The Weather Watch Begins: With the calendar officially turning December now is the time fantasy owners need to stay on top of potential weather situations. Snow, wind, and wintery conditions can really throw off fantasy production. Kickers and quarterbacks are affected the most. However, owners need to be cautious not to over analyze weather. It should only be one consideration when making lineup decisions not the only consideration.
SETTING YOUR LINEUP
QB Matt Moore (vs. OAK) – Over his last three starts the Dolphins' signal caller has thrown for seven touchdowns and just one interception while averaging 225 yards per game. This week he faces a Raiders’ D that is one of only five units in the league to allow 20 or more passing touchdowns. Consider him a low end QB 1 in this matchup.
WR Brandon Lloyd (at SF) – Lloyd is developing great chemistry with quarterback Sam Bradford and has now pulled in a TD pass in three straight games while averaging five receptions for 63 yards during that span. The matchup may scare some owners away this week, but Lloyd is likely to still keep his production level going this week.
RB Peyton Hillis (vs. BAL) – Many disgruntled fantasy owners were happy to see Hillis finally healthy and starting for the Browns last week. However, his stat line didn't provide much to get excited about as he finished just 65 yards on 19 carries. With the Ravens' D only giving up 3.4 yards per carry to opposing RB's I wouldn’t expect much more from Hillis here.
WR Anquan Boldin (at CLE) – After catching just seven balls total over the past three weeks it is hard for me to get excited about Boldin’s chances this week against a Browns’ secondary that allows just 7.2 fantasy points per week to wideouts. Owners can likely find options with more upside in Week 13.
RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) – He has yet to return to practice, but is working on the side and remains optimistic that he can play vs. DEN. Owners shouldn't hold their breath though. Toby Gerhardt starts again if Peterson sits.
RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) – Bradshaw has missed four straight games, but he's also holding out hope he can return in Week 13. He'll have to get on the practice field though before he sees game action against the Packers.
RB Kevin Smith (ankle) – Smith returned to the practice field on Thursday and took reps with the first team. His chances of playing Sunday night are looking up, but owners will want to keep their eyes on the situation as kickoff approaches.
WR Miles Austin (hamstring) – It's looking more like Austin will miss his fourth straight game as he continues to battle a hamstring injury. Even if he did return, he likely be limited with Laurent Robinson playing so well. Owners should consider other options.
Other injuries of note: Josh Freeman (shoulder), Willis McGahee (illness), Mario Manningham (knee)
BIGGEST BUSTS OF 2011
We look at the top bust at each position for this season that didn't involve an injury…
QB – Joe Flacco (BAL) – He has only thrown for multiple TD's in three of his 11 starts and has had five games in which he's thrown under 225 yards. With just 13 touchdowns and eight picks this season, Flacco has fallen out my top 15 QB's.
RB – Rashard Mendenhall (PIT) - While he's scored in five of his 10 games, Mendenhall has had just one 100-yard day. Even in PPR formats the Steelers' back, who many owners invested a first-round pick on, has had five weeks where he failed to hit double digits in fantasy points.
WR – Mike Williams (TB) – Despite coming on of late, a larger sample size shows that Williams has not deliver on his fantasy expectations. He has scored in two straight, but before that his last trip to the end zone was in Week 1. He still has not turned in a 100-yard receiving day and before last week reached the 75-yard mark just once all season.
TE – Jermichael Finley (GB) - Ever since his three-touchdown game against the Bears back in Week 3, Finley's production has been suspect. He has finished with four or more catches just twice over his last eight games and only has two touchdowns over that stretch. Playing in the Packers' offense with his talent should have yielded more for owners.