Week 12: Start 'Em
Shane Vereen made his long awaited return to the field in the Patriots' Week 11 loss to the Panthers and despite talk of him being eased back into action, that wasn't the case. Vereen played on nearly 50 percent of the snaps, leading the Patriots in receptions and yards with eight catches for 65 yards, and he was targeted an amazing 11 times. In the two games Vereen has played this season, he has 15 receptions, making him a very valuable asset in point per reception leagues. This week Vereen has a very juicy matchup vs. the Denver Broncos, in what will likely be a shootout. If you need help at RB2 or flex, Vereen makes for a solid start at either position -- especially in point per reception leagues
After leading the NFL with 14 receiving touchdowns last season -- and with Greg Jennings no longer part of the team --, the sky was the limit for James Jones. Unfortunately that hasn't been the case as injuries and three different starting quarterback have made this season (outside of weeks two and four) a frustrating one. With Aaron Rodgers still injured, Scott Tolzien will start once again. Tolzien hasn't been great, throwing five interceptions and only one touchdown over two games, but he has also passed for 619 yards. This week Jones and the Packers will be playing the Vikings, who are giving up the fourth most passing yards per game through the air this season. Jones should have plenty of chances to make some plays and put up fantasy points. Look for him to get in the end zone for the first time since week four.
Rueben Randle might be the definition of boom or bust in fantasy this season. He has scored six touchdowns in his last six games played, but during that same span he has only gained more than 75 yards once. Randle is definitely not catching many passes, but when he does he is making them count as he is scoring a touchdown on every 4.8 receptions. This week Randle faces the Dallas Cowboys -- by far the NFL's worst pass defense-- who giving up a brutal 313 yards passing per game. Randle's only game this season when he has surpassed 100 yards receiving was in week one vs. the Cowboys. Don't be surprised if he does that again and gains over 100 yards and scores. Look for a big week from Randle.
The forgotten man, that's who Jerricho Cotchery was up until a few weeks ago. When talking about the Steelers' passing game, one usually mentions Big Ben or Antonio Brown, maybe even Heath Miller or Emmanuel Sanders. Even the departed Mike Wallace gets more air time than Cotchery; but over the last few weeks, he has made many people take notice. Cotchery has scored five touchdowns over his last three games, bringing his season total to seven -- a new career high in his 10th NFL season. This coming week, super stud Antonio Brown will be shut down by the Browns' Joe Haden, so Big Ben will have to look elsewhere to pass the ball. With Sanders banged up, he will look to Cotchery more often. If you need help at flex or WR3, give Cotchery a look.
Looking for help at WR3 or flex? Aaron Dobson might be your guy this week with the Patriots playing the Broncos in what is expected to be a high scoring game. Dobson is coming off a less than stellar game, but if you look closely there were positives to take out of it. Dobson was targeted seven times and could have had two more receptions -- including a possible touchdown if not for two penalties called against the DB covering him. Tom Brady has proven his faith in Dobson over the season, as he has been one of his most consistent targets all season. This week the Pats face a Broncos defense giving up 279 yards passing and 25.5 points per game, making for a good match up for Dobson. Don't be afraid to get him in your lineup, even after last week's down game.