Love- Don’t believe the hype surrounding the Seahawks Defense this week. Yes, they have been very tough on opposing QBs this season, but they really haven’t played any great QBs so far, considering that Aaron Rodgers isn’t playing at the top of his game. This is why I love Tom Brady this week. Brady’s been very sharp so far, throwing only 1 pick this season. Also, Aaron Hernandez has been practicing this week. Whether Hernandez comes back or not, expect a solid performance from Brady and a reality check for the Seahawks Defense.
Hate- Head injuries are a serious matter in today’s NFL, and with the shot RG3 took last week, it wouldn’t be a surprise to me if the Redskins decide not to let him play this week. Besides all of that, he’s facing a very stout Vikings Defense, anchored by Jared Allen. Allen, who will have little trouble putting pressure on Griffin, could possibly even get a sack or two. Even if RG3 does play, expect him to be very limited and expect his rushing yards to be down.
Love- Jamaal Charles is coming into this game against an inconsistent Buccaneers Defense. He only has 2 TDs so far this season, but (thanks to New Orleans) he’s averaging over 100 yards per game. Since Brady Quinn will be under center this week, Charles should get some extra carries until Quinn feels comfortable. Also, expect some extra looks for Charles in the pass game. All of these factors should lead to another 100 yard game and hopefully another TD.
Hate- Say what you want about Miami, they really have their Run Defense under control. They’ve allowed just over 60 yards rushing per game to opposing RBs, and even with a supposedly healthy Steven Jackson, I doubt it’s going to change this week. This is due to the fact that Jackson is scoreless this entire season, and out of his last 14 games, he only has one score. For the sake of fantasy football, let’s hope Jackson bounces back at some point after this game.
Love- With Andrew Luck turning it up, it’s no surprise that Reggie Wayne is my love for this week. He’s coming off of a monster week and has a favorable matchup against a banged up Jets secondary. With Revis Island turning into the island from Lost, and Antonio Cromartie getting put in some receiving packages (wtf?), expect Wayne to put on an encore this week.
Hate- One huge game doesn’t mean that a player is going to have big numbers every week. In case you didn’t know, I’m referring to Brian Hartline. I get it, he’s Tannehill’s go to guy, but Cortland Finnegan and the rest of the Rams Defense is playing great football right now. Also, Reggie Bush seems to be at one hundred percent again, which means that they’re going to want to rush even more. I’m sorry, I just don’t believe in Hartline based off of one game.
Love- Call me crazy, but I think that this could finally be a breakout week for Jermichael Finley. He’s facing the league’s top defense this week, but with Cushing out, someone has to be unaccounted for. The Packers’ receiving core is deep, giving the Texans enough problems. With Rodgers finally stepping up, I would expect him to connect with Finley for a solid game.
Hate- Although his production has been very high thus far, Martellus Bennett is facing his toughest opponent: the 49ers. They’re still fired up about the NFC championship last year, so they’re coming into this game with a mission to destroy. I would expect a lot more blocking from Bennett than anything, considering his size and the talent of the 49ers on their defensive side.
Love- The Bengals have been playing very well on defense, and they’re facing an opponent that they’ve already played this season. They’re going to have Trent Richardson’s run game already figured out and stopping him from receiving won’t be a problem either. With Weeden throwing more balls to defenders than he does to his receivers, we can expect plenty of turnovers and a low score from the Browns.
Hate- No brainer here. Who’s facing the most explosive throwing offense in the league this week? The Raiders. Who’s pass defense is ranked 28th in the league? The Raiders. Finally, what defense is ranked last in most fantasy scoring systems? You guessed it, the Raiders. You may want to just completely drop them from your team and never look back, even if it means not having a defense for a week.