Whuta Start!? Fantasy Week Fourteen Matchups

Macon TelegraphDecember 5, 2012 


1.  Aaron Rodgers - - Greg Jennings is eyeing a return this week and I look for a big rebound at home against the division rival Vikes.  Losing Jordy Nelson and James Starks to injury on the outside might appear to spell doom, but he's risen to the occasion no matter whom his skill players are this year

2.  Drew Brees - - Drew Brees will rebound and I'm not scared to rate him this high.  That is the first and surely last game he will ever throw 5 interceptions and I look for his next long touchdown streak to get off the ground again.  The Giants secondary has battled injury all year and with the almost two weeks to prepare I expect big things.

3. Tom Brady  - - Tom Brady and the Pats will be focused on what looks to be the biggest regular season game of the year so far.  The winner of one will be in the driver's seat for Home Field for the Playoffs so both teams will have plenty to play for.  Remember when Matt Stafford threw for 450 yards on Thanksgiving?  Expect that kind of production

4.  Matthew Stafford   - -  Matthew Stafford will need to come prepared for a shootout against Aaron Rodgers.  He had one of his biggest games in Week 17 last year against the Pack and that was against a better defense.  This year's unit is just beat up and trying to stop the bleeding.

5. Cam Newton - - Cam looked great in his loss to Kansas City, not committing the game losing turnover, running well and showcasing one of his best strengths - the deep ball.  The Falcons secondary has played so well this year but I'll take the divisional familiarity in this one and don't sleep on how well Cam played in the first meeting between these two.

6. Peyton Manning - Peyton gets a cake matchup before Baltimore.  I might otherwise beware of the look ahead game but Oakland and Denver straight hate each other.  To a degree that few divisional rivalries can match.  He'll be focused on this short week and will mortally wound the down and out Oakland team.

7.  Eli Manning                                  13. Phillip Rivers

8.  Matt Ryan                                     14. Josh Freeman

9.  Robert Griffin                                15. Joe Flacco

10. Tony Romo                                  16. Carson Palmer

11. Matt Schaub                                17. Andy Dalton

12. Andrew Luck                                18. Colin Kaepernick


1. Arian Foster - Arian Foster has just been business like in his retention of fantasy's top player.  He quietly is producing a healthy dynamite season on one of the best teams in the NFL, playing with leads, getting 25-35 touches a game and scoring consistently.  Ben Tate has been banged up and Justin Forsett is no threat to steal touches.  I'm impressed because he seemed to be immature and brittle but this guy is all stud this year.  The Patriots have yielded at least 100 yards to all but two opponents so far this year

2. Adrian Peterson - - As a blogger you got to admit when you're wrong and I was wrong in being apprehensive about AP and his injury.  He has been impervious and impressive as the main option in the minnesota and should have no problem running over a Chicago stop unit that will be missing Brian Urlacher and featuring a beat up Briggs.  He had his best game so far last week and is really coming on.

3. Marshawn Lynch - - Arizona is a tricky matchup because they have a good defense that really stops the run well.  But they are switching up quarterback for the 4th time this year and that means that Seattle may have the ball and the lead often - two things that spell fantasy glory.  Ride Beast Mode in this one.

4. Ray Rice - -Ray Rice touched the ball only 13 times in the Steeler game.  That is baffling for one of the games most dynamic players.  It wasn't all the Steel ball control game either as Bernard Pierce managed 9 touches.  Still, no way you sit your fantasy darling - especially against the Skins who can be bested easily.

5. Frank Gore - - Frank Gore will have to pick up the slack if Alex Smith is to miss any time.  But it's always fun to watch how a running threat at quarterback helps the tailback so much.  Chris Johnson's best days came with Vince Young which is what Colin Kaepernick basically is.  Look for Frank Gore to be big especially against one of the worst defenses against the run in the league.

6. Jamaal Charles - - The lone bright spot on offense for KC is this guy.  He went over 100 yards against a very tough defense and he did it in consistent gash and slashes, never breaking one and thus all the more impressive.  Peyton Hillis has not been the change of pace so he has carried this team on offense and will continue to do so.

7. Doug Martin -  Doug Martin has been pretty quiet for the last month after being the October shocker in the fantasy world.  The Eagles just fired their defensive line coach and is a team in turmoil searching for consistency.  The Muscle Hamster could roar back to life in this one and he's a safe bet for a 100 yards and a house.

