Happy Thanksgiving everyone. May the joy you receive from your second helping of pumpkin pie only be surpassed by the mountain of fantasy points your team scores on this glorious holiday weekend. These next two weeks will determine the playoff teams in most leagues. Don’t over-think the matchups. Remember, your studs brought you this far. Let them take you the rest of the way.
When using this list, try and remember a couple basic rules:
1) Studs – Always play your studs. Each position will include a list of players that are considered studs and should not be benched. If you have the luxury of needing to decide between studs, check out the matchups or feel free to let the shark tank assist you in your decisions. This list will change from week to week.
2) Depth – Every fantasy team is different and some have more depth than others. Only follow the recommended moves if your team depth allows you to make such a move.
Enough of the chit-chat, onto the list!!
Jay Cutler, Denver at N.Y. Jets
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis at Cleveland
Kurt Warner, Arizona at Philadelphia
Tony Romo, Dallas vs. Seattle
Philip Rivers, San Diego vs. Atlanta
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay vs. Carolina
Drew Brees, New Orleans at Tampa Bay
Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants (at
Jason Campbell, Washington (vs. N.Y. Giants): It won’t be much of an aerial show in
Joseph Addai, Indianapolis at Cleveland
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota vs. Chicago
Michael Turner, Atlanta at San Diego
Frank Gore, San Francisco at Buffalo
Matt Forte, Chicago at Minnesota
Marion Barber, Dallas vs. Seattle
Ladainian Tomlinson, San Diego vs. Atlanta
Clinton Portis, Washington vs. N.Y. Giants
Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia vs. Arizona
Ronnie Brown, Miami (at St. Louis): Look for Brown to bounce back from last week’s disappointing numbers against the Patriots with more wildcat-driven stats against a Rams run defense ranked 30th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed.
Thomas Jones, N.Y. Jets (vs. Denver): Jones fell four yards short of his third straight 100-yard rushing game last week against the undefeated Titans. Jones should find plenty of running room against a Broncos defense that has allowed an opposing RB to rush for over 100 yards in three of the past six games.
Chris Johnson, Tennessee (at Detroit): Johnson rushed for only 46 yards on 10 carries in a loss to the Jets last week which was 10 times as many carries as backfield mate LenDale White received. Look for a return to power football which should translate into 30-35 carries between Johnson and White with Johnson making his bid for a turkey leg against the Lions run defense that has allowed the most rushing yards in the NFL this season.
Warrick Dunn, Tampa Bay (vs. New Orleans): Dunn may get the nod as the Bucs starter the rest of the season, but that doesn’t mean he’s an automatic start in your fantasy lineup. Don’t expect another shootout with the Saints involved this week. The Bucs will struggle moving the ball down the field and while Dunn may see some action catching passes out of the backfield, his rushing stats will be hard to come by.
Brandon Marshall, Denver at N.Y. Jets
Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis at Cleveland
Anquan Boldin, Arizona at Philadelphia
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona at Philadelphia
Randy Moss, New England vs. Pittsburgh
Wes Welker, New England vs. Pittsburgh
Terrell Owens, Dallas vs. Seattle
Andre Johnson, Houston vs. Jacksonville
Calvin Johnson, Detroit vs. Tennessee
Greg Jennings, Green Bay vs. Carolina
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Cincinnati vs. Baltimore
Steve Smith, Carolina at Green Bay
(vs. N.Y. Giants): So much for the Studs list. Jason Campbell is not consistent enough to get Moss enough touches to make him an automatic start. As
Dallas Clark, Indianapolis at Cleveland
Owen Daniels, Houston vs. Jacksonville
Kellen Winslow, Cleveland vs. Indianapolis
Antonio Gates, San Diego vs. Atlanta
Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City at Oakland
Jerermy Shockey, New Orleans at Tampa Bay
Chris Cooley, Washington vs. N.Y. Giants
Tony Scheffler, Denver (at N.Y. Jets): The Broncos will find success in the passing game this week and Scheffler should return to the TE-elite range of 5-6 catches for 75-80 yards and a TD as Jay Cutler tears apart the Jets secondary.
Ben Watson, New England (vs. Pittsburgh): Watson only caught one pass against the Dolphins last week after posting eight catches the week before against the Jets. Look for solid numbers from Watson as the Steelers pressure will force