For a second straight week it was the Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger were rewarded last week with huge numbers. Big Ben was Big Fantasy and Brees is finally putting up the numbers that had him going quickly in first rounds back in August. Those riding DeMarco Murray were sad to see his 100 yard game streak end, but that only means this week he gets to start it all over again.
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers, QB (at New York Jets)
Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos, QB (at Oakland Raiders)
Take the two hottest quarterbacks in the leagues and put them on the field with the worst teams in the league and this is a pretty easy choice. Beware of Drew Brees against a frisky San Francisco 49ers team – they may be banged up, but they always play Brees tough. Also Aaron Rodgers against Chicago could go either way, high risk high return on that one.
Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks, RB (vs. New York Giants)
DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys, RB (at Jacksonville Jaguars)
Sticking with the same two running backs picked last week. First, Lynch at home against the Giants is a pretty easy pick and in case you haven’t heard, I like Murray to bounce back against the Jaguars. I don’t like Matt Forte against Green Bay, not on the road, not with an inconsistent Jay Cutler.
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers, WR (at New York Jets)
Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys, WR (at Jacksonville Jaguars)
I’m pairing Brown with my QB Roethlisberger pick for bang-bang points and am certain I will not be disappointed. Bryant is a little bit of a stretch (with Tony Romo out), but I’ve got a hunch the field is going to open up against Jacksonville and he will have a couple opportunities to make plays.
Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos, TE (at Oakland Raiders)
Greg Olson, Carolina Panthers, TE (at Philadelphia Eagles)
Picking Thomas follows my bang-bang points approach as well as my always-bet-against-Oakland approach.
Miami Dolphins (at Detroit)
Seattle Seahawks (vs. New York Giants)
Miami is good, really good and last week’s shutout against San Diego may be the start of something big, really big. This week they will get to pressure Matt Stafford and a rusty Calvin Johnson. Seattle is home against Eli Manning so 6 interceptions is not out of the question.