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?
Josh McCown (QB – Chicago)
We’ve got at least one more week of McCown and it’s a pretty nice week to have. The Vikings give up an average of 20.3 points per week to fantasy quarterbacks this season. The Bears continue to show their defense is miserable, so McCown will need to produce points throughout the game.
Shane Vereen (RB – New England)
Vereen has been a beast in leagues with any type of PPR scoring. He’s caught 8 balls in back-to-back games since returning from injury. He also received 10 carries last week against Denver and will probably receive a bunch of carries this week again as Ridley sulks in the doghouse due to his numerous fumbles. Vereen won’t be an every-down back, but he’ll certainly been more heavily involved in the offense.
C.J. Spiller (RB – Buffalo)
The ankle is supposedly healthy. The bye week didn’t hurt. This week’s opponent, the Falcons, makes Spiller a very intriguing possibility. There’s a good chance Buffalo could be ahead in this game and therefore run the whole second half. The Falcons give up 130 rushing yards a game, so the opportunity is ripe for Spiller to break out.
Percy Harvin (WR – Seattle)
It’s time to insert Harvin back into your lineups. He’s two weeks removed from his debut and the bye gave him time to continue his goal of being game-ready. It’s a huge game for Seattle because a loss would put home-field advantage throughout the playoffs in jeopardy. Harvin looked good on his lone catch and great return in his first game. It’s time to step on the gas.
Michael Floyd (WR – Arizona)
Floyd has always had the talent. There’s a reason he was a first-round pick last year. He’s really come of age over the last two weeks, grabbing 13 balls for 297 yards and a touchdown over those two games. The Eagles’ offense has been clicking, so Arizona could get pulled into a shootout this weekend. That’s great for Floyd since the Eagles give up more points to wide receivers than every other team.
Delanie Walker (TE – Tennessee)
The tight end position hasn’t been a deep one this year. Remove Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski from the equation and every other tight end is within a couple points of each other on a weekly basis. Walker might be able to rise this week if you’re in need because he’s shown signs in the last three games. Ryan Fitzpatrick doesn’t have the arm that Jake Locker does, so the tight end position becomes more valuable for the Titans to move the football. Walker had his biggest game of the year against Indianapolis a couple weeks ago, so Tennessee should continue to find Walker on Sunday.
You Know Who You Should Sit?
Colin Kaepernick (QB – San Francisco)
Kaep had himself a nice week last week, but that shouldn’t have been a surprise. The Redskins haven’t been able to play good defense all season long. This week he’ll face the Rams, who have held QBs to 14 or less points in every game except one since Week 3. With Kaepernick being on the fence of QBs you’d start on a weekly basis, look for someone with a better situation this weekend.
Bobby Rainey (RB – Tampa Bay)
A week after shocking the world, Rainey fell back to earth last week. He wasn’t able to manage two yards a carry against Detroit and this week he’ll go against a better run defense in Carolina. There’s also a good chance Tampa gets down a bunch early and needs to throw to come back, which isn’t great for Rainey either.
Stevan Ridley (RB – New England)
Three straight games with a fumble was too much for New England to handle. Ridley is deep in the dog house and may not see the field for a long while. The team just can’t afford to have him out there despite his talent. It’s just too risky to run him out there right now because you know the Patriots have no problem rotating whoever back there.
Danny Amendola (WR – New England)
People were excited to draft Amendola before the season assuming he stayed healthy. They’ve not been rewarded so far and things look bleak going forward. He’s been back from injury for four games and only one of them was productive. That game was also against a Pittsburgh secondary that was absolutely manhandled. The Texans aren’t what they used to be, but they still do a decent job limiting receivers. There are better options out there this week.
Marques Colston (WR – New Orleans)
Colston’s at the point in his career where he can’t separate with his speed. He needs to get physical with a cornerback to win the battle. Getting physical with Richard Sherman isn’t the way to go about things. There are too many weapons for New Orleans that they’ll go after the fourth string cornerback for Seattle on the other side of the field instead.
Vernon Davis (TE – San Francisco)
The Rams have already shut down Davis once this season. They limited him to three catches for 27 yards in Week 4. (He did manage a touchdown, but that’s harder to predict.) You may tell me it was because Davis hurt him hamstring two weeks before and this was his first game back. The Rams, however, haven’t yielded more than 50 yards to a tight end in all but two games this year.