This will be the first installment of a weekly piece that will appear on the site every Saturday written by yours truly. The new Fantasy Football Guru of MCM. I hope this weekly article can help some of you guys win your fantasy leagues. Keep in mind that I do accept donations.... haha, just kidding, I just want you guys to win. Check out the first instalment after the jump!
QB – Ben Rothlisberger (vs. CHI) – Big Ben is coming off a strong performance in Tennessee where the Steelers have realized that they do not have a running game. Expect Tomlin and company to let Big Ben’s arm loose again this week against a Bears Defense that is banged up with starters Urlacher, Vasher and Tinoisamoa out this week.
Prediction: 330 Yards, 2 TDs
Runners Up: J. Campbell (vs. STL), T. Edwards (vs. TB)
RB – Darren McFadden (vs. KC) – Any RB is a good match up against the lowly Chiefs run defense. Fans of the Titans know this as last year vs the Chiefs both Smash and Dash busted off 80+ yard runs for TDs. Last year against the Chiefs McFadden posted the best game of his career with 164 yards and a touchdown. McFadden looked good last week against the Chargers and looks like a dual threat option to run the ball AND catch it (both out of the backfield and in the slot). Look for a big game from “RUN DMC”.
Prediction: 22 Attempts, 95 Yards, 1 TD, 3 Receptions, 30 Yards
Runner Up: F. Jackson (vs. TB)
WR – Santana Moss (vs. STL) – This is probably the biggest risk I’m going to take in this column. Moss is by no means a consistent fantasy contributor but I think that this week he will have success against the Rams. Jason Campbell has got to throw to someone, and it shouldn’t be hard to do against the Rams. Moss would be the guy most likely to get the most production of the Skins wideouts. You can find a safer play in the runners up below, but Moss is a high-risk high-reward WR this week that may even be a free agent in shallow leagues.
Prediction: 6 Receptions, 90 Yards, 1 TD
Runners Up: J. Gage (vs. HOU), N. Burleson (vs. SF), S. Holmes
TE – Dallas Clark (vs. MIA) – Someone is going to have to pick up the slack and the production of the recently injured Anthony Gonzalez. My bet is that the ol’trusty TE in Indi will be that guy. Look for Clark’s production to increase not only for this week but also for the duration of Gonzalez’s injury.
Prediction: 7 Receptions, 85 Yards
Runners Up: T. Heap (vs. SD), D. Keller (vs. NE)
QB – Carson Palmer – Palmer did not look good last week against a less than average defense in Denver. This week he faces what looks to be a much improved defence in GB that forced Jay “the savior” Cutler into the worst game of his career last week by intercepting him 4 times.
Runner Up: B. Favre (vs. DET)
RB – Steven Jackson – My original choice for this spot was LT, but he has now been ruled out for week 2. So now I turn to a talented guy on a terrible team. Jackson will have a hard time finding success this week against the Redskins run defense that is much improved by default after adding the big cog in the middle Albert Haynesworth.
Runner Up: R. Bush (vs. PHI)
WR – DeSean Jackson – Feel more confident about this one than any. With Kevin Kolb at the helm this week for the Eagles you will see more of the short dink and dunk passes. This style does not suit Jackson well so I expect little production from him this week.
Runner Up: C. Chambers (vs. MIA), B. Edwards (vs. DEN)
TE – No one stands out here so I’m going to cheat and not name one.
D – Bears – Missing 3 starters (Vasher, Urlacher and Tinoisamoa), and facing a dynamic offense in GB, I would move Bears D to fantasy benches this week to avoid disappointment.
Waiver Wire Watch: Keep an eye on the following guys that may be available in your fantasy league.
QB – Mark Sanchez, Jeff Garcia, Kerry Collins
RB – Cadillac Williams, Mewelde Moore, Fred Taylor, Michael Bush, Kevin Faulk
WR - Legadu Naanee, Justin Gage, Nate Washington, Torry Holt, Percey Harvin, Nate Burleson, Steve Smith (NYG), Mario Manningham, Laurent Robinson, Mark Clayton, Austin Collie, Louis Murphy, Kenny Britt
TE - Todd Heap, Zach Miller, Jared Cook, Vernon Davis
D – Seattle Seahawks