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LeSean McCoy

Buffalo Bills

McCoy starring down 30 with uncertainty


LeSean McCoy, despite ending the year as the #7 fantasy running back in standard leagues was a slight disappointment for fantasy owners last year. McCoy played in all 16 regular season games, but only cracked 100 yards rushing 4 times, and averaged 4.0 yards per rush, which was 23rd in the NFL. That all happened with a formidable QB with a scrambling ability that defenses had to respect, presumably allowing McCoy some more room before tacklers ascended.
The Bills have the least sexy QB situation in the entire NFL in my opinion. With Tyrod Taylor at the helm for most of the season last year, the bills had the 31st passing offense. None of the QBs on the Bills roster are considered mobile and without a wide receiver on their roster worthy of drafting in any fantasy formats, defenses can stack the box against McCoy. McCoy will be overused, underperform and probably get hurt because of it. McCoy’s ADP is in the second round, but wouldn’t touch him until the fourth or beginning of the fifth round.


06/29/18, 12:42 PM CDT by C-wags

Source: pyromaniac.com


Tyreek Hill

Kansas City Chiefs

Hill lookin' busty with chiefs new look.


Tyreek Hill had a great 2017, amounting 75 receptions for 1183 yards and 7 touchdowns in 15 games. He’s currently being drafted in the middle of the third round in standard leagues, which would appear to be a great value. However, with promoted RB coach Eric Bieniemy presumably in-line to be the primary play caller, a new QB, Travis Kelce receiving the #1 target share and the addition of Sammy Watkins, I expect Hill’s numbers to decrease dramatically.
I believe Hill to be more of a boom or bust player this year. There’s no denying his break-away speed and ability to separate from defenders, and with Mahomes cannon of an arm, I expect them to connect deep on occasion. However, I believe Sammy Watkins to be the more complete receiver and likely to take more of the target share from Hill. Bundled with the change in offensive strategy toward the end of last year to run the ball more, the change to a young QB presumably resulting in a more conservative game plan, I see a major decline in the amount of touches Hill will get and see him as more of a 5-6 round flex play guy.


06/21/18, 10:54 AM CDT by C-wags

Source: pyromaniac.com


Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Ebron Could Use Some Luck


Colts signed TE Eric Ebron, formerly of the Lions, to a two-year contract. Coach Frank Reich called Ebron an "elite tight end."

The last time we saw Andrew Luck healthy (2016), the Colts used 2+ TE sets at the 3rd-highest rate in the NFL and had the 6th-highest target share to TEs.


04/01/18, 11:32 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Carlos Hyde

San Francisco 49ers

Hyde and Seek


Browns agreed to terms with RB Carlos Hyde, formerly of the 49ers, on a three-year, $15 million contract.

Obtaining Hyde has several trickle-down effects; first it replaces Crowell who signed with the Jets, it probably diminishes Duke Johnson’s value a bit. Hyde is a better all-around back than Crowell was and will certainly take over the goal-line work seeing that he’s got 20+ pounds on Duke. It also reduces the likelihood that Cleveland takes Saquon Barkley with the 4th pick in the draft. They will most likely look to draft a defensive player (Chubb) or trade down again.


04/01/18, 11:28 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jerick McKinnon

Minnesota Vikings

McKinnon Goes West For Gold-Rush


49ers agreed to terms with RB Jerick McKinnon, formerly of the Vikings, on a four-year, $30 million contract.

McKinnon averaged a ho-hum 3.8 yards a carry for the Vikings and scored three rushing touchdowns. By contrast, San Francisco's former lead runner, Carlos Hyde, averaged 3.9 yards an attempt in 2017 and had eight rushing touchdowns.

It appears as though Shanahan is enamored with McKinnon's athletic metrics, but I'm not so sure he was "pounding the table" to get him. This move could push the Niner's to cut Joe Williams.


04/01/18, 11:12 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.sacbee.com


Mike Wallace

Baltimore Ravens

Eagles Keep Improving


Eagles signed WR Mike Wallace to a one-year contract.
Mike Wallace can still move posting a top five max speed among wide receivers last season. He will fill the void left by Torrey Smith as a speed vertical threat.


