Evan’s Week 16 Spotlight
The Guy I Like: Danny Woodhead, New England Patriots
What a wild game for the New England Patriots last Sunday night. After looking as if they would get shut down by the league’s best defense, Tom Brady and the Patriot offense exploded in the second half for 31 points. Despite this offense output, the Pats still managed to lose the game which should have them fired up to tale out their frustration on a hapless Jacksonville Jaguars team in Week 16. I expect the Patriots to put up points throughout the game and, after Stevan Ridley fumbled early in Week 15 and was subsequently benched, I see Danny Woodhead emerging as the running back who gets the majority of the rushing opportunities this week. I expect Woodhead to get 12-15 carries to go along with 3 or 4 catches out of the backfield which will lead to 80+ total yards. I also expect Woodhead to find the end zone making him a sneaky good start in your fantasy football final.
The Guy I Do Not Like: Danario Alexander, San Diego Chargers
For a few weeks, Danario Alexander looked like he could be the San Diego Chargers answer to the departure of Vincent Jackson. Then he posted zero catches in a match up in Week 14 against a Carolina Panthers team that has been only average against the pass this season. With Antonio Cromartie matching up with Alexander this week, fresh off a game in which he held Kenny Britt to one catch for seven yards, I expect Alexander’s struggles to continue. Do not expect Alexander to surpass 50 receiving yards in this week’s game, while a trip to the end zone seems extremely unlikely. Alexander may have helped you go on a late season run to get into the playoffs, but he is an awful option to try to help you win your league’s title.
Frank’s Week 16 Spotlight
The Guy I Like: Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins
So what’s a guy who has scored his lone touchdown in Week 4 doing in this spot? 2 reasons. As slim as their playoff hopes are Miami is still alive for a chance at the postseason so I like this team to come out motivated if only for that reason. The second reason is because Mr. Hartline has been targeted 22 times in the last 3 games. That’s an average of 7 targets a game in the last 3. He is Miami’s de facto deep threat and he faces a Buffalo Bill defense that is ranked 31st in points allowed (28.7 per game) and has pretty much given up on their season as evidenced by their debacle last week against Seattle where they gave up 50 points for the second time this season.
All signs point to Hartline hauling in about 80 yards through the air and likely finding the end zone for the second time this season.
The Guy I Do Not Like: Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
So last week Colin Kaepernick threw four TDs in Gillette Stadium and in many ways outplayed Tom Brady. Well wipe that game away from your memory banks because this week young Colin faces the third ranked pass defense of the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle certainly boasts a great secondary but more importantly they are undefeated at home (6 – 0) and their 12th man probably gives them the greatest home field advantage in the NFL.
Kaepernick has had his ups and downs against division foes this season (see both Rams games) and I think he’ll be up against it when the 49ers visit the Seahawks on Sunday. Look for Kap to toss a couple of INTs, throw for one 1 TD, run for another and have just under 230 yards passing.