Having a top fantasy football scorer can really propel your team to victory each week.
Or at the very least, rack up points to fend off anyone else in the league with the same record. After all, winning is vital but the total points scored is the next best resort in fantasy.
To that end, a quarterback such as Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos is a lock for Week 12.
Denver heads into 1-9 Kansas City, who doesn't generate turnovers or apply enough quarterback pressure. As a result, Manning will see plenty of time to survey the field and utilize his array of receiving targets to control the pace.
So along with Manning, let's look at the projected top fantasy football scorers for each position as we hit December next.
Peyton Manning currently has a 68.5 completion percentage with 24 touchdowns to only seven picks entering Week 12.
He has obviously enhanced the Denver Broncos' passing attack and the Kansas City Chiefs aren't too well-versed defensively. K.C. may rank No. 6 against the pass—however, the Chiefs also allow a 60.9 completion percentage and have just six picks this season.
Additionally, Kansas City has given up 20 passing touchdowns in 10 games and has recorded just 17 sacks.
Manning keeps Denver balanced and K.C. is simply in shambles right now, and can't stop any explosive offense.
Projected Stats: 26-of-37 for 260 yards, three touchdowns and no picks
For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to upset the Atlanta Falcons, Doug Martin is the key.
Atlanta may present an explosive offense capable of slicing the Bucs' suspect pass defense, but the Falcons are vulnerable in run defense. Allowing an average of five yards per carry, Atlanta also gives up 130.5 rushing yards per game.
Martin, interestingly enough, is virtually parallel to the Dirty Bird's front seven.
Tampa's rookie ball-carrier averages 5.1 yards per attempt and has hit exactly 1,000 rushing yards through 10 games. Also, Martin has accounted for 319 receiving yards which gives him an average of nearly 132 total yards per contest.
His impact will be needed to keep Matt Ryan and Co. off the field, so expect the Bucs to rely heavily on Martin early against Atlanta.
Projected Stats: 27 carries for 125 rushing yards, three receptions for 35 yards, two total touchdowns, no fumbles
The Oakland Raiders have yet to prove the ability to stop anyone, as Dennis Allen's defense gives up an average of 375 total yards and 32 points per game.
Even worse, Oakland allows a 66.8 completion percentage to opposing quarterbacks and has recorded only six interceptions this season. Well, A.J. Green and the Cincinnati Bengals get nearly 250 passing yards per game.
Green enters Week 12 as the NFL's leading receiver in touchdowns scored (10) and the Raiders have given up 20 passing touchdowns. Without a reliable pass rush to fluster Andy Dalton, expect Green to thwart the Silver and Black for 60 minutes.
Projected Stats: Nine receptions for 125 yards and three touchdowns
According to Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated earlier last week:
BREAKING: Jim Harbaugh has informed Alex Smith that Colin Kaepernick will start Sunday, per source. Said decision not based on health.— Jim Trotter (@SI_JimTrotter) November 22, 2012
That said, there are three vital things to winning on the road against a team with momentum.
The first is obviously establishing the ground game and the San Francisco 49ers can do that to the New Orleans Saints.
Secondly, it's play defense. Fortunately for Colin Kaepernick, the 'Niners field arguably the NFL's top defense so Drew Brees won't be as explosive as expected.
And thirdly, a consistently reliable tight end downfield in man coverage.
So, enter Vernon Davis who caught six balls for 83 yards and a score in Week 11 against the Chicago Bears. New Orleans also allows 462.8 total yards per game, therefore, anticipate plenty of yards, targets and receptions for Davis.
Projected Stats: Eight receptions for 105 yards, two touchdowns
The Minnesota Vikings need to feed Adrian Peterson early and often against the Chicago Bears.
And although the Bears can be vulnerable to the run, Chicago still presents solid cover players and can tighten up when inside the red zone. Also, the Vikings don't offer that standout/big No. 1 target to make plays near the goal-line on fades or any double coverage.
"Vikings receiver Percy Harvin will miss his second consecutive game because of a sprained left ankle, the team announced Saturday, Nov. 24."
"Harvin, who has not been through a full practice since spraining his ankle on Nov. 4 against Seattle and was unable to put much weight on his ankle during a brief workout Friday, did not travel with the Vikings to Chicago."
Nonetheless, Minnesota's pass protection and ground game will allow for solid ball movement against Chicago. The end result, though, will be multiple field goal attempts from clutch kicker Blair Walsh, who is 23-of-24 on field goal attempts this season, including one made from 55 yards out.
Projected Stats: 3-of-3, long of 51 yards and 1-of-1 on extra points
The Miami Dolphins are in a slump.
During their three-game losing streak, the Dolphins have only managed 37 points and have turned the ball over seven times.
The Seattle Seahawks on the contrary, present one of the NFL's most complete defenses. Ranking No. 3 against the pass and No. 11 against the run, Seattle allows fewer than 300 total yards per contest.
Even better, the Seahawks give up only 16.1 points per game, which ranks No. 2 in the league. As for Miami, its offense has scored under 20 points five times and only once over 20 the previous six games (Week 8 at Jets).
Seattle can stuff the run, apply quarterback pressure and lock down in man coverage. Facing a rookie quarterback in Ryan Tannehill, the Seahawks will shut Miami down.
Projected Stats: 10 points allowed, six sacks, two interceptions, one fumble recovery
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