Week 12 Fantasy Surprises

Last week wasn’t the greatest for my fantasy surprises as only Marcel Reese had a big impact.  This past week was a very interesting one fantasy wise as many new players emerged as options either through their performance or an opening created by an injury.

QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick vs Colts:  Fitzpatrick can be an inconsistent fantasy option, but this has the potential to be one of the weeks he shines. Playing in a dome, he doesn’t have to worry about the weather affecting his performance and the Colts pass defense can be exploited. Expect around 250 yards and two touchdowns.

RB: Ronnie Hillman vs Chiefs:  With Willis McGahee placed on injury reserve, Hillman should be the next running back in line to receive the bulk of the carries. He is also an effective receiver out of the backfield and could be in for a big game if the Broncos get out to an early lead. Expect around 110 total yards and a touchdown.

WR: Michael Crabtree vs Saints: Crabtree has gone under the radar this season as a consistent fantasy option. Regardless of if Alex Smith or Colin Kaepernick is throwing the ball, Crabtree should get opportunities against the Saints pass defense that has been exploited all year.

TE: Brandon Myers vs Bengals: Myers is still available in a good amount of leagues but he has quietly been one of the league’s more productive tight ends this year. Considering the matchup and the amount of owners suffering from the Rob Gronkowski injury, he’s worth a start this week. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown.

K: Rob Bironas vs Jaguars: The Titans/Jaguars matchup surprisingly has some shootout potential and if that is the case, Bironas should see opportunities. If you play the matchups weekly with your kickers, you could do much worse than Bironas this week. Expect around two field goals and three extra points.

DEF: Vikings vs Bears: Again, because of the Thanksgiving games this is going up a little earlier than usual. Jay Cutler hasn’t been ruled out yet but the Bears offense looked terrible with Jason Campbell at the helm. If Campbell starts again, the Vikings defense could be in for a very big game. Expect around four sacks and an interception.


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