Week 11: Start 'Em
Last week Bears Coach Marc Trestman made a mistake by not starting Josh McCown and it might have cost his team the victory. Don't make that same mistake this week that the Bears made last week. McCown has been very productive in games when he replaced Jay Cutler, as well as in his one start when he passed for 272 yards and two touchdowns. The Bears have already announced that McCown will be the starter this week vs. the Ravens, so if you are in need of QB due to injury or bye week issues, let him loose on your opponent.
Despite the fact that the Texans haven't been winning lately, their passing game has seen an improvement with Case Keenum now running the show. Over the first three games of his career, Keenum has passed for 822 yards and seven touchdowns, as well as rushing for 49 yards. Keenum has been smart enough to know where his bread is buttered and he has built a rapport with Andre Johnson -- passing Johnson his first five touchdowns of the season over a two week span. If your quarterback is injured, on bye or just plain sucks, Keenum might be the guy to help you out this week. Give him a look.
If you have kept Shane Vereen stashed on your bench --or just picked him up in the last few weeks--, it looks like he will finally be back on the field. Vereen had a breakout game to start the season when he rushed for 101 yards and caught seven passes for 58 yards and did all this while playing with an injured wrist that ended up forcing him to be out of action since game 1. Vereen will immediately take over Brandon Bolden's role as the third down back, but will be given more touches than Bolden was used to; the Patriots feel like Vereen can be a game changer. Look for Vereen to get between 10-15 touches this week and that number can go up if the Pats are behind and in a passing mode. Vereen's value definitely goes up in point per reception leagues and he makes for a solid start as a flex.
First Doug Martin, followed by Mike James, and now Bobby Rainey. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' running game has been a revolving door in 2013 and will continue this way after they lost their second running back to long term injury. Mike James looked great replacing Martin and the Bucs hope that Rainey can provide some of the same. When James went down, Brian Leonard was the first to replace him; he wasn't very effective, only rushing 20 times for 57 yards. With Leonard's lack of production, the Bucs turned to Rainey, who played most of the fourth quarter rushing eight times for 45 yards and a touchdown. The Bucs will likely give touches to both Rainey and Leonard, but Rainey is much more explosive and more likely to break a big play. If you need help at flex or RB2 in a deep league, I would give Rainey a long look.
The long awaited return of Andre Brown went much better than could have been expected. The Giants were hoping to slowly ease him back into action, but after an early game fumble by Peyton Hillis it was off to the races for Brown. Brown rushed the ball 30 times for 115 yards and scored his first touchdown of the season. He also had one catch for four yards. Brown should have no issues getting 20 plus touches, as well as being the goal line back. He makes for a very good RB2 and/or flex start this week. Make sure to get him in your lineup.