Oct 19, 2012
The toughest part about a week in which six teams are on bye is that some players that we’d normally recommend benching are starts simply because of diluted playing pool. Now, some of the names on this list are big names, as usual, because we’re not going to recommend benching somebody who you already know should be benched. This list is for the guys who you think could start but find themselves with a bad situation. Take Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, for example. He’s averaged 19 fantasy points a game in his last three games and looked good last week on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles. Yet, Stafford finds himself on this list.
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Matthew Stafford (Detroit Lions) @ Chicago
Most weeks Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford would be an automatic start, especially in a week with six teams on bye. However, Stafford faces an awful matchup this week with the Chicago Bears. The Bears are giving up just seven fantasy points per game to quarterbacks, and have forced 13 interceptions and 18 sacks. Furthermore Stafford has a bad track record against Chicago. In four games against the Bears Stafford’s thrown just four touchdowns but has six interceptions and two fumbles. This is a recipe for disaster at Soldier field.
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Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens) @ Houston
Before last week’s loss to the Green Bay Packers, the Houston Texans were giving up an average of just 9.2 fantasy points per game. Aaron Rodgers then threw six touchdown passes to mess up the Texans’ average, but they are still a very good defense. Houston excels are generating pressure on the quarterback, as evidenced by their 17 sacks. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has been good but inconsistent. He’s only got two touchdown passes in his last three games after throwing six in the first three weeks. Even if Flacco doesn’t struggle against Houston he’s not going to put up good numbers.