Last week was a pretty nice one for my fantasy surprises. Isaiah Crowell had a very nice day, Torrey Smith was productive, Dan Carpenter got opportunities and the Eagles defense came up big. With a lot of big name fantasy players already done after the Thanksgiving games, you probably have a good indicator of how your team will perform this week. While big performances (Matthew Stafford, LeSean McCoy, Calvin Johnson, etc) have you on the right path, guys like Tony Romo, Matt Forte or Brandon Marshall didn’t exactly set their owners in a position to win in this crucial week.
QB: Joe Flacco vs Chargers: Unless you’re in a two quarterback league, chances are Flacco is available. While I wouldn’t sit any of the top quarterback options for him, he could provide a nice value for those who stream the position. The Chargers pass defense has had some struggles, and Flacco can take advantage of nice matchups at home. Expect around 240 yards and two touchdowns.
RB: Tre Mason vs Raiders: While he wasn’t involved early in the year, Mason has performed well since he became the Rams lead back. This week Mason faces a Raiders defense that has struggled against the run, so the matchup is enticing. For some reason Mason is still available in leagues, so pick him up if he’s available. He should be a strong RB2 play this week. Expect around 90 total yards and a touchdown.
WR: Marques Colston vs Steelers: Once one of the most consistent fantasy receivers, Colston has frustrated his fantasy owners this season. With Brandin Cooks out, targets have opened up for both Colston and Kenny Stills. In a game that could be a shootout, Colston is worth starting this week against a vulnerable Steelers secondary. Expect around 70 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Charles Clay vs Jets: The Dolphins have shared the wealth among its receivers this year, so Clay hasn’t produced like he did in 2013. However he and the Dolphins receiving corps have a very favorable matchup against the Jets secondary. If you need a tight end this week, Clay if given the targets should take advantage. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown.
K: Mike Nugent vs Buccaneers: The Buccaneers defense has had plenty of injuries of late, and the Bengals have enough fire power on offense to take advantage. If that’s the case, Nugent should see plenty of opportunities. Expect around two field goals and two extra points.
DEF: Giants vs Jaguars: The Giants defense hasn’t exactly been great this year, but the matchup is too good to ignore. While Denard Robinson could have a big day on the ground, the Jaguars passing “attack” is what makes the Giants a worthy play. Blake Bortles seems to have regressed as the year has gone on. It also doesn’t help Bortles’ cause that he’s working with a very young offensive line and receiving corps. Start the Giants in confidence this week. Expect around four sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.