Who could believe what happened Sunday night to Peyton Manning against the Chargers?
Coming into the season Manning was just about everyone’s first or second choice as top rated fantasy quarterback with the question being, "How early do I take him, or how long do I wait before I’m forced to take him?"
Manning threw a team record six interceptions on Sunday giving him 10 on the year, one less than his brother Eli. It’s only one game, but Peyton has been a big disappointment all season just because of where he was picked. He’s very been ordinary with only two 300-yard games. There are seven quarterbacks ahead of Manning in fantasy points, including Cleveland’s Derek Anderson.
”¡ Vikings ground game. RB Adrian Peterson hurt his knee last week. Chester Taylor is the backup and available in just about every league. Expect Taylor to get most of the carries even if Peterson is deemed healthy. Peterson is the franchise and much too valuable to take a chance with.
”¡ Weather: The winds are blowing and snow is flowing back East. This is the time of year where weather reports are almost important as the injury reports when deciding who to start or pickup on your teams. Snow, wind, and rain can play havoc on your fantasy stats. Look for defenses playing in the elements and kickers playing indoors or in nice weather. Teams usually affected most by inclement weather include Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Green Bay, and Buffalo.
Maurice Jones-Drew RB (Jags): Two weeks ago Peterson rushed for an NFL record 296 yards vs the Chargers so look for plenty of carries from Jones-Drew testing that front seven. San Diego makes a long East Coast trip after an emotional win vs the Colts. Expect a big effort from Jaguars on both sides of the ball with Jones-Drew leading the way.
Willie Parker RB (Steelers): In recent weeks, the Steelers offense has been an aerial display featuring Big Ben throwing TD passes to just about every eligible receiver. After last week’s semi-scare against the Browns, look for the Steelers to punish the Jets on the ground with "speedy" Willie. The Jets allow 152 yards a game on the ground and are in for a long day facing the NFL’s No. 2 rushing offense.
Jon Kitna QB (Lions): Detroit is unbeaten at Ford Field this season and will look to remain so against the Giants. New York’s defense gets excellent pressure on opposing QBs and forces many turnovers. Look for Kitna to take quick three-step drops and throw quick routes. If the Lions can successfully protect Kitna, his WR core of Williams, Johnson, Furrey, and McDonald will run loose in the secondary all day.
Greg Jennings WR (Packers): Brett Favre has led the Packers to an 8-1 record and seems to break another NFL record with every pass. Jennings has played his way into a starting role and is Favre’s deep threat. Favre usually takes 4 to 5 deep shots each week so expect Jennings to haul in another against a very average Panthers defense.
Buffalo Bills: WR Lee Evans has been coming on of late. If Buffalo does anything against the Pats, he’ll have to make a couple of big plays. The belief here is the Bills will play the Pats tough and make the score closer than most think. The special teams will have to get a boost from Roscoe Parrish. Marshawn Lynch will have to keep the chains moving and keep Tom Brady on the sideline. The team has really come together and a fired up Orchard Park crowd under the lights could make some silly stuff happen.
Thomas Jones RB (Jets): Of all the healthy RBs, could anyone be more disappointing than Jones? He has no TDs and loves to rush 93 yards, killing all bonuses for at least getting 100. With a week off and the Jets figuring out what they do well is bound to come back to Jones. "Get him the ball and let him go!" We’ll go out on a weak limb and say Jones scores his first TD this week.
Ones to avoid
Derek Anderson QB (Browns): Anderson and the offense continue to put up impressive fantasy points. With the Browns very soft schedule to close the season, he will have a major role in the fantasy playoffs and maybe the actual NFL playoffs. With all that said”¦pull back the reigns this week. Start your other option. The Ravens are still a formidable defense. After embarrassing losses at Pittsburgh and at home to the Bengals, expect Ray Lewis and company to unleash some "nasty" on their divisional foe.