2012 Watch List # 12

2012 fantasy football watch listFor many fantasy owners it comes down to one more toss of the proverbial dice as we look towards week 13. By now many owners know their fate. For many, week 13 signals the end of their fantasy football season. For others, this is when you look to hit your stride and hope that moves you have made through out the NFL season will pay off. For those on the bubble, you are looking to secure that one last win to get into the playoffs and worry about your playoff match up next week.

More injuries to deal with this week starting with Matt Forte and a reoccurring ankle injury. Andre Brown (NYG) broke his fibula, while Jalen Parmele (JAX) injured his leg. Brandon Weeden (CLE) and Lance Moore (NOS) both suffered concussions. This potentially opens the door for a few players to make their mark.

With that said, here is the watch list as we go into week 13 of the NFL.

QUARTERBACK
Chad Henne JAX 17-26-261-2
Another strong performance by Henne as the starter this week, as he tossed a multi-TD game. The offense has been improved since Henne took over for the injured Gabbert. Not the strongest option at QB, but JAX plays BUF in week 13. For the playoffs Henne faces NYJ, @MIA and NEP.

Colin Kaepernick SF 16-25-231-1, 6-27-1
QB controversy in SF? Kap put up average passing numbers, with 1 INT. He did make it up on the ground with a rushing TD. It will be interesting to see who leads the 49ers onto the field in the coming weeks. Kaepernick is the future, but Smith has been playing well most of the year. He is worth a pick up from the wire (if he is still there). Week 13 vs @STL, followed by MIA, @NEP and @SEA for the playoff weeks.

Other notables: Ryan Tannehill MIA 18-26-253-1, Ryan Lindley ARI 31-52-312

RUNNING BACK (number in (#) represent targets)
Beanie Wells ARI 17-48-2
He shouldn’t be on the wire, but if he happens to be available, his 2 TD vs STL might be the punch a team needs to carry them through the playoffs. Week 13 he faces NYJ and his playoff match ups feature @SEA, DET and CHI.

Knowshon Moreno DEN 20-85, (4)4-26
Could this be the last hoorah for Moreno? He stepped up on Sunday vs KC and ran for 85 yards (4.2 YPC). His start and performance was a huge surprise and with McGahee done for the year and Hillman unimpressive, Moreno could be another strong pick up going forward. Week 13 DEN plays TB. For the playoffs he plays @OAK, @BAL and CLE.

Bilal Powell NYJ 12-40-1, (3)2-13
Powell received a majority of the goal line looks and for a second week, he cashed in scoring on a 4-yard TD run. Powell finished with 12 carries (2 fewer than Greene). It looks as if the Jets will split carries between Powell and Greene going forward, but could continue to see the goal line carries. Week 13 NYJ play ARI. For the playoffs they are @JAX, @TEN and SD.

Dave Wilson NYG 6-13, (1)1-5
The Giants lost Andre Brown to a broken fibula, which leaves Wilson the backup to Bradshaw. As long as Wilson can hold on to the ball, he should see more reps on a weekly basis. He was a hot RB during the preseason, but lost some luster and Brown flourished. He could be a spot starter the rest of the way. Week 13 Giants at @WAS. During the playoffs the NYG play NOS, @ATL and @BAL.

Other notables: Justin Forsett HOU 5-87-1, Jacquizz Rodgers 10-49-1, (2)2-30

WIDE RECEIVER (number in (#) represent targets)
Chris Givens STL (6)5-115-1
Amendola was limited on Sunday with a foot injury, which provided Givens with a chance to showcase his talents. He is a big play WR, who ended with 6 targets (5 catches) with 115 yards and 1 TD. Watch the status of Amendola, as Givens will be the recipient if Amendola is limited or out. Week 13 the Rams host SF. For the playoffs they are @BUF, MIN and @TBB.

Ryan Broyles DET (12)6-126
With Titus Young benched, Broyles made himself a target for Stafford who targeted him 12 times. If Young continues to cause team problems, Broyles will continue to see a majority of the snaps and worth a look. Week 13 DET plays IND. For the playoffs DET is @GBP, @ARI and ATL.

Cole Beasley DAL (13)7-68
Described as the “Cowboy’s version of Wes Welker” Beasley came out of nowhere and took advantage of the Ogletree being out and the injury to Miles Austin. Romo targeted him 13 times in Thuanksgiving. He is speedy and could continue to steal looking if the other Dallas WRs can’t go. Week 13 Dallas faces PHI. During the playoff weeks DAL is @CIN, PIT and NOS.

Other notables: Devone Bess MIA (9)7-129, T.Y. Hilton IND (3)3-33-1, Danario Alexander SDG (8)5-74, Pierre Garcon WAS (7)5-93-1

TIGHT END
Rob Housler ARI (11)8-82
Housler received a team high 11 targets as the inexperienced Lindley looked to his TE often on Sunday. With Lindley poised to be the potential starter, Housler could see more involvement in the Cardinals offense. Still not too impressive as a full time starter. Week 13 ARI plays @NYJ. The playoff match ups are @SEA, DET and CHI.

