Hello again fanatics and welcome. This has turned into a very quick season. It’s hard to believe we’re sitting at week 13 already. I’m having a great season and am now sitting at 11-1, I’ve clinched my division and a BYE week in the playoffs. I can only hope that my luck continues. We all know that there is more of luck than anything else in this obsession. I’m hoping for the best.Let’s get started on this week’s recommendations.
Kyle Orton visits Kansas City this weekend and this should be a shootout. In the first game against the Chiefs, Orton threw for 296 yds and 4 TDs. Also, he has a great history vs. the Chiefs with 907 yds and 7 TDs in just 3 games. Orton is coming off a solid performance vs. the Rams last week. He should do well here.
Jay Cutler is at Detroit this week and the last time he faced the Lions, I recommended him. I was right about him them as he had 372 yds and 2 TDs. He also carried the rock for 22 yds. He has 8 TDs in 3 meetings vs. the Lions. Last week he tore Philadelphia apart with 242 yds and a career high 4 TDs. The Lions are struggling vs. the pass and Cutler should shine here.
Matt Ryan visits Tampa Bay this week. Ryan is a much different QB on the road
Eli Manning is home vs. Washington . With the Philly win last night over Houston , this becomes a must win for the Giants and for Washington . It should be an exciting tilt. The Skins are 29th vs. the pass this year and they’ve allowed 20 TDs against just 10 interceptions. They also have some injuries to their secondary. Adding to this, Manning has done better at home this year and has averaged 259 yds per game in his last 3 games. Manning should be in your lineup if you have him.
Josh Freeman is home vs. Atlanta this week. He’s been consistent all year with multiple touchdowns in several games. The Falcons allow opposing QBs to have good not great games against them when they are on the road. Freeman fits into this category this week.Also, this is a big game for Tampa Bay if they are to remain in the playoff hunt.
Sam Bradford is at Arizona this week. The Cardinals are a mess. Brian Westbrook ran all over them after the SEASON ENDING injury to Frank Gore. B-West had 136 yds and a TD. That was nice to see. Bradford is coming off his best pro game with 308 yds and 3 TDs vs. Denver last week. Bradford has shown improvement in each game this season and this should be a walk in the park for him. This matchup could decide the NFC West title and all of the Rams prominent figures appear to be healthy. Bradfords receiving corp is much improved and Steven Jackson is as healthy as he’s been all year.
I do not recommend Ben Roethlisberger at Baltimore, Carson Palmer vs. New Orleans, John Kitna at Indianapolis, David Garrard at Tennessee, Donovan mcNabb at New York Giants or Joe Flacco vs. Pittsburgh.
Felix Jones is in Indianapolis this week. It’s good to see him finally coming around for the Cowboys. He’s thrived under Jason Garrett in the past three games and now with the injury to Marion batrber, he should see even more touches. The Colts have allowed 12 TDs to opposing running backs this year and Jones should do well here.
Mike Tolbert hosts Oakland this weekend. He’s on a roll now with the injury to Ryan Mathews . The Raiders are 28th vs. the run and have allowed 13 TDs to opposing backs this year. There’s always a chance that Mathews could return and Sproles is used strictly as a change of pace back. Clearly, Tolbert has come into his own this year and he should be the starter for the remainder of the season.
Brandon Jacobs will host Washington this week. He’s coming off an 87 yds performance but did not score a TD. The Skins have allowed 7 TDs to running backs this year including 2 last week against the Vikings. Ahmad Bradshaw is also worth using this week as the wide receiving corp is still decimated by injuries.
Cedric Benson is home against New Orleans this week and the Saints are not always the best vs. the run. Benson has also been hit or miss this year which makes for an intriguing matchup. Benson has done well at home with 524 yds and 2 TDs in his past 5 home games. I won’t call him a must start but he’d be a good number 2 this week.
Jonathan Stewart is in Seattle this week and although Mike Goodson has done very well in the absence of Stewart and D’Angelo Williams this year, Stewart is heading back to his home state and could shine here. The Seahawks have allowed 12 TDs to opposing running backs and Stewart would like the rock. That said, I have to recommend Goodson coming off of a 136 yd 1 TD performance. It’s difficult to state which back will get the bulk of the carries.
