Andrew Luck – He has been slinging the ball all over for the past few weeks and had strong box score last week putting up 391 yards and 4 TDs in the Colt’s comeback victory. He did throw 3 INTs, but Luck is on a tear right now and is worth starting in your fantasy playoffs. He gets a weak Titans defense and could have a big day.
Eli Manning – He’s been a lot better since returning from the Giants Week 11 BYE week and has a favorable match up against the Saints. Owners are likely salivating over match ups facing teams like the Saints, Titans, and Raiders defenses. He may not wow you, but he is a solid start this week.
Under the radar
Colin Kaepernick – His numbers haven’t been explosive, but as the starter for the 49ers he has made few mistakes. His ability to run the ball, in the red zone especially, make him a great sleeper even against a stout run D in Miami and can make those accurate throws when needed. He is probably a much stronger play in 2 QB leagues, but remains a viable play in standard leagues as well.
Others to consider: Tony Romo – He has for over 300 yards in the past 3 games and the consistent play of Dez Bryant has been a big part of that. The Bengals could put up some points on Dallas this week, leaving the Cowboys in comeback mode for a good portion of the game. Josh Freeman – The Eagles continue their downward spiral this season, and Freeman could be at the receiving end. He hasn’t been great as of late, but a bad defense often cures a struggle QBs woes.
Knowson Moreno – He has a great match up against the Raiders who have been abysmal against the run, allowing plodders like BJGE to run amuck on them. Though he is no big play guy, he continues to be the Broncos workhorse and should see goal line carries.
Bryce Brown – The Eagles have yet to clear LeSean McCoy 2 weeks after receiving a concussion, and Brown has been electric since. It is becoming more and more possible that McCoy may be shut down for the season, and Brown has played well enough to be a must start despite the match up. With McCoy likely to be out at least one more week, Brown should be in all line ups.
Under the radar
Vick Ballard – The fragile one, Donald Brown, experienced yet another injury this last week with an ankle sprain. Ballard should have a shot at carrying the load for the Colts, and has a prime match up against the Titans. His ability to catch the ball should allow him to be the team’s every down back.
Others to consider: Ahmad Bradshaw – It’s a match up against the Saints porous defense and Bradshaw has received very little competition from rookie David Wilson. He should be a solid play this week. CJ Spiller – He ceded a number of carries last week due to the bad weather according to Chan Gailey. This week he should resume the slight advantage in Buffalo’s timeshare and is a strong play against the Rams.
Pierre Garcon – After many owners finally gave up on the injured Garcon he has returned and quickly regained the status of top option for RG3 at the WR position. He should be started in most leagues despite a match up against the Ravens.
Lance Moore – The Giants will likely focus a good amount of attention towards Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston this week, and Moore could capitalize, as he did last week, with the deep middle routes. The Giants continue to struggle versus the pass this season and the Saints should continue to sling it around.
Under the radar
T.Y. Hilton – Hilton is still the number 3 wide out for the Colts, but has lead the team to utilize more 3 wide receiver sets. Though Donnie Avery had a solid game, Hilton has been the better player and the team has taken notice. He gets a solid match up against the Titans this week.
Others to consider: Randall Cobb – With Jordy Nelson possibly out this week, Cobb should continue to be a solid play even with Greg Jennings back. The Lions and Packers could easily turn into a shootout. Torrey Smith – I don’t trust Joe Flacco even against the Redskin’s 31st ranked secondary, but Smith could have a solid day despite him.
Brandon Myers – Denver has not defended against tight ends well at all this season, and coming off of a 14 catch 130 yard game, Myers should be started over most others not named Jimmy Graham or Aaron Hernandez. He can be a reception machine, but mostly gets them when the Raiders are trailing which they should be doing against the Broncos.
Heath Miller – He has posted respectable numbers with Roethlisberger out, but with Big Ben returning this week, he should be elevated to WR1 status again.
Under the radar
Marcedes Lewis – He has returned from the fantasy graveyard due to Chad Henne, and could see a higher amount of targets this week with Cecil Short’s availability in question and Justin Blackmon being shadowed by Antonio Cromartie.
Others to consider: Kyle Rudolph – Rudolph is another player who could benefit from the loss of a WR. Percy Harvin’s season is over after being placed on IR, and will be Christian Ponder’s first read on most plays. Owen Daniels – He continues to be a solid play every week and should be a solid option as the Texans will face a Patriots team that will look to shut down Andre Johnson.
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.