Happy Holidays to all of you Fantasy Football Fanatics out there. Here’s hoping this is a safe and happy holiday season filled with good meals, lots of presents for the kids and good cheer to all.
It’s week 16 already. I’m in the super bowl in both of my leagues but my work is certainly cut out for me. I’m facing Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson, Darren McFadden and the New England Special Teams / Defense in both leagues. All I can do is hope that something falls apart for a couple of those guys so I can pull off a couple of wins. Only one thing better than a trophy for the year and that’s having two of them.
Let’s get started.
Joe Flacco is in Cleveland this weekend. He had a nice game against New Orleans last week and he should continue in this spot. In week 3, Flacco had 262 yds and 3 TDs vs. the Browns. Even though the Browns have had a nice 4 week run, that’s been against lesser opponents. Flacco should bring them down to earth.
Matt Ryan is home against New Orleans this weekend. Nobody has a better record than Ryan at home. Ryan should beat the Saints in this divisional matchup. In 6 home games this season, Ryan has thrown 12 TDs against only 3 interceptions. The Saints secondary is weak due to the loss of Greer out with a knee issue. Ryan should have a quality stat line for this rematch.
Jon Kitna is in Arizona this Sunday. He will remain the starter with Tony Romo finally on the Injured Reserve officially ending his season. Kitna’s done very well in Romo’s absence. He has 5TDs against 2 picks in his last two games. He should be good to go for this matchup. NOTE: This is a game that will be played on Saturday, Christmas Day. Make sure you have your Cowboys and Cardinals in your lineup.
Josh Freeman is home against Seattle this week. He continues to surprise this year keeping Tampa Bay in playoff contention. In his past 6 games he has 8 TDs against 1 pick. This week he gets the Seahawks who have allowed 26 passing TDs this year and 3 TDs in 4 of the past 5 games. Freeman should do well for the Bucs here.
David Garrard will host Washington this weekend and he has already passed his personal best of 18 TDs this year with his mark now at 22. He’s also run 4 TDs in. He’s had good games against Indianapolis and Oakland and he should take of Washington this week. He does well at home and Washington may give them a good game now that they’ve moved on to Rex Grossman.
Tim Tebow will host Houston this weekend. The Texans have given up 32 TDs this year. This is a game where neither team has anything to lose both having been eliminated from playoff contention. I recommend Tebow in this spot because there will be a new regime in Denver next year and big Tim would like to show off a little prior to ending this season. If Knowshon Moreno does not play, that could help Tebow’s stat line. He threw for only 138 yds last week but had a TD. He also had a rushing TD on 78 yds. “Not too shabby” as my daughter likes to say.
I do not recommend Eli Manning at Green Bay, Mark Sanchez at Chicago, Jay Cutler vs. New York Jets, or Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. New England.
Ryan Torain is at Jacksonville this weekend and he continues to show that he’s the man in Washington. He had 101 total yds and a TD last week vs. Dallas. He should do at least as well vs. the Jags this weekend as they have allowed 5TDs to opposing running backs in the last 5 games.
BenJarvis Green-Ellis is at Buffalo this week. His good year started against he Bills in week 3 when he had 16 carries for 98 yds and 1 TD. He’s been rolling ever since. The Bills are dead last in the league at defending the run and BJGE should run all over them. Danny Woodhead should do well in relief here and can be considered a sleeper.
Tashard Choice is in Arizona this week. The Cardinals are 31st in the league vs. the run. Felix Jones missed some practice this week and in spit of not getting too much practice in there are some rumblings that Marion barber could return in this spot. That said, Choice should be the man here. He’s healthy, they are not, in a meaningless game, it makes no sense to rush he one two back when Choice is well….choice. As mentioned earlier, this game is scheduled for Saturday.
Ronnie Brown is hosting Detroit this week. He’d like to finish strong with his future in Miami unclear after this year. This game should help. The Lions have allowed 18 tds to running backs this year and they are just awful on the road. Brown is a good flex option here as Ricky Williams may manage some carries as well.
Cedric Benson is home against San Diego on Sunday. Although, San Diego is 2nd vs. the run, the Bengals would like to spoil their playoff hopes with a nice win at home. The Chargers have given up 11 TDs to opposing running backs and Benson fits that Bill. Also, Benson is looking for a new contract and a good game here can only help. Cincy should focus on the running game with Terrell Owens gone for the season.
