Week 12 Fantasy Surprises

hi-res-541b5e61c44bd3f4ce02259b59286598_crop_northLast week was an interesting one for my fantasy surprises. While Jordan Matthews, Blair Walsh and the Chargers, defense had nice games, Robert Griffin and Jared Cook were no shows while Shane Vereen was phased out of the Patriots offense. This week is a very interesting one for fantasy as there are only two or three games left in the regular season. If you’re in contention, stick to what has gotten you this far. There is no reason to start trying to tinker with your roster when there is a good thing going.

QB: Josh McCown vs Bears: If you had seen the way McCown played to start the year, there is no way you think he would be worth starting in fantasy let alone for his team. Yet, here we are. McCown has a favorable matchup against a beat up Bears secondary and the Bucs have had success throwing of late. Having rookie pheonom Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson doesn’t hurt his case either. Expect around 250 yards and two touchdowns.

RB: Isaiah Crowell vs Falcons: With Ben Tate out of the picture, it is Crowell and Terrance West that will make up the Browns running game. Crowell has looked impressive when given the chance, and currently has the “hot hand” of the two. Don’t be afraid to play him in this favorable matchup. Expect around 70 total yards and a touchdown.

WR: Torrey Smith vs Saints: Smith started off the year slow, but has picked up the pace in recent weeks. Now he gets a Saints secondary that has been impacted by injuries. Don’t be surprised if this one turns into a high scoring affair either. Smith can be inconsistent since he runs so many deep routes, but is worth a look this week. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown.

TE: Coby Fleener vs Jaguars: Fleener is going to start with Dwayne Allen ruled out for the week. After two nice games, Fleener is rewarded with a very favorable matchup against the Jaguars who struggle covering tight ends. The current line for “Andrew Luck used to throw to Fleener at Stanford” references on Sunday is set at 4.5. Take the over. Expect around 70 yards and a touchdown.

K: Dan Carpenter vs Jets: If you didn’t know that the Jets secondary was in shambles, I’d like to welcome you to this series. The Bills offense isn’t exactly a force to be reckoned with, but they will give Carpenter a good amount of chances Monday. Expect around two field goals and three extra points.

DEF: Eagles vs Titans: The Eagles can be a tough fantasy defense to predict. Sure they’ll allow points and yards, but they have a ton of touchdown potential. In a game at home against a rookie quarterback, I’m buying this week. Expect around four sacks, and an interception.


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