It seems like players are getting injured left and right now. While the only real fantasy loss is Matt Schaub (sorry Matt Cassel), defensive players getting hurt is not good for team defenses. No more Rashean Mathis or Leon Hall makes their respective secondaries much weaker. Remember to keep some depth on your bench and be prepared for anyone to get injured.
Something else to keep in mind is how well the TEAMS of your fantasy players are doing. If theyâ€™re coasting to the playoffs, start to look at possible options in case someone like Aaron Rodgers gets benched in Week 17. Also, if your leagueâ€™s championship is in Week 17, you should find whoever made at it and yell at them. The last week of the regular season ruins fantasy football. Always make it Week 16.
Alright, thatâ€™s all I got. If you have any questions you want answered (or anything really), email me at email@example.com, or ask in the comments section below.
PLUGS â€“ These are players that have a favorable matchup this week and would be available in the majority of leagues. There could be a bye week, maybe you have some injuries or a player has a really poor matchup this Sunday. These plugs could help fill that scoring void.
Tarvaris Jackson, QB (SEA)- I might be yelled at for this, but I think he could produce some nice points as a QB fill-in against the weak Rams. While the Seahawks will probably stick to running, Jackson will get his chances, and the running backs are capable of catching too. Marshawn Lynch led Seattle receivers with five catches for 58 yards last week, which is pretty sad but good for you. Out of the mediocre QBs available in deep leagues, Iâ€™d say Jackson has the best matchup and opportunity to get good points.
Lance Ball, RB (DEN)- Knowshon Moreno is out for the season with a torn ACL, so Ball is the backup to a Willis McGahee who is probably not 100%. With the Broncos playing a Thursday game (which means short rest) against the Jets, Ball will get plenty of attention. Itâ€™s not the ideal matchup, but as the Broncos showed on Sunday with only eight pass attempts (in their WIN), theyâ€™re not afraid to go one-dimensional. Ball had 30 carries for 96 yards against the Chiefs; anything close to that amount of touches deserves a start on your fantasy team.
New England DEF â€“ With no Colts this week, I must resort to desperate measures. The Patriots looked OK against the Jets last week, and the matchup works well, since Kansas City no passing game and New England has no passing defense. Matt Cassel is out for some time, so Tyler Palko will get the start. Tyler Palko! The Patriots are good at suppressing the run and will be at home, so Iâ€™m going with this.
INVESTMENTS- If you have a free roster spot and want to bolster your depth, these players look like they could break out in a couple weeks. When they do, the other teams in your league will be scrambling to have them, but due to foresight (and some luck), youâ€™ll be the one with them already on your bench.
Matt Leinart, QB (HOU)- With Matt Schaub out for several weeks, Leinart is a desperation plug who could put up decent numbers in an ideal situation. After this bye week, Andre Johnson could be returning, so Leinart will have that advantage going for him. His first three matchups arenâ€™t ideal (@JAX, ATL, @CIN), but he will have weapons around him. Also, Jacksonville corner Rashean Mathis and Cincinnati corner Leon Hall are both out with season-ending injuries, so the passing defenses might be softer than you think. The Texans will probably just run more with Arian Foster and give Ben Tate more attention (pick him up and start him if heâ€™s available), but Foster can also be a receiving threat. He already has 31 receptions for 445 yards and two touchdowns so far this season. Yards after catch could be Leinartâ€™s friend and pad his stat line. If you need a replacement, Leinart is worth a gamble.
Kendall Hunter, RB (SF)- Frank Gore has only played one full season in his NFL career (2006). I know thatâ€™s something you probably hear a lot, but it should be remembered. Hunter looked good against the Giants in his limited play with six touches for 40 yards and a score, so just keep him on your radar in case anything happens to the already beat-up Gore.
Damian Williams, WR (TEN)- Nate Washington fans, beware. Damian Williams has turned into a nice playmaker for Matt Hasselbeck while Washington has faded. Against Carolina, Washington was targeted four times and ended up with three catches for 40 yards. Not bad, but Williams had seven targets, finishing with five catches, 107 yards and a TD. Definitely a receiver worth picking up and starting if you need him.