Andy Dalton Nov. 6, 2011, against the Tennessee Titans.
In what will be a weekly occurence, we'll give suggestions on who to start in your fantasy league, and who to sit on the bench. We'll try to avoid stating the obvious, like "start Tom Brady" and dig a little deeper for some less obvious choices. Enough with the introduction, let's get started...
Stud of the Week: Ben Tate, RB, HOU — Arian Foster is the guy in the Houston backfield. And Foster will have yet another great day on Sunday when the Texans go to Tampa Bay. The Bucs get shredded by the run on a pretty consistent basis. Their desperate situation on run defense was shown on Wednesday when they signed Albert Haynesworth, who the New England Patriots deemed worthless just a couple of years after he signed a $100 million deal with the Redskins as the biggest, baddest run stuffer in the NFL. Tate had 115 yards and a touchdown in split duty with Foster last week, and look for him to have another huge day on Sunday.
Dud of the Week: Andy Dalton, QB, CIN — Dalton, the rookie out of TCU, has been pretty great in his first season in the NFL, starting right off the bat and replacing Carson Palmer as the Bengals starter under center. He's scored at least 15 fantasy points in all but two games this year and had a 30-point game and 26 in last week's gem against the Tennessee Titans. The thing is, Dalton hasn't faced the Pittsburgh Steeler or Baltimore Ravens this year and still has two meetings with each this season. That begins Sunday when the Steelers come to town. It'll be interesting to see how Dalton responds to such an intimidating, stout defensive unit. It might not be terrible, but it likely won't be real good either.