Another game down and another week closer to your fantasy playoffs. By now, some owners have already clinched playoff spots and have begun positioning themselves for the long haul. For them, picking up the correct waiver-wire players could be the difference between a championship and a first-round exit. For others hoping to sneak into the playoffs, this is their last chance to make a push.
There were some surprise fantasy contributors last week, as well as a couple of stiff performances, which made owners shake their heads. For example, raise your hand if you decided to start Robert Griffin III over Josh McCown because it appeared like Griffin was ready to take a big step forward and McCown plays for the Buccaneers? (I didn't, but almost did). If last week taught owners anything, it's that one shouldn't judge a book by its awful cover (insert other cliches here). RGIII flopped and McCown went crazy, posting 20.32 fantasy points.
On the bright side, we did suggest you start Jordan Matthews and Jeremy Hill who both performed as expected. Matthews put up 16.7 fantasy points and Hill continued to shine in the absence of Giovani Bernard,posting a solid 16.5 fantasy points on the scoreboard.
So, all great (and some not so great stuff) from last week. In saying that, let's move on to week 12 of the NFL season. (Note: All projections are based on Yahoo! Fantasy)
20 20. Minnesota Vikings' Defense – SIT
19 19. Cleveland Browns' Defense – START
18 Owen Daniels – TE, Baltimore Ravens – SIT
17 Charles Clay – TE, Miami Dolphins – START
16 Kenny Britt – WR, St. Louis Rams – SIT
15 Josh Gordon – WR, Cleveland Browns – START
14 Michael Floyd – WR, Arizona Cardinals – SIT
13 A.J. Green – WR, Cincinnati Bengals – START
12 Golden Tate – WR, Detroit Lions – SIT
Last week in Arizona, Tate and Stafford were never in sync. He caught the only two passes thrown to him for 41 yards. That's shocking considering most thought Tate would still post big numbers even when Johnson returned. He has that kind of ability. Hopefully this isn't a sign of things to come.
11 Alshon Jeffery – WR, Chicago Bears – START
10 Reggie Bush – RB, Detroit Lions – SIT
9 Latavius Murray – RB, Oakland Raiders – START
8 Jonas Gray – RB, New England Patriots – SIT
Sometimes I feel like we cop out by stating the obvious such as, DON'T START JONAS GRAY AGAINST THE LIONS. However, then I realize we'll say that, look at the stat sheet after the game has concluded, and notice there are always a handful of people who started the player anyways.
7 Trent Richardson – RB, Indianapolis Colts – START
6 Alfred Morris – RB, Washington Redskins – SIT
5 Jeremy Hill – RB, Cincinnati Bengals – START
4 Robert Griffin III – QB, Washington Redskins – SIT
In need of a quarterback last week, I almost traded Jeremy Hill for Robert Griffin III. I pulled out and instead opted to start Josh McCown who put up 20.32 fantasy points to Griffin's 14.38. That was the difference between a week 11 fantasy win and a loss.
3 Colin Kaepernick – QB, San Francisco 49ers – START
2 Matthew Stafford – QB, Detroit Lions – SIT
1 Josh McCown – QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – START
If you are thin at quarterback, ride the hot hand. We featured McCown last week as a potential start and he didn't disappoint, putting up 20.32 fantasy points. In the three full games he has started for the Buccaneers this year, McCown has posted 19.4 fantasy points on average. This week he faces his former team, the Bears, which has surrendered the most fantasy points to quarterbacks. If you believe in revenge games, then McCown is a safe start.
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