Week 11: Start 'Em
Well finally no more bye weeks, we can all breathe a little easier and have an easier time making lineup decisions. Even without bye weeks, there are still plenty of decisions to be made, with many injured players and a whole list of players not performing the way they should. If you're dealing with any of these issues you might need some lineup fillers, take a look below as some of these players might be able to help you.
After throwing for 8 touchdowns in his last 5 games, Jake Delhomme went to Oakland and had one the worst games of his career -- going 7 for 27 for 72 yds with 1 touchdown and 4 interceptions, but somehow still won the game. This week Delhomme will have a chance to make up for that poor showing when he faces the 0-9 Detroit Lions, who are giving up 245 yards per game through the air. Even though the Panthers won last week, Delhomme will still want to go out and show that he has it and last week's game was just a fluke. Look for Delhomme to have one of his better games of the year, somewhere in the neighborhood of 250 yards and 2 touchdowns. Don't give up on him so quickly; make sure to start him this week.
Lucky for Sage Rosenfels, that in fantasy he isn't judged on whether the Texans win or lose, and only by the stats that he puts up in those games. Rosenfels has played in 3 games this season and in each one of those he has passed for an average of 255 yards and at least 1 touchdown ( the Texans haven't won any of those games, but those are more then solid numbers for a QB). While he will never be mistaken for Peyton Manning or Tom Brady, the Texans have plenty of weapons to help Rosenfels put up good fantasy numbers. Last time Sage faced the Colts he gave the game away with 2 fumbles at the end of the 4th quarter to allow the Colts to make a comeback and win the game. With something to prove, watch Sage put out over 250 yards and 2 touchdowns this week vs. the Colts.
Going into the season Joseph Addai was one of the most talked about fantasy players -- being the starting running back on the high powered Colts offense will do that for you. Unfortunately Addai has been a huge bust so far this season, dealing with poor play and missing 3 games due to injury. He is now healthy, but has still had some issues putting up big numbers. This week the Colts face the Texans (who give up an average of 130 yards per game on the ground). Look for the Colts to try and get Addai going early to help open up the offense. Don't be surprised if Addai gets his first 100 yard game of the year and gets back to the end zone.
The Seahawks had big plans when they signed Julius Jones in the off season, but it hasn't worked out like they planned - other than the 2nd and 3rd week of the season where he went over 100 yards in each game and scored 1 touchdown in each of those games. Since then he has yet to gain over 88 yards or score a touchdown, but that might all change this week. Last week the Seahawks used Jones almost exclusively and he ran the ball very well, gaining 88 yards on 16 carries (5.5 yards per). It looks like Seattle is finally ready to stick with one back, couple that with the return of QB Matt Hasselbeck and starting Jones this week makes for a good idea. This week Jones faces the Cardinals (who gave up 99 yards last week to Frank Gore), so look for Julius to gain close to 100 yards and he might even get into the end zone for the first time since week 3.
In Bobby Engram's only game this season with Matt Hasselbeck (which also happened to be his first game of the year after missing the first 3 games), he went for 8 catches and 61 yards. Engram will never be mistaken for a big play receiver or a big touchdown guy, but if you're in a point per reception league he might be your guy. Seattle's offense is totally different with Hasselbeck in there, so forget about what Engram has done the past few weeks and start him. He makes a low end #3 starter and very solid flex start this week. Seattle plays the Cardinals in what will probably be a high scoring affair, so expect 6 or 7 catches for around 80 yards and (if you're lucky) a touchdown.