A sweet TNF game between two AFC South teams – one just gave the Jaguars its first win of the season and the other just got blown out at home against a team that lost its QB for the year. Houston hosts the lowly Raiders and the Jaguars host a surprise Cardinals team who are coming off of a big win against Houston last week. Let’s get into it!
Indianapolis at Tennessee
This game will be covered in the Wednesday podcast this week – check out the podcast for a preview from Regan and Adam!
Arizona at Jacksonville
I’m not quite sure how Jacksonville won last week with the way this offense played. One thing I do know is that Chad Henne is terrible and I’m not expecting a lot. He might be able to get a TD pass or two in which is only good for his receivers. Passing on him, as always.
MJD managed to find the end zone to save a rather poor performance last week. 21 carries – 41 yards. He did get another TD vultured from him by Todman, but overall he’s going to disappoint unless he finds the end zone. Arizona ranks 3rd in the league in rushing yards per game given up, as well as giving up only 3 rushing TDs all year. This is a week I would sit MJD (though most weeks I would because he’s bad).
Cecil Shorts is about the only guy who you can start on this Jaguars offense. He had an off week last week but the good news is Arizona ranks 18th against the pass and they have given up 17 passing TDs this year. I like Shorts as a low end WR2 this week. Mike Brown disappointed owners last week(including myself) though I did say he was a guy to wait and see on. I’ll continue with that sentiment, though this is a good match up for him. Andre Johnson had 2 TDs last week but Hopkins lead the team in receptions and yards. I think Mike Brown will be in the WR3 range this week, but he does have some upside if you’re desperate at WR this week.
Marcedes Lewis had 3 catches for 39 yards last week – but I don’t think he’s relevant or worth starting.
Oakland at Houston
Case Keenum had a good fantasy day last week but not a great real football day. Good thing we only care about fantasy numbers! Another good thing is that Oakland is 21st against the pass and they have given up 18 passing TDs this year. It’s a good match up for him if you’re desperate at QB this week – I think he has a good game.
Ben Tate is playing injured and he had a down week last week. Arizona does have a good run defense so you may be able to chalk up some of his sucking to both of those things. Oakland currently ranks 6th against the rush, but the Giants managed 136 yards rushing between the two running backs against this defense. They didn’t have a great YPC but they stuck to the run and racked up the yards. I think Houston gets back to the run this week and Tate has a solid game with a score. Dennis Johnson is a guy to stash and hold if you have Tate or have the roster spot, since Tate hasn’t been great since taking over.
Andre Johnson is a WR1 this week and I think the rest of the season as long as Keenum is at QB. He is looking for Andre frequently and in the red zone, something that Matt Schaub couldn’t figure out how to do for some reason. Start him and expect a big game this week against a weak Raiders pass defense. Hopkins lead the team in receptions and yards last week, as well as getting 11 targets. Definitely a positive sign, though I don’t think Keenum will pass 43 times every game. I think DeAndre is a WR3 this week as he has a good match up and you have to think a lot of attention will go to Johnson.
Garrett Graham had yet another down week – don’t expect much for him. You’ll have to let him blow up on your bench before you are comfortable starting him (outside of really deep leagues). I think he was better with Owen Daniels on the field with him.