Brendan Martin Journal Staff
If any of you readers had Doug Martin, running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on your team this week, congratulations. He had 251 yards on the ground and four touchdowns which in most leagues is 51 points. It was a historic fantasy performance and probably crushed the dreams of anyone who was unfortunate enough to face him. My own team right now is “Living on a Prayer” Bon Jovi style and has been hovering right under .500 all season. But it’s not the worst thing in the world, as it always seems that the team that catches fire at the right time is the one to win the championship. A big win this week will give me three straight wins and some momentum for that final push to the playoffs. So without further adieu here are my players who will carry you to a win this week.
Quarterback: Look for Big Ben Roethlisberger to have his way with the Kansas City Chiefs secondary. You know a defense is having trouble when mid-season they relieve their head coach of his defense play calling responsibilities and hire a new defensive coordinator. Big Ben will be throwing touchdowns for days guaranteed.
Running Back: Ray Rice is due for a monster performance against the hapless Oakland Raiders. I see him having the most points for a fantasy running back this week and putting the team on his back.
Wide Receiver: Miles Austin is one of the toughest wide receivers in the game and look for him to show up in a big way when Dallas takes on their division rival the Philadelphia Eagles. Both teams are playing awful football at the moment but Austin will get his number called early and often.
Tight End: Antonio Gates has had a quite season thus far but with their season on the line look for the San Diego Chargers to get back to their roots and give Gates plenty of opportunities to punish the Buccaneers defense through the seam and on the flat.
Defense/Special Teams: Pick up the New England D folks. Coming after a bye week look for them to take care of business against a Buffalo team that is in shambles.
Kicker: Matt Prater of the Broncos is my pick of the week for kicker. Kickers are a dime a dozen as always so use your own judgement.