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Jay Cutler – The Seahawks average almost 3 sacks and an INT a game. Combine that w/ the Bears having one of the worst offensive lines in the league and it spells disaster for Cutler.
Colin Kaepernick – Kaepernick gets the start again this week and should continue to impress. I expect him to be able to gain over 300 all purpose yards and keep the Rams Def guessing as he shows off his escapability. When he came in for an injured Alex Smith in Week 10 against the Rams, he was 11 of 17 for 117 yards plus 66 yards on the ground and a rushing TD.
Knowshon Moreno – Moreno got his 2nd chance last week and had a decent game against a weak Kansas City Def. This week though he faces a very tough run def against Tampa Bay. I’d consider him a low end Flex option this week and would only start him if you were desperate.
Bryce Brown – Brown showed off his explosiveness last week. As long as McCoy is out & Foles struggles, Brown is a must start, especially against a Dallas Def that has given up over 120 rushing yards on average in the past 4 games.
Torrey Smith – The Steelers pass defense is the best in the league and Smith will have a tough time creating separation, just as he did in their Week 11 matchup, where he caught 1 of his 7 targets for only 7 yards. At best he’s a low end WR3/Flex option this week.
Pierre Garcon – Garcon and RG3 have tremendous chemistry, as was on display in preseason & Week 1 before he got hurt. He’s back now & the only one happier about that other than RG3, is you if you listened to us a couple of weeks ago and snagged him off your fantasy wire.
Dennis Pitta – Pitta had a pretty good game last week, catching 6 of his 9 targets for 46 yards & a TD. The problem w/ Pitta is when he has a good game, he disappears the next 2 to 3 weeks & against a Pittsburgh Def that is ranked #1 against the pass, you can’t trust him to get you the points you’ll need.
Dallas Clark – Vincent Jackson will most likely see Champ Bailey covering him all game, which will make Josh Freeman look elsewhere. Dallas Clark will most likely be the main benefactor of those extra targets and will likely see a majority of the RedZone targets as well.
Giants Def – In week 7 The Giants gave up 480 yards of offense & 23 points to The Redskins w/o Pierre Garcon. Garcon is back & as I mentioned earlier I expect him & RG3 to have a great game against the Giants Def.
Texans Def - Has not been living up to the hype the past few weeks, but this week they face the Titans who can’t seem to get anything going regardless of who starts at Quarterback. In their last meeting the Texans Def. walked away with 2- Pick 6’s, 4 Sacks & a fumble.
Game Previews (Fillar):
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Buffalo Bills
The Bills have made it very clear who the workload back is in Buffalo, and it isn’t Fred Jackson. There just isn’t a guarantee that F-Jax will capitalize on his waning number of touches in an offense dominated by CJ Spiller.
If the Jags end up winning, it isn’t going to be due to their defense. Chad Henne has propelled Justin Blackmon into fantasy relevance, finding the end zone along with Cecil Shorts. Buffalo has shown signs of life against the run after looking like a block of swiss cheese for most of the season, making Rashad Jennings a flex play at best.
Seattle Seahawks @ Chicago Bears
Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch and the crew in Seattle had a rough time last week, and it doesn’t get any easier against a Bears Defense that excels against mediocre offenses. With Matt Forte ailing, Michael Bush will be getting the Lion’s share, and has shown he can produce when given that opportunity. An underwhelming Jay Cutler is going to be less valuable than his monster wide receiver, Brandon Marshall.
Indianapolis Colts @ Detroit Lions
The Lions lead a couple of interesting categories over the past few weeks, including successful kicks to the groin of opposing quarterbacks and pass attempts. Matthew Stafford benefits from the latter, and should send the ball through the air early and often at home. Regardless of his soft-as-a-baby-like hands, Brandon Pettigrew has been getting plenty of looks. Indianapolis is an obviously different team on the road, but I’m still confident starting TY Hilton.
Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers
The Pack may have showed up to their nationally televised game against the Giants last week, but they forgot to bring their “We-give-a-%^&’s”. There’s a good chance that will change, and Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson (pretty much anybody except Jermichael Finley, who I refuse to trust) will make up for a dud in the most important week of the season.
