By Troy Jefferson
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1. Andrew Luck QB Colts – Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts take on the Cleveland Browns this week. Andrew Luck has struggled against upper echelon defenses but this is Cleveland. Taking out his performances against New York and Chicago, Luck has thrown 6 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Andy Dalton lit up the scoreboard against Cleveland last week throwing 3 touchdowns for 381 yards and 3 interceptions. I’m expecting a big week out of Andrew Luck (2 touchdowns and 300 yards).
2. Doug Martin RB Bucs – Doug Martin has a favorable matchup this week vs. New Orleans. The Saints are second to last in rushing yards allowed with 172 per game. Martin also should be able to exploit the weakness of the Saints pass defense, which is also in the bottom half. Doug Martin has the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield as well recording 2 catches for 55 yards last week. Martin should have no problem carving up the Saints.
3. Denarius Moore WR Raiders – Carson Palmer and Denarius Moore will have a field day vs. the Jaguars. Denarius Moore is the lead dog for Oakland’s offense and is a big play waiting to happen. Denarius Moore has been targeted on average 9 times a game, the former Tennessee Volunteer should be good for 7 catches, 100 plus yards, and a score.
Sleeper: Ryan Fitzpatrick QB Bills – Fitzpatrick has a favorable matchup vs. the Titans, who are 29th in passing yards allowed. The “Amish Rifle” is 5th in the NFL in touchdowns and is ahead of guys like Tom Brady, Philip Rivers, Big Ben, and Michael Vick.
1. Joe Flacco QB Ravens – I’m scared to trust Flacco in favorable matchups so there is NO way I trust him vs. the Texans. Houston did give up six passing touchdowns to Aaron Rodgers but this isn’t the Packers. Joe Flacco has thrown for more than one touchdown only once in the last five weeks and the Texans are still 7th in passing yards allowed not a good mix.
2. Stevan Ridley RB Patriots – Ridley has been a pleasant surprise for the Patriots this year but this week he plays the Jets. Stevan Ridley has been hit or miss this year and has missed against good rushing defenses. Against Arizona, Baltimore, and Seattle Ridley rushed for a combined 142 yards and zero touchdowns. The New York Jets defense is heating up and Patriots just have so many other weapons to work with.
3. Steve Smith WR Panthers – It’s been a rough year for Steve Smith and the Carolina Panthers. After a big fantasy season last year, Steve Smith has failed to even reach the endzone. Smith has only caught 21 passes this year and faces a good Dallas Cowboy secondary. I’d be surprised if Steve Smith breaks his scoreless streak vs. Dallas.