Fantasy Stat Attack – Week 13

The NFL UK Fantasy Football competition rolls on this week and now is the time for you to make your move, much like the elite teams in the NFL bidding for playoff berths.

We’ve teamed up with our statistical friends at ProFootballFocus.com all season to help you load up on points-scoring talent.

But this week is going to be a bit different. I decided to theme my fantasy team on clubs playing on Thanksgiving Day last week and the result was my best outing of the season with 137 points.

So this week I am going to theme my selections once again by going solely with players from the four teams heading to Wembley Stadium in 2013 – the Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars and San Francisco 49ers.

This is the team I’m going with for this weekend. Hopefully something in what you’re about to read will get you into that draw to win a trip to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.

Good luck!

Quarterback                       Chad Henne                       Jacksonville Jaguars                       $1m

This may be the cheap option but Chad Henne is also one of the hotter quarterbacks in the NFL over the past two weeks. Coming off the bench against Houston and then starting against Tennessee, Henne has thrown for 615 yards and 6 touchdowns. He will take on a Buffalo defense this week that has been involved in more than its fair share of shootouts this season.

Running Back                     Adrian Peterson               Minnesota Vikings                          $3m

The best running back in the business will be the focal point of my fantasy football attack this week. Peterson has rushed for a league-leading 1,236 yards and 7 touchdowns this season at an impressive rate of 5.8 yards per carry. AP has five 100-yard rushing days in a row, including last Sunday when he still racked up 108 yards despite the Bears gaining early control of the game and a big lead.

Running Back                     Frank Gore                         San Francisco 49ers                         $3m

Frank Gore was a key player for the 49ers last week as he racked up more than 100 yards from scrimmage and 1 touchdown. For the season, he has rushed for 914 yards and 5 scores and is averaging 5.2 yards per carry. He will relish the physical challenge of taking on the St. Louis Rams this weekend and will have a big role to play in support of second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Wide Receiver                  Justin Blackmon               Jacksonville Jaguars                       $1m

He is forming quite the partnership with Chad Henne and will relish taking on the Bills this week. Over the past two games with Henne able to get the ball downfield from the quarterback position, Blackmon has caught 12 passes for 298 yards and 2 touchdowns. Blackmon’s 3 receiving touchdowns this season have come in the past four games.

Wide Receiver                  Antonio Brown                 Pittsburgh Steelers                         $3m

I wouldn’t really touch any Steelers players with a barge pole after their recent performances but I need at least one Pittsburgh star in my line-up and Antonio Brown is going to be hungry for action after being sidelined with an ankle injury. It is a stretch but I am in last place so it’s worth a roll of the dice, right? For the season, Brown has 42 catches for 499 yards and 1 touchdown. Seems like he is primed for a breakout game !!

Tight End                             Vernon Davis                     San Francisco 49ers                         $3m

Davis put Colin Kaepernick on notice this week that he would like more passes thrown his way. That could see increased production for the tight end who can be a mis-match nightmare for a defense. Davis has 35 catches for 487 yards and 5 of his 35 receptions have gone for touchdowns.

Kicker                                   Blair Walsh                         Minnesota Vikings                          $1m

The strong-legged rookie has been mightily impressive in his first NFL season and has been relied upon to split the uprights when the Vikings have failed to get into the end zone. While they face a tough opponent this week, I fancy the Vikings to get into scoring range a few times against the Green Bay Packers and that means points-producing opportunities for Walsh, who has kicked 24 of 26 field goals this season and all 22 extra point attempts.

Defense                               San Francisco 49ers                                                                         $2m

Who wouldn’t want to pick the best defense in the NFL for their fantasy team? This should especially be the case this weekend going up against a Rams offensive line that has hardly been stellar this season. The 49ers scored two defensive touchdowns against New Orleans last week and are regularly producing sacks and turnovers.

So there is my team for this week and I still have $1 million left in the bank. That should just about cover the wife’s Christmas shopping bill!