With Carolina, Chicago, Jacksonville and New Orleans on bye this week you’ll most likely be scrambling to find that sleeper, or on the fence on which player who has been riding pine all year you should throw into the starting role. Here’s a list of some juicy matchups that you should be confident in exploiting.
- Michael Vick, QB Philadelphia Eagles (vs DET) – Vick’s struggles have been enough to drive owners to look elsewhere for their starting QB. Leave him in for one more week as he faces a disheveled Lions defense who has given up huge fantasy points to lesser QBs (A. Smith, J. Locker) already this season. Of course you can expect a fumble, but also expect a 20+ point output.
- Andrew Luck, QB Indianapolis Colts (@ NYJ) – Gotta ride Luck’s hot hand. Luck has obviously hit his stride and put up huge numbers in the last few games. The loss of Darrelle Revis has obviously hurt the Jets, and the normally stout defense has looked like anything but.
Rashard Mendenhall, RB Pittsburgh Steelers (@ TEN) – Tennessee is terrible in all facets of the game, but especially their run defense, giving up rushing TDs to opponents in 7 of their last 8 games. Look for Mendy to hit full stride.
- Andre Roberts, WR Arizona Cardinals (vs BUF) – The Bills have given up a league high 10 receiving TDs this season. If you’re in a pinch for a WR3 or flex spot, take a gamble on Roberts.
- Owen Daniels, TE Houston Texans (vs GB) – Anyone watching last weeks Monday night matchup could see that Matt Schaub has found a new favorite target, and it wasn’t Andre Johnson.
- Tony Romo, QB Dallas Cowboys (@ BAL) – Seems like I’ve had him on the Sit’em list every week. Week 6 is no exception as he faces a tough, though not as tough as we’re used to, Baltimore defense who has only given up 2 passing TDs all year.
Robert Griffin III, QB Washington Redskins (vs MIN) – RGIII got a rude awakening to his superb NFL career when he was knocked out in week 5. Looks like he’ll be good to go on Sunday, unfortunately he faces a rejuvenated Vikes defense who has their last 3 opposing QBs to under 760 passing yards and 2 TDs combined.
- Steven Jackson, RB St. Louis Rams (@ MIA) – The Dolphins run defense is the best in the league. Yes, the Dolphins. Predator Jackson is never really a good start, but even if my other 2 starters were on bye I’d look elsewhere.
- Robert Meachem, WR San Diego Chargers (vs DEN) – Meach finally lived up to expectations in week 5, finding paydirt not once but twice. That was against New Orleans. Though I’m sure alot of folks locked onto him on the waiver wire, I wouldn’t give him the start until he puts together a couple nice games. Look for Meachem to slink back into the shadows against a decent Broncos secondary.
- Jacob Tamme, TE Denver Broncos (@ SD) – Tamme will get some targets but when it comes to redzone action, Dreessen is his guy, hawking touchdowns from Tamme in the last 3 games.