Disclaimer ... Before you start reading, please understand that we are not in the business of stating the obvious and wasting your time (or ours), so you won't be reading here why you need to start Aaron Rodgers, Arian Foster, Calvin Johnson or any other top-tier players. We're here to help you make a decision on players you are on the fence about.
But Bradshaw's season took a dramatic turn against the Packers last week, and he's poised to finish the season strong. We like his outlook for this week at Washington, and we expect him to shine.
|Alfred Morris||vs. NYG|
|BenJarvus Green-Ellis||at SD|
|Steven Jackson||vs. SF|
|Reggie Bush||vs. NE|
|Fred Jackson||vs. JAC|
The Giants were coming off a bye in Week 12 against Green Bay, and Bradshaw appeared fresh. After dealing with foot and neck injuries, Bradshaw looked healthy with 10 carries for 58 yards and a touchdown and two catches for 61 yards. But that wasn't all.
Brown broke his leg against the Packers, which is an unfortunate injury for the Giants, but a boost for Bradshaw. He should now get the majority of touches, including at the goal line, which is where Brown had taken over.
Brown had scored in each of the three games prior to Week 12. Bradshaw's Fantasy total during that stretch was 13 Fantasy points. If he scored the touchdowns in those games instead of Brown he would have had double digits in Fantasy points in every outing.
This week, Bradshaw faces a Redskins team that he scored against in Week 7 when he had 12 carries for 43 yards and a touchdown and four catches for 22 yards. Brown also scored against the Redskins in that matchup.
Washington has allowed a running back to score or reach 100 total yards in every game this season. In total, the Redskins have allowed nine touchdowns to opposing running backs and six have reached double digits in Fantasy points. And in his past five games against the Redskins, Bradshaw has five touchdowns with double digits in Fantasy points in four of them.
This week should be the beginning of a strong finish for Bradshaw. We like his matchup against the Redskins, and we're ready to buy into him again as a must-start Fantasy option.
|Player||Fantasy Pts. (proj.)||Fantasy Pts. (actual)||Start %||Pos. rank|
|Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals||24||26||56||7|
|Carson Palmer, QB, Raiders||22||7||40||30|
|Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys||24||33||65||4|
|Cecil Shorts, WR, Jaguars||12||16||66||6|
|Dustin Keller, TE, Jets||9||12||33||2|
|Josh Freeman, QB, Buccaneers||20||10||36||26|
|Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals||9||3||76||67|
|Mike Wallace, WR, Steelers||9||0||68||90|
|Matt Schaub, QB, Texans||22||16||51||17|
|Andrew Luck, QB, Colts||25||15||56||18|
|Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers||11||2||72||69|
|Robert Griffin III, QB, Redskins||19||36||66||2|
|Reggie Bush, RB, Dolphins||6||14||36||15|
|Mikel Leshoure, RB, Lions||8||11||51||23|
Andy Dalton (at SD): Dalton has been on an impressive run the past three games with at least 26 Fantasy points against the Giants, Chiefs and Raiders. He has 10 total touchdowns and no interceptions over that span and has at least 25 Fantasy points in his past four road games at Washington, Jacksonville, Cleveland and Kansas City. The Chargers also have allowed at least 20 Fantasy points to the past three quarterbacks they've faced in Josh Freeman, Peyton Manning and Joe Flacco, and Dalton should have another productive week in this matchup.
Tony Romo (vs. PHI): Romo's arm might fall off with how many times he's throwing the ball with at least 50 attempts in three of his past five games. It doesn't always look pretty, but Romo is producing enough to help Fantasy owners. He was 37 of 62 passing against Washington in Week 12 for 441 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions with a two-point conversion, which was good enough for 33 Fantasy points. He now has at least 20 Fantasy points in three of his past five outings, including Week 10 at the Eagles, who have allowed 81 Fantasy points the past two weeks to Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton. Look for Romo to have another good outing this week.
