Chad Henne – After watching Ryan Fitzpatrick tear up the Patriots secondary how can Henne not be a top 12 quarterback option this week? This is the first time all season where Henne faces a subpar pass defense, so Brandon Marshall and Devon Bess should be heavily involved in the passing offense. New England ranks as the 25th ranked pass defense in the league, so Henne coming off a week where he threw for 363 yards and two touchdowns is a must start.
John Kuhn – When Ryan Grant went down for the season Brandon Jackson was the hottest name on the waiver wire. Here we are two weeks later, and Jackson is clearly the second back on the depth chart while Kuhn has seen an increased role in the offense. Kuhn has carried the ball for 4.5 yards per carry while getting the goal line carries on an offense that score with the best of them. Kuhn has a matchup with the 32nd ranked rushing defense of the Lions making him a solid flex play for Sunday’s game.
Jabar Gaffney – Gaffney currently ranks as the 15th most targeted receiver in the league in what has been an explosive Broncos passing game. In week three Gaffney went for 12 catches and 140 yards as Kyle Orton continues to rack up the passing yards. Since becoming the feature receiver in the Denver passing game going back to last season, Gaffney has 38 catches for 471 yards and three touchdowns.
Aaron Hernandez – The last two weeks the Dolphins defense has been putrid against the tight end allowing six catches for 86 yards to Visanthe Shiancoe and six receptions for 98 yards with two touchdowns to Dustin Keller. Hernandez has become the third option in the Patriots passing attack, averaging 70 yards per game with 13 receptions through three weeks. Going into week four I like Hernandez to continue his hot rookie season.
New Orleans Saints– Coming off two incredibly tight games, the Saints catch a break this week facing an anemic Panthers offense. Carolina currently has the 28th ranked offense in the N.F.L. and will likely struggle even more with rookie Jimmy Clausen taking over for Matt Moore. New Orleans has the second toughest fantasy defense against wide receivers, so Steve Smith might better suited on your bench for this N.F.C. South game.
Joe Flacco – Flacco bounced back from a terrible two week stretch to torch the Browns through the air for 262 yards, three touchdowns and a QB Rating of 128.7. Well, that was the Cleveland defense and not the Steelers defense which ranks sixth in the league. Pittsburgh has allowed one touchdown through the air and that was in garbage time with 58 seconds left to the Titans. When going against the Steelers it’s best to leave all of your offensive players on the bench.
Ricky Williams – Through three games Williams has two fumbles and has watched his carries decrease in every game this season. Overall the Dolphins running game has struggled and with Ronnie Brown averaging 5.4 yards a carry, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Williams designated to a third down role. I look at Williams as a weak flex play for the matchup with the Patriots until he proves he can hold on to the rock.
Michael Crabtree – While there is still hope for Crabtree for the rest of the season he is droppable in shallow leagues and is a clear bench warmer until proven otherwise. On the season Crabtree has six catches for 81 yards and has been the biggest receiver bust through September. Not only has Crabtree been awful, but Vernon Davis has been unreliable as well. I would leave Crabtree on my bench for the next two weeks until the 49ers passing game shows any signs of relevancy.
Heath Miller – This has less to do with Charlie Batch and more to do with the Ravens exceptional pass defense. Baltimore is currently the number one pass defense in the league so for Pittsburgh to get the ball moving on offense they will do it through Rashard Medenhall and the run game. Miller has only been targeted 11 times on the season, which doesn’t speak well since Pittsburgh has dumbed down its passing game.
Denver Broncos – To the surprise of many the Titans have been an elite offense, scoring 26 points per game. On the other hand the Broncos haven’t given up less than 24 points in a game which can be attributed to the loss of Elvis Dumervil and an injured secondary. Every week the Broncos seem to be in the middle of a shootout, and that shouldn’t change going against Vince Young and Chris Johnson.