Time for a pep talk.
OK, look ... the bye weeks are over. That means no more looking to scruffy veterans like Vinny Testaverde or Ahman Green. No more Kolby Smiths or Leonard Weavers making their way into the lineup. Odds are, your opponent is hitting you with Drew Brees or Joseph Addai.
No, sir, you're obliged to start the sure-fire fantasy studs these days. But that doesn't mean you can just start your original draft picks and set the boat on its way. Do the smart thing and play the matchups, pick your starters carefully and stay aggressive.
You haven't won anything yet.
Tampa Bay at Atlanta
1 p.m., FOX
SCOUTING THE BUCCANEERS
Suit 'em up: Don't expect too many points in this one, and the NFC-leading Bucs defense is one of the better plays of the week. In three games against Atlanta, Jeff Garcia has 958 yards, eight touchdowns and just one interception. Earnest Graham has averaged 134 yards of offense the last three games.
Sit 'em down: Even though Joey Galloway had a great game (nine catches, 161 yards) the last time he played in the Georgia Dome, DeAngelo Hall is playing shutdown football at cornerback.
SCOUTING THE FALCONS
Suit 'em up: It's hard to recommend any Falcons in this matchup, but Warrick Dunn is playing so well he can be a flex option -- the Bucs defense is 18th against the rush, but sixth against the pass.
Cleveland at Baltimore
1 p.m., CBS
SCOUTING THE BROWNS
Suit 'em up: Yes, the Ravens defense is pretty good, but it's 12th against the pass and has been beaten badly in more than a couple of games. So Derek Anderson, Kellen Winslow and Braylon Edwards are all must-starts.
Sit 'em down: Jamal Lewis hasn't played well lately and gets a tough matchup here. There's no other Cleveland player worth looking at, really.
SCOUTING THE RAVENS
Sit 'em down: Derrick Mason, the short-yardage receiver, had a better relationship with Steve McNair than he has with the stronger-armed Boller, who throws downfield a little more (Mark Clayton may be the most valuable Ravens receiver now). Also, don't expect the Ravens to post a low yardage total, though they'll still get a sack or two and maybe a turnover.
Arizona at Cincinnati
1 p.m., FOX
SCOUTING THE CARDINALS
Suit 'em up: Kurt Warner is playing with two injuries on his left arm, but still had three touchdown passes last week. He's unable to hand off very well, so he might put it up 40 times this week. Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin are solid plays, and Bryant Johnson might even snatch four passes or so.
Sit 'em down: Edgerrin James is averaging 3.3 yards per rush since week 3, J.J. Arrington is playing on some third downs, Marcel Shipp is playing near the goal line and Warner's having trouble handing off. Need more reasons?
SCOUTING THE BENGALS
Suit 'em up: Carson Palmer hasn't been nearly as good this year, and the Cardinals pass defense is not bad. Despite that, this stat is encouraging: In five games at home against the NFC, Palmer has 11 touchdowns and two interceptions, winning four games. T.J. Houshmandzadeh is a No. 1 WR, but with Chris Henry stealing passes, Chad Johnson's output might be impacted.
Sit 'em down: Kenny Watson has outplayed Rudi Johnson all season, yet Johnson gets more playing time when healthy. Start Watson at your own risk, but banish Rudi to the bench.
Carolina at Green Bay
1 p.m., FOX
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
SCOUTING THE PACKERS
Suit 'em up: As bad as the Panthers offense has been, the defense is playing much better lately, especially against the pass. But Brett Favre is playing better than he has in years. Ryan Grant ran for 119 yards against Minnesota, which is better than Carolina against the run. The sleeper here is Donald Lee -- the Panthers often struggle defending the tight end.
Sit 'em down: Ruvell Martin won't catch two touchdown passes again this week, maybe never again in his career. And Koren Robinson is no more than a fourth or fifth option in the passing game, so don't be tempted.
New Orleans at Houston
1 p.m., FOX
SCOUTING THE SAINTS
Suit 'em up: The Saints took a step back in a loss to St. Louis last week, but Drew Brees (272 yards, two TD) continues to put up big numbers, and will do so again against a beaten up Texans secondary. Marques Colston has three touchdowns in three weeks, and Reggie Bush seems fully recovered from a bad headache and could be a No. 1 option this week.
Sit 'em down: David Patten, Devery Henderson and Lance Moore are sort of all jumbled together. Each could have a breakout game or be held to one catch. Explore other options.
