I planned on writing about all of the injuries last week when I started writing this opening. But then Michael Vick absolutely destroyed the Redskins on Monday night. The second thought that ran through my mind (other than, holy crap he's worth a bajillion fantasy points) was the question of whether or not Vick, who wasn't drafted in many fantasy leagues, is the greatest waiver wire pickup ever. Something to ponder
Mark Sanchez vs. Texans defense: Sanchez had himself a pretty good game against the Browns last week and he'll look to have an even better one this week against a poor Texans pass defense. Houston is the only team in the NFL that is allowing more than 300 yards per game through the air to opponents. As much as it pains me to say this as a Dolphins fan, Sanchez is a must-start this week.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs. Colts defense: Despite the dark cloud I may have cast over his fantasy value last week, Green-Ellis had a fantastic game against the Pittsburgh Steelers' stingy run defense. And what a difference a week can make. Green-Ellis, in one week, will go from playing the NFL's best-run defense, to playing one of its worst in the Indianapolis Colts. I like his chances this week.
Not so good match-ups
Darren McFadden vs. Steelers defense: McFadden has been a beast for his fantasy owners this season but is perhaps headed for a bump in the road this week when the Raiders take on the best run defense in the league, the Pittsburgh Steelers. It will be tough to bench McFadden with the way he's been running but I wouldn't hesitate to do it if you have decent options on your bench.
Ben Roethlisberger vs. Raiders defense: On the flip side of the Raiders-Steelers match up this week is Ben Roethlisberger squaring off against the Raiders pass defense, which just happens to be the NFL's second-best pass defense in terms of yards allowed per game. Don't be fooled by Big Ben's solid performance against the Pats last week -- much of that came after the game had been decided. I'd avoid starting Roethlisberger this week if I could help it.
Waiver wire watch
Tyler Thigpen, QB, Dolphins: Alright, it isn't likely that Thigpen is going to light it up this week against the Bears. Actually, it's not even been confirmed (as of my writing this Monday night) that Thigpen will start this week. All I know is that Thigpen has played very well in his last two appearances with the Dolphins, dating back to the Phins final game of the 2009 season, and I believe he'll do well against Chicago on Thursday night. You could do worse if your team fell victim to one of the many QB injuries last week.
Kyle Mulligan is a contributing sports writer for the Observer. He welcomes your feedback and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.