Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Amazing that fantasy football Week 12 is almost here which means we are squarely into crunch time.  Here are the prime pickups for this week's slate of games.

Josh McCown:  McCown was benched after the first month of the season after a truly horrific start for Tampa Bay.  Mike Glennon didn't do much in his place which put McCown back under center.  So far, so good as McCown looked very comfortable last week in leading the team to an upset win over the Washington Redskins and has tossed for four scores and only two picks in his first two games under center.  Obviously we are talking about those who play in two-QB formats only.

Jonas Gray:  Well that was impressive.  The Notre Dame rookie was given the full reigns in the ever-changing New England Patriots backfield for Sunday night's titanic game versus the Indianapolis Cols and the result was arguably the most productive game of any back this season.  Gray was a monster in rushing for 199 yards on 38 carries and FOUR touchdowns in the win.  There is no way even the fickle Bill Belichick will mess with this instant success.  Gray could be a monster RB 1 the rest of the way, especially with opposing defenses having to respect the pass.

Isaiah Crowell:  It took more than half the season but the Cleveland Browns may finally have decided on their starting running back.  The bruising runner got the surprising start Sunday and had a nice game.  Crowell is averaging a yard more per carry than Terrance West and Ben Tate just got released today which further clears up the backfield. 

Charles Sims:  Word is that the Buc's are ready to give Charles Sims the lion's share of carries going forward.  The big-play back already moved ahead of the injured Doug Martin and Bobby Rainey has run too hot and cold for the team's liking.  We told you prior to last week to add Sims to this is another reminder.

Dan Herron:  Trent Richardson is likely owned in your league already so the back that is likely on the wire who will benefit from the season-ending broken ankle suffered by Ahmad Bradshaw is Dan Herron.  The former sixth-round pick can pick up some tough yardage and be a goal-line weapon if needed.

Malcolm Floyd:  Yours truly added Floyd prior to Week 11 in order to fill in for the bye week Dez Bryant.  The payoff was sweet as Floyd caught an early touchdown pass and over all had a nice day.  Floyd is averaging over 50 yards a game over the last six weeks and could continue to grow more involved with the San Diego Chargers passing offense.

Kenny Stills:  The season-ending loss to a broken thumb of rookie WR Brandin Cooks means that Kenny Stills moves into a more prominent place in the New Orleans Saints passing offense.  Stills is a big-play guy who runs hot and cold with his raw receptions but the opportunity is there for his best stretch of the season.

Jarvis Landry:  Landry is a developing PPR weapon who is becoming a big factor in the short passing game for red-hot QB Ryan Tannehill.  Landry scored in last Thursday's win over the Buffalo Bills and has been in the midst of a nice stretch of performances over the last month.  The LSU rookie has the goods to continue to be a WR 3 in PPR leagues.

Coby Fleener:  The ankle injury sustained by Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen Sunday night opened the door for backup Coby Fleener to have his best game of the season in catching 7 balls for 144 yards.  The Colts are saying Allen could be back for Week 12 but that is far from a given.  Fleener could replicate his New England performance if Allen does sit out.

Jacob Tamme:  Yet another player suffered an ankle injury last Sunday as Denver Broncos All-Pro tight end Julius Thomas suffered that same fate.  Thomas has a long history of serious ankle injuries but reports indicate he avoided the high sprain.  Still there are reports that Thomas will sit in favor of Jacob Tamme who has done some nice things in the receiving game with Peyton Manning as his QB in the past. 

Indianapolis Colts:  The Colts get the Jacksonville Jaguars this week which makes them somewhat attractive despite getting destroyed by the New England Patriots last Sunday night.   At the very least Blake Bortles should be accommodating with some turnovers in this game.



  1. I have two trade offers for Josh Gordon... I'm very deep at WR and I'm HORRIBLE at RB.
    1. Jerrick McKinnon and Alfred Blue
    2. CJ Anderson and Ryan Matthews.

    Which pair would you take for Gordon?

  2. Follow up on the above: I can grab my choice of 2 from the following groups:
    1. McKinnon, Blue, Forsett or
    2. Anderson, Mathews, Hill

    Which is the best possible Group of 2? I'm thinking either McKinnon/Forsett or Anderson/Mathews