04/01/18, 11:08 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Terrelle Pryor

Washington Redskins

Jets Searching For Weapons


Jets agreed to terms with WR Terrelle Pryor, formerly of Washington and Cleveland.

Second year in a row on a new team doesn’t really help Pryor's cause, but I like the idea of him on the field with Teddy Bridgewater at some point. I would imagine, with some creativity, the Jets could really design some innovative gadget plays.
The Jets receiving corps really looks like a bunch of question marks at this point though, no telling what the week-to-week outcome will be with these guys.
Jermaine Kearse: 65 catches, 810 yards, 5 touchdowns (2017)
Robby Anderson: 63 catches, 941 yards, 7 touchdowns (2017)
Quincy Enunwa: 58 catches, 857 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)
Terrelle Pryor: 77 catches, 1007 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)


04/01/18, 11:04 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Carlos Henderson

Denver Broncos

Sleeper Watch


Broncos coach Vance Joseph said the team is "counting on" Carlos Henderson making an impact in 2018.

If you are paying attention to Staggs projections there is plenty of opportunity for Henderson to step into a solid number of targets in the slot. Henderson was hindered by injury and awful QB play last year. Being drafted in the 18th round or later in best-ball leagues, Henderson is the late round flyer that should be on your radar.


04/01/18, 11:00 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.denverpost.com


Ben Watson

Baltimore Ravens

Watson Returns To Big Easy


Saints signed TE Ben Watson, formerly of the Ravens, to a one-year contract.

Watson had 74 catches on 110 targets for 825 yards and 6 TD’s when he was with the Saints in 2015. After missing 2016 he had a pretty good year with Baltimore last year despite an anemic offense, with 61 catches on 79 targets for 522 yards and 4 TD’s. He’s not a bad late round flyer TE. He’s basically free right now, but I expect by the time the season starts he’ll be being drafted within the top 20 at the position.


04/01/18, 10:54 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jeff Janis

Green Bay Packers

Janis Truthers Challenged


Browns officially signed former Packers’ WR Jeff Janis.
The combine superstar never amounted to anything in Green Bay, I highly doubt Cleveland is the place for him to finally break-out.


04/01/18, 10:50 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Jets Sign Rawls


Rawls had five RB1 games in 2015, one in 2016, and has been a disappointment since. He’s not worth your time in fantasy, but he could cause enough disruption in the Jets backfield to cut any upside we might have hoped for from Isaiah Crowell.


04/01/18, 10:48 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.newyorkjets.com


Allen Robinson

Jacksonville Jaguars

Coo coo ca choo Mr. Robinson


Bears signed WR Allen Robinson, formerly of the Jaguars, to a three-year, $42 million contract.

This is a great move for Robinson and Chicago. Nagy’s offense and the young QB, Trubiski, should benefit Robinson at least as much as Bortles did, and Chicago gets the top WR in free agency.
Everyone on the team will be in a new scheme so there will be an adjustment, but as they start to gel we should see a big second half. Robinson’s recovery from a torn ACL doesn’t scare me away from drafting him in the late third/early fourth, his current MFL10 ADP is 43 overall while his Draft app ADP is 59.9. I expect Robinson to be somewhere in the range of 75 receptions, for 1100 yards and 8 TD’s.


03/24/18, 08:25 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Sammy Watkins

Los Angeles Rams

KC Building Strong Air Attack


Chiefs signed Sammy Watkins, formerly of the Rams, to a three-year, $48 million contract.

