• Hot or Not: Week 16

    by  • December 19, 2012 • Hot or Not

    HOT

    Tony Romo (DAL QB) vs. NO 2

    I thought Romo would struggle against the Steelers defense, and I was dead wrong. I’m not going to bet against Romo again, especially in this fantastic matchup. Dez Bryant looked to be in good enough health last week, so Romo will have a full compliment of weapons to tear apart the Saints secondary.

    DeAngelo Williams (CAR RB) vs. OAK 5

    With Jonathan Stewart out, D-Willy is getting it done, by hook or by crook. Keep him rolling in an easy win against the Raiders.

    Vick Ballard (IND RB) @ KC 9

    Ballard has had over 100 yards in 2 straight games now, with an impressive 5+ YPC against the Texans last week. There’s no reason Ballard shouln’t be able to put up RB2 worthy numbers against the Chiefs this week.

    Reggie Bush (MIA RB) vs. BUF 4

    Reggie Bush’s chief problem lately has been the fact that other RBs, especially Daniel Thomas, are stealing his touches. Now, Thomas is out for the year, leaving Bush as a good candidate for 20+ touches against the Bills this week. What’s not to like?

    Cecil Shorts (JAC WR) vs. NE 7

    Shorts has been as reliably great as one could ask for, while healthy, this year. On Sunday, he managed 6 catches on 11 targets for 101 yards. You can bet the Jags will be throwing against the Pats.

    Danny Amendola (STL WR) @ TB 1

    Amendola was back to his old ways in his return to action last weekend. He hauled in 6 balls for 58 yards, a TD, and a 2 Point Conversion. He will be locked in as Sam Bradford’s #1 target in a dream matchup with the Bucs.

    Dennis Pitta (BAL TE) vs. NYG 19

    Pitta is en fuego at the moment. While the Ravens WRs have been inconsistent lately, Pitta is really stepping up, so you could do worse in this year’s TE Roulette.

    Greg Olsen (CAR TE) vs. OAK 6

    Greg Olsen is also flashing signs of that big potential we all knew was there. This is a great matchup for Greg and the Panthers.

     

    NOT

    Russell Wilson (SEA QB) vs. SF 28; Colin Kaepernick (SF QB) @ SEA 32

    Wilson and Kaepernick have been surprising late-season fantasy studs this year. But in this big divisional matchup on Sunday Night, the name of the game is Defense. Expect it to be a relatively low scoring game (like their last matchup), where the defenses will score as much as the offenses. I can’t tell you to bench Marshawn Lynch or Frank Gore, but temper expectations. In the passing game, I can advise benching both QBs, Sidney Rice, and Vernon Davis. Only Crabtree has been too good lately to bench.

    Ronnie Brown / Curtis Brinkley (SD RBs) @ NYJ 6

    Typically, when one door closes, another one opens. Next man up, as they say in the NFL. But in the championship weekend, I wouldn’t trust the new Chargers starters, Brown and Brinkley. Ryan Mathews is out for the year, so there could be something here, but I can’t advise starting any San Diego RB.

    Larry Fitzgerald (ARZ WR) vs. CHI 22

    I sound like a broken record, but Fitzgerald is still started in a majority of leagues (56%) and he needs to be benched already.

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