Tony Romo: With the Cowboy’s defense stepping up Romo didn’t have the big game I envisioned only racking up a measly 8.80 points against the Redskins. Now Romo heads to Philadelphia to take on an Eagles defense that is letting opposing quarterbacks average 21.15 points. So be smart and keep Romo as your starter and reap the benefits, especially with him averaging 20.12 points a game.
Jay Cutler: Cutler is thriving in Mike Trestman’s offense, which has turned him into a fantasy stud with him averaging 18.06 points. He now faces off against a Redskins defense, that yes held Romo below ten points, however Washington has giving up an average of 28.25 points when facing NFC North teams (Lions, Packers). Having the Thursday game last week has also giving the Bears more time to plan how they will attack one of the worst defenses in the league, so I like Cutler’s chances on continuing his fantasy success.
Eli Manning: Eli has been on a downward spiral with him throw six interception the last three games while averaging a dismal 10.26 points in that span. Playing Monday night against a Vikings defense that let Cam Newton get out of his funk and put up 30.68 points might just what the doctor ordered for Eli. I’m not guaranteeing you Manning won’t throw another interception, however expect him to put up a ton of yards and a couple touchdowns against a Vikings defense that has allowed 308 passing yards a game.
Mike Glennon: I told you last week if you were a Matt Ryan owner and desperate take the chance on Glennon and he didn’t disappoint putting up 18.92 points against the Eagles. Look for him to bring in big numbers again this week, as he goes up against a Falcons defense that let Geno Smith walking all over them (22.06 points) the last time they were on the field. You might still be skeptical but keep in mind the Falcons are giving up over 26 points a game while being ranked 26th against the pass.
Joe Flacco: Last week I told you to start Flacco and if you listened your welcome as he had his best game of the season totaling 20.28 points. Now going up against the Ravens biggest rival the Steelers put Flacco back on the bench. The main reason why I say this, is even though the Steelers don’t seem as menacing as in years past, they still are holding opposing quarterbacks to 196 yards a game while only giving up four touchdowns. If that doesn’t convince you just remember Flacco’s track record playing on the road where he only averages 13.47 points.
Alex Smith: Ever since Alex Smith went off (23.22 points) on the Giants in week four he has averaged only 8.41 points with zero touchdowns. You might think going against a Texans team that looks to be flushing there playoffs chances down the toilet will be a great bounce back game for Smith. Well no matter how bad the Texans have been losing their defense is still only allowing quarterbacks to average 13.83 points against them and is also ranked first against the pass, which doesn’t reflect a great fantasy outcome for Smith.
Ben Roethlisberger: After putting up a respectable 15.66 points against a tough New York Jets defense it might seem enticing to start Big Ben this week. Just hold on before you install him as your starter and remember that this Ravens defense has held opposing quarterbacks to an average of 13.73 points the last two weeks. Also take in the fact that the games between the Steelers and Ravens are usually defensive slug fests, so it would be best to sit Big Ben this week.
Josh Freeman: Going against the Giants defense that has been carved up by every quarterback that has faced them makes this match up seem very promising. But this is Josh Freeman were talking about who averaged 8.28 points when he was playing with the Buccaneers. Also, take into account that Freeman was only completing 45.7% of his passes in Tampa Bay and now he’s learning to work with a whole new group of receivers. I know it’s the Giants but its Josh Freeman were talking about he can’t be trusted even against the New York Giants.
Ryan Tannehill: If you own Drew Brees and have no idea who you’re going to start this week, Tannehill might just be your best option that’s available, with him being owned in only 9.7 % on NFL.com. While his average isn’t the greatest (13.96), Tannehill is facing a Bill’s defense that has giving up 270 yards a game and just let Andy Dalton burn them for 25.18. As long as the Dolphins offensive line can give Tannehill time to find his open receivers he should have a solid game.