Andre the Giant comes back down to Earth


San Francisco 49ers’ Tramaine Brock intercepts a pass against Houston Texans’ Andre Johnson during the second quarter at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 6.

Start – Josh McCown, QB, Bears

The veteran backup McCown has been surprisingly poised in his two games as Chicago’s starting quarterback. After a victory over Green Bay Monday night, McCown has put up back-to-back solid fantasy outings of 15 and 20 points, respectively (ESPN standard scoring). Chicago takes on division rival Detroit at home on Sunday, a defense that has allowed at least three passing touchdowns in back-to-back games. As long as Jay Cutler doesn’t suit up this week, McCown could be an interesting sleeper if you’re in need of a quarterback.

Sit – Andre Johnson, WR, Texans

AJ is coming off of a historical Sunday night in which he piled up more than 200 yards receiving and three touchdowns. Aside from that game, he has posted only two other weeks of 10-plus fantasy points. It’s clear AJ and Case Keenum have chemistry, but another touchdown-less, 6-to-8 point fantasy performance is likely on the way as AJ will battle Arizona’s Patrick Peterson and a stout pass defense in Glendale this Sunday.

Start – Mike James, RB, Buccaneers

I’m usually not a fan of jumping on a guy’s bandwagon after such a small sample size, but James made Seattle’s front seven look heinous on Sunday, running the ball 28 times for 158 yards. Strong quarterback play from Mike Glennon helped as well, and this week Tampa Bay is home against cross-state foe Miami who is the second most generous fantasy defense to opposing running backs.

Sit – Vincent Jackson, WR, Buccaneers

V-Jack caught the Shermanator’s full attention last week in Seattle with two passes for 11 yards. This week Jackson will go against a Miami pass defense that has allowed just one touchdown all season. He will likely put up better numbers than he did last week, but don’t expect a big day.

Start – CJ Spiller, RB, Bills

Spiller still worries me, but last week the under-performing Bills running back received more carries than he has since Week 4, running for a season high of 116 yards. This week Buffalo takes on a Pittsburgh defense that has been uncharacteristically lenient against the run. Spiller will win back some confidence from his fantasy owners if he puts up back-to-back productive games, but don’t be surprised if he disappoints you once again and Fred Jackson steals the show.