Having trouble with deciding which players you should start or sit during the upcoming week of fantasy football? Look no further than these six players (if you have them on your team) three of them should have a great game this week and the other three will probably have rough games versus the defenses they are competing against.
QB – Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers
Roethlisberger is having another solid season (103-157 for 1,111 passing yards, 8 TD and 1 INT) and with the Pittsburgh running game starting to pick up it should open up more passing windows for him to exploit. This week Roethlisberger will get to face the 25th ranked defense against the pass (279.6 passing yards allowed per game) in the form of the Tennessee Titans who also allow the most point per game in the NFL (36.2).
RB – Benjarvus Green-Ellis Cincinnati Bengals
Green-Ellis is putting together a good year in Cincinnati (91 carries for 300 rushing yards and 2 TD) and is looking to continue that success this week versus the Cleveland Browns. The Browns currently have the 26th ranked defense against the run (142.4 rushing yards allowed per game) and are 25th in points allowed per game (27.8).
WR – Roddy White Atlanta Falcons
Roddy White is off to a fast start through five weeks for the undefeated Falcons hauling in 31 passes for 481 yards and three touchdowns and he should be able to add plenty of numbers to those this week versus the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders are ranked 28th in the NFL in terms of passing yards allowed per game (283.2 yards) and 30th in points allowed per game (31.3 points) which White should help Atlanta light up the scoreboard and earn your fantasy some more points.
QB – Eli Manning New York Giants
Based on the season that Manning is having (128-197 for 1,579 yards, 10 TD and 5 INT) this may seem like a bit of a surprise here but not every quarterback can have a big game every week and this is the week Eli will falter. Manning and the Giants are going up against the second ranked pass defense in the NFL (283.2 passing yards allowed per game) and the toughest defense to score on in the NFL (13.6 points allowed per game) when they face the San Francisco 49ers on the road.
RB – Steven Jackson St. Louis Rams
Jackson hasn’t been having a typical season by his standards so far this season (77 carries for 271 yards and 0 TD) and things won’t be getting better for him this week versus the Miami Dolphins. Surprisingly the Dolphins have the number ranked defense against the run so far this year (61.4 rushing yards allowed per game) and are ranked 12th in points allowed per game (20.6 points) so Jackson should be riding the pine pony if you have another solid back on your roster.
WR – Wes Welker New England Patriots
Welker may also seem like another player that shouldn’t be here however despite his good season so far (38 receptions for 484 yards and a TD) the Pats are facing a very stout defense this week in the form of the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle currently ranks second in the NFL in points allowed per game (14 points) and fifth in passing yards allowed per game (192 yards) which could mean trouble for Welker and Tom Brady.