By Rich Winter
If you have Doug Martin on your roster, I'll bet you're a little gun-shy to slot him into the lineup this weekend, right?
Of course, Martin has yet to top 45 rushing yards in a single game this season and he's got just one rushing touchdown.
And that's exactly why you need to play him this week.
The Bucs are coming off a bye week, Lovie Smith likes to run the ball and the Vikings are 20th against the run. What more do you want?
This is a golden opportunity to get back in good graces with the Fantasy football Gods. Doug Martin is a must start this week!
Doug Martin Predictions - 18-88 1 td, 6-50 receiving...don't say I didn't tell ya!
Does bad defense travel well across the pond?
I like Joique Bell heading into Sunday's early match-up with the Falcons. Atlanta is second worst in the NFL against the run and the Falcon defense has given up 13 rushing touchdown this season.
With Calvin Johnson still a question mark, Joique Bell gets elevated into a must-start category this week.
Predictions: Bell 15-80 with 2 td's
Ben Tate at home vs. the Raiders
Have the Raiders stopped anyone's ground game this year? Nope!
The Raiders are ranked 25th against the run and I expect Ben Tate to take full advantage of that. On top of that, I gotta figure the Browns are still smarting from an embarrassing loss to Jacksonville. With that loss in mind, I expect the Browns to run the ball and play low-risk football.
That FF friends, makes Ben Tate an absolute must-start this week.
Predictions - 18-100 with 1 touchdown.
Trent Richardson - Colts @ Steelers
As long as Andrew Luck is scorching people via the pass, Trent Richardson's value will continue to climb. It's hard to stop Trent Richardson when defenses are on their heels and back-pedaling to avoid getting burned.
I like what Richardson has been doing the last four games.
47 rush (1 td), 52 receiving vs. Tennessee!
37 rush, 10 receiving vs. Baltimore
vs. Houston 41 rush 1 td
Last week vs. Cincy - 14-77 rushing, 4-41 receiving
Maybe the Colts have finally unlocked the best way to use this guy. Either way, he's due for a touchdown and I like that he'll be getting 20 touches this game.
Predictions: 75 rush 1 td, 30 receiving.
Chris Ivory @ home vs. Bills
I just have the feeling the Jets are going to kick the crap out of the Bills.
Don't think we'll see three touchdowns from Percy Harvin, but I think we'll see Harvin go deep about eight times. That means those defenders won't be crowding the line of scrimmage so hard.
I believe we saw a small sample of what the Jets want to do last week when Ivory ran 21-107 yards with a score. If I was forced to play Chris Johnson I wouldn't feel too badly about that either.
Chris Ivory predictions: 20-85 1 td, 3-40 receiving.
And now the five guys you normally start but need to keep on the bench this week.
Eddie Lacy - Green Bay @ Saints
I'm done with Eddie Lacy until the colder weather rolls in. I've watched that Green Bay offense enough (Aaron Rodgers is my QB) to know that the Packers could give a rat's behind if they can run the ball. They want to air it out and if Eddie Lacy decided to come along for the rid, neat. If he doesn't, big deal, we'll just throw it as much as necessary.
Lacy has been better in the last two games but better still isn't great as in those two outings, he had 63 and 40 yards respectively. I'm not buying it!
Lacy looks slow and as if he thinks he's a 185 pound scat-back. Every time he hits a crowded line of scrimmage he dances around like a little girl instead of putting his head down and smashing people to dust.
Lacy Predictions - 13-55
Denard Robinson - Home vs. Miami
While I picked up Robinson in the waiver wire this week and I'll be forced to start him, I'm not sold that he can do it in back to back weeks.
The Dolphins are 7th against the run and Robinson is last in the league in yards after first contact.
This guy might be a steal down the stretch but for right now he's a project that teams will be scheming to stop.
Robinson predictions - 15-55, 3-20
Giovanni Bernard - Hove vs. Ravens
Had I owned Giovanni Bernard I would have started him every game, up until this game against Baltimore.
I'm fearful for this Bengals squad which seemed lost and inept and disinterested last week against the Colts. Suddenly with A.J. Green no longer around opposing defenses are putting nine in the box and spying on Bernard and that means tough sledding for the Bengals best weapon.
I don't like the match-up this week for the Bengals. I expect a smash-mouth game galore.
Bernard Predictions: 12-36, 5-25 no touchdowns.
Alfred Morris - Washington at Dallas
Boy you start looking around at that Washington at Dallas game on Monday night and I'm not expecting much. Colt McCoy will be the starter and well, Colt McCoy is the starter.
Facts are facts, Alfred Morris hasn't been in the end-zone since Sep. 25 against the Giants.
Last three games: 29, 41 and 54
For those reasons, Alfred Morris is finding his butt on the pine this week.
Marshawn Lynch @ Carolina
I'm not liking the body language of the Seahawks heading into this game. The Percy Harvin thing rocked this franchise and now I've heard whispers the locker-room is split on Russell Wilson.
Wonder what Marshawn Lynch thinks about his QB stealing those 100 yards rushing last week?
I have a feeling Seattle is going to implode in this one and Lynch won't be a factor.
Lynch predictions: 14-42 zero touchdowns. (Might wanna play him, every time I bet against him he goes off...LOL - Least I'm honest)
We're getting down to brass tacks in FF. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to holler @panicgalore