Start ’em, Week 12


Start ’em

1. Andrew Luck – Luck is coming off one of his worst games of the season (3 picks, 1 fumble) in a blowout loss to the Patriots. I believe that he will bounce back in a big way against the dreadful Buffalo defense this week, proving he is much more than your regular rookie quarterback. OPPONENT – Buffalo Bills (4-6). Watch Andrew Lucks ups and downs in Week 11 here:

Andrew Luck’s week 11 highlights

2. Andy Dalton – The red rifle has had one heck of a season so far, improving his rookie stats in every major category. He is also on a bit of a hot streak right now, throwing for 429 yards and 6 touchdowns with no interceptions in his past 2 games. Expect another monster output from Dalton this week against a Raiders defense that has allowed 93 points in the past 2 weeks. OPPONENT – Oakland Raiders (3-7)

3. Cam Newton – The former number one overall pick and rookie of the year has put together a devastatingly disappointing as well as frustrating season so far. Owners have gotten sick of his lack of touchdowns and rising interception numbers. However, this week will be different against an Eagles team that is in complete disarray. Cam’s talent hasn’t gone anywhere, this season is more a product of a sophomore slump than anything else. Expect that talent to shine bright on Monday Night Football. OPPONENT – Philadelphia Eagles (3-7)


1. Ryan Mathews – Mathews has had a very poor season so far, especially when he was picked by many to be a breakout star this season. Injuries and fumble problems have hampered him so far, but I believe he gets back on track to fantasy stud status this week. He gets the play the Ravens this week, and while that sounds like a daunting task, Baltimore is actually ranked 25th in defense this year. Mathews also racks up extra points on receiving yards, and if he can squeak into the end zone this week, he’ll put up fantastic fantasy numbers. OPPONENT – Baltimore Ravens (8-2)

2. Alfred Morris – The little known rookie 6th round draft pick came out of the gates firing this season, but he has tailed off since then. However, the Redskins like to use him a lot both in the running and passing game, which bodes well for Morris’ fantasy owners. The more touches he gets, the more likely he is to reach the end zone, which I believe he will do on Thanksgiving against the Cowboys. OPPONENT – Dallas Cowboys (5-5)

3. Ronnie Hillman – The Broncos picked this little used back to eventually take the place of Willis Mcgahee, and it looks like that’s happening earlier than expected. With Mcgahee sidelined for over a month, Hillman steps into the job as the Broncos starting running back. He should get plenty of opportunities to thrive this week against the Chiefs. He has played well in limited action so far this season, and expect that to continue on a bigger scale this weekend. OPPONENT – Kansas City Chiefs (1-9)


1. Michael Crabtree – Crabtree has quietly put together a fantastic 3 week stretch, scoring 4 touchdowns during that span. I believe that Crabtree will have a breakout game this week against the Saints and their league worst defense, posting over a hundred yards and finding the end zone as well. OPPONENT – New Orleans Saints (5-5)

2. Justin Blackmon – The 5th overall pick finally had a breakout game this week (took him long enough). A big factor in his 276 yard performance was the fact that Chad Henne was throwing him the ball, not Blaine Gabbert. With Henne slated to start again this week against the Titans, Blackmon should have another big game. He wont come close to 276 yards, but 100 yards and a score is definitely doable this week. OPPONENT – Tennessee Titans (4-6) Check out Blackmon’s highlights from his career game against Houston:

Justin Blackmon week 11 highlights

3. Steve Johnson – Johnson has put together a decent season for the Bills so far this year, but what is vital to his fantasy value is the fact that he leads the team in targets. This means that Ryan Fitzpatrick is trying to get him the ball, and he should have an easy time doing so against a Colts defense that just got carved up for 59 points last week. The secondary issues in Indianapolis are going to take more than a week to fix, and Steve Johnson is in position to exploit them once again. OPPONENT – Indianapolis Colts (6-4)