As a fantasy football player, the only thing I am thinking about is the playoffs (where is Jim Mora when I need him?) and what to do to have success in the postseason. So here are some things to think about before you set your lineup this week.
Play your Denver Broncos
The Broncos have more than just Peyton Manning. While he's terrific, there are many Broncos who are great fantasy options. Receiver Eric Decker has eight touchdowns and is averaging 62 yards a game, and Demaryius Thomas has five scores and averages 93 yards receiving per game. These outstanding receivers are must-plays every week. Another option as a flex player is Brandon Stokley. This Manning favorite has five touchdowns and is a reliable pass catcher. The Broncos are averaging more than 30 points per game and are strong in the red zone. This team is going to keep scoring, so if you have Broncos, play them.
Play your RBs vs. the Bears
Even after the debacle in San Francisco, the Bears have a strong defense. However, it is a defense that teams can exploit with the running game. In the past four weeks, the Bears have given up an average of 132 yards on the ground. Tennessee's Chris Johnson and Houston's Arian Foster have each rushed for over 100 yards against Lovie Smith's crew. The Bears defense appears to be breaking down, so if you have a running back you want in your lineup, do not hesitate to start him against the Monsters of the Midway.
Play your QB vs. Jacksonville
The Jaguars are arguably the worst team in the NFL and are horrible against the pass. The Texans' Matt Schaub tore apart the Jaguars for more than 500 yards, and he's not the only quarterback to have success against Jacksonville. Detroit's Matthew Stafford and Oakland's Carson Palmer threw for 285 and 298 yards, respectively, against this sorry excuse for a defense. Plain and simple, you should get excellent results when your QB faces off against the Jaguars.
Dan Richman hosted a fantasy football show on The Score (670-AM) for years under the moniker "Super Fan Dan." Disagree with him? Tweet Dan @danrichmanffl.