I’m a big Sammy truther so getting him in the 5th or 6th round is a pure power move. His current Draft app ADP of 87.1 is an absolute steal, his MFL10 ADP of 69.5 is still a great value in my opinion. There are quite a few options for high targets in KC so I don’t expect him to see the 128 targets he saw his rookie year, but he should definitely see more than the 70 he saw last year. He’ll have an entire offseason to work with the near-rookie QB, and at age 25 he should have enough burst left to have a 70 catch, 1050 yd, 8TD line. For his career he has 16 receptions on 30 targets for 12 TD’s in the Red Zone, and 9 receptions on 13 targets, for 8 TD’s inside the opponents 10. He should be the exact WR the Chiefs need to get over the hump. As a team the Chiefs were 34/75 for 13 TD’s in the Red-Zone last year and 12/24 for 10 TD inside the 10.


03/24/18, 08:19 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com


Kirk Cousins

Washington Redskins

Vikings Like That


Kirk Cousins plans to sign a three-year, fully-guaranteed contract from the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday. The deal is believed to be for around $86 million, and reports are it will be fully-guaranteed, a landmark for an NFL free agent.

Should be a lateral move for Kirk as far as fantasy, better WR’s, but fewer passes thrown in this offense. A healthy Dalvin Cook should be able to run out the clock if they are up in the second half of games and take the ball out of Cousins hands near the end zone. It should also help the overall efficiency of the offense so all in all it increases his floor, but cuts any garbage-time production we’ve seen with Washington. Kyle Rudolph becomes a big benefactor here, Cousins loves his TE, especially near the end-zone.


03/24/18, 08:16 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Case Keenum

Minnesota Vikings

Denver Makes Case


Broncos signed QB Case Keenum, formerly of the Vikings, to a two-year, $36 million contract.

Well, I was hoping for more than a bridge QB for my favorite WR (D. Thomas), but this is a definite upgrade from the three stooges Denver put behind center last year.


03/24/18, 08:13 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


LeGarrette Blount

Philadelphia Eagles

Detroit Sparks Up Blount


The Lions signed free agent RB LeGarrette Blount to a 1-year deal worth $4.5M. He’s back with Matt Patricia, as the New England ties are strong.

The Lions have needed a true goal-line/power-back for years. I expect Blount to get between 150-200 touches and all the short-yardage carries. Detroit’s offense doesn’t really fit what Blount brings to the table, but I expect Patricia will have some influence over how the offense will operate from here-on-out.


03/24/18, 08:10 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Cleveland Browns

Money Ball: The Sequel


Hate to start out the offseason with the Cleveland Browns, but they are makin’ moves!
Browns acquired: Tyrod Taylor, Jarvis Landry, Damarious Randall
Browns gave up: 2018 3rd-round pick (No. 65), 2018 4th-round pick, 2019 7th-round pick, DeShone Kizer

Building with experienced quality performers that have something to prove, by selling inconsequential draft picks is exactly what Sashi Brown was building up for. It’s a shame he won’t be around to reap the rewards, but these are quality moves for a win-now mentality.


03/09/18, 09:37 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills

Hue Looks To TyGoat


Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, who's pondering his future, is a fan of Tyrod Taylor and has said so on the ThomaHawk Show podcast.

Tyrod is just one season removed (2016) from being the QB11 in average fantasy ppg, including seven 20+ point weeks and six 15+ point weeks. Given the current talent on the O-line and skill position weapons he could improve on those numbers. He has the potential to be this year’s Alex Smith, definitely heading my late-round (12+) QB picks now.


03/09/18, 09:32 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Deshone Kizer

Cleveland Browns

Packers Get In On The Fun


The Packers have traded for QB DeShone Kizer from the Browns to Green Bay.

This is the best possible scenario for Kizer, who was thrown into the fire last season. Getting the chance to develop and learn behind the best in the business is the best chance he has for longevity.


03/09/18, 09:30 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Torrey Smith

Philadelphia Eagles

On The Move Again


The Eagles trade WR Torrey Smith to the Panthers for CB Daryl Worley. Torrey Smith could fill the old Ted Ginn role which makes this fairly interesting. Stagg Party says it’s more of a boost for Cam than Torrey himself.

This is an absolute perfect fit, someone who isn’t going to demand the ball, but can take the top off a defense while McCaffrey, Olsen, and Cam work underneath. Torrey is looking like a great late-round flyer.


