Week 13 is the final regular season week in many fantasy leagues, so our fantasy guru, James Morris, answers many questions from fantasy owners in his weekly Q & A session.
Question: Is it time to put Greg Jennings back in my line-up? – Shaun, Miami, FL
James Morris: Here’s the deal with Jennings; Packers Coach Mike McCarthy is hinting that Jennings will be on a snap count this weekend as he tries to work himself back into football shape. Since he does have Aaron Rodgers throwing the ball, the upside is obviously there for a huge game. But, there possibility is higher than he doesn’t do anything as he tries to knock off 7 weeks or rush and injury.
Unless you are hurting at WR so bad that Jennings would be your #1 or #2 WR, I wouldn’t play him this weekend. Let him prove he is back before putting too much faith in him as a fantasy option. On paper I have him as a shaky flex play with upside given his QB.
Question: With Rashard Mendenhall’s problems in week 12, do you think it is time to cut him or stick with him and hope Ben Roethlisberger comes back this week? Crystal, San Diego, CA
James Morris: Mendenhall has been demoted to #3 on the Steelers RB depth chart behind Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman, and if Chris Rainey hadn’t fumbled too, he may be #4 now! If Bryce Brown, Knowshon Moreno or Dwyer are available, I’d cut Mendenhall right now for one of them in that order.
Question: Colin Kaepernick is playing well right now, but the 49ers coach is unwilling to name him the starter going forward. Should he be someone I add for a fantasy playoff race, or was he someone that just had a few good games? – Darryl, St. Louis, MO
James Morris: Regardless what Coach Jim Harbaugh is saying publicly, there is no way he can bench Krazy Legs Kaepernick given his back-to-back strong outings. While Alex Smith has done nothing to lose the starting job, he also did nothing to secure it either. Let’s look at this like a high school boy trying to choose who to ask to the prom. Kaepernick is the good looking junior who just moved here and nobody really knows a lot about. She’s funny and everyone seems to like her, but she is still an unknown. Smith on the other hand is a fellow senior that you’ve went to school with since junior high. She is reliable and won’t embarrass you, but there is nothing that is exciting about her either.
I like Kaepernick for a playoff run, but don’t cut anyone that you might “need” to get him because he could still show his inexperience down the stretch.
Question: Should I play Matt Forte this weekend against a tough Seahawks defense, or would it be better to grab Knowshon Moreno or Bryce Brown off the waiver wire instead? Michael, Denver, CO
James Morris: There is nothing official with Forte just yet, but the early signs aren’t good for him playing this weekend. And, even if he does play, his fantasy upside is going to be extremely limited with Michael “The Vulture” Bush stealing TDs from him all game long. Forte has just two 100-yard rushing games this season, and has scored just 3 TDs to Bush’s 5 TDs. I’m not going to say you should cut Forte, but he isn’t the fantasy RB that people thought he was going to be. I’d find a way to pick up both Moreno and Brown if I could; play Brown first and Moreno second (obviously depending on who your other RBs are).
Question: My defense has been doing nothing all season long (Eagles) and I am in a must-win game this week. Are there any sleepers on defense that I can get this week to try and squeeze the most out of my team as possible? – Taylor, Orlando, FL
James Morris: Trying to get a jump on the competition and not wait until Friday I see. Lucky for you I’ve got your back no matter what day it is. I really like the Dallas Cowboys owned in 37.2 percent of NFL.com leagues) this weekend against your own defense as a matter of fact. The Eagles just lost DeSean Jackson for the season (ribs) and Nick Foles looks like the rookie he is. Had it not been for Bryce Brown last weekend, that game would have been much uglier than it already was. None of the big-box websites are showing the Cowboys defense any love right now, but I think they will put up some good defensive numbers against an offense that is crumbling before our very eyes.
Be sure to check back to TheFinsiders.com on Friday for James’ weekly “Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em” lineup advice.
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