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Week 17 Start & Sit Fantasy Football Advice

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It’s Week 17, the last weekend of the NFL regular season. Most leagues have already had their championships, but some have not yet decided their champion. Over the years I’ve played in both ‘traditional’ leagues which decide their champ in Week 16, and a competitive writers league which has always been decided in the final week. I’ve found that the ‘Week 17′ championship league if a lot more challenging, as depth and waiver pick-ups tend to be a lot more important. Some teams elect to rest their starters, especially if they’re locked into a seed for the playoffs, have already secured a first-round bye, home-field advantage, etc. Some unlikely heroes can pull your fantasy team across the line to secure that trophy.

Thank you for reading throughout the season. Good luck in Week 17, and Happy New Year!

Quarterback – surprise start of the week

Michael Vick, Philadelphia (at NYG): Sure, Vick could be a little rusty considering he hasn’t played since Week 10 due to concussion, and then coaches’ decision. However, this is a guy who is auditioning for a job in 2013, so expect Vick to play his heart out against the Giants. In the earlier meeting with New York this season, he completed 19 of his 30 pass attempts for 241 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions, and he didn’t fumble either. The big knock was the fact he had been turning the ball over so frequently, but even though the G-Men sacked him twice, he did not have any miscues. He might be good for a pair of scores, a solid amount of rushing yards and perhaps 250-275 passing yards, making for a decent Week 17 stat line. He is a great play in weekly salary cap leagues like DraftKings.com, especially since he has a mid-level salary this weekend.

Other surprise plays: Jake Locker, Tennessee (vs. JAC), Cam Newton, Carolina (at NO), Ryan Tannehill, Miami (at NE)

Quarterback – sit of the week

Matt Ryan, Atlanta (vs. TB): The Falcons have already locked up home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs, so there is no reason to believe Matty Ice will play the entire game in Week 17. In fact, if he plays at all, he is likely to see preseason-type action, handing over the reins to Luke McCown and/or Dominique Davis. There is no sense risking a potential trip to the Super Bowl by having Ryan suffer an injury in a meaningless game. Ryan is way overpriced in sal cap leagues, especially since it is 100 percent expected that he won’t go the distance in Week 17.

Other QBs to sit: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo (vs. NYJ), Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco (vs. ARI), Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh (vs. CLE)

Running back – surprise start of the week

Shonn Greene, N.Y. Jets (at BUF): There is a 60 percent chance of snow at Orchard Park with gusty winds in the forecast. It’s your typical western New York weather. The Jets turn back to QB Mark Sanchez for the regular season finale, but the star of the offense is certain to be Greene. With blustery conditions, bad QB play and a rushing defense which ranks dead-last in the NFL by allowing 146.7 yards per game, offensive coordinator Tony Sparano and the Jets braintrust would be foolish not to pound the ball with Greene at least 30 times in this one.

Other surprise plays: BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati (vs. BAL), Knowshon Moreno, Denver (vs. KC), DeAngelo Williams, Carolina (at NO)

Running back – sit of the week

Trent Richardson, Cleveland (at PIT): Richardson suffered an ankle injury at the very end of the Week 16 game in Denver, and the word out of Cleveland is that there is “no chance” Richardson suits up for the regular season finale. As such, Montario Hardesty and Chris Ogbonnaya are likely to see extended play, but that’s going against the NFL’s No. 2 ranked rushing offense. Not good. Throw in the fact the Browns are likely to be using QB Thaddeus Lewis in his first NFL start with QBs Brandon Weeden (shoulder) and Colt McCoy (shoulder) nursing injuries, and every single Browns offensive player should be avoided.

Other RBs to sit: Jamaal Charles, Kansas City (at DEN), Darren McFadden, Oakland (at SD), DeMarco Murray, Dallas (at WAS)

Wide receiver – surprise start of the week

Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh (vs. CLE): The Steelers have ruled WR Mike Wallace (hip) out for the regular season finale, so Brown and Emmanuel Sanders will be the team’s starters against the lowly Browns. Brown missed the first meeting in Cleveland in Week 12 due to injury, but he has managed a touchdown in three straight games coming into this one, and he had a season-best 97 receiving yards against the Bengals last weekend. Look for Brown to push the century mark in yardage to find the end zone yet again. He is a steal at just $5,500 in sal cap leagues like DraftKings.com.

Other surprise plays: Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville (at TEN), Brandon Lloyd, New England (vs. MIA), Santana Moss, Washington (vs. DAL)

Wide receiver- sit of the week

Roddy White, Atlanta (vs. TB): White has missed practice time this week due to his nagging knee injury, and it is unlikely that the team will push him to play considering they have already locked up home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs. There is just no reason to potentially damage White’s knee further rather than rest him for a full two weeks between Week 16 and the team’s playoff game. Even if he were to somehow make an appearance, that’s all it would be. If active, I suspect he would only play a few series at best after playing 50-of-57 offensive snaps last weekend in a crucial game.

Other WRs to sit: Josh Gordon, Cleveland (at PIT), Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis (vs. HOU), Kendall Wright, Tennessee (vs. JAC)

Tight end – surprise start of the week: Greg Olsen, Carolina (at NO)

Other solid, less-than-obvious fantasy plays: Brent Celek, Philadelphia (at NYG), Benjamin Watson, Cleveland (at PIT)

Sit of the week: Vernon Davis, San Francisco (vs. ARI)

Others who should be riding the fantasy pine: Lance Kendricks, St. Louis (at SEA), Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit (vs. CHI)

Kicker – surprise start of the week: Steven Hauschka, Seattle (vs. STL)

Other solid, less-than-obvious fantasy play: Matt Bryant, Atlanta (vs. TB)

Sit of the week: Rian Lindell, Buffalo (vs. NYJ)

Other who should be riding the fantasy pine: Phil Dawson, Cleveland (at PIT)

Defense/special teams – surprise start of the week: Buccaneers DST (at ATL)

Other solid, less-than-obvious fantasy plays: Giants DST (vs. PHI), Steelers DST (vs. CLE)

DST sit of the week: Dolphins DST (at NE)

Others who should be riding the fantasy pine: Rams DST (at SEA), Redskins DST (vs. DAL)

Daniel E. Dobish’s Fantasy Lineup at DraftKings.com

  • Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego – $5,800
  • Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco – $5,200
  • Shonn Greene, RB, N.Y. Jets – $5,600
  • Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit – $9,700
  • Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh – $5,500
  • Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina – $4,400
  • James Jones, FLEX, Green Bay – $6,100
  • Kai Forbath, PK, Washington – $4,000
  • Steelers defense, DST – $3,600


Week 16 Start & Sit Fantasy Football Advice

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We’re heading into the most important week of the NFL season for fantasy owners, as typically this is the week when most championships are lost and won. Most leagues decide their champion in Week 16, although some leagues end up using the entire regular season and playing through Week 17. For those leagues, we’ll be here for you next week.

