Dec 8, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins defense tackles Kansas City Chiefs running back Knile Davis (34) during the second half at FedEx Field. The Chiefs won 45 – 10. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Hello Addicts, it’s time to take a look at some fantasy football scenarios for this weekend’s matchups. Most leagues are in their playoffs right now and team owners can’t afford a mistake. Here are my “must starts” for this weekend.
Jamaal Charles, RB
JC has been lights out all season long. While he did take a bit of a break from the end zone for a couple of weeks, last week he was back and liked it so much he went back for seconds. Getting over 20 points from your running back is good for any owner. I think against this Oakland Raiders defense, JC could have another huge week. Remember, he found the end zone twice against them the first time they met in Week 6 at Arrowhead.
Dwayne Bowe, WR
The last couple of weeks, Bowe has been consistent. While he has yet to have a 100 yard game, he has scored some touchdowns and is a consistent 10 – 11 points per game. I wouldn’t start him as a number one option, but if you’re a little light in the flex position, I would plug him in. He and Alex Smith seem to have developed some chemistry and there’s no reason to think that won’t continue.
Alex Smith, QB
If you are like a lot of fantasy owners out there who had Aaron Rodgers, thinking he was going to return this week, or RG III and suddenly he’s deactivated, Alex Smith might be a good alternative. This Chiefs offense is clicking and they’re scoring points. In fact, over the last three weeks, this offense is averaging 31 points per game. That’s pretty good considering that they were one of the weaker offenses to start the season. Smith could get 300 yards and three touchdowns this Sunday against a suspect Raiders defense. If you’re out of options, I’d start him.
Ryan Succop, K
With the very rare exception, Succop has been clutch this season. He’s only missed four kicks all year. The offense is starting to click, which is nearly guaranteed points on the XPs, not to mention the one or two field goals he’s almost sure to boot through in the game. Pound for pound, I don’t think there’s a more clutch kicker in the NFL right now.
If you played these guys last week, you likely won just because of them. Between the sacks, the interception and the two returns for scores, the Chiefs DST amassed over 25 points, depending on what your league scoring rules are. I figure it will be more of the same this week against a struggling Raiders team. I think the Chiefs will have a huge day in the return and defensive side of the ball and I hope to reap the benefits.
That’s it, Addicts. If you’re in the playoffs, I wish you the best of luck!