What's the best tonic for a QB in the dumps? The Detroit Lions. Campbell has struggled mightily of late, being held under 200 yards in each of the past three games while throwing only one TD in that span. But the Lions will cure his ills this week as they give up 251.2 passing yards a game. Campbell owners will be a happier bunch this week so start him if you need him.
There isn't a RB playing better in the league right now than Portis. He had another huge game in Week 7, rushing for 175 yards and a TD in the win over the Browns. The Lions are putrid against the run, giving up 167.5 yards a game, so look for Portis to deliver another banner fantasy outing.
Alexander and Rock Cartwright shared the backup duties behind Portis last week, getting three carries apiece. But if this game gets out of hand, look for Alexander to get a heavier workload as the Redskins try to bring him up to speed. He's too risky to start as a flex play in larger leagues, though, so keep him benched this week.
Moss bounced back from his 0-reception performance in Week 7 with a 4-75-1 game against the Browns. This is a prime matchup for the Redskins' passing game so look for Moss to strike for at least one big play and score once. He's a top 10 fantasy WR this week so start him with extreme confidence.
Randle El remains consistent for 4-5 receptions and 45-50 yards a game. In a PPR league, that consistency is worth having as a WR4 although he's yet to show much upside. However, this could be a week where he flashes more production given the horrific nature of the Lions' pass defense. He's not the worst sleeper in the world because you know he'll be good for at least 4 receptions and 40-45 yards.
Cooley was held in check by the Browns last week, catching only four passes for 32 yards. But there's one simple rule in fantasy this year – start your guys against the Lions and expect big things. Owen Daniels torched Detroit for two TDs last week so Cooley has a great chance to shine this week.
Suisham mustered a meager two extra points last week but don't give up hope for him just yet because he gets the Lions and that should help him get back on track. The Redskins could go hog wild offensively this week and Suisham will be the beneficiary. He has top 5 potential this week among fantasy kickers.
The Redskins have a solid NFL defense but they rarely do much for their fantasy owners. They had only one sack last week against Cleveland and didn't force a turnover. Dan Orlovsky is very green at QB, though, so they have a chance for a takeaway or two this week. Don't expect the world but if you need some defensive help in larger leagues, the Redskins should be a decent option.
Thanks to an incredible 96-yard TD pass to Calvin Johnson, Orlovsky put up great fantasy numbers last week, passing for 265 yards and a TD in the loss to Houston. The Redskins rank 12th against the pass, giving up only 192.3 yards a game. But with Johnson on his side, good production is always possible. That said, you'd have to be in a very large league or strapped for other QB options before you'd turn to him this week.
Rudi Johnson got the start last week but once again it was Smith who shined. He rushed for 61 yards and a TD and looked much sharper and explosive than the lead-footed Rudi. Will the Lions wake up and put Smith back in the starting lineup? The Redskins are strong against the run, giving up 86.4 yards a game so Smith isn't a strong play this week. At best, he'll be an OK flex option in PPR leagues due to his receiving ability.
What was clear last year is even clearer now –- Rudi is done. He couldn't get going against a weak Houston defense last week and he has no chance against a strong Washington front seven this week. He shouldn't be started in any fantasy league.
Johnson is one of the game's most dazzling young WRs. His 96-yard TD last week was a thing of beauty. Even though he's working with a very limited QB in Orlovsky, there's no reason to be concerned about Johnson's fantasy potential. He's too talented for any defense to shut down and he'll find the end zone again this week.
Furrey has taken the reigns as the No. 2 WR in this offense with Roy Williams gone. He lacks considerable upside with Orlovsky at QB but he's worth a look in PPR leagues after catching six passes for 89 yards last week. Don't expect that kind of production every week but if you're looking for 4-5 receptions as a WR4 in PPR leagues, he will deliver this week.
Hanson had a huge Week 7, drilling a pair of FGs from beyond 50 yards in the loss to the Texans. He's missed only one FG attempt this season and will be a solid option once again this week. His big leg gives him value so if you need him this week he'll deliver for you.
The Lions are inept defensively and they have no chance to slow down Portis in the running game this week. They are giving up 31.2 points per game so they are a poor option in any fantasy format. Start them if you must in a 32-team league. Everyone else can leave them on the Waiver Wire.