By Matt Johnson

5 Players I Love:

Phillip Rivers QB, San Diego Chargers

While Phillip Rivers has largely been a disappointment for fantasy owners the past 2 seasons, I expect that to change this week against the New Orleans Saints. The Saints come into this game ranked 24th in the NFL in yards per game (276.5), and they have forced only 2 interceptions on the year. Another thing that Rivers will have going for him in this game is the Chargers running game, which will run all over the Saints 32nd ranked rush defense. If the Chargers can get off to a good start running the football, it will open up the play action and allow Rivers to throw deep. This is Rivers chance to deliver for his fantasy owners and the Chargers, in what will likely be a high scoring game. A 3-4 TD game is certainly a possibility, a delight to fantasy owners.

Reggie Bush RB, Miami Dolphins

If Reggie Bush is healthy for the Dolphins battle against the Cincinnati Bengals, then there should be no doubt he is in for a big week. It is more than the Bengals 24th ranked run defense that is giving up almost 131 rushing yards per game. It is their inability to tackle at times, something Reggie Bush could take advantage of. We all saw when Bush ran all over the Raiders thanks to bad angles and bad tackling, as he seemed to break a big run on nearly every drive. If Bush comes into the game healthy, he should be in for a monster day and put a smile on the face of fantasy owners.

Torrey Smith WR, Baltimore Ravens

If you asked me 3 weeks ago about Torrey Smith I would have said I am cautiously buying into his fantasy value. Now 3 weeks later and I think he is a must start in fantasy leagues. Now as the Ravens prepare to take on the Kansas City Chiefs, Smith is in for a great matchup. The reason I love this matchup for Smith is because he has turned into a favorite for QB Joe Flacco, both on deep balls and in the red zone. While the Chiefs will have Brandon Flowers back, I still think this is favorable opportunity for Torrey Smith. Start him with confidence, and he should get you 10 points or more.

Kyle Rudolph TE, Minnesota Vikings

Who would have guessed that Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph would be one of the top TE’s before the season. While most of that production came from a 2 TD game vs. the 49ers, it is still a great sign. Now as the Vikings prepare to take on the Titans, Rudolph has a chance to put up similar numbers. The Titans may be without MLB Colin McCarthy, and for a team that has already been struggling against the pass, that could really open things up for the Christian Ponder.  If you have Kyle Rudolph start him, unless you have someone like Rob Gronkowski, Vernon Davis or Jimmy Graham.

New York Giants D/ST

It has been an up and down year for the New York Giants D/ST, especially for fantasy owners who had high expectations from a front four of Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, and Osi Umenyiora. While this team has put up donuts for fantasy owners, I expect the Giants to give fantasy owners a minimum of 10 points this week. I like Brandon Weeden, but the week he will force throws and it is easy to get into his head. What the Giants have to do in this game is just put serious pressure on Weeden and force sacks. That pressure will lead to interceptions, and that will all lead to a great day for fantasy owners.




Matt Johnson

I am a sports writer entering my first year in college. I am also a aspiring sports radio host.

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