With so many good teams (and three of the top QBs in the game) on byes this week, if there was ever a week to play the matchups, its this one. So who should you take advantage of?
Let’s look at who is climbing ladders first.
Detroit @ Buffalo could end up with 80+ points scored. Give me Shaun Hill, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jahvid Best, Calvin Johnson, hell I’ll even take Fred Jackson this week.
Jamaal Charles should top 150 all-purpose yards and multiple scores (that is if Todd Haley gives him enough touches) against the Broncos, who are 23rd in total defense, and 31st against the run.
I like Marshawn Lynch and Mike Williams this week against the Cardinals, who are 30th in total defense right now. Then again, I’ll also take Derek Anderson, Steve Breaston, and Larry Fitzgerald. The Seahawks are no Steel Curtain themselves.
The obvious team you want is the Jags offense. David Garrard, Maurice Jones-Drew, Mike Sims-Walker and Mike Thomas should all be impressive against the Texans poor excuse for defense. But I also wouldn’t mind having Arian Foster, Andre Johnson, and Matt Schaub on the other side.
Ben Roethlisberger and Rashard Mendenhall are always starters, but expect big numbers against New England. Also, Mike Wallace and Hines Ward are solid plays.
Now, in the bloodbath that this week should be defensively, who is betting bit by snakes this week?
Its hard to call any Dallas Cowboys safe plays. Felix Jones, Marion Barber, Jon Kitna, Dez Bryant, even Miles Austin, while you have to start him, is a scary start against the Giants.
If there was a week that could bring Peyton Hillis back down to earth, its this one. The Jets are fourth in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game. No one else on the Browns is useful.
Tom Brady, Wes Welker, Ben Jarvis Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead are all risky against the Steelers. The Patriots seem determined to get Woodhead the ball, so him and Brady are the two guys I think are the safest.
With matchups like Arizona/Seattle, Detroit/Buffalo, Carolina/Tampa Bay, Cincinnati/Indianapolis, and Houston/Jacksonville, this week’s scoreboard should get lit up.