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Here’s a scene that we’re gonna see often Thursday night!

QB

It’s going to be a tough game for Matty (melted-)Ice: the offensive line is a mess and without his two big weapons (Roddy White is technically back on the field, but…) his stats sank in the past weeks. Over the last four weeks Ryan has five scores and nine interceptions. He scored 42.84 fantasy points, less than guys like Case Keenum, Jason Campbell and Christian Ponder. Yes, even Christian Ponder is outscoring Matt Ryan. Ugh. The Saints are allowing the 3rd-fewest fantasy points to quarterback so Ryan is definitely a no-go.

Matt Ryan – Week 12

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Nfl.com: 16.12

Espn.com: 15.00

Yahoo.com: 16.61

RB

Steven Jackson was supposed to have a second life with the Falcons. That didn’t happen, a few injuries being a contributing factor. Fact is, he is most likely sitting on your bench if you drafted him but you don’t want to drop him because you drafted him really really high. It’s time to move on and hit the waiver wire! Jaquizz Rodgers was a nice Flex when Jackson was injured but now he has basically zero fantasy value. Plus, with Malcolm Jenkins and Roman Harper back, Saints’ run defense has drastically improved (ask Frank Gore if you want further prove).

WR

Are you still stuck with Roddy White? Yeah, me too. He’s warming the bench since week 2 but I don’t know what to do with him. One thing I know: I’m not starting him against the Saints. Harry Douglas has been one of the best waiver pickups for WR-needy teams. Over the last four weeks he’s been a top-20 wide receiver, even if he has only one touchdown and a lost fumble (he scored 42.60 total fantasy points in that span).

Harry Douglas – Week 12

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Nfl.com: 11.30

Espn.com: 14.00

Yahoo.com: 7.54

TE

Tony Gonzalez has been a bit disappointing and his 4 total touchdowns rank second-lowest between the top-15 tight ends. Julio Jones’ absence is really hurting his production because defenses are focusing more on the veteran tight end. Personally, I wouldn’t feel very comfortable with Gonzalez in my lineup (especially if Kenny Vaccaro returns) so here’s a couple of players (stats from the last two weeks in brackets) you can get to replace him: Delanie Walker (153 yds, 2 td), Garrett Graham (154 yds, 1 td), Charles Clay (111 yds, 1 td), Rob Housler (127 yds, 1 td).

K

Matt Bryant is having a good season as he missed only once in ten games but he isn’t kicking a lot: he ranks 24th among kickers in fantasy points. I’m sure you already have a better option.

D/ST

Don’t even think about it. They are allowing the 6th-most fantasy points to quarterbacks (19.23 per game average) and the 4th-most fantasy points to wide receivers.

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