Must Play Player: Andrew Luck (QB) Indianapolis Colts
At this point, seeing “vs Jacksonville” should cause every fantasy team owner to drool when seeing that on their lineup. This week, Indianapolis faces a rebuilding team that has been the whipping boy for every opponent so far this young season. Jacksonville is rebuilding in the mold of the Seattle Seahawks, but are a long way from there at this point. Andrew Luck should put up a handful of touchdowns by halftime, so there is no more mortal lock as “must play” this week. In fact, anyone from Indianapolis should be starting this week.
Must Sit Player: Eli Manning (QB) New York Giants
As good a week as Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck lines up for this week, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning looks to be in a world of trouble. After an embarrassing performance last week in being shutout by a good Carolina defense, this week a very good defense matches up against Eli Manning. Expect a whole lot of nothing again from the G-Men’s signal caller. In fact, the entire offense is a good bet to sit down for a week.
Sleeper Pick: Frank Gore (RB) San Francisco 49ers
Hard to believe, but since when is Frank Gore, a perennial top fantasy performer at running back a sleeper? When the 49ers decide to get pretty and mess around with the pistol and other trickery instead of just pounding a defense into submission behind Frank Gore and then use the play-action pass to find big plays. This season, the 49ers have fallen in love with themselves on offense and abandoned Frank Gore. Gore is still a top five fantasy back, and after being underutilized for three weeks has fallen from favor. Forget simply starting Gore, if you don’t have him, make a lowball offer for him. A top five fantasy talent may be available for peanuts from a frustrated fantasy owner.