Start: QB Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
The Lions have a favourable match-up this week at the Washington Redskins, who are on pace to record-breaking defensive statistics, and don't get me wrong, these are not records you wish to hold. Having already allowed 1,023 total yards this season, Stafford and the explosive Lions passing game will have a field day. Aaron Rodgers and Michael Vick both had monstrous games against the Redskins, and I expect Stafford to follow suit. Start all your Lions this week, including Reggie Bush and Joique Bell, as both are great flex plays this week.
Sit: QB Terrelle Pryor, Oakland Raiders
Pryor faces off against the Denver Broncos on the road on Monday night, a tough game for any proven QB, but for a guy like Terrelle Pryor, stay away my friends. Even though he is a perennial threat running the ball, his unrefined skills as a pocket passer likely means a big afternoon for the Broncos defense. If you're really struggling for a quarterback play, don't risk Pryor, there are plenty of waiver wire options such as Carson Palmer or Philip Rivers you can use as spot starters. Avoid all Raiders this week.
Start: RB Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
Essentially reverse my comments on the Raiders for the Broncos here, start all your Broncos. The Raiders' defensive unit is not good right now and gave up offensive points to the Jaguars, and that's hard to do. After all the talk of Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman this preseason, it's Moreno who has stamped his mark on the Broncos backfield committee, earning the trust of the Peyton Manning and the offense. With two touchdowns last week against the Giants, Moreno has found his form and is a great RB2 play this week.
Sit: RB Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jags well and truly stink this year. Sorry Jags fans for that. Jones-Drew is a little banged up right now after suffering an injury last week against the Raiders, and failed to produce many fantasy points, and I'll emphasise that it was the Raiders who can't stop anyone. This week they take on the Seattle Seahawks, at CenturyLink field. this does not bode well for the Jaguars. Just stay away from them going forward.
Start: WR Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants
Nicks appears to be healthy for once, which is great for people who own him in fantasy, like myself. Teams cannot double both Nicks and Victor Cruz so they'll both see some one-on-one targets against this Carolina Panthers team. They are an underrated unit, but not great against the pass, and I expect Nicks to score his first touchdowns of the season and bag nearly 20 fantasy points. A solid WR2 play this week and most weeks.
Sit: WR Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Many thought this would be the year Antonio Brown emerged as a true star in the league with Mike Wallace gone. It has been much the opposite. A lack-luster Pittsburgh offense has been a fantasy wasteland on the whole, and Ben Roethlisberger has not been particularly good throwing the football. They play the Chicago Bears who are very tough against the pass, and both Brown and Emmanuel Sanders are players to avoid this week if you can. Brown is a flex-at-best.
Start: TE Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
There have been a lot of questions about Jimmy Graham this season following a disappointing start in fantasy, some have debated whether they should sit him for a guy like Jared Cook or Jordan Cameron. Stop. Graham is the best the game has to offer right now, and he has a great match-up against the Arizona Cardinals. After conceding a two touchdown game to Cook in the opener, iit was apparent the Cardinals struggle to cover opposing tight ends. Expect Drew Brees to take advantage of this and Graham will be the top scoring tight end in fantasy this week.
Sit: TE Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns
Trent Richardson was the only guy in Cleveland you could play on fantasy each and every week, and he got traded. Now, former Cardinal Brian Hoyer will be under centre this week for the Browns, and no one really knows what he can do, so we could see some magic, or an utter capitulation. Minnesota have an underrated defense, and now with Josh Gordon back from suspension, he will get some of the deeper looks that Cameron was receiving in his absence. Cameron is a match-up based start going forward, but if you can, bench all Browns.