By Josh Satler
1. Reggie Wayne vs. San Diego Chargers. Wayne is an extremely attractive fantasy option for Week 12, if only for the fact that he’ll have all day to run his routes. As mentioned on this site before, the Chargers don’t get after the QB which leaves their talented CBs in coverage for between four to six seconds.
In the NFL, that is an eternity. We see Manning doing a lot of damage through the air and Wayne being the main beneficiary of all his success. 100 yards and two TD.
2. Greg Jennings vs. New Orleans Saints. Jennings has slowed down these past few weeks and a lot of that can be attributed to Rodgers declining level of play, but this game provides an opportunity for both of them to get back on track.
The Saints’ secondary has been decimated by injury this season and now they might be without a few key defensive lineman, who are alleged to have taken illegal substances.
Regardless, we see big opportunities for Jennings through the air so expect 100 yards and one TD.
3. Wes Welker vs. Miami Dolphins. The one drop-off that never took place from Brady to Cassel was the production of Wes Welker. He’s still the hardest slot receiver to cover in the NFL.
With the maturity of Cassel over these past few weeks, look for that to continue when Welker faces his former employer and for the speedy to receiver to break the 90-yard mark and potentially score on a short pass.
4. Marques Colston vs. Green Bay Packers. On the flip side to my argument earlier for the Packers’ case, the Saints will do a lot of damage through the air as well playing on the fast surface of the Louisiana Superdome.
Brees will look to continue his assault on the record books and Colston will be his prime target on the outside. This all bodes well for No. 12.
1. Antonio Bryant vs. Detroit Lions. Bryant may not have as many opportunities in this game as we see the Bucs getting out to a big lead early and then just pounding the ball on the ground, but when those opportunities occur, look for Bryant to take advantage of them.
2. Ted Ginn Jr. vs. New England Patriots. One area that the Pats are noticeably weaker than in years’ past is the secondary, and Ginn is improving every single week. Look for some opportunities for the Fins to throw deep in this game and for Ginn’s number to be called in those situations.
Others with favorable matchups
1. Anquan Boldin/Larry Fitzgerald vs. New York Giants. Both receivers will face sterner tests vs. the Giants than they’ve faced in recent weeks, but the duo should be able to produce nevertheless. Look for between 75-100 yards respectively and at least one TD each.
2. Plaxico Burress vs. Arizona Cardinals. Nothing heals a passing game than the hot dry air of the desert. In what could be a high-scoring affair, look for Eli to locate his favorite target early and often and for No. 17 to put up solid yardage with a score, maybe two.
3. Santana Moss vs. Seattle Seahawks. After the Cards’ dynamic duo put up over 250 yards combined on this Seahawks’ secondary, look for Moss to enjoy a lot of success too. 80 yards and 1 TD.