Colin Kaepernick (at STL): Coach Jim Harbaugh announced Wednesday that Kaepernick will remain the starter for the 49ers against the Rams. He's been too good for Alex Smith to get his job back, and Kaepernick should continue to help Fantasy owners. He has 43 Fantasy points in his first two starts against the Bears and Saints, and the Rams have allowed at least 20 Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in four of their past six games. Kaepernick already faced the Rams in Week 10 when Smith suffered a concussion, and he was 11 of 17 passing for 117 yards and had eight carries for 66 yards and a touchdown for 16 Fantasy points. Imagine what he could do in a full game.
Matt Schaub (at TEN): Schaub likes facing the Titans. In his past five meetings with Tennessee, Schaub has 10 touchdowns and one interception with an average of 261 passing yards a game. He had 202 passing yards and two touchdowns against the Titans in Week 4, and Tennessee has allowed eight quarterbacks to score at least 20 Fantasy points this season, including Chad Henne last week. Schaub also has an impressive 842 passing yards in his past two games against the Jaguars and Lions and he should remain productive in this matchup.
Eli Manning (at WAS): Manning has a miserable history against the Redskins with three total touchdowns and eight interceptions in his past five meetings with Washington while averaging just 253 passing yards over that span. He had 337 passing yards, one touchdown and two interceptions against the Redskins in Week 7, but we're backing Manning again this week. He was impressive in Week 12 against the Packers with 249 passing yards and three touchdowns, and he looks poised for a strong finish. The Redskins, even with their success against Manning, have allowed at least 23 Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in four of their past six games, and Manning should snap his streak of bad performances against Washington in this matchup.
|Chad Henne||(at BUF)||Has six touchdowns in his past two games and faces a suspect BUF secondary.|
|Brandon Weeden||(at OAK)||OAK has allowed 11 passing touchdowns in the past four games|
|Ryan Tannehill||(vs. NE)||Seven quarterbacks have at least 300 passing yards vs. NE this year.|
Carson Palmer (vs. CLE): It's been tough to throw on the Browns of late, which shows how good their secondary is when Joe Haden is healthy and active. In their past five games against Andrew Luck, Philip Rivers, Joe Flacco, Romo and Charlie Batch, the best performance was from Luck with 18 Fantasy points. Palmer had his worst game of the season in Week 12 at Cincinnati with seven Fantasy points, and his interceptions have started to catch up to him with 10 in his past seven games. This is a good game to avoid starting Palmer if you can.
Philip Rivers (vs. CIN): Rivers had another down game in Week 12 against Baltimore with 15 Fantasy points and now has just one game with more than 18 Fantasy points in his past six outings. The Bengals should be able to limit Rivers since Peyton Manning in Week 9 is the only quarterback to have 20 Fantasy points against them in their past eight outings. In the past three games against the Giants, Chiefs and Raiders, the Bengals have allowed a total of 16 Fantasy points combined to those quarterbacks, which is impressive.
Russell Wilson (at CHI): Wilson has been great of late with at least 20 Fantasy points in his past four outings, and he's done well on the road in his past two games with 42 Fantasy points at Detroit and Miami. The Bears have only allowed one quarterback to get 20 Fantasy points against them this season, which was Kaepernick in Week 11, including matchups with Luck, Aaron Rodgers, Romo, Matthew Stafford, Newton and Schaub. In fact, four quarterbacks -- Sam Bradford, Blaine Gabbert, Schaub and Christian Ponder -- have 10 Fantasy points or less against Chicago. As good as Wilson has been of late, the Bears should be able to contain him, which makes him a risky starting option even in two-quarterback leagues.
Jay Cutler (vs. SEA): Cutler almost got a break with the looming four-game suspensions for Seattle corners Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner, but both will play this week because of an appeal. That means the Seahawks should be able to limit Cutler, who has four games with at least 21 Fantasy points this season and five games with 15 points or less. Cutler also has just one game with multiple touchdowns without injured receiver Alshon Jeffery (knee), who is out again, and the Seahawks have only allowed two quarterbacks to have more than 17 Fantasy points, which were Tom Brady and Stafford.