Good luck in Week 16, and hopefully you’ll be hoisting that championship trophy Sunday night or Monday!

Quarterback – surprise start of the week

Nick Foles, Philadelphia (vs. WAS): Foles got off to a little bit of a rocky start, but he has been taking pretty good care of the football over his past four starts, which is something which has been a stark contrast to his predecessor, Michael Vick. Foles turned the ball over four times (three INTs, one FL) in his first two appearances, but he has four touchdowns and just two turnovers (one INT, one FL) over the past four games. He’ll be facing the Redskins for the second time. The truth is, he didn’t do a whole lot in his first NFL start at Washington in Week 11, going 21-of-46 for 119 yards, no TDs, two INTs and three fumbles (none lost). He has looked more like an NFL-caliber QB as he has gotten more comfortable, and he’ll be facing an awful Redskins pass defense.

Other surprise plays: Sam Bradford, St. Louis (at TB), Chad Henne, Jacksonville (vs. NE), Tony Romo, Dallas (vs. NO)

Quarterback – sit of the week

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati (at PIT): Dalton and the Bengals will be playing a very important game against the Steelers, as the teams jockey for their playoff lives. In the first meeting with the Steelers, Dalton managed just 105 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The Steelers ranked first in the NFL, allowing just 180.6 yards per game through the air, so Dalton will certainly have his work cut out. In that game, the Steelers pass defense held Dalton’s favorite target, WR A.J. Green, to just one reception for an eight-yard TD. Can they do it again? It’s a good bet they’ll keep the Bengals’ aerials to a minimum, so find another alternative if you normally depend upon the Red Rifle.

Other QBs to sit: Jay Cutler, Chicago (at ARI), Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco (at SEA), Philip Rivers, San Diego (at NYJ)

Running back – surprise start of the week

DeMarco Murray, Dallas (vs. NO): Since returning from injury, Murray has rattled off touchdowns in three consecutive games, including a score against a tough rushing defense from Pittsburgh last weekend. Murray has managed at least 81 yards in two of his past three games, and there is no reason to believe the gravy train will end this Sunday. The Saints are horrible against the rush, allowing 146.3 yards per game on the ground with 13 rushing scores. He might post his first 100-yard game this season, and he is likely to continue his scoring streak.

Other surprise plays: Vick Ballard, Indianapolis (at KC), Reggie Bush, Miami (vs. BUF), Stevan Ridley, New England (at JAC)

Running back – sit of the week

Steven Jackson, St. Louis (at TB): Jackson needs just 91 rushing yards over his final two regular season games to hit 1,000 yards for the eighth consecutive season. He is facing the league’s top-ranked rushing defense in Week 16, as the Buccaneers allow just 83.3 yards per game on the ground. If SJ39 is going to hit that milestone, it might have to wait until Week 17. The Bucs have given up just eight rushing plays of 20 or more yards this season, and only one 40-plus run all season.

Other RBs to sit: BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati (at PIT), Marshawn Lynch, Seattle (vs. SF), Trent Richardson, Cleveland (at DEN)

Wide receiver – surprise start of the week

Brandon Gibson, St. Louis (at TB): Gibson is not necessarily a must-start fantasy option in every single format, but he is a player who can help owners looking for receiving help to that much-needed championship. The Buccaneers allow 310.6 yards per game through the air with 27 passing touchdowns in just 14 games. Gibson has really played well lately, posting 12 catches for 176 yards and a touchdown over the past two games. Need a WR3/4 or ‘flex’ option this weekend? Gibson is certainly worth a look.

Other surprise plays: Anquan Boldin, Baltimore (vs. NYG), Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia (vs. WAS), Steve Smith, Carolina (vs. OAK)

Wide receiver- sit of the week

A.J. Green, Cincinnati (at PIT): As mentioned in the earlier meeting against the Steelers, Green was limited to just one reception, an eight-yard touchdown. Green has been a fantasy stud this season, so he isn’t necessarily someone who you’ll want to shuttle to your bench. However, if you normally depend upon Green as a WR1, he should be dropped down your rankings to WR3 or ‘flex’ status for the upcoming week. If you have a handful of other viable fantasy receivers with favorable matchups, then Green might be best left to the bench.

Other WRs to sit: Michael Crabtree, San Francisco (at SEA), Josh Gordon, Cleveland (at DEN), Sidney Rice, Seattle (vs. SF)

Tight end – surprise start of the week: Jermichael Finley, Green Bay (vs. TEN)

Other solid, less-than-obvious fantasy plays: Martellus Bennett, N.Y. Giants (at BAL), Greg Olsen, Carolina (vs. OAK)

Sit of the week: Antonio Gates, San Diego (at NYJ)

Others who should be riding the fantasy pine: Vernon Davis, San Francisco (at SEA), Benjamin Watson, Cleveland (at DEN)

Kicker – surprise start of the week: Graham Gano, Carolina (vs. OAK)

Other solid, less-than-obvious fantasy play: Phil Dawson, Cleveland (at DEN)

Sit of the week: Jay Feely, Arizona (vs. CHI)

Other who should be riding the fantasy pine: Josh Brown/Mike Nugent, Cincinnati (at PIT)

Defense/special teams – surprise start of the week: Chargers DST (at NYJ)

Other solid, less-than-obvious fantasy plays: Colts DST (at KC), Panthers DST (vs. OAK)

DST sit of the week: Cowboys DST (vs. NO)

Others who should be riding the fantasy pine: Jaguars DST (vs. NE), Ravens DST (vs. NYG)

Fantasy Football Advice: Week 16 Waiver Wire Picks

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The list this week is short, but sweet. If you’ve made it this far, you likely have a pretty tight team about to contend for a championship this weekend or next, or you’re playing in a consolation game trying to rack up a prize. Either way, congratulations. It’s such a relief to see your hard work and research pay off, literally, while most of the haters in your league sit back and write out their checks.

