Before I get into things in terms of fantasy, we are again immersed in reality. We are again immersed in horrific reality due to senseless, mindless violence. I want to offer my thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims of the tragedy Newtown, Connecticut.
It is incomprehensible and quite honestly I am at a loss for words. Innocence is quickly shattered. A sad, sad day indeed.Â
If you have kids â€“ give them a hug.
QB Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts â€“ Look, I realize Luckâ€™s inclusion on this list wonâ€™t send his fantasy owners scrambling for a replacement but this could be a tough week for the star rookie. I would imagine that after being embarrassed on prime time television last week against the Patriots, the Texans will be raring to go on both sides of the ball. Look for Houston DE J.J. Watt to be in Luckâ€™s grill all afternoon.
QB Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys â€“ This is a key game for both the Cowboys as well as the Pittsburgh Steelers. I will say that as unprepared the Steelers were last week against the Chargers, that will NOT be the case this week. That spells trouble for the Cowboys gunslinger.
RB Steven Ridley, New England Patriots â€“ In what could shape up to be a splendid game, Ridley could find the sledding tough against a stout San Francisco run defense. While if you own him, youâ€™ll be starting him, but the matchup is a tough one, at not the most opportune time for fantasy owners.
RB Marcel Reece, Oakland Raiders â€“ While he filled in more than admirably for an injured RB Darren McFadden, his fantasy value relies solely on the health the aforementioned McFadden. He was outstanding, but playing second fiddle is never a plus in the realm of fantasy. That said, if you have him, hang tight as McFadden is only a stiff breeze from the IR.
RB Montell Owens, Jacksonville Jaguars â€“ I preface this by saying I hope the guy rushes for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Not because I own him in any fantasy leagues, but because it is exciting to see a player get an unexpected opportunity and I wish him well. That said, the matchup is terrible as the Miami Dolphins are stellar defending against the run.
WR Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys â€“ While it is admirable Dez is playing, a receiver with a finger broken so badly it will require surgery does not bode well for a banner playoff performance. Unless your league awards points for playing the decoy role, I would steer clear of Bryant and his wounded paw.
WR Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills â€“ If you take in account his recent hamstring issues, in addition to going up against some tough physical Seattle cornerbacks, you might want to steer away from Johnson this week.
WR Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals â€“ A shame really, the poor guy is a world-class talent but he has no one capable of getting him the football. If he did, he would surely excel this week as the Detroit Lions lack a true shut-down corner. Unfortunately for Fitzgerald his own quarterback will do that more efficiently than any Detroit Lions corner.
WR Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants â€“ He just can seem to get over that injury hump to get back into the swing of things and become a quality option again for fantasy owners. I am not overly confident Nicks will delivery for fantasy owners when they obvious need it the most.
Take care, everyone.
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