QB MATT SCHAUB AT NEW YORK
As expected, Matt Schaub had a great outing last week against the Jaguars. However, I think that Mr. Inconsistent is due for one of his down weeks this Sunday against the Jets. Although New York’s passing defense is just average, they have been solid against fantasy quarterbacks in recent weeks. Schaub also won’t be 100% healthy this week as he was hospitalized on Tuesday with a bursa sac injury in his right knee, making him an even more risky start.
QB JAY CUTLER AT MIAMI
Cutler has posted very solid fantasy numbers the past two weeks, averaging 20 points in games against Buffalo and Minnesota. He has also only been sacked once in each of those contests. I expect things to change on Thursday night though, as Cutler faces Miami’s sixth ranked passing defense that also recently added a healthy Al Harris to the mix. I can easily picture Cutler throwing a few interceptions and Cameron Wake forcing a fumble as he takes down Chicago’s QB. Cutler is an average play at best this week.
RB JAHVID BEST AT DALLAS
While Best’s matchup against the Cowboys looks good on paper, it’s hard to trust him after putting up below average numbers since his Week two breakout game, including a game against Buffalo last Sunday in which he only scored three fantasy points. The rookie’s lack of production has a lot to do with nagging turf toe injuries in both of his feet, which even caused him to miss practice on Thursday. Until Best proves that he is healthy enough to produce every week, I wouldn’t risk playing him.
RB MARSHAWN LYNCH AT NEW ORLEANS
Last week in a favorable matchup against the Cardinals, Lynch averaged just 2.2 yards per carry on 13 rushing attempts. Although Lynch did find the endzone for the second time this season, Justin Forsett looked much better and could be taking more carries away from Lynch this week. The Saints will key in on stopping the run early and force Seattle to throw the ball against their talented passing defense. Until Lynch shows more consistency, he is only worth a flex spot at best.
WR SANTANA MOSS AT TENNESSEE
Moss had a bad outing along with the rest of his teammates on Monday night, producing only two fantasy points against the Eagles. The week before that, Moss only scored five fantasy points against the Lions. This Sunday, he goes up against a solid Tennessee passing defense that has allowed only four receiving touchdowns to wide receivers all season. Maybe this is the week Moss rebounds, but I would play it safe and keep him on your bench until he shows he is back on the same page with Donovan McNabb.
WR MIKE WILLIAMS AT NEW ORLEANS
The other Mike Williams faces his toughest matchup of the year in New Orleans. Believe it or not, the Saints have the No. 1 ranked passing defense in the league. Williams will also be going up against a secondary that has allowed the fewest fantasy points to wide receivers this season and that has allowed only six receiving touchdowns on the season. Factor in that Williams is also playing with a broken pinkie finger on his right hand and that he has been inconsistent for most of the season except when he plays Arizona. Keep Williams on your bench this week unless you are very thin at WR.
TE ANTHONY FASANO VS CHICAGO
Fasano had a breakout game against the Titans last Sunday, catching five passes for 107 yards and a touchdown. Fasano was also recently rewarded with a two-year contract extension and is playing with a quarterback in Tyler Thigpen who will look to throw to him often. There are a lot of positives surrounding Fasano and he might be a great play down the road, but Thursday’s matchup against the Bears is not favorable. Chicago is excellent against opposing tight ends and has not given up a single touchdown to a tight end this season. Hold onto Fasano for his future value, but bench him this week.
GIANTS DEF AT PHILADELPHIA
New York is a solid fantasy defense because they get sacks and force turnovers, but last week against the Cowboys they did not play like one, allowing 30 points. This week they travel to Philadelphia to face the Michael Vick Experience and at the level that Vick is playing at right now, you can’t start any defense against him. If you own the Giants defense, look elsewhere this week when setting your lineup.