by Inside the Redzone staff – Matt Hall
Tennessee Titans (3-1) at Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2)
Gametime: 1:00pm Eastern Sunday
These are not your fathers’ Steelers, you know the “Steel Curtain” defense and “Ground and Pound” offense that brought them 4 Championships in the 70’s. No the Steelers of 2011 are lacking in a lot of areas. Ranked 22nd in Tackles and 19th in Rushing attempts they are passing a lot more than they have in some time. Not to be overlooked in the “not what they once were department” the Titans look like a completely different team this year too and Matt Hasselbeck looks rejuvenated, the change of scenery seems to have worked. With Hasselbeck’s help and Chris Johnson’s slow start Tennessee is already ranked 7th in Passing attempts.
Isaac Redman –With Mendenhall and Moore both hurt Redman is the back to watch this week. He will get carries and his stock is rising. I expect at least a touchdown and 50 yards from him this week.
Mike Wallace- He has become a WR1 this season and Big Ben is getting comfortable with him. He makes big plays and catches touchdowns. Look for one touchdown and at least 80 yards from him this week even with Big Ben playing a little hurt.
Matt Hasselbeck -He looks like a completely different quarterback since he came toNashville. He is also an underrated fantasy QB right now. I look for 2 touchdowns and at least 200 yards from him this week.
Chris Johnson – He was drafted high in many Fantasy Leagues after signing a contract extension through 2016 (reportedly worth $53.5 million with $30 million guaranteed) and rightfully so. Eventually the passing game is going to open things up for Johnson to break out and have a game we are used to seeing. I am not expecting it this week but look for a touchdown and at least 100 yards this week for Johnson.
Nate Washington- With Kenny Britt out Nate Washington has become the target for Hassellbeck. Plus it looks like the Titans are going to be sticking with the passing game which is good news for Washington owners. Look for a touchdown and at least 60 yards from Washington this week.
Oakland Raiders (2-2) at Houston Texans (3-1)
Gametime: 1:00pm Eastern Sunday
The Texans are loaded with first round fantasy players, when they are all healthy they can help take your fantasy team to the championship if you’re lucky enough to have one or more of them. Oakland is becoming a team that makes plays and plays defense, and still can beat anybody in a 40 yard dash.
Arian Foster- With Andre Johnson out and that completely changing the passing game for the Texans look for a repeat of last week for Foster (30 touches, 155 yards, 1 TD, 5.2 yards per carry). He (and his hammy) are healthy and poised to get another 30 touches a week. I am looking for two touchdowns and at least 100 yards this week for Foster. Owen Daniels- He will be a bigger part of the game the coming weeks with Johnson out. They will look for him more inside the redzone as well. Look for similar production to last week (5 receptions, 69 yards, 1 TD) with a touchdown and 100 yards this week.
Kevin Walter & Jacoby Jones- Last week showed how important Andre Johnson is to the Texans passing game . Kevin Walter is experienced and I think he will catch passes so in a PPR league I think he is a valuable pickup if still available. Jones to me is more of a wild card and somebody who might surprise people as he gets more targets. I think this week is too early for either of them to score but next week is the week when Houston goes toBaltimore.
Darren McFadden- The Raiders getting 5.9 yards a carry this year and McFadden is the man carrying the rock. Plus he is valuable catching passes. I think this game is going to turn into a running battle , McFadden should have a touchdown this week.
Denarius Moore– He is a rookie who is showing he can make plays. Granted Oaklandis a running team Moore will get the down the field targets on play action and if they fall behind. I expect a touchdown this week for Moore as McFadden starts to demand even more attention.