QB: Andy Dalton (Bengals)
Dalton looks like the real deal, Dalton and A.J. Green are on pace to break a few rookie records including the most TD passes by a rookie QB and a rookie WR. He is on the road against the Titans and honestly hasn’t been fazed by anyone’s defense this year so far so I would put my marbles on Dalton. Some of you might have Stafford or Newton on a bye I would definitely consider Dalton.
QB: Jay Cutler (Bears)
After what the Eagles defense did to Romo on Sunday night, I wouldn’t gamble with Cutler on Monday night. The Eagles once again are at home and determined to prove they aren’t going anywhere. In addition, Cutler has that gun slinger mentality so it might prove costly versus an Eagles team on a mission.
RB: Javon Ringer (Titans)
I see Ringer playing a much bigger role going forward not only to give Chris Johnson a breather, but to settle Johnson down the stretch so he can get back on track. Ringer has speed and good enough hands to make some big plays so watch out. With Chris Johnson struggles and even getting benched in last week’s game, Ringer will see an increased load starting this week.
RB: Cedric Benson (Bengals)
Benson is coming off a one game suspension and off his one game suspension he is playing against the Titans on the road which means a lot. The Titans are a very stingy defense and Benson has been very non-productive so far this season. I would suggest looking at a Ringer or Delone Carter instead of forcing the issue with Benson.
RB: Jackie Battle (Chiefs)
Battle looked good Monday night versus a decent Chargers defense and there is no competition in the backfield to cut into his carries. Forward to week 9 and the Chiefs face the dreadful Miami Dolphins at home. The Dolphins flat out stink and Battle might be able to have his best game of the season, as far as I’m concerned to me he is a must start.
RB: James Starks (Packers)
The Packers pass too much and do it too well with Rodgers. Starks has been ok at best and really non-impressive at time, I would suggest looking elsewhere. It’s just not the year for Packers running backs as you soon will see my flex sit’em.
FLEX: Malcom Floyd (Chargers)
I love what the Chargers have been doing with Floyd lately (MORE TARGETS THAN JACKSON) though that only happens because Vincent Jackson gets doubled teamed, but that’s beside the point. The Packers are in town and this should be a high flying affair. Look for Floyd to have a nice game possibly get back to back 100 yard receiving games after Monday night’s performance.
FLEX: Ryan Grant (Packers)
Remember all those things I said about Starks? Well they apply to Ryan Grant as well. It’s just not the year for Packer running backs, all they do is spilt too much time.
WR: Nate Washington (Titans)
I have fallen in love with Washington since Britt went down with his injury. Washington has done nothing but produce and prove all the naysayers wrong. Washington should continue to see a lot of targets in the upcoming weeks especially with the Titans fighting for a playoff spot. For some of you who have Steve Smith or Calvin Johnson on the byes Nate Washington could be a nice flex play this week versus the Bengals.
WR: Steve Johnson (Bills)
Steve Johnson has cooled off that last couple weeks and only caught 1 touchdown pass in his last 4 games. This week it doesn’t get any easier with Revis Island mostly likely covering him for a big portion of the game. I say be cautious and look at some possible free agents out there Johnson is an extremely risky play this week.
WR: Early Doucet (Cardinals)
Doucet is becoming a HOT commodity in all fantasy formats, I knew about this guy even before the season started go look at my sleeper’s column I posted one week before the start of the NFL season. Docuet is benefiting from all the attention to Larry Fitzgerald and that’s what you want to see a 2nd receiver on any team do produce like he has.
WR: Reggie Wayne (Colts)
Until Peyton Manning is back in the lineup I refuse to start this guy in any kind of format simple and plain. Look into someone like Antonio Brown or Early Doucet they will be a much better fit.
TE: Brent Celek (Eagles)
Vick seems to be getting very comfortable with Celek and has involved him in the offense the past 3 weeks. Celek can be a nice pickup not only for a bye week plug but a late playoff push run in your leagues. Celek has the ability to be a smaller version of a young Cooley; he is very versatile and catches the ball very well.
TE: Dallas Clark (Colts)
I know some people still starting this guy WHY? I don’t have any idea. Here is some quick advice bench him for the remainder of the year and go get someone like Jermaine Gresham, Heath Miller, or even Jared Cook.
DEF: Kansas City Chiefs
They play the Miami Dolphins at home and the Dolphins are the worst team in the NFL in about every single category enough said.
DEF: Green Bay Packers
For some reason, I believe this one can turn into a shoot out and ugly for both defenses. While the Packers have a great defense they will be on the road with a trigger happy Rivers and his very explosive wide receivers.
KICKER: Ryan Succop (Chiefs)
He is going to get plenty of opportunities, matter of fact more than he is used to so be happy and pick him up.
KICKER: Matt Prater (Broncos)
As long as Tebow is behind center I don’t think Prater will ever see the field.