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Last Week: 280 passing yards, 3 turnovers
Luck arguably had his worst performance of the year this past Sunday as the New York Jets dominated the Colts offense all game long. Forcing Luck to throw 2 interceptions and fumble once. With the Cleveland Browns and their 30th ranked pass defense coming to Indianapolis and one that has been allowing 294 passing yards per game, doesn’t seem like there’s a better time to start Luck in front of whomever you may have this particular week.
TE Mercedes Lewis, Jaguars
Last Week: 5 catches, 24 yards
Lewis was once considered one of the top tight ends in football. Plagued with injuries over the past few years, that has changed. He has two touchdown receptions on the year and only 14 catches with just 116 receiving yards in five games. These numbers aren’t terrible but average at best. The Raiders pass defense is currently allowing 275 passing yards per game (20th), which never hurts a starting tight ends chance of finding open space and that end-zone.
WR Kenny Britt, Titans
Last Week: 4 catches 62 yards, TD
Britt showed last week that he still is one catch away from making a game changing play. That doesn’t mean Britt hasn’t showed some rust, as he eases his way back into football mode. Hasselbeck and Britt look to be the go to connection again in Tennessee, now that Jake Locker (missed the past few weeks with shoulder injury) and Nate Washington, previously held that rank. Coming off his biggest week yet, the Titans flanker will look to continue his success and carry it over vs. 20th ranked pass defense (256 passing yards allowed per game) in the Buffalo Bills.
RB Felix Jones, Cowboys
Last Week: 18 carries, 92 yards, TD
Jones exploded back onto the fantasy scoreboards and waiver wires across leagues everywhere once DeMarco Murray wasn’t healthy enough to return to the game and Jones produced 92 rushing yards and a score. With Murray out yet again this week, Jones will get the start and face the Panthers defense that is giving up an average of 127 rushing yards per game, totaling 23rd in the NFL.
WR Stephen Hill, Jets
Last Week: 3 catches, 23 yards, TD
Hill started the season off with a two touchdown performance on opening day, while hauling in 5 receptions for 89 yards. Since, he has 3 catches for 23 yards and a touchdown, all coming last week vs. Colts. Though Hill has been fighting injuries, he’s proved this year that he is either going to score touchdown or not catch a pass. This week vs.
a Patriots pass defense that ranks 28th and is giving up an average of
288 passing yards per game, looks more like a touchdown game than not.
Top Defense: Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings will be facing an Arizona Cardinals offense that ranks 28th in both passing yards and rushing yards in the entire league. With starter Kevin Kolb out for the next few weeks, John Skelton will take over the Quarterback reigns yet once again. Though second chances are few to come by in this league, I doubt this is the type of game that will turn into a shoot out of any sort.
QB Cam Newton, Panthers
Newton has had thus far a second year sophomore slump in the eyes of many when comparing to his rookie year where he took the league by storm. Now with a few bad games already under his belt, the Panthers franchise quarterback will go against a Cowboys defense that is first against the pass, averaging 181 yards against and 103 rushing yards a game. As much as I believe how talented he is and can be, this week just doesn’t seem to match up well.
WR Mike Williams, Buccaneers
Last Week: 4 catches 113 yards, TD
Williams has had an incredible bounce back year in 2012, after recovering from a dread-full second season just one year ago. Having produced a touchdown or at least 100 yards in every game but one this year, the Saints secondary must finally find a way to contain one of the most underrated players in the league today.
Last Week: 17 points allowed, 3 sacks
The Rams defense has been consistently great all year long. Ranking fifth in opponent passing yards, the Rams have given up 207 yards per game and 103 rushing yards per game, ranking them at respectable 13th. Having said all that, they’re still playing Aaron Rodgers in a dome. Now that’s some scary stuff and more than enough evidence for being considered bench worthy.
WR Torrey Smith, Ravens
Last Week: 2 catches 24 yards, TD
Smith’s second season in the NFL has been a pleasant surprise to most outside the Baltimore Ravens organization. Already having achieved 4 touchdown catches to go along with 21 catches (18.8 avg) and 394 passing yards, which is tied for 22nd best in the league. Smith will face possibly his toughest task of the year, when they go to Houston to take on 7th ranked pass defense, allowing opponents 213 passing yards per game. With stud corners such as veteran Jonathan Joseph (19 career interceptions) and Kareem Jackson, who already has 3 picks on the year (nine career total) in only five games played, the Ravens receivers should have their hands full.
WR Andre Roberts, Cardinals
Last Week: 2 catches, 18 yards
Roberts was a legitimate fantasy wide out start or at least a 4th man in a 3 receiver league rotation. Now that Kolb is once again injured, the Cardinals receiver will suffer the consequences in how many looks he gets, especially in the red zone where he managed to catch 4 touchdowns from Kolb in the first 6 games of the year. In what seems to be a tough defensive game battle, there may only be a few scores and with Fitzgerald back in his home town of Minnesota, Skelton will be looking to him early and often as he will be facing the 10th (217 yards allowed per game) ranked pass defense and the 11th (96 yards allowed per game) ranked rush defense in the league.
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