ATL @ SEA
Michael Turner, RB, and Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons–The Seahawks haven’t been able stop top notch receivers or running back all seasons and it doesn’t look like they’ve got what it takes to stop Atlanta’s top weapons, Turner and White. Both appear to be heating up as the season ends, which means lots of fantasy points if they’re put in the starting lineup.
Mike Williams, WR, Seattle Seahawks–While the Falcons have had a stout defense for most of the season, they give up a lot of yards in the passing game. Take advantage of Goliath’s slight weakness, and put Williams, Matt Hasselbeck’s top receiver, in the starting lineup and you’ll reap the rewards.
Seattle Defense–It’s unlikely that a team this far in the playoffs has been riding the Seahawks porous defense, but if so, this isn’t the week to be starting them with your fingers crossed. Atlanta’s offense is too strong, and Seattle’s defense too weak, for anything good to come from that matchup.
Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Seattle Seahawks–Last week, Hasselbeck struggled mightily against a poor 49ers defense, resulting in few points aside from the garbage statistics he racked up at the end of the day. Atlanta’s defense is far superior to the 49er’s “D,” so Hasselbeck should not move from fantasy team’s benches.
DEN @ OAK
Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland Raiders–Last week, McFadden went off and had a dream day for his fantasy owners against a Jaguars team with a decent run defense in the playoff hunt. This week, he’s playing a Denver team with a weak defense that looks like it has quit on the season.
No One on the Denver Broncos–Denver Quarterback Kyle Orton is injured and it is unknown how much he will actually play in the game. Last week, the team got absolutely skunked by a bad Arizona Cardinals team. For a team that has quit on its season like the Broncos have, no one is worth starting.
Michael Bush, RB, Oakland Raiders–After the phenomenal streak that McFadden has been on going into late in the season, it looks like Oakland will ride the hot hand (McFadden), which will take carries away from Bush. While he’s still a valuable fantasy asset, owners must beware that his value may have taken a hit with McFadden’s surge.
Kyle Orton, QB, Denver Broncos–Even though I said no one is worth starting on the Broncos, Orton is a must-sit on Sunday. His status for the game is still unknown and it is rumored that he will split time under center with Tim Tebow. Quarterbacks by committee never work for fantasy football, which is why Orton needs to be shown the bench.
NYJ @ PIT
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers–With Ben Roethlisberger still banged up, the Steelers are going to take as much pressure off of him as possible, which means a healthy workload for Mendenhall. Look for a big day from him, both running and catching the ball out of the backfield.
LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, Shonn Greene, RB, New York Jets–Jets’ quarterback Mark Sanchez’s struggles have been well-documented over the last few weeks and because of his inconsistency, the Jets are going to try to run to victory, which will equal lots of carries for both Tomlinson and Greene.
Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers–Still feeling the effects from the concussion suffered against the Ravens, Miller sat in practice late in the week. While there’s still a chance he could play in the game, it looks like an unhealthy gamble, especially with the league’s added emphasis on not playing players too soon after head injuries.
Mark Sanchez, QB, All Receivers, New York Jets–Even though he was never a great fantasy starter, Sanchez–and all of his receivers–should be avoided until they prove that their passing game can perform with some consistency.