The big key with trying to figure out the matchups in the Sunday night and Monday night games is knowing who can be counted on to play and to play well. If a guy playing Sunday night is questionable and not vital to your team, it’s not advisable to play him, even if the other option you have is worse. Any points are better than no points.
Fortunately, in this week’s slate of profiled games, the only real injury question is Todd Heap for the Ravens on Monday night. Considering you won’t have a chance to insert anybody in Heap’s spot should he not be able to go, you should certainly already have somebody in your lineup before Sunday’s Noon (CST) games tip off. Otherwise, you could be in a “Heap” of trouble. Hehe.
Sunday Night: Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas Cowboys
LeSean McCoy—He’s likely the best dual threat RB in the league this year. Whenever he doesn’t help you out in the rushing game, he’ll get you 6 receptions, 60 yards and a tuddie in the screen game. Either way, he’s fantasy gold and Dallas doesn’t look to be able to stop that anytime soon.
Jon Kitna—The Eagles have given up two big games to Matt Schaub and Jay Cutler the last two weeks at QB, so why would Kitna not follow suit? Even with Dez Bryant out, Kitna still has Miles Austin, Roy Williams, Jason Witten and two pretty good receiving backs. Plus, the Cowboys will likely be down early and often, forcing them to throw.
Miles Austin—And if the Cowboys sling it all game, of course somebody’s gotta catch all those balls. With Bryant out, look for that to be Kim Kardashian’s boo.
Both team’s defenses—This should be a pretty high scoring game and even though the Eagles are adept at forcing turnovers, they are also quite banged up on D and won’t get many fantasy points.
Brent Celek—You shouldn’t even own him at this point in the season. He has literally no value when Vick is quarterbacking.
Monday Night: Baltimore Ravens @ Houston Texans
Joe Flacco—Going up against by far the worst defense against the pass? Yes, please!
Anquan Boldin—Flacco’s gonna go for 300 and 2 TDs, at the very least. And Boldin will be on the receiving end (literally) of a lot of those numbers.
Ray Rice—He’s going to be a factor, if not in the running game, then definitely in the passing game. Houston’s D is bad overall and Rice is a dual threat RB, so feel safe playing him here.
Andre Johnson—It’s the playoffs, so you have to start him. But, this matchup is pretty bad for him. Somebody’s gonna have to gain some yards for the Texans, and Johnson is the best guy to do that.
Arian Foster—I know this is hard, it is playoffs. And if you have no other good options, by all means, keep Foster in your lineup. But, he’s not going to have a good game. Especially considering all his owners pretty much expect 20 points every week. There’s no way Foster gets 20 points against the Ravens. 15 is probably his limit, which isn’t terrible, but it’s disappointing for Foster.
Matt Schaub—He hasn’t looked anywhere near as good this year as he was last year and he is taking quite a few big hits. The Ravens should continue that and likely will force at least two turnovers, whether that be fumbles or INTs. Start somebody else.
Anybody in the Texans’ passing game minus Foster/Johnson—So, no Jacoby Jones, Joel Dreesen or Kevin Walter. Not against the Ravens. Plus, none of them are consistent, so do you really want to risk starting them during the fantasy playoffs?
Todd Heap—See above.