03/09/18, 09:28 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

2012 Fantasy Football Start 'Em Sit 'Em for Week 13

2012 Fantasy Football Start 'Em Sit 'Em for Week 13

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2012 fantasy football start'em sit'em Week 13

 

 

 

Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em – Week 13

 

 

No More Byes!!!

 

 

 

 

Every week, there are certain fantasy studs who you simply have to start no matter what. Tom Brady, Adrian Peterson and A.J. Green fall into that category, to name a few. There are also a good number of players you should probably sit each week as well. But then, there are those players whom you have no idea whether to start or sit. Here are a few not-so-obvious guys at each major fantasy position who you might not know what to do with, but for whom the stats and other information dictates one way or the other.

 

 


START 'EM

 

 

QUARTERBACKS

 

 

 

Matthew Stafford - Pyro Character

Matthew Stafford (vs. Ind) – Here comes the “Second-Half Staff push, fellas. After a super-slow start to the season, Stafford has now been in the top-five fantasy scorers in three of the past five weeks and has made his way up to eighth on the overall totem pole. The addition-by-subtraction move the Lions made last week concerning the Titus Young suspension and Ryan Broyles insertion into the starting lineup could be the catalyst Stafford needed to get back to where he belongs—in the top-five fantasy QBs. We’ll see for sure this weekend with the Lions playing at home against a very beatable Colts secondary. Detroit isn’t mathematically eliminated from the playoffs just yet, but it’s close enough where I expect Matty to let loose a little bit and start whirling the ball all over the place—which can end up being a good thing for fantasy owners.

 

Tony Romo - Pyro Character

Tony Romo (vs. Phi, Sunday night) – The fantasy stars were aligned for Tony Romo against the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving, even if the real life stars were crashing down all over Dallas Cowboys. His 441 yards passing were a bit more than I expected, but the three TDs he tossed up weren’t as he was due for the yearly fantasy outburst that puts him right around the top-ten region. This week he’ll be facing off against another divisional foe when he takes on a down-and-out Eagles team on Sunday night. The Eagles looked absolutely awful against an offensively-challenged Carolina Panthers last Monday, so there’s no reason to believe that Romo be able to outdo his production from their last matchup in Week 10 when he threw for 209 yards and two TDs.

 

Eli Manning - Pyro Character

Eli Manning (at Was, Monday night) – Finally! After tossing up just two TDs in his last five games and ZERO in his last three, Eli Manning came out of his rut to toss for 249 yards and three TDs against the Packers last Monday night. Does this mean his fantasy season is about to turn around? It might, and will certainly be helped out going up against one of the worst pass defense in the league this Monday night. In fact, Manning’s last 300-yard game came against the Redskins back in Week 7, so he’ll at least have the confidence to make it happen. If he needs any more confidence, all he has to do is look at the to-date statistics as Washington has allowed the most passing TDs in the NFL this year as well as the third-most fantasy points to opposing QBs. These inner-division games change things up a bit, as shown by Eli’s two total TD passes in his last five games against these guys, but I believe he overcomes his past after the confidence-builder he put up last week.

 

Andy Dalton - Pyro Character

Andy Dalton (at SD) – Andy Dalton is slowly becoming a bit of a fantasy stud as he now has six games with 20 or more fantasy points on the season and seven games with three or more total TDs. He’s accomplished both in each of the last three weeks with his last two coming against teams from the same division as his opponent this Sunday, the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers have been a bit up-and-down against the pass this year and are currently right in the middle of the pack in terms of fantasy points allowed to QBs. However, they’ve been nailed by the injury bug yet again of late and are giving up a ton in the secondary because of it. Look for Dalton to put in another nice low-end QB1 performance this weekend.

