Fantasy Football – Second Half Success

Andrew Luck 2012

Andrew Luck Fantasy Football 2012

As the second half of the NFL season is coming near, here is a list of players who should have a solid second half. Some of these players have battled through injuries, while others are looking to break out, but I see all of these guys having success in the coming months.


Andrew Luck

The overall #1 pick has the Colts in a prime spot to make a playoff push and could help your fantasy team make a playoff push as well. Luck is a stud at home and finally broke through on the road in Tennessee last week. While he will still make some mistakes here and there, he is definitely in a prime spot to succeed. He looks better and better each week and has the players around him to perform well.

Matthew Stafford

Most Stafford owners have been frustrated so far this year, but as last week showed us all, Detroit is still a passing offense. He is becoming more and more comfortable with Titus Young and Ryan Broyles each week, and yeah, he has some guy named Megatron to throw to as well. If Mikel Leshoure can get the running game going, that will open things up for that Detroit passing offense that we all remember from the past.

Running Backs

Jonathan Stewart

Since Stewart was named the starter in Carolina two weeks ago, he hasn’t done much, but games against Dallas and Chicago are not great matchups for running backs. Look for Stewart to get things rolling this half of the season as he is set to get more and more of the carries in Carolina.

Maurice Jones-Drew

Yes MJD is a star and is owned is all leagues, but he is currently hurt. Some fantasy teams are struggling to get healthy players. My advice, take a healthy running back and a solid bench player and trade for MJD. If the person that owns him in your league is hurting with injuries, they are willing to trade. MJD faces Buffalo and Tennessee in a few weeks; games that he should return as the powerhouse he is known for.

Wide Receivers

Denarius Moore

Moore is Carson Palmer’s favorite target. Now that Moore is healthy, he and Palmer are clicking. If Moore stays healthy, he will become a top 10 wideout this half. If you do not own him, make a move for him before your trade deadline.

Mike Williams

With Vincent Jackson getting most of the attention in Tampa, Mike Williams is beginning to collect more and more targets. It helps that Josh Freeman has thrown three touchdowns in each of his last three games, and his confidence is booming. Now that Tampa Bay has a solid running attack in Doug Martin, look for Williams to start seeing more single coverages on the outside.

Tight Ends

Dustin Keller

Keller is healthy and Sanchez is still the starting quarterback; this means the Jets will still attempt to pass the football. Sanchez and Keller have a good history with each other. In Keller’s two full games since his return, he has 14 receptions for 160 yards and a touchdown. Look for these numbers to continue to grow.

Dallas Clark

The once great tight end is trying to find his spot in Tampa Bay. While he may not be the double digit guarantee he once was, he is still talented enough to make plays. Just like Mike Williams, Clark will benefit from Jackson and Martin performing well and getting most of the attention from defenses. If you are looking for Gronk numbers, looks elsewhere, but if you are looking for someone to stash away for a spot start, Clark is your guy.

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