By Ryan Lester, LestersLegends.com
I’ve uncovered some guys you can plug in if you are dealing with an injury or tough matchups.
Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Seattle Seahawks
Seattle will have to throw plenty to keep up with Arizona on the road. Arizona has the 29th ranked pass defense, which works in Hasselbeck’s favor. In his last four starts against the Cardinals, he’s averaged 208.8 yards per game, 5 rushing yards, 1.5 TDs, and 1 INT. Not great numbers, but good for a 14.94 fantasy point average.
Alex Smith, QB, San Francisco 49ers
They play the early game so you’ll have to decide early to roll with Smith. He takes on the Bears that have allowed 10 TDs the past two weeks (I don’t count the Browns).
Ricky Williams, RB, Miami Dolphins
Ricky has shown that he’s more than a flex option or a bye week replacement. He has become a legitimate RB2, and should not be avoided because only two teams are on bye. Don’t be afraid to start both Ronnie Brown and Ricky against Tampa Bay’s 30th ranked run defense.
Laurence Maroney, RB, New England Patriots
The Patriots are going to have to mix in the run against the Colts to keep their defense fresh. Maroney should play well on the fast track against the 17th ranked Colts’ run defense.
Mike Bell, RB, New Orleans Saints
Bell takes on the St. Louis Rams’ this week, who are tied for the second-most TDs allowed (12). The Saints should roll on the Rams giving Bell plenty of mop up duty.
Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs – The Chiefs aren’t running the football very effectively this year, but facing Oakland’s 27th ranked run defense, with a league high 13 TDs allowed, could be just what the doctor ordered. Perhaps Charles could score his first NFL rushing TD.
Austin Collie, WR, Indianapolis Colts
I assume that Bill Belichick will have a game plan in place to try and slow down Dallas Clark. I can see Peyton countering by hitting Collie instead. This looks to be one of the best games of the year, and a shootout is not out of the question.
Bernard Berrian/Sidney Rice/Percy Harvin, WRs, Minnesota Vikings – The Vikes take on the Lions so get your Viking wides into your lineups. Rice is the best best of the trio.
Michael Crabtree, WR, San Francisco 49ers
After a quiet week against the Titans, look for Crabtree to bounce back against the struggling Bears’ pass defense.
Derrick Mason, WR, Baltimore Ravens
Mason was also slowed in Week Nine, but should bounce back nicely against the lifeless Cleveland Browns.
Visanthe Shiancoe, TE, Minnesota Vikings
See above. Viking vs. Lions equals big fantasy numbers.
Jeremy Shockey, TE, New Orleans Saints
Shockey was not heavily involved in the comeback last week, but should be in line for a big day against the smelly Rams.
Matt Prater, K, Denver Broncos
The wheels have come off on the Redskins’ bus and they should be exactly what the Broncos’ need following their last two games against Baltimore and Pittsburgh. The Skins are tied for 29th with 15 Field Goals allowed making Prater a nice play this week.
Ryan Succop, K, Kansas City Chiefs
Succop has multiple Field Goals in three of his last four games. He faces Oakland, who has also allowed 15 Field Goals on the year.
Miami Dolphins Defense/Special Teams
Tampa Bay looked great last week playing the struggling Packers. That game was at home. This week they face the Dolphins on the road, which should provide a much stiffer test for Rookie Quarterback Josh Freeman. Plus, Ted Ginn, Jr. is a threat to take a return to the house every game.
Tennessee Titans, Defense/Special Teams
Are the Titans back? They beat a mediocre Jags team at home and a sinking Niners team on the road. One thing I do know is that the Bills are a mess. Tennessee should come out swinging against them at home as they continue to get back on track.
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