There is little reason to believe the Steelers will struggle coming off a loss. It should be a huge week for Mendenhall, Big Ben and the D/ST. Suisham is a sleeper if you are sick of the kicker you have.
SIT Raiders RB Darren McFadden, K Sabastian Janikowski, RB Michael Bush, WR Louis Murphy, D/ST, QB Jason Campbell
Forget what happened last Sunday against the Pats, the Steelers are the best run defense in the NFL and Campbell is facing a bitter and stout defense. This could be a blanking on the scoreboard, making even the elite kicker a bad play.
Steelers WR Mike Wallace, TE Heath Miller, WR Antwaan Randle El, RB Mewelde Moore, RB Isaac Redman
If there is one thing the Raiders do well enough to match up against the Steelers, it is stop the pass. This game could be a very short game with Pittsburgh RBs grinding out the clock. If you see it this way, Moore might be a solid play again in deeper formats.
INJURY WATCH Raiders TE Zach Miller (foot), QB Bruce Gradkowski (shoulder), WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (hamstring), WR Chaz Schilens (knee) -- Miller is the only one worth watching, but the Steelers will be geared up to stop the TE after what happened last Sunday against the Patriots.
Steelers WR Hines Ward (concussion) -- He should play, but the fact this one could be over with early could lead to him resting against and inferior opponent.
It doesn't matter the Browns have given up the fewest rushing TDs in the NFL, you don't sit MJD. You can play the primaries in the passing game, though. The Browns are so good at stopping the run, they have been a bottom-10 team in fantasy against QBs, WRs and TEs. The expected lack of rushing TDs should lead to some points for Scobee, too.
SIT Browns QB Colt McCoy, RB Mike Bell, K Phil Dawson, D/ST, WR Mohamed Massaquoi, WR Brian Robiskie
The Browns and McCoy have been a nice surprise -- and the Jags are a defense to take advantage of -- but we still wouldn't trust anyone but Hillis and Watson in this offense.
Jaguars D/ST, RB Rashad Jennings
While the Browns are not exactly a potent offense, they play close enough to the vest to make the frequently abused Jags a difficult play still.
INJURY WATCH Browns QB Jake Delhomme (ankle), QB Seneca Wallace (ankle), WR Josh Cribbs (toes) -- McCoy has taken over as the starting QB and Cribbs just isn't a big enough part of the offense.
Williams looks like he could be a star in Mike Shannahan's offense. The top of the Redskins RB depth chart is hit by injury and the rookie is coming off a great game against the Eagles on Monday night. Moss and Cooley are mediocre with the QB struggles, but they are still good enough to keep active most weeks.
Titans RB Chris Johnson, WR Randy Moss, K Rob Bironas, D/ST, WR Nate Washington
This is the make-or-break week for Moss. He begins a stretch of favorable matchups. The Redskins were torched Monday night and have a short week. They are second-worst in fantasy against QBs and WRs. There is little reason to expect Moss to struggle the way he has, especially since he has plenty of time to adjust to his new team now. The WR Washington, not the team, will be a threat in the passing game and useful to fantasy owners, too.
SIT Redskins QB Donovan McNabb, TE Fred Davis, D/ST, WR Anthony Armstrong, WR Joey Galloway, K Graham Gono, RB Chad Simpson
McNabb has been a mess and this isn't a particularly favorable opponent either, especially in a short week. The saving grace could be they will be playing catch-up again, though.
Titans QB Vince Young, TE Bo Scaife, RB Javon Ringer, WR Justin Gage
Young will likely start again, but even a favorable matchup is not enough to get you to trust him. They other options in the offense will take a back seat to game-breakers Johnson and Moss.
INJURY WATCH Redskins RB Clinton Portis (groin), RB Ryan Torain (hamstring) -- They are questionable to play this week and should be avoided, especially after the emergence of Williams.
Titans WR Kenny Britt (hamstring), Kerry Collins (calf) -- They figure to be out a few more weeks.
The Texans have one of the worst defenses in the NFL, particularly against the pass. They are last in fantasy against QBs and TEs and third-worst vs. WRs. This is a good week to take advantage of the Jets on your roster. L.T. has been limited more of late, but he remains a solid play along with the emerging Greene at RB.
SIT Texans K Neil Rackers, RB Derrick Ward, RB Steve Slaton, D/ST, WR Kevin Walter, WR Jacoby Jones
The Jets could be in for a week of FGs-only, but there is little reason to trust a mediocre kicker against the Jets if you can avoid it. The Jets are fourth-best in fantasy against kickers. Oh, they also happen to have a great defense that makes it tough to trust anyone against.