SCOUTING THE TEXANS
Suit 'em up: The Texans were great in the season's first two games when Andre Johnson was playing, and he's back this week. That should give Matt Schaub's value a boost in a matchup against the league's 29th-ranked pass defense. Coming off a season-best game, Ron Dayne might be worth a flier if only because of the matchup.
Sit 'em down: With Johnson's return, Andre Davis goes back to being a third receiver. Kevin Walter might still retain some value, but Owens Daniels might be the second-best receiving option.
Kansas City at Indianapolis
1 p.m., CBS
SCOUTING THE CHIEFS
Sit 'em down: Croyle makes his first start, and its on the road against the No. 2 pass defense. Take a pass this week, but pick him up for down the road. Kolby Smith might get a few more carries this week than he did last time out, but he's risky, at best.
SCOUTING THE COLTS
Suit 'em up: Indy has plenty of injury issues, but as long as Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne and Joseph Addai are OK it has three No. 1 options. If you need a deep waiver wire sleeper at WR, check out Craphonso Thorpe, who's getting looks with Marvin Harrison and Aaron Moorehead questionable and Anthony Gonzalez out.
Sit 'em down: Harrison might be a game-time decision, and he'll see some rest if the Colts get any kind of a lead early. Kenton Keith scored last week, but he's not forcing a platoon anytime soon.
San Diego at Jacksonville
1 p.m., CBS
SCOUTING THE CHARGERS
SCOUTING THE JAGUARS
Suit 'em up: San Diego's defense causes turnovers, but gives up big chunks of yardage. Maurice Jones-Drew shouldn't expect his 5.2 YPC to go down this week and could be a No. 1 option. Fred Taylor will probably lose carries but is still a second-tier running back. Dennis Northcutt gets a slight boost with the return of David Garrard, but isn't much more than a flex play, though he's probably the most consistent receiver the Jags present.
Sit 'em down: Garrard returns but might not be the running threat he was, which limits his value. Hopefully you don't have Matt Jones, on whom the team has quit.
Oakland at Minnesota
1 p.m., CBS
SCOUTING THE RAIDERS
Suit 'em up: Is it possible that an entire game doesn't have a single viable fantasy player? Yuck! OK, take a chance (if you're desperate) on Daunte Culpepper, who's starting for Oakland against a terrible pass defense. If he throws a touchdown pass, it will probably be to Ronald Curry or Zach Miller, but neither is a great start. In fact all of these guys could just have easily been in the following category.
Sit 'em down: Justin Fargas remains an option, but is facing a pretty good run defense (though they haven't been quite as strong lately).
SCOUTING THE VIKINGS
Miami at Philadelphia
1 p.m., CBS
SCOUTING THE DOLPHINS
Suit 'em up: Jesse Chatman gets a tough matchup, but the Dolphins have the offensive line of a much better team (makes you wonder why they're 0-9). Chatman is still a decent play.
Sit 'em down: It is truly amazing that Miami is unable to get Ted Ginn more involved in the offense. John Beck might prove to be better than Cleo Lemon right away, but neither is worth a start this week against a team that loves to blitz.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
Suit 'em up: Start them all -- the Miami defense is awful when healthy, and now Zach Thomas (concussion) and Jason Taylor (ankle) are iffy. Donovan McNabb is a No. 1 option, Brian Westbrook is a no-brainer and Kevin Curtis could rebound this week. I'd take a shot at L.J. Smith, as well.
Sit 'em down: Hank Baskett and Jason Avant have been virtually non-existent this season, and there's no reason to believe that will change.
SCOUTING THE STEELERS
Suit 'em up: The efficient offense gets a great matchup. Willie Parker might be the best fantasy play this week -- he's facing the league's worst run defense. With only two touchdowns, he could double that this week. Ben Roethlisberger is a must-start, while Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes are also good plays. Heath Miller is also a No. 1 option.
Sit 'em down: Najeh Davenport is a short-yardage guy who got stuffed twice last week on those types of carries, including once at the goal line. It's doubtful the Steelers ever get stopped near the goal line this week.
SCOUTING THE JETS
Sit 'em down: Laveranues Coles had a bye week to recover from a concussion, but being covered be Ike Taylor might be an even bigger headache. Kellen Clemens has been average in two starts, but will be less than that Sunday. Thomas Jones is going against a defense that hasn't allowed a 100-yard rusher in 34 games.
Washington at Dallas
4:15 p.m., FOX
SCOUTING THE REDSKINS
Suit 'em up: The Redskins' best bet is to run the ball, control the clock and keep Dallas' offense on the field. Heck, that's Joe Gibbs' philosophy every week. But Clinton Portis has 66 carries for 333 yards the last two weeks, and will probably get 25 carries or so this week (barring a blowout). The Cowboys are better against the run (fifth) than the pass (16th), but don't be fooled -- they're blowing people out and making teams throw the ball to catch up. Go ahead and start Jason Campbell, who played very well last week (three TDs).
