Outside of Sidney Rice and Robert Meachem who were both mentioned at the bottom of last week’s article, it was a rough outing for many of my fantasy surprises. In many formats, this is the first week of the playoffs so be sure to study the matchups but don’t second guess yourself.
QB: Josh Freeman vs Redskins
Freeman has a favorable matchup against a Redskins defense that has struggled against the passing game. He also has great mobility which gives him even more opportunities to record points for his owners. Expect around 220 total yards and two touchdowns.
RB: James Starks vs Lions
Starks made his NFL debut last week and performed well leading the Packers in carries while averaging 4.1 yards a carry. Now he faces a Lions defense that is dealing with injuries so he should have another solid performance. Expect around 90 total yards and a touchdown.
WR: Michael Crabtree vs Seahawks
Crabtree has been very productive of late and now has the chance to face a Seahawks defense that has regressed as the year goes along. Look for him to put up a nice performance against his division rival this week. Expect around 80 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Ed Dickson vs Texans
The Texans defensive woes against the pass have been well documented and if Todd Heap is out, Dickson could put up some solid numbers. He has good speed as well so it wouldn’t be surprising if he caught a 30-40 yard pass. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown.
K: Matt Bryant vs Panthers
Bryant has been one of the better fantasy kickers this year and like the kickers before him, should get many of opportunities against the Panthers defense. Expect around two field goals and three extra points.
While the Bills passing attack has been able to put up points, there is a chance of snow this game which gives the Browns a big advantage. With Peyton Hillis chewing up clock for the offense chances are the defense won’t be on the field a whole lot and should be ready to go when called upon. Expect around three sacks and an interception.
Other fantasy notes:
A player that could have a huge impact on playoff outcomes this week is Knowshon Moreno. He is coming off a game where he ran for 161 yards and now faces a Cardinals defense that has had a very hard time against the run. Make sure to have him in your lineups this week if you have him.
While I already mentioned Josh Freeman, his top receiver Mike Williams could be in for a big week as well. It seems that I highlight a receiver going against the Redskins every week but Williams puts up solid numbers every week and this one shouldn’t be any different.
Another receiver to keep an eye on is Earl Bennett of the Bears. Bennett has been on a roll the past two weeks recording a two touchdown game and another with 100 yards. Now he faces a young Patriots defense that allows its fair share of yards through the air. While he won’t put up number one type numbers, he is worth using as a flex option. Especially in leagues that reward receptions.