Week 12 Reaches



Quarterback

Matt Ryan vs. Tampa Bay – We really believed this might be a breakout season
since he did well as a rookie and they added veteran TE Tony Gonzalez to the
mix. For whatever reason, Ryan has regressed this season and he hasn’t showed
any signs of consistency. However, he did play well against the Giants last week
and he faces a lowly Buccaneer defense which can’t stop anyone. This is a good
week to get Ryan in your lineup since Tampa Bay is going to make a defensive
scheme change this late in the season.

David Garrard at San Francisco – He’s been a little inconsistent (I dropped him
in one league recently), but Garrard still is ranked #14 in most standard
scoring leagues. The thing that helps him is he’ll run the ball a little and
they have a hard time sustaining their running game. The 49er secondary has not
played consistently well all season and this matchup sets up well for Garrard to
put up good numbers.

Vince Young vs. Arizona – A few things have really helped Young since he’s been
back starting. The defense has finally gotten healthy in the secondary and the
Titans aren’t playing from behind much. In that event, Young isn’t being asked
to throw the ball a lot. However, he’s still running quite a bit and throwing
enough to put up decent points each week. He should do well enough in this
matchup to start him if you’re desperate.

Running Back

Jason Snelling vs. Tampa Bay – If starting RB Michael Turner is out again this
week, Snelling could be in line for lots of carries against a bad Buccaneer
defense. There’s the possibility that RB Jerious Norwood gets a decent amount of
touches if Turner is out, but Snelling is a much better fit for the power
running game which the Falcons use. Since this game seems like it should be a
one-side affair, Snelling could pile up carries in the second half if Turner is
out again. Snelling should be a rock solid #3 RB this week if Turner is
inactive.

Justin Forsett at St. Louis – Even if veteran RB Julius Jones is back playing,
Forsett should get at least 8-10 touches based on his recent solid play. Have to
think that he could bust off a big play or two in the running or passing game.
He’s worth a shot as your #3 RB/flex starter if you’re desperate. He would be
looking even better if Jones is out.

LeSean McCoy vs. Washington – He’s been kind of up and down this season, but
when he’s gotten a chance to start, he’s done quite well. McCoy ran really well
last week and he won’t have to share the ball with anyone, so he should get lots
of touches in a game that the Eagles should win handily. He’s certainly worth
starting as your #3 RB.

Wide Receiver

Pierre Garcon at Houston – He’s been a bit inconsistent since he’s been starting
for injured WR Anthony Gonzalez. However, he’s starting to find his down field
chemistry with QB Peyton Manning of late. The Texans don’t have a strong second
cornerback, so Garcon could put up a bit play or two. He’s worth a look as your
#3 WR.

Michael Crabtree vs. Jacksonville – He’s been a little frustrating since he’s
only scored once so far (last week and he clearly pushed off to gain an
advantage), but at least he’s catching 4-5 passes/game. This matchup sets up
well for him against the Jaguar secondary without starting CB Rashean Mathis.
They have no viable replacement for him and have no one who can match up with
the physical Crabtree. He’s looking like a rock solid #3 WR this week.

Jeremy Maclin vs. Washington – Most fantasy owners are generally using Maclin as
roster depth or as their third receiver. He’s kind of an enigma. For whatever
reason, the Eagles coaching staff is using the speedy rookie as a possession
receiver. However, this matchup sets up well for him against the Redskin
secondary. Washington will be without starting CB DeAngelo Hall and two
struggling cornerbacks, Fred Smoot and Carlos Rogers, will be starting. Maclin
should be worth starting as your #3 WR this week.

Kenny Britt vs. Arizona – The Cardinal secondary is certainly beatable and they
do throw the ball down field to him. He’s worth a shot as your #3 WR.

Malcom Floyd vs. Kansas City – He has a big size advantage and Floyd scored
against them in the first matchup. He likely won’t catch many passes in this
game since they don’t target him much, but he could make a big play or two or at
least be a factor in the redzone against the shaky Chief secondary. He’s worth
starting as your #3 WR.

Defense

Atlanta vs. Tampa Bay – The Falcon fantasy defense has been pretty worthless for
the most part, but this matchup sets up well for them. Rookie QB Josh Freeman
struggled mightily last week against the Saints and he’ll have to play in a
hostile environment at Atlanta on Sunday.

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