by Ryan Skolrud
This week’s Studs:
Justin Forsett RB, BAL– He is looking to bounce back after a dismal game against the Broncos. Denver has a solid defense that will be tough to run on all year. This week Forsett will be going against an Oakland Raider team that gave up 61 yds and 2 TDs to Jeremy Hill along with 84 yds on 14 touches to Gio Bernard. Look for Forsett to get back to the running form he was in last year.
Projection: 85 rush yds, 30 rec. yds, TD
Adrian Peterson RB, MIN– Minnesota had a bad game against the 49ers on Monday. The Vikings had no answers against the San Francisco front 7, causing a lot of long yardage situations. Therefore, Adrian Peterson was held to only 31 yards on 10 carries. With Minnesota playing at home this next week to a Detroit defense that gave up 95 yds and 2 TDs to San Diego’s backfield, Peterson should start to look the RB of old.
Projection: 115 rush yds, TD
Tom Brady QB, NE– Over the last two years visiting Rex Ryan coached teams, Brady has averaged 205 pass yards and only 1TD and 2INTs. While those were against The Jets and not the Buffalo Bills, it could be argued that this is Rex Ryan’s most talented and best put together defense (just look what they did to Andrew Luck and the Colts last week) While I would normally call Tom Brady a must start, I would look to see if my backup had a favorable matchup to start instead. Flacco v Raiders, Bradford v Cowboys, Palmer v Bears.
Projection: 225 pass yds, TD, INT
LeSean McCoy RB, BUF– Staying in this game, LeSean McCoy could be in for another tough game. After finishing with only 41 yards on 17 carries and aggravating his hamstring issues that surfaced before the season started, I would be hesitant to lean on Shady for too much production in this game. The Bills are saying that he will play a significant amount in this game, but will not be at 100%. If you are RB heavy, I would consider moving up all of the RBs on your team one position for this week.
Projection: 65 total yds
Sleepers (Owned in less than 50% of leagues):
David Johnson RB, ARI – Although Chris Johnson has been named the starter for this game with Ellington out for 1-3 weeks, I see David Johnson doing a lot more with his touches. Chris Johnson almost went into this season without a team to play on and is vastly slower than he was just a couple years ago. While only playing on 5 offensive snaps last game, David took his lone reception 55 yards for a TD. Playing against one of the worst defenses in the league in the Bears, look for David Johnson to turn some heads.
Projection: 30 rush yds, 50 rec yds, TD
Ladarius Green TE, SD – Green has been called the heir apparent to Antonio Gates for a couple years now. With Gates 4 game suspension, Ladarius Green has finally been able to step out of Gates’ shadow. He had a great game last week catching 5 of 6 targets for 74 yds and a TD. Look for him to have another great game this week as one of River’s top receiving targets.
Projection: 5 rec., 60 yds, TD