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Week 12 Lineup Tips

Hope everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving.  We’ve had a very eventful weekend as my wife gave birth to our fourth child on Friday.  Anthony Jude was born on Friday afternoon and weighed 9-pounds, 2-ounces, what a blessing!  With bags under my eyes I bring you the week 12 version of lineup tips.

I mentioned this two weeks ago and I’m going back to the well.  Since Carolina’s bye in week four, Jonathan Stewart has alternated scoring single-digit and double-digit fantasy points each week.  He’s scored single-digit fantasy points in weeks 5, 7, 9 and 11.  While scoring double-digit fantasy points in weeks 6, 8 and 10.  Armed with nothing but this trend, I’m predicting double-digit fantasy points for Stewart.

If Cedric Benson is ruled out for this week, Bernard Scott becomes a must start and will produce like a top-10 RB.

If Peyton Manning‘s strained gluteal muscle can hold up, and it appears after a full practice on Friday that it will, he should have a big game versus the Texans’ defense and I look for Pierre Garcon to make a trip to the endzone.

If Kurt Warner can’t go on Sunday, Matt Leinart makes for an excellent high-upside QB2 or flex option.

I wasn’t feeling very positive about Ray Rice going up against a Steelers’ defense that has given up the second least fantasy points to running backs this season.  But, with the news that Big Ben will be sitting out this Sunday and that Dennis Dixon will be starting, I’m feeling a lot more positive about Rice.  The Vikings, who are the stingiest defense when it comes to giving up fantasy points to RBs, have given up three TDs on the ground this season, two of them to Rice.  Long-story-short, make sure Rice is in your lineup and look for two TDs.

Sean “Shanahan” Payton the fantasy world hates you!

Has Mike Sims-Walker become a must-start WR with David Garrard as his QB?  I think so.  Look for Sims-Walker to make a trip to the end-zone for the fourth straight game this weekend.

Last week against Green Bay Michael Crabtree scored his first TD and had his first double-digit fantasy game.  Look for a repeat this week.

It’s been a whole game since Jay Cutler has thrown multiple interceptions.  Look for him to get back on track, i.e. throw more than one interception, versus the Vikings this week.  I know.  Not a real though call.

Need a QB, Alex Smith should be good for at least 225 yards and two scores.

That’s all I have for this week.  Good luck to all.

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