In this Thanksgiving season, it’s traditionally permissible to show acts of gluttony and overindulgence. However in this time of year in fantasy football, such acts could have dire consequences. Here is a menu of players that will expand your fantasy waistline and slow you down followed by some more efficient options that will prime your team make a healthy sprint to the finish line this week.
Fattening: Matt Schaub- The Texans QB has undoubtedly failed most fantasy owners who were really excited to draft him this year. His pedestrian 13TDs to 7INTs ratio isn’t exactly what most had in mind coming into week 12. In his last four games, Schaub only has 4TDs and has only thrown for over 300 yards only once. Houston plays Tennessee this week and although the Titans do give up a substantial amount of passing yards, they’ve only given up 12 passing TDs all year and are tied for 2nd in the league in INTs with 15.
Try This Instead: Matt Cassel- Cassel is quietly having the best year of his career with 18TDs and only 4 INTS. The Chiefs QB has 9 TDs in his last four games with only one pick. While Cassel doesn’t throw for a ton of yards normally, he should catch a break going against a Seattle pass defense that gives up an average of 283 passing yards a game.
Fattening: Maurice Jones-Drew- MoJo seemed to have finally kicked into gear by rushing for over 100 yards in each of his last three games. While impressive, those games were against sub-par defenses like Dallas, Houston, and Cleveland. This week, the Jags travel to New York to take on the best overall defense in the league. The Giants will attempt to cut off MoJo completely in the running and passing game and force Jacksonville to look to other options. The Giants allow fewer than 90 rushing yards and fewer than 200 passing yards on average so don’t look for MoJo to have the same kind of success he’s had in the last few weeks. Also, MoJo has been banged up all week (abdomen) and has been limited in practice so if you desperately have to play him, keep an eye on that as well.
Try this instead: Mike Goodson- The Panthers starting running back by default is certainly taking advantage of the opportunity he’s been given since DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart have gone down. Goodson has rushed for over 100 yards in his last two games against pretty solid defenses in Tampa Bay and Baltimore. Look for that trend to continue against a Cleveland Browns defense that allows 116 yards on the ground a game. Even though Jimmy Clausen is back under center, don’t look for Carolina to get pass happy. The Browns don’t give up a lot of rushing TDs but Goodson should get a ton of shots this week to get off the schneid.
Fattening: Reggie Wayne- Wayne had adequate numbers last week against a horrendous New England pass defense but things won’t be as easy this week. The Colts are taking on the best pass defense in the league this week in San Diego and with so many other components on the Indy offense missing, look for the Chargers to make a priority out of keeping the ball away from Wayne. He’s been able to compensate for his lack of TDs this year with receptions and yards but that won’t be the case this week against a defense that only allows an average of 183 aerial yards a game.
Try This Instead: Sidney Rice- Brett Favre’s favorite target in 2009 finally returned last week after being activated off the PUP List and had an ordinary 3 receptions for 56 yards in last week’s catastrophe against Green Bay. With another week under his belt to get readjusted to the game and build up whatever chemistry he has with Favre, look for Rice to be a bigger contributor this week. The Vikings will be playing a Washington pass defense that allows an average of 280 yards through the air while giving up 18 passing TDs so far. Look for the old gunslinger Favre to throw a good amount of jump balls to Rice.
About the Author
Written by John Buffone
John was born in Rural Valley, Pennsylvania. He attended Clarion University and received a degree in Mass Media Arts and Journalism. He currently hosts "The Sports Zone with John Buffone" on AM 1380 WTYM in Kittanning, PA. John is also a sports columnist for the Kittanning Paper and a contributor to Examiner.com, and CatholicSportsJournal.com.