We don't see a real good reason to sit any of the Jets you own this week, especially the receiving threats.
INJURY WATCH Texans TE Owen Daniels (hamstring) -- He just isn't 100 percent right now. Avoid him.
Jets WR Jerricho Cotchery (groin) -- He is too far down the depth chart, despite a surprising Week 10.
This is one of the most lopsided matchups of the week, if not the season. The Ravens will pin their ears back against a bad rookie QB making his first start and the Panthers defense is no match for a rested Ravens team coming off a loss. Start all Ravens and sit all Panthers -- easy money.
A rookie QB against the Ravens is a mess for any team, especially one that has struggled as much as the Panthers have this season.
SIT Ravens WR T.J. Houshmanzadeh, RB LeRon McClain, WR Donte' Stallworth
Goodson had a solid game last Sunday, but he must contend with the Ravens defense and potential returns from the starting running backs. Smith has been worthless for a long while, so there is no reason to see that end with Pike under center.
INJURY WATCH Ravens None.
Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (foot), RB Jonathan Stewart (concussion), QB Jimmy Claussen (concussion), WR Brandon LaFell (concussion) -- Headaches, all. And that was true when they were healthy. Avoid them. Williams is out for the season, too. Cut him.
Harvin hasn't been a picture of health, but coach Brad Childress expects to have him in the starting lineup. Shiancoe has been a huge bust this season, but he has caught four passes in each of the three games and could be involved more this week with the depleted WRs corps.
SIT Packers RB Brandon Jackson, RB John Kuhn, WR James Jones, TE Donald Lee, TE Andrew Quarless
The Vikings are stout against the run, so sit the RBs. Jones is the wild card here. You cannot be sure he will get the start, despite going into the bye with a huge game. The TEs have just proven worthless.
Vikings QB Brett Favre, D/ST, WR Greg Camarillo, WR Greg Lewis, RB Toby Gerhart
Favre and the Vikings defense have been two of the more inconsistent fantasy options this season, so using them against a contender like the Packers isn't a good idea even if you think there is some market correction to come.
INJURY WATCH Packers WR Donald Driver (quad) -- He could play, but you're best off waiting for him to prove healthy and productive again.
Vikings WR Bernard Berrian (groin), WR Sidney Rice (hip) -- You cannot use either of these guys.
The Cardinals have improved some at the QB position and the Chiefs defense has been struggling after a solid start. Fitzgerald and Breaston look like solid plays again with more potency in the passing game.
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles, RB Thomas Jones, WR Dewayne Bowe, K Ryan Succop, QB Matt Cassel
Arizona is the absolute worst team in fantasy vs. RBs, so Charles and Jones should have big weeks along with the kicker. Strong running attacks tend to lead to FGs, so it is no wonder the Cardinals are also the worst in fantasy vs. K's, too. Bowe is scorching and Cassel is facing a defense that is in the bottom 10 against both QBs and WRs.
SIT Cardinals RB Beanie Wells, RB Tim Hightower, QB Derek Anderson, D/ST, WR Stephen Williams, K Jay Feeley, TE Ben Patrick, WR Early Doucet
Wells rested a sore knee last week, allowing Hightower to make an impact again, but his status makes both mediocre plays this week now, especially in Kansas City. Anderson is coming off a 300-yard game and looks like he can hold down the job now, but there are still better options out there.
Chiefs D/ST, WR Chris Chambers
The Chiefs defense has been abused of late and the Cardinals are getting Wells back for the running game to complement an improving passing attack under Anderson. The Chiefs might get some turnovers, but they will give up yards and their best return man is banged up right now.
INJURY WATCH Cardinals RB LaRod Stephens-Howling (hamstring), RB Jason Wright (concussion) -- They are not factors in the offense anyway.
Chiefs TE Tony Moeaki (concussion), WR/RB Dexter McCluster (ankle) -- The injuries are more than enough reason to avoid them.
Jones looks like he will be a beast this week, coming off that breakaway game against the Giants. Barber should even be a decent play against the Lions, who are second-worst in fantasy against RBs. Even Kitna and the defense looks like they are solid plays under the new leadership now, too.
SIT Lions RB Jahvid Best, QB Shaun Hill, RB Kevin Smith, K John Hanson, D/ST, WR Bryant Johnson, TE Tony Scheffler
If Best struggled against the Bills last week, we cannot imagine you're dying to start him against the rejuvenated Cowboys this week. The Lions defense looks like it could be a victim of an emboldened Dallas offense like the Giants were last Sunday, too.
Cowboys K David Buehler, RB Tashard Choice
The Lions have allowed the second-fewest FG attempts this season and Buehler missed a kick that could have put the Giants away earlier last Sunday. The running game is making a comeback for the Cowboys, but not because of choice.
