Nov 19, 2011
Paradise Picks is a collection of 5 low value players who are decent spot starts for owners dealing with bye week gaps or injuries. These players are high risk/high reward plays that may be the difference between a win and a loss.
John Skelton vs. 49ers
In two starts this season, John Skelton has gone 2-0 with 537 passing yards and 4 touchdowns for the Arizona Cardinals. Skelton faces his toughest test this season as the Cardinals travel to San Francisco to face a stout 49er defense that has yet to give up a single rushing touchdown. The only way to beat the Niners is through the air, making Skelton a decent injury replacement for Michael Vick owners this week. Look for 250 to 300 passing yards and a few TD strikes to Larry Fitzgerald.
Kendall Hunter vs. Cardinals
Veteran running back Frank Gore claims to be ready to face the Cardinals on Sunday after missing the majority of snaps week 9 against the Giants. We believe that Gore’s claims are more gamesmanship on the part of Jim Harbaugh to lead the Cardinals into believing Gore will play. For this reason, rookie running back Kendall Hunter is a nice start this week against an Arizona team that has given up the 13th most fantasy points to opposing running backs.
Legedu Naanee vs. Lions
Naanee has emerged as the clear number two wide receiver for Cam Newton after catching 16 balls over the past three games, including an eight catch performance last week against the Titans. The Panthers face a Detroit defense that has only given up 3 rushing touchdowns this season, leading us to believe that Newton will need to air it out this week to get a win. Owners dealing with bye week issues at wide receiver have slim pickings this week, however Naanee could be a nice desperation play.
Ben Watson vs. Jaguars
Colt McCoy and the Browns have been a disappointment so far this season, failing to live up to the hype that surrounded them after a strong finish in 2010. McCoy failed to take the next step to becoming a true starting NFL quarterback, while the bizarre soap opera surrounding Peyton Hillis has been a huge detriment to this team. Although we are down on most Browns for the remainder of the season, starting Ben Watson against a Jacksonville team that has given up the 3rd most points to opposing tight ends could be a nice play this week.
New England Defense vs. Kansas City
My long shot pick of the week is the New England defense against the lowly Kansas City Chiefs. The Pats are by far the worst defense this season, giving up on average 412 yards per contest. While I would usually recommend avoiding the NFL’s worst defense, the Pats are a nice sneaky play this week against a Chiefs team that will be without Matt Cassel. In addition, Andre Carter and the New England defensive line has been dominant as of late, leading me to believe that this will be a lopsided affair.