It’s never too early to look ahead: Now is the time to start looking at NFL schedules to see what players have favorable fantasy matchups down the stretch. Seeing who your current players matchup against down the stretch of the season, particularly during your league’s playoff weeks can help you plan, decide on potential waiver wire pickups and assist in the trading process.
SETTING YOUR LINEUP (Byes: ATL, CHI, GB, NYJ, OAK, and TB)
RB Chris Johnson (vs. IND) – Despite only having three plays of over 10 yards (had 37 in 2010), Johnson needs to stay in the lineup this week against a Colts’ D that got lit up for 62 points a week ago and have allowed the third most fantasy points to running backs.
WR Marques Colston (@STL) – Over the past two weeks no wide receiver has tallied more fantasy points than Colston and now he is set to face a Rams’ secondary that allows 27 fantasy points per game to wideouts. Keep Colston locked in your lineups.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs. WAS) – After throwing for nine scores in his first three games, the Bills’ signal caller has passed for just three touchdowns over his last three contests. This week he faces a Redskins’ D that has only allowed one QB to throw for multiple scores against them this season.
WR Reggie Wayne (at TEN) – With Curtis Painter locked in on Pierre Garcon, Wayne has disappeared in recent weeks. He is averaging just 5.3 fantasy points per game over his past six outings and can no longer be counted on as a fantasy starter.
WR Andre Johnson (hamstring) – The Texans’ star receiver was on the practice field on both Wednesday and Thursday and will be a game-time decision for Sunday’s tilt with the Jaguars. If he is active owners need to get him in their lineups.
RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) – After seen limping late last week in the loss to the Packers, Peterson sat out of practice on Wednesday for the Vikings. He told reporters on Thursday that he tweaked his ankle, but he “thinks he’ll be alright” for Sunday at Carolina.
QB Matthew Stafford (ankle) and Jahvid Best (concussion) – Stafford practiced Thursday after being limited to individual reps on Wednesday and is making good progress. Barring a setback he should start Sunday at Denver. However, the Lions are going to let Best sit out one more week and then the bye as the running back continues to recover from a concussion.
RB Beanie Wells (knee) – After initial reports that Wells could miss 1-2 weeks with a knee injury, it now appears there is a chance he could play in Week 8. He’ll need to get on the practice field first, but expect the Cardinals running back to be a game-time decision.
Other injuries of note: Mark Ingram (heel), Willis McGahee (hand), Daniel Thomas (hamstring)
REDRAFT RANKINGS – My Top 10
1. Arian Foster
2. Adrian Peterson
3. Aaron Rodgers
4. Calvin Johnson
5. Ray Rice
6. Darren McFadden
7. Matt Forte
8. LeSean McCoy
9. Fred Jackson
10. Ryan Mathews