Over The Middle
Welcome Fantasy Football enthusiasts, time for another edition of Over The Middle. While the “top dogs” are clear and highly coveted, it doesn’t necessarily mean they will be a top each week. Let’s get to the bottom of just who this week’s top performers will be. There are a few shootouts on the horizon and shootouts produce massive fantasy point output.
Keenan Allen- San Diego Chargers: Allen has come out of nowhere this season, putting up pro bowl numbers over the last five weeks. With only one down week, there is no reason to believe Allen isn’t primed for another big week. Denver’s defense has been beaten up several times over the season and with an aging secondary keeping up with a youngster like Allen can prove an uphill battle. Philip Rivers has played lights out and outside of Antonio Gates, Keenan Allen has become a favorite target. Three out of the last four weeks had Allen over one-hundred yards and a touchdown, a couple near ten catch games to boot. Denver has given up the sixth most fantasy points to wide receivers, so let’s add one more week to that and for good measure let’s throw in an extra touchdown, big game for Keenan Allen.
Wes Welker- Denver Broncos: Arguably Peyton Manning’s favorite target, Welker is a big YAC guy and knows how to manipulate coverage to get open. Now I know there are plenty of targets on this Denver offense, but the other wide out Demaryius Thomas has only thirty-two yards after catch career against San Diego which propels Welker ahead. Inside the ten yard line the offense consists on Julius Thomas and Wes Welker, and seeing as though Wes has nine touchdowns, I’d say he’s a fantasy lock to gather in yet one more this week. In what could be a high scoring game, it will be pivotal for Manning to come out and showcase that golden arm, what better way than to drop it off underneath and let Welker do exactly what he was brought in to do and has done very effectively. Five or more catches in every game but one, much like his ability to find the end zone in every game but one. Can’t go wrong with Mr. Welker, Mr. Reliable.
Pierre Garcon – Washington Redskins: Garcon has proven when he’s healthy he is a playmaker. On pace for career highs in yards and catches, Garcon has quickly become RGIII’s favorite target. On another note Minnesota has given up a touchdown to a wide receiver in every game this season with the exception being week one. With that said, I understand he hasn’t been a regular touchdown visitor. Facing a week defense and a very vulnerable secondary could very well change that. PPR league owners should also take note as Garcon leads the team in targets and is a broken tackle away from taking each reception to the house. He may not put up ten catches, but he should put up seven or eight with over one hundred yards and a touchdown.
T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts: In just one week since the loss of Reggie Wayne, Hilton put up seven catches one-hundred twenty yards and three touchdowns. Proving he can be relied on and should be considered by everybody to be the legit number one option in Indy. Now we can focus on the match-up which favors Hilton, St. Louis has given up fourteen passing touchdowns this season. Sounds like a powder keg, Luck is the match and Hilton the spark. With not a whole lot of other options on this offense, Hilton should continue to be leaned on heavily, I expect he’ll answer the call just fine. Not to mention his big play ability in the return game. Should he break one off for six points, his fantasy owners could be lapping up the sweet tast of victory.
Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions: Once again Megatron makes the list, how can I not? This guy is crazy good if you hadn’t noticed, and the Bears defense is aging and susceptible. We’ve never seen a Bears defense like this and the last time these teams hooked up, it was a free-for-all. With two terrific performances in Johnson’s rear-view mirror, well one absolutely amazing, Johnson will most likely go back to seeing over the top coverage. This may limit Tron a little, but let’s remember how many times he’s gone up over two, heck even three defenders. Fresh off a bye week Detroit has to be feeling good, especially the way the last game ended. Stafford is flying high on confidence, Bush has been a breath of fresh air, and Calvin Johnson is still Calvin Johnson. If this week is anything like last time these two faced off, and I expect it to be, Johnson could lead all wide receivers in fantasy points yet again.
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