Producer Paul’s Picks: Week 12

Producer Paul’s Picks: Week 12
November 23, 2013, 5:15 pm
Share This Post
(USA Today Images)

Picks in bold:

Lions -9 vs. Bucs
Just stay healthy, Matt Stafford. I have no desire to be the regular season juggernaut that loses in the first round of the fantasy football playoffs.

Jaguars +10 at Texans
So here’s my defense of Gary Kubiak benching Case Keenum for Matt Schaub because he didn’t want to put a young QB in a bad situation:

He didn’t want the kid’s confidence destroyed for the rest of the season, so pulling him instead of letting him try to figure out how to handle the Raiders’ pressure on the fly was the right move. After all he has six more games to develop him.

I tried, really, I’ve got nothing.

I would think the only way Kubiak saves his job is if he can go to Bob McNair and say look how I’ve developed this kid as a QB, we have something to build on going forward. To do that, he has to break down the second half wall Keenum has continually run into (winless just in case anyone forgot).

Packers -4.5 vs. Vikings
My favorite Matt Flynn anecdote: Aaron Rodgers was mic’d up for a game a few seasons ago and when he and Flynn were on the sidelines, some fan in the front row had a ‘No. 10 Flynn’ jersey on. Rodgers says something to the effect of “wow really? C’mon Flynny you know that guy or something?”

Should have been a warning sign to everyone.

Chargers +5 at Chiefs
Sure it makes perfect sense that San Diego will end their three-game, post-bye losing streak in Arrowhead. I’m sensing a little bit of a post-Denver hangover for KC.

Dolphins +4.5 vs. Panthers
Even if the Panthers escape Miami with a win, they get caught in a big-time letdown game.

Browns -1 vs. Steelers
At this rate, I may reverse jinx the Steelers all the way to that AFC North title I predicted at the beginning of the season.

Ravens -4 vs. Jets
Ed Reed Mush.

Bears +1 at Rams
I’m as down on the Bears as much as anyone but this line doesn’t seem right. More importantly let’s just focus on Zac Stacy and Matt Forte turning in dueling 100-plus yard, multi-TD games.

Colts +1 at Cardinals
Andrew Luck bests his former OC. Another game I’m pretty sure the wrong team is favored. Over-inflated NFC West?

Titans -1 at Raiders
I don’t know if Matt McGloin even played that good a game in college all things considered, but let’s see how he does against Gregg Williams and the Titans non-stop pressure.

Cowboys +3 at Giants
Hate to ruin the Giants annual ‘left for dead and come back to win the Super Bowl’ party, but as everyone assumes that’s gonna happen again, the Cowboys cut the Cinderella story short this year.

Broncos (???) at Patriots
Blind pick despite this: Peyton Manning 2-9 all-time in New England; 2-7 in New England vs. Tom Brady.

(Looks up line)

Denver -1 at Patriots

49ers –6 at Redskins
Give Colin Kaepernick and RG III credit – both refuse to let go of their grip on the ‘most disappointing second year starting QB’ trophy.

Speaking of disappointing, I’m gonna predict another pedestrian picks week in Week 12 before a break out campaign next week.

Last Week: 5-8-1. Season: 73-74-4

Texans - Team News
Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue (ankle) remained limited in Thursday's practice. Arian Foster's caddie is in no danger of missing Week 9.
Oct 30 3:41PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) returned to Texans practice Thursday, getting in a limited session. Johnson was never in any danger of missing Sunday's game against the Eagles. With six teams on bye for Week 9, Johnson is a WR1.
Oct 30 3:40PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster (knee) returned to Texans practice Thursday, getting in a limited session. The Texans are just managing their superstar back's reps. With DeMarco Murray facing the Cardinals' elite run defense, there's a case to be made for Foster as Week 9's No. 1...
Oct 30 3:39PM Read More
Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice. Blue got first-team reps with Arian Foster (knee) not practicing. The Texans also held out Andre Johnson (ankle) on Wednesday.
Oct 29 5:15PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. The Texans are limiting Johnson's reps for rest purposes. He didn't suffer any setbacks last week and should be fine for Sunday's game against the Eagles.
Oct 29 3:43PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster (knee) did not practice Wednesday. It's a new injury for Foster. Coming off his three-touchdown performance, it's possible the Texans are getting him some rest. Foster will be a top-three running back in Week...
Oct 29 3:18PM Read More
Zac Diles - LB
Texans signed LB Zac Diles. CB Elbert Mack was waived in a corresponding roster move. Diles' addition is a sign the Texans aren't expecting Brian Cushing (knee) back for Week 9.
Oct 28 4:04PM Read More
Garrett Graham - TE
Garrett Graham was held without a catch in the Texans' Week 8 win over Tennessee. Graham was targeted just one time on the day, a seam shot from Ryan Fitzpatrick that predictably fell incomplete. Graham has been a very minor part of the offense, making...
Oct 26 4:53PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson caught seven passes for 55 yards in the Texans' Week 8 win over the Titans. Johnson saw a team-high dozen targets. He was followed by Titans top CB Jason McCourty for much of the afternoon, leaving DeAndre Hopkins to work on sophomore Blidi...
Oct 26 4:44PM Read More
DeAndre Hopkins - WR
DeAndre Hopkins caught five passes for 95 yards in the Texans' Week 8 win over the Titans. Hopkins was targeted 11 times compared to 12 for Andre Johnson. Hopkins picked up chunk yards on all of his grabs, and was stopped at the five-yard line on one grab where...
Oct 26 4:24PM Read More
Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue rushed for 42 yards on 14 carries in the Texans' Week 8 win over the Titans. Blue added a 22-yard catch. With the Texans clobbering the Titans late and Arian Foster having already piled up 173 yards and three touchdowns, Blue got plenty of run late...
Oct 26 4:11PM Read More
Ryan Fitzpatrick - QB
Ryan Fitzpatrick completed just 19-of-35 passes for 227 yards, one touchdown, and zero... Fitzpatrick was pretty bad for most of the day, begging to be picked off, but the Texans rode Arian Foster's legs to victory. Fitzpatrick's lone touchdown went to Foster on...
Oct 26 3:45PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries in the Texans' 30-16, Week 8... Foster managed just 36 yards on his first 10 carries, but broke a 34-yard touchdown and had no trouble finding holes in the Tennessee defense from there on. Foster caught a...
Oct 26 3:21PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is active for Week 8 against the Titans. Clowney will play on a "pitch count," likely in pass-rushing and third-down situations. Good luck with Clowney and J.J. Watt, Zach Mettenberger. Inactive for the...
Oct 26 10:34AM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is likely to play against the Titans, but will be on a... "I thought what he did what he had to do this week," coach Bill O’Brien said. "I think he’s got a good shot to play on Sunday." Clowney has been...
Oct 25 9:13AM Read More

More Team Talk