Friday, October 7, 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."

Mark Sanchez (New York Jets) at New England
After a blazing start to the season, Mark Sanchez went to Baltimore and imploded. Assuming your league docks points for turnovers, you’d have been better served starting Mark Brunell than Mark Sanchez... Click here to read the rest of the breakdown at Bruno Boys.

Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers) vs. Tennessee
With so many signal callers enjoying banner seasons, it’s officially time to consider cutting ties with Ben Roethlisberger and looking elsewhere for help... Click here to read the rest of the breakdown at Bruno Boys.

Joey Cavalier highlights one running back who will "POP," and one who will "FLOP."

Darren Sproles (New Orleans Saints) at Carolina
Darren Sproles has quietly been a solid waiver-wire acquisition for fantasy owners this season. Through Week 4, the Pocket Rocket has amassed 358 yards of offense, with 21 receptions, and three TDs (one rushing, one receiving and one return). He also leads the league with 11 catches on third down (Brees trusts this little guy). In addition to Sproles being the most reliable member in the New Orleans’ backfield, he gets the honor of facing the Swiss cheese run defense of the Carolina Panthers, who have given up the 5th-most fantasy points to running backs this year. Consider Sproles a solid RB2 this week. Plug him into your lineups and he should do good things.

LeGarrette Blount (Tampa Bay Bucs) at San Francisco
Fantasy owners that watched Blount run all over the Colts last Monday need to temper their expectations going into this week’s battle with the 49ers. No running back has scored a rushing TD against the 49ers’ scary defense. San Fran’s stout run defense is currently ranked No. 1 against running backs, in terms of fantasy points allowed. Couple this with the Bucs’ tendency to abandon the run when the going gets tough (as it will “get tough” against this defense), and Blount is in line for a boring statistical Sunday. It may be worthwhile plugging him in as a flex option, in the name of sheer upside, but keep in mind this could easily be a stinker of a week for Blount.

Brian Dezelske highlights one wide receiver who will "POP," and one who will "FLOP

Julio Jones (Atlanta Falcons) vs. Green Bay
Jones has seen his involvement steadily increase, culminating with 17 targets this past week. He’s also eclipsed the 100-yard mark the last two games. Jones would have scored in each of the last two games, however, Matt Ryan has underthrown him on two deep balls where Jones had beat his coverage.

The Green Bay Packers secondary continues to struggle, having given up 1,343 yards (31st in the league) and nine touchdowns. Although I feel the Packers will win this game, there will be no shortage of fantasy points coming out of the Falcons passing game—especially if they’re playing catch-up all game long.

Look for Jones to haul in his first career touchdown this weekend. He makes a great WR3/Flex option and a solid WR2 option.

Sidney Rice (Seattle Seahawks) at New York Giants
After missing the first two weeks of the season, Sidney Rice has come back to post back-to-back weeks of double-digit fantasy points. He faced weak secondary’s in both those meetings, but this week he’ll be up against a New York Giants defense that has only allowed three touchdowns through the air, despite the rash of injuries that have plagued their secondary.

With Osi Umenyiroa coming back last week and Justin Tuck slated to come back this Sunday, there’s going to be way too much pressure on Tarvaris Jackson for him to have time to find Rice enough to be effective for you.

If you have other viable options, I’d recommend going that route—and even scouring the waiver wire for a one-week matchup play would be a better alternative.


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