 

 

Others with QB1 Potential:

 

Cam Newton (at KC)

 

Chad Henne (at Buf)

 

Andrew Luck (at Det)

 

 

SLEEPERS

 

Brandon Weeden (at Oak)

Ryan Tannehill (vs. NE)

Colin Kaepernick (at StL)

Russell Wilson (at Chi)

 

 

RUNNING BACKS

 

 

Trent Richardson - Pyro Character

Trent Richardson (at Oak) – So let me get this straight. Trent Richardson is a rookie who missed a bunch of the pre-season due to knee surgery, yet has no idea what a “rookie wall” is considering his 106 carries in the last four games (26.5 per game); has scored a touchdown or rushed for 100 yards in all three games against the Ravens and Steelers thus far; and currently sits within the top-five in fantasy scoring for running backs on the year. Do I have that all correct? The answer is, of course, yes. I could go into how astonishing, yet completely unsurprising all this is, but instead I’ll simply talk about how dominant Trent will be this weekend. The Oakland Raiders have allowed the second-most rushing touchdowns, the most receptions and the third-most fantasy points to running backs this season, all things that Richardson will pile up on all game long this Sunday. In fact, I’ll be surprised as all hell if the rookie doesn’t end up with more than 100 rushing yards, 150 total yards, five receptions and a touchdown or two in this one.

 

Jamaal Charles - Pyro Character

Jamaal Charles (vs. Car) – Jamaal Charles has double-digit fantasy points in three straight games now after his 23-carry, 107-yard game against a tough Broncos rush defense last week. His 4.8 yards per carry this season are nearly a yard below his career average (5.7 YPC), but still rank within the top-ten for running backs on the season. This week he’ll keep his home cleats on against a Carolina Panthers rush defense that just got torched by rookie Bryce Brown for 178 yards and two touchdowns last Monday night. The week before that they were lit up by another rookie, Doug Martin, to the tune of 138 yards on 24 carries. Against a team that has trouble tackling as is, a speedster like “The Ostrich” should be able to come up with a couple of long runs and easily find himself in the RB1 range this week.

 

C.J. Spiller - Pyro Character

C.J. Spiller (vs. Jax) – Even though Fred Jackson actually played three more snaps than Spiller did against the Colts last weekend, C.J. still came out with more touches in the game edging Jackson by a margin of 15 to 7. Coach Chan Gailey hasn’t jumped off the bandwagon yet, either, as he came out to say after the game that Spiller will continue to see the most action this week against the Jaguars. If that is indeed the case, then Spiller should be able to put up better numbers than the 107 yards on 14 carries he did last weekend considering the Jags have allowed the fourth-most rushing yards and sixth-most fantasy points to running backs this season. The main reason C.J. wasn’t in the game as much as F-Jax was because Jackson is a far superior pass protector. However, that won’t be an issue in this game with the Jaguars being tied for the least amount of sacks in the league. Being at home where Spiller tends to shine, I’m expecting a fat breakout game for the speed demon in this one.

 

Frank Gore - Pyro Character

Frank Gore (at StL) – I expected more out of Frank the Tank last week going up against a weak New Orleans Saints defense, but 101 total yards and a touchdown isn’t all that bad, so I’ll give him a pass. This weekend he’ll be travelling to yet another indoor arena where he’ll take on another porous defense in the St. Louis Rams. Earlier this season, the two teams played to the only tie of the year as Gore amassed 115 total yards (97 rushing) in the game with a fourth-quarter 20-yard touchdown. His career has been more down than up against the Rams of late, but a season-ending injury to Kendall Hunter will force the 49ers to ride Gore a bit more from here on out and I expect him to rise to the challenge well.

 

Doug Martin - Pyro Character

Doug Martin (at Den) – If a song about the “Muscle Hamster” doesn’t find its way onto the airwaves sometime soon, I’ll be forced to create one on my own. The kid is legit, folks, and it doesn’t look like the “rookie wall” is going to hit him like it does most players in their first year out of college. In fact, Martin has gotten better as the season has progressed and it seems like the coaching staff has noticed as they’ve given him 20 or more touches in five straight games now. This week will undoubtedly be a tough test for him, though, with the Broncos being one of the better run defenses in the league. The Donkeys have allowed the second-fewest yards per carry so far this season (3.6) and have given up just one rushing touchdown to an opposing RB in their past six games. That being said, Martin is one of those backs that tends to break trends and is already one of the better red-zone RBs in the league. He may not put up outstanding numbers this week, but I still expect him to land in the top-ten one way or another.

