Below is a list of guys I’m focused on for one reason or another this week. 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?
Matt Schaub (QB – Houston)
There’s no mid-tier quarterback this week that really stands out because of his match-up. Guys like Russell Wilson, Josh Freeman, and Colin Kaepernick go against tough defenses. Schaub at least gets to face the Vikings, who have allowed the fourth-most points to fantasy quarterbacks. He’s not the most prolific QB, but the worst thing that can happen to you in the final is for one of your starters to throw up a dud.
Stevan Ridley (RB – New England)
One of my Twitter followers asked me this week whether or not Ridley would see less time on the field this week because of his fumble in last week’s game. Ridley didn’t play much last week after the fumble and the Ridley owner worried it was a sign of things to come going forward. The reality is Ridley didn’t see the field much last week because the Patriots were losing big most of the game and they had to rely on their hurry-up offense with Danny Woodhead. That won’t be an issue this week as New England focuses on the run and beats the Jaguars easily.
DeAngelo Williams (RB – Carolina)
It’s weird to have faith in a Carolina running back, but the injury of Jonathan Stewart has opened the door for Williams. Williams has seen his carry totals increase over the last three weeks to the point of back-to-back strong performances. He may not be the goal-line back, but he’s a factor in the passing game as well and has managed receiving touchdowns in the last two games.
Cecil Shorts (WR – Jacksonville)
Shorts has been great over the last nine weeks. The only game he missed recently was due to a concussion and he’s produced double-digit points in all but one of his last eight games. The Jaguars figure to be trailing for most of this game, so they’ll definitely be throwing.
Brandon Gibson (WR – St. Louis)
I’m taking a real flyer with this one given Gibson’s inconsistency this year. Tampa Bay’s defense is horrific at defending the pass, so St. Louis will be attacking the opposing secondary throughout the game. We know Danny Amendola should produce, but Gibson has proven over the last two weeks to be in favor for Sam Bradford right now.
Greg Olsen (TE – Carolina)
The tight end carousel lands in Carolina this week as we look to one of our favorite members of the “7th Floor Crew.” Olsen has been a little inconsistent this year, but this weekend’s opponent should allow Carolina to do a variety of things offensively. Olsen’s managed at least 40 yards in his last six games, while finding the end zone in three of them, so you know the possibilities are there.
You Know Who You Should Sit?
Colin Kaepernick (QB – San Fancisco)
After watching Kaepernick throw four touchdowns last week, it’s hard to think he could find himself on this week’s “sit” list. One has to, however, face facts. The Seahawks are averaging 9.8 points allowed to fantasy QBs this season, which is the least amount of any team in the league. Things get worst for quarterbacks when Seattle is the home team. The average points allowed falls to 5.83 per game. Kaepernick has skills, but this situation is unlike anything he’s ever dealt with.
Steven Jackson (RB – St. Louis)
Jackson has come through with double-digit efforts in five of the last six games, which is all his owners are really expecting from him. Owners should be more concerned this week because the Buccaneers’ run defense is no joke. They’ve only allowed three RBs to rush for over 100 yards this year.
LeSean McCoy (RB – Philadelphia)
It’s hard to keep a running back who you drafted in the first round on your bench during finals week. Let me help you find a way to restrain yourself. McCoy hasn’t been that great this year when he’s been healthy and now he’s in line to get limited touches on Sunday as the Eagles protect him. The Eagles have nothing to play for so they’re going to protect their best offensive asset.
Danario Alexander (WR – San Diego)
I never expected DX to show up with a bagel before he arrived in New York City, but he killed fantasy owners when he dipped himself in cream cheese and posted zero points against Carolina. Things won’t get better this week against Cromartie Island. Have the confidence to sit him this week and look elsewhere.
Mike Williams (WR – Tampa Bay)
Tampa Bay’s passing game has been in the tank for weeks now. Whether it’s Josh Freeman or something else, Williams hasn’t been as strong as he was earlier in the year. The Rams are the eight best in the league at limiting fantasy wide receivers and we know Vincent Jackson is the #1 option for them.
Jermaine Gresham (TE – Cincinnati)
The battle between Cincinnati and Pittsburgh has a lot on the line for making the playoffs, but it has plenty of fantasy implications as well. One of the players who won’t shine is Gresham as he goes against a defense limiting TEs to 5.6 points a game. Gresham felt that wrath when he only brought in three catches for 19 yards in their first game and owners should expect the game again.
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