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Sports November 20, 2008  RSS feed

Week 12 Matchup Players

By this point of the fantasy season, many team owners have already come to grips with the fact that some of the players they had high hopes for are simply not reliable enough to carry them into the postseason.

As a result, some fantasy squads are filled with "matchup" guys that are best used only versus lesser opponents.

If your team has a few of those players, here are some options you can safely plug in this week.


• Jeff Garcia: The ageless one is on a roll with over 300 yards passing in two of his last three games.

This week, the 38-year-old gunslinger will look to carve up an inept Detroit defense that's giving up over 30-points per game. Just imagine how bad this team would be without defensive guru Rod Marinelli. Ha!

Garcia has truly been playing with a purpose in the past few weeks by running around like a 25-year-old and completing over 70-percent of his throws in five of his last six games.

Marshawn Lynch: Many may have prematurely soured on the second year pro and even dropped him in some cases in shallow leagues, but the dreadlocked warrior won't let his fantasy value go down the tubes without a fight.

Against Cleveland, Lynch was back to being that inside banger that made him one of the top young backs in the league last year, running through Brown defenders as if they were cardboard cutouts.

Look for the bruising back to keep the good times rolling versus a doormat Kansas City run defense giving up 5.1 yards-per-carry to the opposition.

Donte Stallworth: Is that the same Stallworth who went catchless on Monday Night Football? Yes, but here me out.

With star receiver Braylon Edwards coming off a one reception for 15 yards performance in the previous week, Cleveland's game plan was to feature the butter-fingered wide out early and often.

This week, however, the Browns may be without the services of tight end Kellen Winslow Jr., which means that Stallworth should be in line for quite a few throws coming his way against a Houston secondary that has given up nine touchdown passes over the past three weeks.

Zach Miller: Those of you lacking a star tight end in the mold of a Jason Witten, Tony Gonzalez or Antonio Gates would be well advised to start the steady Miller this week as he matches up against a poor collection of Denver safeties and linebackers that can't get out of their own way.

Marcedes Lewis, Winslow Jr., Gonzalez and even Jeremy Shockey have had productive days versus the Broncos. Miller should be no differ- ent, especially considering the fact that he leads Oakland in receptions and receiving yards.

In addition, the Arizona State product has topped 40 yards in six of his last seven games. Consistency is hard to come by with most tight ends.


Jason Campbell: There aren't a whole lot of good vibes here with this quarterback from a fantasy perspective.

It's no coincidence that the Redskin offense has scored 20 or fewer points in five straight games when the number one receiver is the smallish Santana Moss, the number two man is the inconsistent Antwaan Randle El and the top tight end is the effective, but unspectacular Chris Cooley.

Campbell isn't awful, but he won't do you any good fantasy wise. We're looking for playmakers and sadly, the young Lionel Richie look-alike doesn't qualify.

Tim Hightower: The rookie was truly looking like a short-yardage touchdown machine prior to taking over for Edgerrin James as the lead runner in Arizona's backfield.

But Hightower has been far from explosive in his last two games and the coaching staff has begun using J.J. Arrington on a number of third-down and goal-line plays in his place.

The future is still bright for the young banger, but playing him now is a risky proposition until he breaks out of his funk.