Fantasy Fool: Look for Cousins to light up Giants
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 12 of the 2015 season. Watch 'em roll Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins vs. Giants. Cousins and his teammates predictably struggled against the mighty Panthers defense, but they'll enjoy some home cooking this weekend with the generous Giants secondary visiting. With a healthy DeSean Jackson back in the fold, Cousins should take advantage of this delicious matchup.
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 12 of the 2015 season.
Watch 'em roll
Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins vs. Giants. Cousins and his teammates predictably struggled against the mighty Panthers defense, but they'll enjoy some home cooking this weekend with the generous Giants secondary visiting. With a healthy DeSean Jackson back in the fold, Cousins should take advantage of this delicious matchup.
T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jaguars vs. Chargers. Only Detroit has coughed up more scores to opposing rushers than this week's visitors, so look for Yeldon to rack up the yards as well as his third TD of the season.
Danny Woodhead, RB, Chargers at Jaguars. Look for the multitalented back to be heavily involved as both a runner and receiver, and to find his way back to the end zone in this very favorable matchup.
Michael Floyd, WR, Cardinals at 49ers. With both Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown helping to deflect attention, Floyd will get his fair share of looks and opportunities to soar.
More thumbs up (excluding the no-brainers): QBs Josh McCown, Carson Palmer, Ben Roethlisberger; RBs Chris Johnson, Mark Ingram, LeSean McCoy, Chris Ivory, DeAngelo Williams, Doug Martin, Javorius Allen; WRs DeSean Jackson, Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown, Jarvis Landry, Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Brandin Cooks, Michael Crabtree, T.Y. Hilton, Willie Snead, Jeremy Maclin, Vincent Jackson, Allen Robinson, Travis Benjamin, Brandon LaFell.
Roll 'em back
Thomas Rawls, RB, Seahawks vs. Steelers. I know you want to start Rawls after his dominant performance last week. But consider the fact that his huge day came at the expense of the league's softest rushing matchup and he'll be facing the league's stingiest on Sunday. Hopefully you have safer options.
Ronnie Hillman, RB, Broncos vs. Patriots. As much as the Broncos would love to slow down this game with Hillman running the ball, they will find tough sledding against the Patriots' stout rush defense.
Allen Hurns, WR, Jaguars vs. Chargers. Hurns had his seven-game scoring streak snapped last week, no doubt in part due to his nagging foot and thigh injuries. He'll be facing one of the league's toughest secondaries on Sunday and could have another rough outing as a result.
More thumbs down: QBs Andy Dalton, Derek Carr, Philip Rivers, Alex Smith, Ryan Tannehill, Matt Hasselbeck, Brock Osweiler; RBs Andre Ellington, Alfred Morris, Alfred Blue, Shaun Draughn, C.J. Anderson, Rashad Jennings, C.J. Spiller, Antonio Andrews, Isaiah Crowell, Matt Jones; WRs Mike Wallace, Marvin Jones, Leonard Hankerson, Andre Johnson, Tavon Austin, Kamar Aiken.
Taking a flier
Brian Hoyer, QB, Texans vs. Saints. When you're a QB, there's nobody you'd rather see lining up against you than the New Orleans defense. Hoyer has passed the concussion protocol and will have a chance to excel with the help of DeAndre Hopkins and his other weapons. Hoyer has passed for multiple scores in every game he's completed since Week 4, and two TDs seems like his floor in this primo matchup.
Don't be the bonehead who . . .
. . . benches Tom Brady or his leading receivers just because they're playing the vaunted Broncos defense. Brady and coach Bill Belichick relish the opportunity to embarrass proud defenses, and they're still playing for history with a massive chip on their shoulders.