We'll change things up a bit this week. Instead of highlighting some waiver wire pickups you can use as bye-week fill-ins (bye weeks are done) I'll put out a lineup that consists of some of the worst starts of the week. If you have any of these guys starting for your team, consider yourself warned.
QB — Matt Leinart (vs. Jacksonville)
Andre Johnson is back and Matt Schaub, Houston's regular starter, could be done for the season. But don't be fooled. The Texans will rely very little on the former highly-touted pick from USC, and will instead lean on their dominant running game against the Jaguars this week.
With Arizona the last few seasons, in a pass-happy offense with Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin as his top targets, Leinart threw for multiple touchdowns only three times and topped 300 yards just once in his last 16 starts.
It could mean good things for Arian Foster, who is already one of the top backs in the game. Plus, if you're in a PPR league, Leinart's start helps considering he consistently drops to his check down too quickly, dumping passes off to his backs.
RB — Ryan Matthews (vs. Denver)
This isn't as much to compliment the Denver defense as it is to make you aware of how depleted San Diego's offensive line is.
Because of this, Matthews has barely run the ball the last two weeks, and when he has, he's been consistently crunched at the line.
Not only that, but he gives way to Mike Tolbert in most goal-line situations, which diminishes his value even more.
WR — Steve Johnson (vs. NY Jets)
Ryan Fitzpatrick is a sinking ship in Buffalo, and he's taking Johnson, his top receiving target, with him. Don't expect much of anything form Johnson this week, who has underperformed on the year as a whole, despite Fitzpatrick's early season success.
WR — Mike Williams (at Tennessee)
Tennessee's pass defense is tougher than you think. Turnovers might not be its forte, but they've been shutting down top receivers all season. Williams, like Johnson, has struggled most of the year anyway, despite being Tampa's top target for Josh Freeman, putting up five or less points in five games.
WR — Reggie Wayne (vs. Carolina)
Indianapolis has yet to decide if Curtis Painter or Dan Orlovsky will start today.
Does it matter?
If you own Wayne, drop him. Drop him now. With either of this table scraps as his quarterback, he's proven this year that he's a worthless fantasy option.
TE — Heath Miller (vs. Kansas City)
A lot of people think Miller is a good start this week, coming off the Chiefs' inability to contain Rob Gronkowski in Foxboro last Monday night. Don't be fooled. Heath Miller is no Rob Gronkowski. I'd also expect to see the Steelers get back to running the ball on Sunday, instead of going to the air much.
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