Even if you didn’t make the playoffs this year, I still encourage you to set your lineups and stay competitive. Personally I would rather finish 5th then 12th. I know some guys who will give up on their teams in Week 7, but you should ride your season out into the very end. If you made the playoffs, this is what all the trading, research, and waiver wire grinding has been for. As Matthew Berry said in his recent Love Hate column, “Don’t get cute. Play your studs”.
QB- Alex Smith
The Redskins are 27th against the pass. There are several instances of running backs having good receiving games, and as Jamaal Charles has had 452 receiving yards on the season, Charles should be able to turn some checkdowns into big plays. Roll with Smith
RB- Gio Bernard
The Bengals will find some way to get Bernard involved against the Colts 29th rush defense and 17th pass defense. Even with his time share, Bernard is a strong play against a struggling Colts team.
WR- Torrey Smith
Smith is a top 20 wide receiver, and with Dennis Pitta helping to open things up in the passing game, Smith should thrive. Despite many analysts saying that the Ravens are constantly throwing the deep ball, the Ravens were rarely trying anything long the past several weeks. The offense only really returned to a deeper vertical game against the Steelers which paid nice dividends. Minnesota is 30th against the pass, so this should be a huge game for Smith.
TE- Heath Miller
He has had 21 receptions in the past three weeks, and will be a nice target if the Steelers are getting stuffed on the goal line with the running game.
DEF- Kansas City
Everyone has trashed the Redskins all year, but for some reason they are giving them extra respect this week. The Chiefs defense have not been the dominate force we saw in the beginning of the season, but what team would be able to stop Peyton Manning two out of three weeks? I feel confident that the Chiefs will return to their former glory in the early and mid part of the year.
The Chiefs are not going to let RG3 run all around them, and the pressure they will put on him will force some turnovers. The criticism of Mike Shanahan and his usage of Alfred Morris may put more of an emphasis on the running game any way, so RG3 will have limited production.
RB- Donald Brown
Brown has really surprised me this year, but he is going to have a tough go against the Bengals 8th best pass and rush defense. The Colts will probably end up behind, so this will turn into a passing fest.
WR- Steve Smith
Cam is getting it done on the ground, Greg Olsen is becoming the go to target, Smith hasn’t had a game over 70 yards receiving all year, etc, etc. etc. Pick whatever reason you like, but Smith is not the person you want to start against the Saints 4th ranked pass defense.
TE- John Carlson
I know this is somewhat of a random name to put for this list, but with Jordan Cameron struggling and other tight ends banged up, people are looking for replacement guys. I have liked what he has done the past few weeks, but the Ravens are too good of a team to let Carlson have a big day. Look elsewhere for your tight end needs.
I am going to against the grain here and tell people to stay away from Oakland. I recently posted and article about the Jets and the big numbers they have been giving fantasy defenses, but most people do not realize that the past three defenses that the Jets have faced are all top 15 defenses against the pass. Oakland is 23rd against the pass, and I expect Geno to play more conservative in order to keep his starting job. There are some definite stats here to show that this isn’t the cushy matchup that everyone is claiming it will be for the Raiders D.
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