6:09 pm, December 21st, 2012
Each week, Pat Mayo of
RotoExperts.com will bring you 11 fantasy football players with favorable matchups. Whether it’s a wide receiver facing a weak-kneed secondary, a running back taking on a dinged-up front seven, or a team defense preparing to eat a cupcake rookie quarterback, these are the guys who are poised for a big fantasy output this Sunday.
This week — this last, all-important week — Pat wants you to go out there and win a championship.
1.1. Sam Bradford
Playing catch up for three and half quarters really paid dividends for Sam Bradford’s final stat line Sunday versus the Vikings, and he’ll have the opportunity to post back-to-back elite fantasy games for the first time this season against The Bucs. Although there are two weeks left on the schedule, Tampa has seemingly given up playing defense for 2012. They’ve allowed multiple passing scores in three consecutive contests, and one of those QBs was Nick Foles. Yikes. Bradford will have no problems.
2.2. Demarco Murray
If you’ve managed to make it this far without the services of your stud running back, think of this week’s match up with the Saints as the ultimate holiday present. New Orleans is the most generous defense to opposing running backs, ceding a total of 2497 yards to the position through 14 games.
3.3. Ben Watson
Tight ends can’t help themselves crossing the goalline against the Broncos. It’s becoming an epidemic. Denver has allowed a league-high 11 touchdowns to the positions, and if Dennis Pitta’s monster games last week was any indication, Ben Watson has a decent chance for a gigantic day. If you’ve been playing roulette with your tight ends for the season, the ball has landed on Watson this week.
4.4. DeAngelo Williams
DeAngelo Williams has been piling up yardage in chunks on the ground and through the air the past two weeks, and gets his softest opponent yet in the Raiders. Oakland has allowed a running back to find pay dirt in seven straight games, excluding matchups with the Chiefs.
5.5. Vick Ballard
Against a formidable Texans defense, the Colts rookie cracked 100 yards, on fewer than 20 carries no less. Impressive stuff. And he’ll have a much easier time busting through the century barrier against those lowly Chiefs. Kansas City is now focused on one thing: The first overall pick. Don’t be stunned if they just give an “El Toro” to Ballard as he breaks through the holes: They have no incentive to tackle anymore. And frankly, they weren’t very good at it in the first place.
6.6. Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson showed that just a dash of mobility can destroy the Bills defense: It makes Buffalo’s front seven have to spy the edges, limiting its ability to effectively rush the passer. Ryan Tannehill doesn’t possess the same running skills as Wilson, but he’s just quick enough to buy time to throw downfield. He’s not a lock down, must-start, but the match up is fantastic, and if you need him, he’ll be available.
7.7. Danny Amendola
Danny Amendola picked up right where he left off before his foot problems, leading the Rams in targets and even managing to sneak into the endzone. This week, against the Bucos, he’ll find even more space to operate. He’s always a must-start in points per reception leagues, and there’s an outside shot he breaks Brandon Marshall’s single-game catch record. Tampa’s pass defense is that bad.
8.8. Anquan Boldin
The Giants are dismal when it comes to defending the pass, and the Ravens will likely have to take to the air to keep pace with them. Dust off Boldin and plug him into your roster.
9.9. Panthers Defense
Carolina’s defense has been tremendously improved lately. Fresh off an utter domination of the Chargers, they get the Raiders. Start them.
10.10. Kai Forbath
Kai Forbath doesn’t get an abundance of field goal chances, but when he does, they’re always good. He’s a perfect 15 for 15 this season and should get at least a few opportunities against the Eagles. (Philly gives up an average of nine Fantasy points per game to kickers). Also, his name is Kai Forbath. That’s the best name currently playing sports outside the Southern Conference.
11.11. T.Y. Hilton
How is T.Y. Hilton still available in almost half of leagues? That’s a farce. He’s scored four times the past five weeks, only dropping below nine fantasy points once in that time. Sunday, he’ll get to terrorize the aforementioned Chiefs D. Unless you have an abundance of better options at receiver, Hilton needs to make a cameo in your starting lineup – it could be the play that wins you a fantasy title.