Note: this article was written by Evan Levine
Matt Moore QB - Apparently I was a year late on Moore, because in 2010 I predicted he would lead the Panthers to the Super Bowl. Better late than never, the Dolphins are riding high behind their new signal caller, while giving life to a team that was in the cellar dweller. He will never be an elite QB or even second tier, but the offense has been great over the past five weeks as they have established a running game behind Reggie Bush Many would say Moore didn't play well vs. Oakland but the truth is Miami was up so he wasn't asked to throw the ball as he only attempted 25 passes. Against Philadelphia a defense that has combined for negative five points in their last two games expect Moore to flourish in what should be an easy Miami victory.
Ahmad Bradshaw RB - In his first game back from injury Bradshaw didn't deliver. On 11 carries he ran for 38 yards, and it was obvious that the Giants were easing him in. This week with the division on the line against the Cowboys, I expect Bradshaw to be closer to 20 carries then 10. He's clearly the best running back in New York and even Brandon Jacobs owners know that Jacobs is better with limited touches as opposed to carrying the workload. Led by Eli Manning Big Blue likes to air it out but the games they have won is when they pound the ball. The Giants were 5-2 with a healthy Brahshaw in the lineup so expect for him to lead the way if the Giants are victorious on Sunday.
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Santana Moss WR - Last week Moss had the worst matchup going against Darelle Revis and this week he is primed for a big week going against the Patriots secondary. New England's defense has given up the most yards in the league making Rex Grossman a nice play in two QB leagues. On Revis Island Moss was targeted 12 times so this could be the breakout game of Moss's season. Santana will never be a sexy play amongst fantasy players but you can't deny his production when the season is over. Moss is a top 15 WR this week in what should be a high scoring affair at Fed Ex Field.
Brent Celek TE - The Vince Young era in Philadelphia is coming to an end and while he had moderate success, it's a good thing that Michael Vick will be the signal caller once again. In the three games before Vick was replaced by Young, Celek had 18 receptions for 207 yards and a touchdown. He became a favorite weapon of Vicks before the injury and I see no reason why that would change for the remainder of the season. With Young manning the bench the value of Riley Cooper should go down while we see an increase of targets towards Celek and DeSean Jackson. This week he's a top 10 TE option and a great grab on the waiver wire for owners that just lost Fred Davis for the season.
Denver Broncos D/ST - With no Jay Cutler and no Matt Forte does anyone think it's possible for the Bears to score points? Sure, they can score points on defense but the offense was anemic vs. Kansas City so I don't see any upside as they travel to the altitude in Denver. The Broncos defense has shaped into form over the last couple of weeks and against a shaky banged up offensive line Von Miller should make his presence felt. Caleb Hanie should see plenty of time on his back as Denver should bring pressure to the second year QB in what should be a rougher outing then the debacle vs. the Chiefs.
Alex Smith QB - Smith has resurrected his career in 2011 as he has the 49ers headed for the 2nd seed in the NFC. And while I think his success will continue for the remainder of the season, the defense he saw in a home game vs. Arizona a couple of weeks ago is continuing to improve. The Cardinals have given up five TD's over the past five weeks and in that game vs. the 49ers Smith through a red zone interception.
Marion Barber RB - As previously mentioned Forte will be out on Sunday, making Marion Barber the number one waiver wire pick up this week. Barber like Jacobs is best suited as a change of pace back who is best when utilized around the goal line. When Forte was removed from the game, Barber ran the ball poorly obtaining 44 yards on 14 carries. The Chicago offense is going in the wrong direction and with Denver only allowing one touchdown on the ground all season this isn't the time to get cute with the playoffs starting this weekend. He's a flex play based on opportunity but I highly doubt Barber performs to your expectations this weekend.
Santonio Holmes WR - Holmes has scored touchdowns in back to back games and coincidentally they have both taken place in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Holmes comes up clutch when it's necessary but in what should be a ground and poundtype of game against Kansas City, I don't see Holmes having a major impact. Plaxico Burress continues to get more involved in the offense (five touchdowns in the last four games ) and he has quietly become Mark Sanchez's favorite weapon. The Chiefs pass defense has given up an average of 141 passing yards per game over their last four so Holmes should be limited.
Jared Cook TE - Cook has an enticing game ahead of him as the Titans host the Saints in what is a must win for Tennessee. You can pass against New Orleans as they given up the seventh most fantasy points this season. The problem for Cook is that Tennessee has once again become a run first team as Chris Johnson has found his motor. And when Matt Hasselbeck is passing the ball, Damian Williams and Nate Washington get the targets so Cook should not be owned even at the weak TE position. With one target last week against an awful Bills defense Cook is best left on the waiver wire.
Detroit Lions D/ST - The Lions season seems to be falling apart and for a team with a lack of veteran leadership it's no surprise. Their best defensive player Ndamukong Suh will be out once again and this doesn't bode well for a defense that has given up 27 plus points in their last four games. The Vikings offense has been quietly clicking of late as Christian Ponder continues to progress and Percy Harvin is developing into a number one receiver. I look at this as a trap game for the Lions and I like the Vikings to put up 20-25 points. Bench the Lions on Sunday and start the Chargers as they get ready to roll through December.