 

Alfred Morris - Pyro Character

Alfred Morris (vs. NYG, Monday night) – Is Alfred Morris the best RB2 in the league, or can he be considered an RB1 for the rest of the season? You say tomato, I say f#$% off. Every time I lose a little confidence in this kid, he shows me up and runs for 100 yards or a touchdown—or both, like he did last week against the Cowboys. This week the Redskins stay within the division as they come back home to take on the NFC East-leading Giants. Strange as it sounds, this could actually be a huge game-changer for the ‘Skins because if they end up beating the G-Men, they’ll be within one game of the division lead and certainly back in the playoff picture. Obviously they’ll ride RGIII as much as they can, but Morris will have to be a big part of the game as well like he was back in Week 7 against them when he ran for 120 yards on 22 carries. New York can be pretty nasty against the run from time to time, but they tend to tire out towards the end of games due to their emphasis on the pass-rush and have had their struggles containing bruisers like Morris because of it. It may not be pretty, but Alfred should be able to come out with pretty good numbers by the end of this battle.

 

 

Others with RB1 Potential:

 

Bryce Brown (at Dal, Sunday night)

 

Mikel Leshoure (vs. Ind)

 

Ahmad Bradshaw (at Was, Monday night)

 

Ryan Mathews (vs. Cin)

 

 

SLEEPERS

 

Darren Sproles (at Atl, Thursday night)

Beanie Wells (at NYJ)

Knowshon Moreno (vs. TB) 

Darren McFadden (vs. Cle) 

Rashad Jennings (at Buf) 

Jonathan Dwyer (at Bal)

Chris Ivory (at Atl, Thursday night)

Vick Ballard (at Det)

Joique Bell (vs. Ind)

Mike Tolbert (at KC) 

 

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

 

 

Wes Welker - Pyro Character

Wes Welker (at Mia) Wes Welker has at least five catches in ten straight games now after accumulating seven catches for 71 yards and a touchdown on Thanksgiving. I mention this because in the nine games he’s faced the Dolphins since joining the Patriots back in 2007, NOT ONCE did Welker catch fewer than five balls in a game. In fact, some of his finest performances as a pro have been against Miami, with one of them coming in Miami last season when he had eight receptions for 160 yards and two touchdowns. With Tom Brady’s other go-to guy, Rob Gronkowski, still out with an injury, you can bet Welker will see his fair share of targets in this game and should be able to put up WR1-type numbers with the action. 

 

Julio Jones - Pyro Character

Julio Jones (vs. NO, Thursday night) – Jones had been dealing with an ankle injury prior to last week’s game, but evidently he was able to put the injury behind him seeing as how he torched Tampa Bay for 147 yards on six catches, including an 80-yard TD. The big man out of Alabama is definitely back on track now and will be looking to go off against a Saints team he’s had success against before. In their final match-up last season, Jones came down with eight catches for 128 yards and a TD against them while back in their first game of 2012, he was well on his way to a big game before hurting his ankle and ended up with just four catches for 75 yards. You can bet he’ll want to make up for his lost time in that one, so with this game having all the makings of an old-fashioned shootout and Jones coming off one of his best games of the season, I’m banking on his putting up at least 100 yards and a TD.

 

Dez Bryant - Pyro Character

Dez Bryant (vs. Phi, Sunday night) – Dez Bryant is obviously on the best roll of his career right now as he’s caught 23 balls for 377 yards and four touchdowns over the last three weeks. In fact, if Calvin Johnson hadn’t transformed back into Megatron right around the same time, Bryant would have the most fantasy points in the league for wide receivers since Week 10. This Sunday night, the Cowboys welcome the Philadelphia Eagles to town—and I do mean “welcome”—as Bryant will look to continue his recent hot play against the same team he started his latest streak against back in Week 10. In that game, Dez had three catches for 87 yards and a touchdown, but with as poor as the Eagles defense has been playing of late and as well as Bryant has been playing, I expect even better numbers this time around.