The Vikings are easy: Start Adrian Peterson and sit everybody else. Done.
Houston Texans @ Tennessee Titans
New offensive coordinator for Tennessee will hopefully highlight some of the talent on the team, including Jared Cook, Kenny Britt, and CJ2k. If you saw what Lions receivers and tight ends did to the Texans on Thanksgiving, you shouldn’t be scared away from playing a few Titans
Carolina Panthers @ Kansas City Chiefs
If you were running the KC offense, would you A) Let Brady Quinn throw the football or B) give it to Jamaal Charles after Bryce Brown made the Panthers run defense look like a middle school team? Maybe a trick question, let’s base this off what an NFL team SHOULD do, and not what the Chiefs will do. This is a perfect opportunity to let it ride with Cam Newton following a 4-touchdown performance.
San Francisco 49ers @ St. Louis Rams
Don’t get cute with the Rams Defense, sure they scored a mountain of points last week, but San Francisco via Colin Kaepernick is on a role. Probably not worth a roster spot at this point, but keep an eye on the role of Brandon Jacobs following the injury to Kendall Hunter, he may come in handy during the playoffs if RB gets thin. I’d rather not have to rely on any Rams in this game if I can avoid it.
New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins
Baton down the hatches in South Beach, because Hurricane Belichick is moving on to the next city after demolishing a host of other teams. Tom Brady’s offense is killing it, with or without Gronk, and everybody on that side of the ball is worth a start, including Shane Vereen, Stephen Ridley, Danny Woodhead, Brandon Lloyd, Aaron Hernandez – hell, I may think about putting their center in a lineup.
The Pats Defense is also on a roll, which makes me nervous about Reggie Bush, Daniel Thomas, Ryan Tannehill and any player he’s throwing at.
Arizona Cardinals @ New York Jets
Mark Sanchez vs. rookie Ryan Lindley – who ya got? Hopefully, your answer is the Cardinals and Jets defenses. Beanie Wells found pay dirt in his return debut, but the YPC wasn’t there and you can’t predict touchdowns for running backs on bad teams.
Cleveland Browns @ Oakland Raiders
Sounds like the weather is going to be a slight factor in this one, what with the giant dirt infield in the middle of the freakin’ turf. Love Trent Richardson here, and if Darren McFadden is active – you’re starting him. The Browns defense has been showcasing itself lately, and Carson Palmer will almost assuredly throw a pick, which could be returned if the DB doesn’t trip over second base.
Cincinnati Bengals @ San Diego Chargers
If this week is the difference between playoffs or being mocked in the consolation bracket, no way in hell I’m letting Antonio Gates anywhere near my starters. It’s just not worth taking a near-goose egg like he’s been capable of producing in the past month. Love Andy Dalton here, and the stock of BenJarvis Green-Ellis is rising after finally hitting the century mark and crossing the goal line.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Denver Broncos
…Except Vincent Jackson. Champ Bailey has made it his career goal to shut down V-Jax in every game they’ve lined up against each other.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Ravens
164 yards – that was Joe Flacco’s production vs. the Steelers just two weeks ago. Ike Taylor shut down Torrey Smith and the game was a grind to the end. Of course, that was with Byron Leftwich at the helm, and the Ravens defense may get to do all of the scoring.
Sunday Night Game
Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas Cowboys
Hard to tell what to expect from Demarco Murray, but easy to tell that Tony Romo will likely have one of his 400 yard mega-games. I’m comfortable with Dallas receivers, Jason Witten, and Bryce Brown in this one that, somehow, both teams will find a way to embarrass themselves in the end.
Monday Night Game
New York Giants @ Washington Redskins
I would like to give RG3 the early Fantasy-MVP award of the season, somehow one-upping himself in every single game. Pierre Garcon is an obvious start, but so are the receivers on the other side as well. Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Martellus Bennett and company will probably live up to the Giants famous explosion in the home stretch of the season, after starting said explosion against Green Bay.