It's playoff time! All the hard work in August until now has paid off. There is no room for error because if you lose you're done. Getting a win isn't going to be easy since that guy who quit submitting his lineup back in week 7 as been eliminated. You will be going up against other teams that want the trophy just as bad as you. So let's figure out how we can escape these next couple of weeks and take home the hardware. Hopefully you've targeted some players that have favorable matchups during the playoff weeks. Here are the favorable matchups for this week.
Rudi Johnson vs. Indianapolis – the Colts rank dead last in the league against the rush, allowing over 176 yards rushing per game.
Shaun Alexander vs San Francisco – The Niners have allowed 16 rushing touchdowns which is second most in the league.
The Indy receivers vs Cincinnati – this game should be an entertaining high scoring game and we expect plenty of passing against the Bengals last place passing defense.
Terrell Owens vs Atlanta – the Falcons have had plenty of problems at cornerback which has resulted in allowing over 234 yards passing a game.
Marques Colston vs Washington – Colston looks healthy again and the Redskins have given up a league high 25 touchdowns.
Here are a few players that you might want to take a look at plugging into your starting lineup this week to either turn around your luck or keep your success going! They may not be the top names in fantasy football, but most are the ‘in between' guys that you might have to make a tough decision on. The good fantasy owner is able to pick these players out from a crowd and stick them in their lineup for fantasy success!
QB – Rex Grossman – Grossman could have gotten benched with another lackluster performance last week, but instead he quieted the critics with a mistake free 200 yard 2 TD performance. This week the Bears entertain a Tampa Bay team that's already thinking about next year. Tampa's pass defense is worse than the Rams. In fact, they've allowed 23 passing touchdowns, which is the third most in the league. You can see that the swagger is back for Grossman and we are anticipating another 200+, 2 TD game from him.
RB – Rudi Johnson – This is the first time we've had a player listed as a Geek of the Week in back to back weeks. Last week Johnson had one of his better games topping 100 and scoring twice. Can he do it again? We think so because he'll be running against the worst rushing defense in the league, the Colts. The Colts allowed a whopping 375 yards on the ground last week to the Jaguars. Johnson is tied for fourth with 10 rushing touchdowns and the Colts are dead last in the league allowing 17 rushing touchdowns. Johnson faced the Colts last year in week 11 and he scored twice and we think that he can do it again this year.
RB – Brandon Jacobs – This is a scoring only league special. Jacobs has been a little quiet lately and we think that is about to change this week against the Eagles. Philadelphia is 29th in the league against the run. Jacobs has scored 8 of the Giants 9 rushing touchdowns and we think that he will find the end zone in this game. Jacobs has gone two games without scoring, something that has only happened one other time this year. We are expecting a typical game from Jacobs, 30 – 50 yards rushing and at least 1 touchdown.
WR – Roy Williams – Williams has been held without a touchdown for the last five games, but the Lions play Green Bay this week and that should be music to fantasy player's ears. In week 3, Williams was able to scorch the Packers defense, as he scored once and had 138 yards receiving. The Packers haven't gotten any better against the pass ranking 28th giving up an average of 232 passing yards a game and they've allowed 24 touchdowns, second most in the league. We expect the Lions to lean heavily on the passing game this week due to the injury to Kevin Jones and that means plenty of targets for Williams.
WR – Bernard Berrian – After a hot start to the season, Berrian has cooled off some and he's been fighting through a rib injury. Last week he claimed he was just about 100 percent and the stats showed it as he found the end zone. We think he will continue to build on that this week against Tampa Bay. Berrian is healthy again, Grossman is confident again and Tampa Bay gives up almost 2 passing touchdowns a week. Looks like a recipe for success to us! In the first five weeks of the season, when Berrian was healthy, he averaged 82 yards a game and had 4 touchdowns. We think he could finish the season just as strong.
TE – Tony Scheffler – Scheffler was an unknown quantity until Jay Cutler took over the starting job in Denver. Since then Scheffler and Cutler have hooked up for 2 touchdowns. We think that they can continue the chemistry this week when they travel to Arizona. Arizona is 30th against the pass and they've averaged 2 defensive passing touchdowns over the last four weeks. Things should only improve as Cutler gets more comfortable in his starting role.
DEF – Miami – The Miami defense is really rolling right now. They rank as the second overall defense and they are coming off of a shutout against the Patriots. This week they travel to Buffalo. Buffalo has surrendered a whopping 38 sacks which is seventh most in the league. Miami is pretty stingy giving up points too. They only allow an average of 17 points a game, fifth lowest in the league. When these two teams tangled back in week 2 Miami allowed only 16 points. We foresee plenty of pressure on JP Losman which should result in several sacks and maybe an interception or two.