Baltimore Ravens @ Buffalo Bills
Start on Baltimore: Marlon Brown did little against Houston last week and was only targeted twice, but is still a decent flex option if you’re desperate. Brown also has a favorable matchup against a secondary that got burned by Santonio Holmes last week. Torrey Smith is a solid WR2/low-end 1. Bernard Pierce is a decent flex RB2 with the uncertainty of Ray Rice, but keep an eye on Rice’s situation since Pierce’s value will obviously drop if Rice starts. In deep leagues, Joe Flacco is a solid start this week if your starting quarterback is on a bye, but only if you’re desperate.
Sit on Baltimore: RB Ray Rice is questionable and looks like he’ll be a game time decision. If you have other RBs that we deem startable, you’re better off benching Rice considering he’s likely still not 100 percent. But it’s a good matchup if he goes since the Bills are tied for 30th against the run. Dallas Clark saw a few more targets last week, but has yet to register a touchdown. Ed Dickson is a non-factor.
Start on Buffalo: C.J. Spiller remains a must-start guy despite being completely stifled by the Jets last week. Stevie Johnson has quietly been very solid and is a strong WR3/flex option against a somewhat weak Ravens secondary.
Sit on Buffalo: Fred Jackson just won’t go away in Buffalo, and is rapidly increasing his stock after outshining Spiller last week. Still, he remains just a flex option as long as run-plug Haloti Ngata is in the game. Robert Woods was targeted a whooping 10 times last week, but only managed to reel two of them in. He’s not consistent enough to be considered as even a flex play yet. E.J. Manuel is not starter-quality even in two-quarterback leagues.
Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns
Start on Cincinnati: A.J. Green has a tough matchup against Joe Haden, but he’s still a stud. BenJarvus Green-Ellis is the No. 1 guy but his paltry 2.8 yards per carry makes him no better than a flex option. Giovani Bernard is still a No. 2 back, but is steadily getting more carries. He’s still just a flex option at this point, but has more upside than BGE. The Bengals defense is worth a start this week against a weak running game.
Sit on Cincinnati: Mohamed Sanu could catch a cheap score with Green drawing so much attention but still isn’t worth a start. Tyler Eifert and Jermaine Gresham continue to share targets, thus canceling each other’s value. Andy Dalton has put up solid QB2 numbers so far, but he’s not a good start against a quality defense. Dalton would be a great bye-week filler against a bad defense.
Start on Cleveland: The Bengals will be out to stop Jordan Cameron after he dropped three scores on Minnesota last week, but Cameron is still a TE1. Josh Gordon is a solid WR3/flex and may be on the trading block due to his off field issues, which could incite even more production from the young receiver.
Sit on Cleveland: Willis McGahee is still getting used to the offense after being signed a little over 10 days ago, but he’ll likely touch the ball 12-14 times. Brian Hoyer needs another good week before he challenges for a starting spot. Greg Little is off the radar after a slew of poor performances and could be on his way out of Cleveland as well.
Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions
Start on Chicago: Brandon Marshall is Brandon Marshall — you’re starting him especially against a middle of the pack defense. Jay Cutler is a fantastic plug in guy this week if your starting QB is on a bye, as long as interceptions aren’t too harsh a penalty in your league. Chicago’s defense is a must start every week unless they’re playing Peyton Manning. Martellus Bennett is a solid start against a weak Detroit defense that allowed Jordan Reed to catch for 50 yards.
Sit on Chicago: Earl Bennett, Alshon Jefferey’s role is increasing as he tied for a team-high eight targets last week but hasn’t found the end zone yet.
Start on Detroit: Receiver Ryan Broyles upgrades to a solid WR3/flex option this week with the injury to Nate Burleson. Calvin Johnson is an obvious start, while Matt Stafford may have a tougher go against the stingy Bears defense. Reggie Bush is back and is a decent RB2, while Joique Bell has proven just as versatile as Bush but is more durable between the tackles. Detroit’s secondary has made plenty of interceptions will likely get a silver platter one from Cutler at least once.
Sit on Detroit: Brandon Pettigrew continues to get outshined by Tony Scheffler and Joseph Fauria, but none of the three are viable options with so many other better weapons out there. Nate Burleson is out with a broken arm.
Seattle Seahawks @ Houston Texans
Start on Seahawks: Marshawn Lynch is a solid starter.
Sit on Seahawks: Sidney Rice, Golden Tate, and Doug Baldwin are all benchers this week against a tough Houston run defense.
Start on Houston: Ben Tate remains a week-to-week starter until Arian Foster shows signs of life. That being said, Foster is still a starter as well. Andre Johnson will start, but will have his hands full with Richard Sherman.
Sit on Houston: DeAndre Hopkins looks like he’ll be a solid receiver but has a bad matchup.