Cam Newton – Entering the season, Cam wouldn’t have been part of the Start’em because I don’t put early draft picks or elite players on this list; but this year has been the exception for Cam thus far. However, this week is ripe for him to return to 2011 glory. He’s going up against RGIII and you know he wants to do better than him. Ultimately Cam’s a Start this week because of his matchup with the Redskins Defense. Oh let me count the ways…The Redskins allow the...
1. 4th most fantasy points to QB’s.
2. Most completions.
3. Most pass attempts.
4. Most passing yards.
5. Most passing TD’s.
Russell Wilson – Aided by the 12th man at home in Seattle, the Seahawks welcome the Minnesota Vikings. Wilson is coming off a 236 yard 2 TD performance on the road in Detroit. The Vikings allow the 5th most fantasy points to QB’s. Particular to Wilson, the Vikings allow the most rushing yards and rushing TD’s to QB’s too. Noteworthy is that in week 8 the Vikings lost right corner back Chris Cook to a fractured arm and will be starting rookie Josh Robinson.
Honorable mentions: Josh Freeman and Jay Cutler
Mikel Leshoure – Leshoure hasn’t put up huge numbers yet this season and he regularly gets pulled on 3rd downs in favor of Joique Bell. But this week, against the Jags, he should be good to go. He missed practice earlier in the week because of the birth of a child so hopefully the Jaguars provide Leshoure with a rebirth on his fantasy season. The Lions should be able to run with ease against the Jaguars as they allow the 4th most fantasy points to RB’s. There could even be some clock killing runs late in the game for Leshoure to pad the stats.
Jonathan Stewart – The Daily Show has taken over late nights and this backfield. Stewart is now dominating snaps in this backfield and emerging as a PPR option as well. Washington is good against the run, but Stewart has the talent and snaps to have a productive day. Brandon Lafell is not yet cleared from his week 8 concussion and if he’s out the Panthers will lean on the run even more as the Redskins pass defense will focus on stopping Steve Smith.
Honorable mentions: Michael Bush and Daniel Thomas
Denarious Moore AND Darrius Heyward-Bey – Tampa’s pass defense is just as bad as Washington, giving up the 2nd most receiving yards and 3rd most fantasy points to WR’s.
Honorable mentions: Kenny Britt and Josh Gordon
Greg Olsen – This is a sweet matchup. Redskins allow 2nd most fantasy points to TE’s. Additionally they allow; 2nd most TD’s, 2nd Most yards, 2nd most receptions, 3rd most targets and most importantly, THE MOST redzone targets and touches!
Honorable mentions: Jermaine Gresham and Joel Dreessen
Matt Ryan – Something has to give here. Dallas has a revamped secondary and they have limited Eli TWICE only 1 pass TD in the two meetings and 202.5 ypg avg. The Cowboys give up the 4th fewest fantasy points to QB’s. They allow the 2nd fewest passing yards, and 3rd fewest passing TD’s. If Matt Ryan makes it through this game with good yards and TD’s he will then be match up proof after facing Philly on the road and Dallas in prime time in their season saving game.
Watch out: Eli Manning
Chris Johnson – Da Bears. Chicago gives up 2nd fewest fantasy points to RB’s. In doing so, their allowing the fewest amount of rushing yards and only 1 rushing touchdown on the year.
Watch out: Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller (Houston hasn’t allowed a rushing TD all year)
Watch out: Dez Bryant and Miles Austin – Falcons 6th fewest fantasy points to WR’s.
Watch out: Julio Jones and Roddy White – Dallas 3rd fewest fantasy points to WR’s.
Jermichael Finley – Hasn’t found his groove yet this year and faces the Arizona Cardinals who allow the 3rd fewest fantasy points, yards and receptions to TE’s.
Watch out: Martellus Bennett