Fantasy Football Week 12 Start Ems'
By: Eric Allen
I’mmmmm baaaaccckk! I had to take a little time away from my weekly brilliance because I was really busy getting my life in order before I had shoulder surgery. Unlike most of the fantasy writers you read about, I am actually an athlete so setbacks do occur. This week I have the “Starts” and I am pecking away with one hand on the keyboard because Mr. Lonero is sunbathing. Well, get a pen and buckle up. It’s crunch time in fantasy land. Some of you are looking for bye weeks, some of you are trying to get a last minute jump in the standings, some of you are on the bubble and some of you are playing spoiler. The bye weeks are finally over after this week so W’s are a must!
Alex Smith – Mr. Safe had his second best fantasy performance last week against Denver. Coincidentally it was his second worst completion percentage on the season. The one thing you can rely on, is his ability to protect the football. When Smith gets the chance to throw the ball more thant 34 times he has shown the ability to produce. This week he faces a SD team that can put up points with anyone, so this should allow plenty of opportunity for Smith to have another 20+ week. The Chiefs want to prove last week was a fluke and I expect big things from him.
Ryan Fitz”Magic” – Backup Quarterbacks are like underwear. You need them in case things go wrong. Otherwise you’ll be ruined for at least the day. When THE guy goes down, you need someone to step in and not lose games for you. Teams understand you are not THE guy and will only lean on you when needed. Before Fitzpatrick got paid in Buffalo they treated him as though he was the backup. Well, once his bank account was full, the gameplan changed. As long as Tennessee can allow him to make plays when he needs to and not force things, Fitzpatrick should have the ability to put up solid numbers. God knows he has more weapons around him than most of the league’s top guys, so if he can play efficient he will be effective in your lineup this week.
Case Keenum - Well there is pretty much only one reason this guy made the cut this week. He is playing a JV team. Last week Keenum was pulled in the third quarter because his coaches didn’t think he had what it takes to make a comeback. (Kubiak still making poor decisions from a birds eye view) This week comebacks will not come up and Keenum will return to form.
Pierre Thomas – Thomas has shown all season long how he is capable of doing anything that is asked of him. This week he will be looking across at a team that has a meaningless season at this point. The biggest bonus for Pierre has been Sproles injury woes. Usually Sproles is the guy in on passing downs and we all know how much the Saints love to chuck it around. On a short week Sproles is questionable yet again, so look for Pierre to see all kinds of action this Thursday night.
Shane Vereen - Is another do it all guy on my list this week. He was targeted 11 times this past week by Brady! 11 Times! With Ridley still coughing the ball up we could see a whole lot of Vereen as the Pats should be in a good old fashion shootout. Vereen is a match up nightmare and I expect Tom Brady to use his back and TE to shred up the Broncos.
Donald Brown – Mr. Brown has the one ingredient that Trent Richardson’s dinner is missing. He has the big play burst. Getting almost double the carries that Richardson got last week, Brown is the hot player on the Colts. For Luck to get the time he needs, the Colts have to prove their ability to run the ball consistently.
Jarrett Boykin – Boykin has turned in Tolzien underneath blanket. With his playmaking abilities his YAC yards have helped produce WR1 #’s for the past 2 weeks. 21 Targets with Tolzien are some eye popping numbers. This week Boykin should shine against a terrible 29th ranked Vikings pass defense.
Cecil Shorts – Most of the time in life the squeaky wheel gets the oil, and Cecil shorts has made himself heard. He wants the ball and there is a good chance he’ll get his chances. The Jaguars don’t have many playmakers and Cecil Shorts is probably their best option to make things happen. We’ve seen time and time again how diva wideouts get their way when they complain, so until I see otherwise, I expect Shorts to play a major role in the gameplan.
Roddy White – White finally showed a little hope, on an otherwise waste of season, with his score last week. However, White has been his biggest critic and knows that without Julio Jones, the offense depends on him. White’s high ankle sprain appears to finally be a thing of the past. I expect White to finally show up because the Falcons will find themselves playing catch up all night on Thursday.
Cobie Fleener – With back to back 10 target weeks, you’d be crazy to sit Fleener unless you have Jimmy Graham, Julius Thomas, or Gronkowski. Fleener has become Luck’s relief after losing Reggie Wayne. With that said the Colts face the Cardinals who are the leagues worst against TE’s this year. Fleener is a must start!
Delanie Walker – Delanie Walker has been straight balling the past two weeks. Coaches have been praising his pass and run blocking and this has allowed him to be more involved on every down. He came in to Tennessee with high expectations and has finally been proving his worth. I’ve got Walker ranked 7th amoung TE’s this week
Garrett Graham – Graham is on this week’s list for the exact same reason Case Keenum is. They are matched up against the Jags. Even though the Texans could be up early, I think they will keep their foot on the throttle as they try to use this game as a confidence builder. Otherwise we can expect a major change at head coach if the Kubiak can’t get his team up for this game.
Fantasy Football Week 12 Sit Ems'
by Bill Bakos
Phillip Rivers (@ KC) – Only 6 tds in last 5 games. Losing WRs left and right (see Keenan Allen below). KC defense will bounce back after being dismantled against Denver. Must win division game for KC I see their front 7 getting to Rivers and making it a bad day for him.
DeMarco Murray (@ NYG) – NYG has allowed 8th least points to opposing RBs on avg. Murray comes in scoring in 3 out of last 4 but look for Dallas to air it out vs NYG weak secondary. Jason Pierre Paul has that defensive line and linebackers clicking (and even Tom Coughlin smiling). Murray seems to slow down late in the season and I’d look elsewhere if you have it this week.
Keenan Allen (@ KC) – Injured last week and missed some of the 4Q. Has missed practice up until I am writing this. I think he plays in the game but shouldn’t play on your fantasy team. KC db’s are big and physical and a wounded Allen will suffer.
Jordan Reed (vs SF) – Concussed last Sun and playing(?) in MNF this week. Tough call considering I’m guessing you don’t have Vernon Davis as a backup. It’s a gamble to wait to see if he plays. Will produce if he does, but that’s a big gamble that I am not willing to take. I personally picked up Delanie Walker to start this week because concussions and NFL rules scare me. 3 points are better than 0 in a no play.