Fantasy Tips: Two for Your Heart Beat

Tony Gonzalez (88) celebrates

For Standard Leagues:

QB Tom BradyNew England should have a hay day spreading out the receivers while mixing in TE Ben Watson among 4 receivers against a slowed and injured Dallas secondary.  We’ll see how fast that Dallas D really is and if they can handle Brady’s receiving threats in WRs Moss, Stallworth and Welker. 

RB LaDanian Tomlinson – If you got this years unanimous #1 Fantasy Pick then you’ll be starting him.  He’s going against the Raiders run D and looks to begin rebounding on a slow season.  Last week it was Chargers QB Phillip Rivers who took the scores, but that can’t be expected every week with LT lighting up the field.

For Touchdown Leagues:

WR Braylon Edwards – He put up 100 receiving yards on the Patriots, something Chad Johnson could not pull off.  He’s averaged a touchdown a game for the past four weeks, and is playing against an inconsistent Dolphins’ pass D that allowed six receiving TDs in four games.

TE Tony Gonzalez – In 3 career games against Cincinnati, Gonzalez has put up 226 yards on 22 receptions with 2 touchdowns.  In his past three games this season Gonzalez has put 20 receptions for 267 yards and one touchdown.  He needs one more touchdown for 63 career receptions TDs and with that he’ll break TE Shannon Sharpe’s record.

For PPR Leagues:

RB Brian Westbrook – The Obvious.  He’s an immediate receiving and run threat who totals major yardage every time he touches the ball.  In his last game he played, versus Detroit, he went crazy for yards.  He’s practicing and ready for a game at the Jets.

RB Vernand Morency – If he’s there, snatch him up.  Haven’t heard of him besides Monday Night?  He has displayed excellent athleticism since his years in Houston before being traded to Green Bay in exchange for Samkon Gado.  He averages long carries and is able to make plays from nothing.  He can catch and also make long gains adding up points per receptions.  Last week he totaled 12 points for PPR leagues, and this week plays at GB against the Redskins.  

Sleepers:

WR Chris Chambers – In five games, the Cleveland Browns have allowed an NFL 2nd most 267-yards through the air.  It has given up the most passing TDs with 15.  Look for Chambers to pick his game back up this week.

WR Santana Moss – Moss should have a full week of practice under his belt after missing last week.  With WR Randaal-El most likely out, Moss will be the main pass threat against Green Bay.

You’d Think So, but Beware!

RB Shaun Alexander – FB Mack Strong has announced his retirement ending the amazing FB’s career.  He helped Shaun break the TD record in 2005.  He helped countless win a fantasy championship.  But with Mack out, the Seahawks run game is suspect as Alexander only put up 37 rushing yards last week against Pittsburgh.  This week they have are at home versus the Saints on Sunday Night.

Cincinatti Bengals – Just when Rudi is getting back RT Willie Anderson will miss his first start in what seems like forever.  85 and Houshmenzadah are going to need time for Carson to get them the ball against an aggressive but inconsistent Cheifs defense at KC.

For Keeper Leagues:

WR Sydney Rice – Reports are that he loves to practice and he’s starting to prove he’s the best catching threat the Vikings have, now we just have to see if a QB Travaris Jackson can get it to him.

RB Michael Bush – He won’t be available till Week 7 so watch and see how the Raiders RB Dominic Rhodes plays in his first game this season on Sunday.  Reports are that Bush is buying into Lane Kiffin’s system, and he could light it up and run ‘em over later on this season, if not next.

Defense

Vikings @ Bears – This may be a low scoring game decided by defense if the Bears can shut down Vikings RB Adrian Peterson and if the Vikes can stop Lovie’s Bears.

Eagles @ Jets – The Eagles should look to put up points on the Jets while the Jets might make an errant QB change leaving the Eagles to blitz and seriously hurt the Jets offensive attack.

Panthers @ Cardinals – Both teams should BLITZ BLITZ BLITZ against two QBs that can’t take the blitz.  The Panthers speedy LBs and overpowering DL anchored by Dr. Peppers should scare Cards QB Kurt Warner into making bad decisions.  The Cards should take it to Panthers QB David Carr who looks to rebound on a horrid early career.

IDPs:

DL Terrell Suggs – He’s playing a depleted St. Louis Rams offensive line and run game.  He should be in for a big game.  Start him at you DL spot.

DL Jared Allen – Since the Chief returned in Week 3 he’s been the best fantasy DE to date.  Pick him up if he’s out there and get ready for another good week against Cincinnati. 

LB Michael Boley – The Falcons Linebacker has totaled 40 tackles, one forced fumble, three pass deflections and one interception.  He’s playing the Giants on Monday night and should be in for a good day against a Giants offense that passes and runs through the opposition’s front seven.

LB Cato June – Now playing for the Bucs’ Tampa 2, this LB excelled against the Titans last season while putting up twice his points than he’s averaged this season.  He’s progressively improved under Chucky’s D and should be back in form against a speedy and pounding Titans offense.

DB Charles Tillman – “Peanut” should be in for a big week against the Vikings inaccurate pass D.  The Bear CB is a solid start any week.

DB Eric Wright – The rookie has been a tremendous fantasy player while going up the likes of Randy Moss, and this week, Chris Chambers.  Although the Browns pass D is suspect, Wright should look to shut down Chambers.


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