For the first time in a while, nothing major happened this past week to a major player affecting the fantasy world, so nothing in the way of new depth chart movement to discuss. Watch out for the teams that still have something to play for and those that do not. Teams that have locked into their seed will look to rest some of their starters that are dinged up. This will have a major affect on fantasy numbers this week so be aware of who is still playing hard and who is coasting to the finish line.
A somewhat abbreviated version this week as the season winds down. A quartet of wideouts that are owned in around 50% of online leagues are discussed, as well as a sprinkling of players from other positions. There’s something for everyone this week. With not a lot out there in waiver land, we’ll march thru the players by position this week.
Thanks, as always, for reading. Let’s get right into this week’s story…
QB John Skelton, Arizona
With all the hype surrounding the guy in Denver, there is another quarterback that is leading his team to comeback wins, and that is John Skelton. Conflicting reports are coming out of Arizona regarding the status of Kevin Kolb, which affects Skelton’s playing time. The Cardinals are winning right now with Skelton, and 300+ yards last week is an indication that the desperate fantasy owner can get some use out of him. With teams starting to shut it down (ie. Green Bay and likely Pittsburgh), Skelton is not a terrible option if he will be the starter for Arizona.
QB Kyle Orton, Kansas City
After a big win over the previously unbeaten falcons, Orton has everything to play for in these final two weeks. He came a yard shy of 300, and interim coach Romeo Crennel is saying that wins in the final two games might win Orton the starting job for 2012. No TDs, but no interceptions. Expect numbers in the 250-yard range this week with a couple of touchdown passes.
QB Jake Locker, Tennessee
Locker is another quarterback with a lot to play for as the Titans look to determine their signal caller for 2012. Coming in for the fourth quarter this past week, he tossed a touchdown pass and went for over 100 yards. The Titans would be wise to see what they have in the youngster, look for Locker to get the call this week and next week as well.
RB Donald Brown, Indianapolis
A bit of a no brainer here after a big week, but Brown is only owned in 62% of online leagues so there is a chance he is available in your league. Though he’s not the starter, he is clearly the better performer, rushing for over 150 yards and a touchdown against the Titans.
RB Stevan Ridley, New England
The New England backfield is always a fantasy risk, with the likes of BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Danny Woodhead, and Kevin Faulk in the mix. Ridley hasn’t been given much of a chance this season, and a difficult matchup against the Dolphins is on tap so keep your expectations in check. Bill Belichick has been known to do some weird things, especially late in the season, so a flyer on Ridley is not a bad idea for those that are desperate.
WR Demaryius Thomas, Denver
This will make three weeks in a row for Thomas to appear in this space, a deserved honor given that he’s owned by only a shade over half the online leagues. He put up his second 100+ yard week in the last three, so he’s extremely hot. Despite the fact that the Broncos run nearly all the time, Thomas has found a way to be very productive.