Chris Wesseling

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Quarterbacks

Jake Locker, Titans - Matt Williamson of ESPN Scouts, Inc. compares Locker to a young Donovan McNabb as an accuracy-challenged passer with a cannon arm and elite athleticism. For the second time in four weeks, Locker came off the bench to infuse life into the Titans passing game, attacking with big plays down the field. Titan Insider’s Terry McCormick believes signs are pointing to Locker starting at Indy against a defense allowing the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing QBs.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play.

Christian Ponder, Vikings - Ponder was officially pulled for performance reasons against the Lions, but there’s no question that his injured hip affected that performance. As long as Ponder is practicing on Wednesday, there should be little concern that he will last four quarters in a potential shootout versus a Saints defense allowing the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing QBs. With Percy Harvin playing at an elite level, Ponder is a high-upside QB2 option for Week 15.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play.

Rex Grossman, Redskins - As he is wont to do, Grossman bounced back from a disastrous Week 13 performance to post a respectable 18 fantasy points against the Patriots. He’s now cleared 250 yards with two TDs in three of the past four games. While Grossman has attractive matchups against the Giants (third-most fantasy points to opposing QBs) and Vikings (second-most), one can hardly blame fantasy owners for visions of Jason Pierre-Paul and Jason Allen harassing him into a series of pick-sixes and patented sack-fumbles.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a high-risk matchup play.

T.J. Yates, Texans - The most promising sign in Yates’ back-to-back victories over the Falcons and Bengals is that Gary Kubiak hasn’t changed the offense. Yates is running the same plays Matt Schaub did earlier in the season, showing pocket poise, a willingness to scramble, and downfield confidence. He’s not going to repeat those comeback-aided 44 pass attempts, though, so expect a ground-heavy attack against the Panthers’ soft defense in Week 15.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Dan Orlovsky, Colts - Orlovsky’s 350-yard game against the Patriots was clearly a garbage-time aberration, but he’s not quite as bad as he looked against Baltimore’s dominant defense, either. The Colts’ passing game is still in better hands with Orlovsky than Curtis Painter. Back home in Lucas Oil Stadium for Week 15, Orlovsky draws a middle-of-the-road Titans defense that allows the 17th-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Watch List: Seneca Wallace, John Skelton

Colt McCoy and Kevin Kolb are both nursing concussions this week. It’s not clear yet if they will be cleared to play in Week 15. Wallace and Skelton are desperation options at best even if they end up starting.

Hold Off: Blaine Gabbert, Joe Webb, J.P. Losman

Gabbert’s improved production came against a Bucs defense that called it quits before halftime. … Webb is headed back to the bench after an impressive relief stint. … Losman is a fantasy non-factor even if Matt Moore (concussion) missed time.


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Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for Rotoworld.com. The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to NBCSports.com. He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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