Some picks were way off last week, I’ll just admit that right up front. This is that other crazy unpredictable part of the season. Of course the only other wilder part than the end of the season is the start of the season.
Getting the fantasy picks done on Wednesday since three games go off on Thursday and most likely we all have players in at least one of those games. On to the picks!
Thursday – 11/28-2013 – Thanksgiving Day
12:30pm – Green Bay at Detroit – Reggie Bush should have another ok showing as Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson will be playing big as Detroit fights for the division lead. Green Bay is in the same fight for the same division but without Aaron Rodgers it isn’t faring so well. Jordy Nelson and Eddie Lacy may have some fantasy value. Mason Crosby could be a good kicker this week to have.
4:30pm – Oakland at Dallas – Oakland is a mess, even fantasy wise. Rashard Jennings could be of value if Darren McFadden is another no go. Sebastian Janikowski is questionable since he had some rare misses in his last outing and who knows if Oakland can move the ball into field goal range. Tony Romo and Dez Bryant will be starters but DeMarco Murray is a hit and miss play.
8:30pm – Pittsburgh at Baltimore – If you have any other option than players in this game I suggest using them. I, however, will be starting Torrey Smith since my options are otherwise limited. Antonio Brown is a questionable call but in a two or three slot it may be alright.
Sunday – 12/1/2013
1:00pm – Jacksonville at Cleveland – Maurice Jones-Drew did very well for me last week but look for his production to be halved. Cleveland??? I guess Jordan Cameron could be used.
1:00pm – Tennessee at Indianapolis – I’m benching Andrew Luck in favor of Alex Smith. That is hard to say given that I really thought Luck would come back but he, and that entire offense, are lost without Reggie Wayne.
1:00pm – Chicago at Minnesota – Forget everything I said about Chicago’s defense and look for Adrian Peterson to have a monster game. I think I could run through Chicago’s defense they way they played last game. I still think you are starting Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery but you better have other options to replace a banged up Matt Forte.
1:00pm – Miami at NY Jets – Keep any player from these teams on your bench.
1:00pm – Arizona at Philadelphia – Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald are friends again. Hopefully that is good for everyone. Nick Foles may struggle after the bye week and against Arizona stout defense. LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson are going to get points but will have to work for them.
1:00pm – Tampa Bay at Carolina – Cam Newton and Carolina’s defense. That’s about it.
1:00pm – New England at Houston – Everybody from New England, nobody from Houston.
4:05pm – Atlanta at Buffalo – Ouch. Matt Ryan if you have too. Fred Jackson if you have a deep need.
4:05pm – St. Louis at San Francisco – St. Louis’s defense has been amazing and I think they can do it again versus San Francisco’s offense even though they showed some life in their last game. I need Anquan Boldin to do well but I am not expecting two touchdowns again especially with the possible return of Michael Crabtree.
4:25pm – Denver at Kansas City – Yep, you are starting Peyton Manning. Kansas City defense has been exposed and will need everything it has to slow down Denver. Look for Wes Welker to make amends. Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, and Eric Decker will need to come to play with Knoshown Moreno possibly hurt and who know what that might leave in the running game. I’ll be starting Alex Smith as I’ve already stated. Start Jamal Charles if you have him. I still don’t believe Dwayne Bowe is what he used to be but KC will need to have everybody bring their best.
4:25pm – Cincinnati at San Diego – Quarterbacks if you need them. Andy Dalton is ok if you need a fill in and Phillip Rivers has had a resurgence. Good thing I brought that up previously. I’ll have Danny Woodhead in my line up and he may be more important if Ryan Matthews doesn’t play. A.J. Green and maybe Giovani Bernard if you have need at those spots. I’ll also have Nick Novak as my kicker.
8:30pm – NY Giants at Washington – Quarterbacks you should avoid, unless you like rolling the dice or are completely desperate. Both teams running and passing games have fallen apart of late. The only hope here is that both defenses play so poorly that the offense run all over them, or pass. Start players from either team at your own risk.
Monday – 12/2/2013
8:30pm – New Orleans at Seattle – Drew Brees and Russell Wilson should be no brainers in your line up. I would even hedge to use either defense. Of course Jimmy Graham is locked into my line up as well as Marshawn Lynch. Not too much trust in any receivers though. Brees distributes it too well and Wilson is scramble prone.
This was put together sort of fast so I may have missed a few here and there. Good luck in all you leagues.