By Derick Moss
Denver at Houston
8 p.m., NFL Network
SCOUTING THE BRONCOS
Suit 'em up: Selvin Young starts in the backfield, is coming off a big game, and figures to be a solid RB2. Brandon Marshall remains a WR1, and with other receivers hurting, Ben Watson might even be a play at tight end.
SCOUTING THE TEXANS
Suit 'em up: It's time to stop fawning over the Denver secondary. Yes, it's seventh against the pass, but it's also allowed 21 touchdowns this season, sixth most in the league. Houston will be forced to take to the air, so Sage Rosenfels is a nice QB2, Andre Johnson (despite being covered by Champ Bailey) remains a top option, Owen Daniels is a TE1 and even Kevin Walter might be of some use.
Sit 'em down: Ron Dayne likely won't play, meaning that Darius Walker and Adimchinobe Echemandu will split carries. Neither is much of an option, with Walker getting a slight edge.
Cincinnati at San Francisco
8 p.m., ESPN
SCOUTING THE BENGALS
Sit 'em down: Chris Henry started fast but has faded since returning from suspension, and Kenny Watson has virtually dropped off the radar since Johnson's resurgence.
SCOUTING THE 49ERS
Sit 'em down: Despite a touchdown last week, Arnaz Battle is not healthy at all and could see his snaps limited. No other receiver is worth looking at.
SCOUTING THE PATRIOTS
Suit 'em up: It's hard to sit any Patriots any week, but this game could be a little more low-scoring than you think. Three reasons: 1) The Jets are ranked 11th against the pass, 2) This game takes on a personal tone between coaches and players and 3) there might be a snow storm to deal with. Go ahead and start the usual Patriots, but temper your expectations.
Sit 'em down: Laurence Maroney might get more than eight carries this week, but the Pats are so pass-happy that he can't really be relied on as more than a flex play.
SCOUTING THE JETS
Baltimore at Miami
1 p.m., CBS
SCOUTING THE RAVENS
Suit 'em up: Willis McGahee struggled last week, but nothing gets you better quicker than a trip to Miami. The same could be said for Derrick Mason, who's 12 catches away from 100 for the season and has plenty of personal goals to aim for (fantasy players love that).
Sit 'em down: It's a great matchup, but the leash might be short for Kyle Boller with Troy Smith waiting in the wings. Look elsewhere for quarterback help.
SCOUTING THE DOLPHINS
Suit 'em up: If Miami is going to win a game, this is their best chance. With cornerback Chris McAlister out, Cleo Lemon might have a chance to be a fantasy factor (if he hangs on to the ball). We've said this before, but this is a prime opportunity for Ted Ginn Jr. to break out.
Sit 'em down: Jesse Chatman says he'll play Sunday, but the Ravens defense swallows up running backs. Chatman or Samkon Gado would be flex plays, depending on who starts.
Buffalo at Cleveland
1 p.m., CBS
SCOUTING THE BILLS
SCOUTING THE BROWNS
Suit 'em up: Unless the weather is simply hideous, it's tough to sit Derek Anderson, Braylon Edwards, Kellen Winslow and Jamal Lewis. Winslow and Lewis might be upgraded further this week if the weather gets bad. If that's the case, the Cleveland defense would be a sneaky play.
Sit 'em down: Joe Jurevicius is becoming less of an option in the passing game, and hasn't topped 82 yards all season. Outside of the Big Four mentioned above, no Browns player is worth starting.
Tennessee at Kansas City
1 p.m., CBS
SCOUTING THE TITANS
Suit 'em up: The Titans have been streaky, and so have their players. LenDale White is on-again, off-again, but could be back on again as the Titans look to establish the run this week against the league's 25th-ranked run defense. Vince Young is a QB2, likely to get many of his fantasy points as a runner.
Sit 'em down: Justin Gage and Roydell Williams are too inconsistent to start with confidence, and conditions are not likely to favor a downfield passing game.
SCOUTING THE CHIEFS
Sit 'em down: The fact that the Titans are 10th against the run and Kolby Smith is banged up mean that Smith is a flex option this week, at best. Eddie Kennison should never see the light of day on your roster.
Atlanta at Tampa Bay
1 p.m., FOX
SCOUTING THE FALCONS
Suit 'em up: The Falcons are not just a sinking ship, they've sunk. This might be the week Jerious Norwood gets enough carries to be valuable. That might have happened last week, but Atlanta fell too far behind too quickly. Roddy White remains a low-end WR2, but the Bucs do present a tough pass defense.
Sit 'em down: Chris Redman has been decent the last two weeks against poor pass defenses, but Tampa Bay is fourth against the pass. Also, take a pass on Warrick Dunn, who's finally losing carries to Norwood.
SCOUTING THE BUCCANEERS
Suit 'em up: Earnest Graham has been great since taking over in the backfield, and gets the 28th-ranked rush defense this week. Consider him a solid RB1. Joey Galloway has always been great against Atlanta, and the Bucs defense could have a field day.
Sit 'em down: The quarterback situation is in a bit of flux. Jeff Garcia says he'll start, but Luke McCown could also play, especially if the Bucs get an early lead. It's best to look elsewhere.
Green Bay at St. Louis
1 p.m., FOX
SCOUTING THE PACKERS
Sit 'em down: It's hard to sit any Packers this week, but Donald Driver, while still an option in PPR leagues, hasn't caught a touchdown pass since Week 2.
SCOUTING THE RAMS
Sit 'em down: Marc Bulger appears to be ready to start, but he'll have a short leash coming off a concussion and might be a little rusty having missed a few weeks. He's a high-end QB2, if he starts, Brock Berlin would be on the low end.
