DAVID GARRARD VS CLEVELAND
After an extremely lucky win last week against the Texans, Garrard gets another struggling pass defense. The Browns have been playing quite well lately, but they are still giving up the seventh most points to opposing quarterbacks. Garrard has been playing quite well as of late. In his last two games, Garrard has thrown for six touchdowns and no interceptions. A mixture of solid play and a bad pass defense could mean a big day for Garrard.
Prediction: 252 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, 0 interceptions, 20 rushing yards
CARSON PALMER VS BUFFALO
As much as I hate Carson Palmer, this is a good week to use him. The Bills are a middle-of-the-pack pass defense, but that’s because opposing teams are running the ball all over them. Palmer has found a nice connection with free agent acquisition Terrell Owens, and still has other reliable options like Jermaine Greshem and Chad Ochocinco. Palmer is averaging a healthy 266.1 passing yards per game so expect him to throw for a good amount of yards. If Palmer can stay away from turnovers, he could be a monster this week.
Prediction: 290 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 0 interceptions
CEDRIC BENSON VS BUFFALO
Benson has been really unimpressive thus far. He has only rushed for over 100 yards in one game this season, and has lost three fumbles. Last week Benson rushed 14 times for only 24 yards against the Indianapolis Colts. This week, I think that Benson will eclipse 14 fantasy points. The Bengals face the worst run defense in the NFL in the Buffalo Bills, who are giving up 166.9 yards per game on the ground. Buffalo will be focused on stopping the run, but I think that Benson gets it done this week.
Prediction: 107 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown, 15 receiving yards
LADAINIAN TOMLINSON VS HOUSTON
Houston has been horrendous against the pass this season. I think that the Texans will focus on stopping the passing game that features Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards. This will result with them forgetting about stopping the run. Tomlinson has carried the load for the Jets and there are no signs that that will change. Tomlinson should also see yards as a receiver out of the back field. A good day for L.T. is in line.
Prediction: 96 rushing yards, 0 rushing touchdowns, 30 receiving yards
JAMES JONES AT MINNESOTA
The Vikings have had issues with the second cornerback this season. Their pass defense isn’t exactly scary and the Packers led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers should have a solid day. Greg Jennings will most likely be covered by Antoine Winfield, leaving Jones with some light coverage. Jones has thrived since veteran wide receiver Donald Driver went down with an injury. Jones caught four passes for 107 yards against the Vikings earlier this season. A solid WR3 day is in line for Jones this week.
Prediction: 121 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns
DEZ BRYANT VS DETROIT
One player that has benefited from Tony Romo’s injury is Dez Bryant. Jon Kitna has found Bryant quite a bit over the last few games. Since Kitna has taken over, Bryant has 19 catches for 270 yards and 2 touchdowns. It was only a matter of time until Bryant broke out, and it seems now he is here to stay. New head coach Jason Garrett will find ways to get Bryant involved. This week the Cowboys face the unimpressive Detroit Lions pass defense and Bryant should have another solid game.
Prediction: 110 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
TODD HEAP AT CAROLINA
The Baltimore Ravens has been clicking all season due to the success of quarterback Joe Flacco. Flacco has a number of reliable targets to throw to, but when the Ravens get in the redzone he looks Heap’s way most of the time. Heap has scored four times in his last four games. Heap might not give you big yardage, but he always has a shot to find the endzone. The Ravens face Carolina who can’t stop opposing tight ends this season. The Panthers give up the third-most points to opposing tight ends, and it doesn’t look that will change this week.
Prediction: 45 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
NEW ORLEANS VS SEATTLE
New Orleans’ defense relies on turnovers. They have had trouble creating them this year, but the face a weak Seattle Seahawks offense. The Seahawks have struggled on the road, and quarterback Matt Hasselback is coming off an injury this week. There should be a few turnovers to make the Saints a good option this week.
Prediction: 17 points allowed, 2 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries