Cutler had one of those games last week his fantasy owners will be talking about for years. He threw for 447 yards and three TDs, including 204 yards in the fourth quarter alone, to rally the Broncos past the Browns. With his RBs dropping like flies, he'll need to air it out again this week and the matchup is a strong one in his favor. Atlanta gives up 228.4 passing yards a game and the Falcons will struggle to contain Cutler and his multitude of weapons. He's an elite fantasy starter and this is a sweet matchup. Look for him to go off again.
With Michael Pittman, Andre Hall and Ryan Torain out for the year and Selvin Young not likely to play this week, the starting duties will likely fall to Hillis, a converted fullback. He showed little against the Browns, rushing for only 24 yards, but the Broncos were in heavy catch-up mode so that impacted his production. He'll get more carries early in this game and Atlanta's run defense gives up 119.1 yards a game so he has a great chance to do well as a flex play this week. Whether he'll remain the starter beyond this week is anybody's guess. But if you need a one-week stopgap at RB, Hillis has major potential and is well worth a start.
Marshall had a quality game last week, catching six passes for 89 yards and a TD in the win over Cleveland. The Falcons have no one in the secondary who can match up with him, so look for Cutler to find him early and often. The Falcons were torched last week by Marques Colston who also brings size and the ability to stretch defenses to the mix. This is a prime matchup for Marshall, so look for him to have a huge game.
Royal had a monster game last week, catching six passes for 164 yards, including a 93-yard touchdown, in the comeback win over Cleveland. The soft Atlanta secondary was victimized by Lance Moore last week and Royal is a more talented receiver. The bottom line in this game is simple - you start your major offensive players on both teams. Royal has been a fine WR2 this season and he'll put up WR1 numbers this week.
Stokley does a fine job in his No. 3 WR role for the Broncos, but he doesn't have much value with Marshall and Royal commanding the lion's share of the receptions and with Tony Scheffler healthy again. Look elsewhere for WR help this week.
Scheffler returned from his groin injury last week and had a big game, catching four passes for 92 yards. He did struggle with the injury at times but there are no indications currently he's in any danger of missing this week's game. If he's able to play, he will be targeted often as Cutler puts up a healthy number of passes again. Monitor his practice work this week and if he's cleared to play, start him with confidence.
Prater continues to have a standout fantasy season. He has made 16 of 19 FG attempts and connected on a pair of FGs last week. This has all the makings of a high-scoring game so even though Denver will score plenty of touchdowns, Prater should get at least 1-2 FG opportunities. Start him like you normally would.
The Broncos have one of the worst defenses in the league. They are ranked 29th in total defense and give up 27.9 points per game. On the road against an emerging star in Matt Ryan is not the place to gamble with them from a fantasy perspective. Ryan is playing at a high level and Michael Turner should feast on Denver's horrible run defense. Look elsewhere for fantasy help this week.
Ryan continues to look poised beyond his years. He had another strong game in Week 10, passing for 248 yards and two touchdowns in the win over New Orleans. This week he faces a Denver pass defense that allows 242.8 points per game and were taken apart with ease last week by Brady Quinn. Ryan has become a Must Start in larger leagues and this is a delicious matchup for him. Start him with extreme confidence.
Turner is looking real good this week. Denver's run defense is abysmal, giving up 146.3 yards a game. The Broncos will have no luck stopping Turner on Sunday and even though this game will feature plenty of passing, Turner will get enough carries to generate standout fantasy production. He'll be a top 10 fantasy RB this week so start him with confidence.
Norwood has a real role in the Atlanta offense. Instead of just being a backup to Michael Turner, he's become an integral weapon as both a runner and receiver. He scored on a 67-yard pass from Matt Ryan last week and could do serious damage against a woeful Denver defense on Sunday. He's become a strong flex play in PPR leagues. If you need him in that role, don't hesitate to start him there this week.
White just keeps rolling along. He didn't blow up last week against the Saints but was still highly productive, catching five passes for 68 yards and a TD. The Broncos lack the talent in the secondary to contain him so he's looking at a huge week for his fantasy owners on Sunday. He's caught at least five passes in each of his last seven games and will deliver another strong outing for his owners on Sunday.
Don't look now but Jenkins is starting to join in the Atlanta offensive fun. He's had at least 50 yards receiving in each of his last four games and he caught six passes for 72 yards last week, just missing a touchdown as he was stopped at the 1-yard line. He's never been the most consistent WR so he brings with him plenty of risk. But with Ryan playing at an extremely high level and defenses focusing intently on White, he has a chance to keep producing solid WR4 production at worst. He's an upside play this week and he's worth a look if you need some help at WR.
Elam came through nicely for his fantasy owners again last week, connecting on a pair of FGs in the win over the Saints. He's having a fine season, having converted 19 of 21 FG attempts. This game will feature plenty of scoring so Elam is a strong fantasy option again. Start him with confidence.
This game won't feature much in the way of defense. That's not a surprise for the Falcons as they rank 23rd in the league in total defense and give up 19.3 points per game. They'll struggle to stop Jay Cutler and the Denver passing game and even though Cutler is prone to mistakes, this isn't a good week to reach for the Falcons. Keep them on the Waiver Wire.