INJURY WATCH Lions QB Matthew Stafford (shoulder) -- He is closer to being out for the season than returning to fantasy lineups anytime soon.
Cowboys QB Tony Romo (shoulder) -- The Cowboys have to get real hot for Romo to play any games again this season.
Jackson is coming off his best week of the season, his backup RB is likely out and the Bengals are in the bottom half of fantasy against RBs. All those reasons combine to make Jackson a nice option this Sunday.
Bengals RB Cedric Benson, WR Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens, QB Carson Palmer
Benson has arguably his most favorable matchup of the season, while the QB and WRs are just too good to sit even if the Bills are a top-1o team in fantasy against WRs.
While the Bengals defense isn't particularly great, you shouldn't be excited about the Bills on the road coming off a rare victory -- Johnson, especially. He was looking like he was going to be a go-to man, but he laid an egg against the Lions last week.
Bengals D/ST, TE Jermaine Gresham, K Aaron Pettrey, RB Bernard Scott
You might think the Bengals D/ST is an intriguing play against the lowly Bills, but they actually haven't been abused by opposing defenses. Pettrey replaces Mike Nugent but there are better kickers to trust. If you see a blowout, you might want to take a chance on Scott in deeper formats.
INJURY WATCH Bills RB C.J. Spiller (hamstring) -- He looks like he will be just as worthless this week as he has been all season.
The Seahawks are sixth-worst in fantasy against WRs, which makes all of Brees' targets intriguing plays coming off the bye week. The rest should have helped the QB's knee issues, so perhaps this is the week we all have been waiting for in their passing game. It is a rested, prepared, healing and once-again hungry defending champion here.
SIT Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck, K Olindo Mare, D/ST, WR Mike Williams, TE John Carlson, WR Deon Butler, RB Leon Washington
The Saints have the No. 1 defense in fantasy vs. QBs and WRs -- perhaps because everyone focuses on the run to try to keep the ball away from the Saints offense. The Saints haven't blown teams out and forced garbage time either. Sit Seahawks if you can afford to.
Saints TE Jeremy Shockey, RB Chris Ivory, RB Ladell Betts, RB Julius Jones
The Seahawks have been a solid team against TEs, so Shockey is a difficult start. Meanwhile, the running game is in a state of flux with the potential returns of the starters.
INJURY WATCH Seahawks WR Golden Tate (ankle) -- He remains out.
Saints RB Pierre Thomas (ankle), RB Reggie Bush (leg) -- They might be playing this week, but you are best off waiting to see how they do and how they are used before you trust them in your fantasy lineup
Blount has been a fantasy gem of late. While you cannot really like his matchup, his production is too tough to sit. Winslow and Williams are still good enough to keep out there against a much-improving 49ers defense, too.
49ers RB Frank Gore, WR Michael Crabtree, D/ST, TE Vernon Davis
The Bucs are a bottom-five team in fantasy vs. RBs, which should keep Gore plenty productive. Crabtree and Davis were pretty good with the new QB last week, so keep them active, too. The important note here is the D/ST, which is looking closer to its preseason elite status after a slow start. The Bucs offense just shouldn't scare you, particularly since the 49ers are good at stopping the run.
SIT Buccaneers RB Cadillac Williams, QB Josh Freeman, D/ST, WR Michael Spurlock, WR Arrelious Benn, K Conner Barth
Cadillac broke a long run, but he is a bad play against a 49ers defense that is moving up the top 10 against RBs. Freeman could have a good day, but you likely have a better starting QB option on your roster. Benn is coming off back-to-back weeks with a TD, but one or two catches a game just isn't enough.
49ers QB Troy Smith, RB Anthony Dixon, WR Josh Morgan, WR Ted Ginn, RB Brian Westbrook
Dixon has the matchup to exploit, but he just doesn't get the touches to really trust. Smith is more of a game-manager than a threat, so ignore the alternatives to the stars in the 49ers' offense.
INJURY WATCH Buccaneers RB Earnest Graham (hamstring), WR Sammie Stroughter (foot) -- They aren't good enough to use when healthy.
49ers QB Alex Smith (shoulder), K Joe Nedney (knee) -- They are expected to play.
The Rams have a solid defense against all positions, but not good enough for you to consider sitting any of these standouts. The kicker might be an elite option this week if the drives stall in FG attempts as we suspect.
Rams RB Steven Jackson, WR Danny Amendola
Jackson has a tough matchup against a top-five defense in fantasy against RBs, but he should remain active as the focal point of the offense and coming off a string of big weeks. Amendola is the primary WR for the rookie QB and the Falcons are the fifth-worst team in fantasy against WRs, even if you don't completely trust the QB.
