Opponent: Pittsburgh Steelers
Location: Heinz Field (Away)
Looks like Brady Quinn is out once again this week which means Matt Cassel is back under center. I don’t care if the Chiefs send out Cassel, Quinn or Ricki Stanzi – you don’t want to go anywhere NEAR a Chiefs QB in any format.
Jamaal Charles is a superstar running back but at the moment he is driving fantasy owners insane because of the way the coaching staff is utilising his ability. At this point you have to start Charles because there’s no reason to doubt he’ll get numbers but there is a nervousness about him that wasn’t there previously due to the awful play-calling in Kansas City. If you’re looking for a lottery ticket here, it’s time to forget about Peyton Hillis who looks to be done. Instead, you’re better off stashing rookie Shaun Draughn who has shown a spark. I wouldn’t start him though unless Charles is declared out for some reason.
There is so much talent in this receiving corps but there is such incompetence at quarterback and on the coaching staff that trusting any of these players is tough to do. Dwayne Bowe is still the standout of this group but he has had only two double digit fantasy games all year and there’s no reason to think that will change this week. He’s a flex option at best and you may be better off benching him. Dexter McCluster has huge ability but is being completely misused as a part-time running back and part-time receiver who is getting few looks in either spot so you can ignore him. Jon Baldwin looked terrific in training camp but has done nothing all year with his best game being 3 for 62 – stay away from him. Finally, vet Steve Breaston is an afterthought at this point having scored 5 fantasy points all year with 3 of those in week 1 so forget him too.
I honestly believed Tony Moeaki was headed for a breakout year considering how strongly he performed before his ACL injury. However, this has been a lost year for the young tight end and you cannot start him until he shows he can still play.