Let's start in Kansas City, where the Bills meet the Chiefs. Six of the top 16 fantasy running backs are on bye this week, which for me means I'm starting Bills RB Fred Jackson for the first time this season. I think Fred goes for 100 combined yards today. The big question will be can he reach the end zone? I'll say yes.
For more thoughts on today's game, check out my column from Football Friday.
Bengals QB Carson Palmer was who I thought we was last week (a relevant fantasy QB). I'm saying he'll continue that this week against a Miami secondary that has given up the third-most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs.
Tony Romo owners would have done well to pick up his backup this week. I'm starting Cowboys QB Jon Kitna in one of my leagues (my QBs, Joe Flacco and Eli Manning, are on bye) based solely on his matchup with the Jaguars at home.
I never thought I'd advocate using Patrick Crayton, but the Chargers WR is a decent start with Malcom Floyd out. Crayton has averaged 100 yards the past two weeks.
The sun has come up, the world is still spinning and Brett Favre will start. This one might backfire on me, but I'd start the Vikings QB today if I had him. With seemingly the whole world against him, I could see Favre rising to the occasion. The fact he's playing a poor New England pass defense and has a motivated Randy Moss on his side helps.
Amazingly enough, Seattle WR Mike Williams has 21 catches over the past two weeks. Even though he's the clear-cut No. 1 option for the Seahawks, I'd sit him this week against Oakland. He faces receiver-erase Nnamdi Asomugha.
I like Beanie Wells as a low-end No. 1 RB this week for Arizona. The Cardinals are facing a Bucs' run defense that has allowed a league-high 5.3 yards per carry.
Indy QB Peyton Manning threw the ball 57 times against the Texans in Week One. I'm thinking the Colts will try and achieve a better run-pass balance today against Houston. Just who will run the ball for the Colts with Joseph Addai out is the problem. If you have him, give third-stringer Mike Hart a start today as a No. 3 RB or flex player.
Washington QB Donovan McNabb has killed me this season. His play hasn't been that bad, but he's yet to throw for at least two touchdowns in a single week. I'm giving him one more chance today, partly out of necessity, against the Lions.
Good luck in Week Eight!