I’m very pleased to be playing this weekend for a second consecutive championship in the Triple Crown Fantasy Football Experts IDP league against a co-worker with another site. Any time you have a chance to win a championship, it is nice, but it is especially rewarding to have success against your peers. I know I’ve had quite a few stinkers here, and in my start ‘em/sit ‘em column. That goes with the territory, really, as you cannot always be 100 percent correct. But really, if you’re 60-75 percent correct, that’s a successful rate in fantasy football.

Good luck in Week 16!

Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh: Brown is back from injury, and so is QB Ben Roethlisberger. Brown has scored touchdowns in back-to-back games, and he has been targeted 31 times in three games since returning to the lineup. He has 17 receptions for 169 yards during the impressive span, making him worthy of use as a WR3/4 or ‘flex’ play in all lineups this weekend.

Colts, DST, Indianapolis: The Colts defense has been rather mediocre this season, and pretty erratic from a fantasy standpoint. However, they are facing a Kansas City Chiefs team on the road this weekend which has a banged-up QB Brady Quinn (ribs) and WR Dwayne Bowe (ribs). It is looking like QB Ricky Stanzi, the former standout at the University of Iowa, could get his first meaningful regular season action and/or start. If so, the Colts are sure to generate a few turnovers and some decent fantasy points.

Jeff Cumberland, TE, N.Y. Jets: It’s hard to believe, but Cumberland has actually been a fairly useful fantasy asset over the past three weeks. He has been targeted 15 times, hauling in seven receptions for 115 yards and two scores during the span. That’s better production than New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham and San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates, for example. Cumberland is on a terrible team in a terrible offense, but might have the most sure hands of all the receivers left standing.

Leonard Hankerson, WR, Washington: Hankerson had just two catches last week in Cleveland, both going for touchdowns. If you’re absolutely desperate for receiving help in an ultra-deep league, Hankerson is worth a look. He has had a problem with drops during the early part of his career, so that is really what has seemed to set him back. When he holds onto the ball, he is a playmaker capable of doing big things.

Steven Hauschka, PK, Seattle: Hauschka is the kicker for an offense which has generated 50-plus points in each of the past two weekends. There is no really good reason not to like him for fantasy purposes, other than the fact the Seahawks face a difficult matchup against the 49ers. However, Seattle might actually have more field goal chances this weekend than in past games, making Hauschka a Top 10 Fantasy option as his position.

Joseph Morgan, WR, New Orleans: Morgan has a ton of playmaking ability, and with the Saints out of the postseason hunt, it is expected some of their younger players will get a more in-depth evaluation process down the stretch. Morgan is a guy who has shown the ability to make the hard catches, and lack focus on the easy ones. For fantasy owners, he could be a useful addition in those formats which reward longer TDs.

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami: Tannehill faces a very juicy matchup against a Buffalo Bills defense which has been absolutely atrocious. Last weekend, Tannehill threw for 220 yards and two scores in a win against Jacksonville, and the rookie completed a season-best 78.6 percent of his pass attempts. The last time he faced Buffalo was actually not that great, as he had just 141 passing yards with a TD and two interceptions. However, after seeing Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson pick apart the Bills last week in Toronto, it’s hard not to wonder if Tannehill can do the same in Week 16.

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle: Speaking of Wilson, those Fantasy owners who took a chance last week likely advanced to the championship game, or next round, of their playoffs. He became the first quarterback in NFL history to run for three scores in the first half of a game, and the first QB in franchise history to run for three scores in a game. He also tossed one TD, and has a 101.7 passer rating over his past three outings. He has been the field general of an offense with back-to-back 50-plus point performances, and he has emerged as a solid low-end QB1 in all formats.

Week 15 Start & Sit Fantasy Football Advice

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It’s Week 15, and that means it is likely fantasy playoffs semifinals week in most standard head-to-head formats. While that is very important, it pales in comparison to the awful news which came out of Connecticut Friday morning. Prayers and condolences to anyone affected by this terrible tragedy. As a father of two little boys, my world would be shattered forever if something terrible like this ever touched their/our lives. Before you set your fantasy lineup, if you have children, go give them a big, fat hug and a kiss, even if they are teenagers and push you away in embarrassment. If you don’t have children, say a prayer and hope something this awful never happens again. Now, back to your regular scheduled programming.

Good luck in Week 15, and lots of luck hoisting that championship trophy!

Quarterback – surprise start of the week

Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay (at NO): Ride Josh Freeman to a potential spot in the championship game in fantasy? What, what? With a matchup against the Saints in the Superdome, Freeman should find plenty of open spaces. The Saints rank 30th in the NFL against the pass, allowing 284.5 yards per game through the air. In the first meeting, Freeman went for 420 yards with three touchdown passes back in Week 7 in a 35-28 setback at home. Look for Freeman to spray the ball around to his solid WRs Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams, as well as TE Dallas Clark, for another big statistical day.

Other surprise plays: Chad Henne, Jacksonville (at MIA), Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco (at NE), Brandon Weeden, Cleveland (vs. WAS)

Quarterback – sit of the week

Tom Brady, New England (vs. SF): Brady is going to make a lot of his fantasy owners sad on Sunday Night Football. The 49ers rank second in the NFL against the pass, allowing just 184.7 yards per game through the air with 13 passing touchdowns in 13 games. Brady might pass for something like 200-225 yards and a score, but his numbers will not be fantasy championship caliber this weekend. Still, if your alternative is someone like Buffalo Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick or Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker, you’ll want to roll with Brady. But if you also have access to someone like Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton off your bench, or another alternative with a favorable matchup who is available off the waiver wire, you might have to make a very, very tough decision.

Other QBs to sit: Joe Flacco, Baltimore (vs. DEN), Jake Locker, Tennessee (vs. NYJ), Christian Ponder, Minnesota (at STL)

Running back – surprise start of the week

Reggie Bush, Miami (vs. JAC): Bush entered the season with grandiose ideas of what we was and wasn’t going to do, including competing for the NFL’s rushing title. Well, that ship sailed early, but he has been fairly effective for some fantasy owners. However, even in points-per-reception (PPR) leagues, he hasn’t been his normal, useful self. However, if you’re still alive despite Bush, he should make for a fabulous RB2 or ‘flex’ play this weekend against the league’s 31st ranked rushing defense. The Jaguars allow 145.7 yards per game on the ground, and they have yielded an NFL-high tying 18 rushing scores. Seeing Bush post his second 100-yard game of the season and get into the end zone would not be a huge surprise.

