BYE WEEKS: CLE, BALT, DAL, MIA, STL, WAS
- Rashard Mendenhall - Mendenhall is questionable this weekend with a hamstring injury and has been floundering, much like the entire Pittsburgh team, so far this year. This week, the Steelers welcome the 7th ranked rush defense, the Tennessee Titans.
- LeGarrette Blount - After four games, trends start to gain a little more validity. Like this one: the 49ers are 4th in the NFL against the run, and 27th against the pass. What does that mean for the Bucs? Coming of the Monday Night game and playing with short rest, Blount should be benched for other options, Freeman's value is on the upswing this week, and look to Winslow, Williams, and Parker in deeper leagues.
- New Orleans Defense - The Nawlins D has been torched twice so far this year, now they venture to Carolina to face the NFL's 3rd ranked passing offense. Its shouldn't come as a surprise is New Orleans gets themselves into another shootout.
- Ryan Fitzpatrick - This choice doesn't have to do with the "Dream Team" secondary, but rather the Eagles inability to stop the run. The Eagles are on a three game losing streak, including last week's second half 20 point blown lead to the 49ers that was spearheaded by Frank Gore and the 9ers running game. Fred Jackson will be running wild this game, and CJ Spiller could be a capable bye week substitute.
- Michael Turner - Another player who's value this week will be impact by what the other team does defensively. The Packers rank 2nd against the rush, but 31st (!!!) against the pass. Green Bay's uptempo offense contributes to these high scoring games, but Atlanta would be foolish to not look to exploit the Packers glaring weakness.
- Kevin Kolb - The Minnesota defense will provide a nice remedy for the recent slump Kolb has gone through. The Vikings are allowing the 28th most pass yards per game and the 5th highest opposing QB rating. The Vikings 5th ranked run defense will ensure that the Cardinals have plenty of 2nd & 3rd and long passing situations.
- New York Giants Defense - They play Seattle, just in case you didn't realize that.
- Steve Breaston - Since Jamaal Charles knee injury, Breaston has caught 7 balls for 146 yards and is the third most targeted receiver in Kansas City. Could provide decent production if you need a spot start this week because of byes.
- Cedric Benson - If you love old school, smashmouth football, Cincinnati @ Jacksonville might just be the game for you. The two rookie QBs (Dalton and Gabbert) face off with offenses built around strong running games. Benson will get plenty of touches against the Jags, and some rookie mistakes by Gabbert could leave the Bengals with some nice short fields.
- Brandon Pettigrew - The Bears defense is giving up the most points to TEs so far this year, and they face another good one on Monday Night in Brandon Pettigrew. If Matt Stafford gets pressured before Calvin Johnson breaks free, there should be plenty of passing going Pettigrew's direction.
Thanks for reading, and good luck this weekend!