Welcome back for a turkey stuffed, and point filled Thanksgiving week that was good and bad for a handful of studs. Julio Jones finally erupted, and Kareem Hunt still looks like shit. With Week 13 likely being the last week of the regular season for most, it’s crucial to nail these sit/start questions as they could be the difference between making the playoffs, and not.
Josh McCown (NYJ)
McCown had a fantastic week against Carolina, so naturally we would expect similar to better results now at home against the Chiefs. He’s utilized Robby Anderson so well in the deep ball, and just threw for over 300 yards.
Others: Brett Hundley (GB), Blake Bortles (JAC)
Dion Lewis (NE)
Buffalo has struggled with their run defense ever since they shipped Marcell Dareus to Jacksonville. Lewis on the other hand has been tearing it up and is one of PFF’s highest graded RBs. He’s been eating up yards and has asserted himself to the top of New Englands running game.
Jamaal Williams (GB)
Both Ty Montgomery and Aaron Jones have been absent from practice to start the week, so it looks like the backfield could belong to Williams alone once again. He made the most of his 20+ rushes last week and even got work in the passing game. Against the Bucs, Green Bay should have a nice offensive day.
Others: Rex Burkhead (NE), Marshawn Lynch (OAK)
DeSean Jackson (TB)
Like the Bucs defense we mentioned above, the Packers secondary is equally as bad. Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson should be in for big games especially with Jameis Winston returning under center. There’s too much speed and talent for Green Bay to handle here.
Cordarrelle Patterson (OAK)
With the suspension to Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper dealing with a concussion, Seth Roberts and Patterson will be thrust into expanded roles. Patterson is the bigger playmaker and the guy I think with the higher ceiling for Oakland against the Giants — especially with Janoris Jenkins headed to the IR.
Others: Dontrelle Inman (CHI), Dede Westbrook (JAC)
Jared Cook (OAK)
Back to the trusty chart where we like tight ends against the Giants and Browns here. Cook against the Giants is especially tantalizing from the reasons listed above with Patterson. Limited pass catchers, and Cook already has a decent rapport with Carr going.
Others: Hunter Henry (LAC)
Matthew Stafford (DET)
Stafford looked pedestrian last game, and now has the challenge of taking on a very good Ravens defense. Especially playing on the road, Stafford and the Lions offense doesn’t look like an ideal play.
Others: Cam Newton (CAR), Andy Dalton (CIN)
Kareem Hunt (KC)
You know what, fuck Kareem Hunt. I believed in him to bounce back the last few games and he’s done nothing. Such few touches, and even when he does get him there’s nothing to show for. On the road against a decent Jets front seven, and I can hate bench Hunt all I want.
Devonta Freeman (ATL)
He’s cleared the concussion protocol, but Freeman struggled before his injury and Coleman has been playing well. Mix in a game with Minnesota, one of the better defenses, and its not the week to bring Freeman back into the fold just yet.
Others: Jay Ajayi (PHI), Latavius Murray (MIN)
Dez Bryant (DAL)
We know the commercials of Dez and Josh Norman as the two have a history. We also saw a fight between two opposing rivals last week, so fights are hot in the street. Not saying it will happen again, but tensions could rise between these two. Add in that Dak and the Cowboys offense looks like a dumpster fire, so I don’t trust Dez a lot this week.
Golden Tate (DET)
As we talked about with Stafford, things don’t look great for Detroit receivers. Tate has been sputtering while counterpart Marvin Jones has been on fire. It’s a bad matchup for Tate and the Lions receivers, and signs don’t point to him being the guy to make a play for the Lions.
Others: Doug Baldwin (SEA), Kenny Stills (MIA)
Greg Olsen (CAR)
Olsen aggravated his foot that was injured earlier in the year and was removed from the game. He’s questionable this week and hasn’t been practicing so don’t get cute thinking he’ll make an impact this week to get you into the playoffs. The matchup isn’t good, and his health only makes it worse.
Others: Tyler Kroft (CIN)
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