Stud – Ben Roethlisberger (PIT): After letting us down a bit the past few weeks, look for Roethlisberger to bounce back this week against the Redskins, who’ve allowed the most passing yards and the second most TD passes to be thrown against them. In fact, Washington has allowed 19 or more fantasy points to the position in five of their seven games. Big Ben will become the sixth to hit that mark on Sunday.
Dud – Cam Newton (CAR): Though were not ready to jump ship yet on Newton this is a week that we recommend sitting the disappointing quarterback. The Bears D’ is the second stingiest unit to fantasy quarterbacks and have yet to allow one to throw for multiple scores. In fact Chicago has allowed as many passing touchdowns (5) against them as their defensive unit has scored to this point of the season.
Sleeper – Carson Palmer (OAK): The Raiders’ signal caller has averaged 325 yards through the air over his last two games, but hasn’t thrown for multiple scores since Week 3. Expect that change on Sunday as the Raiders pay a visit to Kansas City to face a Chiefs’ defense that has ceded 13 passing touchdowns through six games and allows over 22 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks.
Stud – Chris Johnson (TEN): There’s no way Johnson comes close to matching last week’s grand totals he posted against Buffalo, but a matchup with the Colts’ running defense on Sunday should still spell good things for his owners. Indy gives up over 22 points per game to fantasy running backs and has allowed eight rushing touchdowns in six games this season. Look for 100+ total yards and a score here.
Dud – Shonn Greene (NYJ): Despite rushing for 215 yards and four touchdowns over the past two weeks, Greene is about the come back to life. Gone are the matchups against the Colts and Patriots and now the Jets are set to face a Miami defense that is the eighth toughest against fantasy runners. Greene only netted 40 yards on 19 carries against them in Week 3 and hasn’t scored against the Dolphins in five meetings.
Sleeper – Alex Green (GB): Even though he has 42 carries over the past two games, Green has yet to make the most of his opportunity as the Packers’ lead back. However, as long as he continues to get that workload he should find some success against a Jacksonville defense that yields over 129 rushing yards per game and has allowed seven TD’s to running backs already this season.
Stud – Demaryius Thomas (DEN): Thomas has provided consistent production all season having scored and/or reached 100 yards receiving in five of his six games. After seeing a season-low two targets in Week 6’s win over the Chargers, the Broncos will work him back into the game plan in a big way coming out of a bye against a Saints’ secondary that has a whopping 45.9 fantasy points per games to wideouts and 10 TD’s on season.
Dud – Brian Hartline (MIA): Since his breakout 253-yard performance in Week, Hartline has managed a total of four catches for 59 yards and he still has only found the end zone once all season. Don’t let the matchup with the Jets fool you, their secondary have played well of late and will likely continue to yield modest numbers to the Dolphins’ passing attack.
Sleeper – Brandon Gibson (STL): The Rams travel to London this week to battle with the Patriots. We are expecting the Rams to have to keep pace. While rookie Chris Givens is more of the down-the-field threat, Gibson is racking up the targets as the possession receiver. It would not be surprising to get 8-10 targets and turn that into decent production against a New England D that has allowed 174 yards per game and 13 total TD’s to wideouts.
Stud – Heath Miller (PIT): Miller’s five touchdowns are the tied for the most in the league by a tight end and with the Redskins on tap the chances are he could add to that total. Washington has allowed the second-most point to fantasy tight ends to this point of the season. While the Steelers’ tight end might be limited with yardage totals he’s a good bet to grab another red-zone score.
Dud – Brandon Pettigrew (DET): Though Pettigrew could see a spike in targets with Nate Burleson out, he’ll be hard-pressed to the find end zone versus the Seahawks, who have allowed the fewest passing touchdowns of any team in the league. He’s only scored once and failed to hit 40 yards in three of six outings. Look for a better lineup option in Week 8.
Sleeper – Anthony Fasano (MIA): If you’re desperate for a waiver wire pick this week, Fasano could fit the bill. The Jets have already allowed five passing touchdowns to tight ends thus far and Fasano has scored four times in eight career meetings with his division foes.