Jordan Todman, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. Tennessee, owned in 19% of Yahoo! leagues): The second-year back out of Connecticut amassed 153 total yards on 29 touches in place of the injured Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. No word yet on whether or not MJD will be ready to go in Week 16, but if the veteran is unavailable for action, Todman makes for a solid start against a Titans defense that is surrendering an average of 23.6 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this season (second-most in NFL).
Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins (vs. Dallas, owned in 11% of Yahoo! leagues): Threw for 381 yards and three scores (with two interceptions) in his first start of the season Sunday at Atlanta. Makes for a terrific Week 16 start against a Dallas Cowboys defense that has surrendered more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season than any other team in the league (26.3 pts/gm).
Marvin Jones, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. Minnesota, owned in 35% of Yahoo! leagues): Has found the end zone nine times this season, including once in each of his last two outings. Jones isn’t a high-target option, but makes for a respectable WR3 in leagues with 12 or more teams, especially when you consider he’s at home this weekend against a Minnesota defense that is permitting an average of 27.3 fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers in 2013 (second-most in NFL).
Matt Asiata, RB, Minnesota Vikings (at Cincinnati, owned in 7% of Yahoo! leagues): Came out of left field to rack up 66 total yards and three scores on 33 touches Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. However, don’t be surprised if A) Adrian Peterson returns to the starting lineup this weekend and B) The going gets tough in Cincinnati against the league’s fifth-ranked run defense (98.7 yds/gm).
Cousins (far right) posted some big numbers in his first start of the 2013 season.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Tennessee Titans (at Jacksonville, owned in 13% of Yahoo! leagues): Threw for a season-high 402 yards and four scores Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals in a losing effort. Consistency is an issue here, but Fitz and the Titans travel to Jacksonville on Sunday for a showdown with a Jaguars defense that is surrendering an average of 23.7 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season (third-most in NFL). Note that the last time these two teams got together, Fitzpatrick threw for 264 yards and two scores, which resulted in a QB rating of 111.2.
Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. Chicago, owned in 5% of Yahoo! leagues): Has scored four touchdowns over his last six games and is coming off a career-best nine-target outing against the Minnesota Vikings. Take note that the Bears are permitting an average of 8.9 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends this season (11th-most in NFL).
Tim Wright, TE/WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at St. Louis, owned in 15% of Yahoo! leagues): Has found the end zone in each of his last two starts and carries dual designation (WR and TE) in Yahoo! formats, offering roster flexibility. However, note that Wright takes on a St. Louis defense Sunday that is giving up an average of just 6.1 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends this season (fourth-fewest in NFL), so the upside here is relatively limited.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota Vikings (at Cincinnati, owned in 43% of Yahoo! leagues): Has just three receiving touchdowns on the season, but each came within the last six weeks, with two scores coming over his last two starts. Patterson is just two games removed from a breakout performance (5-141-1) and appears to be developing into one of quarterback Matt Cassel’s most reliable targets.
Marcedes Lewis, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. Tennessee, owned in 1% of Yahoo! leagues): Still flying under the radar despite finding the end zone in each of his last three starts, not to mention recording a season-high 4-catch, 54-yard effort Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. Unlikely to produce top-tier TE numbers, but has proven reliable and consistent down the stretch for a Jaguars team that has continued to play hard.
Detroit Lions, D/ST (vs. NY Giants, owned in 15% of Yahoo! leagues): Plays host to a New York Giants football team this Sunday that leads this league in turnovers (39) and ranks just 28th in total offense (311.6 yds/gm).
Cleveland Browns, D/ST (at NY Jets, owned in 27% of Yahoo! leagues): Has surrendered 27 or more points in each of their last four starts, so we can understand your hesitation here. Just be advised that Cleveland travels to New York to challenge a Jets offense on Sunday that ranks 29th in turnovers (29) and 30th in total offense (306.7 yds/gm).
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