Thursday night football is becoming the bane of my existence.|
Unless you own the Buffalo Bills defense that scored 16 points on Thursday night, it is likely yours as well.
The Bills' C.J. Spiller was a rare offensive bright spot, scoring just over 10 points on the night. The Bills' Stevie Johnson and the Dolphins' Brian Hartline were not so good.
Johnson caught passes for 79 yards but hasn't reached the end zone in his last three games, last scoring in Week 7 against the Titans. The former Buckeye Hartline was even worse than Johnson, catching passes for just 49 yards and coughing up a fumble.
The Dolphins didn't disappoint in shutting down Scott Chandler, allowing just 30 yards from the former Hawkeye who was targeted just four times by Ryan Fitzpatrick.
5 guys you should start
Andy Dalton, Bengals QB: Dalton was one of the best fantasy quarterbacks last weekend against the Giants' defense. The Bengals play the lowly Chiefs this week. The Chiefs have given up 18 passing touchdowns this year and have given up nearly 17 points a game to opposing signal callers at home.
Steven Jackson, Rams RB: Jackson is considered to be on the down slope of his career, but last week in the Rams overtime tie with the 49ers, Jackson rushed for 101 yards and a score. Jackson and the Rams get a visit from the Jets this weekend, who have given up an average of over 20 points to opposing runners.
Eric Decker, Broncos WR: Decker was seemingly nowhere to be found last week, scoring just 1.5 points in the Broncos' win over the Panthers. However, this week, the Broncos play the Chargers, who have been awful against the pass. The Chargers have given up the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing pass catchers on the road.
Denarius Moore, Raiders WR: This is the Dawning of the Age of Denarius. Moore started the season as a low-level sleeper, but, he is turning into a solid every-week start. This week the Raiders play the Saints, who have given up an average of 37 fantasy points on the road this year. If Palmer can throw the ball to his team more often than the other team, Moore should put up some big numbers.
Brent Celek, Eagles TE: Celek has had a very up-and-down season this year, struggling in good matchups and thriving in some of his tougher matchups. But a matchup with the Redskins might be just what he and the Eagles need. Celek is likely to be a safety valve for quarterback Nick Foles, and the 'Skins have given up the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends at home.
5 guys you should sit
Joe Flacco, Ravens QB: Though he had a great game last week at home against the Raiders, Flacco has been historically bad on the road in his career. Flacco & Co. travel to Pittsburgh to play the Steelers, who have given up an average of just over 10 points a game at home.
Ryan Mathews, Chargers RB: You likely can't afford to bench Mathews, but if you can, do it. Mathews hasn't scored double-digit points since Week 5. The Broncos held Mathews to just 74 yards earlier this season and have given up the sixth-least fantasy points to opposing runners at home this season.
Mike Williams, Buccaneers WR: The troubled wideout has been very good this year, joining the ranks of the top 20 at receiver. The Bucs travel this week to take on the Panthers, who have allowed the eighth-fewest fantasy points at home this year and held Williams to just 7.2 points opening weekend.
Torrey Smith, Ravens WR: Smith blew up last week against the Raiders, and it is hard to sit a player of his caliber, but the Steelers are a tough matchup for Smith. The Steelers have allowed the second-least fantasy points to opposing pass catchers at home.
Jermichael Finley, Packers TE: Do you still own Finley? To borrow a line from Matthew Berry, "The only things guaranteed in life are death, taxes and Jermichael Finley drops." Finley hasn't been good all season despite being a top-5 tight end coming into it. Finley faces the Lions, who have given up just over four points to opposing tight ends at home this season.
Fantasy writer DJ Jarvis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @DJavis_DA