Week 13 Fantasy Surprises

Josh McCownLast week was a sub-par one for my fantasy surprises as Rashad Jennings was efficient, Ryan Lindell put up some points and the Titans defense had a solid performance. For most, this is the final week of the fantasy football regular season and it has been an interesting ride to this point. Many of the usual top backs struggled this year whether it was injuries or just showing the progressive wear and tear they’ve taken over the years. For that reason the waiver wire was more important than ever. Even if you’re very confident in your team, it is still beneficial at this point to check waivers just so somebody else in your league can’t claim a player who has performed well with a favorable matchup.

QB: Josh McCown vs Vikings:  McCown has played admirably for the Bears since Jay Cutler has been hurt this year. The crazy thing is people would probably be stunned when told he is already 34 years old. The last time he started more than 10 games in a season was in 2004 for the Cardinals with a rookie Larry Fitzgerald and Emmitt Smith on his last legs. In the present, McCown has a very nice matchup against a struggling defense and if you are in need of a quarterback this week, you could do much worse. Expect around 250 yards and two touchdowns.

RB: Donald Brown vs Titans: Going into this year, Brown looked like he was over drafted as a first rounder in 2009. Now he is far and away outperforming Trent Richardson who the Colts traded a first round pick to acquire. Brown was fantastic the last time the Colts played the Titans and with his recent play, there is reason to think the momentum should carry over. Expect around 80 yards and a touchdown.

WR: Kendall Wright vs Colts: Those in points per receptions leagues are well aware of Wright’s talents. For the year he already has 65 catches for 763 yards but just two touchdowns. With Ryan Fitzpatrick in at quarterback, the Titans have really been moving the ball well offensively. While Wright’s numbers reflect those of a possession receiver, he has the ability to beat defenders deep and create after the catch. Against a banged up Colts secondary, he should be in for a nice day. Expect around 70 yards and a touchdown.

TE: Rob Housler vs Eagles: Going into the year, Housler was a player savvy fantasy players had their eyes on. While his skills as a blocker were very raw, he has the size and athleticism to have a huge impact as a receiver. The Cardinals have gotten him more involved in recent weeks and he has been producing. With so few elite tight ends in fantasy football this year, Housler could be a nice play if you’re in need. Against a weak Eagles pass defense keying in on Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, he should get some looks. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown.

K: Nick Folk vs Dolphins: With the Jets recent offensive struggles, Folk hasn’t had many opportunities to reward his fantasy owners. When he has had them, Folk has been one of the most reliable kickers in the entire league this season. The Dolphins defense can be inconsistent so it wouldn’t be surprising if Folk could capitalize this week. Expect around three field goals and an extra point.

DEF: Bills vs Falcons: Aside from a few rough games to start the year, the Bills defense has been one of the more underrated units in the entire league. Now they face off against a reeling Falcons team in a “home” game played in Toronto. If you were to tell me I would start the Bills against the Falcons this preseason, I would have said you were insane but injuries to an elite receiver in Julio Jones, offensive line injuries and an inability to establish a running game could change that. Expect around four sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.

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