I mentioned on Tuesday that I felt I had gotten screwed by the fantasy Gods. An unreported Jerome Simpson injury ended up being the difference in a two-point loss. It’s a good thing I write for a heavily-read blog for Bros because the fantasy Gods apparently felt bad for me. The NFL decided late Wednesday night to correct a Rashard Mendenhall rushing touchdown to show that it was actually a receiving touchdown from Ben Roethlisberger. You know who had Big Ben starting as his QB? You know who no longer lost his fantasy game when Big Ben’s passing touchdown was added? This guy.
Now that I can move on from being a 1-4 team that leads the league in points to a 2-3 team that leads the league in points, life is a little rosier. So I’m here to help you find the best possible lineups for your squad this week. Below are my weekly suggestions. If you’re curious about guys you don’t see listed here, you can always find me on Twitter (@MrT_BroBible) to ask questions, but remember to mention league specifics like PPR.
You Know Who You Should Start?
Christian Ponder (QB - Minnesota)
Stealing from my Tuesday column: "Ponder has two touchdowns in three of his last four games. Despite what they did against the Falcons in rainy conditions last week, the Redskins haven't really stopped anyone. Ponder should be able to help out if your QB is on the bye."
Vick Ballard (RB - Indianapolis)
Ballard became the hot pick up yesterday when it was announced that Donald Brown would miss 2-3 weeks because of a knee scope. The Jets have allowed the fifth-most points a game to fantasy RBs, so it's an opportunity for the plodding Ballard to be effective enough to fill a flex spot.
Michael Turner (RB - Atlanta)
I've slightly reversed roles on Turner. He's not great, but the Falcons are committed to him and Jacquizz Rodgers isn't replacing him any time soon. Look for another big day from Turner against a pathetic Oakland run defense.
Andre Roberts (WR - Arizona)
I struck out on Roberts last week, but I'm going back to the well on Arizona's "Hines Ward." The Bills defense will make the Cardinals look good offensively and Roberts should be able to get open most of the day. Here's hoping Kevin Kolb can actually find him.
Jeremy Kerley (WR - N.Y. Jets)
Kerley looked really good last week against a tough Texans' defense and now gets to face a Colts' defense that gives up the sixth most points to fantasy WRs. Kerley is the only receiver on the roster who Mark Sanchez trusts.
Coby Fleener (WR - Indianapolis)
Finally the last reiteration from Tuesday's column. The Jets just got torn up by all the different Texans' TEs and have given up three touchdowns to the position in five games. While Fleener isn't the red-zone TE for the Colts, he might snare a TD this week and looks to put up yards in a suddenly explosive passing offense.
You Know Who You Should Sit?
Carson Palmer (QB - Oakland)
They bye week won't help thte fact that Palmer's receivers face two really good Atlanta' cornerbacks. Oakland's TEs aren't it's strong suit on offense, so look for Palmer to struggle a little in an early start. There are better options out there.
C.J. Spiller (RB - Buffalo)
Arizona's run defense is stingy and Spiller is back to being second fiddle behind Fred Jackson. His run was fun while it lasted and won't return until Jackson goes down again.
Ahmad Bradshaw (RB - N.Y. Giants)
The 49ers are the best defense against fantasy RBs and the Giants' coaching staff wants to get David Wilson more involved. The Giants will likely have to air it out if they want to win this game.
Anquan Boldin (WR - Baltimore)
Boldin is still perceived as being a better player than he is at this stage in his career. He only has one touchdown this year and has also only surpassed 100 yards in one of five games. Dallas' defense also does a good job of limiting fantasy WRs.
Reggie Wayne (WR - Indianapolis)
Is it possible that we have Cromartie Island? First Michael Crabtree was shut down and then the same thing happened to Andre Johnson last week. You probably won't bench Wayne, but I'm warning you to be careful.
Brandon Pettigrew (TE - Detroit)
The Eagles may not have mastered many things this year, but they're good at limiting fantasy TEs. Pettigrew has issues separating to begin with and that won't help against a defense limiting fantasy TEs to four points a game.