PRYOR, OK —
Finally, after six weeks of selecting some major letdowns, I would like to apologize to the readers who take my advice to heart. I’m sorry for telling you that Houston Texans tight end Garrett Graham would have a huge breakout performance last week, while he only caught two passes for 25 yards. Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III had an average week (323 total yards), but not the performance I predicted. RGIII failed to find the end zone against a weak Dallas defense.
But, don’t give up on my picks just yet. Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall pulled in two touchdowns for 87 yards against the New York Giants. Marshall ended my drought of bad predictions at receiver, which began in Week 1.
This week’s picks should have a performance more like Marshall and shouldn’t bust like Graham.
Quarterback: Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts: Luck struggled a little last week against San Diego, but he’ll bounce back this week at home. Luck will return home to play his predecessor Peyton Manning in Manning’s return to Indianapolis. With the spotlight on Manning, Luck will take advantage of a very week Bronco secondary. The Broncos allowed Dallas Cowboys’ Tony Romo to throw for 506 yards and five touchdowns two weeks ago, and last week Jacksonville’s Chad Henne was able to keep up with the explosive Denver offense. Look for Luck to show Indianapolis why the Colts replaced Peyton Manning with him this week.
Running back: DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers: Williams hasn’t put up huge numbers this year, but he has been very consistent. The Carolina ball carrier is due for a breakout performance after a 117-yard game last week. Williams will get things done this week against St. Louis on the ground and by catching the ball.
Wide receiver: DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles: Jackson has been consistent this year at putting up big numbers. He currently has five touchdowns on the season and averages 98.2 yards a game. Jackson will continue his success this week in a shootout against Dallas.
Sleeper: Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers: Woodhead has been very quiet this season with only 143 yards on the ground and Woodhead’s three touchdowns have all came through the air. He looked impressive last week against the Colts with his versatility out of the backfield. This week against a terrible Jacksonville defense, Woodhead will get more production on the ground and will help run the clock out in the fourth quarter.