This is either the last or second-to-last week in your regular season, so lineup decisions are critically important. You don’t want to over-manage your team by benching Marshawn Lynch because he faces a good running defense like Chicago for Rashad Jennings because he plays the inept Bills defense. You should, however, feel unafraid to bench struggling players and those fringe players going against tough situations. Now is the time to carry your team to a championship!
If you’re curious about guys you don’t see listed here, you can always find me on Twitter (@MrT_BroBible) to ask questions, but remember to mention league specifics like PPR.
You Know Who You Should Start?
Colin Kaepernick (QB – San Francisco)
The changing of the guard has officially happened in San Francisco. Whether you agree with the decision for Alex Smith to lose his starting job to injury or not, we can all agree that Kaepernick is the more explosive fantasy quarterback. He’s got a favorable match-up indoors this Sunday and should be able to do the same routine he did against New Orleans last week, which led to 19 fantasy points.
Knowshon Moreno (RB – Denver)
It surprised all of us when Moreno was named the starter over Ronnie Hillman last week, but Moreno lived up to his billing. He put forth 110 combined yards with four receptions and should perform at the same rate (with a touchdown every now and again) this week and for the rest of the season. The Bucs are a decent run defense, but Atlanta was able to score two rushing touchdowns in the red zone against them last week.
Mikel Leshoure (RB – Detroit)
Leshoure has been somewhat hit or miss this year with his yardage totals, but the Colts have been giving up 121.2 yards a game this year. He had an illness yesterday, but returned to practice this week and should be good for plenty of yardage and looks in the red zone.
Cecil Shorts (WR – Jacksonville)
Mount Union is the new hotbed for NFL wide receivers. Shorts, like Pierre Garcon before him, has become a stud fantasy WR over the last six weeks. He’s put up five double-digit games in that span and the numbers will continue to be there with Chad Henne at QB. The Bills are giving up the ninth-most points to wide receivers this year, so Shorts is in for a big game
Ryan Broyles (WR – Detroit)
Titus Young should’ve known better than to line up in the wrong position on purpose. He’s since been suspended and lost his starting job. He may be back now, but he won’t be seeing as many snaps any time soon. Broyles was a monster against the Texans last week and should continue to see single coverage opposite Calvin Johnson. The Colts won’t poise a threat as they’re giving up the fifth-most points to WRs this year.
Dallas Clark (TE – Tampa Bay)
Dallas Clark is having a rebirth in recent weeks and he’ll likely be motivated to show his old buddy Peyton Manning that he’s still got it. Clark has grabbed at least four balls and 58 yards in each of his last two games. The Buccaneers are going to get into a shootout with Denver on Sunday, so Clark will have to be involved in order to keep up.
You Know Who You Should Sit?
Philip Rivers (QB – San Diego)
Rivers has consistently underwhelmed this season between disappointing yardage and touchdown totals to go along with plenty of turnovers. He can no longer be started with confidence considering all the other promising quarterback options out there. The Bengals have good corners and a great pass rush, which doesn’t mesh well with San Diego’s terrible offensive line. Look for Rivers to struggle again this week.
Steven Jackson (RB – St. Louis)
Everyone was surprised when Jackson came through with 101 yards and a touchdown against the Niners defense in Week 10. Look for San Francisco to focus more on stopping the run this week with Danny Amendola likely missing from St. Louis’ receiving core.
Fred Jackson (RB – Buffalo)
It’s pretty clear that C.J. Spiller is the more talented running back in Buffalo and Chan Gailey has finally come around to realizing it. Spiller isn’t getting as many touches as he should, but Jackson is slowly being phased out of the offense. He’s been a little beat up, but getting six carries, like he did last week against Miami, isn’t going to help his value. Jacksonville is actually playing better than you’d think against the run having limited Arian Foster and Chris Johnsons’ run-per-carry averages in the last two weeks.
Larry Fitzgerald (WR – Arizona)
I never thought I’d say this, but it’s time to bench Fitzgerald until further notice. He’s just not putting up consistent enough numbers in recent weeks to be trusted. He’s scored five points or less in four of his last five games and hasn’t been able to find any luck with Ryan Lindley being inserted at QB. This week is even worse with Cromartie Island draped all over him.
Malcolm Floyd (WR – San Diego)
Floyd has become the Chargers’ #2 receiving option with the emergence of Danario Alexander. He’s probably better suited for that role, but that just means the targets will be fewer than when he was the team’s top receiver. His value in recent weeks has come primarily from touchdowns, which is a hard thing to replicate week after week. Between Terrence Newman and Leon Hall, Floyd will be locked down this week.
Brandon Myers (TE – Cleveland)
Very few tight ends have been as consistent at Myers in recent weeks, especially for PPR owners. He’s managed at least five catches in six of his last seven games. The Browns, however, are the best defense in the league against tight ends. Since Myers’ ceiling isn’t that high, there are probably alternatives out there for you this week.