MICHAEL VICK VS. INDIANAPOLIS
Michael Vick makes his return to the starting lineup after missing the last few weeks with injuries. Kolb played very good while Vick was out, but the speed quarterback will get the start for the Eagles. This week the Eagles face the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts have been good against opposing quarterbacks because of their superb pass rush. I think that will be the reason why Vick has a good fantasy day. Defensive ends Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis will get Vick scrambling and that’s when he is at his best. Some people think that Vick will play more conservatively after his recent injury, but Vick’s legs are too good of a weapon not to use. I’m expecting some pretty good numbers from Vick.
Prediction: 220 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, 70 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown
RYAN FITZPATRICK VS. CHICAGO
Fitzpatrick has been a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners this year. He’s the epitome of a great bye week spot-starter. In just 5 games as the Bills’ starter, Fitzpatrick has thrown for 12 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions. While the Bears have been good against the pass, I expect Fitzpatrick and the Bills to play well and possibly get a win this week against the Bears. I also expect good things from wide receiver Steve Johnson this week.
Prediction: 250 passing yards, 2 passing touchdownsRUNNING BACKS
BENJARVIS GREEN-ELLIS AT CLEVELAND
The New England Patriots should be able to pass all over the Browns, resulting in a few rushing attempts near the goal line. Green-Ellis has thrived since the team traded running back Laurence Maroney to the Denver Broncos. Tom Brady should drive down the field a few times to give Green-Ellis a chance to get a touchdown.
Prediction: 14 carries, 65 yards, 1 rushing touchdown
MATT FORTE AT BUFFALO
Buffalo can’t stop the run and the Bears are in town on Sunday. That means start Matt Forte. The Bills have allowed an embarrassing 25.9 fantasy points per game against opposing running backs this season. No team has allowed more rushing attempts than Buffalo, who has been run against 234 times in just seven games. Chicago will probably plan to run the ball early and often, so Forte is must start this week.
Prediction: 21 carries, 150 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown, 30 receiving yardsWIDE RECEIVERS
MIKE WILLIAMS (TB) AT ATLANTA
The Bucs have surprised a lot of people this year, and so has fourth-round pick Mike Williams. He’s been fantastic for the Bucs and has anchored their passing game. Williams has tallied 32 catches for 470 yards and 4 touchdowns this season. I’m expecting more big things from Williams this week against the Atlanta Falcons who has given up an average of 25.4 fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers. Expect Williams to continue his fantastic play for the rest of the season.
Prediction: 5 catches, 80 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
DAVONE BESS AT BALTIMORE
Bess is quietly having a great season for the Dolphins. He’s on pace to finish around 80 catches for 800 yards and six touchdowns. The reason why Bess is producing should be credited to the presence of wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Marshall has been drawing coverage away from Bess, and he has capitalized. I think that this will be a close game, which will force the Dolphins to throw. Quarterback Chad Henne doesn’t have great options other than Marshall and Bess. With Marshall most likely seeing the double team, expect Bess to get a ton of targets as Henne’s safety valve.TIGHT ENDS
JACOB TAMME AT PHILADELPHIA
It’s official. Peyton Manning can make any pass catcher look good. His latest beneficiary is tight end Jacob Tamme. Tamme was a fourth-round pick out of Kentucky in 2008. The third year tight end looked like a Dallas Clark clone against the Texans last week, where he caught six pass for 64 yards and a touchdown. Manning seems to click with Tamme and they should continue to hook up in the future. This week the Colts play the Philadelphia Eagles who haven’t been overwhelming against opposing tight ends. Tamme is a perfect bye week replacement and potentially everyday starter.
Prediction: 5 catches, 50 receiving yards, 1 touchdownDEFENSES
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS DEFENSE AT CLEVELAND
I like New England this week against the struggling Cleveland Browns. Rookie quarterback Colt McCoy will make his third consecutive start for the Browns. McCoy has impressed in his opportunities so far, but I think he will hit a road block this week. Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick will scheme to get into McCoy’s head, and that should lead to a few turnovers.
Prediction: 17 points allowed, 2 interceptions, 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble
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