8. Chris Johnson - -CJ2K may not be back to that pace but he is a solid bet especially with Jake Locker the scrambler as the starting QB.  The Colts are needing Andrew Luck to provide those heroics and huge numbers because their defense is not putting away games.  Chris Johnson would not surprise me to have a 150 yard two touchdown day.

9. Trent Richardson  - - The Kansas City Chiefs have one of the worst defenses in the league.  Trent Richardson is abusing whatever team lines up against him and if Colt McCoy gets the start look for a ridiculous amount of touches - like 30-40 carries.  Talk about players finally looking heathy, Trent is on that list. 

10. Alfred Morris - -Alfred Morris won me a game on Monday night by .05 pts in a must win situation to make the playoffs in one of my leagues.  I know that has no relevance here but had to share.  The Ravens lose another starter in Terrell Suggs to torn biceps, isn't that what Ray Lewis had too?  At least Ngata is healthy but Alfred Morris sure is running well this year.

11. C.J. Spiller - - With Fred Jackson on a snap count- there is little threat to C.J. Spiller's touches.  He has really broken out this year and the Bills offense has opened holes for whomever is back there.  The Rams did a great job playing inspired against division leader San Fran so they may be flat in this one against a non conference foe.

12. Ahmad Bradshaw - - So this is what the Andre Brown-less Giant run game looks like.  99% Ahmad and a brief sprinkling of David Wilson.  Eli Manning barely passed in the second half loss because they were attempting to ride Ahmad to a win.  He may be a late season workhorse.

13. Stevan Ridley - I think Monday night's game will be high scoring with so much at stake.  Stevan Ridley is the goalline to go hero and scores in near every game for New England.  Throw the yardage out this guy scores at least twice in this one is my prediction.  He could a good stretch run option too.

14.  Bryce Brown                          26. Darren McFadden

15.  Michael Turner                      27. Shonne Greene

16.  Matt Forte                            28. Vick Ballard

17.  Steven Jackson                    29. Daniel Thomas

18.  Reggie Bush                         30. Marcel Reece

19.  Knowshon Moreno                 31. Michael Bush

20.  Ryan Mathews                       32. Jonathan Dwyer

21.  DeMarco Murray                    33. DeAngelo Williams

22.  Mikell Leshoure                     34. Mark Ingram

23.  BenJarvis Green Ellis              35. Alex Green

24.  Darren Sproles                      36. JacQuizz Rodgers

25.  Fred Jackson                         37. Beanie Wells


1.  Calvin Johnson - Megatron in the last month has finally decided to start making some fantasy waves, catching touchdowns and decimating corners.  The Lions are down to almost nobody at receiver so expect the heavy coverage but he's on pace to set the NFL single season yardage record this year.  Thanks for staying patient with the No.1 overall WR draft pick - hopefully he didn't cost your team too much this year.

2. A.J. Green- The Cowboys defense has been porous in the secondary back end and A.J. can take the top off anybody.  Roll with the Bengals in this one who will need a big game to stay competitive as the last team out in the current AFC Playoff Picture.

3. DeMaryius Thomas - -Eric Decker has to feel like the jilted ex girlfriend after Peyton's top options in the passing game have become Joel Dreesen and DeMaryius.  Thomas is playing with an elite quarterback for the first time in his career and the results are a testament to his big time skill level.

4. Victor Cruz - -Victor Cruz hasn't given us a big game for almost a month.  But he is the salsa dancer for a reason and I'm predicting a comeback game for the Giants in a must passing situation.  If you're looking for a rebound game the Saints defense is the crappy squad to give you your wish.

5. Andre Johnson  - -Andre Johnson is back to full health and full terror for Houston.  As weird as it sounds, the worse the Texans play on defense the more they'll lean on the best player in their franchise history.  Andre leapt out to 55 yards receiving by half time and just merely wasn't needed or looked at much in the second half.  That won't be the case in a claw and gouge matchup against the mighty Pats.

6. Roddy White - -Roddy White has fallen off the the radar for November strangely after a great start to the season.  We'll have to monitor if the 30 year old wear on his body may wain him down for the close of the year but he'll have as good a chance as any in the Carolina shootout rematch.

7. Dez Bryant - - Dez Bryant has been on again off again all year but when he's on you ride him and right now he's white hot.  Another 150 yard performance and the second game in a row that he's caught two touchdowns.  The Bengals defense and Mike Zimmer have a history with the Cowboys but good luck stopping this stud.

