Dec 5,2009

Who to get NOW

Depending on your ranking, Week 13 has either come too quickly or not quickly enough. Either way, this is a do-or-die matchup for many fantasy teams. The playoffs begin in just two weeks, and in most leagues only the top six teams can go. Right now, in one of MY leagues, the bottom SEVEN teams are all tied with a 5-7 record. That means over half of the entire league is hoping to have the best two games of their season in order to secure a playoff slot. Since most trade deadlines have expired, it’s time to start scraping the bottom of the barrel to ensure my your team gets the added boost it needs.

For those of you happily sitting in first or second place – suck it. For everyone else… here’s an RB and a WR that probably aren’t owned, and might just make the difference.

Jerious Norwood:
With Matt Ryan out, Atlanta is going to have to focus on the run when they face off against the Eagles tomorrow afternoon. Normally that would make Michael Turner owners very happy, but since he re-injured his already effed-up ankle last week, he’s probably not going to see the field on Sunday. That, of course, leaves Snelling and Norwood to pick up the slack.

Norwood – who had been out with a strained hip flexor for five games – made a heck of a comeback last week in the Falcons’ win against the Bucs. He got eight touches for 50 yards and a sweet TD scamper from 22 yards out on a shovel pass from Chris Redman. While most everyone expected Snelling to get the bulk of the carries, Norwood reminded us of his impressive speed and explosiveness. Heading into Week 13, I have to believe that Mike Smith and Co. are going to lead with their most veteran – and maybe best – option at running back. Look for #32 to see an increased workload, and surge in fantasy potential.

Jason Avant:
Having played behind Braylon Edwards at the University of Michigan, Avant is used to being a back-up. This season he’s utilized as many opportunities as possible while playing second fiddle to DeSean Jackson. He’s had 32 receptions (17 of those in his last three games) on only 42 targets… but recorded 94 receiving yards in Philly’s win against the Redskins last Sunday.

With Jackson out due to a concussion, Avant finally has a shot to start… and shine. Given the Falcon’s troubled secondary, Avant might be the sleeper surprise you and your team have been hoping for.