Tony Romo – The Cowboys have been on a roll lately and Romo has benefitted from the return of DeMarco Murray as well as the emergence of Dez Bryant. With an extremely favorable match up against the Saints he is a must start this week.
Cam Newton – After starting off slow this season, Newton has bounced back and may be leading teams that were able to survive the early season drought to fantasy glory. His ability to run coupled with Oakland’s terrible run defense are the right receipt for a big fantasy day for Cam.
Under the radar
Sam Bradford – Despite some off games, Bradford has had fairly steady production this season. He gets a favorable match up against the Bucs this week and could be good spot play this week for deeper leagues.
Others to consider: Andrew Luck – He is a strong candidate for rookie of the year honors. The Chiefs are simply trying to ride out the rest of the season and the Colts are vying for a playoff spot. If you can swallow the INTs Luck is a great start for your championship game. Matt Schaub – He might not be a preferred play in standard leagues, but Schaub game put up points especially when defenses sell out against the run as the Vikings should this week. He is better as a deeper league play.
DeMarco Murray – He has slowly been getting back to full speed, but has been the fantasy beast many hoped he would be on draft day. Another player that may have sunk quite a few teams this season, but if your still in it, Murray is a spectacular play this week, especially with Dallas finally coming to their senses and using him on the goal line.
Knowshon Moreno – Perhaps the pickup of the season, though there are others not named, Moreno will get another good match up against a soft Browns defense. The Broncos have confidence in Moreno to be their workhorse right now and Moreno is playing with that confidence. Fantasy owners should ride on his coattails to fantasy bliss.
Under the radar
Mikel LeShoure – If nothing else he has been consistent, scoring 7 TDs over the last 7 games, but he remains a slightly fringe player listed as starting in only 46% of leagues. The Falcons have given up the 6th most TDs in the league on the ground and have had problems at times stopping the run. He might not get you the big yards of other backs, but is a good bet to get some red zone carries this week.
Others to consider: Alfred Morris – RG3 is looking probable to play this weekend, which will certainly help Morris. The Redskins will want to win to keep their playoff hopes alive, but will also not risk long term damage to their franchise QBs health, leaving more touches for Morris against a struggling Philly team. Stevan Ridley – His late season fumble problems returned last week, and though there is reason to beware the Hoody benching him in stretches of the game, he remains the best runner for the team and has a solid match up against the Jags. He will still likely see some red zone carries.
Dez Bryant – After a gutsy performance last week, he is a must start this week as long as he is not held out for any reason. The Saints Cowboys game has the looks of a shootout and Bryant has been on fire since Week 10.
Pierre Garcon – Now seemingly healthy, Garcon has been everything owners who drafted him thought he would be and is seemingly everything owners who grabbed him off waivers hoped he would return in time to be. Apologies to the owners who are on the outside looking in on this one, but Garcon should be a solid play this week with or without RG3.
Under the radar
Rod Streater – He has come alive over the past 3 games and could be a decent play against the Panthers this week as Team Garbage Time looks continue to pad the stats for fantasy owners. Streater has become a reliable target for Carson Palmer with Denarius Moore falling out favor. He is best suited for deeper league unless you have a taste for Rolaids.
Others to consider: Cecil Shorts – After missing a game with a concussion, Shorts picked up right where he left off with 101 yards on 6 receptions. Expectations should be tampered as Bill Belichick called him one of the best receivers they will play against this season meaning he could try and game plan him out the game. Vincent Jackson – He has played well enough to be a must start in most leagues, and as long as Josh Freeman can bounce back from last week’s let down, he should be in for a good day.
Heath Miller –Another candidate for pickup of the season, had a good performance in his last game against the Bengals this season and should be a good play in what could lead many owners to their respective promised land.
Dennis Pitta – He has turned it up as of late after a midseason drought and is a solid play against the Giants this week. Just remember that Pitta put up last week’s numbers in garbage time and against one of the league’s worst defenses versus tight ends.
Under the radar
Marcedes Lewis – He has returned his old inconsistent play over the last few weeks, but with the Patriots likely to put a lot of attention on Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon, Lewis could benefit versus a Pats defense that has struggled to cover the tight end position.
Others to consider: Tony Gonzalez – If you have him you are starting him, and rightfully so. He gets a shaky Lions defense and looks to yet again be a bargain price TE that could lead many to glory. Greg Olsen – He has been a shaky fantasy play all season and could fall on either side of the line, but he tied a team high in targets with 9 last week and gets a favorable match up against the Raiders. If you’re in need, you could do worse this week.
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.