Andy Dalton – Chances are if your team is in the playoffs and you have Dalton you have been rolling with him. His Thursday night match up against the Eagles should be another solid night for the QB. Philly’s team is a mess right now and they are clearly looking to evaluate some of their younger talent as they will be looking to rebuild over the offseason. Their secondary has been beat up over the past few weeks by opposing QBs and Dalton will be no exception.
Josh Freeman – It’s been no secret that the Saints have been terrible defensively and Freeman owners should have no problems rolling him out during their playoff run, especially when you recall that Freeman threw for 420 yards against them in Week 7. The Saints have done nothing to really improve on their D either. He should be a solid play this week.
Under the radar
Russell Wilson – Until last week Wilson had thrown at least 2 TDs a game since Week 8, and the lack of TDs was due in large part to the blow out of the Cardinals. He gets a great match up against the Bills this week and should be worth starting in 2 QB leagues and in other leagues where owners like playing the odds.
Others to consider: Carson Palmer – The king of garbage time points should be a good match up this week against the Chiefs who been very beatable versus the pass. Ben Roethlisberger – Big Ben showed how much his team truly missed his play while he was out and was solid in his return last week. Dallas has been vulnerable at times in their secondary unit, and the possibility of Morris Claiborne missing time could help the Steelers passing game.
CJ Spiller – Owners got a taste of what Spiller could do as the unquestioned starter a few times this season and should be ecstatic about the opportunity again in the fantasy playoffs. Even against a stout run defense like Seattle’s, Spiller is a must start.
Reggie Bush – He finally saw a majority of the carries for Miami against the 49ers last week, and owners could see a similar type of output from Bush this week against a vulnerable Jags defense. His play has been sporadic this season, but this week should be a good one to run him in.
Under the radar
David Wilson – Ahmad Bradshaw’s injury has opened a door for Wilson and savvy owners may want to roll the dice on Wilson this week. Even if Bradshaw can suit up, though he has yet to practice this week and is highly questionable to play, he will likely cede a number of carries to Wilson as the Giants will look to take it easy on the injury riddled back.
Others to consider: Knowshon Moreno – He remains the workhorse in Denver and gets a Ravens defense that is stronger in name than they have been in performance this season. Shonn Greene – He has been running much better lately and with the news that Bilal Powell suffered a fractured toe, Greene will likely shoulder a bigger load this week against a porous Titans D.
Danario Alexander – Defense have yet to slow down Alexander, who the Chargers pick up of waivers earlier this season. He is clearly rolling and even though there are still question about starting Philip Rivers in fantasy leagues, Alexander should be started in most line ups.
Mike Wallace – Apparently all Wallace needed was his best bud Ben Roethlisberger slinging him the ball, because he exploded for 112 yards and 2 TDs last week. After suffering the title of “co-starter” a few weeks back, Wallace is the clear go to guy for Big Ben and should be started in fantasy leagues.
Under the radar
Josh Gordon – He has shown signs of being a better match up play than anything after going quiet following his break out 3 game stretch from Weeks 5-7. He has resurfaced over the past few weeks and gets a match up against Washington’s bottom dwelling secondary.
Others to consider: Vincent Jackson – He has been fairly consistent for player who has been known for disappearing in patches during the season. He has a great match up against the Saints and should be in all line ups. Miles Austin – There is a lot of uncertainty about whether or not Dez Bryant will play this week and even if he does, Miles Austin will likely be the more targeted of the two. It’s great gesture of will and pain tolerance that Dez even wants to play, but the team will likely be wise and look to keep their budding start receiver from further injuring himself.
Heath Miller – He continues to be a strong fantasy start and owners who have him in the playoffs are likely starting him, but the return of Big Ben will only help his numbers much in the way that they have helped Mike Wallace.
Owen Daniels – The Colts are another team that has been vulnerable to the tight end position, and Daniels is a borderline must start player this week. The Texans will look to rebound from the shellacking they received from New England and Daniels stands to benefit.
Under the radar
Tony Scheffler – Brandon Pettigrew very questionable for this week’s game, Scheffler will get a major boost in playing time and targets. He has already played some in the slot for the injury riddled Lions, and could be in for a big day.
Others to consider: Martellus Bennett – After a dry spell of 8 games putting up mediocre numbers, Bennett has re-emerged as a viable starter. He gets a favorable match up against the Falcons this week. Dennis Pitta – He is another player that has struggled with mediocrity this season, but gets a Broncos team that has been one of the league’s worst versus tight ends. If you’re in need of a spot start tight end, he is worth a look.
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.