Other surprise plays: Joique Bell, Detroit (at ARI), Chris Johnson, Tennessee (vs. NYJ – Mon.), Knowshon Moreno, Denver (at BAL)

Running back – sit of the week

DeMarco Murray, Dallas (vs. PIT): The Steelers rushing defense has allowed just 93.2 yards per game on the ground this season, ranking fifth overall in the NFL. They have been dinged for eight rushing scores, so if Murray has any measure of fantasy success, it will be because he somehow got into the end zone. His yardage total will not be anything to write home about, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him average about three yards per carry on 15-20 carries.

Other RBs to sit: Frank Gore, San Francisco (at NE), Trent Richardson, Cleveland (vs. WAS), Stevan Ridley, New England (vs. SF)

Wide receiver – surprise start of the week

Josh Gordon, Cleveland (vs. WAS): The Redskins passing defense hasn’t been as awful as it was in the beginning of the season, but if Washington doesn’t make the playoffs this season, their secondary is a major reason why. The Redskins have given up 289.3 yards per game through the air, 31st in the NFL. They have also given up 27 passing scores, which is tied for worst in the league. Gordon should have a field day against this ‘Skins patchwork secondary. The last time Gordon faced a similarly poor pass defense, the Oakland Raiders in Week 13, he shredded them for 116 yards and a score. Expect more of the same in this one.

Other surprise plays: Jonathan Baldwin, Kansas City (at OAK), Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville (at MIA), Mike Williams, Tampa Bay (at NO)

Wide receiver- sit of the week

Stevie Johnson, Buffalo (vs. SEA): The good news is that Johnson, who was battling a hamstring injury previously, is no longer listed on the team’s injury report. The bad news is that he will still be facing a Seattle pass defense which ranks fourth in the NFL, allowing just 196.3 yards per game through the air. In addition, the Seahawks are first in the NFL in passing touchdowns allowed with 12. Even if Johnson is able to somehow amass a respectable yardage total, it’s unlikely he gets into the end zone. If you have comparable fantasy options with better matchups, use them.

Other WRs to sit: Greg Jennings, Green Bay (at CHI), Brandon Lloyd, New England (vs. SF), Torrey Smith, Baltimore (vs. DEN)

Tight end – surprise start of the week: Dennis Pitta, Baltimore (vs. DEN)

Other solid, less-than-obvious fantasy plays: Dallas Clark, Tampa Bay (at NO), Benjamin Watson, Cleveland (vs. WAS)

Sit of the week: Scott Chandler, Buffalo (vs. SEA)

Others who should be riding the fantasy pine: Jermichael Finley, Green Bay (at CHI), Brandon Myers, Oakland (vs. KC)

Kicker – surprise start of the week: Ryan Succop, Kansas City (at OAK)

Other solid, less-than-obvious fantasy play: Connor Barth, Tampa Bay (at NO)

Sit of the week: Mason Crosby, Green Bay (at CHI)

Other who should be riding the fantasy pine: Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis (at HOU)

Defense/special teams – surprise start of the week: Lions DST (at ARI)

Other solid, less-than-obvious fantasy plays: Raiders DST (vs. KC), Titans DST (vs. NYJ – Mon.)

DST sit of the week: Buccaneers DST (at NO)

Others who should be riding the fantasy pine: 49ers DST (at NE), Saints DST (vs. TB)

Fantasy Football Advice: Week 15 Waiver Wire Picks

If you’re still reading this column, congratulations. You’re either in the fantasy football playoffs this weekend, or you just really like football. Either way, glad to have you on board. We’re rounding the corner and headed for home, with just two weeks left in most standard fantasy leagues, although some leagues go the distance through Week 17. In any event, now more than ever, it is very important to mine those last-minute free-agents who could put your lineup over the top. Either that, or some of these guys are worth squirreling away in the event your opponent, or future opponents, has a glaring weakness. You could keep them from improving by simply stashing away potential help on your bench.

Good luck in Week 15!

Donnie Avery, WR, Indianapolis: Avery hasn’t put up eye-popping numbers, and he probably should have had a touchdown grab last weekend, but was unable to haul it in against the Titans. Still, he has a pair of scores in the past three games, and he has been targeted at least eight times in each contest during that span. He has the potential to be a solid WR3/4 or ‘flex’ play if he and QB Andrew Luck can get on the same page. Luck likes to throw his way, as is evidenced by the targets, and a 100-yard game with a score wouldn’t be out of the question in Houston, because the Colts aren’t likely to find much success on the ground.

Joique Bell, RB, Detroit: Bell rolled for 49 yards on 12 carries, and he had a total of 96 yards from scrimmage thanks to his soft hands out of the backfield. Bell was targeted seven times, which is a stat those in points-per-reception (PPR) leagues will certainly smile about. As long as Mikel Leshoure is healthy, Bell’s fantasy ceiling is a bit limited, but if he can get 12-16 touches per game down the stretch, he isn’t a terrible ‘flex’ play.

Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington: There are indications coming out of D.C. that QB Robert Griffin III (knee) will sit this week due to the knee injury he suffered late in the overtime win against the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday. Cousins came off the bench cold, engineered a game-tying touchdown drive with a scoring strike to WR Pierre Garcon, and then finished off the Ravens by leading his team to a field goal in OT. Cousins isn’t the flashy guy RGIII is, but he should be a decent caretaker of the offense, especially against a Browns defense which has improved, but still ranks 23rd in total defense.

Kai Forbath, PK, Washington: If you need a fantasy kicker, like to play the matchups, and more importantly like to roll the dice, then Forbath might be for you. He has drilled all five of his field goal attempts over the past three games, while piling up nine extra points for an average of eight points per game. This week, he might see more field goal opportunities in Cleveland, especially if Cousins starts. A stalling offense near the red zone with a solid, yet inexperienced QB, might mean Forbath hits double-digits in production.