SIT Falcons WR Michael Jenkins, RB Jason Snelling, WR Brian Finneran, WR Harry Douglas
Bradford, while solid, just isn't spectacular enough to trust against a top contender like the Falcons. The defense or kicker aren't strong plays either, because Atlanta is among the elite in fantasy against those positions.
INJURY WATCH Falcons WR Roddy White (knee) -- He starred despite being banged up in the short week against the Ravens, so consider him a must-start.
Rams WR Danario Alexander (knee) -- He might be running, but he won't be playing yet.
You likely have to stay loyal to Brady and Welker, while BGE and Woodhead get a favorable matchup against a Colts team in the bottom 10 against RBs. The running game figures to get Graham some FG chances in this one.
SIT Colts D/ST, RB Javarris James
Gronkowski was the TE of choice in Week 10; Hernandez was the man in Week 9. Couple the uncertainty with the fact the Colts are No. 1 in fantasy and you should be sitting both these options this week. The Patriots targets are pretty tough to figure post-Moss now.
INJURY WATCH Colts RB Joseph Addai (neck), WR Austin Collie (concussion), TE Jacob Tamme (back), RB Mike Hart (ankle), WR Blair White (shoulder) -- This is a mess. You likely cannot use Addai, Hart and White. Collie and Tamme could play, but they are a risk at this point. Track their progress closer to your lineup deadline. If they are healthy, you play them.
Patriots RB Fred Taylor (toe) -- The game-time decision shouldn't be used even if he plays.
Vick has become the star of fantasy and there is little reason to believe a short week is going to stop this train -- no matter how good and hungry you think that Giants defense is. You're lucky to have these guys right now. Don't do something stupid like sit them, even if the Giants are among the best in fantasy against QBs, RBs and WRs. The D/ST is especially intriguing because of the Giants' lack of health along the line and Eli's turnover problems.
SIT Giants D/ST, RB Brandon Jacobs, K Lawrence Tynes
The defense has been a gem save for a few hiccups, but you likely want no part of Vick and the Eagles right now if you have an alternative D/ST to use. The Giants could try to pound the rock against Philly, which would include Jacobs, but there is no guarantee the Giants won't fall behind early again and abandon the run.
Eagles TE Brent Celek, RB Jerome Harrison
If one thing is clear with the potent Eagles, Celek isn't much of a factor with Vick at the helm. He has been one of the biggest busts of his position with little promise in sight. Harrison looked good in garbage time, but it is hard to imagine their will be as much garbage time against the Giants on a short week.
INJURY WATCH Giants WR Steve Smith (pectoral) -- He is out through Thanksgiving at this point.
Eagles McCoy (shoulder) -- He should be fine and remain active, even against a stout Giants run defense.
The Chargers likely will roll the bowling ball Tolbert against a Broncos defense that is the third-worst in fantasy against RBs. Crayton should remain a large part of the game plan no matter who else is healthy for the Chargers, so keep him active in deeper leagues. Kaeding makes his return in what should be a high-scoring shootout.
SIT Broncos Knowshon Moreno, QB Kyle Orton, WR Eddie Royal, D/ST, TE Daniel Graham, RB Correll Buckhalter, Laurence Maroney, WR Jabar Gaffney, K Matt Prater, WR Demaryius Thomas
The Broncos have looked like a great offense at times and a bad one at others. This week, they face a Chargers team that is No. 2 in fantasy against QBs and WRs and top 10 against RBs. These guys are tough starts, even if you can see it being a shootout. Orton's QB scoring has gotten sapped of late by the goal-line usage of Tim Tebow, who you still shouldn't own, by the way.
Chargers D/ST, RB Darren Sproles, WR Seyi Ajirotutu
The Broncos have a pretty good offense that can make it a stressful Monday night in leagues that reward big points to defense. It tends to be tough watching that score whittle down as the game progresses in a tight fantasy matchup. Save yourself the heartache. Sproles is intriguing in this matchup and with the injuries ahead of him on the depth chart, but he just isn't getting enough touches. And, as for the undrafted rookie Ajirotutu, let's just say we need to see more from him.
INJURY WATCH Broncos None.
Chargers Antonio Gates, (foot), Malcom Floyd (hamstring), Ryan Mathews (ankle), Legedu Naanee (hamstring) -- Another one of the most banged up teams in the league, even coming off a bye and getting an extra day to heal to Monday. You will want to start Gates, Floyd and Mathews, if they play. You likely sit Naanee either way.
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