Fantasy football owners know the regular season is winding down quickly. Too quickly. Most leagues have just three weeks remaining before playoff slots are determined. It's time to make that final push. Most trade deadlines have passed so strengthen your bench via the waiver wire.
Larry Fitzgerald: The All-Pro wide receiver will be facing a Falcons defense that allows just 19.3 points per game (the Cards allow 19.2 PPG) but can be had in the passing game. Atlanta ranks 19th in pass defense, allowing 236 yards per contest. The key will be whether John Skelton will have the time necessary to find Fitzgerald down field – the Falcons have registered 21 sacks this season. Fitzgerald is seeing a lot of double teams these days but still has to be regarded as a low end WR1 in most standard 12-team leagues (a little higher in PPR leagues of course). Fitzgerald is 12th in the NFL in receptions (51) and has 585 receiving yards and four touchdowns – how can you not start him at this stage of the season? If healthy, always play your stud players.
Andre Roberts: If you're in the need for a flex player due to the bye week, you could do a lot worse than the underrated Roberts. Double teaming Fitzgerald has left more open room for Roberts, who owns a respectable 40-540-5 stat line this season and is coming off a four catch, 86-yard performance against the Green Bay Packers. Roberts has a lot of flex appeal this week – he's a bit of a sleeper moving forward as well.
Everyone else. It's very tempting to recommend LaRod Stephens Howling as a flex play but there should be better options out there. Normally I would recommend Arizona's defense here but Calais Campbell might not play this week and Atlanta has one of the best offensive attacks in the league as we all know. Quarterback John Skelton should only be used if you're desperate or start two signal-callers in very deep leagues. There is a possibility this may be his last start if Kevin Kolb shows solid improvement in his recovery from chest and rib injuries.
Good luck this week as we head down the home stretch!
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