Sit 'em down: Washington has taken three of four from Dallas, so this game might be closer than some think. That doesn't mean you should start any of the Redskins receivers with the exception of TE Chris Cooley, who could have a big day.
SCOUTING THE COWBOYS
Sit 'em down: The Redskins are better against the run (11th) than the pass (22nd), so Julius Jones looks like a lesser option while Patrick Crayton gets a nudge ahead.
SCOUTING THE GIANTS
Suit 'em up: Eli Manning remains an enigma: A throw of awe-inspiring accuracy on one down, a numbskull play the next. Against the 30th-ranked pass defense (and on turf indoors), expect shock and awe. Plaxico Burress has been wearing down, it seems, but this matchup is too good to ignore him or Amani Toomer.
Sit 'em down: Well, you can't sit him, but the Lions defense is fifth against the run, so Brandon Jacobs might not be a No. 1 option this week.
SCOUTING THE LIONS
Suit 'em up: Roy Williams caught a pair of touchdown passes last week after none since week 3. He's the best bet among Lions receivers this week, though Shaun McDonald is being targeted a lot lately.
Sit 'em down: Detroit is beaten up and might be coming back to earth. Jon Kitna has a bad back and will get plenty of jolts this week. Kevin Jones aggravated a foot injury last week and faces the ninth-best rushing defense this week. Calvin Johnson isn't getting as many chances as Mike Martz said he would, and the Lions defense, surprisingly valuable so far, simply cannot maintain the pace of three takeaways per game.
St. Louis at San Francisco
4:15 p.m., FOX
SCOUTING THE RAMS
Suit 'em up: Is it possible that the Rams are better than the 49ers? Not only is it possible, it's a fact (and from a fantasy perspective, it's not even close). Against the 25th-ranked rushing defense, Steven Jackson could have his best game of the year. Marc Bulger has been very good lately, so start him and Torry Holt with no reservations. Isaac Bruce is back as a No. 2 option.
Sit 'em down: Brian Leonard is out as Jackson's backup, and Antonio Pittman is in. Neither has any fantasy value as long as Jackson is healthy (of course, that's no sure thing).
SCOUTING THE 49ERS
Sit 'em down: Trent Dilfer starts this week ahead of the ailing (and ineffective) Alex Smith. He wasn't a fantasy factor 10 years ago, and won't be this week. Don't waste your time with Arnaz Battle or Darrell Jackson unless you're truly desperate. Truly.
Chicago at Seattle
4:15 p.m., FOX
SCOUTING THE BEARS
Sit 'em down: Everyone loves to beat up on Cedric Benson, and why not? Against the 10th-best rushing defense, he'll average around 2.5. The team's best back is Adrian Peterson, but he's not so valuable if he's not playing. This situation will change eventually, but remember how long it took to get Grossman out of the lineup the first time?
SCOUTING THE SEAHAWKS
Suit 'em up: Shaun Alexander is a game-time decision, and if he's out Maurice Morris becomes a good start against the league's (surprisingly) 30th-ranked rush defense. With Grossman's affection for the interception, take a chance on the Seattle defense.
Sit 'em down: With Deion Branch probable, Bobby Engram's great run might be coming to a close. But D.J. Hackett's likely will continue. Make Branch play a solid game before starting him.
New England at Buffalo
8:15 p.m., NBC
SCOUTING THE PATRIOTS
Sit 'em down: Did you know that Laurence Maroney played fewer snaps than Kevin Faulk against the Colts? Maroney doesn't have 100 yards in a game since week 3, and still doesn't have a touchdown. That's hard to believe considering most teams are playing five and six defensive backs on every play. Consider him a flex play.
SCOUTING THE BILLS
Suit 'em up: It's odd that J.P. Losman would get a recommendation, but the guess is that the game gets out of control, and Losman puts it in the air 35 times. Lee Evans has been very good lately (466 yards in four games) and is worth a shot.
Tennessee at Denver
8:30 p.m., ESPN
SCOUTING THE TITANS
SCOUTING THE BRONCOS
Sit 'em down: Travis Henry is hurting and may be serving a suspension after this week, anyway, so Selvin Young is the starter. Young might be a No. 2 RB, but the Titans are very good against the run and downright dominating when Albert Haynesworth is playing (he could be a game-time decision). That might be your guide as to whether to start Young.