In case you were wondering, the NFL is still playing its games on Sundays. In fact there are a whole bunch of them kicking off shortly. Here are 10 players involved in these matchups that may do better than you think, and another 10 who could end their weekends with a disappointing performance.
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Eli Manning, New York Giants
After a pair of not-so-great starts, expect Manning to have one of his better games of the young season against a Houston Texans defense that gives up more passing yards than any other team in the league.
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
Now that his confidence is sky high after a comeback win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Flacco has the chance to cement his place in the upper echelon of elite signal callers with a big day against the Broncos’ struggling secondary.
Kevin Kolb, Philadelphia Eagles
This may be somewhat of an audition for Kolb, so expect him to come out motivated against a San Francisco 49ers defense that has allowed over 250 yards passing in each of their past three games.
Ryan Matthews, San Diego Chargers
Facing one of the league’s worst rush defenses (the Oakland Raiders) in his first game as the reported number one back should give Matthews his first big day of the fantasy season.
Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Charles’ fantasy value rests heavily on his ability to break big plays. This week, he should have ample opportunity to do so when he faces the Indianapolis Colts, a team that surrenders more long runs than almost anybody in the league.
Donald Driver, Green Bay Packers
The Packers’ number one receiver should excel against the Washington Redskins. Mike Shanahan’s boys have allowed more receptions to wide receivers than any other team in the league.
Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants
The Houston Texans secondary is one of the worst in recent memory. Nicks should be able to torch them for at least one deep touchdown and collect a hefty number of receptions early in the game.
Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
The Tennessee Titans give up an alarming number of yards after the catch. Given Dez Bryant’s strength and breakaway speed, he should be a favorite target of Tony Romo’s in this matchup.
Atlanta Falcons Defense
They already lead the league in interceptions and face Jake Delhomme Sunday. Enough said.
New Orleans Saints Defense
They will be facing an undrafted rookie who needs a milk carton to see over the offensive line. Things are ugly in Arizona and the Saints are about to make it worse for Max Hall and company.
Donovan McNabb, Washington Redskins
Take away one big game against the Texans and McNabb is averaging just over 175 yards per game. In this week’s matchup against the Green Bay Packers seventh-ranked pass defense he may struggle to put fantasy points on the board.
Kyle Orton, Denver Broncos
Orton may have a few starts under his belt, but none of them have come against a defense with the talent lining up for the Baltimore Ravens. Having allowed fewer than 120 passing yards-per-game, Ray Lewis and company have been fantasy football kryptonite for opposing quarterbacks.
Mark Sanchez, New York Jets
Sanchez is due for a letdown performance and this week seems like it may be the time for a meltdown. The Minnesota Vikings have allowed just three passing touchdowns all season and have had a bye week to prepare for the Monday Night showdown.
Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
Despite collecting touchdowns in each of his past two games, Stewart has rushed for less than 100 yards all season. It’s simply too risky to assume he can continue to get into the end zone without churning out the yards… especially against the Chicago Bears.
Shonn Green, New York Jets
Though Green appeared to have had a breakthrough game last week against the Bills, he is still getting no red zone opportunities and less carries than LaDanian Tomlinson. Not a good situation to be in when facing the vaunted Vikings rush defense.
LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
After a monster fantasy day last week, McCoy should come back down to earth after suffering a rib injury that has limited his practice time this week.
Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers
Nothing personal against Floyd, but not many receivers have big days against Nnamdi Asomugha.
Todd Heap, Baltimore Ravens
In the past three weeks, the Denver Broncos have allowed 119 yards and zero touchdowns to opposing tight ends. Don’t expect Heap to buck this trend.
New York Giants Defense
After sacking Jay Cutler nine times last week and allowing just three points, the Giants should struggle in a difficult matchup against the high-flying Houston Texans offense.
New York Jets Defense
The Minnesota Vikings – led by retro acquisition Randy Moss - come to New York rested, prepared and in need of a win. Brett Favre and company should take advantage of the Revis-free secondary in this one.