Andy Dalton – He has benefited from playing back to back weeks against weak pass defenses and gets another one this week against the Raiders. Consequently, he has also not thrown an interception over the past two games. Should be another good week for Dalton.
Andrew Luck – It was a tough week for Luck and the Colts last week, and despite the turnovers he played fairly well putting up 334 yards through the air. He gets a much more manageable secondary against Buffalo this week and he should continue to put up solid numbers.
Under the radar
Chad Henne – If you suffering the the loss of a QB, Henne is worth a gamble this week. He is a clear boost to the Jags offense and showed it by lighting up a strong Texans defense. You shouldn’t expect a box score like last week’s, as they are still the Jaguars, but the offense is showing signs of life and play a leaky Titans defense this week.
Others to consider: Colin Kaepernick – Jim Harbaugh has reportedly named Kaepernick the starting QB even with Alex Smith healthy enough to play. Like Henne, he is a roll of the dice play, but gets a soft match up against the Saints this week. Carson Palmer – He has quietly been a top 10 QB in standard fantasy leagues and continues to put serviceable numbers each week. Keep running him.
CJ Spiller – Fred Jackson is set to return this week, however, the Bills are going to keep Spiller as their starter. This is a great sign for owners of Spiller, as it means the Bills could continue with the increased touches for Spiller. He faces a beatable Colts run defense and is a threat for big chunks of yardage on every touch.
BenJarvis Green-Ellis – He is probably best used as a match up play, but this is one of those match ups this week against the Raiders. Despite losing some touches over last few weeks he remains the workhorse for the Bengals.
Under the radar
Marcel Reece – All signs are pointing to McFadden being out for at least another week, and Reece would then draw another start. After last week’s near 200 total yard performance, owners should run him without hesitation, especially in PPR formats.
Others to consider: Frank Gore – He has been a spotty pay since Week 6 with seesaw like production from week to week. He faces the Saints this week and should see better holes opened up with the threat of Kaepernick’s running ability. Bryce Brown – The Eagles have not declared LeSean McCoy out for Monday, and McCoy could play. The likelihood is that they play it safe and run Brown instead. Brown has a ton of talent and gets a menial Carolina run defense.
Dez Bryant – He has come to life for fantasy owners over the past few weeks, and he gets the Redskins’ secondary this week. It should be a fun turkey day for owners.
Randall Cobb – Cobb has been on fire with 6 TDs over the past 4 weeks. He isn’t showing any signs of slowing, nor are the Packers looking to scale back his involvement. The Giants have had problems with speedy receivers and this looks like it could be another strong day for Cobb.
Under the radar
Justin Blackmon – He nearly had the same amount of yards receiving last week as he had on the entire year. So expectations should be scaled back some, but the addition of competent QB play can only help Blackmon, who is showing signs of being the WR Jacksonville drafted him to be. I don’t think many would blame you for waiting a week before running him out there on your fantasy team this late in the season, but I don’t think we’d blame you for riding the hot hand either.
Others to consider: Michael Crabtree – Crabtree is another player who should benefit from the emergence of Colin Kaepernick. Even without Kaepernick, he has been playing well with 3 TDs over the last two weeks. Kenny Britt – The Titans have said that they want to get Britt more involved with the offense and the BYE week should have given him some much needed rest. He gets a soft Jacksonville defense to see if the coaches can get him more involved this week.
Jason Witten – He is better play in PPR formats than in standards, but Witten should be a great play this week against the Redskins defense that has not been able to cover opposing tight ends.
Aaron Hernandez – With the injury to Rob Gronkowski, Hernandez should see a major boost in production, and owners who have been steadily holding on should see a payoff this week. He is listed as questionable this week so keep an eye on whether he is active, but the entire Patriots roster is usually listed as questionable every week and all signs have pointed to Hernandez being a go.
Under the radar
Marcedes Lewis – Yes, I am recommending the hot hands in Jacksonville this week if for nothing else for the fact that they are facing the Titans. Chad Henne utilized Lewis for his size in the red zone and came away with 2 TDs. He is best suited as a TD or nothing play this week.
Others to consider: Jermine Gresham – He has been reliable over the past 3 weeks, though his day would have been a stinker against the Giants had he not scored. All that aside, he gets a favorable match up against Oakland this week. Martellus Bennett – He is one of the players who may have benefited the most from the late BYE week, Bennett has a slew of vulnerable pass defenses over the next 4 weeks and could return to early season form.
About the Author
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.