Week 15: Start 'Em
If you're looking for lineup advice at this point in the season, it must be the playoffs for you; if so, congrats on getting this far, it sure isn't easy. Like I always say: go with what got you here. But if you lost one of those players along the way that got you to this point and aren't sure who to start, take a look at the players below, one of them might be the one to help you out. Good Luck.
While it's still early in the week, there are signs that Jake Locker will make his first NFL start in week 15 with Matt Hasselbeck nursing a calf injury. Locker came on in relief last week and came just a few yards short of beating the Saints. Despite not starting, Locker still threw for 282 yards and a touchdown and was dangerous running the ball as well, rushing 6 times for 36 yards and a touchdown. Locker not only has a cannon for an arm, but can tuck the ball and run -- allowing for more chances to put up fantasy points. This week the Titans face the 0-13 Colts, who can't seem to stop anyone through the air or on the ground. If you need a QB this week and have been stashing Locker on your bench waiting for the right moment, well that moment might be this week
While he isn't having a career season (and probably isn't a fantasy starter in most leagues), he is still putting up better than expected numbers. He is on pace to rush for over 1000 yards for the 3rd straight season and should rush for at least 6 or 7 touchdowns. I wouldn't recommend starting Benson on most weeks, but this week -- vs. the St. Louis Rams -- I think he is a great start. The Rams are giving up a league worst 157 yards rushing per game and haven't been able to stop anyone this season. Don't expect that to start this week. If you have Benson on your bench, be sure to make him a starter as either a RB2 or a flex.
When Felix Jones went down with an injury in week 6, he figured he would get his starting job back once he was healthy. After missing four games, Jones was healthy, but he wasn't the starter anymore. DeMarco Murray exploded over those four games and left Jones to be a back-up, until last Sunday when Murray went down with a season ending ankle injury. In steps a fresh Jones who racked up 106 yards rushing and 6 receptions for 31 yards. With Murray done and Tashard Choice already released, Jones will get the bulk of the carries as well as a bunch of catches. Jones has a juicy match-up vs. the Bucs this week; if you need a RB2 or flex starter and Jones is on your bench, you better make sure to start him. Even better if you're in a PPR league.
Despite being 36 years old (and having one of his worst seasons in what will most likely be his last season with the Packers), Donald Driver might become a useful fantasy player one last time. #1 receiver Greg Jennings is out for the rest of the regular season; while there are plenty of options for Aaron Rogers to throw to in Green Bay, he might depend on an old reliable through these next few weeks. Driver has played some of his most meaningful football the last two games. Two weeks ago he scored 2 touchdowns vs. the Giants and when Jennings went down, Driver picked up the slack and put up his highest yard total of the season (75 yards) and tied his season high in catches with 4 in another blow out victory. While Driver isn't a big play receiver, he could be worthy of a start in a deep PPR league as a WR3 or flex.
Last week I talked about Santana Moss, so this week I will talk about Jabar Gaffney. It's funny sometimes you can play on a really crappy team, with a really crappy quarterback and yet somehow still be useful in fantasy. In fantasy, sometimes it pays to be on a crappy team (especially if you're a receiver), because your team will almost always be losing and will need to pass the ball more. Gaffney is in this exact situation. The Redskins suck and so does Rex Grossman, but they will almost always be losing. So Rex will have to throw it a lot and if Gaffney is lucky (and is facing a weaker defense), he can put up fantasy points. Last week facing the Patriots -- the worst pass defense in the NFL -- he had a good game, catching 6 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown. This week he faces another weak pass defense in the Giants and without Fred Davis and Chris Cooley, Gaffney makes for a solid start as a flex.