Fantasy football: Start Andrew Luck
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 9:55 p.m.
GOODBYE TO BYE WEEKS
This week marks the last of the bye weeks. The Titans, Vikings, Giants and Seahawks have the week off, which means quarterbacks Jake Locker, Christian Ponder, Eli Manning and Russell Wilson are unavailable. If missing any of the four (even the slumping Manning, who hasn't thrown a TD pass the last three games) has an adverse effect on your fantasy team, then perhaps it's time to start boning up for the fantasy baseball season.
Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis: Is there any doubt that the NFL's top rookie should be in your lineup every week? Even though he didn't throw a TD against Jacksonville, he did rush for two scores. This week he gets New England's 27th-ranked defense, which allows 285 yards per game.
Marcel Reece, RB, Raiders: With Darren McFadden and Mike Woodson still ailing, look for Reece (104 total yards vs. Ravens) to get plenty of opportunities against New Orleans' league-worst defense.
Danny Amendola, WR, St. Louis: Playing for the first time since breaking his collarbone in Week 5, Amendola caught 11 balls for 102 yards in the tie with the 49ers. He's back as Sam Bradford's top target.
Danario Alexander, WR, San Diego: The former Ram is worth taking a flier on as he has supplanted Robert Meachem in the starting lineup and has big-play ability. Grab him off waivers if he's still available.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, 49ers: You might be tempted to go with him while Alex Smith likely sits out with a concussion. But for all the flash he's shown, Kaepernick lacks experience and it would be prudent to sit him against Chicago's fourth-ranked defense.
Danny Woodhead, RB, New England: Scored two TDs last week to double his 2012 output, but Woodhead doesn't see the ball often enough to warrant even a flex start. Leave him on waivers.
Mohamed Sanu, WR, Cincinnati: Had a season-high 47 yards receiving and a TD last week, plus he's getting more playing time, but the rookie isn't high on the Bengals' list of offensive weapons.
Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore: In the first half Caught his first TD since Week 3 and had 67 receiving yards in the first half vs. Raiders. But he did nothing in the second half, and in his previous five games had racked up just 14 catches for 121 yards.
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