Fantasy Football Pitfalls – Week 12
Before we get started, click here for my Week 12 NFL Picks.
I’m going to look at the matchups each week and pick five fantasy starters that could be in for a tough week. Here’s a look at players who could struggle this week.
Kurt Warner, QB, Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals could err on the side of caution this week with Warner, especially with a three game lead on their division. He suffered a mild concussion last week that knocked him out of the game. With their eye on the big picture, the Cards would be smart to roll with Matt Leinart this week. Besides, it would be a good excuse to evaluate where Leinart is at this point. Additionally, the Cards play the late game, so your options are limited if Warner is a late-decision scratch.
Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants
Eli is coming off a monster game and the Broncos are reeling. Despite their offensive woes, their defense can still get after it. In their four-game losing streak they are allowing just 195.3 passing yards per game.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
McCoy rebounded from a crucial fumble to score the winning TD for the Eagles against the Bears last week. This week he faces the Washington Redskins unit that has allowed just five rushing TDs on the season. Plus, McNabb is more pass-happy at home with seven TDs in three games vs. seven in five road games.
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Mendenhall has been a fantasy savior this year, but faces Baltimore on the road, who is ranked fifth in rushing yards allowed and tied for eight in rushing TDs allowed. This is a must-win for both teams, and I’m afraid points and yards will be hard to come by.
Steve Smith, WR, Carolina Panthers
Fresh off of holding Randy Moss to 34 yards, Darrelle Revis gets to lock horns with the original Steve Smith. Smith has not been as effective on the road either. He is averaging just four receptions for 58.6 yards with one TD in five games.