Marshawn Lynch is at Tampa Bay this weekend and everyone has run well vs. the Bucs.. Lynch should be no exception. He had an ok game vs. Atlanta last week getting 60 yds and 1 TD. Oddly, the Seahawks are still in the playoff hunt and Lynch is their best offensive weapon at the moment. He’s another good flex option this weekend.
I do not recommend LaDanian Tomlinson at Chicago, Brandon Jacobs at Green Bay, Jonathan Stewart at Pittsburgh, Maurice Morris at Miami, Brandon Jackson vs. New York Giants or Peyton Hillis vs. Baltimore.
Vincent Jackson plays at Cincinnati this week. A personal note here. One of the ways I won my trip to the bowl in my work league was because my opponent had Jackson on his bench this past weekend. HAHAHA. Anyway, he had 5 catches, 112 yds and 3 TDs last weekend. Antonio Gates, Malcom Floyd and Patrick Crayton are all still out this week so Phillip Rivers will be focused on Jackson vs. the Bengals who have allowed 17 tds to the wide receiver spot this year.
Hakeem Nicks is in Green Bay this week and he should be productive in spite of this tough matchup. In his past two games he’s ended up with 13 catches for 159 yds and 1 TD. He should continue to be Eli Manning’s go to guy. He’s a quality starting option here. Manningham should have sleeper status
Kenny Britt is in Kansas City this weekend. He returned in a big way last week against Houston with 128 yds and 6 catches. Kerry Collins will continue to focus on Britt who should finish strong and in good health. The Chiefs have given up 13 TDs to wide receivers this year. Britt should do very well here.
Brandon Marshall will host Detroit this weekend. Last week, he showed us all why he is Chad Henne’s favorite target with 11 grabs for 106 yds and 1 TD. The Lions have allowed 15 TDs to this position this year and Marshall has scored in consecutive games the past two.
Santana Moss is in Jacksonville this weekend and with Rex Grossman under center last week, Moss had his best game of the season with 8 catches, 72 yds and 2 TDs. The Jags have allowed 18 TDs this year. This is a meaningless game from Washington’s perspective but they may have something to get excited about for next year with this connection. Look for Grossman to force the ball to Moss this week and next week to get things established for next year.
Blair White is at Oakland this weekend. With Austin Collie suffering his 3rd concussion this past week and being placed on Injured Reserve, look for White to step up as he has done in this situation twice before. He will work out of the slot and is a good choice for a third receiver.
I do not recommend Chad Ochocinco vs. San Diego, Johnny Knox vs. New York Jets, Donald Driver vs. New York Giants, Sidney Rice at Philadelphia, or Santanio Holmes at Chicago.
Kevin Boss is at Green Bay this week. He has become a go to end for Eli Manning over the past 4 games. He’s been targeted 26 times for 12 catches, 184 yds and 3 TDs. This week he faces the Packers who struggle to contain tight ends. Boss should be a must start in this situation as the Packers have given up 5 TDs in 5 games.
Owen Daniels is in Denver this weekend. He’s very much a part of the Texans offense and he has 18 targets in the 2 games since he’s returned from his hamstring injury. The broncos are not 100% in their secondary and Daniels should be worth a start in this situation.
Ron Gronkowski will host Buffalo this weekend and he should be in line for a good game here. The Bills are among the league leaders in TDs to the tight end position and that trend should continue here. His last game against the Bills, he had 3 catches for 43 yds and 1 TD.
Visanthe Shiancoe is in Philadelphia this weekend and with Joe Webb under center, Shiancoe should be a good outlet for the rookie. Webb looked for him 9 targets worth last week vs. Chicago and he collected 6 catches for 43 yds. The Eagles lead the league giving up 10 TDs to the tight end and although it’s risky to start Schiancoe here, I consider him a sleeper.
I do not recommend Brent Celek vs. Minnesota, Dustin Keller at Chicago, Anthony Fassano vs. Detroit or Brandon Pettigrew at Miami
DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS
Tampa Bay vs. Seattle
Dallas at Arizona
Philadelphia vs. Minnesota
Baltimore at Cleveland
I do not recommend
Atlanta vs. New Orleans
David Buehler at Arizona
Josh Brown vs. San Francisco
Josh Scobee vs. Washington
Connor Barth vs. Seattle
I do not recommend Nick Folk at Chicago
That’s all I have for this week folks. Be advised that the Carolina / Pittsburgh game is not included in this column.
Again, have a great holiday; stay safe, happy and full of the Holiday spirit.
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Thanks - Snake