Pickups - After Week 15
Posted by d-Rx on 12/19/11
Pickups - After Week 15
Jake Locker - Coach Mike Munchak might make the biggest mistake of his coaching career if he decides to stick with Matt Hasselbeck this weekend instead of turning to rookie Jake Locker, but our guess is he changes his mind by the end of the week. Locker has clearly outperformed the old man in each of the Titans last two games and if Munchak wasn't so stubborn and just let the more talented QB play, he might have spared Tennessee the embarrassment of losing to the winless Indianapolis Colts last weekend.
Kyle Orton - He's far from being one of the NFL's elite QBs, but he's efficient, doesn't turn the ball over, and has a pretty good group of wide receivers around him. With Kansas City going up against a miserable Oakland secondary this weekend that has allowed less than two TDs to opposing quarterbacks just TWICE the entire season, you might want to think about snatching up Captain Neckbeard before your opponent beats you to the punch.
Rex Grossman - Grossman is highly unlikely to be available at this point, but if he is, he has one of the best matchups of the week going up against a depleted Vikings defense that has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing QBs this season.
Matt Moore - Moore is another guy who's probably sitting on somebody else's roster by now, but having one of the best QB matchups of the week, he should be snatched off of waiver wires immediately if available. The Patriots have allowed the most passing yards and the second-most fantasy points to opposing QBs this year, so the potential is obviously there. In addition, for those of you who don't remember, Miami's former QB, Chad Henne had the game of his life against the Pats earlier this season tossing up 416 yards and two TDs in a Week 1 loss.
Kahlil Bell - It looks like there will be a changing of the guard in the Bears backfield this week as Marion Barber failed to impress for a second straight weekend. Bell, after relieving Barber of his duties mid-game last weekend, did extremely well with his opportunity combining for 108 total yards and a touchdown on 20 touches against a very tough Seattle defense. Even if Chicago stuck with Barber as their starter for some reason, Bell would likely still get the most playing time next week considering he's the team's passing-down RB and that the Bears will likely be playing from behind against the Packers.
Lance Ball - Ball should really only be picked up if it comes out that Willis McGahee can't play this weekend due to injury. The latest word is that McGahee will indeed play, but watch the news coming out of Denver in case something changes because the Broncos have a nice fantasy RB matchup going up against a Bills defense that has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing RBs this season.
Chris Ivory - Atlanta has a super-tough rush D, but since Ivory has been playing well in Mark Ingram's absence, you might take a look if you absolutely need someone.
Sammy Morris - If Felix Jones can't play, Morris will start against a beatable Philadelphia rush D.
Steve Breaston - Breaston has averaged almost five catches a game in the Chiefs last seven contests, so even though he only has two touchdowns on the season, it hasn't been for lack of trying. This weekend, not only will he have Kyle Orton tossing him the rock again, but he'll be going up against an Oakland defense that has allowed the second-most TDs and fifth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season. If you need a WR3/flex player that has a chance to score you some decent points, Breaston could be worth a look.
Andre Roberts - Roberts is finally putting up the type of numbers he was expected to before the season began. Over the last three weeks, Andre has 14 receptions on 21 targets for 179 yards and two touchdowns, numbers that would rank him 19th in the league and ahead of guys like Wes Welker, Steve Smith, Mike Wallace, Brandon Marshall, Victor Cruz and Jordy Nelson in that time.
Brian Hartline - Hartline had four catches on seven targets (both tied for his season highs) for 47 yards and his season's only touchdown against the Patriots back in Week 1. Maybe lightning strikes twice this weekend.
Harry Douglas - Granted he was taking over for an injured Julio Jones during the game, but in the Falcons first matchup with the Saints, Douglas turned in a career-performance catching eight balls on 14 targets for 133 yards. Jones will be playing in this one, so the upside obviously isn't as good, but maybe Matt Ryan remembers how well the kid did in the first game and tries to use him the same way again.
Dane Sanzenbacher - With Johnny Knox out for the season, Devin Hester playing mostly on special teams and Roy Williams being maybe the worst off-season acquisition in the league this year, Sanzenbacher will see a ton of targets against a Packers team he had five catches including a TD against back in Week 3.
These last four guys are HIGHLY unlikely to be available, but we feel it's better to throw their names out there just in case:
Brent Celek - He might not be available at this point, but if he is, Celek has been a steady target for Michael Vick since the middle of the season and just put up the game of a lifetime last weekend catching five balls for 156 yards and a TD against the Jets. The first time the Eagles and Cowboys met back in Week 8, Brent had another great game catching seven balls for 94 yards and a touchdown. If you don't have a top-tier TE, Celek is definitely your man if you can get him.
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