Josh Freeman (at DEN): Freeman snapped a streak of six games in a row with at least 20 Fantasy points when he had 10 in Week 12 against Atlanta. He failed to throw a touchdown for the first time all season and should be limited again this week. The Broncos have been stellar in pass defense of late in holding Drew Brees, Dalton, Newton, Rivers and Brady Quinn to 18 Fantasy points or less in each matchup. Denver also has an interception in each of its past six games with 11 over that span, and Freeman should be looking at consecutive games with minimal production.
Bust alert: Andrew Luck (at DET): At some point Luck is going to solve his road woes, but he's been limited in his Fantasy production away from Indianapolis all season. He is averaging just 13.4 Fantasy points in five road games this year compared to 23.8 points in six games at home. The Lions have allowed multiple passing touchdowns in four of their past five games, but Ponder in Week 10 is the only quarterback with more than 19 Fantasy points, including matchups with Rodgers and Schaub the past two games. Luck is easily capable of a big game against the Lions, but his best game on the road thus far is 18 Fantasy points at Jacksonville in Week 10, so consider that if you start him this week.
Mikel Leshoure (vs. IND): Leshoure has been playing at a high level of late with double digits in Fantasy points in three of his past four games. Leshoure became the first running back to rush for a touchdown against the Texans in Week 12 and has five rushing touchdowns since Week 9. The Colts have allowed a running back to score or reach 100 total yards in eight of 11 games this year, including four of the past five games.
Bryce Brown (at DAL): We had Brown listed as a sleeper in Week 12 with LeSean McCoy (concussion) out, but we never expected him to be the No. 1 running back in last week's scoring period with 26 Fantasy points. He had 19 carries for 178 yards and two touchdowns and caught four passes for 11 yards. He did lose two fumbles, but he had a better game against the Panthers than McCoy had all season with his high 18 Fantasy points against Atlanta in Week 8. We expect Brown to remain hot with McCoy likely out against the Cowboys, who have allowed a running back to score or reach 100 total yards in eight of 11 games this year, including seven games in a row.
Beanie Wells (at NYJ): Wells returned from an eight-game absence from an injured toe in Week 12 against the Rams to score 16 Fantasy points on 17 carries for 48 yards and two touchdowns. He has the chance to score again this week since the Jets have allowed 11 touchdowns to running backs this year, including four in their past four games. Also, the Cardinals have five rushing touchdowns in their past six games when you include the three scores from LaRod Stephens-Howling going back to Week 7. Wells isn't going to post a big rushing total, especially since he admitted conditioning was an issue in Week 12. But he can reach double digits in Fantasy points with around 50 rushing yards and a touchdown.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis (at SD): Green-Ellis is rewarding the Bengals and Fantasy owners with his play the past two weeks, and he should have another quality performance against the Chargers. He now has 44 carries for 230 yards and two touchdowns against the Chiefs and Raiders, and San Diego is banged up on defense heading into this matchup with Atari Bigby (groin) on injured reserve and Donald Butler (groin) hurting. The Chargers haven't allowed a rushing touchdown in their past three games against Tampa Bay, Denver and Baltimore, but Doug Martin and Ray Rice still reached double digits in Fantasy points. With the way Green-Ellis is running now, we expect him to hit that mark as well this week.
