay to get double-digit fantasy points this week on the road.