Bulger had one of his best games of the season last week but unfortunately it didn't result in meaningful fantasy production. He completed 14 of 19 passes and didn't throw a pick, but because the Rams jumped all over the Cowboys early, he only threw for 173 yards. He won't have that luxury this week against a revived New England defense. The Patriots made life miserable for Jay Cutler in Week 7, so Bulger's upside is limited this week. He'll have to throw a lot but expect sacks, turnovers and maybe a touchdown.
Jackson went gonzo last week against the Cowboys, rushing for 160 yards and three touchdowns. He suffered a quad injury during the game but is expected to start this week. The Pats can be run on, giving up 119.4 yards a game, so Jackson has a chance to do well again. As long as the injury isn't a problem, Jackson will be a top 10 RB again this week.
It's becoming clear Holt isn't the No. 1 fantasy WR on this team. He's been outplayed by rookie Donnie Avery in each of the last three games and he did nothing of consequence last week despite having a great matchup against the Cowboys. The Patriots have issues in the secondary but at this point there's no reason to believe Holt will take advantage of them. Each week, there are 45-50 WRs putting up similar or better numbers than Holt. Think about that before plugging him into your lineup on Sunday.
While Holt has been a bum, Avery is opening the eyes of fantasy owners everywhere. He had another great game in Week 7, catching five passes for 65 yards and a TD (his second touchdown of the season). He came close to scoring two other times which gives you an idea how explosive his potential is. He'll test the Patriots deep and will connect with Bulger on an at least one big play. He's a great WR3 option this week.
Another week, another big FG from Brown. He hit on two of three attempts last week against Dallas, including one from 52 yards out. Despite the Rams' issues offensively, Brown has been a productive fantasy option. There's no reason to sit him this week if you've been starting him.
The Rams are stepping up defensively. They had three sacks and four takeaways last week and get to feast on Matt Cassel this week. Cassel makes poor decisions in the pocket and almost always holds the ball too long, so look for the Rams to get to him frequently. Several sacks are a given and if everything breaks right, a takeaway or two is possible as well.
Cassel wasn't always pretty in Week 7, but he got the job done in the rout over Denver. He threw three TDs (two to Randy Moss) and didn't turn the ball over but he was sacked six times. Many of those sacks came because he held onto the ball too long. The Rams will pressure him into several sacks but if he can make good decisions most of the time, he should get the ball to his playmakers outside enough to put points on the board. He plays ugly much of the time, but the production will be there this week if you need him.
Morris was on his way to a monster game last Monday Night. He rushed for 138 yards and a TD in the first half alone against Denver but suffered a knee injury and sat out the final 30 minutes. He's questionable for this week but if he plays, he's looking at another great matchup. The Rams give up 161.5 rushing yards a game so the Patriots will do plenty of damage. Whether it will be Morris, Kevin Faulk, Benjarvus Green-Ellis or maybe LaMont Jordan doing the damage remains to be seen. Monitor Morris' practice work closely and if he starts, get him in your lineup on Sunday.
Faulk will be the backup this week no matter who gets the start and he's a fine flex option – especially in PPR leagues. He's getting enough carries to generate decent rushing production and he's always active in the passing game. Don't hesitate to reach for him this week if you need him.
Moss took full advantage of the groin injury suffered by Champ Bailey Monday night to light up the Broncos. He caught five passes for 69 yards and a pair of scores in the win over Denver. The Rams have nobody in the secondary who can stay with him so he's looking very good this week. Expect at least one touchdown and strong yardage numbers on Sunday.
Welker continues to thrive in the open field for the Patriots. He caught six passes for 63 yards and a TD last week and is looking great again in Week 8 against a suspect Rams' secondary. He's always a very good WR2 but you already knew that, right?
Look who finally showed up. Watson has been quiet this season but he was active and relatively productive last week, catching three passes for 40 yards (with one drop) against the Broncos. He's far too inconsistent to trust but this is a favorable matchup for the Patriots so he has a chance to do well. If you're strapped at TE and can't find anyone else who lights your fire this week, Watson isn't a bad place to turn.
Gostkowski had a strong game in Week 7, hitting on five extra points and a pair of FGs (including a long of 40 yards). The Patriots will have no problems moving the ball against this defense so look for Gostkowski to deliver another quality fantasy outing on Sunday.
The Patriots' defense played with energy and passion in Week 7. They had three sacks and forced four turnovers against Denver in what was easily their best performance of the season. This week, they get the Rams who continue to give up sacks at a high rate (20 in six games). Playing at home will be huge for New England so look for the Patriots to get several sacks and play at a high level defensively again.