Shane Vereen (at MIA): We're reaching a bit here on Vereen, but he's someone to consider if you need a flex option this week. He's done well the past two games with 30 Fantasy points against Indianapolis and the Jets. He now has a touchdown in three of the past four games and has been a solid complementary option to Stevan Ridley. The Dolphins run defense is tough, but the Patriots offense presents plenty of problems for most teams to stop. And if New England builds a big lead in this matchup you could see Vereen in the game helping to kill the clock. Again, consider him just a flex option in most standard formats.
|Jacquizz Rodgers||(vs. NO)||He continues to outplay Michael Turner and his role is increasing.|
|Felix Jones||(vs. PHI)||Worth starting in all leagues if DeMarco Murray (foot) remains out.|
|Bilal Powell||(vs. ARI)||Has three touchdowns in past two games and is outplaying Shonn Greene.|
|DeAngelo Williams||(at KC)||Gets the chance to start with Jonathan Stewart (ankle) likely out.|
|Rashad Jennings||(at BUF)||He's starting again with Jalen Parmele (groin) out but now has to perform.|
Reggie Bush (vs. NE): Bush is coming off a solid game in Week 12 against Seattle with 14 Fantasy points, which is his second-best total of the season. He also did well against the Patriots in 2011 with double digits in Fantasy points in each meeting. And New England has allowed four rushing touchdowns in its past three games. Then why is Bush listed as a sit? He remains in a timeshare with Daniel Thomas, and the carry differential is only 24-21 the past two weeks in favor of Bush. Thomas continues to work at the goal line in favor of Bush. And if the Dolphins get behind early, which could definitely happen against the Patriots, the running game will be limited. Bush is just a flex.
Rashard Mendenhall (at BAL): The Ravens run defense has looked better of late, at least on paper, since no running back has scored in their past four games, including a matchup with the Steelers in Week 11. They held Mendenhall to 11 carries for 33 yards and three catches for 17 yards in that meeting. Mendenhall has now been demoted from the starting spot in favor of Jonathan Dwyer, but he'll still get enough touches to remain relevant. However, until Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder, ribs) returns, the Steelers skill players are too risky to trust, especially in a tough matchup with the Ravens.
Fred Jackson (vs. JAC): It wouldn't be a surprise to see Jackson score in this matchup with the Jaguars. After all, Jacksonville has allowed 11 touchdowns to opposing running backs this season, and even though Jackson is behind C.J. Spiller on the depth chart, he's still working at the goal line. But we saw in Week 12 at the Colts what Jackson's stat line could look like if he doesn't score, which was six carries for 16 yards and one catch for 8 yards, and that was also a favorable matchup. The Bills are committed to Spiller, which makes starting Jackson in all leagues risky. On top of that, the Jaguars limited Arian Foster and Chris Johnson the past two games, holding them to a combined 18 Fantasy points, which is an impressive feat. Jacksonville is the only team Foster has not scored on this year.
Michael Turner (vs. NO): The risk in benching Turner, especially in a potential shootout with the Saints, is that even though he might not have many rushing yards he's always capable of scoring a touchdown. But there's a lot of evidence to sit Turner this week. He's played fewer snaps than Jacquizz Rodgers the past two games and in Week 10 at New Orleans, he had one Fantasy point on 13 carries for 15 yards. He also has only one game with more than 60 rushing yards in his past six outings, and the Saints haven't allowed a rushing touchdown in their past four games.
Steven Jackson (vs. SF): Jackson has been a star coming off the bye in Week 9 with 38 Fantasy points in his past three games. Starting that impressive run was his best game of the season at San Francisco in Week 10 with 29 carries for 101 yards and a touchdown and two carries for 26 yards in a tie with the 49ers. With that game fresh in the mind of the San Francisco defense you can expect the 49ers to clamp down on Jackson and force Sam Bradford to beat them. We still consider Jackson a strong flex option, but don't be surprised if he's held in single digits in Fantasy points this week.
Bust alert: Knowshon Moreno (vs. TB): Hopefully you added Moreno off waivers this week since he looks like the best running back in Denver for the rest of the season after he had 20 carries for 85 yards and four catches for 26 yards in Week 12 at Kansas City. But he could struggle this week against the Bucs. Even though Tampa Bay has allowed three rushing touchdowns in the past two games, the run defense for the Bucs has been stout most of the season, with Alfred Morris and Adrian Peterson the only running backs to run for 100 yards. Denver also has scored a rushing touchdown in just five games this season with only one in the past four games. Moreno remains a quality flex option this week, but he's not a must-start running back in the majority of leagues.