 

Jordy Nelson - Pyro Character

Jordy Nelson (vs. Min) – Jordy Nelson’s big-play ability was out in full force last Sunday night when he caught that 61-yard touchdown from Aaron Rodgers on the Packers fourth play from scrimmage. Unfortunately, Jordy would make just one catch on the evening, but his final numbers were still good enough to place him in the WR2 range for the week. This Sunday, the Packers return home after not playing there since Week 9 to take on a fast-fading Minnesota Vikings secondary. In their last five games, the Vikes have given up 11 passing TDs and allowed seven different receivers to put up nine or more fantasy points against them, so Nelson looks to be in good shape here. Greg Jennings returning to the lineup should also be a nice boost for him as the defense will now have one more threat they’ll need to pay attention to. In last year’s home match-up against Minnesota, Jordy grabbed five passes for 63 yards and two touchdowns. I expect something close to that again this Sunday.

 

Andre Johnson - Pyro Character

Andre Johnson (at Ten) – When Andre Johnson caught nine balls for 188 yards last week, a new NFL record was set as he now has the most receiving yards in a two-game stretch (461) in the history of the league. For fantasy owners, I’m sure a touchdown would have been nice to see in his stat-line as he only has three of them on the season, but beggars can’t be choosers. This weekend, Andre will be facing a Tennessee team that he used to destroy on a regular basis, but hasn’t really done much against in their last two meetings. However, with the out-of-his-mind way he’s been playing of late, I believe he gets back to his old ways and takes it to them this Sunday. If Cecil Shorts and rookie Justin Blackmon can catch TD passes from Chad Henne against them (as they did last week), then I’m pretty sure ‘Dre can as well.

 

Victor Cruz - Pyro Character

Victor Cruz (at Was, Monday night) – Where in the world is the Victor Cruz we were watching earlier this season? Some of the lackluster numbers he’s been putting up recently can be attributed to the poor play of QB Eli Manning, but you’d still have to expect better production than the 13 catches for 152 yards and one touchdown he’s accumulated over his last four games. However, a resurgence could be on its way with that TD coming just last week against the Packers and an awful Redskins secondary due up next. If Eli’s arm has truly gained back its strength, then there’s no reason to think that the Meadowlands Magician won’t be able to put up WR1 numbers, especially with the Redskins defense allowing the second-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this year.

 

 

Others with WR1 Potential:

 

Reggie Wayne (at Det)

 

Randall Cobb (vs. Min)

 

Hakeem Nicks (at Was, Monday night)

 

Eric Decker (vs. TB) 

 

Marques Colston (at Atl, Thursday night)

 

Cecil Shorts (at Buf)

 

 

SLEEPERS

 

Ryan Broyles (vs. Ind)

Justin Blackmon (at Buf) 

Josh Gordon (at Oak)

Lance Moore (at Atl, Thursday night)

Julian Edelman (at Mia)

Darrius Heyward-Bey (vs. Cle)

T.Y. Hilton (at Det)

Brandon LaFell (at KC)

Brian Hartline (vs. NE)

Santana Moss (vs. NYG, Monday night)

Chris Givens (vs. SF)

Davone Bess (vs. NE)

 

 

TIGHT ENDS

 

 

Owen Daniels - Pyro Character

Owen Daniels (at Ten) – You have to love what Owen Daniels has been doing this year as he’s been pretty consistent as a fantasy player from the first snap of the season. He’s averaged almost five receptions, over 55 yards and 0.6 TDs per game thus far and hasn’t had less than three receptions in any one game. He's not the type of player to break out and go for big yardage, but as he showed on Thanksgiving against the Lions, he’s always a threat in the red-zone catching a TD pass from Matt Schaub despite putting up just 20 yards on the day. This week he goes to Tennessee to face a Titans defense that’s given up the most touchdowns and the fourth-most fantasy points to TEs this season. In their first match-up of 2012, Daniels caught all six of his targets for 72 yards and a TD—numbers he should come close to repeating this weekend.

