Teams should get their top players into tonite’s starting lineup prior to the 8:20 kickoff between the Titans and Steelers. Besides the usual array of WRs Wallace and A Brown, I would also start Big Ben, Mendenhall and Kenny Britt, who I think is ready for a “nice breakout” game vs. Ike Taylor and a depleted Steelers’ secondary. I would definitely start players like Alex Green or Mikel Leshoure over “bust candidate of the year” Chris Johnson.
If you are in the dumps and have the “Bye Week Blues”, I would recommend starting a nice “flex” option, Green Bay’s Alex Green from the Univ. of Hawaii and the heir apparent to Cedric Benson, out for 8 weeks with a Lisfranc foot injury. This kid looks special.
Another guy I would recommend to start this week is the Cardinals WR Andre Roberts who has quickly cemented his position as the favorite #2 target for Kevin Kolb after Larry Fitz. Especially with Arizona having an extremely weak offensive line and running game, look for the Redbirds to take advantage of a very poor Buffalo team which just got trounced by the Niners by the tune of 45-3! Ouch
In the meantime, the Dirty Birds of Atlanta shall continue to roll with a heavy influx of Mattie Ice, Julio Jones, Roddy White and the Ageless One, Tony G! Watch out for the bombs as the late Al Davis would always say about his beloved Raiders- only this time the tables will be flipped as the Falcons offense should keep up its turid pace!
Don’t sleep on those under utilized defenses like Arizona, who have a dream matchup in the desert against the struggling Bills and Minnesota who play the Redskins. With a stud like Patrick Peterson returning punts- the Cardinals are really starting to surprise a lot of people.
RBs to grab off off the WW this week: Alex Green, obvious no-brainer, William Powell (Cards) with Ryan Williams gone for the year and don’t forget about “stud” rookie David Wilson of the NYG and Lamar Miller of the Dolphins. Andre Brown is out with a concussion and Daniel Thomas is also out with a similar ailment. Look for both players to start to make inroads on major playing time going forward.
I really like that kid, Andre Roberts as mentioned earlier, to continue his breakout season vs. the Bills. Don’t look now but James Jones is suddenly the leading WR over guys like Jennings, Jordy Nelson and Finley. This trend should continue as Jennings will be benched until he is 100% with a tricky groin injury.
last but not least, don’t igonore value at the placekicker position. Guy slike Justin Ticker and Greg Zuerlein continue to impress as they are accurately kicking 50+ yard FGs on a regular basis.
Finally, if you have an extra roster spot or two, look to pickup guys with “high ceiling” potential such as Lions’ RB Javid Best and Chargers WR Vincent Brown, who both should be medically cleared soon for the 2012 NFL season. They both have loads of talent and could surprise a lot of people with their scoring ability once they are activated by their respective teams.
Good luck this week and I hope to see you again next week …………