Cecil Shorts/Justin Blackmon (at BUF): Shorts continues to make a case that he's this year's version of Victor Cruz with double digits in Fantasy points in five of his past six games. He now has 28 catches for 542 yards and four touchdowns over that span and should remain hot against the Bills. The same goes for Blackmon, who has taken off since Chad Henne has taken over in Jacksonville. He has 42 Fantasy points in his past two games with 12 catches for 298 yards and two touchdowns. The duo should shine against a Bills defense this week that has allowed 14 touchdowns to opposing receivers, and four times this season a pair of receivers have scored at least nine Fantasy points, including last week with Reggie Wayne (10 points) and T.Y Hilton (nine).
Davone Bess (vs. NE): Bess is getting hot at the right time with 23 Fantasy points in his past two games with 13 catches for 179 yards and a touchdown over that span on 20 targets. He faces the Patriots this week and has a great history against New England. Bess has at least nine Fantasy points in his past five meetings with the Patriots with four touchdowns over that span. New England has allowed 14 touchdowns to opposing receivers on the season with 10 reaching double digits in Fantasy points.
Michael Crabtree (at STL): As we said in Week 10 when Crabtree first met St. Louis, there's no team that Crabtree enjoys facing more than the Rams. Including that matchup when he had five catches for 70 yards and a touchdown, Crabtree now has 27 catches for 435 yards and six touchdowns in his past five games against St. Louis. Crabtree disappeared in last week's game at New Orleans with only three catches for 26 yards on five targets, but his history against St. Louis makes him worth using. The Rams have also allowed a receiver to reach double digits in Fantasy points in each of their past five games.
Ryan Broyles (vs. IND): Broyles was great last week with Titus Young benched, catching six passes for 126 yards on 12 targets against Houston. He has four games this season with at least four targets, and he has responded with a touchdown or 100 receiving yards in three of those outings. Young is expected to return this week, but Broyles will remain ahead of him on the depth chart, which is good for this matchup. The Colts have allowed 14 touchdowns to opposing receivers and 13 have reached double digits in Fantasy points. This should be another great week for the Detroit passing game.
Pierre Garcon (vs. NYG): Garcon is worth the gamble to start this week after his performance in Week 12 against Dallas with five catches for 93 yards and a touchdown. He showed no problems with his injured foot on a 59-yard catch and run for the score, and he should perform well to close the season if he can remain healthy. He has a good matchup this week against the Giants, who have allowed 16 touchdowns to opposing receivers and 13 to reach double digits in Fantasy points. Santana Moss had two touchdowns against the Giants in Week 7 and in the past four games the Giants have allowed six touchdowns to opposing receivers and six to reach double digits in Fantasy points.
|Josh Gordon||(at OAK)||OAK has allowed nine touchdowns to receivers in its past five games.|
|Greg Jennings||(vs. MIN)||If he returns as expected then start him in all leagues against MIN.|
|Steve Johnson||(vs. JAC)||Quietly has 18 catches for 271 yards in past three games.|
|Brandon LaFell||(at KC)||Has at least eight Fantasy points in four of his past five games.|
|Danario Alexander||(vs. CIN)||Has at least seven targets in each of the past three games with 26 over that span.|
Larry Fitzgerald (at NYJ): The start of the Ryan Lindley era has not been good for Fitzgerald. In the two games where Lindley has played the past two weeks, Fitzgerald has combined for four catches on 42 yards despite 19 targets. The Jets have allowed seven touchdowns to opposing receivers in their past three games against Seattle, St. Louis and New England, but Fitzgerald has only four touchdowns this season and just one on the road. Until Kevin Kolb (ribs) returns for the Cardinals we find it hard to consider Fitzgerald a must-start Fantasy option.
Mike Wallace (at BAL): Wallace needs Roethlisberger back in a hurry because he has been miserable the past two games. He has combined for five catches for 33 yards and a fumble against Baltimore and Cleveland, and he has zero Fantasy points in those outings. He also doesn't have the best history against the Ravens with only one touchdown in his past five meetings, and he hasn't scored at Baltimore in three years.
