Dust him off: With Darrelle Revis sidelined for the season with injury, the New York Jets are lucky enough to have one dominant cornerback left, but things get thin from there. So thin, running back Joe McKnight could see some time covering the San Francisco 49ers receiving corps on Sunday. With Antonio Rodgers-Cromartie likely to shadow the likes Michael Crabtree, veteran Randy Moss might see his first big game of the season. The Jets defense with Revis is ranked 20th in pass defense and have allowed nine passing plays of 20-plus yards. Moss has found little success this season, but against the weaker links of the Jets secondary, he could finally post respectable numbers. Fantasy owners who find themselves in a bind due to the bye week should weigh their options and roll the dice if you have doubt about the other players on your bench.
Running angry: Whatever doubt there was about Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew, it’s been tossed aside after his 188-yard, one-touchdown performance in Week 3. Part of his play could be due to some hostility he’s still harboring after his holdout didn’t result in a new contract. As NFL.com’s Dan Hanzus reported, “Pocket Hercules” was forced to play his hand. Fantasy owners can expect the UCLA product to continue to run with a chip on his shoulder, especially against a Bengals defense which ranks 31st against the run and has given up five rushing scores in three games.
Deception: For fantasy owners growing frustrated by Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning this season, your patience might be rewarded big-time. As NFL.com’s Albert Breer points out, the last time a Peyton-led team started out 1-2, he was named MVP by year’s end. That season was in 2008 with the Colts, one which saw him amass over 4,000 yards and 27 touchdowns. This could be the week Manning starts his chase after history. The Oakland Raiders are 26th against the pass and are one of only three teams which still have yet to notch an interception.
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