Last week was a pretty efficient one for my fantasy surprises. Tre Mason had a huge game, Joe Flacco turned in a nice performance and the Giants defense got plenty of pressure on the quarterback. With this being the beginning of the fantasy playoffs for many, it’s important to stick with the stars who got you there. Don’t try and get cute with your lineups now. There is only so much that projections can do and while the matchup might not be there, you know that player will be able to rack up some points.
QB: Teddy Bridgewater vs Jets: This move is only one to be used in leagues that start two quarterbacks. Bridgewater has a nice matchup here, but in no way is it worth playing a proven starter over. If you need a second quarterback or a cheap one in one day fantasy leagues, Bridgewater should be a safe bet. Expect around 230 total yards and two touchdowns.
RB: Frank Gore vs Raiders: Yes, the 49ers have gotten to the point offensively where starting Gore isn’t that obvious anymore. While the burst of previous years, Gore is worth the start in a game where he has a very good matchup. He only has two touchdowns on the year, but that should change after this one. Expect around 90 total yards and a touchdown.
WR: Stedman Bailey vs Redskins: Don’t look now, but it’s Tavon Austin’s college teammate rather than Austin making the impact in the Rams passing game. Bailey has been targeted frequently by Shaun Hill in recent weeks. Against a struggling Redskins secondary, the success should continue. Expect around 70 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Larry Donnell vs Titans: Since his breakout game early this year, Donnell has been relatively quiet minus a few costly fumbles. This week, he has another nice matchup so it would be nice to reward owners who have been patient with him. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown.
K: Matt Prater vs Buccaneers: Aside from a few misses early on, Prater has been pretty solid for the Lions. If last week is any indication, the Lions offense appeared to be clicking. Prater should get his opportunities if that holds up. Expect around three extra points and two field goals.
DEF: Saints vs Panthers: With a lot of very obvious defensive matchups this week, I’m going with one that has some risk. In a huge home game, the Saints defense could get to Cam Newton thanks to the Panthers reeling offensive line. On the down side, this unit when it struggles has looked really, really bad. The matchup is nice, they should be available, but proceed with caution. Expect around five sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.