The Bears are obviously my first passion during football season and they always take precedent over anything else during that time period. But trailing just behind that is fantasy football. I figured I’d share a little of my knowledge and insight on Fridays and you can choose to use this information or disregard it completely.
Note: I also try to pick less obvious players. I’m not going to tell you to play Peyton Manning or LaDainian Tomlinson or Randy Moss. No kiddin’, Sherlock.
Warning: I’m not immune to accidentally suggesting a player that might be injured and out for the week — or even the season. As much as I follow the game, mistakes can happen. If it does happen, just give me a polite jab and I’ll correct myself.
The following players should have favorable matchups this week. Their chances of success are greater due to tendencies by the opponent’s defense.
Eli Manning, NYG vs. St. Louis Rams
Last week, the St. Louis Rams gave up 414 passing yards to the Eagles. Manning may not be Donovan McNabb, but there’s still plenty of areas to exploit.
Jay Cutler, Den vs. San Diego Chargers
Three reasons to play Cuter: he’s at home, Jake Delhomme had success last week in San Diego, and Cutler threw for 300 yards in Week 1.
Other favorable matchups: Brian Griese vs. Atlanta, Ben Roethlisberger vs. Cleveland, Kurt Warner vs. Miami.
Reggie Bush, NO vs. Washington Redskins
Reggie Bush was a fringe player on most draftboards, but he had a good Week 1 and is facing a shaky Redskins defense this week.
Giants RBs, NYG vs. St. Louis Rams
The Giants use a committee approach, but any of their backs, specifically Brandon Jacobs, should have a good game against the Rams.
Other favorable matchups: Packers RBs vs. Detroit, Chris Johnson vs. Cincinnati, Willie Parker vs. Cleveland.
Hines Ward, Pit vs. Cleveland Browns
Ward had a big day last week against the Texans and there’s a good chance he’ll have success again versus a Browns team that was gashed by the Cowboys’ passing attack.
Dwayne Bowe, KC vs. Oakland Raiders
Oakland gave up a big game to Denver in Week 1 and Bowe’s star is rising.
Other favorable matchups: Joey Galloway and Ike Hilliard vs. Atlanta, Eddie Royal vs. San Diego, Santana Moss vs. New Orleans.
Tony Scheffler, Den vs. San Diego Chargers
Scheffler should be more involved against a Chargers defense that had trouble stopping the pass last week.
Vernon Davis, SF vs. Seattle Seahawks
Davis is probably the Niners’ best receiving threat and the Seahawks gave up 234 receiving yards last week to Buffalo
Other favorable matchups: Chris Cooley vs. New Orleans, Bears TEs vs. Carolina, Anthony Fasano vs. Arizona.
John Kasay, Car vs. Chicago Bears
Kasay had 4 field goals last week and is likely to get a lot of action against the Bears’ stout defense this week.
Neil Rackers, Ari vs. Miami Dolphins
Warm weather kicker likely will get opportunities against a bad team.
Other favorable matchups: Jason Elam (Q) vs. Tampa Bay, Robbie Gould vs. Carolina, Matt Prater vs. San Diego.
New York Giants, NYG vs. St. Louis Rams
The Rams put up 166 yards and 3 points last week. Enough said.
Jacksonville Jaguars, Jac vs. Buffalo Bills
The Bills will have a hard time moving the ball against a stingy Jaguars defense.
Other favorable matchups: Baltimore Ravens vs. Houston, Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit, Tennessee Titans vs. Cincinnati.
The following players should have unfavorable matchups this week. Their chances of success are worse due to tendencies by the opponent’s defense.
Matt Schaub, Hou vs. Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens gave up 94 passing yards last week to one of the NFL’s finest in Carson Palmer.
Donovan McNabb, Phi vs. Dallas Cowboys
If you have a decent backup to McNabb, you might want to consider playing him this week because the Cowboys are going to be tough at home.
Other unfavorable matchups: Joe Flacco vs. Houston, Marc Bulger vs. NY Giants, Philip Rivers vs. Denver.
Chris Perry, Cin vs. Tennessee Titans
If there’s one thing the Titans are solid at, it’s stopping the run.
Jamal Lewis, Cle vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers are pretty solid against the run so now would not be a good week to play Lewis.
Other unfavorable matchups: Maurice Jones-Drew vs. Buffalo, Michael Turner vs. Tampa Bay, Thomas Jones vs. New England.
DeSean Jackson, Phi vs. Dallas Cowboys
Big week for the rookie in Week 1, but he’ll get a “welcome to the bigs” introduction against the Cowboys.
Bernard Berrian, Min vs. Indianapolis Colts
One of these weeks, Berrian will have a breakout game as a Viking, but it won’t be against the Colts, who can defend the pass but won’t stop Adrian Peterson and the running game.
Other unfavorable matchups: Ravens WRs vs. Houston, Lee Evans vs. Jacksonville, Vincent Jackson and Chris Chambers vs. Denver.
Owen Daniels, Hou vs. Baltimore Ravens
Daniels shouldn’t be your starting tight end, anyway, but he’s not a good option against the Ravens.
Todd Heap, Bal vs. Houston Texans
Joe Flacco showed some grit in Week 1 against Cincinnati, but Houston’s defense will come after him a bit better and give him less time to throw to his receivers.
Other unfavorable matchups: L.J. Smith vs. Dallas, Bo Scaife vs. Cincinnati, Randy McMichael vs. NY Giants.
Ryan Longwell, Min vs. Indianapolis Colts
This may be a high scoring affair which means a lot of extra points and not so many field goals.
Kris Brown, Hou vs. Baltimore Ravens
Not a good week to have anybody on the Texans.
Other unfavorable matchups: Jason Hanson vs. Green Bay, Rob Bironas vs. Cincinnati, Stephen Gostkowski vs. NY Jets.
Minnesota Vikings, Min vs. Indianapolis Colts
Highly ranked in the preseason, they were gashed by the Packers and now face a ticked off Colts offense.
Washington Redskins, Was vs. New Orleans Saints
The Saints, typically an explosive offense, look like they have all the pistons firing for them on offense this year… and that can be a scary thing.
Other unfavorable matchups: Chicago Bears vs. Carolina, Indianapolis Colts vs. Minnesota, San Diego Chargers vs. Denver.