DuJuan Harris, RB, Green Bay: We’re not suggesting Harris be plugged into starting fantasy lineups immediately, especially going against a stout Chicago Bears defense this weekend, but he is an intriguing player worth rostering going forward for those still alive in their playoffs. Harris made his first NFL start in Week 14 against the Detroit Lions, rolling for 31 yards on seven carries with a score. At the very least, he will be considered as part of a three-headed rushing monster with Alex Green and Ryan Grant going forward. If he can secure a bulk of the carries, he would be a useful ‘flex’ option in the final two weeks, but he is just reserve-worthy this weekend.

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago: Jeffery was back from knee surgery, and he found the end zone in Week 14 at Minnesota. He nearly had a second score but flubbed one in the third quarter. The rookie has been a little uneven and injury-prone this season, but he has displayed some playmaking ability when he is on the field. The Packers are rather marginal against the pass, allowing 235.2 yards per game through the air, so he could emerge as a useful WR4 or ‘flex’ play for Sunday’s game.

Jeremy Maclin, WR, Philadelphia: Maclin has been shuttled to the waiver wire lately by a lot of fantasy owners with an itchy trigger finger. And yes, he has struggled since, even before the changeover from Michael Vick (concussion) to Nick Foles. But, Maclin was targeted 13 times last weekend in Tampa Bay, and he was on the receiving end of the last-second heroics by Foles in the final seconds of the Week 14 win against the Buccaneers. Maclin finished with nine grabs, 104 yards and the score. It was his first visit to the end zone since Week 10, and his first 100-yard game since Week 6. He shouldn’t be considered as anything more than a WR3/4 or ‘flex’ play, but he has WR2 potential against a Bengals pass defense facing a short week to prepare for a quarterback with not a lot of game film.

Rams DST, St. Louis: The St. Louis Rams defense isn’t usually thought about as a top-tier option, but they have managed three defensive/special teams scores over the past three weeks while allowing just 14.0 ppg. In addition, the Rams have piled up 10 sacks, five interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a safety during the span. They’re not quite elite level for fantasy owners, but in a matchup at home against Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder, the Rams might be worth a look. They have also allowed less than 100 yards per game on the ground during the span, so don’t be scared off by the specter of RB Adrian Peterson running wild. He won’t.

Week 14 Start & Sit Fantasy Football Advice

It’s Week 14, and the last regular season weekend in most standard formats. Hopefully your week is off to a better start than mine. I am fighting for the fourth and final playoff spot in my 12-team, big-money league. I faced Denver’s Peyton Manning (26-36-310-1-1) and Knowshon Moreno (32-119-1, 4-48-0), while I had Sebastian Janikowski and Brandon Myers. The Broncos were allowing the second-most fantasy points to tight ends entering Week 14, so it figures Myers would end up with one grab for seven yards. He was used mostly as an extra blocker, as the Raiders could not contain LB Von Miller. I have the second-most points in my league, but I could be watching others battle for the trophy and money next week and beyond. I hope that you’re in much better shape. If you’re still reading this, then you’re still in contention.

Good luck in Week 14, and I hope you bring home that championship!

Quarterback – surprise start of the week

Joe Flacco, Baltimore (at WAS): Flacco is available off the waiver wire in some leagues, especially since he is coming off a marginal performance against the Steelers at home last weekend. If he is still available, however, you will want him in your lineup this weekend against the Washington Redskins, a team with the 31st-ranked pass defense in the NFL. The ‘Skins have been getting a little better against the pass as the weeks have gone on, but they are still allowing 299.0 yards per game through the air with 24 passing touchdowns. In addition, they’ve allowed 46 pass plays of 20 or more yards, and 10 for more than 40 yards per pop. Look for Flacco to get back into the 300-yard area with at least two or three passing scores.

Other surprise plays: Nick Foles, Philadelphia (at TB), Mark Sanchez, N.Y. Jets (at JAC), Matt Schaub, Houston (at New England, Mon.)

Quarterback – sit of the week

Philip Rivers, San Diego (at PIT): For Pittsburgh standards, especially in Denver, the weather will actually be pretty temperate. The high on Sunday is expected to be 50 degrees, but there is a 60 percent chance of showers with some potential thunder and wind. The weather shouldn’t play a huge factor, but it is something to be mindful if it gets sloppy during the game. However, facing the No. 1 passing defense in the NFL is worrisome for owners of Rivers, who hasn’t been that great or consistent anyway. The Steelers allow just 166.7 yards per game through the air, which is a whopping 22.3 yards better than any other team. They have allowed just 13 passing touchdowns in 12 games.

Other QBs to sit: Chad Henne, Jacksonville (vs. NYJ), Ryan Tannehill, Miami (at SF), Russell Wilson, Seattle (vs. ARI)

Running back – surprise start of the week

Steven Jackson, St. Louis (at BUF): There will be a chill in the air, with temperatures in the high 30′s, along with a chance of a cold rain and plenty of wind. That doesn’t bode well for Sam Bradford and the passing game, especially for long downfield throws. But, it is great news for SJ39 and the Rams rushing attack, which would have been busy anyway against the NFL’s 30th ranked rushing defense. Buffalo gives up huge chunks of real estate on the ground to the tune of 139.2 yards per game, with an NFL-worst 17 rushing touchdowns allowed.

Other surprise plays: Vick Ballard, Indianapolis (vs. TEN), Shonn Greene, N.Y. Jets (at JAC), Chris Johnson, Tennessee (at IND)

Running back – sit of the week

Bryce Brown, Philadelphia (at TB): Brown has been putting up historic numbers in his first two NFL starts. He is the fifth NFL rookie in history to run for 165 or more yards in back-to-back games, and he is the first-ever to do it in his first two career starts. And, in the illustrious and lengthy history of the Eagles franchise, he is just the second back to go for back-to-back 160-yard performances, and the first since 1965. That being said, he will crash back to Earth in a big way Sunday. The Buccaneers rank first in the NFL against the run, allowing just 82.3 yards per game on the ground. While they have yielded nine rushing scores in 12 games, there is some potential there for Brown to have a small measure of success, but his yardage totals will be cut in half, and maybe more. Brown has also put the ball on the ground three times in the past two games.

Other RBs to sit: Reggie Bush, Miami (at San Francisco), Ryan Mathews, San Diego (at PIT), Stevan Ridley, New England (vs. HOU – Mon.)

