Fantasy Gem- Jason Witten vs Green Bay Packers Jason Witten has been Tony Romo’s most reliable weapon for years and this year is no different. In more recent history though Jason Witten has had it a bit tough. If not for the three td’s he has had in the past four games, the catches/yardage do not look great during that 4 game stretch. The Green Bay defense is not one that strikes fear in anybody’s eyes and according to NFL.com’s fantasy rankings, they give up the 19th most points to fantasy TE’s. Look for Witten to pick it up this week and give you nice production at the TE position.
Fantasy Sleeper- Dennis Pita @ Detroit Lions. The Baltimore Ravens offense has been pretty much abysmal this season. With Dennis Pita factoring in the offense last week after having returned from his hip injury, it looks to have provided a much-needed spark to that offense. Pitta should have a nice game against a Lions team who really doesn’t usually give up fantasy points to TE’s. If you are a Gronk owner and need a nice sub TE, Pitta is a nice option at this time.
Fantasy Gem- Steven Hauschka @ New York Giants. The New York Giants have terribly inconsistent on the defensive side of the football. The Seahawks, while not playing the same on the road as in Century Link field, have been great this year. Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch will provide Hauschka with more than his share of FG opportunities and extra points.
Fantasy Sleeper- Alex Henery vs Minnesota Vikings. The Eagles played in blizzard conditions last week so kicking was impossible. This week they play the Vikings in a dome and should be able to put up more than his share of points. You have to figure with the Eagles moving the ball against a bad Viking defense, he will get more than long FG opportunities playing in this dome.
Fantasy Gem- Carolina Panthers vs New York Jets. It pains me immensely to have to list this match up as the fantasy defensive gem of the week as it is against our beloved New York Jets. The fact is our offense has been terrible since our win against New Orleans. Even in the Jets win last week, Geno had his moments where he made you scratch your head. He wont be afforded the luxury of making any mistakes against this tough Panther defense. Look for the Panther defense to own the over matched Jets offense.
Fantasy Sleeper- Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders. While this obviously not a sleeper I felt I had to include the Chiefs @
Oakland this week. In a nutshell, any defense that is playing against the Oakland Raiders should flourish in fantasy football. Given their QB situation, the stable of injured RB’s, and no consistent production from the WR position, The Chiefs should feast upon the this weak offensive unit, especially after the fantasy point explosion they had last week.