Our bullet points articles are written to help better highlight our weekly rankings and explain our rationale behind ranking certain guys in certain places.
QB –Andrew Luck vs. Jacksonville - #2 in Weekly Rankings
I never get to write about players like this because they’re so obvious but I just want to express that I think Andrew Luck is about to have his best game of the season. He’s coming off a home loss in a blowout against the Patriots and I think he gets it going in a huge way when the Jaguars 24th ranked defense vs. fantasy QBs comes to town. Luck will take last week’s frustration on a team devoid of talent on defense and 300 yards and 3 TDs is the minimum of what we’ll see. Getting Luck in the lineup is more than obvious, but get every Colts player in there as well.
D/ST – San Francisco vs. Washington - #1 in Weekly Rankings
The 49ers are coming off their best defensive performance since week 1. They went on the road into Metlife Stadium and intercepted Eli Manning 5 times due to a ferocious pass rush. It’s no coincidence that this performance came at the same time as Aldon Smith’s return to the lineup. The defense only managed just 2 sacks but that total is sure to grow this week against the Redskins, a team that has allowed the most sacks this season. RG3’s work ethic was called into question earlier this week by Steve Young and Young’s unnamed sources, and his coaches have said he needs to improve his fundamentals. His leadership is a bigger question as he basically threw his teammates under the bus deflecting the blame for last week’s horrific loss to Tampa Bay. Most importantly his talent is being called into question. He threw a pick 6 this past week and 2 INTs, and his dreadful season continues to spiral in the wrong direction. He’s just a shell of the rookie we all witnessed just a couple of years ago. Griffin can’t stay out of the spotlight and there is a target on his back. Things will not get any better in San Francisco this week. Start the 49ers defense with confidence.
QB – Tony Romo - #10 in Weekly Rankings
Tony Romo was incredibly impressive in London’s 31-17 victory over Jacksonville. The broken bones in his back seem to be a non-issue at this point and while they cannot fully heal in one week, the late bye worked to Romo’s advantage. Romo travels to New Jersey to take on public enemy #1 the Giants. The Gmen can’t get out of their own way defensively, ranking dead last against the run and 22nd against the pass. The Cowboys will once again lean on the running game and pick their spots leading to a game from Romo similar to what he had against another hapless and hopeless defense in London.
D/ST – New England v. Detroit- #5 in Weekly Rankings
Calvin Johnson? Golden Tate? Matthew Stafford? No problem! The Patriots are coming off one of the season’s most impressive games by any football team, a 21 point victory on the road in Indianapolis. They slowed down Andrew Luck and TY Hilton, so coming home for a lesser offense will be no problem. The Lions are playing winning football, but it’s the defense that has led the way. There are big names at the skill positions for the Lions but they have struggled mightily when facing a top defense. Teams such as Buffalo, Miami, Arizona and Minnesota have stymied the offense throughout the year. Despite Chandler Jones’s absence the Patriots have continued to play tough defense, especially against the pass. Expect Stafford to struggle once again resulting in multiple turnovers.
QB – Ryan Tannehill at Denver - #14 in Weekly Rankings
Ryan Tannehill is in the midst of a career year and is a fine QB, but this is the wrong week for him to start against the Broncos. Denver is a great team on both sides of the ball. When a team like this comes off a loss where they lose to a clearly lesser team (Rams), you don’t want to be playing against them the following week, especially in their building. Denver will be out for blood to prove that they are the best team in the league, and every Dolphin player is in a lot of trouble. Peyton Manning will be sustaining long drives on offense limiting the Dolphins opportunities and Von Miller and Aqib Talib will lead this defense in a rout over a quality but inferior team like the Dolphins. Look for Tannehill to hover in the low 200s in terms of yardage and 1-2 scores along with 1-2 turnovers.
D/ST – Arizona at Seattle - #21 in Weekly Rankings
Let me start with saying that the Cardinals have a great defense. They understand how to play against their NFC West rivals, the Seattle Seahawks. However, the Seahawks are at home where they always play dominant football, and despite their recent struggles they are still the Super Bowl champs. They have a top 5 RB in Marshawn Lynch and one of the smartest QBs in the game in Russell Wilson, two players who will be touching the ball on basically every play and will not allow turnovers to pile up. Wilson is too smart to take the amount of sacks needed for the Cardinals to be a good start. Seattle is desperate and I expect them to play that way, and play their best game of the season. Find another matchup play defense and stash the Cardinals for another week.
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