Other notables: None

2012 Watch List #5

2012 fantasy football watch listWere you an owner that rushed to the wire this week to pick up some of the hot talent from the past weeks. For example, all the tight ends I have been listing busted this week; Pitta, Bennett and Rudolph didn’t fair well at all. Some of the attention was on the return of Jerome Simpson off suspension or Ramses Barden starting with the injury to Hakeem Nicks. For the most part many of the players I talked up, flopped. That’s fantasy football for you. Sometimes you get all the breaks, other times it breaks you.

One week does not make a season and many have heard guys, like Russ Bliss say this repeatedly on Fantasy Football Starters. You put week 4 behind you and start preparing for week 5, no reason to sit and wallow in your lose or struggles, but try to put the best players together for the upcoming week.

With that said, here is the watch list as we go into week 5 of the NFL.

QUARTERBACK
Ryan Tannehill MIA 26-41-431-1
Does it make you wonder if the Arizona defense is for real or not, as Tannehill put up good numbers on the road combining with Brian Hartline (see below). Unfortunately he is still turning the ball over too much, including a fumble and an INT yesterday. Given the match up be might be worthwhile for a BYE week cover, but not as a full time starter.

Kevin Kolb ARI 29-48-324-3
Teams struggle to run against the MIA defense, but find success through the air. Even Kevin Kolb put up his best numbers since making the move to the desert. Kolb was playing for he injured Skelton, no idea what The Wiz does when Skelton is healthy. He does have Fitz, but it was Andre Roberts was the man of the afternoon for Kolb. He should post good numbers in the Thursday night game vs STL.

Other notables: Matt Hasselbeck TEN 17-25-193-2

RUNNING BACK (number in (#) represent targets)
Brandon Bolden NEP 16-137-1 (1)1-11
I am sure many owners will rush to the wire to add Bolden this week. The rookie posted 137 yards and 1 TD. Remember this team is coached by The Hoodie and nothing is ever as it seems in the running game. Woodhead could make a strong showing next week for all we know, he had 15 touches in week 3, and none yesterday. So even though Bolden posted impressive numbers, I would not grab him for depth at this point. The Hoodie does like to run with multiple RBs, so this isn’t outside the norm for the Patriots.

Jackie Battle SDG 15-39-1 (4)4-42-1
Ryan Mathews still can’t hang on to the ball, thus the reason he found himself on the sidelines, as a spectator. Battle, who I have talk about before the season and mentioned in Watch List #3 came on in relief to score twice for San Diego. If Mathews continues to stumble, I see Battle as his replacement from here on out. He is a worthwhile addition to a roster, looks to be the piece of the running game SD lost when Tolbert moved to Carolina.

Other notables: Joique Bell DET 1-2 (8)6-72, Jacquizz Rodgers ATL 6-45 (4)4-40

WIDE RECEIVER (number in (#) represent targets)
Brian Hartline MIA (19)12-253-1
Mentioned after his week 2 performance, Hartline tops the list for WRs again this week with his 253 yard blow up vs Arizona. Targeted 19 times during the game by Tannehill he scored on an 80-yard TD pass. He is a viable starter in all formats as a WR3/4, should be available in many leagues.

Andre Roberts ARI (9)6-118-2
Roberts took center stage on Sunday as he caught 2 TDs vs Miami, including the TD that sent the game into overtime. Roberts has posted better games (4 TDs on the season) than receiving mate, Larry Fitzgerald. Not ready to put him on the same pedestal, but if Arizona’s passing game comes alive could be a worthwhile addition. He goes up against STL on Thursday.

Devone Bess MIA (12)7-123
When Marshall was in MIA, Bess was usually the recipient of good games, but now he is playing second fiddle to Hartline. Tannehill posted 400+ yards and both Bess and Hartline fared very well on Sunday. Bess is also worth owning at this point, posting over 200 yards the last few weeks.

Domenik Hixon NYG (11)6-114
With Nicks out, most of the attention was centered on Ramses Barden, after his performance in week 3. This week it was Hixon breaking out and putting together his second 100+ yard game and grabbing his 2nd TD of the season. Watch the Nicks news as we move into week 5, Hixon might be worth a flex option vs CLE.

Other notables: James Jones GBP (6)5-56-2, Donald Jones BUF (3)2-90-2

TIGHT END
Scott Chandler BUF (8)4-62-2
Another year, another hot start by Scott Chander who hauled in 2 TDs in Buffalo’s thumping at the hands of the Pats. On the season he now has 4 TDs and continues to receive a fair amount of targets through 4 games. Healthy, he is Fitzpatrick’s favorite target, especially in the red zone. Lots of TEs to chose from this year, he is just another young, hot player who is worth a look.

Other notables: None

KICKER
Greg Zuerlein STL (58,48,60,24)
The rookie out of Missouri Western State is perfect on the year, 12 for 12. This week he hit 4 field goals, including a 58 and 60 yarder. If you got hit with the late Kaeding scratch (groin), Zuerlein is one of the better options, he plays a majority of his games in a dome and should get plenty of field goal chances. This is the 4th week he has posted 2 or more field goals.