Now is the time to discuss your league's rules: Every year fantasy leagues experience issues that arise throughout the season that challenges its league rules. Don’t wait until next August to talk about it and figure. Now is the time to address these matters while everything is so fresh in everybody’s minds.
SETTING YOUR LINEUP
QB Tim Tebow (vs NE) – The Patriots ranks as the league’s worst passing defense and have allowed 309 passing yards per game and 20.7 fantasy points to QB’s each time out. Tebow has thrown for over 200 yards in back-to-back weeks and always gets the rushing yards most signal callers don’t. He’s a top 10 option this week at the position.
TE Jermichael Finley (at KC) – If owners were fortunate enough to survive the goose egg Finley gave them last week they shouldn’t hesitate to put him back in their lineups this week as the Chiefs allow the seventh-most Fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends. Look for him to back on track in Week 15.
RB Rashard Mendenhall (at SF) – If you take away his two games against the Bengals, Mendenhall has only scored four times all year and this week he faces a 49ers’ defense that hasn’t allowed a rushing touchdown all season and that has ceded the fewest rushing yards on the season. Considering the matchup owners should look elsewhere.
WR Santonio Holmes (at PHI) – Despite Holmes finding the end zone in three straight weeks, owners should temper their expectations on Sunday vs. the Eagles, who have allowed an average of 13.5 fantasy points to wideouts over the past two games. Over his past four games Holmes has caught just 12 balls for 131 yards, hardly WR1 numbers.
WR Greg Jennings (knee) – A knee sprain is going to cost the Packers top wideout 2-3 weeks, likely bringing an end to his usefulness for owners in redraft formats. His absence suddenly makes receivers James Jones and Donald Driver fantasy considerations.
RB DeMarco Murray (ankle) – The Cowboys placed the rookie sensation on I.R. earlier this week after he suffered a season-ending fracture in his ankle. Look Felix Jones to see a huge workload down the stretch as Dallas’ RB1.
QB Ben Roethlisberger (ankle) – After spending a good portion of this week in walking boot, Big Ben’s status for Monday night’s showdown with the 49ers is very much in question. His absence would mean a huge hit on the fantasy value of other Steelers.
RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) – Peterson remains limited but is making progress. He has a solid chance at returning to action.
WR Sam Bradford (ankle) – It is becoming apparent that his injury is still a factor. With little to gain, look for the Rams to sit him.
Other injuries of note: Matt Hasselbeck (calf), Kevin Smith (ankle), Mark Ingram (toe), James Starks (ankle)
BIG THINGS AHEAD
Here's a look at four players that stock is on the rise as we look towards 2012…
QB – Matthew Stafford (DET) – Stafford certainly put his name on the map as a legitimate starting fantasy QB. However, he’s cooled off during the second half. The injuries in the backfield have made Detroit one dimensional and that has led to mediocre days and plenty of turnovers. The fact he stayed healthy though is a great sign moving forward. Consider him a top 5 QB heading into 2011.
RB – Roy Helu (WAS) – After being stuck in Mike Shanahan’s mind games, Helu has been stellar since taking over as the Redskins’ No. 1 running back. He has put together three straight 100-yard games and has 44 receptions out of the backfield. The rookie is a legitimate top 10 fantasy RB, especially in PPR formats moving forward.
WR – Dez Bryant (DAL) – Despite being a model of inconsistency during his first two years as a pro, Bryant is entering that magical third year for a wide receiver in 2012. Look for him to put it altogether next season in a big way.
TE – Jermaine Gresham (CIN) – Gresham has shown flashes of brilliance this season, but has struggled to stay healthy. With so many exciting young offensive weapons emerging for the Bengals look for him to jump up to the elite tier of fantasy tight ends next year.