Jacksonville at Pittsburgh
1 p.m., CBS
SCOUTING THE JAGUARS
Suit 'em up: Two good defenses here. The Jags want to run the ball, but they may find more success through the air. Check the weather, but it's possible David Garrard might be forced to go to the air more than the Jags would like. He's a low-end QB1, while Reggie Williams (four TDs in six games) is a WR2 this week.
Sit 'em down: Fred Taylor's streak of 100-yard game will likely end this week. He and Maurice Jones-Drew are both RB2s, and no wide receiver other than Williams is worth starting.
SCOUTING THE STEELERS
Suit 'em up: Willie Parker continues to rack up yards despite his inability to reach the end zone. He's a solid RB1 this week. Expect Heath Miller to rebound and have a nice game, as well.
Arizona at New Orleans
1 p.m., FOX
SCOUTING THE CARDINALS
SCOUTING THE SAINTS
Sit 'em down: Pierre Thomas isn't getting enough touches to be an option. The other WRs, even though they have the ability to break out any time (like David Patten's 122 yards last week), are too inconsistent to count on. Devery Henderson would be the best of that bunch, and he's a flex play.
Seattle at Carolina
1 p.m., FOX
SCOUTING THE SEAHAWKS
Suit 'em up: The Panthers are terrible, one of the three worst teams in the league. Matt Hasselbeck is a QB1, while Bobby Engram might also be a first-teamer. Defenses playing Carolina recently have been racking up fantasy points at hysterical levels, so the Seahawks are about as good a play as any this week.
Sit 'em down: Fred Taylor's streak of 100-yard game will likely end this week. He and Maurice Jones-Drew are both RB2s.
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
Sit 'em down: It'll be either Vinny Testaverde or Matt Moore at quarterback, but neither is worth starting. Keary Colbert probably won't play, pushing Drew Carter into the lineup. But if you're counting on Drew Carter at this point in the season, you're in trouble.
Indianapolis at Oakland
1 p.m., CBS
SCOUTING THE COLTS
Sit 'em down: Anthony Gonzalez won't have a second big week in a row in this matchup. Kenton Keith is a bit banged up, so despite a good matchup and the potential for garbage time carries, take a pass.
SCOUTING THE RAIDERS
Suit 'em up: Justin Fargas can't be considered a RB1 this week because of his injury problems, but he's a solid RB2 against a suspect run defense. Don't expect the Raiders to do too much on offense.
Sit 'em down: Josh McCown starts, but JaMarcus Russell will also see a few snaps. That takes away from both players' value, so stay away. Ronald Curry, once a fantasy factor, can now be safely benched.
Detroit at San Diego
4:15 p.m., FOX
SCOUTING THE LIONS
Suit 'em up: Kevin Jones is coming off a fine game and will get chances this week to make more plays. Jon Kitna is a safe play as a low-end QB1, and Calvin Johnson is in line for a breakout effort, my sneaky pick of the week.
Sit 'em down: T.J. Duckett won't duplicate last week's effort, and Mike Furrey is behind Shaun McDonald in the pass-catching pecking order.
SCOUTING THE CHARGERS
Sit 'em down: The Chargers defense has struggled against the pass at times, and Detroit has the ability to pass a bunch. But will they?
Philadelphia at Dallas
4:15 p.m., FOX
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
Suit 'em up: Brian Westbrook is a must-start every week, and take a chance on Kevin Curtis against a shaky Cowboys pass defense.
Sit 'em down: Donovan McNabb has had some success against Dallas in the past, but he's not playing very well. Correll Buckhalter won't play at all this week.
SCOUTING THE COWBOYS
Sit 'em down: Patrick Crayton is overcoming an ankle problem and will likely take a firm backseat to Owens this week. Julius Jones is no more than a flex option because he only gets the ball between the 20's while Barber cashes in.
SCOUTING THE REDSKINS
Suit 'em up: Clinton Portis will get enough carries to at least be a solid RB2, while Ladell Betts figures to catch enough passes to be a flex option. Chris Cooley is a must-start as the Redskins figure to keep the passing game short and simple.
Sit 'em down: Todd Collins had a nice game off the bench last week, but he's not a good option against a pass defense that puts a ton of pressure on the quarterback. That combination relegates Santana Moss to a flex option, more than likely.
SCOUTING THE GIANTS
Suit 'em up: Brandon Jacobs looks close to 100 percent for the first time in a while, and Plaxico Burress is getting healthier after fooling many fantasy owners last week.
Chicago at Minnesota
8:30 p.m., ESPN
SCOUTING THE BEARS
Suit 'em up: A bad matchup for Chicago. But you could take a chance on Kyle Orton (at least as a QB2), who gets the start this week against an improving but still shaky Vikings secondary. Bernard Berrian is a solid WR2, but take a chance on Devin Hester as there seems to be more of an effort to get him into the offense. He could turn a screen pass into a long touchdown and justify the WR2 start in just one play.
Sit 'em down: Chicago's Adrian Peterson gets a terrible matchup against the league's most stifling run defense. Muhsin Muhammad hasn't topped 87 yards in a game all season, so despite the matchup, look elsewhere.
SCOUTING THE VIKINGS
Suit 'em up: The other Adrian Peterson is a great bounce-back candidate against Chicago's bad run defense, while Chester Taylor is a low-end RB2. Take a chance on Tarvaris Jackson as a QB2 – he's playing pretty well and might add to his value by scrambling for first downs. This also might be a good time to start the Minnesota defense.