Last week was an excellent one for my fantasy surprises as Carson Palmer and Mikel Leshoure both had huge days and Sidney Rice put up some impressive numbers. Including this week, only four or five regular season games are left in most leagues. Now is the time where owners need to start making their push for a playoff spot.
QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick vs Patriots: Fitzpatrick had success the last time he played the Patriots and if the Bills get behind early, it should happen again. The Patriots secondary is still a major weakness so the garbage time potential makes it worth giving Fitzpatrick a look. Expect around 250 yards and two touchdowns.
RB: Mikel Leshoure vs Vikings: I went with Leshoure last week, and I’m going to do it again. He looked very impressive against the Jaguars and now he faces a Vikings defense that has struggled against the run the past few weeks. Leshoure should have a ton of value down the stretch for his fantasy owners. Expect around 80 total yards and a touchdown.
WR: Malcom Floyd vs Buccaneers: As the Raiders showed last week, the Buccaneers secondary still has room for improvement. While he has been inconsistent this season, the matchup makes Floyd worth a look in all formats this week. Expect around 70 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Aaron Hernandez vs Bills: Due to a nagging ankle injury, fantasy owners have started to give up on Hernandez but he’s definitely worth starting this week. The Bills struggle against the pass as a whole let alone tight ends with athleticism like Hernandez or Rob Gronkowski. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown.
K: Matt Prater vs Panthers: This game has the potential to be a shootout so Prater should see opportunities which is all you can ask for out of a kicker. Expect around two field goals and three extra points.
DEF: Dolphins vs Titans: The Titans have really struggled of late and minus Chris Johnson haven’t gotten much going on offense. The Dolphins are one of the leagues best at stopping the run so the defense could be in for a big day. Expect around four sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.