Happy Thanksgiving and welcome Week 12! This week we have plenty of movement on, and especially off, the ‘Studs’ list. So let’s not waste any time with small talk, as I’m sure we’ve all got some last minute food shopping to tend to.
Carson Palmer, Oakland: Has only scored in single digits once this year and has a very favorable remaining schedule.
Eli Manning, New York Giants: I hate to do it, but I can’t defend him any longer. He’s scored single-digit fantasy points in three straight games and has only scored more than 20 fantasy points once this year.
Chad Henne, Jacksonville vs. Tennessee: Wow, did anyone see that coming! A performance for the ages versus a Texans defense that was one of the best in the league. Henne’s Week 11 performance of 354 passing yards and four touchdowns was even more impressive given that he did it on the road at Houston. This week Henne will face a Titans defense that is the sixth most generous versus quarterbacks, having allowed 20 touchdown passes on the season while only picking off nine. The Blaine Gabbert era looks to be officially over in Jacksonville.
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis vs. Buffalo: Luck’s three best games of the season have come at home and that’s exactly where he’ll get to face the Bills who have given up 19 touchdown passes on the season while only picking off eight. Luck will be licking his chops as he faces a defense that has allowed both Mark Sanchez and Alex Smith to pass for three touchdowns.
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati vs. Oakland: Oakland is the third most generous defense in fantasy versus quarterbacks having allowed double-digit fantasy points in every game but one. Dalton has thrown three-or-more touchdowns in four out of the Bengals ten games so far this season. He’s also been very efficient since the Bengals bye in Week 8, having thrown seven touchdowns and only one interception since then.
Christian Ponder, Minnesota at Chicago: Don’t try and get cute here and think that after the Bears’ Monday night debacle that Ponder will be able to duplicate Colin Kaepernick‘s effort. It’s not going to happen. In fact, look for the Bears to put a beat-down on both Ponder and the Vikings after being humiliated on national television in Week 11.
Philip Rivers, San Diego vs. Baltimore: Rivers has been serviceable over the last three weeks but this week he’ll be facing a Ravens defense that is the sixth toughest in fantasy versus quarterbacks. The Ravens have not allowed a touchdown pass in two out of the last three games. The Ravens defense got a boost when it was announced that Ed Reed would not miss this week’s game due to suspension. Look for Reed to be extra motivated this week, as if he needed any motivation.
Russell Wilson, Seattle at Miami: Wilson has been impressive over his last three games, tossing seven touchdown passes and only one interception. But, this week he’ll be facing a Dolphins defense that has allowed more than one passing touchdown in a game only three times this season.