Players I think have favourable/unfavourable match ups heading into week seven.
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(PHI) QB Nick Foles vs. (DAL) – Foles was excellent for the Eagles in place of Michael Vick, throwing for 298 yards and three touchdowns while running for a touchdown in the Eagles win over the Buccaneers. I don’t expect Foles to produce four touchdowns for those who choose to start him this week, but the offence he plays in will give him plenty of chances to be a top guy again this week.
(CHI) QB Jay Cutler vs. (WAS) – In his last two games Cutler has about 600 yards passing with 4 touchdown passes and no interceptions. The Washington Redskins allow the ninth most passing yards to opposing quarterbacks with ten passing touchdowns allowed. Cutler is poised to be a top-12 quarterback this week again, and could be even better.
(CAR) RB DeAngelo Williams vs. (STL) – Williams had provided fantasy owners with at least eight points in all but one game this season and has gone for double digits twice. While his ceiling is very limited, he should be good again this weekend against the Rams. Arian Foster ran for 141 yards on 20 carries last week against the Rams, and while Williams is obviously not the caliber runner Foster is, he should be able to fight for ten or more fantasy points.
(SD) RB Ryan Mathews vs. (JAC) – Mathews rarely puts up double-digit fantasy points, doing so only twice this season with 11 points in week one and 10 points last weekend against the Colts. He did however look impressive at times against the Colts on Monday night and was handed the ball a season high 22 times. I don’t expect him to get the ball 22 times in back-to-back weeks, the matchup against the Jaguars is about as good as it gets.
(CHI) WR Alshon Jeffery vs. (WAS) – Jeffery will be looking for a bounce back game after posting just one catch for 27 yards against the Giants last weekend and has a great chance to do so against the Washington secondary. He was coming off 100 and 200-yard efforts before dud in New York, but the Bears were playing a Thursday night, known for squandering fantasy potential due to the short rest. The Bears offence has been their strength this season and should be able to move the ball consistently against Washington. Marshall will likely be the main benefactor but Jeffery could up WR2/WR3 numbers.
(ATL) WR Harry Douglas vs. (TB) – When you get to the Sit ‘Em part of this list you will see Andre Johnson, Anquan Boldin and Dwayne Bowe on the list while having significantly lesser players such as Douglas and Boykin on the Start ‘Em side. This does not necessarily mean that I think Douglas and Boykin an going to outplay the other three, they are studs, but they do have that potential given the match ups. Julio Jones is for the season and Roddy White continues to deal with leg issues, meaning Harry Douglas will likely be seeing quite a few more targets from Matt Ryan. Tony Gonzales will be the team top option.
(GB) WR Jarrett Boykin vs. (CLE) – Same as with Douglas, Boykin’s opportunities for the next few weeks are the result of injuries to teammates, as Randall Cobb is out for 6-8 weeks and James Jones is doubtful for this weekend. Jordy Nelson and Jermichael Finley will be the teams top targets and they will likely use Eddie Lacy a healthy amount once again, but are going to need production from elsewhere. Boykin made his first catch of the season last weekend for 43 yards and is poised to see some targets against Cleveland. The bad news is that Boykins was targeted 6 times in the game but only had the one catch.
(TB) TE Tim Wright vs. (ATL) – Wright had 7 catches for 91 yards last week against the Eagles and had 5 catches for 41 yards the week before that. With twelve catches on his last 15 targets Wright is looking like he can be a dependable guy for Mike Glennon. I am not expecting Wright to be a sure fire thing this weekend, but With Jimmy Graham on bye, he could be useful for fantasy owners.
(ATL) QB Matt Ryan vs. (TB) – Ryan is now without Julio Jones, one of the best wideouts in the game and a guy who had 580 receiving yards so far on the season. On top of that Roddy White is still not playing at 100% and Steven Jackson is doubtful to play still. Ryan could still be a serviceable quarterback going forward, but I don’t know that he will be able to be a top-12 QB without a full health White.
(STL) QB Sam Bradford vs. (CAR) – Bradford was rather effective in the Rams big win over the Texans last weekend, completing most of his passes and connecting on three touchdowns. Bradford now has three touchdown passes in back-two-back games, but he only has 339 passing yards in those two games. Carolina is only allowing 210 pass yards per game to opponents and has only allowed 4 passing touchdowns all season. Bradford could end up under 200 yards with only one touchdown pass.
(BAL) RB Ray Rice vs. (PIT) – Rice has not exactly been a stud for fantasy owners this season, going into double digit fantasy points just twice this season. He also has just one more touchdown (3) to fumbles lost (2). This weekend Rice will be facing the Steelers in what is always a tough fought and great game to watch between the two rivals. He should see a decent amount of work but should have a tough time against the Steelers; you could be depending on a touchdown for him to pay off. Also, Bernard Peirce is seeing a decent amount of touches.
(JAC) RB Maurice Jones-Drew vs. (SD) – Jones-Drew had his best game of the season against the Broncos, finally finding the end zone on a five-yard run in the third quarter. However, it took him 20 carries to get his 70 yards and touchdown, which does not bode well against the Chargers defence that is yet to allow a rushing touchdown in 2013.
(HOU) Andre Johnson vs. (KC) – Only once this season has Johnson gone over 100 yards in a game and is still without a touchdown on the year, a problem that dates back even further. With Case Keenum now named the starter, I do not like Johnson’s chances of finally getting his way into the end zone.
(KC) WR Dwayne Bowe vs. (HOU) – Only twenty catches on the season, never more than four in a game. Never more than 58 yards in a single game and only two touchdowns on the season. We all know that the Chiefs are not throwing the ball downfield and are playing a very conservative offensive style that is supported by a top-five defence. I own Bowe in one league and will be sitting him myself.
(ATL) WR Roddy White vs. (TB) – Roddy has been slowed all season long by ankle and knee injuries and is again listed as question heading into the weekend. He grab a season high 4 catches for 45 yards last week, but is still no where close to being startable the way he is playing currently. There is likely another player on your bench or on the waiver wire with a higher ceiling than Roddy this weekend.