Here’s this week’s look at good and bad fantasy matchups.
Note: I 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.
Matt Schaub, Hou vs. Detroit
Detroit is clearly the worst team in the league and they just traded away one of, if not the best player on their team in Roy Williams. The defense will be on the field an awful lot.
Jeff Garcia, TB vs. Seattle
Seattle has one of the worst pass defenses in the league and the Buccaneers should have a lot of success passing the ball in this one.
Other favorable matchups: Matt Cassel vs. Denver, Jamarcus Russell vs. NY Jets, Eli Manning vs. San Francisco.
Titans RBs, Ten vs. Kansas City
Chris Johnson and LenDale White should have a field day against the NFL-worst run defense of the Chiefs.
Steve Slaton, Hou vs. Detroit
The Lions are second-worst in the league at defending the run and the Texans should have the ball an awful lot.
Other favorable matchups: Ryan Grant vs. Indianapolis, Dominic Rhodes vs. Green Bay, Thomas Jones vs. Oakland.
Jerricho Cotchery, NYJ vs. Oakland
All Jets receivers should have success against the Raiders’ pass defense this week. Both Cotchery and Lavaranues Coles have nearly identical statistics.
Bernard Berrian vs. Chicago
Berrian has had two great weeks back-to-back and this could be his third. The Bears will likely focus on stopping Adrian Peterson and their defense is much better against the run than the pass.
Other favorable matchups: Kevin Walter vs. Detroit, Lee Evans vs. San Diego, Wes Welker vs. Denver.
John Carlson, Sea vs. Tampa Bay
Carlson has been the Seahawks’ only steady receiving threat this year and the Seahawks may have to throw a lot in this one.
Dante Rosario, Car vs. New Orleans
New Orleans has the habit of getting into shootouts and Rosario could benefit.
Other favorable matchups: Owen Daniels vs. Detroit, Visanthe Shiancoe vs. Chicago, Kevin Boss vs. San Francisco.
Shaun Suisham, Was vs. Cleveland
Suisham is sixth in the league in field goals made and the Redskins should be able to move the ball against the Browns.
John Carney, NYG vs. San Francisco
Carney, the steady veteran, is perfect on field goals this year and the 49ers are giving up the fifth-most points per game.
Other favorable matchups: Matt Bryant vs. Seattle, Robbie Gould vs. Minnesota, Stephen Gostkowski vs. Denver.
Houston Texans, Hou vs. Detroit
This Detroit offense was bad when it had veterans Jon Kitna and Roy Williams in it. Now, neither player will be there on Sunday.
Tennessee Titans, Ten vs. Kansas City
Kansas City’s offense averages just 13 points per game and the Titans’ defense allows on average 11.2. That just doesn’t seem fair, does it?
Other favorable matchups: Dallas Cowboys vs. St. Louis, New York Jets vs. Oakland, Pittsburgh Steelers 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.
Derek Anderson, Cle vs. Washington
At this point, I’m surprised Derek Anderson still has a job. The Browns will be itching to make the switch to Brady Quinn even more after this game.
Jay Cutler, Den vs. New England
Cutler has been airing it out all season, but he’s missing some of his offensive weapons in Eddie Royal, Tony Scheffler, and Selvin Young. The Patriots seem to have picked up some momentum, too.
Other unfavorable matchups: J.T. O’Sullivan vs. NY Giants, Ben Roethlisberger vs. Cincinnati, Aaron Rodgers vs. Indianapolis.
Ronnie Brown, Mia vs. Baltimore
I’d like to see how the Dolphins’ college offense stacks up against statistically the best defense in the league. I have a feeling Ray Lewis isn’t going to allow any of that trick play garbage.
Julius Jones, Sea vs. Tampa Bay
Jones struggled last week in perhaps his worst game of the year. This week’s matchup is much worse.
Other unfavorable matchups: Chris Perry vs. Pittsburgh, Matt Forte vs. Minnesota, Ravens RBs vs. Miami.
Lance Moore, NO vs. Carolina
Moore has come on to the scene from nowhere to be the Saints’ top wide receiver. Sooner or later, his feet have to touch the ground and it could be this week against a top-notch Panthers pass defense. Saints coach Sean Payton also said that he was optimistic top wideout Marques Colston could play this week.
Donald Driver, GB vs. Indianapolis
Driver and top Packers receiver, Greg Jennings, will have a difficult matchup against the Colts’ solid pass defense, but you have to play Jennings as he’s one of the best receivers in the league. You don’t have to play Driver, though.
Other unfavorable matchups: Dwayne Bowe vs. Tennessee, Chad Johnson vs. Pittsburgh, Isaac Bruce vs. NY Giants.
Anthony Fasano, Mia vs. Baltimore
Fasano has been a go-to player for the Dolphins this year, but the Ravens are a tough wall to run into head first.
Heath Miller, Pit vs. Cincinnati
For whatever reason, Miller hasn’t been as big a playmaker on offense this year. The Bengals, although dreadful as a team, are pretty good against the pass.
Other unfavorable matchups: Vernon Davis vs. NY Giants, Donald Lee vs. Indianapolis, Greg Olsen vs. Minnesota.
Adam Vinatieri, Ind vs. Green Bay
Vinatieri has just five field goals this year, good for 29th among all kickers. This week might not afford him many opportunities to raise that total.
Phil Dawson, Cle vs. Washington
Dawson has always been a steady kicker, but I don’t like the Browns chances of putting up points heading into Washington.
Other unfavorable matchups: Joe Nedney vs. NY Giants, Matt Prater vs. New England, Nate Kaeding vs. Buffalo.
Buffalo Bills, Buf vs. San Diego
The Bills have a solid defense, but if you’re going to sit them any week, this is the week to do it. The Chargers have the highest-scoring offense in the league.
Carolina Panthers, Car vs. New Orleans
The Panthers are playing very well defensively, but this week’s matchup against an explosive Saints offense doesn’t bode well.
Other unfavorable matchups: New England Patriots vs. Denver, Cleveland Browns vs. Washington, Green Bay Packers vs. Indianapolis.
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