2014 Fantasy Football: Week 12 Gold Mine
The bye weeks are beginning to dwindle right at the moment where the playoff picture continues to burn the midnight oil. With only a few weeks left in the 2014 fantasy regular season it is make it or break it time.
There are only two teams left yet to have had their bye and they finish that up this week when the Steelers and the Panthers take their scheduled bye. And with only a few fantasy studs on either of those rosters it shouldn’t hurt you all too much. However, injuries are still a factor with guys like Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandin Cooks being just some of the Week 11 casualties.
With the playoffs starting in three weeks or sooner for many leagues crunch time is here and the waiver wire has never been more important.
Check out these guys who are owned in less than 35% of leagues that can help you this week and further. Not in an ESPN league, don’t worry we have percentage of ownership in Yahoo and NFL as well.
Josh McCown (TB): McCown has been the guy I thought he would be for a few weeks in a row now. It can’t hurt that his matchups have been incredibly favorable, and this week is no different when McCown (13.6 | 29 | 4) travels back to face his previous team in Chicago. McCown has come back strong since going down with an injury in Week 3, throwing for 295 yards per game since coming back with four touchdowns and only two interceptions. The last time McCown was on the grass of Soldier Field, he was lighting it up for the Bears last season. The Bears have played poorly this season against the pass being ranked second worst in the league against opposing QBs. The Bears defense has given up more than 24 points per game to quarterbacks, including two 40+ point performances in their last three games.
Zach Mettenberger (TEN): Mettenberger has proven he could be a pretty solid professional quarterback. Granted it’s still a very small sample size, but the rookie from LSU is making a name for himself with two 260+ yard performances’ in his first three games and five touchdowns through the air. Mettenberger (3.2 | 3 | 0.5) and the Titans get another favorable match up this week as they head to Philly to take on the first place Eagles. With the Eagles ranked 30th against the QB in 2014 only the Bears and the Jets are worse respectfully against the pass. The Eagles have given up double-digit touchdowns in all but one game so far this season. Mettenberger should add another nice game to an already decent rookie season solidifying his stance as the Titans number one quarterback.
Brian Hoyer (CLE): Hoyer (20.1 | 15 | 9.5) gets Josh Gordon back. That alone should be enough to get him in more lineups this week. Hoyer has had a nice season thus far quieting the critics and the fans of Johnny Football a notch. In Hoyer’s last four games he has amassed at least 275 yards three times while throwing four touchdowns and has at least 17 fantasy points in those three games. While his matchup isn’t as great as the two guys mentioned above, the Falcons do rank 19th against the pass this year giving up at least 250 yards and two touchdowns in four straight games.
Malcolm Floyd (SD): For the past few weeks Malcolm has been a pretty solid play, specifically knowing that many players were missed due to bye weeks. With five straight weeks with at least three catches and 50 yards, Malcolm (35.8 | 40 | 17) has helped many teams get through bye week hell. He has compiled two straight weeks of double-digit fantasy point games and three of his last five games. The Chargers host the Rams this week who are coming off another exciting victory this season defeating both the Champs and the runners up of 2013. Despite their big game heroics, they have given up the 28th most points to opposing wide receivers including 50 fantasy points last week in the victory.
Justin Hunter (TEN): You can’t have the QB without having a player to catch his passes. Hunter has been very silent so far this year with only three receptions for 65 yards over the last two weeks. However, prior to that, Hunter (13.8 | 41 | 40.3) had three games of double-digit scoring in the previous four games including two touchdowns over that span. The Eagles have given up a lot of fantasy points to wideouts this year including at least two receiving touchdowns in three of the last four games.
The waiver wire is extremely thin as we wind down the fantasy season. However, despite how thin it is there are still plenty of athletes that can help you as you make your final push into the playoffs and beyond.
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