QB Start: Matt Schaub, Houston Texans
After failure to live up to the pre-season hype, Schaub has been forgotten in many fantasy circles. This could prove costly.
In his last three starts, he's completed 66 percent of his passes, thrown five touchdowns against zero interceptions, averaged just shy of 250-yards and compiled a 104.8 QB rating.
He was unable to connect on big plays against the "keep everything in front of you" Titans last week, but hit four 20+ pass plays at the Jets in week 11 and three at Jacksonville in week 12.
The emergence of TE Joel Dreessen has softened the blow of an underachieving group of secondary receivers.
Philadelphia's pass defense has allowed nine scores and forced eight picks since their week-nine bye. One way or the other, a meaningful play is being made.
Houston's offensive line has done a better job protecting Schaub in recent weeks (3 sacks in last three games), but will be in for a stern test against the Eagles (30 sacks).
*Eagles CB Asante Samuels is listed as questionable on the initial Wednesday injury report.
QB Sit: David Garrard, Jacksonville Jaguars
Garrard has declared his wrist "good to go" for week 13, but I'm not comforted.
The last month has been an up and down roller coaster ride for Garrard. Six touchdowns against zero interceptions the first two weeks and two touchdowns to four interceptions in the last two. His QB ratings dropped from 157.8 and 134.1 to 65.1 and 57.1. The latter two performances are closer to his median level.
With Mike Sims-Walker not fully healthy, or at least not himself, the Jaguars lack of downfield weapons is all too apparent. Relying on your tight end for big plays is not a successful endeavor long term.
Garrard averaged just 4.6 yards per pass attempt last week at the Giants. He also fumbled three times, losing one (the game-ender) and has now lost three fumbles in the last four weeks.
Quite simply, he's not being protected and his past history against Tennessee is not aesthetically pleasing: 14 career starts, 11 touchdowns, 12 picks and 33 sacks.
It's a safe bet Garrard will have to utilize his legs with high frequency once again, running for his life rather than by choice.
RB Start: Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
The Bears finished November with a 52.9 percent run ratio, good for second in the NFL (Rotoworld.com). In those four games, Forte's ground productivity spiked dramatically rushing for 332 yards on 74 carries (4.5). He's still having difficulty finding the end zone, but he's chewing up big chunks of yardage for a change.
After having only one 20+ yard run in the season's opening seven weeks, he had four in November including two last week (61, 28).
His PPR value has gone way down, but let's flashback to opening Sunday versus Detroit: seven receptions for 151 yards and 2 touchdowns. Perhaps this is the week to reintroduce him to the passing attack?
Success on the ground is expected against a Lions rush defense that ranks 24th and has allowed 13 rushing scores (third to last).
Finally, getting an opportunity to spread his wings with regular work, Forte is thriving in a more balanced Chicago offense.
RB Sit: LaDainian Tomlinson, New York Jets
What do you know? The old LT wasn't really 'back' after all.