Appetizer - An appetizer is a player who will be good in small doses. You wouldn't necessarily want to eat an entire meal's worth, but will be tasty short-term. (Bye week fill-ins, deep Flex2 options, bench depth)
Main Course - The main course is where your money goes. These are true performers who will fill you up...on your fantasy stats sheets. (Big name players who are in store for a big week).
Dessert - Much like an appetizer, a little bit of sweetness (sorry, not Walter Payton) to fill in the remaining gaps or make your belt buckle (and fantasy football point total) explode.
Poison Pill - Get it out of your mouth! If you've already swallowed it, puke it up! Poison pills are strong players with extremely difficult matchups this week or players on the permanent slide that will, inevitably, lead to the waiver wire.
Mark Sanchez QB (PHI) vs. Carolina
When the Philadelphia Eagles signed Mark Sanchez in the off-season my ears perked up a little bit. New York football fans will certainly disagree, but in my mind Sanchez was not put in the proper situation to succeed with the Jets. He is certainly not the next Tom Brady or Peyton Manning...but he's not as bad as the Jets made him look.
After getting his chance to play last week, following the injury to Eagles starter Nick Foles, Sanchez looked very good throwing for over 200 yards and two touchdowns in a partial game. Many people believe that Sanchez actually outplayed Foles in the preseason and there were some murmurings about him stealing the starting gig. Chip Kelly knows Mark Sanchez very well from their days in the Pac-10 and he always puts quarterbacks in a very favorable position to succeed (unlike the Jets).
This week Sanchez has a full week to prepare as the starting quarterback at home against the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers rank near the bottom of the league by allowing 21.22 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks so far this season. The Eagles offense will not miss a beat with Foles on the sidelines.
Projection: 20-24 points
Ben Roethlisberger QB (PIT) @ NY Jets
"Big Ben" is on fire. With 12 touchdown passes over his last two weeks, Roethlisberger is on a run of historic proportions. This week the Steelers roll into the Meadowlands to take on the hapless Jets and their porous pass defense. The Jets rank dead last in the NFL when it comes to defending the pass and opposing quarterbacks are averaging almost three touchdowns per game and 25.22 fantasy points.
The fantasy gods have interesting way of messing with us all...but we can fully expect Ben's amazing season to continue this week.
As a bonus, look at Steelers' wide receiver Martavis Bryant if he's available in your league.
Projection: 28-33 points
Alfred Blue RB (HOU) Bye
If you own Arian Foster it is a must that you grab Alfred Blue as a handcuff solution as soon as possible. Foster is dealing with a hamstring injury and will be Questionable following their bye week. Foster says that he "plans to play" but that could just be competitive talk at this point. If you don't own Foster, and you have someone drop-able sitting on your bench, you would be best advised to be proactive and add Alfred Blue right now before the rush on him begins next week.
We all know that the Texans have a great running game and Blue brings great size and great pass-catching ability out of the backfield. In his only NFL start, the rookie rushed 13 times for 78 yards on the road against the Giants.
Projection: 0 points
Darren McFadden RB (OAK) vs. Denver
Over his past two weeks, McFadden has combined for only 11 fantasy points against Cleveland and Seattle. This week, McFadden and the Raiders return home to face the stout Denver Broncos. The Broncos have been brutal on opposing running backs and have only allowed two RBs to gain more than 36 yards all season (Marshawn Lynch and Knile Davis).
McFadden is continuing to lose touches to Maurice Jones-Drew and there are some rumblings about a more even split-time situation coming in the Oakland backfield.
McFadden will be a low-end flex option in Week 10 against Denver and may be heading to your bench in the weeks to come.
Projection: 5-7 points in non-PPR leagues, add 3-5 for PPR
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