Mike Williams (at DEN): Williams' production has started to fade of late with poor outings in his past three games. He has combined for seven catches for 121 yards and no touchdowns against San Diego, Carolina and Atlanta, and he has a tough matchup this week against the Broncos. Denver has only allowed eight touchdowns to opposing receivers this year, and only A.J. Green and Danario Alexander have reached double digits in Fantasy points against the Broncos in their past six games.
Danny Amendola (vs. SF): Amendola is going to play through the foot injury he suffered in Week 11 against the Jets, but he was limited to just seven snaps in Week 12 at Arizona. He finished with one catch for 38 yards on one target, and he doesn't appear to be 100 percent. Now, he was stellar against the 49ers in Week 10 with 11 catches for 102 yards on 12 targets, but he didn't have the foot injury then. The 49ers also have allowed just three receivers to reach double digits in Fantasy points this season, so trusting an injured Amendola in the majority of standard formats could be risky.
Denarius Moore (vs. CLE): Moore has struggled the past two weeks with two catches for 29 yards and a touchdown against the Saints and Bengals for a combined eight Fantasy points. He has struggled at home with only one game with double digits in Fantasy points against Pittsburgh, Jacksonville, Tampa Bay and New Orleans. And he will likely see a lot of Haden, which will make it tough for him to have a big game. He's still worth starting in most three-receiver leagues, but in standard formats you might consider other options based on the matchup.
Bust alert: Torrey Smith (vs. PIT): Normally we like Smith at home, where he has six touchdowns in his past four games. He also has been playing well of late with double digits in Fantasy points in three of his past four outings. But the game where he failed to reach double digits was Week 11 at the Steelers, who have been great against opposing receivers. No receiver has reached double digits in Fantasy points against the Steelers in the past six games, including matchups with Smith, Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and A.J. Green. Smith will likely see a lot of Ike Taylor, who is having a solid season in coverage. We'd still consider Smith a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in most leagues, but if you can avoid starting him this week it might be a good idea.
Owen Daniels (at TEN): I was baffled when I saw Daniels' start percentage for Week 12 was only 73 percent. That's shocking given his production this year, and he scored last week at Detroit for sixth time this season. He faces a Titans team he beat up in Week 4 for six catches, 72 yards and a touchdown, and he has at least seven Fantasy points in three of his past four meetings with Tennessee.
Dallas Clark (at DEN): The thought this offseason was Clark would follow Peyton Manning wherever he went, but the Broncos apparently had no interest and went with Jacob Tamme instead. Clark gets to show the Broncos what they missed, and he's playing well coming into this game with at least six Fantasy points in his past three games with two touchdowns over that span. Denver has allowed eight touchdowns to opposing tight ends and six to reach double digits in Fantasy points, so Clark should be able to exploit this defense.
Jermaine Gresham (at SD): Gresham continues to play well with at least six Fantasy points in his past four games with two touchdowns over that span. He has a touchdown in two of his past four road games, and the Chargers have allowed a tight end to score in two of their past three games with Clark in Week 10 and Dennis Pitta in Week 12. Gresham, like Daniels, doesn't get the respect he deserves from Fantasy owners by only being started in 71 percent of leagues in Week 12.
|Charles Clay||(vs. NE)||NE allows the most Fantasy points to tight ends and Clay scored last week.|
|Jacob Tamme||(vs. TB)||Has 12 targets the past two games and is starting to come along after slow start.|
|Dwayne Allen||(at DET)||DET has allowed a tight end to score in each of the past three weeks.|
Dennis Pitta (vs. PIT): I want Pitta in my lineup for Week 14 at Washington and Week 15 against Denver because those are two amazing matchups. This week against the Steelers, however, Pitta should struggle. He already faced Pittsburgh in Week 11 and finished with one catch for 5 yards. The Steelers have allowed four touchdowns to opposing tight ends but only one has reached double digits in Fantasy points, which was Tamme in Week 1. Pass on Pitta this week but look for him to shine in the coming weeks.
