BYE: Broncos, Jaguars, 49ers, Rams, Titans, Redskins
Eli Manning @ Seattle
Analysis: Eli Manning has nine touchdown passes in his last three games. Manning has arguably the best trio of wide receivers in the league and a solid history vs the Seahawks. In two games at Qwest Field, Manning has averaged 307 yards passing. Seattle’s pass defense ranks 29th in the league and somehow made Jason Campbell (310 yards, 2 TD’s) look like a stud in Week 8.
Josh Freeman @ Atlanta
Analysis: With six quarterbacks on bye this week, you may be looking to fill a starting spot at QB. Josh Freeman has been very solid the past four weeks, averaging 247 yards passing and one touchdown per game over that stretch. On the year, Freeman has passed for 1,533 yards with eight touchdowns and only three interceptions. Atlanta’s pass defense ranks 27th in league and allows an average of 260 passing yards per game.
QB’s With Good Matchups: Brett Favre vs Arizona, Ben Roethlisberger vs Cincinnati, Mark Sanchez vs Detroit
Matt Forte @ Buffalo
Analysis: If you own Forte, this is the week to start him. Buffalo ranks dead last in the NFL at stopping the run and are allowing the most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs than any other team in the NFL.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ Cleveland
Analysis: Green-Ellis had 112 yards, two touchdowns and averaged 6.6 yards per carry last week against a tough Minnesota rush defense. He now has six touchdowns in his last five games, and if he continues to produce the yardage, Green-Ellis could be a huge asset to any fantasy football team.
RB’s With Good Matchups: LeSean McCoy vs Indianapolis, LaDainian Tomlinson vs Detroit, Jamaal Charles/Thomas Jones vs Oakland, Brandon Jackson vs Dallas
Patrick Crayton @ Houston
Analysis: San Diego is banged up at wide receiver right now. Malcolm Floyd and Legedu Naanee have been out with hamstring injuries, and Buster Davis was just put on the Injured Reserve. Patrick Crayton appears to be the healthiest WR on the roster. Keep an eye on the injury report this weekend because San Diego’s receivers have an excellent matchup against Houston. Phillip Rivers is averaging 331 passing yards per game and Houston is ranked 32nd against the pass.
Terrell Owens vs Pittsburgh
Analysis: In case you haven’t noticed, Pittsburgh is struggling against the pass this season, ranking 25th in the NFL. Owens has averaged 119 receiving yards over the past four weeks and has five touchdowns over that span. Teams are going to continue to test Pittsburgh’s leaky secondary especially because Pittsburgh is so tough to run against.
WR’s With Good Matchups: Steve Smith (NY) vs Seattle, Mike Williams (TB) vs Atlanta, Percy Harvin vs Arizona, Hines Ward vs Cincinnati
Greg Olsen @ Buffalo
Analysis: The Bills are allowing more Fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends than any other team in the NFL. Tight ends have scored eight touchdowns against them over seven games and the Bills have allowed at least one touchdown by a tight end in six straight. The Bears are coming off of a bye week and should be ready to face Buffalo.
Todd Heap vs Miami
Analysis: With so many solid tight ends on bye this week, Heap could be a nice filler. He’s not going to catch a ton of passes, but he does have three touchdowns in the past two games. Joe Flacco has been hot and the Miami defense has been generous to opposing tight ends.
TE’s With Good Matchups: Ben Watson vs New England, Kellen Winslow vs Atlanta, Aaron Hernandez vs Cleveland
STEELER FANTASY IMPACT
QB Ben Roethlisberger
Analysis: Roethlisberger was held without a touchdown for the first time in three games. The Saints did a nice job of keeping Roethlisberger off-balance, despite the fact they were without their two top corners. This week Roethlisberger faces a Bengals team that is allowing 220 passing yards per game so he should bounce back. Roethlisberger remains a #1 fantasy QB option.
RB Rashard Mendenhall
Analysis: Mendenhall finished Week 8 with 15 carries for 71 yards a touchdown. Mendenhall has 15 carries in the last two games, which is about eight carries less than he averaged in the first five games. It appears the coaches are being careful not to wear him out. Regardless, Mendenhall is a must-start against a Bengal team that gives up 120 rushing yards per game.
WR Hines Ward
Analysis: Ward caught only three balls for 15 yards in New Orleans and was held out of the end zone for the first time in three games. The Bengals have only allowed one wide receiver, Roddy White, to eclipse the 100-yard mark against them. Ward has 13 touchdowns in 23 games vs the Bengals in his career.
WR Mike Wallace
Analysis: Wallace led the Steelers in receiving yards in Week 8 with 43. He was unable to get deep against the Saints who pressured Roethlisberger relentlessly all night. Wallace has not caught more than three passes in a game all year, but is a threat to go deep each week.
TE Heath Miller
Analysis: Miller had two catches for 39 yards in Week 8, and had a rare, critical fumble in the 4th quarter. After a sensational 2009 season, Miller has been a disappointment this year. Miller averages 2.5 catches and 31 yards per game. He only has one touchdown on the year. The Bengals have not allowed an opposing TE to finish with more than 75 receiving yards all season. Miller is not a good play this week.