PRYOR, OK —
After a week off full of food and family, with time to ponder my next selections, I have returned with possibly the best lineup of the year. Well I don’t know if I can go that far, but I do have high expectations for this week’s picks. This is also the final week before the playoffs begin in most leagues, so for some, this week could decide if you’re supporting your team next Sunday or outside shoveling snow. This makes me feel a lot of pressure from my readers who take my advice to heart, so I can almost promise you these players will not let you down.
Quarterback: Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos: I told myself I wasn’t going to pick Manning again this season because I have selected him more than any other player by a landslide. But once again, I have no choice. The General threw for 403 yards and five touchdowns last week in Kansas City. He doesn’t have an easy matchup this week against Tennessee, but matchups don’t matter when Manning is throwing the ball.
Running back: Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions: Running back is the shakiest position this week and nobody pops out, but Bush is on a roll. The Heisman Trophy winner rushed for 117 yards and a score in a Thanksgiving massacre against Green Bay. Another bonus for Bush is his catching ability out of the backfield, which just adds extra points to your fantasy lineup. Bush should do a lot this week through the running game and passing game in a battle at Philadelphia.
Wide receiver: Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions: You could say Johnson is the “Peyton Manning” at the wide receiver position. Megatron has seven 100-yard receiving games this season, including the last three. The last time I recommended Johnson, he caught 14 passes for 329 yards. He will shine again this week with the rest of the Lions offense.
Sleeper: Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Tennessee Titans: Fitzpatrick has the Titans on the rise after replacing Jake Locker. He has thrown for over 200 yards the past four weeks and threw at least one touchdown in each of those games. Fitzpatrick will take a trip to Denver this week, and the Broncos’ secondary currently ranks 28th in passing defense. Fitzpatrick most likely won’t get the W, but he should have a good week fantasy-wise.