Wide receiver – surprise start of the week

Michael Crabtree, San Francisco (vs. MIA): Crabtree has developed a nice rapport with new QB Colin Kaepernick, and that should continue into Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. Miami’s pass defense has been dinged for 257.7 yards per game through the air with 15 passing touchdowns in 12 games. Last Sunday in St. Louis, Crabtree had his first 100-yard game since Week 5, and just the fourth of his four-year NFL career. This weekend will mark the first time he has ever hit the century mark in receiving yardage in back-to-back games as a professional, and he might very well make his way into the end zone, too.

Other surprise plays: T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis (vs. TEN), Torrey Smith, Baltimore (at WAS), Mike Thomas, Detroit (at GB)

Wide receiver- sit of the week

Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona (at SEA): Fitzgerald is having a very un-Larry-like season, as he is on pace for just 866 receiving yards and five scores. The yardage would be his lowest since 2004, his rookie season, and the touchdowns would be a career low. He will face a Seahawks pass defense which allows just 203.4 yards per game through the air. Seattle has also given up just 12 passing TDs in 12 games, while yielding only 28 pass plays of 20 or more yards, which is the fourth-best mark in the NFL. Fitzgerald has just one 100-yard game, and one score over his past five meetings with Seattle, including a rather marginal four catches for 63 yards in Week 1. QB John Skelton is back under center this week, and the continuous change under center coupled with the strong pass defense doesn’t bode well for Fitz and his fantasy owners.

Other WRs to sit: Danario Alexander, San Diego (at PIT), Brian Hartline, Miami (at SF), Julio Jones, Atlanta (at CAR)

Tight end – surprise start of the week: Martellus Bennett, N.Y. Giants (vs. NO)

Other solid, less-than-obvious fantasy plays: Owen Daniels, Houston (at NE – Mon.), Vernon Davis, San Francisco (vs. MIA)

Sit of the week: Antonio Gates, San Diego (at PIT)

Others who should be riding the fantasy pine: Marcedes Lewis, JAC (vs. NYJ), Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota (vs. CHI)

Kicker – surprise start of the week: Dan Bailey, Dallas (at CIN)

Other solid, less-than-obvious fantasy play: Phil Dawson, Cleveland (vs. KC)

Sit of the week: Nick Novak, San Diego (at PIT)

Other who should be riding the fantasy pine: Alex Henery, Philadelphia (at TB)

Defense/special teams – surprise start of the week: Browns DST (vs. KC)

Other solid, less-than-obvious fantasy plays: Buccaneers DST (vs. PHI), Chargers DST (at PIT)

DST sit of the week: Lions DST (at GB)

Others who should be riding the fantasy pine: Colts DST (vs. TEN), Cowboys DST (at CIN)

Fantasy Football Advice: Week 14 Waiver Wire Picks




It’s likely the final weekend of regular season play in most standard fantasy formats, but it’s never too late to speculate and pick up players for the regular season finale, as well as prep your team for a playoff run by adding some depth. There aren’t a ton of great waiver wire options available this week, unfortunately, but there are some key figures who really could make a difference if you’re deficient in certain areas.

Good luck in Week 14!

Vick Ballard, RB, Indianapolis: Ballard punched in his first-career rushing touchdown in Week 13 in Detroit, and he totaled nine carries for 41 yards. That isn’t tremendous fantasy production, but he also added three receptions for 21 yards. Ballard has a little more appeal in points-per-reception (PPR) formats, but he is worth a ‘flex’ play in standard leagues, especially since he’ll be facing a Titans defense which he has already had success against. He had one of the most memorable touchdowns of the season on a sprawling, twisting dive into the end zone in overtime on a swing pass from QB Andrew Luck.

Connor Barth, PK, Tampa Bay: Barth is finally starting to get the attention of fantasy owners, and it only took a huge chunk of the season. Sure, he doesn’t have the big name like some others do, but he has big-time production on a team which has been scoring in chunks. Barth has two or more field goal makes in four straight games, and five of his past six, and he is averaging just short of 10 points per week (in standard formats) during the impressive span.

Browns, DST, Cleveland: The Browns defense is not one which you likely will play from week to week, but they face a Kansas City Chiefs offense which is improving, but still is very mistake-prone. QB Brady Quinn returns to his old stomping grounds looking to have a second solid NFL start. So far in his career, that hasn’t really happened, so the Browns defense should be able to pounce for a couple of turnovers and a handful of sacks. The Chiefs don’t score many points, either, so Cleveland’s defense looks primed and ready for a big-time fantasy line.

Chargers, DST, San Diego: Unlike the Browns, the Chargers DST has some fantasy staying power, and is not purely matchup-based. Sure, San Diego’s offense facing an error-prone QB Charlie Batch, or perhaps a rusty QB Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) is favorable. However, they have rolled up six defensive touchdowns this season, and they have been opportunistic as far as sacks and fumble recoveries. If they’re available off the waiver wire, pluck them for some depth.

Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia: Foles showed some pocket awareness in last Sunday’s game at Dallas, and, more importantly, he did not turn the ball over. Foles was named the starter for the rest of the season by head coach Andy Reid, regardless of the health of QB Michael Vick (concussion) going forward. That doesn’t mean Foles is a sure-fire fantasy starter. However, he is worth adding for depth at the position just in case your primary starter is befallen by injury or faces a tremendously difficult matchup in the fantasy playoffs.

Jacob Tamme, TE, Denver: Tamme was very productive in last week’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but it might be a bit deceiving. First off, he was matched up against an abysmal Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass defense. Second, he was filling in for WR Brandon Stokley, seeing time working in the slot. If that continues, Tamme will once again be a solid fantasy option. With a short week, and the Broncos playing Thursday in Oakland, it’s uncertain if Stokley had enough time to mend. Tamme is Top 10 at his position for the upcoming week, making him worth a look if you’re in need of a one-week fill-in at the position.

Mike Thomas, WR, Detroit: Thomas is expected to remain a starter down the stretch opposite Calvin Johnson, as embattled Titus Young is done for the season on Injured Reserve, and so too is Ryan Broyles (torn ACL). The unfortunate circumstances for his teammates should pay big dividends for Thomas, who faces a semi-favorable matchup against a Packers pass defense which ranks 17th in the NFL, allowing 233.8 yards per game and 18 passing touchdowns in 12 games.

