Just who isn't a Lion tamer these days? If Kyle Orton can have a career game against Detroit, what do you think Minnesota's Adrian Peterson will do?
The Saints' so-so defense made A.P. their sole focus and found success, holding the Vikings running back to 32 yards on 21 carries. That's 1.5 hard-fought yards per carry. Not good.The Lions just may adopt the same strategy, but their woeful run defense is even worse away from home. Atlanta's Michael Turner burned them for 220 yards and two scores in the opener, and Frank Gore galloped for 130 and a touchdown in San Francisco.
If this trend holds, Peterson ought to have a huge game in his home dome. He's due anyway, with 189 yards over his last three games after rushing for 263 in the first two.
In fact, load up on your Vikings. Bernard Berrian finally arrived, gaining about one-third of his season's receiving yards in the last game, and (gulp) Gus Frerotte might be worth a look. Playing the matchups can make or break a fantasy season. Do you risk another middling effort from Peyton Manning against the Ravens' top-ranked defense or go with Gus? I'm just saying.
Slight ends: I've never been a big fan of the tight end. If you don't luck out with a top guy, you're scrambling week to week for a point or two (that's why I jumped on Jason Witten early; love that guy). This season is even tougher than most.
The Browns are a bust, and now Kellen Winslow has a mysterious illness. Antonio Gates has three TDs, but he's been really hot and cold while battling minor injuries. Tony Scheffler is out with a bum groin. Todd Heap has all of seven grabs, Vernon Davis five. Dallas Clark is scoreless.
My point? Keep scrambling. Miami's Anthony Fasano has a nice matchup at Houston, and Visanthe Shiancoe is emerging as a red-zone target for the Vikings. The Raiders don't throw much, but when they do Zach Miller is their man. I like him against the Saints.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times