by Will Overton
We’re headed into week 13 of the season which in many leagues will be the final week before the fantasy playoffs get started. I know there are a lot of teams out there still fighting for a playoff spot and getting a win this week is a must.
In a perfect world your team is set with there being no bye weeks at this point. This isn’t a perfect world though and bad matchups, under performers and injuries happen which means teams still need to use the waiver wire.
With the importance of taking things one week at a time we’re putting a special emphasis in this week’s column on this week’s matchups. Here are five guys who could be nice plays based on their matchups:
Zach Mettenberger – QB, Tennessee Titans: Mettenberger has settled into the starting QB role quite nicely and seems to be picking it up as we go. In four starts Mettenberger has 7 TD’s and 4 INT’s while going over 260 yards three times in four games. The Titans are also starting to open the offense to Mettenberger more as he threw the ball 39 times yesterday and racked up 345 yards. This week the Titans lock up with the Texans who are 31st in the league in passing yards allowed. Mettenberger could make for a nice fill in play this week if you’re nervous about your starting QB’s matchup or your playing in a deep league.
Latavius Murray – RB, Oakland Raiders: This past week Murray ran the ball four times against Kansas City, breaking off two TD’s and racking up 112 yards before leaving the game with a concussion. It was unfortunate that Murray was knocked out of the game, but in his short stint he seems to have earned a chance for more playing time. Murray has to pass the concussion protocols to play this week, but it helps that he has a few extra days to recover having played on Thursday last week. The matchup with St. Louis isn’t a bad one and Murray could make a decent flex play in a pinch this week assuming he’s healthy.
LeGarrette Blount – RB, New England Patriots: The dismissal from the Steelers wasn’t a pretty one, but New England welcomed Blount back with open arms and he paid dividends in his first game back. Blount carried the ball 12 times for 78 yards, scoring a pair of TD’s. Blount had a bit of a career resurgence of sorts last season in New England with 772 yards and 7 TD’s and he’s looking to make more magic with the Pats. Blount carried the ball a fair amount in this game because Jonas Gray was sat down based on being late for a practice earlier in the week. I am guessing we’ll see a split between Gray and Blount this week with Shane Vereen continuing to be the passing down back. The Packers run defense is woeful and so Blount could have another nice game even in a carry split, especially since he should be the go to guy at the goal line.
John Brown – WR, Arizona Cardinals: I envision that the showdown between the Falcons and Cardinals this coming Sunday will be an air attack as both pass defenses are pretty shaky. The most underrated and underowned receiver in the mix is John Brown from Arizona. Brown continues to be just as much a part of the Cardinals offense as Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald at this point, he just doesn’t have the name value. Brown also has five TD’s this season too so he’s not just a possession receiver despite his small size. I think Brown could have a really nice game against Atlanta.
Jermaine Gresham – TE, Cincinnati Bengals: The Bucs defense hasn’t done a real good job of slowing down passing attacks so far this season and the Bengals are hoping that trend continues. While Gresham has not been a big part of the offense so far he has still averaged 4.5 catches per game over the last seven weeks. Gresham also showed up as a red zone threat a couple weeks ago with a pair of TD catches. He’s no sure thing, but the Bengals passing attack has shown some signs of life lately and so Gresham could find the end zone against the not so great Bucs.