Ryan threw for 1 TD and 1 INT during his 17-for-24, 135-yard performance against the Redskins. He hasn’t been great the last few weeks, but he hasn’t really needed to with Michael Turner killing it. He had a tough week against the Skins’ top-ranked pass defense and may struggle again against the Panthers’ seventh-ranked unit. Consider him a No. 2 fantasy QB.
After a monster game against the ‘Skins (18 carries for 166 yards and 2 TD), he’s second in the league with 10 TDs and ranks seventh in rushing. He’s a No. 1 fantasy RB against the Panthers 23rd-ranked run defense.
Against the ‘Skins last week, ‘Rod’ Roddy White had a season-low 3 catches for 27 yards. In the five games before that, White scored 5 TD. Consider him a competent No. 2 fantasy WR against the tough Carolina secondary.
Gonzalez went for 5 catches and 41 yards and a TD against the ‘Skins. He ranks among the top 10 tight ends in receptions, yards and TDs. He's having, perhaps, a subpar season by his Hall of Fame standards. But at a thin position, he’s a must-start TE option based on skill and potential alone. He had 7 catches for 71 yards and 1 TD against the Panthers in Week 2.
Just 7-for-11 on the season, Elam went 1-for-1 with a 33-yarder against the Redskins. We remember when Elam hit the longest kick in league history. That was 11 years ago. Perhaps he was a good fantasy option then, but he is no longer. Strong recommendation to avoid.
They had a good game against Washington, sacking Campbell and Collins a total of 5 times and picking off Campbell once. Still, the weak Redskins’ offense gained over 300 yards against them. They’re 24th in the league in YPG. They’re also 24th against the run, which plays into Carolina’s strength. They’re a lower-tier No. 2 fantasy defense against a Carolina team that’s grooving on the ground.
Delhomme didn’t throw a pick for a second straight week against the Saints, going 17-for-30 with 201 yards and neither a TD nor an INT. Let’s be honest with one another: If you’re playing Jake Delhomme at this point in the season, you can start planning for 2010.
Williams is playing like the No. 1 fantasy RB we all thought he was. He had 21 carries for 149 yards and 2 TD against the Saints, one week after a 23-carry, 158-yard game against the Cardinals. He’s fourth in the league in rushing TDs with 7, fifth in the league in rushing uards with 768. He’s always a good start, especially against the Saints 24th-ranked rush defense.
Stewart had a tough time against the Saints, carrying 13 times for just 24 yards. It came on the heels of an excellent week against the Cards (17 rushes for 87 yards and 2 TD). It seems his carries are subject to John Fox’s whims. He’s been doing well every other week. Consider him a No. 3 fantasy RB with upside.
Smith caught 4 balls for 64 yards against New Orleans. He’s got 34 catches for 478 yards on the year and 1 TD. He’s been over 100 yards just once. Meh. Smith’s a lower-tier No. 2 option or a heady No. 3.