Crunch time is upon us! For many the playoffs start this week simply because we must win to get in. In a season filled with more week to week surprises and uncertainty than I have ever seen, we must leave no stone unturned and no angle un-studied. Here is what I have to contribute.
As expected Tyrann Mathieu was back in action week twelve. Unlike in the past when he has gone from zero to every down action, Mathieu served as the Cardinals third safety playing 47 of 70 defensive snaps. This left Tony Jefferson and D.J. Swearinger in the every down roles, helping them both to strong fantasy totals. Washington has been a somewhat inconsistent matchup for safeties all year but when they are good they are very good. Jefferson is a must start this week as we know he will be on the field in all situations. Swearinger has big potential in this matchup as well but there is some risk as Mathieu could see increased playing time. Even if Swearinger has a lesser role he will still be on the field 40+ snaps and be a contributor. I will be gambling on him in a couple of leagues.