Fantasy Football vs. Decision-Maker: Week 12

Taylor SmithAnalyst INovember 27, 2010

Can Schaub finally start to develop a rhythm?
Can Schaub finally start to develop a rhythm?Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

With three Thanksgiving Day games in the books, we’re set for an abbreviated 12-game Sunday slate and, of course, the Monday nighter, as well.

Because fantasy football never takes a holiday, you might be scrambling through airports (Home Alone style) and train stations just to get home in time to set your lineup for the week.

If so, NFL Soup is here to make your life a bit easier.

Tough lineup decision this week? Read on to see if we’ve addressed your particular issue. Also, remember to come join our Live Fantasy Football Chat Sunday morning from 10am ET-1pm ET over on NFL Soup.


Matt Cassel (Kansas City Chiefs) vs. Matt Schaub (Houston Texans)

As the season has progressed, Cassel has actually developed into a fairly consistent fantasy quarterback.

He’s not an elite week-to-week starter yet, but he’s completing nearly 60 percent of his passes and has impressively thrown 18 touchdowns with just four picks this season.

The other Matt, Schaub, has been a fantasy disappointment.

The emergence of Arian Foster likely has something to do with it, but Schaub’s numbers are down across the board this season. He may even be available on the waiver wire in some leagues.

Considering Cassel’s hot streak and the fact that he’s going up against Seattle’s poor pass D (while Schaub faces a more dangerous Titans defense), I’d go with Cassel over Schaub.


Running Backs

Brandon Jacobs (New York Giants) vs. Mike Tolbert (San Diego Chargers)

Here we have a couple of bigger backs getting the opportunity to start.

With Ahmad Bradshaw’s fumbling problems, Coach Coughlin has announced that Brandon Jacobs will be the starter.

Tolbert has started in place of the oft-injured Ryan Mathews several times this season and has proven to be a worthy fantasy option.

Jacobs boasts a very favorable matchup with the Jaguars coming to town, but if he struggles early, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Bradshaw get more touches as the game wears on. However, Jacobs is still “the guy” for the Giants when it comes to goal-line carries.

Tolbert will be up against a slightly tougher matchup in the Colts Sunday evening, but he’s coming off of his best statistical game of the season, a 111-yard, one-TD effort against Denver.

We’re unsure how the Giants will be dividing the carries this week. We do know that with Mathews likely out again, Darren Sproles isn’t going to be stealing many carries from Mike Tolbert.

Both are decent options this week, but I’d feel more comfortable going with Tolbert over Jacobs.


Wide Receivers

Mike Williams (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) vs. Sidney Rice (Minnesota Vikings)

Williams, despite facing potential disciplinary action, still caught three passes for 54 yards with a touchdown in the easy win over the 49ers last week.

Rice, entering his second game of the season following hip surgery, had three catches for 56 yards in his 2010 debut against the Packers.

Williams isn’t a big PPR/receptions kind of guy, as he’s only caught more than five passes in a game once.

Towards the end of last season, Rice was catching between four and seven passes on a weekly basis.

Going up against the dreadful Washington pass defense, I’d take my chances with Rice over Williams this week.

Todd Heap (Baltimore Ravens) vs. Marcedes Lewis (Jacksonville Jaguars)

Heap has been targeted six times in each of the last two games and has seen his role in the offense increase as a result.

Lewis trails only Antonio Gates in touchdowns amongst tight ends this season, with eight already.

He’s David Garrard’s handy-dandy safety valve, and against a Giants team that can rush the passer effectively, Lewis’ services may be sought early and often.

Feel confident in Lewis over Heap.

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