Philip Rivers – Rivers has had 10 days off to plan for this big game against the Bucs with both teams being 4 and 4. He should get Meachem and Royal back and have his full complement of receivers. West teams typically don’t travel well to the east coast, but welcoming them is a Tampa Bay team allowing the 8th most fantasy points to QB’s. They’ve already had their bye and are still giving up the 2nd most passing yards to QB’s.
Joe Flacco – In 4 home games Joe is averaging 317.8 yards and 1.8 TD’s. In 4 road games Joe is averaging 179.8 yards and .8 TD’s. Good news, he’s at home against the Raiders this week and they allow the 9th most fantasy points to QB’s.
Honorable mention: Josh Freeman (11 TD's in last 4 games)
Isaac Redman – All beat writers for the Steelers expect Redman to get the start continuing his momentum from last week. This jives with what Coach Tomlin said about riding the hot hand, well; Redman’s hands are as hot as they can be right now. Until Mendy comes back, Redman has solid flex value with RB2 upside if he maintains his current pace. The Chiefs give up the 6th most fantasy points to RB’s.
Daniel Thomas – Thomas is out carrying Reggie Bush and he’s the goal line back for the Dolphins. This week Miami faces the Titans and they allow the 3rd most rushing yards to RB’s. Noteworthy for Thomas, the Titans have allowed the most redzone touches to RB’s with 74, second is at 55. Thomas is a strong flex play this week.
Honorable mentions: Taiwan Jones (standard leagues) and Marcel Reece (PPR)
Mike Williams – A touchdown or 100 yards in his last 4 of 5 games. Vincent Jackson will do damage this week against his former team, but they will have their eyes on him and Freeman will take his shots at Williams. Williams is a strong WR2 in this possible shootout. Chargers give up the 4th highest total of receiving touchdowns to WR’s.
Honorable mentions: Kenny Britt (Jake Locker is back) and Emmanuel Sanders
Anthony Fasano – Fasano only has 6 catches in his last 3 games, but he does have 2 TD’s. This week he faces the Titans and they allow most fantasy points to TE’s including the most receptions, most yards and most TD’s. He’s a TE2 but a good bye week or upside guy based on this match up.
Honorable mentions: Greg Olsen and Martellus Bennett
Mike Vick – We all know Vick’s struggles with turnovers, and the Cowboys corners and DeMarcus Ware are not going to take it easy on him. Their NFC East fate is on the line as both are 3-5 and I wouldn’t trust Vick at all in this match up. Cowboys give up the 4 fewest passing yards, 3rd fewest completions and no rushing TD’s to QB’s. As a group the Cowboys defense allows the 6th fewest fantasy points to QB’s.
Watch out: Matt Schaub and Jay Cutler
Matt Forte – Houston hasn’t allowed a rushing TD all year and only 1 receiving TD to a running back all year. Houston has allowed the 5th fewest rushing yards and 3rd fewest fantasy points to RB’s all year.
Watch out: Michael Bush.
Arian Foster – The Bears will allow Tillman to match up one on one with Andre Johnson, affording the Bears the ability to focus on shutting down Foster. Foster may have to rely on one big run like CJ?K did last week against the Bears.
Watch out: Brandon Marshall - Texans say they will double him.
Watch out: DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin – Together have combined for only 16 catches, 220 yards and 1 TD in their last TWO GAMES. Take away DJax’s 77 yard TD play and you’re left with 143 yards over two games for two WR’s.
Watch out: Danny Amendola – First game back from a clavicle injury he faces the 49ers who allow the 2nd fewest fantasy points to WR’s. Give him a week to get his feet back before putting him back in your line up.
Tony Gonzalez – The Saints get burned by RB’s and WR’s, not TE’s. New Orleans is allowing TE’s the 5th fewest fantasy points and only 1 receiving TD to a TE all year.
Watch out: Heath Miller - KC has allowed only 25 receptions to TE’s ALL YEAR for only 312 yards.