Colin Kapernick @TEN (58%, 17): Last week was a little better than usual for Kaepernick, but he still failed to top 20 fantasy points for the 5th straight week. Tennessee’s defense is for real and unless Kap reverts to his week 1 form, he’s not breaking 20 this week either. There are probably better options on your waiver wire (Foles, Cutler).
Matt Ryan TB (47%, 18): I’m staying away from all Falcons skill players this week except Tony G. It’s not that TB has a great defense (a mediocre 16th overall), but I want to see how Ryan plays without Julio & Roddy before I trust him as my starting fantasy QB.
Trent Richardson DEN (86%,13): If you just looked at T-Rich’s stats without seeing his name, he might not even be on your roster (49 YPG, 3.2 YPC, 2 TD). It’s very possible that he’s just an average RB. Besides 2 goal-line TDs he hasn’t done anything this year. Start him at your own risk. As sad as it sounds, I thought Donald Brown looked like the better back last Sunday.
Brandon Jacobs MIN (28%,12): Don’t be fooled by Jacobs big game last week. The Bears starting D-line consisted of a 2nd string DE, a DE playing DT for the 2nd time, a DT they signed off the street 2 weeks ago, and a shockingly ineffective Julius Peppers. I’d bet my Peppers jersey that Jacobs doesn’t gets 100 yards in a game again before his career is over.
Chris Johnson SF (62%,11): My comments on CJ3 from last week still apply: “Johnson isn’t getting red zone carries, so basically the only way he’s going to score is on a long run. With the Seahawks (Niners this week) boasting one of the faster defenses in the league, I just don’t see that happening.”
Roddy White TB (22%,14): I’m not sure why Yahoo thinks Roddy White is going to get 14 points this week, since he hasn’t had more than 4 fantasy points this year and he re-aggravated his injury in week 5. Maybe the bye week fixed all his injury woes, but I’m not using a spot on White until I see him break double-digit fantasy points.
Larry Fitzgerald SEA (74%,12): I’ve picked Larry as my bust twice and those were his two best games all year, so my track record with Fitz is spotty at best. Seattle and Richard Sherman is Fitz’s toughest match-up so far this year, he’s been limping around practice this week, and Carson Palmer is Carson Palmer. On paper this is a terrible match-up for Fitzgerald.
Golden Tate @ARI (35%,10): Why are people still starting this guy? He’s had exactly 1 decent game this year. Stop.
Anquan Boldin @TEN (62%,14): Bolden was a popular pickup after his monster week 1, but he hasn’t broke 100 yards since then, has 1 touchdown the last 5 weeks, and only had 5 catches over the last two weeks. Tennessee has a tough secondary (10th in yardage allowed) and Kaepernick has struggled lately; I don’t see Bolden coming anywhere near 14 fantasy points.
Jared Cook @CAR (35%,7): Sam Bradford has a new favorite receiver every week and I am avoiding all of them if possible. Stay away if you can.
Greg Olsen @STL (60%, 9): The Rams are tough on TEs (5th fewest fantasy points), Olsen is banged up, and he hasn’t been very involved in the passing game the last 3 weeks (averaging less than 4 catches per game). You can probably do better on your waiver wire.
Jordy Nelson CLE (92%, 15): Calvin Johnson was just the latest WR to struggle (3-25) against Browns CB Joe Haden. No WR has 100 yards or a TD against Haden this season and he has also shut down AJ Green, Torrey Smith, Mike Wallace, and Greg Jennings this year. I don’t like Jordy’s chances.