Fantasy football 9/21

Scott Gross ('09)/Eastside Staff

Peyton Manning vs. Jac- Peyton has struggled stat wise all year. It won’t get easier against the vicious pass defense of Jacksonville. Jags are 0-2 looking for a win and will do anything to get it, which includes shutting down Manning.

Tony Romo @ GB- This isn’t the easiest match-up for Romo but it has potential. TO will probably find separation once against the GB defense that gave up 25 points to the Lions. Romo will have to pass since Marion Barber is playing hurt and the Pack have a good pass defense.

Drew Brees @ Den- This is a so-so match-up for Brees. Riversexploited this defense last week as the Chargers lost a stolen game to the Broncos last week. Brees should have some level of success, but at the same time, he has David Patten and Devery Henderson up against Champ Bailey and Dre Bly, which isn’t favorable.

Carson Palmer @ NYG- I’m at the point now where I’d say if you have another QB who is a starter for an NFL team, start him over Palmer this week. The Giants are playing great against the pass and the Bengals are the definition of dysfunctional this year.

Derek Anderson @ BAL- This week will be the week that Anderson and the Browns, bounce back. The Browns stayed with Pittsburgh last week until the very end and the 2-0 Ravens should be someone they can beat. Anderson has had success against them in the past.

LaDainian Tomlinson vs. NYJ- Tomlinson has struggled to put up stats and stay healthy. If he is indeed healthy Monday night against the Jets, this game he can thrive since the Jets have been ok against the rush and LT is better than ok. Check status on Sunday.

Adrian Peterson vs. Carolina- Adrian Peterson has been great fantasy wise but unfortunately he is injured as well. Carolina has been solid against the run recently and Peterson not 100% means it may not be a great matchup. But you never know what Peterson can do since his running is so unpredictable.

Brian Westbrook vs. Pit- This is a harder matchup for Westbrook, but Westbrook is the catalyst to the Eagles offense. Expect solid numbers from a reliable back who seems to be made of steel lately.

Steven Jackson @ Sea- This might be a better matchup for Jackson. Seattle has struggled and they will need to throw out of the backfield a lot since Bulger will be fighting to stay on his feet all game.

Joseph Addai vs. Jac- This is a tough matchup for Addai. He did score last week against Minnesota but it wont get easier next week when he has to play against Jacksonville.

Randy Moss vs. Mia- Even though he doesn’t have Brady, remember what he did to them last year? Expect a repeat even if Cassel is the one throwing the ball.

Terrell Owens @ GB- He should be able to break free of coverage at least once so expect good numbers in what should be an offensive game.

Reggie Wayne vs. Jac- This is a tough matchup for Wayne going up against Rashean Mathis. But Wayne is Manning’s top and favorite target so he will get his share of looks but Anthony Gonzalez will probably lead in receptions but Wayne will get the red zone look.

Larry Fitzgerald @ Was- This is a decent matchup for Fitzgerald. The Redskins secondary is banged up and Arizona looks sharp. Fitzgerald will score this time though since it looks like Fitzgerald needs his payback from Boldin’s 3 TDs last week.

Andre Johnson @ Ten- Brutal matchup for Andre. Tennessee is a top 3 pass defense and Houston is just an average offense. I expect Andre to be a tough counterpart for whoever is covering him, but the Titans defense will get to Schaub causing him to make mistakes.

Braylon Edwards @ Bal- Edwards will bounce back this week. For those of you who sold low on him, you may regret it. He’s going to start putting up numbers quickly and it will start this week.

Jason Witten @ GB- Witten is injured with a separated shoulder but is likely to play. If Witten proves to be at full strength, he is Witten’s check down option which means plenty of looks.

Antonio Gates vs. NYJ- Gates has put up good numbers so far and should continue against an average Jets defense. Chambers will probably have trouble against Darrelle Revis which should mean more looks for Gates, Vincent Jackson, and LT (if healthy).

Kellen Winslow- Kellen Winslow will bounce back as well so Winslow owners can take him off of the trade block.

Tony Gonzalez @ Atl- Gonzalez should score this week. Atlanta is a bad defense and Gonzalez is a big threat to them. Gonzalez has played 2 good defenses in New England and Oakland so this should be a nice change of pace for him.

Jeremy Shockey @ Den- Shockey may be a good play here since Denver is great against WRs but not great against the tight-end. Shockey may have a great game this week.

Boom picks-

QB- Matt Hasselbeck vs. STL- Hasselbeck has been disappointing this far. But against the worst defense in the NFL and with 2 new targets, Hasselbeck is primed for a big game at home to show Seattle they still have a chance.

RB- Frank Gore vs. Det- Gore is the best part of San Francisco’s offense and they are playing a Lions team that is horrible against the run this year. Gore should have a break-out game and have a skyrocketing stock.

WR- Steve Smith @ Min- Smith returns from suspension ready to catch up to the other WR in the NFL. Smith is playing against a struggling Minnesota team but they looked ok against the pass last week. I expect a big return for Steve Smith.

TE- Todd Heap vs. Cle- After an extra week of rest and against an abysmal Cleveland secondary, Heap has a chance here. I think Flacco will look for him a lot and Cleveland’s secondary may not be able to cover him.

Bust picks-

QB- Matt Schaub @ Ten- It’s hard to throw the ball against a brick wall while lying in pain on your back.

RB- Darren McFadden vs. Buf- This is a tough matchup for McFadden. Don’t be fooled by 164 yards and a TD against the very mediocre KC defense that doesn’t scare anyone, while Buffalo is much harder.

WR- Bengals WR @ NYG- They will have a tough time against the Giants pass defense and Palmer is struggling.

TE- Chris Cooley vs. Ari- Although it is a favorable match-up to some extent, Campbell and the Redskins aren’t getting in the end zone as much from the red zone. The red zone is where Cooley thrives and Redskins have had trouble getting in from, and out of, that area.