Skip to main content

Rotowire: Matchups for WRs Williams, Chambers improve this week

Good Matchups

Matt Forte CHI: Forte had his first tough game last week, gaining just 43 yards on 19 carries against the Eagles. Still, that was to be expected considering he was facing the NFL's top-ranked run defense. Expect Forte to have big games in his next two contests, as he faces the Lions, who are last in the league against the run, and the Falcons, who rank 23rd. Both teams also give up a lot of touchdowns on the ground, so expect Forte to get into the end zone as well.

Roy Williams DET: Williams is off to a very slow start with the emergence of Calvin Johnson. The next two matchups for Williams could jumpstart his season. This week, he faces a Bears defense ranked 28th in passing yards allowed. Williams averaged seven receptions last season against the Bears, making this matchup especially profitable in PPR leagues. Williams averaged nearly 100 yards a game on six catches a contest last season in two meetings against the Vikings. Expect Williams to return to being the player fantasy owners thought he'd be.

Aaron Rodgers GB: Rodgers is expected to play this week, and all of the Hall of Fame talk has quelled after a couple of bad performances. The next two weeks should get Rodgers back in the good graces of all Packers fans. While Atlanta's pass defense is 13th in yards allowed, it has surrendered an average of 278 yards a game through the air to the two teams on its schedule that actually throw the ball -- Detroit and Carolina. Rodgers then faces a Seahawks who have just one interception in 94 pass attempts so far this season and rank near the bottom of the league. But, will he be healthy?

Chris Chambers SD: While Chambers has only eight catches this season, four are for touchdowns. Chambers and the Chargers have the type of matchups in the next two weeks that should improve all of Chambers' numbers. This week, Chambers faces his former team, the Dolphins, who rank 26th in the league against the pass and who are surrendering two touchdowns per game through the air. The New England defense ranks 12th in the league, but this is more of a byproduct of a lack of passing attempts. Look for Chambers and the rest of the Chargers passing weapons to have a good two-game stretch.

Ronnie Brown MIA: Brown had a career game in his last outing against the Patriots with four rushing touchdowns and one passing. Brown has two favorable matchups to keep the streak going. This week, Brown faces the Chargers, who allow 4.5 yards per rush. Expect the Dolphins to challenge this unit to keep the Chargers offense off the field. Next, Brown faces a Texans defense that is 27th in the league in yards allowed and has surrendered seven rushing touchdowns in three games.

Eddie Royal DEN: Royal continues to have a strong rookie campaign, and it should continue in his next two contests against the Buccaneers and Jaguars. The Buccaneers rank 21st in yards allowed and have given up seven passing touchdowns. And offenses have completed 66 percent of their passes against the Jaguars, who are 24th in passing yards allowed. Expect Jay Cutler to continue to find Royal and make his fantasy owners happy.

Bad Matchups

Derrick Mason BAL: Mason is off to a good start, averaging more than five receptions a game. However, he has yet to score this season, and it might difficult for him to get in the end zone the next two weeks. The Titans and Colts, Mason's next two opponents, have allowed only one passing touchdown.'s Fantasy blog's fantasy blog is dedicated to one thing: Helping you dominate your fantasy league. The staff keeps you updated with all of the latest NFL news and how it will affect your team. **More ...**

Dwayne Bowe KC: Bowe continues to put up good numbers despite playing with three different quarterbacks. Bowe faces two tough pass defenses in his next two contests. This week, he has a Panther defense ranked seventh in yards allowed, allowing just 5.7 yards per attempt. After a bye, Bowe gets a Titans unit ranked eighth in yards allowed, tied for first in interceptions with just one passing touchdown allowed all season.

Matt Hasselbeck SEA: Hasselbeck can't catch a break. First, he loses all of his receivers, and then the week Bobby Engram and Deion Branch come back, he faces a Giants defense ranked fourth in yards allowed and a pass rush that has 13 sacks in three games. Next, Hasselbeck takes on the Packers, who are tied for the league-lead in interceptions with eight and are giving up a quarterback rating of just 57.9. Some guys never seem to catch a break, and Hasselbeck seems to be that guy this year.

Rudi Johnson DET: Johnson appears to have vaulted himself into a starting position after an 83-yard performance against the 49ers in Week 3. But Johnson will have trouble approaching those numbers in his next two contests. While the 49ers were ranked 21st in yards allowed, the Bears and Vikings are sixth and fourth, respectively.

New England DEF: This is not the Patriots defense of a couple years ago, and its lack of speed was exposed by the Dolphins in Week 3. The Patriots face a 49ers team that has begun to click on offense under Mike Martz, and a Chargers unit that is one of the more talented in the league. The Patriots haven't had a lot of turnovers or sacks and could give up a lot of points in both contests, especially with Frank Gore and LaDainian Tomlinson running against their 25th-ranked run defense. This might be one of the rare times in the last several weeks that a Patriots defensive unit is not a great defensive play.

Kyle Fisher is a fantasy writer for Rotowire. For more information, hit him up at

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.