Danny Woodhead is home vs. the Jets this week in a game that has a few stories. This game will decide who takes the lead in the AFC east. Also, in September the Jets released Woodhead and you can be sure the Bill Belichick will want the Jets to see what tey’ve been missing. Woodhead and Green-Ellis, who I also recommend, should do good this week.
I do not recommend LaGarrett Blount vs. Atlanta, Maurice Morris vs. Chicago, Leiland Williams at New York Giants, Shonn Greene at New England or Brian Westbrook at Green Bay.
A note here about Westbrook. He should be the starting back for San Francisco the remainder of the year. The reason I’m not recommending him this week is that he will be facing Green Bay that is very good versus the run.
Johnny Knox travels to Detroit this week and the Bears are clicking now. Even though he only had 52 yds vs. the Lions in their forst meeting this year, that was week 1 and since then, Detroit has given up 14 TDs to receivers. As hot as Cutler and the Bears are right now, Knox should thrive in this situation. He’s coming off a good game vs. Philly last week and Detroit should allow him more running room after the catch.
Mario Manningham hosts Washington this weekend and he seems to be the go to guy with the injuries to Steve Smith and Hakeem Nicks. He’s had TDs in his last two games and he does much better at home. Having TDs in 4 straight home tilts.
Ben Obomanu hosts Carolina this week and with Mike Williams dealing with a foot injury, Ben has become the number 1 receiver for Seattle. He has 3 TDs in his last four games and he’s coming off his best career game against Cleveland where he had 5 catches for 159 yds and 1 TD. He can be trusted as a number 2 receiver.
Blair White hosts Dallas this week and he continues to thrive in Austin Collie’s absence. He has 3 TDs in his last two games and Peyton Manning seems to rely on White as a solid number two after Reggie Wayne. The Colts cannot run the ball effectively so you can be sure that Manning will continue to throw the ball and many of the throws should be in White’s direction.
Mike Williams will play at home vs. Atlanta this week. He had a streak snapped last week where he had scored in each of his road games this year. In the first game vs. Atlanta, Williams had a 4 catch 89 yd game with 1 TD. He’s been one of the top rookies this season and should be in your lineup as a number one The matchup favors Williams.
I don’t recommend Michael Crabtree at Green bay, Nate Burleson vs. Chicago, Jacoby Ford at San Diego, Mike Sims-Walker at Tennessee, Chad Ochocinco vs. New Orleans or Deion Branch vs. New York Jets.
Kevin Boss hosting Washington this week has stepped up with the injuries for the Giants. He has 3 TDs ion his past 4 games and is coming off a solid performance vs. Jacksonville with 3 catches 74 yds and 1 TD. The Skins have allowed 4 TDs to the tight end position this year and Boss should be in line for a god game here.
Tony Gonzalez at Tampa Bay thias week should do well here. He had a nice game against the Buccaneers in week 9 with 8 catches and 72 yds. The warning here is that in his 3 games as a Falcon vs. Tampa Bay, Gonzalez has never scored.
Visanthe Shiancoe host Buffalo this week. Minnesota is still in some turmoil but I’m recommending Shiancoe here because The Bills are the worst team defending against tight ends. Shiancoe hasn’t been on fire this year. He had 3 catches and 54 yds against Washington last week but the Bills have allowed 8 TDs to the tight end spot this year so this is a good matchup.
I cannot recommend Dustin Keller at New England, Heath Miller at Baltimore, Benjamin Watson at Miami or Chris Cooley at New York Giants.
DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS
San Diego vs. Oakland
St. Louis at Arizona
Miami vs. Cleveland
I do not recommend San Francisco at Green Bay
Olindo Mare vs. Carolina
Josh Brown at Arizona
Josh Scobee at Tennessee
Ryan Longwell vs. Buffalo
I do not recommend
Nick Folk at New England
That’s all I have this week fanatics. I hope the recommendations are proving to be helpful. In a lot of the leagues, the playoffs are almost ready to begin. I’ll be sure that my recommendations are in order for that time period.
As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I do not want to include the Thursday night game because it’s too early for this publication. I hope you had all of your Eagles and Texans in your lineups.
Have a great week and thanks for reading this column in clearysnotebook.com.
Thanks - Snake