Fantasy Gem- Dennis Pita vs. New England Patriots Dennis Pitta has played exceptional since coming back a few weeks ago. While the defense has been a weak link in the past few years, the New England Patriots have improved, but injuries plagued that defense to play in their usual form. You have to figure Aqib Talib will be defending Torrey Smith, so Dennis Pitta should have his share of red zone opportunities. Since he is also Flacco’s security blanket, he should have little added value in PPR leagues.
Fantasy Sleeper- Zach Miller vs Arizona Cardinals. The last time Zach Miller played against the Arizona Cardinals he scored a touchdown to accompany 40 receiving yards. The Arizona Cardinals have played terribly against good pass catching tight ends this year in terms of fantasy points allowed. Yes Arizona has a very stout defense which had to put points up on, but they cannot cover the tight end well. If you are in need of a TE to fill in for Jordan Cameron or Jordan Reed, Miller provides some nice sleep potential.
Fantasy Gem- Phil Dawson @ Atlanta Falcons. To put it plainly, Phil Dawson has been slinging leg the past few weeks. The 49ers’ offense has been playing very well of late and providing with not only extra points, but FG’s well. They are playing in Atlanta this week so the dome will definitely work in Dawson’s favor. Look for Dawson to be the fantasy Gem at kicker this week. I’m thinking he has to potential to change the game and even decide some fantasy games this week.
Fantasy Sleeper- Nick Folk vs. Cleveland Brown. The Folk hero has been one of the most consistent kickers on an NFL roster this year. I would even go as far as saying he is probably one of the only kickers in the league who is an offenses biggest playmaker. The Jets
have played their best at home this year and this is in large part due to Nick Folk. If you need a solid kicker who has sleeper value, Folk is your guy. He also seems to be showing some more distance this year FG wise so him hitting some long FG’s isnt out of the question
Fantasy Gem- Detroit Lions vs New York Giants. The New York Giants are so bad right now offensively, I would start the Little Giants if they were playing this week. Last week was the second time the Giants were shut out this year. In addition, Eli Manning threw 5 picks. The Detroit Lion have to basically show up and the defensive front should dominate a weak NYG offensive line. Undoubtedly the Lions will shine this game.
Fantasy Sleeper- St. Louis Rams vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Even though their record doesn’t refect what I am about to say, the St Louis Rams play extremely hard for Jeff Fisher. They have Chris Long and Robert Quinn on the defensive wreaking havoc this year on opposing offensive linemen. Their secondary isn’t one to underestimate as well with Janoris Jenkins and Cortland Finnegan at corner. Pair that with a terrible TB Buccaneer offense, and James Laurinitis and the value of this defense skyrockets this week.
Good luck to anyone playing in a championship game this week.