The first thing that stands out when looking at the matchups is how the quarterbacks in the league are going to affect your fantasy team. Owners that have the perennial pro bowlers are now on cloud nine with the “cake” matchups that they have.
If you have Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, or Phillip Rivers, congratulations you are going to get at least 20 points from them. Even if their teams go up by more than 4 touchdowns and you think that the coach might take out the QB, don’t worry because they will most likely have those 4 touchdowns. The only way I see this not happening is if fans from the Rams, Bucs, Browns, or Chiefs (who they are playing) pull a move from the classic movie “Celtic Pride” and kidnap the quarterback of the opposing team. So sit back and watch with delight as your computer updates your box score and shows massive numbers for these QBs. Also, expect big points from Drew Brees, who could throw for another 4 TDs and my new favorite fantasy QB in Matt Schaub as well. I could write an entire article on how much I love Schaub, but I’ll just leave this week with, he’ll have another fantasy feast on the exposed 49ers pass defense.
As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, Steve Smith from the Panthers has been underachieving, just like the entire Panthers team. John Fox seemed to find one way to resurrect the Panthers of ’08 with his running game, which had 2,351 between DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart who averaged 5.5 and 4.5 yards per carry respectively. I expect John Fox to use the same game plan he used against the Bucs last week (267 rushing yards) for the remainder of the season. That means DeAngelo Williams should tear up a Bills run defense that got torched by Thomas Jones last week. And speaking of Thomas Jones, he’s facing the Oakland defense that give up nearly 150 yards a game, except when they play Andy Reid and his pass-happy offense. I understand Jones is getting older and Leon Washington is getting more and more carries, but there is no way that Jones doesn’t take advantage against the Raiders, especially with a rattled Mark Sanchize.
Normally tight ends are the same big four every week with Witten, Clark, Gates and Tony Gonzo, but lately the trend has been a new crop of younger tight ends getting the major points. With Matt Schaub at quarterback, anyone on the field is a dangerous receiver, and especially Owen Daniels. Daniels has quietly gone into the top 3 TE in most fantasy leagues and has caught 15 passes for 172 yards and 2 touchdowns in the past two games. It’s scary to think how many more points he can get against a slumping 49ers pass defense. Alongside Daniels at the top of the tight ends is Heath Miller. Miller in the past was used as a goal line option and a short pass option. He is still being used for that but Roethlisberger has turned into a top fantasy quarterback. It’s no coincidence that with Big Ben throwing more, Miller’s production has gone up. Miller is a solid play in every week.
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