Stud of the Week: Matt Ryan at New Orleans Saints
The Saints are bad, like really bad. Opposing QBs are averaging 21.2 ppg against their decimated secondary. Ryan has had back-to-back lackluster weeks, but playing against the Saints should help him right the ship.
Teddy Bridgewater vs. Kansas City Chiefs
If you take away the whopper the Chiefs defense gave up to Aaron Rodgers, opposing quarterbacks would still be averaging 19.1 ppg against the Chiefs. Bridgewater looked great against the Broncos top-ranked defense and should be in for a big game coming off of a bye week.
Colin Kaepernick vs. Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens defense has been awful since the loss of pass rusher Terrell Suggs and things don’t seem to be getting better, after allowing Josh McCown to have a franchise record-setting day for the Browns.
Dud of the Week: Russell Wilson vs. Carolina Panthers
There’s this tight end in Seattle who looks a lot like Jimmy Graham, but don’t tell Russel Wilson that, I don’t think they’ve met.
Josh McCown vs. Denver Broncos
The Broncos defense is giving up a gaudy 7.9 ppg to opposing QBs…let that sink in.
Cam Newton at Seattle Seahawks
Newton struggles historically on the road and playing in Seattle is a tall order.
Stud of the Week: Eddie Lacy vs. San Diego Chargers
Oh, how juicy, how very juicy. Lacy, a top-5 pick in most leagues, getd a defense that has given up the second most fantasy points to opposing RBs this season.
Mark Ingram vs. Atlanta Falcons
Ingram is the Saints offense right now. It would be foolish not to force feed him the ball against a Falcons defense that struggles against the run.
C.J. Anderson at Cleveland Browns
Do you taste that? That’s the taste of C.J. Anderson leading you to victory. Time for Pro Bowl Anderson to wake up against a surprisingly bad Browns rushing defense.
Dud of the Week: Jeremy Hill at Buffalo Bills
We have officially entered a time share where the change-of-pace back gets more work than the apparent workhorse. I’m starting Giovani Bernard, until Hill can prove he can hold onto the ball.
Jonathan Stewart at Seattle Seahawks
Stewart should have a nice warm spot on your bench or on the waiver wire, and if not, make sure to find him one, as he faces the top fantasy run defense in the league.
Arizona Cardinals RBs at Pittsburgh Steelers
Stud of the Week: Julian Edelman at Indianapolis Colts
With the injury to LT Nate Solder, Edelman’s usage in the Patriots offense should continue and increase, as Tom Brady looks to get rid of the ball quicker.
Calvin Johnson vs. Chicago Bears
The artist formerly known as Megatron has been disappointing all season. It is time for Johnson, much like the fictional Megatron, to wake up and have himself a game.
Mike Wallace vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Wallace had a very good game for the Vikings against Denver and gets an even better matchup following a bye week.
Dud of the Week: Randall Cobb vs. San Diego Chargers
Julio Jones at New Orleans Saints
Short week, injured and on a pitch count—if you have Jones and he is active, then you are starting him, but this could be another let down game for Jones.
Keenan Allen at Green Bay Packers
Antonio Gates is back and will cut into Allen’s targets, as he did against the Steelers. The Packers are limiting opposing wideouts to 16.8 ppg total this season.
Stud of the Week: Greg Olsen at Seattle Seahawks
Olsen has been very quiet this season, despite being Cam Newton’s only experienced receiving option. Seattle is very good against opposing receivers, but have struggled defending tight ends this season, so look for Olsen to take advantage of that weakness.
Zach Ertz vs New York Giants
Ertz is not going to be the tight end that was rated so highly in preseason rankings this season. But against the Giants, Ertz has a good matchup and QB Sam Bradford has been steadily improving the past few weeks. It’s time for the Eagles to start involving Ertz more in the passing game.
Jordan Cameron at Tennessee Titans
Coming off of a bye, with a new coach and a new sense of purpose, I see a talented Miami Dolphins team rebounding all around, and that includes Ryan Tannehill and Jordan Cameron.
Dud of the Week: Jimmy Graham vs. Carolina Panthers
Graham makes this spot two weeks in a row. Until Wilson and Graham show me something, the Pro Bowl tight end will be sitting on the bench. It doesn’t help that Carolina allows the fewest ppg to opposing tight ends.
Charles Clay vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Not only are the Bengals defense a bad matchup for Clay, he may also be without QB Tyrod Taylor this week.
Julius Thomas vs. Houston Texans
Thomas may be healthy, kind of, but he is an injury waiting to happen, stepping into an offense where the QB already has chemistry with his top two receivers.
Stud of the Week: Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions
Matthew Stafford is playing behind an offensive line that can’t pass protect and he has been known to take chances. The Bears are in line for a good defensive day against the Lions one dimensional attack.
Baltimore Ravens at San Francisco 49ers
Nothing like playing Colin Kaepernick to heal what ails you.
Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears
I haven’t fully bought into the whole Jay Cutler making smart decisions line yet. Cutler has played very well this season under the direction of Adam Gase, but his luck is bound to run out and the Lions are desperate.
Dud of the Week: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Arizona Cardinals
The Steelers defense isn’t what it once was and the same rings true for the Arizona Cardinals offense. Carson Palmer may be the league’s MVP (to go along with Comeback Player of the Year) and their offensive line is vastly improved. That, to go along with their new fancy slot machine Larry Fitzgerald, all spells trouble for the Steelers.
Buffalo Bills vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Looks like good Andy Dalton has almost completely buried bad Andy Dalton. With the possibility of Tyrod Taylor missing this game, the Bills may spend most of this game playing from behind.
New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts
The Patriots embarrassed the Colts in the AFC Championship game in January. The Colts then started the Deflategate circus. Andrew Luck and company have had an extra three days to prepare for the Pats, and with Frank Gore and Andre Johnson waking up and contributing, Luck should have a good day.
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