PRYOR, OK —
Last week I promised a great line of picks, but things didn’t go as planned for me. Detroit Lions’ running back Reggie Bush didn’t even play after slipping during warm-ups before the game started. If you’re a Bush owner, then Sunday was not the day for you to buy a lottery ticket.
Lions’ receiver Calvin Johnson also struggled in the snowy weather with only three catches for 49 yards. However, MegaTron did manage to make the highlight reel with a diving catch in the snow. Too bad you can’t get bonus points for SportsCenter Top 10 plays. Tennessee Titans’ quarterback Ryan Fitzgerald continued my woes with a 172-yard, one touchdown performance with an interception. The only upside in my picks was ole’ reliable Denver Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning. Manning threw four touchdowns along with 397 yards. I can always rely on Manning to pick up my slack. I don’t have Manning in my lineup this week, but it should still pan out as a solid set of picks. If you don’t trust my knowledge, the Fantasy Forecast is welcoming its first guest picker this week as the playoffs begin.
Guest Picker: Adrian Houser, former Locust Grove athlete and current RHP in Houston Astros organization.
Quarterback: Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys: Romo received a beat down last night by Chicago , but still managed to throw three touchdowns. The Cowboys should bounce back against the struggling Green Bay Packers this week. Packers have a very weak defense and Romo is back at home in warm and cozy AT&T Stadium.
Houser: Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Running back: Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks: Lynch has struggled the last three weeks, but has a great match up this week at the Giants. New York will be cold as always, so Seattle will look to run the ball a lot against a weaker run defense.
Houser: Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Wide receiver: Andre Johnson, Houston Texans: Johnson may be the only Houston Texans starting in any league this week, but just because his team is horrible doesn’t mean he is. Johnson has had 100 receiving yards in back-to-back games, and Indianapolis is on a steep downhill slope as a whole, especially their defense.
Houser: Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Sleeper: Toby Gerhart, running back, Minnesota Vikings: Starting running back Adrian Peterson is sidelined with an ankle injury, so Gerhart will get the start with a run first team. Gerhart isn’t a bad replacement, where he lacks speed he makes up with power. He also rushed for 89 yards and a 41-yard touchdown last week with Peterson injured.
Houser: Kenny Stills, wide receiver, New Orleans Saints