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle: For whatever reason, Wilson doesn’t seem to get the same kind of press as his rookie brethren. However, the Little Engine That Could continues to chug on, leading miraculous fourth-quarter comebacks, improbable overtime wins, etc. Sure, his stats aren’t as flashy as the others, but wins are one of the most important stats. For fantasy purposes, he has turned it up a notch, posting two or more touchdown passes in five consecutive outings, and six of his past seven. More importantly, he hasn’t tossed an interception since Week 8 in Detroit, and he tied a career-high with 293 passing yards in Chicago last weekend. His first 300-yard passing performance might not be far off. This weekend, he faces a difficult matchup with Arizona, but he has an ultra-favorable matchup in Buffalo in Week 15 when the fantasy playoffs are in full swing. Don’t sleep on Wilson.

Week 13 Start & Sit Fantasy Football Advice

We’ve hit the home stretch, and fantasy owners are either dead in the water, fighting for their playoff lives or coasting to division titles and first-round byes. If you’re one of the final two, that’s why you’re here. Those other losers are watching that sport with the orange ball and wood by now, as they couldn’t hack it on the gridiron.

It’s Week 13, and we’ve got some really tasty matchups on the schedule, but there are also some potential pitfalls, so don’t make the mistake of starting a guy based on what he did last week or the game before. Play the matchups, watch the opposing defenses, and check out a player’s game history against his opponent. Has he played well against a division rival, does he generally struggle? Make educated decisions based on facts and stats, now just on names and overall performance. Sometimes we miss, and miss badly. Performances come out of nowhere and happen even against great defenses, which other times a guy just doesn’t exploit a defense he should dominate. It happens. But, more often than not, this method works to perfection.

Good luck in Week 13, and hopefully you’re ready to punch your ticket to the fantasy postseason!

Quarterback – surprise start of the week

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo (vs. JAC): Fitzpatrick and the Bills meet the Jaguars, which rank 28th in the NFL against the pass by allowing 274.5 yards per game through the air. So far this season, the Bills have passed when needed against teams ranking 21st or worse against the pass. Fitzpatrick has thrown for 1,239 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions in seven games against teams with a Top 20 pass defense or better. However, in just four games against teams which rank 21st or worse, he has compiled 1,120 yards, 12 TDs and six INTs, including his only two 300-yard games of the season.

Other surprise plays: Christian Ponder, Minnesota (at GB), Matt Schaub, Houston (at TEN), Ryan Tannehill, Miami (vs. NE)

Quarterback – sit of the week

Joe Flacco, Baltimore (vs. PIT): Flacco has managed a total of just 10 touchdown passes with four interceptions in nine career starts against the Steelers, who rank first in the NFL against the pass this season by allowing 165.7 yards per game through the air. That’s about what Flacco managed in his first meeting with the Steelers two weeks ago in the Steel City, as he finished 20-of-32 for 164 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions in a road win. Flacco has just one career 300-yard game (Week 9 – 2011), and he has thrown for multiple TDs in a game just twice against the AFC North Division rivals.

Other QBs to sit: Sam Bradford, St. Louis (vs. SF), Jay Cutler, Chicago (vs. SEA), Mark Sanchez, N.Y. Jets (vs. ARI)

Running back – surprise start of the week

Beanie Wells, Arizona (at NYJ): OK, I am aware he struggled against the Rams rush defense last week, but they rank 14th – or middle of the pack – against the run. Wells had just 2.8 yards per carry in his return from the Injured Reserve/Designated to Return list after dealing with a toe ailment. However, he was able to find the end zone twice despite his struggles. Now, he’ll get a crack at the 30th-ranked run defense, a Jets team which allows 142.8 yards per game on the ground, along with 12 rushing touchdowns. Wells should visit the end zone at least once, and the yardage will be there. Fellow RB LaRod Stephens-Howling has been bothered by a rib ailment, and Wells should continue to see his star rise, while LSH fades.

Other surprise plays: Jamaal Charles, Kansas City (vs. CAR), Jonathan Dwyer, Pittsburgh (at BAL), Trent Richardson, Cleveland (at OAK)

Running back – sit of the week

Knowshon Moreno, Denver (vs. TB): Everyone is touting Moreno as the next big thing in fantasy, but take into consideration that he will be facing the league’s No. 1 rush defense this weekend. The Buccaneers allow just 81.5 yards per game on the ground. Moreno might be a decent pick-up for the remainder of the schedule, as Willis McGahee (knee) is done and Ronnie Hillman doesn’t see to have the complete trust of the coaching staff. But Moreno is injury-prone, and he faces a difficult matchup. It’s best to leave him on the bench for this one.

Other RBs to sit: Ahmad Bradshaw, N.Y. Giants (at WAS – Mon.), Steven Jackson, St. Louis (vs. SF), Chris Johnson, Tennessee (vs. HOU)

Wide receiver – surprise start of the week

Josh Gordon, Cleveland (at OAK): Gordon burst onto the scene with a three-week stretch which saw him visit the end zone four times, and nearly a fifth time before he lost a sure TD in the sun in Indianapolis in Week 7. However, over the past four games, he has managed just 14 grabs for 197 yards and no scores, losing some of his fantasy luster. Well, this weekend he should be back. Gordon faces the league’s 24th-ranked pass defense, and QB Brandon Weeden (concussion) has been taking first-team reps in practice and appears to be on track to start. Gordon should be able to exploit the Raiders pass defense for at least 80 yards and a score, if not more. His first-career 100-yard game could be right around the corner.

Other surprise plays: Stevie Johnson, Buffalo (vs. JAC), Santana Moss, Washington (vs. NYG – Mon.), Mohamed Sanu, Cincinnati (at SD)

Wide receiver- sit of the week

Torrey Smith, Baltimore (vs. PIT): Smith has faced the Steelers just three times in his brief career, and his results haven’t been great. He posted just one grab for seven yards in the defensive slog two weeks ago in Pittsburgh, and a huge jump forward isn’t expected this week. It’s difficult for Smith’s fantasy owners to pull trigger on benching him since he had such a fine performance (7-144-0) last week in San Diego, but Pittsburgh ranks No. 1 against the pass, and just doesn’t give up big plays through the air, especially now that the defense knows it has to carry this team with the offense banged up.

