There are some decent dudes to go after this week so go get it!
Matt Moore: Will he bite you in the arse and not in the good way? Yes, yes and maybe not. Wait, I only asked you one question. Anyways, Moore has looked good lately and flashed some real ability at times. The Bills are just a putrid excuse for a pass defense right now and Moore will have trouble against stronger pass defenses but if you take a look at week 15 and 16 you’ll see the Bills again along with the New England Patriots. Much will depend on the weather since these will be in the arctic but if it is non-blizzardy he could have value.
Andy Dalton: I underestimated the Red Rifle. He threw some picks but jeez Louise he sure took it to a good Ravens defense and without A.J. Green. Right there’s good enough for me to want him around as a backup. Oh and St. Louis and Arizona are nice matchups to end the fake season!
Jake Locker: The guy has an arm and some wheels and maybe an extra toe for all I know and he may get another shot this week if Matt Hasselbeck is deemed old. He’s a long shot to be of value in 12 team, 1 QB leagues, but in 2 QB or deeper leagues he needs to be owned in case he takes over because he can make things happen that Hass just can’t anymore.
Kevin Smith: Hopefully you grabbed him for free last week but if you didn’t there’s good reason to grab him at peak prices as well. He’s for sure beat out Mo Morris and there is still no timetable for Jahvid Best’s return. He’ll have one helluva time coming up with 200 yards and 3 touchdowns again but on a high scoring team like Detroit’s he’s going to get his, especially in PPR leagues. Carolina is unbearably bad against the run but Smith is in a good position to succeed. Don’t expect greatness but expect him to help your team. He’s your #1 waiver wire claim this week and at this point in the season you should know how badly you need him in comparison to how much free agent cash you have lying around. You can’t take it to your fake football grave.
Toby Gerhart: Are there any elite running backs that haven’t been severely mangled this season? Oh Chris Johnson, oh, nevermind. So our man Adrian Peterson is out at least a week and there is a chance for longer. Gerhart didn’t really put on a clinic after All Day went part of the day, but he’s still a decent back and a good pickup this week. His schedule isn’t a cakewalk with Atlanta and then Denver, but he will catch passes out of the backfield and get the bulk of the carries. That smells flexy to me.
Ryan Grant: Grant looks like he has one foot in the tomb but if Jimmy Starks can’t play on Turkey Day Grant would be getting the majority of the work. Running backs in Green Bay aren’t going to get into the end zone it seems. Lineman and receivers are the preferred vehicles for scoring touchdowns. Doesn’t seem like he is too hurt but it’s a quick turnaround and they may play it safe.
Joe McKnight: Shonn Greene is a bit hobbled as well as Old Man Tomlinson and McKnight ran strong against Denver last week. His opportunities will be iffy going forward but he has shown ability and his running mates are hurting. He’s worth a grab.
Donald Brown: This one is based on the premise that the Panthers are so bad that a I could average 3 yards a carry against them. Brown would be a no brainer this week if Joseph Addai and Delone Carter didn’t exist but unfortunately they do. Brown has been the guy of late so I’m going to defer to him but see if any noise from Manningville gives us more insight into this as well.
C.J. Spiller: Fred Jackson is yet another running back to be nursing an injury. He has a very sore calf and may or may not play this weekend against the Jets. Spiller would get the majority of the work and just might break one or go for negative yards. I think those are the two choices. If Spiller isn’t on the waiver wire I would laugh at the person who kept him even though you may want to pick him up. He’s been that worthless.
Santana Moss: He will try to practice this week and if he can go will automatically be the best wide receiver target for Grossman. He’s not going to blow anyone away with huge games but he could be valuable down the stretch.
Torrey Smith: He’s probably not available but make sure you snag him up if he is. He’s going to be inconsistent but there’s no way you can doubt his big play ability with Joe Flacco’s strong arm on his side.
Jerome Simpson: With no A.J. Green around Jerome Simpson went all Wes Welker on us (when Wes Welker used to have passes thrown his way). Hard to know Green’s prognosis for this week and Simpson has been off and on useful this season so it’s not the end of the world if you drop a scrub for him just in case Green is a no go.
Jacoby Ford: There’s a chance his injury coupled with Denarius Moore’s big game had some throwing Ford into the junk heap. Grab him if they did.
Nate Burleson: He’s back. Just like Jerome Simpson Burleson has had value this season but just not as consistent as you would like. It’s starting to get a little consistent again. Stafford looks like he is back in the groove and he’s not fixating on Megatron (sorry CJ owners) which is giving Burleson more looks.
St. Louis Rams: This depends a little on who is starting for the Cardinals but if it isn’t Kolb I’m spot starting them.