Oct 13, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10) reacts after he caught the ball for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Must Start Player: DeSean Jackson (WR) Philadelphia Eagles
DeSean Jackson once again exploded last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but more importantly he exploded against Darrelle Revis, the once best cornerback in football. He might’ve just proven that he is in fact, just too fast for these cornerbacks. So looking ahead this week to the Cowboys, who happen to have a very good cornerback in Brandon Carr, I would still trust him, because Jackson is just that good. Nick Foles has been even better than Michael Vick since he went down, and I would expect him to continue to dominate against a pretty porous Cowboys defense. This might even become one of the best combinations in the league soon.
Must Sit Player: Andre Johnson (WR) Houston Texans
Let’s look at the signs of disaster:
1. Andre Johnson is still nursing a shin injury that cost him a game this year, and has severly hampered his production this year already.
2. Matt Schaub wasn’t a very good quarterback this year, but TJ Yates might be just as bad, or worse. These two quarterbacks specialize in throwing the ball to the other team, rather than throwing it to their superstar wide receiver.
3. The Texans are going against the best defense in the league in the Kansas City Chiefs, and that’s a disaster waiting to happen. A struggling/injured quarterback going up against the best pass rush in football? That means whoever starts, will be running around for his life, and the fact is the Chiefs also have an awesome secondary led by Flowers and Berry, so Johnson will have a tough time anyways.
In other words, don’t start Andre Johnson this week, IT’S A TRAP!
Sleeper Picks: Bilal Powell (RB) New York Jets
I’ve actually really liked Bilal Powell the entire year in New York. You have a rookie quarterback who’s turnover prone, so you need someone who can control the game with his running, and Powell has done a very good job this year, and is one of the most underrated running backs in fantasy football. So going up against a Patriots defense that has lost Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo? As much as it pains me to say it, I think he’s going to run right over the Patriots run defense, and he’ll be one of the big reasons that this is going to be a close game. Good year, and a good matchup? Keep and eye on Powell, he’s going to keep doing great things the rest of the year.