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Cam Newton, QB, Panthers: He has been putting up big numbers every week and probably will again in this match up. Cam is obviously comfortable in the shotgun and, against the Saints blitzing D, he will have enough time to throw and, of course, make the occasional run. Saints allow 17.5 points per game to opposing quarterbacks (ninth most).
Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons: Given this match up and how bad the Packers pass defense has been this year, you should start Ryan. The Packers score a lot so it will probably be a shootout (great for fantasy owners).
Curtis Painter, QB, Colts: OK, I’ll say it. When he actually got time to throw on Monday night, I thought he looked all right. (ducking) They need to do a better job of protecting him (he was terrible when faced with pressure), but only the Bills (four) have fewer sacks this year than Kansas City’s five. Given time, at home, he’s a decent bye week fill-in in a deep league.
Darren Sproles, RB, Saints: I’m just a surprised as you, he is getting a lot more touches than I thought he would this year, at the expence of Piere Thomas. He has been pretty consistent, with games of 13, 11, 14 and 12 fantasy points.. Against the Panthers (fourth-most points allowed to opposing running backs), Sproles is a very safe start.
Isaac Redman, RB, Steelers: I picked him up for my team. Likely to get a start with Rashard Mendenhall banged up and Moore hurt as well. The fact that Ben is hurt could mean they will rely on the run a bit more.
Pierre Garcon, WR, Colts: Mentioned this on “Fantasy Football Now” this past weekend and again on Twitter before the “Monday Night Football” game, but since Curtis Painter took over as the Colts’ QB, Reggie Wayne has gotten 23.1 percent of the targets compared with Garcon’s 30.8 percent. Now, he still has bricks for hands and his big Monday night score was the result of blown coverage and poor tackling, but still. At home, against the Chiefs? In a bye week, you could do worse and probably have. Good motto to remember at closing time.
Owen Daniels, TE, Texans: The cries of agony were from Andre Johnson’s owners. The muted and respectful squeals of joy were from Owen Daniels’ owners.
Tennessee Titans D/ST : We’re all on the Titans’ D this week, going against that porous Steelers line that helps allow the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing D/ST. Tennessee is available in almost 75 percent of leagues, is the seventh-highest-scoring defense in fantasy and is averaging more than 11 points a game the past three weeks. What are you waiting for?
New York Giants D/ST : Happiness is Tarvaris Jackson traveling east to face your defense. Available in 46 percent of leagues. I like the Titans and the Giants better than the highly drafted defenses of the Steelers or Jets this weekend.
Stevan Ridlely, RB, Patriots: A good pickup this week and after a great performance last week and Danny Woodhead injured I would say he has pretty good upside, even against the Jets.
Jay Cutler, QB, Bears: So what do you get when you take the most sacked quarterback since 2009 and you pair him with Ndamukong Suh and the Detriot Lions? Not a whole lotta good that’s for sure!
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers: He’s hurt; Mendenhall and Moore are banged up; the line is a mess; and the Titans have the No. 1 scoring defense in the NFL.
Jacoby Jones, WR, Texans: A good pickup if you need a WR, but I’ve been burned by this guy!
Deion Branch and Chad Ochocinco, WR, Patriots (40, 34): Jets secondary is good and they are pretty quiet when they play the Jets.