Ryan had a rough day against the Bucs last week, throwing for only 206 yards and 0 TDs with 2 INTs in the overtime win over Tampa Bay. The matchup is much more favorable this week as the Vikings give up 22.16 passing yards a game. The Falcons may need to turn to Ryan to win this game if possible -- especially if Michael Turner can't get going on the ground -- and that should result in solid passing production. He's not a lock by any means this week but the upside is there and he's certainly talented enough to come through.
Turner was a fantasy stud again last week, rushing for 152 yards in the win over the Buccaneers. He even added 30 yards receiving on a pair of receptions. It's clear by now that Turner is a Must Start against any defense, even one as good as Minnesota's. The Vikings only allow 71.2 rushing yards a game but Turner's prospects are much brighter since the Vikings will be without injured DT Pat Williams. There is some risk due to the strength of the Minnesota run defense, but Turner is simply too good to sit unless your other options are outstanding.
Norwood has disappeared from sight in the Falcons' offense. He got only six touches last week and finished with only 17 total yards. At this point, his role is too small to make him a fantasy starter in any league. Keep him benched.
White had a quiet game by his standards last week, catching four passes for 61 yards in the win over Tampa Bay. He'll rebound this week against a weak Minnesota pass defense that lacks the talent to shut him down. He's been a Must Start in fantasy leagues for most of this season and nothing changes this week.
Jenkins has been hit or miss of late. He only caught three passes last week and has just nine receptions in his past three games. This matchup lends itself to success for the Falcons' passing game so Jenkins has a chance this week. But his lack of consistent production makes him a risky pick so consider him only as a WR4 with mild upside this week.
Elam had an OK game last week, scoring seven points in the win over Tampa Bay. He's been quiet of late, scoring only 20 points the past three weeks. He's had a fine year and kicking indoors him plenty of upside, so if you've been starting him this long, he's not a bad option this week.
The Falcons 23rd n the league in total defense and give up 20.1 points per game. Tarvaris Jackson looked real good last week as the starter but he is prone to mistakes so a turnover or two is possible. But the Falcons have done little for fantasy owners this season and it's too risky to trust them on the road this week
Jackson had a big game replacing the injured Gus Frerotte last week. Although he only passed for 163 yards, he threw four TDs and, most importantly, he didn't throw an interception. Jackson has had good games in the past but he's never shown any consistency. However, the matchup is a very good one again for him this week as Atlanta gives up 223.2 passing yards a game. If you're desperate for a QB in larger leagues, Jackson has some upside this week.
Unlike last year, Peterson isn't closing out the season like a dog. He's looking outstanding actually as he's posted 100-yard games in three straight weeks and has at least 80 yards rushing in nine straight games. He's emerged as the games' best RB and will overwhelm an Atlanta run defense that allows 120.2 yards a game.
Even though Peterson is putting up stud-like numbers, there's been enough action lately for Taylor to enjoy as well. He rushed for 66 yards last week and caught a TD pass as well. He's now scored in four straight games and five of the past six to become a rock-solid RB3 in all scoring formats. He's worth a start this week at home against a poor Atlanta defense.
Berrian caught only one pass last week but he returned a punt for a touchdown, helping owners in leagues that reward individual special teams production. Jackson's return to the starting lineup has killed him as he's caught only four passes the past two games. The matchup, though, is a strong one this week so he has a chance to deliver. Consider him a WR3 with upside.
Rice caught only one pass last week but it went for a touchdown in the win over Arizona. He has only four receptions in his last three games so he's far too risky to start in this critical fantasy week.
Wade again came up small last week, catching only two passes against the Cardinals. He has only five receptions in the past three games and isn't a good starting option with Jackson at QB. Keep him benched again this week.
Shiancoe disappeared last week in a favorable matchup against Arizona, catching only one pass for eight yards. With Jackson at QB, the Vikings' upside in the passing game is extremely limited. Combine that with Shiancoe's inconsistency and he isn't a strong TE starter in most leagues this week.
Longwell came up small last week, missing his only FG attempt and scoring only five points in the win over Arizona. He has four FGs in his past three games but is looking good this week with the Vikings back at home against a weak Atlanta defense. He's a fine starting option this week if you need him.
The Vikings rank eighth in the league in total defense and are giving up 20.7 points per game. The loss of Pat Williams is a huge blow and Matt Ryan isn't your typical rookie QB. But Minnesota is always dangerous at home given its aggressive nature and takeaway potential. That makes the Vikings are a fine upside pick this week.