Teams on the bye: Atlanta, Miami
Notable players on the bye: QB Matt Ryan, Ryan Tannehill. RB Jacquizz Rodgers, Lamar Miller, Steven Jackson, Jason Snelling, Daniel Thomas. WR Roddy White, Julio Jones, Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Harry Douglas. TE Tony Gonzalez, Charles Clay. K Caleb Sturgis, Matt Bryant.
Start: QB Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Romo had a career-best game against the Denver Broncos last week, putting up over 40 fantasy points. The Cowboys now face the Washington Redskins in a must-win game for the Cowboys. The Redskins are terrible against the pass, so make sure you're starts your elite Cowboys offensive players.
Sit: QB Terrelle Pryor, Oakland Raiders
The Raiders are playing against the Chiefs this weekend, who remain undefeated and would like to continue that trend against Oakland. Pryor has a lot of value as a runner, but the Chiefs' have assembled an elite group who have been tough on opposing quarterbacks.
Start: QB Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Cam Newton has been a fantasy bust so far this season, as his role carrying the football in Carolina has diminished, even though they have a successful run-game. They play the Vikings who are not good against the pass. This is the week Newton turns it around.
Sit: QB Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Sitting Stafford really hinges on the status of Calvin Johnson. If he is out, we all saw how the Lions were totally inept on offense last week. Even if he plays, he faces Joe Haden, who some might say has played the best of any cornerback in the league so far.
Start: RB Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
Moreno is a must-start in all fantasy formats this week. The Jacksonville Jaguars have a terrible defense and the Broncos are heavily favoured to be big winners on Sunday. In deeper leagues, it may be worth starting Montee Ball or Ronnie Hillman as an RB3/Flex option, because they will all get looks if the Broncos get a big lead.
Sit: RB Rashard Mendenhall, Arizona Cardinals
It's not the tough matchup the Cardinals have against the 49ers this week that makes Mendenhall as bad play this week, it's his lack of burst. He is also losing carries to Andre Ellington, who is averaging 6.7 yards/carry this season. #FreeEllington
Start: RB Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers
Woodhead is the sixth-highest scoring back in the last two weeks, and is continuing to see more looks with Ryan Mathews banged up. Woodhead is a weapon both as a runner and pass-catcher, and the Chargers have a favourable matchup against the Colts this week.
Sit: RB Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
Chris Johnson is a boom/bust play every week, but it's too risky to play him at the Seahawks, who have been tough against the run all year.
Start: WR Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens
On pace for his best statistical season of his career, Torrey Smith has completed that transition into a true number-one receiver. They play the Packers who have been poor against the pass so far this season.
Sit: WR Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Carson Palmer is doing a good job of spreading the ball about to different targets, which isn't good for Fitzgerald's fantasy value. The Cardinals offense is not in good shape, and visiting the San Francisco 49ers doesn't bode well for a monster game.
Start: WR Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Rookie signal-caller Mike Glennon throws a pretty good deep ball, and will look to rely upon Vincent Jackson for plays against the porous Philadelphia secondary, who are allowing the most points to opposing wide receivers.
Sit: WR Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs
It may be time to give up on Dwayne Bowe as a fantasy option. Alex Smith seems incapable of throwing more that 10 yards downfield, which is not a good thing for Bowe. He looks to stretch the field, but he is just not getting the looks.
Start: TE Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Rise & Repeat: The Jacksonville Jaguars defense is a very bad group of layers, and all Broncos should put up a decent stat line. Julius Thomas, possibly the bargain of the season so far, is always a must-start now. In deeper leagues or 2-TE leagues, it may be worth starts Jacob Tamme or Joel Dreesen as I anticipate some key offensive weapons will be benched at some point.
Sit: TE Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams
Having gone nuts against the Cardinals in Week One, Jared Cook has been a poor play ever since, and now a tough game against the Houston Texans, who are strong against opposing tight ends, means you should be benching Cook.
Start: TE Garrett Graham, Houston Texans
With Owen Daniels on IR, Graham is now the main tight end in Houston. Schaub loves throwing to his tight ends. Graham has seen a lot of looks even with Daniels in the line up, and now an enhanced role should mean more fantasy points. If he is available, pick him up!
Sit: TE Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers
Ben Roethlisberger's most reliable target for many years, Heath Miller is well worth a roster spot, but he should be on your bench in a tough matchup against the Jets pass defense.