Friday, September 23, 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."

Matt Hasselbeck (Tennessee Titans) vs. Denver
While Matt Hasselbeck’s solid Week 1 box score felt a bit flukey, aided by an 80-yard catch-and-run shot put to Kenny Britt, his Week 2 performance was thoroughly impressive
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Eli Manning (New York Giants) at Philadelphia
Eli Manning’s averaged just 234 yards in two games, and he’s totaled just two passing touchdowns and two interceptions (he also ran one in Week 1—his first in 49 games)... Click here to read the rest of the breakdown at Bruno Boys.


Brian Dezelske highlights one running back who will "POP," and one who will "FLOP."

Ben Tate (Houston) at New Orleans
This may be a bit more obvious than most of our predictions, but for all you savvy fantasy drafters out there, this week is where you get to show what a great fantasy football draft-mind you are. In Week 1 Houston named Derrick Ward the starter, so you probably left Ben Tate the bench. Week two saw Arian Foster return, so again, you probably left Tate on the bench.
Now that he's been named the starter, it's officially time to get Tate in your lineup as a RB1/2. I have him ranked seventh on my list and can’t wait to finally be able to use him. He’s an outstanding talent, and it shows with back-to-back 100 yard games—games he didn’t even start.

Thomas Jones (Kansas City Chiefs) at San Diego
As one of the hottest free-agent pickups this past week, Thomas Jones will assuredly be in a good portion of starting lineups out there. My question to everyone who sprinted to their computers to snag him is simple: Did Thomas Jones all of a sudden become younger when Charles went down with that torn ACL?
A slow running back going against a fired-up Chargers defense is not my idea of an ideal fantasy matchup. If anything, expect Dexter McCluster to be the one who does some shining in the Chiefs running game.

Last week it was Cadillac Williams and this week it’s Thomas Jones—it might look like I have it out for the great state of Missouri. Sorry! I do love Kauffman Stadium.


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

Santana Moss (Washington Redskins) at Dallas

Rex Grossman (AKA “Sexy Rexy”) has been a nice waiver-wire addition for fantasy owners this year. He continues to produce while favoring Santana Moss in the passing game. Moss has seen 17 targets through two weeks of action. I expect Moss to see anywhere from 7-10 targets this week and to make the most of them against the beat up Dallas Cowboys. Even if Tony Romo plays (Ribs), Dallas’ offense may have a tough time staying on the field, with Miles Austin out, and with Dez Bryant ailing. This could give the Moss plenty of chances to put up fantasy points. Plus, Dallas’ secondary is as thin as Ally McBeal; giving the revived wide receiver has some nice “pop” potential this week. You can plug the veteran into your lineup and count on him.

Dwayne Bowe (Kansas City Chiefs) at San Diego
With Jamaal Charles out for the season, the Kansas City Chiefs will have to rely on their other weapons to provide offense. Too bad for Dwayne Bowe, he is the only real weapon left. Opposing defenses will now roll coverage to Bowe and focus on stopping him and him alone. Bowe will see a lot of double, even triple-coverage this week. While Bowe will still have big games over the course of the year, San Diego’s pass defense is above average, and Bowe will “flop” in this lopsided division matchup. Bowe’s value is going to be relative to his matchup going forward. I don’t foresee good things from Bowe this week, and I would start the likes of A.J. Green, Deion Branch, and Anquan Boldin over Bowe.

Note: Antonio Gates' foot injury flared up after our rankings were submitted. Monitor his practice participation closely Friday.

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