Thursday, September 15, 2011

Weekly rankings take into account opponent, injuries and other incidental factors.


Ryan Boser highlights one quarterback who will "POP," and one who will "FLOP."

Rex Grossman (Washington Redskins) vs. Arizona
The much-maligned Rex Grossman did three unexpected things Sunday: he topped 300 yards (305), he threw for multiple scores (two) and he wasn’t intercepted
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Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons) vs. Philadelphia
Last week Matt Ryan managed 319 yards on 47 pass attempts against a swarming Bears defense, but he failed to connect on a touchdown and spent most of the afternoon under duress...
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Brian Dezelske highlights one running back who will "POP," and one who will "FLOP."

Cadillac Williams (St. Louis Rams) at New York Giants
The Cadillac piled up 91 yards rushing yards and 49 receiving yards, while filling in for the injured Steven Jackson—pretty good for a car that’s seen its better days. It’s looking like Williams will get the start this week against the N.Y. Giants, who gave up 74 yards and a score to Tim Hightower and the Washington Redskins.

Sam Bradford will start, despite injuring his finger, so he’ll keep the defense honest enough in the passing game to open some holes for the running game. If you’re scrambling for a running back, grab the keys to the Caddy and park it in your RB3 or Flex spot for at least this week.

Frank Gore (San Francisco 49ers) vs. Dallas
It can be difficult to sit a guy that is possibly your No. 1 and definitely your No. 2 running back, but Gore didn’t exactly light it up, posting a laughable 2.7 YPC on 22 carries against a suspect Seahawk defense last week.

This week he’ll be facing the Dallas Cowboys who are sure to be salty after giving last week’s game away to the Jets. Jerry’s boys may have lost that game, but what’s lost in Tony Romo’s late fourth-quarter face plant is the fact that they shut down the Jets run game.

Like I said, I know it’s tough to sit one of your best running back options, but if you can find a better matchup play, then I say do it and don’t feel bad.

Joey Cavalier highlights one wide receiver who will "POP," and one who will "FLOP."

Mario Manningham (
New York Giants
) vs. St. Louis Rams

Eli Manning is the NFL’s version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Some weeks he looks great, other weeks he looks like Joey Harrington. Despite Manning’s inconsistencies, Mario Manningham is becoming a solid fantasy option, and will be a handy weapon this week for fantasy owners. Hakeem Nicks may not suit up this week; and even if he does, he will not be at a hundred percent. Thus, Mario Manningham will see a ton of targets against a St. Louis defense that is savaged by injuries, and very average in the passing department. I could see Manningham compiling 100 yards and a score this week. Plug him into your starting lineups and respect the “pop.”

Steve Smith (Carolina Panthers) vs. Green Bay
After a monster performance in week one, fantasy owners are buzzing about Steve Smith, and will be looking at him as a viable starter in week two. However, Smith faces a tough defense, and will undoubtedly come back to earth. I understand that Drew Brees went off against the Packers in week one, but Cam (AKA “Scam”) will not be able to breathe in the pocket against the blitz-happy Packers defense. Good luck if you’re counting on Smith to have another huge game this week! You probably didn’t draft Smith as a starter anyways, so I would suggest looking into better options.


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