Marques Colston has faced the Lions twice in his career and he’s recorded three scores. Teammate Robert Meachem has scored a touchdown in each of his last two meetings with the Lions.
Coffin Corner: A look inside the numbers as you gear up for battles with clubs from the NFC.
Jared Allen has 23.5 sacks in his last 20 games, and that includes 12 sacks in his last nine games this season.
Cliff Avril is on fire of late. Over his last five games he’s not only racked up five sacks he’s also forced four fumbles and returned a fumble for a touchdown.
Dan Bailey has been money. The rookie has hit on 26-straight field goals for the Cowboys.
Sam Bradford has thrown for 543 yards and no interceptions in two starts against the Niners, but his fantasy value has been muted as he has thrown for only two scores.
Drew Brees, the NFL’s passing yardage leader, figures to extend that lead this week. In two games against the Lions in his career he hes thrown for 358 and 351 yards. For good measure he’s also thrown for eight touchdown passes. Good luck stopping him Lions.
Marques Colston has faced the Lions twice in his career and he’s recorded three scores. Teammate Robert Meachem has scored a touchdown in each of his last two meetings with the Lions. Devery Henderson has seven catches for 199 yards and a touchdown in those two games.
Victor Cruz has caught at least six passes for 125 yards an a score each of the past two weeks. This week he faces a Packers team that is the second worst defensive unit in terms of fantasy points allowed to wide receivers. You figure it out.
Vernon Davis has had a disappointing fantasy season, and the down times could easily continue this week. Though the Rams aren’t the best defense in football when it comes to stopping the pass (they are 8th), they are the best defense in football at limiting fantasy points to the tight end.
Darnell Dockett has three sacks in his last two games against the Cowboys.
Jabar Gaffney doesn’t mind facing the Jets. In his last two outings against the club he’s caught 13 balls for 167 yards an a touchdown.
James Hall of the Rams has five sacks in his last four forays onto the field against the Niners.
Roy Helu has averaged 6.5 receptions a game the last four weeks, and his overall total of 26 receptions is five more than any other running back in football in that time (Ray Rice). Speaking of Rice, Helu has run for 225 yards the last four weeks, only eight yards less than the Ravens’ superstar.
Steven Jackson.. has run for 523 yards over his last five games. This week he faces a Niners’ defense that hasn’t allowed a 100-yard rusher in 33 games, the longest current streak in the NFL. The Niners have also not allowed a rushing score this year though S-Jax has recorded a rushing score in each of his last two outings against the 49ers.
Calvin Johnson leads the NFL with 12 receiving scores. However, he has only two touchdowns the past four weeks and hasn’t scored in two career games against the Saints.
Johnny Knox blew up last week for 145 yards and a score. This week he faces a Chiefs club that is slightly above the middle of the pack allowing 225.3 yards a game through the air. Will they be able to hold Know down or will he produce a 4th straight game against an AFC opponent in which he will have a touchdown and 90 yards receiving?
John Kuhn, who has scored six times this season compared to a combined one from Ryan Grant and James Starks, recorded three touchdowns the last time the Packers faced the Giants.
Cam Newton has thrown for an average of 304.2 yards a game while scoring 11 times (four passing, seven running) in five starts on the road.
Julius Peppers is not a defender that the Chiefs want to see. In two games against the Chiefs in his career he has two forced fumbles and has three sacks.
Laurent Robinson has scored a touchdown in 5-straight games (seven overall scores). Coming into the 2011 season he had four scores in four seasons. He faces a Cardinals’ defense this week that has permitted eight touchdowns to wide receivers this season.
Aaron Rodgers is the first QB in history to have 11-straight games with a QB Rating of 100. He’s thrown for at least two scores in each game this season and when he faced the Giants last year he threw for 404 yards and four scores.
Tony Romo has thrown for at least 300-yards each of his last two outings against the Cardinals. He’s also thrown for five scores and no interceptions in those meetings.
Matt Ryan threw for 262 yards in Week 12, his fourth straight game of at least that amount. Ryan has also thrown only two interceptions the past four weeks as he has tossed nine scores. It will be tough for him to kept that roll going this week though. The Texans are the second toughest pass defense in football allowing just 175.8 yards a game, and they’ve also allowed just 11 scores while intercepting 15 passes.
Visanthe Shiancoe has a first down on 79.5 percent of his 29 catches this season. I know that means nothing for your fantasy team, but I just thought it was a cool stat.
Jonathan Stewart enjoys facing the Bucs. In five career games he has run for an average of 80 yards a contest, on 5.6 yards a carry, while he has scored four times. Teammate DeAngelo Williams hasn’t much worse averaging 70 yards a game in eight tries on 5.1 yards a carry.
Roddy White has finally hit his stride the last two weeks with Julio Jones out and/or limited. White has caught 17 passes for 267 yards and a touchdown, and that work puts him on pace for over 1,200 yards and 90 receptions. He faces a Texans squad this week that held him to three receptions for 64 yards in their only career matchup.
Patrick Willis likes facing the Rams. In their last four meetings he has 4.5 sacks, has forced two fumbles, and returned an interception for a touchdown.
Tramon Williams has four interceptions in his last four games and gets to face Eli Manning who threw four interceptions the last time he faced the Packers.
Random Start of the Week
(That one player you would never consider starting but for some reason he might be worth a look if you’re desperate.)
Nate Burleson, Lions
Burleson has come on the last three weeks racking up 20 receptions as he has re-emerged as a viable member of the Lions’ passing attack. He’s facing a Saints club this week that, for whatever reason, he has dominated in two career meetings as he’s racked up 12 receptions, 197 yards and a touchdown. This season the Saints are the 5th worst defense in football at holding wide receivers off the fantasy scoreboard, so there are a couple of reasons to think that Burleson is a solid option as a WR3 this week.
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