Thursday, October 15, 2009


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Aaron Rodgers: The Pack look to rebound off last week’s heart-breaking defeat at the hands of Brett and the Vikes. Rodgers threw for 384 yards in that game, on the road, against a much better defense than he’ll see this week from the Lions. A date with the NFC North’s cellar dwellers is just what Aaron and the Packers need to get over the Vikings hangover. Expect Rodgers to toss 3 TD’s and once again surpass 300 yards in the air. He may even get the 4th quarter off in this one.

Jason Campbell: The Skins haven’t exactly been lighting up the scoreboard thus far, but along come the dreadful Chiefs and their 29th ranked pass defense. Campbell should contribute to the Jim Zorn support effort by continuing to throw efficiently (Jason has a 66.7% completion percentage through the first 5 weeks of the season). J-Cam’s yardage total should be in the same neighborhood as the 340 yards he threw for against the hapless Lions in Week 3. Add a couple of TD’s for good measure.


Matt Forte: A well rested Matt Forte looks to pick up where he left off before the Bears took a seat for an early Week 5 bye. Forte is coming off his 1st 100 yard rushing performance of the year, and should add another against an Atlanta team that is returning from an emotional thrashing of the 49ers. The Falcons can certainly score points on offense, but have yet to prove that they can shut down a talented back such as Forte.

Knowshon Moreno: The surprisingly 5-0 Broncos take their show on the road to San Diego, and the Monday Night stage. Knowshon has taken the reigns as the starting back having averaged over 18 carries per game the past 4 weeks. The disappointing Chargers bring the 27th ranked run defense into Week 6. With Correll Buckhalter still hobbled, Moreno should add a 20 plus carry, 80-100 yard performance to his rookie resume.


Braylon Edwards: In his home debut, the new number one for Gang Green will be welcomed by a raucous Meadowlands crowd, hungry to put last week’s Wildcat woes behind them. Edwards has been nothing short of spectacular since his arrival from the Browns, delivering a stunning performance in the loss against the Dolphins, and following it up with a week full of highlight reel grabs on the practice field. Jerricho Cotchery aggravated his leg injury last week and may sit this one out, paving the way for a huge afternoon for Braylon.

Mike Sims-Walker: Following a Week 5 that saw MSW deactivated for missing the team’s bed check late Friday night, the hopefully remorseful Sims-Walker will be motivated to take advantage of the “Rush”-less visiting Rams. The arrival of the NFC West doormats couldn’t come at a better time for MSW, as he should have all of the desire he needs to get it going again heading into the Week 7 bye. Count on 6-8 catches, 100 plus yards and a score for the returning WR.


Jeremy Shockey: You think Shock had this one circled on his calendar? The undefeated Giants visit the undefeated Saints for this week’s marquee matchup and Jeremy Shockey grudge fest. In an expected shootout between two of the league’s premier riflemen, Brees will no doubt be connecting with a fired up Shockey throughout the contest. Sheer adrenaline alone should carry Jeremy to his best performance of the season. This one is going to be fun to watch.

Jermichael Finley: Before their Week 5 bye, the Packers faithful witnessed a coming out party by Jermichael Finley, as he delivered an electrifying 62 yard catch and run against the Vikings. This Sunday’s massacre-to-be against the Lions will be another Rodgers-Finley love-fest and another 100 yard plus performance for the talented TE.

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Kerry Collins: Jeff Fisher may be sticking with Collins as his QB, but Kerry continues to be a poor bet on Fantasy Sunday. The still winless Titans travel to New England, where they will likely run into a buzzsaw. The Patriots welcome back the ageless Junior Seau this week, as they look to remain unbeaten at home. The Pats may not bring the vaunted defense they did during the Championship years, but find ways to get it done at home week after week. Collins is short on play-makers at the WR position and he’ll once again fail to get to 300 yards passing or toss more than a lone TD pass.

Joe Flacco: Coming off a long afternoon against the underrated Bengals defense, Flacco gets the undefeated Vikings in the dome on Sunday. While it’s highly unlikely that Flacco’s top target Derrick Mason will be shut out in back-to-back weeks, Jared Allen and the sack happy Vikings D will make life miserable for the Sophomore QB.


Jerome Harrison: After a 100 yard rushing performance against the Bengals, Jerome posted a whopping 21 yards versus the lowly Bills in last week’s 6-3 sorry excuse for a victory. The back end of this Browns road trip is in Pittsburgh, where the 2nd ranked run defense of the Steelers play host. While Braylon Edwards is suddenly the toast of the town in NY, the offensive starved Browns will be hard pressed to move the ball against the Champs. Harrison has the potential to be a decent fantasy RB, but with an inconsistent Derek Anderson at the helm, and a very thin WR corps, Jerome will have to be patient.

Pierre Thomas: A banged up Pierre Thomas is now in jeopardy of a time share with Mike Bell, and to make matters worse, preparing to heal in time for the New York Giants. Even with a full load of carries, Thomas is not an advisable start against the Jints.


Calvin Johnson: To even consider benching Megatron has got to be a gut-wrenching dilemma for fantasy owners. With his early departure from last week’s game against the Steelers due to a leg injury, and a week full of uninspiring practice sessions, it’s time to bite the bullet and look elsewhere this week. As high as the upside is for CJ owners each week, he’s just too risky a play this time around.

Terrell Owens: The TO experiment is about to combust. With trade rumors swirling, the Bills head to The Meadowlands to visit the angry Jets, and Rex Ryan defense that will be motivated to show the league that last week’s effort was an anomaly. TO will be wrapped up by Darrelle Revis, who will be certain not to allow another big play TD similar to the one he yielded to Ted Ginn in Miami. The TO show has “jumped the shark”.


Zach Miller: The Raiders may be the worst option in the NFL when looking for fantasy talent. It seems like it’s been ages since Rich Gannon lit up defenses en route to an NFL MVP award and a Super Bowl appearance. Things have changed considerably since then, with a slew of poor free agents signings, and questionable draft picks. Zach Miller is a solid TE that would be more than serviceable on most other NFL teams. The Raiders are not most NFL teams.

Dustin Keller: For the second straight week Keller should be benched. He was shut out in Miami on Monday night, and now with Braylon Edwards in town, Dustin’s targets will just go down. The Jets continue to search for that elusive pass catching TE that has seemed to evade the franchise since Mickey Shuler donned the Green and White.

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