Brees joins list of Thursday night struggles


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Posted Online: Dec. 01, 2012, 7:17 pm
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DJ Jarvis, djarvis@qconline.com
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees is the most recent victim of the Thursday night turnaround.

Just four days after playing a tough San Francisco 49ers defense on Sunday, Brees and the Saints had to play the Atlanta Falcons on NFL's terribly conceived, money-grabbing idea of Thursday night football.

The result? Brees' streak of 58 games with a touchdown pass screeched to a halt, throwing for 342 yards and five interceptions.

Falcons' QB Matt Ryan struggled, too, scoring just more than 12 Fantasy points. The Saints' Mark Ingram scored a touchdown, but didn't do much more. Atlanta's Tony Gonzalez and Michael Turner each scored and had big days for Fantasy teams.

5 guys to start
Cam Newton, Panthers QB: I was one of the many Fantasy owners who "Superman" shredded on Monday night against the Panthers. This week's matchup is even better for the former No. 1 pick. The Chiefs, who will also be dealing with Saturday's horrible tragedy involving linebacker Jovan Belcher, have surrendered more than 18 points per game to opposing passers at home.

C.J. Spiller, Bills RB: Bills coach Chan Gailey named Spiller the starter this week and said that Spiller should see "60 percent of the snaps" against the Jaguars. The Jags have given up the fifth-most Fantasy points to opposing runners which makes C.J. A good start.

Beanie Wells, Cardinals RB: Wells came back from injury last week in a big way, scoring twice against the St. Louis Rams. Wells & Co. travel to take on the Jets, who have allowed the sixth-most Fantasy points at home this season.

Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas, Broncos WRs: Save for last week when the offense as a whole struggled, the Broncos' duo has been pretty solid this year. The pair will have Peyton Manning throwing to them against the Buccaneers, who have one of the worst pass defense in the league.

Five guys to sit

Josh Freeman, Buccaneers QB: Freeman has been a Top-10 Fantasy quarterback for most of the season. But, his matchup with the Broncos isn't an easy one. Denver has allowed the eighth-fewest Fantasy points to opposing passers.

Steven Jackson, Rams RB: Jackson played really well last time he matched up against the 49ers in Week 10, rushing for 101 yards and a touchdown. But don't hold your breath for a repeat. The 49ers have allowed the least amount of Fantasy points in the league to opposing backs.

Jeremy Maclin, Eagles WR: Maclin has been what the Eagles expected of DeSean Jackson this year. Maclin will be matched up with Dallas' Brandon Carr. With Nick Foles under center and no D-Jax to take away attention, Maclin is a sit.

Brandon Lloyd, Patriots WR: The former Fighting Illini hasn't been as good as everyone expected under Josh McDaniels this season. Julian Edelman has pretty much taken over Lloyd's position in the offense and I wouldn't start Lloyd unless you're desperate.

Heath Miller. Steelers TE: I have been high on Miller all year, but that was with Ben Roethlisberger as the starting quarterback. I don't have much confidence in Charlie Batch or the Steelers offense, which turned the ball over eight times last week.

















 



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