We are down to the wire ladies and gentlemen. Some of you may be starting your playoffs this week, if you are not, you will be very soon. If you are reading this, chances are this week is very important to you. I hope this piece helps you make all the right decisions for the week. I would like to apologize for not getting this done before the Thursday night game. Because of this I have not mentioned any Seahawks or Eagles in this game.
Go For It
Tim Tebow Den- All he does is win games! Even in the world of fantasy football. Tebow has been great to fantasy owners who picked him up when he took over for Kyle Orton in Week 5. He plays the Vikings who have given up the most points to fantasy quarterbacks this season. He is not a normal quarterback so the matchup may not be as great as it seems on paper, but he has been fantastic. I am going for it with Tebow this week and you should too. Honorable Mention- Matthew Stafford, Eli Manning, and Matt Moore.
LeGarrette Blount TB- Blount has been playing very well the past two weeks with back-to-back 100 yard games. He seems to be the guy that we got used to seeing last year. This week he faces the Carolina Panthers who are the worst defense against the run in the NFL. Obvious start this week. Go For It!
Chris Johnson Ten- Johnson has looked better recently, and against the Buffalo Bills I expect Tennessee to continue to give him plenty of carries. The Bills have struggled against the run this season , and with the way that Johnson has been going I do not see them as the team that slows him down. Honorable Mention- Benjarvis Green-Ellis, Marion Barber, and Reggie Bush.
Victor Cruz NYG- This guy has come out of nowhere this year and has arguably become Eli Manning's favorite target. He gets behind the defense for a long touchdown catch or two nearly every game. Victor Cruz is a must start every week, and an especially great play this week against Green Bay. A game where the Giants could easily be playing from behind.
Jordy Nelson GB- Rough game for Nelson last week, but you have to expect that from time to time with him because Aaron Rodgers like to spread the ball around a lot. That being said, Nelson has been great this season and still led the team in targets last week. He is a guy that I am probably starting every week. He is definitely a start this week against the Giants who have struggled defending the pass this season. Go For It! Honorable Mention- Reggie Wayne, Eric Decker, and Laurent Robinson.
Fred Davis Was- Davis has come along very nicely for the Redskins this year. He as taken control of the Tight End position with Chris Cooley out for the season. I like him this week against the Jets, who have been below average against opposing Tight Ends this season. Honorable Mention- Jake Ballard and Kellen Davis.
Matt Ryan Atl- Matty Ice has been playing very well recently. While I do not see a horrible game out of Ryan this week, I feel as if there are much better options out there. He faces a Houston Texan defense that has been near the top of the league in every category this season. I Stay Away from Matt Ryan if at all possible this week. Dishonorable Mention- Joe Flacco, Rex Grossman, and Phillip Rivers.
Steven Jackson Stl- 4, 2, 6, 10, 6, 10, 5, 14, 6, 1, and 7. What do these numbers mean you ask? These are the points scored, according to standard scoring, by starting running backs, against the 49ers defense this season. Only three double digit scoring games, one was Lesean McCoy and the 14 points was the game where Roy Helu caught like 18 thousand flat passes. Basically when your running back faces the 49ers you look elsewhere. I am staying away from Steven Jackson this week.
Beanie Wells Ari- Wells was outstanding last Sunday rushing for 228 yards and a score. That was aganist the Rams. This week he faces the Cowboys, they only allow an average of 12.8 fantasy points to opposing running backs. If you do not have any other options you should still start him, but in leagues that I own Wells, I am looking else where. Stay Away. Dishonorable Mention- Peyton Hillis, Micheal Turner, and Ryan Matthews.
Vincent Jackson SD- Jackson has been as unpredictable as anybody this season. He has struggled to find any sort of consistency. That being said he has managed to put up a couple of monster games, and he is always capable of that. Still, in an important week I am staying away from Jackson against a tough Jaguars defense and looking for a more consistent option.
Dwayne Bowe KC- Tyler Palko is bad, real bad. Bowe will still get plenty of balls thrown his way so he will probably not be completely useless, but until the Chiefs decide to go with Kyle Orton I am staying away from Bowe unless Palko shows extreme improvement. Dishonorable Mention- Plaxico Burress, AJ Green, and Percy Harvin.
Vernon Davis SF- Davis has been average this season. He has not put up the numbers that owners expected when they drafted him at the beginning of the season. While I do not think that he is a terrible player or anything, I do not like the matchup this week against the Rams. St. Louis allows the fewest fantasy points per game to opposing Tight Ends, and I think the 49ers could put this one away early meaning fewer opportunities for Davis late in the game. If I was a Davis owner, I would be looking elsewhere. Dishonorable Mention- Mercedes Lewis and Tony Gonzalez.
Once again I apologize for not getting the Philadelphia vs Seattle game in this piece, but I hope that this helps. You need to make sure you have the best players available in your lineup this late in the season. Most of us cannot afford a loss right now. If you need any more help do not hesitate to send me a Tweet @FfootballQA. Good luck to you all!