by Inside the Redzone staff – JF
You should always be starting your top picks in fantasy football, unless they are on byes. The players listed below will all depend on how you drafted and what you have for other options to start. Let’s say if you see Ahmad Bradshaw on the Bench ‘em report, but you went WR heavy in the first 3 rounds and he is your #1 RB, you have to start him unless you have other quality options.
Matthew Stafford – Stafford had 305 yards and 3 TD’s last week against the Bucs. Look for him to continue to shine against the Chiefs this week. The Chiefs gave up 208 yards and 4 TD’s to Ryan Fitzpatrick last week. Stafford is a better QB and has better weapons (a.k.a. Calvin Johnson).
Peyton Hillis – Had a slow start last week (57 yards rushing, 30 yards receiving), but look for him to bounce back against a Colts defense that gave up 167 rushing yards last week.
LeGarrette Blount – The Bucs as a team only had 56 total rushing yards against a tough Lions run defense. Look for the Bucs to pound the ball with Blount this week against the Vikings (Kevin Williams is still serving his 2 game suspension).
James Starks – Starks had 57 yards and a TD last week against the Saints. Carolina’s D gave up 99 yards rushing to the Cardinals. With Carolina’s top LB (Beason) out this week, look for Starks have a good day rushing the ball and catching it out of the backfield.
Mario Manningham – Eli Manning needs to do a better job getting the ball out when the defense blitzes. Hakeem Nicks is a little banged up so, look for Manningham to get a little more looks this week against the Rams.
Fred Davis – Last week Davis had 105 yards receiving and was a focal point in the offense. The Panthers TE’s combined for 129 yards against the Cardinals last week. Look for Davis to have another solid game.
Ed Dickson – Had 5 catches for 59 yards and a TD last week against the Steelers. Dickerson is becoming a bigger part in the Ravens offense and look for him to build on those numbers this week.
Matt Ryan – Ryan had a lot of yards (319) against the Bears but couldn’t find the end zone. Ryan is facing an even tougher pass defense in the Eagles. The Eagles pass D is as tough as advertised. Last week the Eagles held the Rams to 181 passing yards. The Eagles weakness is the run defense not the pass defense.
Chris Johnson – If you draft him as your #1 and you don’t have the depth at RB, you’ll need to start him. If you have a better match up, start a different RB. Johnson is still trying to get into game shape and still needs to learn the new offense that Chris Palmer has installed. Besides that, they are playing the Ravens which held Mendenhall and the Steelers to 66 yards rushing.
Cam Newton – Last week’s 400 yd performance was the best debut for any QB in NFL history, but it was against the Cardinals. Look for Newton to look like a rookie this week against one of the best defenses in the NFL. The only way Newton should be in the starting lineup is if you have to start a rookie.
All Seattle Seahawks – Tarvaris Jackson came on late, but the Seahawks are facing a Steelers D that came off a huge disappointment last week against the Ravens. Look for the Steelers to hold the Seahawks under 10 points this week.