Every week, we preview all the upcoming games from a fantasy perspective. To help you with lineup decisions regarding most non-superstar players, we give you matchups to exploit, key starting choices and advice on who to leave on your bench.
Arizona at Seattle: The Cardinals will make a concerted effort to get the ball into the end zone more often, and Larry Fitzgerald should challenge CB Marcus Trufant often and should find the end zone at least once. A crisp passing game should allow Marcel Shipp to score from short range. Matt Hasselbeck should also have lots of time to throw and could be good for at least two TD passes, and LT Walter Jones will open big holes for Shaun Alexander, who seems destined for another 100-yard outing. Start and Smile: Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, Kurt Warner, Matt Hasselbeck, Darrell Jackson. Watch and Worry: Arizona defense/special teams.
Atlanta at Buffalo: Atlanta WR Dez White could miss this game with a hamstring problem, and he is a very good run blocker. Losing White gives fantasy owners even less reason to use Warrick Dunn against a smothering Buffalo front seven. Michael Vick will have much trouble locating open receivers and the Bills will be ready to contain him if he scrambles. Buffalo will look to establish Willis McGahee early and often, and he could stack up decent numbers with a lot of carries even if he gets stuffed on a few attempts. A busy running game could set up J.P. Losman for a play-action deep strike or two to Lee Evans, who should post respectable totals. Start and Smile: Willis McGahee. Watch and Worry: Michael Vick, Warrick Dunn.