Fantasy football column 12

Scott Gross('09)/fantasy football beat writer

QBKurt Warner vs. NYG- Giants are a stingy defense but Warner has so many weapons that he should be fine at home.

Drew Brees vs. GB- This should make for a high scoring game and Brees must step up if the Saints want to make a playoff run. He should have Bush now which should take pressure off of him.

Jay Cutler vs. OAK- Cutler destroyed this secondary last time and the Raiders seem to be getting worse every week. Cutler should have a field day.

Tony Romo vs. SF- San Fran gives up big plays and Romo makes them. On the downside, Romo has distractions with TO and his injury that could affect his performance.

Philip Rivers vs. IND- Indy has had no defense all year and Rivers has made the most of his mediocre targets. He will use LT a lot in this one.

BOOM PICK

Aaron Rodgers @ NO- Rodgers will throw it a lot in this potential shootout. New Orleans secondary is down Tracy Porter and Mike McKenzie making them very vulnerable.

BUST PICK

Brett Favre @ TEN- Favre goes on the road to play the undefeated Titans. Favre is known to make a mistake or 2 in most games and the Titans lead the league in takeaways. Titans also have a lot of discipline and are at home which doesn¢t bode well for Favre.

RB

Adrian Peterson @ JAC- Peterson had a down week last week but he will bounce back in a must win game against Jacksonville. Expect a good day out of him.

Clinton Portis @ SEA- Portis is still banged up and Seattle has a decent run defense so this will not be his best day but should still put up respectable numbers.

Brandon Jacobs @ ARI- Jacobs can run on anyone and Arizona is no exception. Don¢t expect anything different out of Jacobs this weekend.

Michael Turner vs. CAR- Turner had 56 yards the first time he played Carolina. Expect something in that area this week. I predict 75 yards.

LaDainian Tomlinson vs. IND- Slaton had 156 yards and a TD last week against this defense, why couldn¢t Tomlinson have 200 yards?

BOOM PICK

Matt Forte @ STL- Forte has played well all year and St. Louis isn¢t exactly a challenge to most running backs. He could score multiple times.

BUST PICK

Brian Westbrook @ BAL- Hasn¢t practiced all week and goes up against the best run defense in the NFL. Plus McNabb has been poor leaving defenses to focus more on Westbrook.

WR

Anquan Boldin vs. NYG- He is the red zone target and Boldin has played well. I think he can find the end zone against the formidable Giants defense.

Larry Fitzgerald vs. NYG- He gets the yards usually. He won¢t have a great day but could possibly find the end zone from the red zone.

Roddy White vs. CAR- White produces against the best defenses and he gets another shot at Carolina in Atlanta this time. White should do well here.

Calvin Johnson vs. TB- Might have a tough time against Ronde Barber and Culpepper is n¢t the most reliable QB. But he may have one big play that overshadows a rather cruddy performance overall.

Greg Jennings @ NO- NO down 2 top CB and Jennings has played well lately. He should find the end zone for a 2nd straight week.

BOOM PICK

Reggie Wayne @ SD- San Diego is a horrible pass defense and Wayne has had good stats lately. I like this matchup for Wayne this week.

BUST PICK

Bernard Berrian @ JAC- Has to go against Rashean Mathis and Frerotte is turnover prone lately.

TE

Tony Gonzalez vs. BUF- Bills have been slipping lately and Gonzalez has performed well since Thigpen has been starting. I don¢t see why he can’t score this week. Thigpen will look to him a lot since Bowe will see Terrence McGee all day.

Antonio Gates vs. IND- Indy is an awful defense and Gates is one of Rivers¢s top targets. He should do well in this game.

Jason Witten @ SF- Romo uses Witten a lot and SF gives up big plays so Witten should rack up plenty of yardage.

Dallas Clark @ SD- San Diego has a cruddy pass defense and Clark will be used since SD has no safeties to help out down under.

Kellen Winslow vs. HOU- Houston has an anemic secondary but Winslow is hurt so if he plays he will do well but check status before game time.

BOOM PICK

Tony Scheffler vs. OAK- Oakland had no answers week 1 and they have no answers in week 12.

BUST PICK

Billy Miller vs. GB- Green Bay will make sure that he doesn’t get open too much. In order for GB to win they need to shut down Miller and the NO Rbs. I think Green Bay is able to in this one.