With week 12 in the books we have had some interesting developments in the realm of fantasy. For those of you who have been shafted by the decreased play of Ahmad Bradshaw keep your ear to the ground, Brandon Jacobs who whined his way into the starting job again, was seen limping off the field near the end of the game against Jacksonville. There’s been no word yet on his condition, but with Jacobs injury history this could be perfect timing for Bradshaw to take his job back. Two top 5 running backs drafted this year went out, Adrian Peterson and Frank Gore, though Peterson’s injury may be minor Gore will likely be looking at his season being shut down. As quickly as he returned, Vincent Jackson went out just as quick with what is being reported as one of 2 injuries either a strained groin or calf. Either way is set to miss at least 2 games, so what could have been a great late season grab for playoff glory is now probably going to end up being left on the waivers. Sorry guys, I had high hopes too. Big Ben injured his foot against Buffalo and will probably be in a boot this week and almost certainly miss practices, however, he will likely play against the Ravens next week. Owners keep a close eye on this game as the Ravens will attack injuries, especially against the division rival Steelers and especially with the division on the line. That all being said, here are some pick ups to look at this week.
Brian Westbrook – If he is still on the boards grab him now. Frank Gore have a fractured hip and despite what the team will say he is done for the season. Risking their franchise running back will not be an option despite any optimism and Westbrook looks to be in line for the majority of touches. Anthony Dixon may grab a few of those touches do keep an eye on him as well, but for now Westbrook is the guy to grab.
Toby Gerhart – Gerhart went in on Sunday and performed well after Adrian Peterson went out with an ankle injury. Though Peterson may looks like he will be ok, his availability for next week against the league’s worst run defense in Buffalo is up in the air making Gerhart a must a have in the event, which could be very likely, that Peterson missed the game. More will be know Wednesday and Peterson is in danger of missing at least 2 games which could effect your fantasy playoffs.
Jonathan Stewart – He looked good coming off the bench and now that he is cleared to play he should be worth owning as a swing man for the upcoming fantasy playoffs. He may still be splitting time with Mike Goodson, who look good again in the passing game, but is likely to be the main ball carrier.
Bernard Scott – Nothing is wrong with Cedric Benson physically at the moment, but with reports that Benson is one of many offensive players that will not be returning next season, his carries could see a decrease to see what Scott can do so the team can weigh it’s options. I not going to say to grab him, but he should certainly be flagged as a late pick up in a pinch going into the playoffs.
Jacobey Ford – I listed Ford a few weeks back and followed that with a 2 catch game. However, he was still the most targeted wide out and was so again this weekend with a monster performance returning and catching a TD in the game and going for over 100 yards receiving. I shutter to say this, but the 5’10″ Ford is showing shades of a young Steve Smith (CAR), and may be worth a look, especially in keeper leagues as he is looking like he may take the number 1 receiver role.
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Written by David Willow
My name is David Willow. Your NFL and Fantasy Jedi. I have lived in Dallas, TX most of my life. I have been following both football and basketball since I was a child. I love being able to research and analyze different players and teams. I've been a fantasy sports enthusiast for around 8 years with some titles to back that. I have a Bachelors degree in History with a minor in English. Other hobbies include me being part of an acting workshop for five years, playing guitar, and working out. Hit me up with any comments, questions or opinions.