Playoff time is just around the corner and, at times, it can be better to start one player who’s on a hot streak, rather than just a big name. Since Week 8 (excluding bye weeks), here’s who’s hot & who’s not:
Dwayne Bowe. It’s very simple: No receiver has had more yards or touchdowns in the past five weeks than Bowe (40 catches, 544 yards, 9 TD). Only two other wideouts have even eclipsed the 500-yard mark (Atlanta’s Roddy White and Green Bay’s Greg Jennings).
Tom Brady. My choice for MVP, he leads the league in touchdown passes (23) and interceptions for starting quarterbacks (4) — with at least 8 starts — and he’s doing this all with….Deion Branch? There’s no Randy Moss and Wes Welker isn’t having a typical year, by his standards. Oh, and funny thing about those four interceptions thrown: they only came in two games this season.
Peyton Hillis. He has eight total touchdowns in the past five games, is fourth overall in the league in receiving yards (414) and is one of only two running backs in the league with 11+ rushing touchdowns on the year (Arian Foster).
Michael Turner. Four 100-yard games in the past five contests (three straight), Turner is averaging 23 carries for 102 yards and a TD during that stretch.
Mike Tolbert. Nine touchdowns on the year (four in his past five games), Tolbert and Hillis have been the most valuable free agent pickups this season.
Greg Jennings. Outside of Bowe and White, nobody has been over the 500-yard level in the past five games and with one of the best quarterbacks throwing him the rock, his numbers should continue to impress.
Knowshon Moreno. Moreno has 543 total yards (313 rushing, 230 receiving) and four total touchdowns.
Fred Jackson. Since he took over for the departed Marshawn Lynch, Jackson has averaged 18 carries and 89 yards per game. Through the air, the product of Coe College also has just under 200 yards receiving and two scores during that stretch.
Chicago D/ST. 65 fantasy points in the past five games, the Bears have only had one sub double-digit performance and it was this past week against the Eagles. They have tallied 14 sacks, forced 14 fumbles nine interceptions.
Matt Cassel. 4th in overall quarterback rating (99.7) for starting signal callers, Cassel to Bowe has been this year’s best QB-WR combo. Cassel has 13 TD’s to only one INT in the past five games (averaging 252 yards passing per game).
Dustin Keller. Averaging a pedestrian 37 yards in the past five games (15 catches), Keller hasn’t found the endzone since Week 4.
Anquan Boldin. 19 catches in the past five contests Boldin’s last four game totals are as followed: 27, 29, 50 and 28. The Ravens may be hot, but Boldin is not.
*Vernon Davis. Davis has two big catches in the past five games that total 91 yards. That’s the good. The bad? The rest of his yardage totals 112 yards. Not to mention two of the past three games have equated to two catches.
Brandon Marshall. Zero 100-yard performances in the past five weeks (he was injured in Week 12 against Oakland), Marshall is averaging 45 yards since a 10-catch, 127-yard outburst on Oct. 6 against Green Bay.
Reggie Wayne. Thought you’d never see him on this list? Guess again. It’s not Wayne’s fault. It’s not even Peyton Manning’s fault. It’s the offensive line’s. Manning’s favorite target only has more sub 50-yard games than 100-yard games in his past five outings.
Jahvid Best. With Kevin Smith back on IR, Best’s toe has gotten…well…the ‘best’ of him. His highest fantasy output in the past five weeks: 8. And that was at home against the 31st ranked defense in Washington.
Zach Miller. One score in the past week and change, Miller has a grand total of 9 catches in five weeks. Five.
LaDainian Tomlinson. How good has LT been since taking over the reins for the Jets? He hasn’t surpassed 60+ rushing yards in any of the past five.
Tennessee D/ST. Don’t be fooled by them being the 4th ranked fantasy defense (103 points). The biggest problem with the Titans not exceeding 6+ fantasy points in four of the past five games: their offense. Think about it. Sometimes the best defense is a great offense and vice versa.
*(Stats acquired before Monday night’s matchup against Arizona)
Here’s a look at how Week 12 went:
The ‘Wife List’:
(Because she always right, remember?)
Dwayne Bowe: 13 catches, 170 yards, 3 TD (35 fantasy points)
Maurice Morris: 9 carries, 55 yards, 2 TD; 5 catches, 20 yards (19 fantasy points)
Mike Tolbert: 26 carries, 103 yards, TD; 2 catches, 15 yards (17 fantasy points)
Kevin Boss: 3 catches, 74 yards, TD (13 fantasy points)
Shaun Hill: threw for 285 yards, TD, 2 INT; 4 rushes, 23 yards (13 fantasy points)
Mario Manningham: 3 catches, 61 yards, TD (12 fantasy points)
Brandon Jacobs: 14 carries, 87 yards (8 fantasy points)
Terrell Owens: 3 catches, 17 yards (1 fantasy point)
Nate Washington: catch, 10 yards (1 fantasy point)
Zach Miller: catch, 6 yards (0 fantasy points)
The ‘Fullback List’:
(Because they never get the credit they deserve)
LeSean McCoy: 10 carries, 53 yards; 8 catches, 67 yards (11 fantasy points)
Cleveland D/ST: 23 points allowed, 3 sacks, INT (6 fantasy points)
The ‘D’oh! List’:
(Dedicated to one, Homer Simpson)
Jay Cutler: threw for 247 yards, 4 TD (25 fantasy points)
Fred Jackson: 12 carries, 59 yards; 5 catches, 109 yards, TD (21 fantasy points)
Danny Woodhead: 8 carries, 32 yards; 2 catches, 13 yards (4 fantasy points)
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Written by Al Buzzelli