Other WRs to sit: Danny Amendola, St. Louis (vs. SF), Brandon Marshall, Chicago (vs. SEA), Mike Williams, Tampa Bay (at DEN)

Tight end – surprise start of the week: Aaron Hernandez, New England (at MIA)

Other solid, less-than-obvious fantasy plays: Martellus Bennett, N.Y. Giants (at WAS – Mon.), Scott Chandler, Buffalo (vs. JAC)

Sit of the week: Dustin Keller, N.Y. Jets (vs. ARI)

Others who should be riding the fantasy pine: Brent Celek, Philadelphia (at DAL), Antonio Gates, San Diego (vs. CIN)

Kicker – surprise start of the week: Phil Dawson, Cleveland (at OAK)

Other solid, less-than-obvious fantasy play: Josh Scobee, Jacksonville (at BUF)

Sit of the week: Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis (vs. SF)

Other who should be riding the fantasy pine: Rob Bironas, Tennessee (vs. HOU)

Defense/special teams – surprise start of the week: Jets DST (vs. ARI)

Other solid, less-than-obvious fantasy plays: Lions DST (vs. IND), Panthers DST (at KC)

DST sit of the week: Buccaneers DST (at DEN)

Others who should be riding the fantasy pine: Redskins DST (vs. NYG – Mon.), Steelers DST (at BAL)



Fantasy Football Advice: Week 13 Waiver Wire Picks

We’re well into the second round of divisional play with two weeks remaining in most head-to-head, standard fantasy formats. Teams are starting to clinch divisions, if they haven’t already, while other teams are jockeying for wild card or playoff seed positioning. It’s an exciting time of the season if you’re still a contender, and there are still plenty of solid guys out there who could give you those crucial extra points to push your team over the top, turning a narrow loss into a potential close victory.

Good luck in Week 13, and hopefully it is unlucky for your opponent!

Joique Bell, RB, Detroit: Bell picked up 47 rushing yards and a score on Thanksgiving against the Houston Texans, but is really more of a speculative pick-up. He has made fantasy owners smile in PPR (points-per-receptions) leagues with his 31 catches, although he has just one catch over the past two games. However, it is likely his role continues to expand down the stretch, as RB Mikel Leshoure hasn’t exactly lit the world on fire, and Bell has made the most out of any opportunity he has been presented. Don’t get crazy and cut a player who is producing, but if you have an injured guy and simply cannot wait any longer to replace him, Bell might be worth a chance.

Rashad Jennings, RB, Jacksonville: Jennings will once again get a chance to handle every-down duties with RB Jalen Parmele landing on the season-ending Injured Reserve list. Jennings is at least worth a look as a low-end RB2 or ‘flex’ fantasy option against the Buffalo Bills. If the Jaguars are smart, Jennings might be used frequently to catch out of the backfield, especially against an awful Bills pass defense. Now that QB Chad Henne is at the helm, there is a threat of the pass that didn’t really exist with second-year QB Blaine Gabbert.

Jets DST, N.Y. Jets: The Jets defense will be the team to target this week if you are looking to play the matchups. They’ll get a crack at Arizona Cardinals QB Ryan Lindley, who tossed a pair of pick-sixes last week in his debut against the St. Louis Rams. The Jets haven’t exactly been lighting the world afire defensively or offensively, but they’re worth a one-time chance in a favorable matchup.

Brandon LaFell, WR, Carolina: The Panthers offense looked NFL-caliber again, and LaFell might be the biggest beneficiary. Suddenly, he has scored touchdowns in back-to-back games, and he has piled up eight grabs and 167 receiving yards during the two-game span. At that rate, he is certainly worth a look if you have a need for a WR3/4 or ‘flex’ player. Remember, though, he faced a terrible Tampa Bay pass defense, and then an equally awful Philadelphia D, scoring perhaps the easiest touchdown ever on MNF. This week, he’ll get a crack at Kansas City, so the good times should roll on.

Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Atlanta: The man they call ‘Quizz’ tied a season-high with 10 carries in Week 12 at Tampa Bay, and he picked up a respectable 49 rushing yards. Normally, he is known for his ability to catch out of the backfield. He managed just two receptions last Sunday, but he went for 30 yards. In the previous four games, he had four or more catches. Rodgers is certainly worth a look in PPR formats if he is still available, though he is likely not. If so, his role might be ready to expand, and he should be pounced upon immediately.

Mohamed Sanu, WR, Cincinnati: The Cincinnati Bengals have rattled off three consecutive victories, and they have averaged 31.0 points per game on offense. One of the biggest keys, outside of playing marginal defenses and establishing a running game, has been the emergence of Sanu as a viable No. 2 receiver to complement WR A.J. Green. Sanu has two or more receptions in five straight games, and he has found the end zone four times in the past three games.

Beanie Wells, RB, Arizona: Wells (toe) made his return from the new Injured Reserve/Designated to Return list, and he immediately made his presence felt. He posted a pair of rushing touchdowns from 1-yard, and 12 yards out. Really, he is likely to see more of a role in a short-yardage and goal-line situations, but eventually if he can stay healthy, he should easily supplant LaRod Stephens-Howling for a majority of the touches. Wells is worth a look as an RB3 or ‘flex’ player now, with the potential to see more value going forward, again, if he can avoid the injury bug.

DeAngelo Williams, RB, Carolina: Fantasy owners have a sour taste in their mouth when talking about Williams, who has had several chances in the past, but failed miserably. However, RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle) suffered a high ankle sprain Monday in Philadelphia, and is unlikely to play in a favorable matchup in Kansas City in Week 13. That’s great news for Williams and Fantasy owners if you’re searching for a ‘flex’ option. Williams would see 15-20 carries with 60-80 rushing yards and a potential touchdown. He isn’t a receiver out of the backfield, however, so PPR owners will want to steer clear. If Williams struggles early, however, it wouldn’t be a shock to see Mike Tolbert handle a majority of the touches against a team he is very familiar from his days in San Diego. Tolbert is the better option for PPR owners looking to make a late-season score.

David Wilson, RB, N.Y. Giants: Wilson moves into the backup role to Ahmad Bradshaw by default after Andre Brown snapped his fibula Sunday night against the Packers. Wilson has game-changing speed and ability, but his penchant for fumbling has held him back. However, Wilson might be  solid change-of-pace back in a matchup at Washington, a team which hasn’t been very good against the pass. If Wilson is thrown to out of the backfield, he could pile up some serious yardage totals. Don’t use him as anything more than a ‘flex’ play in leagues of 12 or more teams in standard formats, but he could be the next big thing if he doesn’t subvert his chances by putting the ball on the ground.



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