8. Vincent Jackson - - Vincent Jackson has trailed off a tad after a furious October.  Still he is their touchdown weapon and downfield threat.  Namdi Asomugha has no chance at a Pro Bowl after all the big plays he's given up this year, he could easily allow a 50 yard bomb touchdown in this one.

9.  Marques Colston - - Marques Colston started the year injured that was certainly apparent and perhaps lead to the losing start for the proud Saints.  The Saints will need all their weapons to beat the defensing SuperBowl Champs and that starts with their No.1 receiver.

10. Brandon Marshall - - I was hesitant with Jay Cutler's return from injury but Brandon Marshall had no setbacks.  He had 165 yards and has been targeted more than 30 times in the last two games.  Shoulder injury or not he will be the featured weapon in this offense.

11. Miles Austin - - Miles Austin was on his way to another goose egg before that game clinching 20 yard touchdown late in the game.  He's been battling through injuries and may finally be getting on the healthier side.  Tony Romo has had a glorious accurate streak the last few games too.

12. Julio Jones- - Alright!  Welcome back Julio, despite being an iffy question mark to even play he took the top of the Saint Secondary.  The Panthers somehow just made Brady Quinn look like a Heisman candidate.  Can you believe Quinn was AFC player of the week.  Sheesh, Julio goin make them pay.

13. Hakeem Nicks - Speaking of getting healthy Hakeem Nicks put on a clinic in a key game against the Packers that will determine playoff positioning.  He was targeted heavily and despite reports of limping in pregame warmups was able to adjust and cut with ease.  He may not be 100% but a 79& Hakeem is still getting it done.  The Saints secondary is nothing to be feared.

14.  Pierre Garcon                           28. Lance Moore

15.  Wes Welker                            29. Mike Wallace

16.  Reggie Wayne                         30. T.Y. Hilton

17.  Randall Cobb                          31. Cecil Shorts

18.  Danario Alexander                   32. Chris Givens

19.  Stevie Johnson                        33. Sidney Rice

20.  Steve Smith                            34. Michael Crabtree

21.  Torrey Smith                           35. Josh Gordon

22.  Greg Jennings                         36. Justin Blackmon

23.  Denarius Moore                        37. Dwayne Bowe

24.  Eric Decker                              38. Brian Hartline

25.  Antonio Brown                          39. Jeremy Maclin

26.  Mike Williams                         40. Sidney Rice

27.  Larry Fitzgerald



1.  Tony Gonzalez  - Tony Gonzalez (sounds odd to say) is having a career year in what could be his last.  Clearly he wants a ring and beating the Saints is the next step toward achieving that goal.

2. Jason Witten - The Bengals - Dallas game could be an offensive showcase and Jason Witten just became the Cowboys all time leader in receptions.  That sounds wierd to type but he has historically been that good and appears 100% for the first time this year

3. Jimmy Graham - - Jimmy Graham was clearly the wrong pick between the Gronk debate but then again he's the only one still healthy.  The Giants game figures to be a shootout and he's one of the most reliable weapons is a potent Saints scoring bonanza.

4.  Brandon Pettigrew                  8.  Vernon Davis

5.  Aaron Hernandez                   9.  Greg Olsen

6.  Owen Daniels                       10. Kyle Rudolph

7.  Jermaine Gresham


1. San Francisco  - - All you need to know is that Ryan Tannehill is banged up and Jake Long is lost for the year.  Aldon Smith should reek havoc and the run will be shut down.  This might be a shutout in a big way.

2. Chicago Bears - - Even with Adrian Peterson playing so well I like the Bears' pass rush and Charles Tillman (Defensive Player of the Year) to punch one out or two.  Christian Ponder hasn't impressed anybody of late and Percy Harvin just got put on season ending I.R.

3. New York Jets - - It's very tempting to take the Jaguars instead at No.3 with how bad the New York offense is balling, but the Jets know that they have to win low scoring games with their great defense.  Sounds like Tebow time to me but who are we kidding.  Lots of opportunities for turnovers and sacks and this team has seen Chad Henne a time or two.

4. Denver Broncos                     8.  Dallas Cowboys

5. Cincinnati Bengals                 9.  Indianapolis Colts

6. Pittsburgh Steelers                10. Jacksonville Jaguars

7. Seattle Seahawks

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