Lions defense, Start: After putting a giant goose egg for owners last week, the defense could have a bounce-back performance this week against a Browns team forced to start quarterback Brandon Weeden, who lost his job earlier in the season.
Note: I will never include Calvin Johnson in the Lions 5 because he's a must start every week he's healthy. Fantasy owners need to keep an eye on the situation closely but something tells me he’s playing this week.
A look at last week's Lions 5: I told you to start Stafford, but I thought he’d have Johnson in the lineup. It wasn’t a great call by me. Stafford had his lowest output of the season (16 points). I also thought Reggie Bush would have more of an impact, but he failed to get into the end zone and had just six Fantasy points of 69 total yards. Brandon Pettigrew continued to get his targets and my suggestion to start him was a good one. I hit it on the head in sitting the Lions defense. They got owners zero points last week. I thought kicker
Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis (at SD): It’ll be Luck’s first game on Monday Night Football and he’s facing a Chargers defense that’s already allowed Matt Schaub, Michael Vick, Jake Locker, Tony Romo, and Terrelle Pryor, in that order, to score at least 22 Fantasy points the last five weeks.
Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo (vs. CIN): Jackson was a sleeper last week and those of you who played him were rewarded with 21 points. Jackson has scored at least 10 points in every game this year and there’s no thinking it will stop this week.
Justin Blackmon, WR, Jacksonville (at DEN): The Jaguars are going to have to score and score often to keep pace with the potent Broncos offense. Expect them to throw the ball a lot Sunday, especially if they get behind early. The Broncos are allowing the third-most Fantasy points to receivers this year.
Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina (at MIN): The Vikings have given up six touchdowns to the position this year and rank dead last in terms of Fantasy points given up to tight ends.
DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas (vs. WAS): The Redskins are giving up an average of 20.5 points per contest to the position this year. Dallas is a passing offense, but they get Murray involved in that aspect of the game, and that’s why I like him this week against a bad Redskins defense.
Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco (vs. ARI): The only No. 1 receiver to have double-digit fantasy points against Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson this year is Detroit’s Calvin Johnson. The Cardinals are allowing the seventh-fewest Fantasy points to receivers this year.
Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee (at SEA): It was a good sign to see Johnson get into the end zone for the first time last week and be a bigger part of the passing game, but Johnson has a tough matchup in Seattle this week.
Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis (at HOU): The Texans have yet to allow any quarterback to throw for 200 yards this season and have yielded only one passing touchdown the last three weeks vs. Joe Flacco, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick.
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Arizona (at SF): Mendenhall had 11 points last week, but he’s steadily losing carries to rookie Andre Ellington. Unless you really have to play him because of an injury or bye, this week might not be the best matchup for him.
DeSean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia (at TB): Jackson opened his mouth this week and now he gets to see how good Revis Island still is. Veteran players, especially ones coming off an injury, take that kind of stuff personally. Receivers have scored the six-fewest Fantasy points vs. the Bucs this year.
Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego (vs. IND): Ryan Matthews might not play because of a concussion, which means Woodhead could get the bulk of the carries.
Terrelle Pryor, QB, Oakland (at KC): I’m sure that a player who’s scored at least 20 points in three of four starts this year qualifies as a sleeper, but I’m willing to bet he’s either available or on someone’s’ bench most weeks. KC has a good defense, but Pryor can also hurt teams with his legs.
Ronnie Hillman, RB, Denver (vs. JAX): There could be plenty of late touchdowns available for all the Broncos running backs in this one.
Chad Henne, QB, Jacksonville (at JAX): Three quarterbacks have scored at least 20 Fantasy points vs. Denver this year and Tony Romo had 50 last week. Henne could be trying to get the Jaguars back in the game against soft coverage for a lot of the second half. Those yards add up.
Ted Ginn, WR, Carolina (at MIN): He’s had 78 and 71 yards receiving, respectively, the last two weeks, including a touchdown. Is he building a rapport with Cam Newton?