UP – Jason Avant, WR, Eagles – it appears
DeSean Jackson has suffered a concussion and the Eagles will likely be very
cautious with him after what has occurred with running back Brian Westbrook.
Another one of Donovan McNabb’s targets, Brent Celek, is also dealing with an
injury. Therefore, look for Avant, who has 17 catches over the last three
weeks, to reap the benefits next weekend.
UP – Josh Freeman, QB, Buccaneers – the Tampa
Bay quarterback has been able to play well in that Buccaneer offense, which has
increased the team’s stock, specifically of tight end Kellen Winslow. The Bucs
have played much better football since their Week 8 bye than they were earlier
in the season.
UP – Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs – it appeared
evident that Charles was not a fluke after his performance against
His 147 yards rushing and receiving total, along with a rushing touchdown,
showed that he can be a critical waiver wire addition to your championship run.
While he won’t be available in many or all leagues, it appears to be time to
get him off your benches. He is very explosive as dangerous in the open field,
as he showed Sunday. The Chiefs play the Bills and Browns in the first two
playoff weeks (14 and 15) of many leagues.
DOWN – Kevin Smith, RB, Lions – the Lions’
upcoming schedule is not very friendly. It includes matchups in
in the next two weeks. Smith has been saving his owners in the passing game,
but don’t expect much in your playoff run in the next few weeks.
DOWN – Marion Barber, RB, Cowboys – Barber has
been on this list before, and after it appeared he may be bouncing back, Felix
Jones feasted on Thanksgiving. Tashard Choice even rushed for more yards thanks
to his wildcat scamper.
schedule is very tough so don’t expect much from one specific player in the
DOWN – Brandon Jacobs, RB, Giants – he’s been
a disappointment this year for sure, but it is not all his fault. The entire
Giant running game is not the same as the offensive line is not doing its part,
either. Everyone is talking about how Jacobs is running east to west, but when
there is nowhere to run, what do you expect? While it may not be his fault,
that doesn’t provide any sympathy from his fantasy owners. It will be tough to
start Jacobs over the next few weeks against NFC East rivals.
DOWN – Atlanta Falcons offense – This entire
group will be in trouble if Michael Turner and Matt Ryan are to miss any
significant time. They face the Eagles next weekend and I know that Chris
Redman found success against
you like interceptions?
The interception kings met in the Meadowlands
on Sunday as Jake Delhomme took on Mark Sanchez and the Jets. Delhomme was 14-of-34
and threw four interceptions. Sanchez threw just one, but has 17 on the season.
Jake surpassed that mark and now has 18 on the season.
Keep an eye on this backfield with a matchup
looming against the Lions. If Cedric Benson is active, he is the only one you
should start. However, if Larry Johnson is still available, he is a must-add.
Bernard Scott is a lesser play, but still can be considered as a flex if you do
not have any better options.
The Chargers and Titans are two of the hottest
teams in the NFL right now. Even though the Titans are not far from a wildcard
spot, starting 0-6 is going to haunt them at some time or later. The Chargers
are surging into December and seem to be the team left out with all of the
Colts and Patriots talk. However, they’ll start to be noticed as they sit at
8-3 and winners of six straight. Other than the comeback win in the final
seconds at the Meadowlands, they have completed dominated their opponents.
The Colts and Vikings also deserve credit as
undefeated in winning against the Texans, who were a hot pick this week.
Ahead to Week 13
The Sunday night game has been flexed into a
Vikings-Cardinals game, which should be entertaining if Kurt Warner is back.
The Thursday night game is a snoozer as the Jets play the Bills in
Titans travel to
in an attempt to keep their magical run alive. The Giants have their season on
the line at home against the Cowboys. The Monday night game is also going to be
a fun one with the Ravens traveling to Lambeau field.
There would be no better scene to have one of
the biggest games of the 2009 regular season. The Saints will host the Patriots
on Monday Night Football in the Superdome, which will no doubt be extremely
raucous. Tom Brady and company will try to spoil the Saints’ chances of
perfection, and in doing so, expect lots of fireworks in primetime. It goes
without saying to start everyone in this one. Enjoy the game! The X-factor is
the atmosphere in the dome …