Wednesday, November 11, 2009


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Mark Sanchez: The fifth overall pick in this years draft is beginning to mature. Prior to the bye week, Sanchez had posted back-to-back strong outings at Oakland and against Miami respectively. He has really only had a couple of poor showings this season, and is looking at a home tilt with the Jaguars, a team that surrendered 21 points to the awful Chiefs last week. A healthy Jerricho Cotchery should help the passing game, as Sanchez will throw for 200-250 yard and a couple of TD’s.

Kurt Warner: The enigmatic Warner looks to follow up his road gem with another gaudy performance, this time at home against Seattle. Kurt fired five TD’s in Chicago last week, just a week after throwing five interceptions versus Carolina in Week 8. With Anquan Boldin returning to the lineup this week, there is no reason to expect anything less than a 300 plus yard, three TD day from Warner.


Frank Gore: The healthy Niner RB is beginning to heat up, and will likely continue to fill up the stat sheet, with the reeling Bears coming to town for a Thursday night matchup. Chicago is fresh off a humiliating home loss to Arizona, in game that saw Kurt Warner throw five TD passes. The Bears are looking like a team that may be in freefall, which bodes well for Gore and the Niners. A long flight on short rest spells disaster for the Bears thin defense. On a Nationally televised stage, Frank Gore will light it up. Over 200 yards from scrimmage isn’t out of the question for the versatile RB.

Ronnie Brown: Now that the Bucs have avoided the franchise’s third winless season, they can return to futility. The Bucs will return to the loss column, as the 30th ranked run defense will be no match for the Wildcat on Sunday. Brown should record a 100 plus yard day, with a few catches and a TD.


Sidney Rice: Brett Favre and the Vikings return to the filed after a Week 9 bye. At 7-1, Minnesota is rolling. The upcoming opponents for the Vikes are less than daunting foes. The next three weeks see the Lions, Seahawks, and Bears visiting Minneapolis. Fantasy owners with Viking players should be in for a windfall. Rice is just one of the receivers that will benefit from a light schedule. Percy Harvin will also post big numbers on Sunday. One hundred yards and a TD or two for Rice (and Harvin) is a near certainty.

Greg Jennings: The Packers are a team that must be itching like crazy to get back on the field. Two weeks ago, Favre’s Vikings bested the Pack at Lambeau. To add insult to injury, Green Bay was dumped last week by the previously-winless Bucs. Donald Driver has been the go-to guy this far for the Packers, but Jennings is a big play guy that has the ability to get it going at any time. Greg is due for a 100 yard afternoon, which he may see against a Dallas team that is coming off an emotional NFC East game last Sunday night.


Jeremy Shockey: After a couple of quiet weeks from the former Miami Hurricane and New York Giant, a trip to St. Louis and the lowly Rams should be enough to reignite the explosive Shockey. The New Orleans offense is as potent as it’s ever been. The Rams cannot stop any team in the NFL, much less the undefeated Saints. No “shocker” here…..Jeremy goes off on Sunday, with a bunch of catches and a return to the endzone.

Dustin Keller: The Jets are a strange team to figure out. Much of it I suppose has to do with the maturation process of QB Mark Sanchez. Nevertheless, the offense possesses a group of talented players, one of which is TE Dustin Keller. Prior to last week’s bye, Keller busted out against Miami, posting 8-76 and a TD. The woeful Jacksonville pass defense will have difficulty containing the Jets receiving corps all day. Keller will deliver a second straight impressive outing.

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David Garrard: After some early season success, Garrard has struggled mightily. He has not had a multiple TD pass game since Week 4 against the wretched Titans. The likelihood of David tossing more than a lone TD pass against the stingy Jets pass defense is low. Garrard continues to be a mediocre- at-best fantasy QB in 2009.

Matt Cassell: The post-Larry Johnson era Chiefs travel to Oakland to face the Raiders in what was once a fierce rivalry. Matt Cassel’s first year with Kansas City is probably not what he envisioned when he signed his lucrative free agent deal during the offseason. Matt has performed reasonably well, considering the limited talent he is surrounded with. While Cassel may be a decent fantasy starter at home, against a week pass defense, he is not a strong play I Oakland, versus a competent Raiders secondary.


Darren Sproles: Despite the rapid decline of LT, Sproles has yet to provide any level of consistency to the Chargers offense. The diminutive RB has the ability to make big plays, but cannot be relied on to shoulder the load; fantasy or otherwise. San Diego hosts the Eagles, who are stout against the run. Look elsewhere for a starting RB in Week 10.

Kevin Smith: Against one if the best run-stopping defenses in the NFL, there aren’t many RB’s that can manage a productive afternoon. Although Kevin Smith is an excellent back on a horrible team, his prospects of posting his second 100 plus rushing day of 2009-10 are bleak. The Metrodome is one of the most difficult places for to operate for a signal caller. Rookie Matthew Stafford will have “tons” of trouble with the Vikings front seven, making it for a long afternoon. I would pass on Kevin Smith this week, and perhaps even show Megatron the pine in Week 10.


Johnny Knox: The explosive rookie has shown signs of greatness thus far, but the Bears face a West Coast road game in a short week. Knox may someday be a great receiver, but nothing more than modest “returns” should be expected from the Bears freshman WR.

Dwayne Bowe: The departure of Tony Gonzalez, and the ineffective running game have not made life any easier for Dwayne Bowe of the 1-7 Chiefs. Bowe’s talent is unquestioned. Unfortunately for Dwayne, he’s the ONLY offensive threat that Kansas City has at the moment. Opponents are not going to allow Bowe to be the guy that beats them. In Week 10, the Chiefs head out to Oakland, where Bowe will be matched-up against Nmandi Asomugha all day. It’s a no-go on Bowe this week.


Marcedes Lewis: With the exception of Maurice Jones-Drew and at times Mike Sims-Walker, the Jaguars have had little else to offer in the way of productive fantasy players. Lewis had a couple of decent lines earlier this season, but he is not to be trusted unless you are out of other options.

Benjamin Watson: As potent as the Pats offense is, Tom Brady still spreads the ball around way to much for guys like Ben Watson to be a consistent factor. Unless your name is Brady, Randy Moss or Wes Welker, you are not a strong fantasy option for New England.

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