 

Kyle Rudolph - Pyro Character

Kyle Rudolph (at GB) – Rudolph came out of the Week 12 game against the Bears due to a concussion, but the reason he missed Wednesday’s practice wasn’t because of his head as he passed all his concussion tests, but instead due to a banged up shoulder that nobody seems to know anything about. My guess at this point is that he’ll be okay, and if Percy Harvin happens to miss one more week, then Rudolph fantasy owners will be jumping for joy as the kid has absolutely dominated since Harvin went out. In the last two weeks, Kyle has averaged six catches for 59.5 yards and a touchdown, numbers that any fantasy owner would be happy with considering the craziness with tight ends this season. This week he’ll face a Green Bay defense that’s normally pretty tough against tight ends, but Rudolph is on a bit of a roll right now and as Crash Davis said in Bull Durham, you can’t fuck with a winning streak.

 

Dallas Clark - Pyro Character

Dallas Clark (at Den) – Yeah, I know, my head is spinning too. Dallas Clark in the top-ten tight ends?!?! Actually, it’s not as strange as it sounds as Clark actually ranks sixth in the league for most fantasy points over the last three weeks and ninth over the last five. Basically, if he’s on your team and you haven’t played him lately, you might have considered a nice game of Russian roulette. Anyway, the Bucs and Clark will be taking on the Denver Broncos this weekend and though they pretty much rock in defending all other facets of the game, the Donkeys happen to suck at guarding the tight end position this season. They’ve allowed the most touchdowns and the second-most fantasy points per game to TEs this season, so look for Dallas to be included in the game-plan this week with Denver focusing their attention more on guys like Doug Martin and Vincent Jackson.

 

Martellus Bennett - Pyro Character

Martellus Bennett (at Was, Monday night) – Martellus Bennett started off the season hot as nail putting up three straight games with a touchdown and double-digit fantasy points. However, he hasn’t had either since then, though his best game since Week 3 came against the Washington Redskins when he put up 79 yards on five catches. The self-proclaimed “Black Unicorn” has a chance to put up some decent numbers again this week with the Washington defense allowing the most receptions, second-most touchdowns and third-most fantasy points to tight ends this season. This isn’t a play I would depend on, but if you’re in need of a breakout-type of game this week, Bennett might be the guy you’re looking for.

 

 

Others with TE1 Potential:

 

Marcedes Lewis (at Buf)

 

Jared Cook (vs. Hou)

 

Jermichael Finley (vs. Min)

 

Jermaine Gresham (at SD)

 

 

SLEEPERS

 

Tony Moeaki (vs. Car)

Dwayne Allen (at Det)

Ben Watson (at Oak)

Rob Housler (vs. NYJ)

Anthony Fasano (vs. NE)




SIT 'EM
  

 

 

QUARTERBACKS

 

 

Carson Palmer (vs. Cle)

 

Josh Freeman (at Den)

 

Philip Rivers (vs. Cin)

 

 

RUNNING BACKS

 

 

Matt Forte (vs. Sea)

 

BenJarvus Green-Ellis (at SD)

 

Fred Jackson (vs. Jax)

 

Marcel Reece (vs. Cle)

 

Felix Jones (vs. Phi, Sunday night)

 

Steven Jackson (vs. SF)

 

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

 

 

Vincent Jackson (at Den)

 

Torrey Smith (vs. Pit) 

 

Denarius Moore (vs. Cle)

 

Dwayne Bowe (vs. Car)

 

Steve Smith (at KC)

 

Larry Fitzgerald (vs. NYJ)

 

Brandon Lloyd (at Mia)

 

 

TIGHT ENDS

 

 

Brandon Myers (vs. Cle)

 

Heath Miller (at Bal)

 

Dustin Keller (vs. Ari)

 

Brandon Pettigrew (vs. Ind)

 

Brent Celek (at Dal, Sunday night)

 

 

 

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