The NFL season is halfway home. Fantasy football playoffs are just around the corner.
It is crunch time.
With most fantasy managers gearing up for a late-season playoff push, it is more important now than ever to get the right guys in the lineup. Here a few guys that could affect your team’s performance — for better or worse — this weekend:
- Derek Anderson v. Seahawks: Anderson is one of the best surprises of the season so far, and there is no reason to believe he cannot keep up the hot streak against Seattle at home this weekend.
- Jay Cutler @ Lions: Cutler has played better the last few weeks. Too bad Javon Walker cannot suit up for this game, as Cutler likely will have to air it out to keep up with the Lions at home.
- Clinton Portis @ Jets: Portis and the Redskins need to save face after getting whooped by the Patriots last week. This is a bounce-back game against a reeling Jets’ team.
- Kevin Jones v. Broncos: Jones is getting healthier every week and starting to heat up. It is amazing how effective he can be in the Mike Martz offense.
- Santana Moss @ Jets: If Moss is looking to get going at some point this year, this should be the game for him to start. Yes, he has been abysmal so far this season, but if any receiver in the league is due for a breakout, it is this guy.
- Lee Evans v. Bengals: Evans is getting hot, as he always does in the second half of the season. He has a great matchup this week and his old quarterback (JP Losman) back at the helm.
- Kurt Warner @ Buccaneers: Warner has a good offense at his disposal but still a tendency to turn the ball over. Expect Jon Gruden and the Bucs’ D to blitz Warner relentlessly.
- Kellen Clemens v. Redskins: We know you might be drinking the Clemens Kool-Aid too, but it is not time to start the guy yet. Unless, of course, you are absolutely desperate (probably hopeless, too).
- Willis McGahee @ Steelers: McGahee is the lone bright spot on an anemic offense, so expect the Steelers to make him the focus of attention.
- Frank Gore @ Falcons: It is time for Gore owners to start looking elsewhere. Gore’s injured ankle bothered him more and more as last weekend’s game went on, and more of the same is expected this weekend. If you have a better option, use it.
- Marvin Harrison v. Patriots: Harrison still is banged up and may not even play this weekend. Even if he does, you may want to consider benching him in favor of someone else, because ole’ Marvin has not been too productive in the lineup this season.
- Laveranues Coles v. Redskins: Coles suffered a concussion last weekend but is expected to play against the ‘Skins. With a new quarterback at the helm, though, Coles’ could see some inconsistency in the coming weeks.