Last week was a very hit or miss one for my fantasy surprises. I was right on Teddy Bridgewater having a nice day, but the scenario I warned about happened as the Saints defense was horrendous. Frank Gore was also effective, but the 49ers limited his carries and Stedman Bailey didn’t have to do much with the Rams in the lead all game. Now all leagues are in the thick of the fantasy playoff so the games have even more implications. I mentioned it last week, but stick with what got you this far. It is too late in the season to try getting cute with setting your lineup.
QB: Johnny Manziel vs Bengals: The circus is here and the fantasy points should emerge right out the gate. While Manziel’s ceiling as a quarterback is constantly questioned, he has the potential to be a ridiculous fantasy option. His first start comes at home against a Bengals defense that is overrated at this point in time. Plus, being his first start the Bengals don’t know what kinds of sets or plays to expect from him. Ironically, due to the low buy in, the one known as “Money Manziel” makes a great option in the various weekly cash games. Expect around 240 total yards and two touchdowns.
RB: Chris Johnson vs Titans: Go ahead, get your “What year is this, 2011?” jokes out of the way. Johnson has been getting a good amount of touches of late. While the speed from his 2,000 yard season isn’t there, Johnson still has plenty of big play ability. This week he gets a very favorable matchup in what will be a “revenge game” against his former team. If you need a flex option, Johnson could be a very good option. Expect around 90 total yards and a touchdown.
WR: Steve Smith Sr. vs Jaguars: Smith started off the year with a flourish. Predictably, he cooled down but could emerge down the stretch. This week, Smith Sr. should bounce back as a knee injury has kept Torrey Smith from doing a whole lot of practicing up to this one. If you need a receiver this week, Smith is one who might have been cut in some leagues, but should be able to contribute. Expect around 70 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Delanie Walker vs Jets: Minus the few stars at the position, tight end depth is extremely weak for fantasy purposes. This is why even though Walker has had some bad games, he’s worth a start this week. It’s been well noted in this space that the Jets have struggled defending the pass and Walker has the ability to take advantage. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown.
K: Shaun Suisham vs Falcons: You need a kicker this week? How about the one for a high powered offense playing a struggling defense in a dome? Suisham may not get too many field goal tries, but overall opportunities will be there. Expect around two field goals and three extra points.
DEF: Giants vs Redskins: It isn’t known who is going to be starting for the Redskins this week at quarterback. What is known is that team is in a complete tailspin. The Giants defense has shown some signs of life the past few weeks against bad offenses. Look for them to take advantage again in this nice home matchup. Expect around three sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.