Fantasy Impact Players QB— Peyton Manning, Matt Cassell RB— Kevin Faulk, Joseph Addai, Benjarvus Green-Ellis, Dominic Rhodes WR— Reggie Wayne, Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Marvin Harrison TE— Dallas Clark, Ben Watson Key Stat 28—The difference of Indianapolis' rank against opposing QBs and WRs in fantasy points allowed (both best in the league) and against opposing RBs (29th-worst). Our Take Tosten Burks— Indy has a great pass D but is a lot worse than good against the run. Faulk could be great, BenJarvus is a decent flex, and Wayne is the only wideout worth a start. Just thought I'd point this out, but Harrison has only two solid games all year; the stem of Peyton's downfall, anyone? Zach Fein—I expect the Patriots to come out on top in what should be a fairly high-scoring game. For the Patriots, start Kevin Faulk and the two wide receivers (despite the Key Stat above), but bench Matt Cassel. Peyton Manning, Joseph Addai, and Reggie Wayne are the starters on the Colts.
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Pittsburgh Steelers @ Washington RedskinsFantasy Impact Players QB— Ben Roethlisberger, Jason Campbell RB— Clinton Portis, Willie Parker, Mewelde Moore WR— Santonio Holmes, Hines Ward, Santana Moss TE— Chris Cooley, Heath Miller Key Stat(s) 56—In the nine Monday Night Football games thus far (there were two in Week 1), the average score has been 35-21, a total of 56 points. 38—The Redskins and Steelers have averaged 38 points scored and allowed in their 15 combined games played this year (the 'Skins have averaged about 38.5 total points per game, and the Steelers have 37.8 points per game). Our Take Tosten Burks— Willie Parker looks like he'll get the majority of the touches for Pittsburgh, but I can't see Moore being completely phased out. FWP is a No. 2 back and Moore is a flex. Also look for a resurgence in the Steelers' passing game. Zach Fein—Look for this game to stay on the trend of Key Stat No. 2 and be a 21-20 game. Start Big Ben, but not Jason Campbell; Portis and Willie Parker, but not Mewelde Moore; Santana Moss and Hines Ward, but not Santonio Holmes; and Chris Cooley, but not Heath Miller.