Last week had its ups and downs for my fantasy surprises. Kevin Kolb played terribly, Isaac Redman didn’t get as many touches as expected and Julio Jones went down with an injury. However, Jermaine Gresham, Nick Novak and the Bengals defense were all very efficient for fantasy owners. Like last week, pay close attention to your matchups with byes and make sure to search the waiver wire for favorable matchups.
QB: Mark Sanchez vs Dolphins:
Except for his Sunday night disaster against the Ravens, Sanchez has had very favorable matchups up until this point and gets another this week. The Dolphins have really struggled against the pass so if you are in need of a quarterback this week, Sanchez would be a great add of the waiver wire. Expect around 230 yards and two touchdowns.
RB: Cedric Benson vs Colts:
Benson’s league suspension will be avoided once again and has a favorable matchup against a Colts defense that struggles against the run. Even though Bernard Scott is a talented back, Benson gets almost all of the carries so he is definitely worth starting this week. Expect around 110 total yards and a touchdown.
WR: Victor Cruz vs Bills:
Even though he is still listed as the Giants number three receiver, Cruz has put up ridiculous numbers as of late. He now goes up against a Bills defense that can be very vulnerable to the pass. Considering his recent play and the teams on bye, he Cruz is definitely worth starting. Expect around 80 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Heath Miller vs Jaguars:
Miller is coming off a week in which he caught his first touchdown of the year and now faces the Jaguars who have allowed big games to tight ends. With the Jaguars trying to eliminate the deep ball, Ben Roethlisberger could look Miller’s way early and often. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown.
K: Olindo Mare vs Falcons:
While the Panthers offense has been one of the league’s biggest surprises for their ability to move the ball at will, the Falcons lack of defense up to this point is almost just as surprising. Mare is worth using this week in a dome game that could turn into a shootout. Expect around three field goals and two extra points.
DEF: Bengals vs Colts:
The Bengals were in this spot last week but have another very favorable matchup this time facing Curtis Painter and the Colts at home. This defense is a very underrated unit so there’s a very good chance they could still be found in free agency and put up solid numbers. Expect around four sacks and two interceptions.