Start Em’ QB - Philip Rivers SD, Drew Brees NO, Alex Smith SF, and Joe Flacco BAL
Philip Rivers and Drew Brees should have a good old fashion shootout this week, both providing solid weeks. When Buffalo has faced a competent quarterback, their defense has given up at least three passing touchdowns so I would feel very confident inserting Alex Smith into my starting lineup this week. Joe Flacco should put up solid numbers this week as he faces a Kansas City defense that has shown it can’t stop anyone. At this point you really can’t go wrong with any quarterback going up against the Chiefs.
Sit Em’ QB - Ryan Fitzpatrick BUF, Matt Schaub HOU, & Blaine Gabbert JAC
Ryan Fitzpatrick should head back to the bench this week as he faces a tough San Francisco 49ers defense. He is not mobile enough and Buffalo’s O-line is not good enough to stand up to the 49ers pressure. Schaub’s main job this week against the New York Jets will be getting the ball to his two running backs. He may get lucky and find the end zone, but then again he could end up with 200 yards passing and that’s it. JuI would rather play no one than Blain Gabbert. Sorry, but he’s good for two turnovers and that’s it.
Start Em’ RB - Ahmad Bradshaw NYG, Matt Forte CHI, & Michael Bush CHI
I think this is the week that Ahmad Bradshaw gets backs on track. I would expect over 100 total yards and at least one trip to the end zone. Both Bears back will get a heavy workload this week against Jacksonville. Expect Forte to rack up the yards and Bush to rack up the touchdowns.
Sit Em’ RB - CJ Spiller BUF, Donald Brown IND, & Jonathan Stewart CAR
Spiller is now splitting carries with Fred Jackson and facing a tough 49ers defense. That being said, he is a threat to break a big run against any opponent. Donald Brown finally got to over 100 total yards in week three, but expect his production to drop a bit and be similar to that of his first two weeks. Jonathan Stewart just doesn’t look 100 percent. Add in the fact that he is splitting carries with DeAngelo Williams and it makes him an undesirable fantasy running back.
Start Em’ WR - Lance Moore NO, Torrey Smith BAL, & Domenik Hixson NYG
If you look at targets alone, Lance Moore is slowly emerging as Drew Brees favorite receiver. I would have no problem inserting him into my starting lineup every week from here on out. Torrey Smith’s big play ability almost gaurantees at least a touchdown this week. Domenik Hixon’s role as the go-to possession receiver is still in tact as Hakeem Nicks looks to be out again this week. He’s a great play against the Browns.
Start Em’ TE - Vernon Davis SF & Heath Miller PIT
Vernon Davis should get his number called early and often this week as the 49ers carve apart Buffalo. After watching film on what Rob Gronkowski did against them last week, the 49ers should follow suit with Davis. After getting two weeks to prepare for the Eagles, the Steelers should have a solid offensive plan. I would expect Miller to find his way into the end zone.
Sit Em’ TE - Scott Chandler BUF & Owen Daniels HOU
Scott Chandler is either boom or bust. He has an equal shot of finding the end zone and ending up with zero receptions. I expect Owen Daniels to be an innocent bystander this week. Unfortunately he just won’t be a great option this week.
Start Em’ DEF - Houston & Chicago
The New York Jets offense looks in a total disarray and unless they go to Tim Tebow, I would not be shocked to see them getting shut out again this week. Facing a erratic quarterback should make the Chicago Bears a great play. Turnovers and sacks, heck they might even find the end zone again.
Sit Em’ DEF - Indianapolis & San Diego
The Colts face a very potent Green Bay attack and I don’t think the extra week to prepare will help. San Diego’s defense has played well in spurts, but expect them to regress this week against Drew Brees and the Saints.
Lock of the Week – Ray Rice 110 Total yards 1 TD
I would be shocked this week if Ray Rice doesn’t bust either a short screen pass or run for a long touchdown. Kansas City just doesn’t have the pieces to stop him.
Intriguing Matchup of the Week – Rashard Mendehall PIT
Pittsburgh’s rushing attack has been anemic this season, but now Rashard Mendehall is back in the fold. The only concern with Mendehall is how many carries the Steelers will give him.