Did we really just recommend Brandon Weeden?

What I learned last week:

I learned that the Broncos need to have more faith in Peyton Manning and what he can do. Twice in the second half of last week’s loss to New England, Manning and the Broncos faced third down inside the Patriots’ 20-yard-line, and twice the Broncos ran the ball. The results: two running plays that ended with a loss of three yards and a fumble. It’s Peyton Manning. Let him be Peyton Manning.

Play the man:

Jamaal Charles. Brady Quinn is starting at QB. ‘Nuff said.


Put him on the pine:

Chris Johnson. Do you really need a reason why?


Jamaal Charles seems to be back. Is he a must start each week?

I can’t believe I passed on Charles in two drafts. The guy is running through defenses like a hot knife through buttah. He’s averaged 22 fantasy points over his past three games. He’s an absolute must-start. If you leave him on your bench, even against a great defense, you deserve a smack.


If Hakeem Nicks is out again, do you rolL with DomEniK Hixon, knowing Victor Cruz is still the man?

Not me. As long as Cruz is healthy and salsa-fying his way through and around defenses, I’m looking elsewhere for a second or third wide receiver.


What in the wide world of sports is going ON with Raiders RB Darren McFadden?

What an enormous disappointment. If he was one of my running backs, I would have to seriously consider benching him. His stats say it all: 201 yards rushing and only one touchdown. Cut. Print. Done.



Does Peyton Manning top 300 yards and 2 TDs Monday night at San Diego?

Tim: He’s going to have to throw, so both are attainable. That’s a yes.

Ben: He’s hit his groove. Yes.


Is Giants’ WR Victor Cruz good for 100 yards or a TD against the Niners’ D in San Francisco?

Tim: Forget the “or,” he gets both.

Ben: Because I have both Hakeem Nicks and Domenik Hixon, Cruz will easily get both.


Have the Vikings become a defense you automatically start every week?

Tim: Yes, next week. Don’t play them this week against Washington if QB Robert Griffin III plays. If RGIII sits, my “yes” begins immediately.

Ben: Play them even if RGIII plays. Heck, play the Vikings’ D even if there’s a tank at running back.


Can you count on the Rams’ defense to consistently produce?

Tim: No. They’re better in real football than fantasy, and a rough stretch starts next week.

Ben: The pain will soon begin for this paper defense.


Green Bay is at Houston this weekend. Who fares better in Fantasy, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers or the Houston defense?

Tim: Rodgers. Texans’ DE J.J. Watt will make him run for his life, but Rodgers will get yards and a couple TDs.

Ben: Houston’s defense. Rodgers isn’t the same. Too many of his passes are off, not to mention he’s often running for his life thanks to a poor offensive line.


Do you start New England RB Stevan Ridley against the Seahawks’ D in Seattle?

Tim: Heck, Green Bay was able to run in the second half there. Ridley will do just enough that you don’t kick yourself for playing him.

Ben: Ridley will be in my starting lineup regardless of the Patriots’ opponent.


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