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WHO DEY nation travels to my hometown (San Diego, CA) for Week 13, and what I wouldn’t give to be there to watch them put the Chargers in a hurt locker in this one!
No matter who you own on the Bengals roster, I’d play them this week. Temper back your expectations with
Andy Dalton – QB, Bengals: Dalton is by far one of the most underrated fantasy QBs in the NFL, despite being ranked No. 7 at QB this season in NFL.com leagues. This weekend he matches up with a Chargers defense that generously gives up 19.8 fantasy PPG to opposing QBs. Dalton has 10 TDs over the last four weeks, and that’s No. 2 in the NFL behind Drew Brees’s 11 TDS. Not bad for a guy those ESPN analysts constantly call an average QB.
Robert Griffin III – QB, Redskins: The last time RGIII played the Giants (Week 7) he rattled off 258 passing yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT, numbers good enough for 25 points in NFL.com scoring. The rookie now has four more games under his belt and he has scored 8 TDs over the last two weeks. The kid is white hot (look it up, white is hotter than red) and the Giants are 3-2 in their last five games.
Bryce Brown – RB, Eagles: Despite Brown losing two fumbles last week, he was still able to put up a monster fantasy game thanks to his 178 rushing yards (9.4 YPC) and 2 TDs. The Cowboys are much better at stopping fantasy RBs (19.9 PPG) than the Panthers are (28.2 PPG). Given the rivalry between these two teams, and the poor play of Nick Foles, I expect the Eagles to ride Brown’s wagon until the wheels fall off.
Jamaal Charles – RB, Chiefs: Charles has been one of the more erratic fantasy RBs the last few weeks thanks to an offense with little to no pop in the passing game. Last week the Chiefs seemed to finally figure out how to use Charles correctly and he rewarded them with 107 yards rushing on 22 carries (4.7 YPC). This week he faces a Panthers defense that gives up the fourth-most points to RBs and last week they made Bryce Brown look like a Pro Bowl RB.
Cecil Shorts – WR, Jaguars: It took me a while to get on board with Shorts because the Jaguars have so many problems on offense that it isn’t funny. However, he has put up 747 receiving yards and 6 TDs on 36 receptions this season, good enough for a low-end WR2 ranking thus far. Not bad for a guy that is still on the waiver wire in 55.1 percent of NFL.com leagues! He is grossly underrated and the Bills give up the 11th-most points to WRs at 36.4 PPG.
Ryan Broyles – WR, Lions: Word out of Detroit is that Broyles has bypassed Titus Young on the Lions depth chart thanks to his immature actions that landed him a team imposed one-game suspension. There are even accusations that Young lined up in the wrong spot several times in Week 11 on purpose. Broyles busted out with 6 catches for 126 yards last week, and this week he faces a Colts defense that gives up the fourth-most PPG (40.4) to WRs in PPR formats.
Jermaine Gresham – TE, Bengals: Owned in just over half of NFL.com leagues (57.5 percent), Gresham is someone that I see as a possible top-5 TE play this weekend. The Chargers give up just 10.9 PPG to TEs this season, but Gresham has 19 catches for 233 yards and 2 TDs over the last four weeks. Those stats are good enough for a No. 5 ranking. If he is available on your waiver wire, I’d snatch him up and play him this weekend.
New York Jets Defense: To start the season the Jets were owned in virtually all fantasy leagues in all formats. But, with injury upon injury, they are owned in just 67.2 percent of NFL.com leagues right now. This week they face a Cardinals offense that has scored the second-fewest points in the NFL (180). I have them as a top-5 defensive play this week.
Philip Rivers – QB, Chargers: Being from San Diego it kills me to say this, but there are few QBs in fantasy football that are more overrated than Rivers this season. Rivers is owned in 86.4 percent of NFL.com leagues, but is currently sitting in the No. 21 spot for season rank at QB. That is below largely unowned guys such as Ryan Fitzpatrick (27.8 percent owned), Russell Wilson (12.2 percent) and Sam Bradford (10.1 percent). The Bengals defense gives up just 17.2 PPG to QBs, eighth in the NFL this season.
Russell Wilson – QB, Seahawks: A friend who is a huge Seahawks fan was bragging on Facebook about how an ESPN columnist said Wilson and Drew Brees (horrible on Thursday; 341 yards passing, 0 TDs and an astounding 5 INTs) were only separated by nine points over the last four games. Well, this columnist was wrong (18 points, not 9) and this week marks the slide down for Wilson as he faces a stout Bears defense. The Bears give up just 13.9 PPG to QBs this season, No. 2 in the NFL.
Steven Jackson – RB, Rams: S-Jax has been one of the surprises at RB this season for me as I thought he was done for sure. But, he has been able to run for 321 yards and a TD over the last four weeks, which is good enough for a solid RB2 ranking. However, this week he runs into a 49ers defense that is No. 1 in the NFL at points allowed to RBs (15.2 PPG). Unless it is some garbage time numbers, I don’t see anything good for Jackson this weekend.
Rashad Jennings – RB, Jaguars: The only reason Jennings makes the list is because I’ve had so many questions about starting him via email and social media that you guys/girls are obviously thinking he is a viable RB2 option. Yes, the Bills give up 27.5 PPG to RBs in PPR formats (seventh-worst in the NFL), but Jennings lost the starting job to Jalen Parmele because he could only muster 2.8 YPC through nine games this season. He hasn’t rushed for more than 59 yards this season and has scored just twice. You’re all barking up the wrong tree here with Jennings.
Greg Jennings – WR, Packers: Jennings is finally due back this week and fantasy owners are going crazy to get him in their lineup. The problem I have with Jennings is there is seven weeks or rust to knock off, and a reintegration into an offense that now has Randall Cobb as the focal point of the passing attack. I would let him get his legs and timing back before playing him in fantasy leagues.
Dwayne Bowe – WR, Chiefs: I wouldn’t own Bowe this season if you paid me, literally. Over the last four weeks, he is ranked No. 49 for all WRs in NFL.com scoring with 16 catches for 175 yards and no TDs. The Panthers give up just 29.3 PPG to WRs in PPR formats (sixth in the NFL) and the Chiefs have a QB problem that has the Steelers feeling sorry for them.
Brandon Pettigrew – TE, Lions: Pettigrew hasn’t exactly been killing it the last month with his 16 catches for 139 yards and one TD. And, to make matters worse for the 76.4 percent of people that own him in NFL.com leagues, he faces a Colts defense that is No. 3 in TE points allowed at 10.0 PPG. I would cut him for Brandon Myers if he is available (owned in 22.6 percent of NFL.com leagues) as the Lions have the 29th-best strength Of schedule to finish out the season, as opposed to the Raiders 20th-ranked S.O.S.
Pittsburgh Steelers Defense: I wouldn’t want to own the Steelers defense this week as the offense is preparing to start Charlie Batch at QB again. The QB affects the defense because his inability to move the ball means the defense will spend much more time on the field than they would like. I see them being winded and tired, thus allowing the Ravens offense to put points on the scoreboard. I have them around a No. 15 ranking this week.