Fantasy Football Corner – Week 43 min read
By ZACH MORETTI
QB- Jay Cutler (Chicago): Has bounced back from a horrendous week 1 with two strong weeks in a row and this week he gets to go up against the Lions’ defense.
RB- Matt Forte (Chicago): The perennial top-5 fantasy pick has underwhelmed to start the season, but he is due to explode for a big week against the Lions.
WR- Chad Ochocinco (Cincinnati): Ochocinco is coming off a down week, but he went up against a really good Pittsburgh defense. Look for him to rebound this week against the Browns.
TE- Dustin Keller (New York Jets): So far Keller has proved to be one of Rookie QB Mark Sanchez’s favorite targets and he has a favorable match-up this week against the Saints.
K- Lawrence Tynes (New York Giants): Great matchup against a bad Kansas City defense so he should get chances.
DEF- Denver Broncos: If you didn’t listen and add them last week, shame on you. They are the top scoring fantasy defense right now and they face off against a Cowboys team that might be missing their top two running backs.
QB- Phillip Rivers (San Diego): Hasn’t been great thus far and has a game at Pittsburgh against that great defense with the Steelers in need of a win.
RB- Ryan Grant (Packers): Going up against a strong Minnesota defense and their big run-stuffing DT’s Kevin and Pat Williams.
WR- Marques Colston (New Orleans): Jets CB Darrelle Revis, who has already shut down Andre Johnson and Randy Moss this year, will be matched up against Colston this week. So look for QB Drew Brees to look elsewhere in the passing game.
TE- Kellen Winslow (Tampa Bay): The Bucs are going with an inexperienced QB and are facing a solid defense and a desperate Redskins team in need of a win.
K- Nate Kaeding (San Diego): He’s been an excellent fantasy kicker this season, but a tough matchup for the Chargers offense on the road at Pittsburgh could limit his opportunities.
DEF- Dallas Cowboys: One good week isn’t enough proof. They aren’t reliable enough to play yet.
QB- Shaun Hill (49ers): Hill had a strong game this past week against a good Minnesota defense and he faces a bad Rams D this week, so he has a good chance to produce.
RB- Tashard Choice (Cowboys): Marion Barber is questionable with a quad injury, Felix Jones is already announced out with a knee injury, and Choice totaled 116 yards and a touchdown last week.
RB- Glenn Coffee (49ers): Coffee put up pedestrian numbers this past Sunday after Frank Gore went down, but San Francisco loves to run the ball and Gore will miss 3-4 weeks, so a solid long term add.
WR- Mike Sims-Walker (Jacksonville): After missing week 1, Sims-Walker put up 106 yards and a TD week 2 and followed that up with 81 yards receiving in week 3. He seems to be the Jags best weapon in the passing game and the upcoming schedule is favorable.
TE- Zach Miller (Oakland): Miller has been dropped in a lot of leagues after two bad weeks in a row. It isn’t so much about Miller’s talent as it is about Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell and his 39.8 QB rating. But with Houston on tap this week, Miller could put up big numbers.
K- Matt Prater (Broncos): Has been great so far this year and he faces a Cowboys defense that still has a lot to prove.
DEF- Cincinnati Bengals: The defense is much improved and they face a Cleveland team that is in the midst of a quarterback controversy and has an atrocious offense.
NFL Games of the Week:
Baltimore Ravens vs. New England Patriots (Sun. 1 p.m. on CBS)
The Ravens have been the best team in football in the early going while the Patriots and QB Tom Brady look to shake off the rust and convert back to their 2007 form.
New York Jets vs. New Orleans Saints (Sun. 4:15 p.m. on CBS)
The classic battle of a great defense squaring off against a great offense. The Jets defense is giving up just 11 points a game while the Saints offense is averaging 40 points per contest in their three games.
Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings (Mon. 8:30 p.m. on ESPN)
Packers’ legend and current Vikings QB Brett Favre faces off against his long time team for the first time in a prime time battle.