As always, thanks for reading. Let’s get right into some players that might be available in your league.
QB Matt Flynn, Green Bay
Those that were up for the end of Sunday night’s game saw how inexperienced he is, as the Packers offense stalled in the two-minute drill, costing themselves a chance at stealing a win in Foxboro. Up to that point, Flynn had been playing it cool, finding the wideouts over the middle, hooking up for the occasional big play. Great numbers in relief of Aaron Rodgers. Those Rodgers’ owners out there would be wise to grab Flynn and hope that Green Bay makes a decision on the quarterback well before the starting lineup deadline.
QB Tim Tebow, Denver
Not a whole lot of passing numbers from Tebow last week – 150 yards and a touchdown. He is going to get his numbers on the ground, and last week he went for 70 yards and a touchdown there. The Broncos look to be handing things over to him for the rest of the season, and he’s got a juicy matchup against the Houston Texans (the league’s worst-ranked pass defense) this week.
RB Maurice Morris, Detroit
Could it be that one of the Lions’ running backs is emerging as a viable fantasy option? Despite only 15 carries, Morris went for 109 yards and a score against the Buccaneers. The Lions have the Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Vikings left on the schedule – middle-of-the-road matchups – but if Morris can continue to take the lead in the Detroit backfield, he will continue to put up close to 75 yards on average.
RB Toby Gerhart, Minnesota
What a piece of coal Adrian Peterson owners got in their stocking the week before Christmas with Brett Favre as the starting quarterback on Monday night and Peterson inactive. Ouch. The Vikings will run the ball effectively regardless of who the runner is, as evidenced by Gerhart’s 77-yard performance in a blowout loss to the Chicago Bears. Keep an eye on the Peterson situation as his status obviously affects Gerhart’s fantasy potential.
WR Jacoby Ford, Oakland
Ford makes this week’s list mostly because of his 71-yard touchdown run last week. Oakland is still battling, so Ford is in line for an active couple of weeks to close out the season. The Raiders have the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs left to play, two teams that are generous to the pass.
WR Mario Manningham, Giants
Big time “flash” potential here with Manningham. His 113 yards last week was nearly as much yardage as he’s accumulated in the previous four games combined. He has had some big games, but they’ve been few and far between. I list him this week because the Giants have much to play for, and they’ve got the Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins left on the schedule.
K Steven Hauschka, Denver
Keep an eye on Matt Prater‘s status. If he can’t go again, then Hauschka will once again perform the kicking duties for the Broncos. Five field goals in the last two games, and the Broncos should be able to create scoring chances against the Houston Texans and San Diego Chargers, both games unaffected by any winter weather.
The Falcons defense is hot, getting into the endzone this past week against Seattle while racking up a handful of sacks to go along with some turnovers. Not a great matchup this week against the New Orleans Saints, but I list them here because they have the Carolina Panthers on the schedule for week 17. Grab them and stash them for your Week 17 enjoyment.
Yes, they got torched by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week, but their schedule the rest of the way is very favorable. At Miami this week and a final week home game against a Minnesota Vikings team that will surely have given up. They continue to get after the quarterback, registering 11 sacks in the last three games. Look for them to get after Chad Henne this week as well as whoever ends up starting for the Vikings in Week 17.