Doug Martin? Definitely Start 'em! - Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
It's Saturday, which, for a large portion of the football watching population, means its tinker time. Its that time of the week where you're desperately looking for fantasy football advice on who to start, who to sit, and who could be a big player in a pinch. Have no fear, GreaZzy is here to give you some advice on how to win your fantasy football matchup this week. And as you can expect from a Cardinals centric blog, there will be extra attention paid to the Cardinals vs Vikings game
Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay - Going up against the porous New Orleans defense just makes the Martin start that much more lucrative. LeGarrette Blount's carries have gone up recently, but Martin is the the number one back in Tampa Bay, and against the shoddy run defense of the Saints, there should be plenty of yards to go around. Beware of the vulture effect, but Martin should be a worthy start on rushing and receiving yards alone here, a trip to paydirt would be icing on the cake.
Kenny Britt, WR, Tennessee - Britt has top 5 fantasy wide receiver potential, and this is the week that he should breakout. Were it not for some miscommunication and untimely drops last Thursday night vs the Steelers, Britt would have had a huge game. Look for the Titans to try to open up the run game via Britt in the passing attack, and if CJ2.0YPC gets going, Britt is poised for a big game.
Tom Brady, QB, New England - I know what you're thinking, of course Tom Brady should start, he's Tom freaking Brady! Well hear me out. The key to disrupting Tom Brady's passing clinic if a good pass rush. The New York Jets do not have a good pass rush, in fact they have one of the leagues worst pass rushes. If you have Tom Brady, he is an absolute must start this week, Hernandez is almost back to full strength, Welker and Gronkowski should be playing. Sit Brady at your own demise.
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Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota - Rudolph is a special talent, as despite the abilities of Daryl Washington and Adrian Wilson in coverage, it'll be tough to contain Rudolph for the whole game. Rudolph will eventually get into mismatches vs the Cardinals, and exploit those mismatches (I'm looking at you, Paris Lenon). Its a tough week for fantasy tight-ends, and Rudolph is one of the few safe bets, with high upside.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona - Take that mouse icon away from the sit button on Larry Fitzgerald. Despite being a must start anyways, Larry Fitz is an absolute must start vs the Vikes. Against his hometown team, which as we all know he used to be a ballboy for, Fitzgerald averages over 100 yards a game. Skelton will look for his superstar WR early and often as he tries to find his footing, and Fitzgerald will get the stats necessary for a WR1 in fantasy.
Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit - Chicago boasts one of the best secondaries in the NFL, with Tim Jennings, Major Wright, and Charles Tillman leading the way. Stafford will likely still pick up big yardage, but may have difficulty finding the endzone through the air. If you are forced to, you can still start Stafford and potentially get enough points to still be productive, but if you are undecided between Stafford and your other fantasy QB, it may be smart to look to the latter.
Shonn Greene, RB, New York Jets - Do not, I repeat, do not expect to see 161 and 3 TDs from Greene ever again, and unless you are forced to start Greene due to byes or injuries, keep him out of your starting lineup. If anything, you should have been looking to sell Greene immediately after his monster game to pick up someone useful for your playoff push later in the season. The Jets passing offense is awful, the Pats run defense is very good. Don't expect very much out of Greene this week for sure.
Ravens, D/ST, Baltimore - Injuries have decimated the much heralded Baltimore defense, before they lost all those key players on defense, they were a decent unit with a ton of hype, now they have to go up against one of the NFL's best offenses in Houston. This does not bode well for Baltimore, and it's D/ST owners. Avoid this start
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William Powell, RB, Arizona - I still have faith that William Powell can be a good RB for the Cardinals in the future, but I would be wary to expect much from him against a much better run defense. Powell being listed here is more an indictment on Mike Miller as a play caller than anything. Powell has upside if used correctly, but its a very risky option here. I'd look elsewhere before going to the Arizona backfield.
Michael Jenkins, WR, Minnesota - Jenkins has himself a very respectable game last Sunday against the Redskins notching six catches for 67 yards and a touchdown, but that was mostly due to Ponder dropping back for 50 pass attempts. This offense will be looking towards the likes of Harvin, Rudolph, and Peterson plenty, leaving very few touches for the Vikes WR2. Touchdowns make an average day look much better, and as it stands, Jenkins only has WR3 upside. Look for a different teams WR2 first.
Tony Romo, QB, Dallas - Starting Romo is always a risk, and this week its no different. However, on Sunday vs the Panthers, Romo will be going up against his first bad defense of the year. The Cowboys should be able to have a balanced attack against Carolina, taking a lot of pressure off of Romo, but still giving him an opportunity for a fair amount of fantasy points. The potential loss of Dez Bryant does hurt, but Romo has been able to utilize lesser options before (see: Robinson, Laurent).
Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jacksonville - MJD is the only player on Jacksonville that should be a consistent starter in most fantasy formats, that being said, he hasn't paid owners dividends as of yet besides one remarkable game against Indianapolis. Coming off of a bye week, MJD and the Jaguars get to play an equally crummy opponent in Oakland. That being said, Oakland does boast a fairly stout run defense. Jones-Drew should be given lots of touches, but may require that quantity to reach a respectable fantasy number this week.
Santana Moss, WR, Washington - Pierre Garcon is listed as doubtful, and if he doesn't play, Moss would slide in as the number one option for wunderkind Robert Griffin III. Despite the hype, the defending world champs do not have one of the best defenses in the league, in fact rather the opposite. They have a pretty good run defense, but the secondary is lacking. This has the potential for a fairly good game from Moss.
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Vikings, D/ST, Minnesota - I don't want to bash the home team on the home team website, but on a good day the Cardinal's offense is league average, and Jared Allen against either D'Anthony Batiste or Bobby Massie is a bit of a mismatch. Coach Whisenhunt likely preached protection of the ball all week, so the Vikes defense isn't a shoe in for big fantasy points, but a couple sacks here and there added with a likely low score means the Vikes D/ST may be a worthwhile start.
Todd Heap, TE, Arizona - Heap is listed as questionable, but was a gametime decision last week as he tried to go through warmups, so the possibility of the former Sun Devil returning to the lineup against the Vikings seems much more likely. If he does play, Heap can still be viewed as a valuable asset on offense, and a great safety net for Skelton to look towards. If the Cardinals can avoid matching Heap up against OLB Chad Greenway in pass coverage, Heap could have a good day in fantasy football. especially considering the rough week it is for TEs. Keep an eye on his injury status, and he could be a good pickup in a pinch.