Brady has completed the most passes in the league thus far. He was 21-for-32 for 258 yards and a touchdown with a QB rating of 100.8 against a snarling Baltimore defense. Though he's not putting up the insane numbers he did before the knee injury, he's an obvious must-start every week. When Wes Welker is in the lineup, he's one of the top QBs in the league, even against the league's No. 1-rated defense in points against. Here's where Brady crushes the Broncos' undefeated dreams.
Last week against the Ravens, Taylor (seven carries, one catch) split touches with Maroney (seven carriesmone catch), Faulk (five carries, one catch) and Sammy Morris (six carries, five catches). Until bodies start falling, don't start any of them.
Second in the league in receptions, Moss should start to get into the end zone more often. He did so for the first time this season against the Ravens, catching three passes for 50 yards and a score. The Broncos' secondary has been nasty thus far, proving the merit of Brian Dawkins leadership skills. This is the week that they get burned for the first time. Moss is a No. 1 fantasy WR regardless of the opponent.
Welker? We've been on a couple of dates, but I don't think I'm ready for all that ... After missing two weeks, Welker came back to catch six balls against Baltimore. This offense is completely different (and much better) with Welker playing. If you're in a point-per-reception league, he's elite. If not, he's just darn good.
Watson had a pair of catches for 51 yards against the Ravens. As with any receiver in this offense, he's always a threat to get into the end zone. Based on that, he's a good bye week option, nothing more.
The eighth-ranked unit in the NFL in terms of yards per game has forced seven fumbles already this year. They are a No. 1 fantasy option against a solid but not spectacular ball-control unit. Expect Belichick to know his protégé's secrets.
With five touchdowns and zero interceptions on the season, Orton has very quietly become a No. 2 fantasy QB. He's a good flex option or bye week replacement. Last week, in Denver's win over Dallas, he was 20-for-29 for 243 yards, two touchdowns and a 117.5 passer rating. Not too shabby.
Moreno has taken over the bulk of the carries from Buckhalter (who may be sidelined against New England). He had 65 yards on 14 carries with a fumble and a receiving TD against the Cowboys. He's a No. 2 RB option if Buckhalter sits, a No. 3 option if Buckhalter plays.
Though he lost some carries, he still had double-digit touches against the Cowboys. In fact, he's had double-digit touches every game this year. He may not play, and even if he does, has minimal fantasy value despite being included in the offense.
He's gotten in the end zone the last two weeks including last week on a 51-yarder. He's a great talent and seems to be developing a connection with Orton. He's a high-end No. 2 fantasy WR and should probably start every week. Those problematic character issues don't undercut his fantasy value.
Scheffler had a season-high three catches for 26 yards against the Cowboys. He has only six catches on the year after a stellar '08. Clearly, he worked better with Cutler than with Orton. Recommendation to avoid.
Having forced 10 turnovers while getting to the opposing quarterback 15 times, this unit has established itself as one of the best in the league. They've also allowed the fewest points of any defense. Still, against New England, they're no more than a low-end No. 1 option.