As always, 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?
Case Keenum (QB – Houston)
It’s not a heavy bye week for fantasy quarterbacks with only Tony Romo sitting out, but Aaron Rodgers is hurt and both Matt Ryan and Colin Kaepernick suck right now. Keenum’s a decent option if you want to try something new or having been streaming QBs. The Raiders give up 18.1 points a game to fantasy quarterbacks and were the same team that got lit up by Nick Folk a couple weeks ago. Keenum has been solid since taking over, posting no less than 13 points in each of his three games. He hasn’t thrown a pick yet (novel for Houston QBs) and has had three touchdowns in the last two games.
Andre Brown (RB – N.Y. Giants)
Last week I told you to wait on Brown because his touch count was not known. All it took was a Peyton Hillis fumble and Brown was thrust into action. He handled it well and should continue to as the Giants need him more than they’d want to imagine. He’s also a great red zone back and the Giants should see a few trips there against an average Packers’ defense.
Andre Ellington (RB – Arizona)
Ellington’s owners expected big things after his 21-point week when Rashard Mendenhall was injured. Those hopes came crashing down last week as Houston neutralized Ellington to the tune of six points. Ellington will bounce back this week because Jacksonville gives up 20 points a game to fantasy running backs and there’s always potential for heavy run counts against Jacksonville if your team gets up early.
Riley Cooper (WR – Philadelphia)
You’re starting Cooper every week that Foles plays. You’re starting him over guys like Dwayne Bowe, Steve Smith, and Hakeem Nicks, who all have bigger names and yet have not reached 100 receiving yards in any game this season. Cooper’s gotten there four times and has a low of 88 yards in games Foles has quarterbacked.
Golden Tate (WR – Seattle)
All the publicity surrounding Seattle wide receivers this week will be focused on Percy Harvin, but he’s playing limited snaps. Add in that Minnesota will be completely focused on him when he’s on the field so as not to look bad for trading him, and Tate should excel. Minnesota generally does poorly against fantasy wide receivers, as we saw last week with Pierre Garcon.
Rob Housler (TE – Arizona)
When it rains it pours and that’s exactly what we’re hoping for this week. Housler scored his first career touchdown last week and was praised by his coaching staff. Luckily he now goes against a Jacksonville defense which has given up a touchdown to a tight end in six out of nine games this year. The big man has a chance to keep it going.
You Know Who Should Sit?
Andy Dalton (QB – Cincinnati)
“The Red Rifle” had a tremendous three game stretch there, but has come back to Earth in the last two weeks. Joe Haden has had a good history of locking down A.J. Green, which means Dalton will have to look away from his favorite target more often than not. There’s some decent talent elsewhere, but nothing groundbreaking. Dalton might force throws like he has in getting picked off three times in each of the last two games.
C.J. Spiller (RB – Buffalo)
I, along with everyone else, was excited that Spiller looked healthy before last week’s game. We all got annoyed when that proved not to be the case when Spiller broke off only 23 rushing yards. If the ankle injury isn’t a concern for you, the matchup against. the Jets should be. They allow 73.8 rushing yards a game and Spiller wasn’t doing anything against them before getting hurt last time.
Ray Rice (RB – Baltimore)
Old habits die hard, so it’s not surprising that you’ve been starting Ray Rice in every game this season. You’re ready to kill him after nine games because his high rushing yard total for the season is 74 yards. The Bears aren’t great against the run, but coach John Harbaugh is threatening a hot hand approach and there’s a good chance you’ve got a better option than Rice on your bench at this point.
Roddy White (WR – Atlanta)
The guy with the biggest ass in fantasy football is back, but he’s got some bad luck. He faced Richard Sherman last week and gets some of Darrelle Revis this week. Sucks to be him.
Aaron Dobson (WR – New England)
I’m very pro-Dobson, but this week is a rough situation for him. The Panthers are the best fantasy defense against wide receivers and they’ve only given up two receiving touchdowns all year. Dobson’s potential relies on the big touchdowns and those chances will clearly be limited here.
Tony Gonzalez (TE – Atlanta)
The veteran pass-catcher is banged up with a toe injury and his status for Sunday remains unclear. He won’t be much good if he plays, however, based on what we’ve seen this year. Gonzalez has scored three points or less in five of his nine games and has become too touchdown-dependent.