Last week Sam Bradford and the Bengals defense played well along with Dustin Keller and Mark Clayton who I mentioned at the bottom of the article. However, it was a rough week for both Correll Buckhalter and Marcedes Lewis. To top it all of Dez Bryant was only a few inches away from having two long touchdowns. This is the first week that byes start to kick in so it is even more important to check your rosters this week.
QB: Chad Henne vs Patriots
Henne showed on Sunday night against the Jets that he has seemed to form a connection with Brandon Marshall. Now the Patriots come into town and they have had a tough time stopping the pass. Expect around 240 yards and two touchdowns.
RB: LaDainian Tomlinson vs Bills
After an impressive first few games as a Jet, Tomlinson is back on the fantasy radar. He has a very favorable matchup against the Bills and should continue to build on his success. Expect around 100 total yards and a touchdown.
WR: Louis Murphy vs Texans
Murphy seems to have a very good connection with Bruce Gradkowski and now has a favorable matchup against a struggling Texans pass defense. He could pay great dividends as a bye week fill in. Expect around 70 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Aaron Hernandez vs Dolphins
Hernandez has made a very big impact for the Patriots early on and now plays against the Dolphins who just allowed Dustin Keller to have a huge week. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown.
K: Mike Nugent vs Browns
Nugent has actually been a very effective fantasy option up to this point. He should continue to add on to his strong season in the battle of Ohio. Expect around three field goals and two extra points.
DEF: Colts vs Jaguars
The Colts defense has struggled this year but they could have a huge game this week. Pro Bowl quarterback David Garrard has regressed to the point where Trent Edwards is viewed as the savior and Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis could have big days against two young tackles. Expect around four sacks and two interceptions.
Other fantasy notes:
One of the biggest fantasy surprises up to this point has been Colts receiver Austin Collie. While everyone thought he would be effective, nobody thought he would be the league’s leading receiver through three weeks. Collie should keep up the pace this week against a struggling Jaguars secondary.
Some other players who could put up some numbers this week are Cedric Benson, Justin Forsett and Greg Olsen.
Benson should benefit from a faltering Bengals pass attack and should get his fair share of carries this week.
Forsett played well last week against the Chargers and should see the majority of the carries for the Seahawks as they go up against the Rams.
Olsen was the subject of many trade rumors this offseason but he has been one of Jay Cutler’s favorite targets so far. With tight ends such as Jason Witten on a bye week, he could be a very good option if available.