There are no changes to the ‘Stud’ listings this week as there weren’t any performances (good or poor) that deemed making changes necessary.
This is not the time for idle chatter, so let’s get to it!
* may not play in Week 12 *
Robert Griffin III
*bye week *
Mike Glennon, TAMPA BAY at Detroit: In their last three games, the Lions have allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete 56% of their passes for 885 yards with nine touchdowns and a single interception. Glennon has thrown for five touchdowns in his last three starts and tossed one interception. Detroit will have no answer for wide receiver Vincent Jackson and Glennon will toss multiple touchdowns in this very nice matchup (FanDuel darling).
Eli Manning, NEW YORK GIANTS vs. Dallas: Yes. Eli is back on the radar as a fantasy starter this week and it is entirely due to the matchup. The Cowboys defense is a sieve and dead last against the pass, allowing over 310 yards per game and 20 touchdowns. Eli has cut down on the turnovers during the Giants’ winning streak and now has a running game. With all of the weapons at his disposal look for Eli to light up the porous Cowboys secondary.
Colin Kaepernick, SAN FRANCISCO at Washington: If there is one team that starting Kaepernick feels safe against it is the sinking ship that is the Washington Redskins. Look for an angry 49ers offense to take out the frustrations of a two game losing streak on Washington this week. Kaepernick threw a pair of touchdowns last week against a solid New Orleans defense and will easily do the same in Week 12 with 40-50 yards rushing.
Tom Brady, NEW ENGLAND vs. Denver: Brady struggled against the Carolina pass rush and finished with a pedestrian 296 yards passing and one touchdown. This week he will get back on track against a Broncos defense that allowed 230 yards and pair of touchdowns to Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith last week. Look for a shootout in this matchup with his old rival Peyton Manning.
Matt Ryan, ATLANTA vs. New Orleans: Garbage time points count too. That is the main reason why “Matty Ice” joins the list of starters this week. Atlanta has no rushing game and once New Orleans opens up a sizable lead and eases up on defense Ryan will be able to amass very productive fantasy numbers. It’s a sad state of affairs in Atlanta but fantasy owners will be rewarded for starting Ryan this week.
Ben Roethlisberger, PITTSBURGH at Cleveland: Take away wide receiver Antonio Brown’s numbers (which is what cornerback Joe Haden will do this week) from last week and ‘Big Ben’ wasn’t quite so impressive. Throwing the ball to receiving options that weren’t named Brown he completed 22 passes for 220 yards and two TDs. Not bad numbers, but facing a Browns defense that has only allowed 13 passing TDs and racked up 31 sacks Roethlisberger should grab some pine this week.
Matt McGloin, OAKLAND vs. Tennessee: No, no no. The kid looked good against a Texans team that is done like dinner. The Titans just held Andrew Luck to 232 yards and without a passing touchdown. If Terrelle Pryor returns to the starting quarterback job for the Raiders then consider him a bench option as well.
Alex Smith, KANSAS CITY vs. San Diego: Last week’s 282 total yards (52 rushing) and two touchdown performance is Smith’s ceiling. Look for a let down performance from the Chiefs after their much-hyped showdown with Denver. San Diego can be thrown on but it’s just too hard to hitch your wagon to a quarterback that averages 6.0 yards per attempt and has 11 touchdowns through ten games.
Joe Flacco, BALTIMORE vs. New York Jets: There shouldn’t be very many (if any) fantasy teams starting Flacco on a regular basis. Just in case the bye weeks of Russell Wilson, Nick Foles and Andy Dalton have owners eyeballing Flacco as a plug and play…don’t. He has 13 touchdowns and 15 turnovers with the strong defense of the Jets coming to town.