Last week was a pretty solid one for my fantasy surprises as Shonn Greene, Jeremy Maclin and Dennis Pitta all had nice fantasy days. This for some leagues is the week of the championship game. One thing that people try to do in these games is to get cute and start players who have favorable matchups on the waiver wire. In this case, you should stick by your star players who have helped you get to this point. It eliminates a lot of the “what if” scenarios and nobody can talk trash because you stuck with your team.
QB: Carson Palmer vs Chiefs: Palmer usually gets to put up some decent numbers since the Raiders are usually in comeback mode by the middle of the third quarter. This week the game should actually be competitive and Palmer has the benefit of Darren McFadden returning to the backfield. Expect around 240 yards and two touchdowns.
RB: Knowshon Moreno vs Ravens: Moreno has continued to receive the bulk of the carries since Willis McGahee went down for the year and sometimes that’s all you need. The Ravens run defense isn’t as stout as it usually is so start Moreno as a flex or RB2 with confidence.
WR: Josh Gordon vs Redskins: The Redskins pass defense has had its fair share of struggles this year and against a player like Gordon that could continue. Gordon has become Brandon Weeden’s go to receiver and has the ability to make big time plays. Expect around 70 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Dallas Clark vs Saints: Clark isn’t anything near the fantasy player he was during Peyton Manning’s heyday in Indianapolis. However, he has had a nice little resurgence with the Buccaneers this year. This matchup against the Saints should be a high scoring one and it wouldn’t be surprising if Clark got in on the action. Expect around 50 yards and a touchdown.
K: Nick Novak vs Panthers: Novak should be available in plenty of leagues and he is coming off a nice game in Pittsburgh. That’s worth mentioning as the weather conditions in San Diego are much more favorable this time of year than the ones last week. The Panthers allow their fair share of points as well so he could have a nice stat line. Expect around three field goals and two extra points.
DEF: Lions vs Cardinals: The Lions last year were one of the best defenses in fantasy football and while they have dropped off this year, this matchup is when you use them. Any defense at this point would be a great matchup against the Cardinals let alone one with the talent of the Lions. Start them with confidence this week. Expect around five sacks and two interceptions.