Friday, October 14, 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."

Colt McCoy (Cleveland Browns) at Oakland
Colt McCoy spent his bye week watching game film of his career-best 350-yard Week 4 outing against a tough Tennessee defense. He’s now thrown for at least 200 yards and one score in five straight games, which is a nice floor for a QB2...Click here to read the rest of the breakdown at Bruno Boys.

Matt Schaub (Houston Texans) at Baltimore
When a quarterback loses a receiver of Andre Johnson’s caliber, he’s supposed to tank. Apparently, nobody told that to Matt Schaub... 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."

Ryan Torain (Washington Redskins) vs. Philadelphia
Going into week one, we were all convinced that Tim Hightower was going to be the standout player in the Washington backfield. Enter Ryan Torain with his 135 yards and a touchdown in Week 4. Now, Hightower is banged up and Torain gets the chance of a lifetime to make a statement against the Eagles’ garbage run defense. In only a three-week span, Torain has gone from a no one, to an Out of My League “pop” candidate. Plug him into your lineups and expect him to perform as a solid RB2 with RB1 upside. Torain shouldn’t disappoint, unless (the crazy) Mike Shanahan has something to say about it.

Steven Jackson (St. Louis Rams) at Green Bay
Steven Jackson owners are expecting good things, as Jackson is finally close to being 100% healthy. However, those owners will need to temper their expectations going into this week. The Rams are facing the Green Bay Packers, who, while they have struggled against the pass (ranked 29th), are stout against the run (3rd). Plus, Sam Bradford has done nothing to make opposing defenses respect the Rams’ passing game, so Jackson can expect to see eight man fronts all game with Clay Matthews leading the charge. I foresee a boring game for the aging running back, so plan accordingly.


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

Greg Little (Cleveland Browns) at Oakland
Greg Little gets his first career start this Sunday as he and the Browns take on the Oakland Raiders. Little has seen increased targets each week and he will be facing the league’s 30th ranked pass defense.

There is a real solid chance that the Browns will be playing from behind, so Colt McCoy could be throwing early and often.

I personally ranked him 39th this week and would not be surprised if he hauled in a garbage-time touchdown late in the game.

Mike Williams (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) vs. New Orleans
It’s no secret that Williams has struggled so far this season, averaging just 7.0 yards per reception to go along with only one touchdown. There’s no reason to think he’s going to snap out of it this week.

He does face a New Orleans Saints defense that has allowed 10 touchdowns through the air, but I still don’t like him in the starting lineup until he and Josh Freeman prove that they can find last year’s magic.


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