Heath Miller (at BAL): The Ravens, despite getting ravaged by injuries on defense, have still been able to limit tight ends. Daniels is the lone tight end to score against Baltimore, and the Ravens already held Miller to two catches for 22 yards in Week 11. Miller also doesn't have a strong rapport with Batch. In the last four games Batch has started for Pittsburgh since 2010, including Week 12 at Cleveland, Miller has totaled 11 catches for 138 yards and no touchdowns. We wouldn't cut Miller yet because we hope Roethlisberger will return, but until he's back Miller might remain on your bench.
Brandon Pettigrew (vs. IND): Pettigrew was a star for PPR owners in Week 12 against Houston with eight catches for 74 yards on 15 targets, but he lost a fumble and finished with just five Fantasy points in a standard league. He has yet to reach double digits in Fantasy points this year despite scoring two touchdowns and has a tough matchup this week against the Colts. Indianapolis is among the league leaders against opposing tight ends as Rob Gronkowski is the only one to reach double digits in Fantasy points this year. Pettigrew is always better at home than on the road, but he's only averaging 5.1 Fantasy points in a standard league in five home games this season.
Bust alert: Brandon Myers (vs. CLE): The Browns lead the NFL in fewest Fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends with only two touchdowns to Gresham and Clay Harbor, and Gresham is the only one to reach double digits in points. They have limited Miller, Jason Witten, Pitta and Antonio Gates to six Fantasy points or less in each matchup, and Myers could struggle this week. He does have three touchdowns in his past two home games, but he also has three games at home with six Fantasy points or less. Based on how Cleveland has done against tight ends this year you might consider other options this week.
Cowboys (vs. PHI): The last time the Cowboys DST faced the Eagles in Week 10 they had 26 Fantasy points in a standard league with three touchdowns, two sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery. Three of the last four teams to face Philadelphia have at least 20 Fantasy points, and only three opponents have failed to reach double digits in points against the Eagles this season. The Cowboys DST has struggled of late with 14 Fantasy points combined against Cleveland and Washington, but facing the Eagles should help them produce at a high level again.
Giants (at WAS): Griffin has been on a tear the past two games and should be able to remain hot against the Giants DST, which was dominant against the Packers in Week 12 with 15 Fantasy points. The Giants DST has at least 15 Fantasy points in three of its past four games, and they produced 13 Fantasy points in Week 7 against the Redskins with an interception, three sacks and three fumble recoveries. But Griffin has eight passing touchdowns and one interception in his past two games, and Washington's offense is clicking. We'd look for another alternative to the Giants DST this week, and some options include the Jets, Panthers and Browns, which are all available in at least 40 percent of leagues on CBSSports.com.
|Rian Lindell||vs. JAC|
|Phil Dawson||at OAK|
|Rob Bironas||vs. HOU|
Dan Bailey (vs. PHI): Bailey has done a nice job heading into Week 13 with six field goals and four extra points in his past two games against Cleveland and Washington. He has at least seven Fantasy points in his past seven games with four games in double digits over that span. The Eagles have allowed multiple field goals to six kickers this season and five have reached double digits in Fantasy points. Bailey only had eight points against Philadelphia in Week 10, but Bailey has reached double digits in Fantasy points in three of his past four home games.
Blair Walsh (at GB): Walsh has been solid all season with double digits in Fantasy points in six games and only three games with fewer than eight points. One of those was last week at Chicago where he was 1 of 2 on field goals and had just one extra point, and he could struggle again this week. The Packers have only allowed two kickers to reach double digits in Fantasy points, and only David Akers did it in Green Bay in Week 1. The last six kickers to face the Packers have averaged 7.3 Fantasy points, so look for Walsh to be around that range, leaving him likely outside the Top 12 kickers this week.