Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Tennessee Titans–1:00 pm
Start–Chris Johnson, RB (TEN)–Johnson has been the biggest bust in fantasy football this season, but this week he should at least give some hope to his owners. The Buccaneers have given up 12 touchdowns to opposing running backs and if he canât get it done this week, there is a serious problem with Johnson in the Titans offense.
Sit–Josh Freeman, QB (TB)–Freeman has been underperforming all season and this week should be no different. The Buccaneers will have to establish a ground game if they want to stay in this game, which will limit his production. Go with a different option here.
Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams–1:00 pm
Start–Brandon Lloyd, WR (STL)–Lloyd has recorded at least five receptions in four of his last five games and has a touchdown in three of the Rams last four games. He has turned into Sam Bradfordâs favorite target that that should continue this week against a vulnerable Cardinals defense.
Sit–Chris Wells, RB (ARI)–The bottom line is, I just donât trust Wells. He may have a solid game but it is a gamble every time you have to start this guy. If it is possible think about starting someone else.
Buffalo Bills at New York Jets–1:00 pm
Start–Plaxico Burress, WR (NYJ)–The Bills pass defense was bad prior to Week 11, but with injuries in the secondary it is going to be even worse this week against the Jets. Expect the Jets to exploit the mismatches that Burress creates leading to a solid game for him and the rest of the Jets passing game.
Sit–Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB (BUF)–Over his last three games Fitzpatrick has a 2-to-7 touchdown to interceptions ratio which is just horrible. He lost two more targets in the passing game in Donald Jones and Fred Jackson, which is just not something you want a struggling quarterback to have to deal with. Go with a different option here.
Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars–1:00 pm
Start--Marcedes Lewis, TE (JAC)–It appears that Lewis is finally starting to get into a rhythm with rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert finishing last week with double-digit fantasy points. Although the matchup isnât the best, the Jaguars will have to pass the ball if they want to stay in this one, so look for Lewis to have another solid game.
Sit–Andre Johnson, WR (HOU)–Although Johnson will be back for the first time is six games this week he shouldnât be started unless it is an extreme circumstance. With Matt Leinart under center and two excellent running backs it seems as if the Texans will stick to the running game this week. If you have to start Johnson, be sure to temper your expectations.
Carolina Panthers at Indianapolis Colts–1:00 pm
Start–Donald Brown, RB (IND)–Although the Colts offense is not something you really want to invest in on a regular basis, this week could be an exception. The Panthers defense gives up the most fantasy points to opposing running backs at 25.6 points per game, which is a good thing for Brown and anyone who owns him.
Sit–Greg Olsen, TE (CAR)–Olsen was one of the most consistent targets for rookie quarterback Cam Newton in the first half of the season, but in recent games has not looked his way too often. In the last two games, Olsen has totaled just four fantasy points which is reason enough for me to bench him this week.
Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals–1:00 pm
Start–Jermaine Gresham, TE (CIN)–Last week the Browns gave up a lot of production to Marcedes Lewis which is a good sign for Gresham owners. Expect to see Andy Dalton try to exploit the middle of the field with Gresham and push him near the top of the fantasy tight ends this week.
Sit–Greg Little, WR (CLE)–It is hard to trust anyone in the Browns passing game at this point and this week should be no different facing off against a solid Bengals defensive secondary. Go with a different option here.
Minnesota Vikings at Atlanta Falcons–1:00 pm
Start–Matt Ryan, QB (ATL)–Ryan is finally starting to turn it on in the second half of the season, and has now throw for 300 yards in each of his last two games totaling three touchdowns in that stretch. The Vikings defense gives up an average of 18.6 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, which makes themt he worst in the NFL in that category.
Sit–Toby Gerhart, RB (MIN)–Adrian Peterson told reporters on Thursday that he expects to play this weekend, but is still considered questionable for the game. Even if he doesnât play Gerhart is not going to have success against a solid Falcons defense this Sunday. He was a great story in college, but as a pro, donât expect too much from Gerhart.
Chicago Bears at Oakland Raiders–4:05 pm
Start–Carson Palmer, QB (OAK)–Despite a solid defense all around, the Bears are giving up 270.7 yards per game through the air, which ranks them 30th in the NFL. The Raiders passing game is average, but expect the Bears to force Palmer to pass the ball more than usual resulting in a solid game for him and the Raiders receiving core.
Sit–Earl Bennett, WR (CHI)–With no Jay Cutler to pass him the ball it isnât wise to start Bennett this week. Wait a week or two to see if he can create chemistry with Caleb Hanie under center before starting him in fantasy leagues.
Washington Redskins at Seattle Seahawks–4:05 pm
Start–Seattle Seahawks Defense/Special Teams (SEA)–It might seem strange to recommend the Seahawks offense, but with the Redskins coming to town that could only mean good things for the defense. The Redskins offense is sputtering right now so take advantage of it.
Sit–Roy Helu, RB (WAS)–The Seahawks defense has given up just four rushing touchdowns to opposing running backs this season and the game is being played in Seattle, where they have shut down many running backs. Donât start Helu until he shows he can produce on a consistent level.
Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers–4:15 pm
Start–Willis McGahee, RB (DEN)–In Week 5 McGahee ran for 125 yards on just 16 carries, which is a good sign of whatâs to come this week if his hamstring doesnât keep him out of action. If he can play be sure to get him in your lineups and consider Lance Ball if he is held out.
Sit–Ryan Mathews, RB (SD)–Denver has allowed just one rushing touchdown to opposing running backs all season and the Chargers use Mike Tolbert in the best scoring positions. Add those two points up and it results in a bad, bad game for Mathews.
New England Patriots at Philadelphia Eagles–4:15 pm
Start–Vince Young, QB (PHI)–It appears Michael Vick will be out once again this Sunday, which means another start for Young. He faces off against the Patriots defense who gives up the third most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, which should mean solid production from Young this week.
Sit–BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB (NE)–The Eagles rush defense has been improving each week and is now giving up under 3 yards per carry to opposing running backs. The Patriots will likely utilize the tight ends often in this matchup, which will limit Green-Ellisâs touches this week.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs–8:20 pm
Start–Antonio Brown, WR (PIT)–Now the No. 2 option behind only Mike Wallace in the Steelers passing game, Brown is a solid fantasy option each week. This week should be no different facing off against a banged up Chiefs secondary that has been giving up big plays all season.
Sit–Jackie Battle, RB (KC)–The Steelers defense can still stop the run, and the Chiefs canât run the ball well. Battle has been a good story this year, but this week will be one that he will want to forget moving forward.
New York Giants at New Orleans Saints–8:30 pm (MON)
Start--Jake Ballard, TE (NYG)–Ballard didnât have a good game last week, dropping a few targets from Eli Manning, but he was targeted seven times despite the early drops. The Saints have given up the sixth most fantasy production to opposing tight ends this season which should mean a solid game from Ballard as long as him elbow doesnât keep him out of this one.
Sit–Brandon Jacobs, RB (NYG)–It doesnât appear that Ahmad Bradshaw will be ready to go this week, which is actually a bad thing for Jacobs. Jacobs performs better as a compliment to Bradshaw rather than the primary ball carrier, and this week the Giants face off against the Saints who have given up just six rushing touchdowns all season. With the Giants offensive line struggling right now, play it safe and bench Jacobs this week.
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