The bye weeks are finally over. You now have your full team at your disposal each week, meaning you have more decisions to make. Remember that there are 3 games on Thursday this week for Thanksgiving. This means that you need to get your lineups ready earlier than usual. Every week is key at this point, as the playoffs are starting in the next few weeks here. As usual, consult the rankings below if you need to decide which guys to start. Some commentary on a few guys below as well.
|2||Odell Beckham Jr.||Giants||Redskins|
|43||Cecil Shorts III||Texans||Saints|
|48||Ted Ginn Jr.||Panthers||Cowboys|
Mike Evans - He finally got in the endzone again last week. That was only his second TD on the year, but I believe that it is going to be the one that opens up the floodgates. Winston has developed a nice connection with him over the past 5 games. Even with the return of Vincent Jackson, that won't slow down Evans this week. The Colts have been playing some poor pass defense, giving Evans an opportunity for another great game. For the rest of the season, I am expecting him to play like he was last year, and when in a matchup as great as this, that is top 5 worthy.
Calvin Johnson - Johnson is having a similar problem as Mike Evans right now, he can't find the endzone. Johnson has a juicy matchup as well this week, but is also dealing with a nagging injury. While I doubt he is effected by this injury, I do knock him a couple of spots for it. Look for Calvin to extend his streak of 80 plus receiving yards to 6 games on Thursday.
Sammy Watkins - While the last two games have been uninspiring for Watkins, I expect a full rebound this week. That Monday night game just wasn't played well all around, so I am willing to chalk up his bad game to no one being able to get into any type of rhythm. This week looks like a perfect opportunity for him to get back on track. The Chiefs have been allowing the most points to opposing WR's this year. While he represents someone who has become boom or bust, I expect the boom Watkins this weekend. Watkins also presents a great value for your DFS lineups this weekend.
Randall Cobb and A.J. Green - Can someone tell Andy Dalton to throw the ball more to Green? I mean this is getting ridiculous. Green is clearly the best player on the Bengals offense, yet they aren't using him as such. I have faith that this will correct itself at some point, but until I see it happen, he has to be this low in the rankings. Cobb is in a similar situation, however he is getting the targets. Rodgers is looking his way, but the two just aren't on the same page. Again I expect this to correct itself at some point, but I am more confident in Green than Cobb this week, and going forward. Cobb has been dropping some passes thrown his way, something Green isn't doing.
James Jones - Cobb's teammate here found himself in relevance again. After taking off the last three games, Jones returned with a stellar performance. The problem here though is that I just don't trust the production to be consistent. He is completely dependent on scoring a TD, something you can't say for certain he will get. Sure last week he was involved in the offense, but will that be the same this week? Also the return of Eddie Lacy may start to cut into some of the looks Jones was going to get in the offense. The Bears defense has also been much improved over the last four games, meaning they are not the same pushover they were at the beginning of the year.
Devin Funchess - I hope that last week was the Funchess breakout game, but I still have my doubts. He is clearly the receiver with the most upside in this offense, but can he be trusted in a given week? I mean his TD last week was the fifth of Newton's five, when the Panthers were already up by a lot in the game. I hope that Funchess becomes more involved in the offense, and the upside that he provides pushes him up to number 35 for the week. While the matchup against the Cowboys isn't a great one, Cam Newton is playing so well that he will defy all matchups for his receivers. All he needs though is for his guys to catch the ball. I think Funchess can do that for him, so hopefully last game showed he deserves more targets this week.