DBs (Defensive Backs)
B. McGowan. (NE) faces Drew Brees Week 12 and he's been playing well. L. Bodden would be the other NE DB you'd want in this game, but I think McGowan is safer to get solid numbers. Bodden can't get 3 INTs every week like he did week 11.
CB R. Marshall (CAR) vs. Mark Sanchez. Marshall is the next in line to face Sanchez from the exact same position where Bodden just picked off Sanchez 3 times week 11. Marshall is a solid corner and I think he's good for at least 1 INT and he's coming off a week 11 game vs. Miami where he finished with 7 solos.
S Ko Simpson (DET) went a bit quiet week 11, which puzzles me with all the passing going on. I'll keep an eye out to see if he was injured in that game and that's the explanation. In the meantime, I must recommend him vs. Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers is leaving a trail of high numbers for safeties. How about 11 solos for Lewis week 11. Wow! The safety you really want is Delmas in this one, but Ko Simpson was putting up very good numbers up until the Cleveland game and I could see him doing the same on Thanksgiving.
SS Bernard Pollard (HOU) is very close to my pickup of the week. Last time he faced Manning & the Colts, he got 2 interceptions, 9 solos - 3 assists and 3 pass deflections. That's A LOT more points than my QB Cutler has been putting up. In fact, that's probably 3 weeks worth of Cutler points. If Pollard finishes with just half those numbers, it's a VERY solid day.
My DB PICKUP OF THE WEEK S Bryan Scott (BUF) continues to be such a stud! 7 solos and a sack week 11. He gets Miami week 12 and I can't recommend him enough for this matchup.
LB J. Farrior (PIT) L. Timmons has not been what everyone wants him to be so far. And a big reason for that is Farrior. He constistently out performs Timmons every week in the box scores. He gets Baltimore week 12 and is setup for a very solid game.
LB Clint Session (IND) has been so incredibly consistent this year. He's putting up high numbers every week. He has shown that you can plug him into any matchup, no matter what.
LB D Levy (DET) will get to experience his first Detroit Lions/Green Bay Packers Thanksgiving tradition. Something special always seems to happen for Detroit each Thanksgiving. All the Lions players put up bigger numbers than they have all year. GB will run Grant silly in this one and Levy should see 7 or so solos.
MY LB PICK UP OF THE WEEK is Andra Davis (DEN) vs. NYG week 12 on Thanksgiving night. Although he's always behind DJ Williams in the box score, it's never too far behind. I could see Davis having one of his bigger games of the year vs. NYG.
DLs (Defensive Line)
C.Avril (DET) vs. the Packers. The good news is he did play week 11 and did fine with 3 solos & 1 assist. Unfortunately, the Lions only got 1 sack on Quinn and L. Foote got that sack. I think there will be 3 sacks vs. the Packers on Thanksgiving day and Avril has a good chance of getting one of them.
DL David Bowens (CLE) As a linebacker, he came back down to earth a little with 5 solos, 1 assist and a sack week 11 vs. Detroit. His previous week vs. Baltimore was 7 solos 2 assists and 2 sacks. However, as a DL, this makes him one of the best options in the league. This is a Browns/Bengals game and the Bengals just lost to Oakland. Emotions will be high and anything can happen in this Ohio rivalry.
DL Brian Orakpo (WAS) vs. Philly week 12. Don't get too down on him after not getting a sack vs. Romo last week. He had Romo wrapped up twice, but Romo is very hard to sack and snuck out. Orakpo has still been very solid and expect him to snap back vs. McNabb who throws the ball 70% of his time on the field. That equals sack opportunities.
C. Kelsay (BUF) vs. Miami. Last time Miami & Buffalo met, there were 12 combined sacks in that game. Kelsay was a big part of that.
MY DL Pick up of the Week is Joey Porter (MIA). Not only did he finish with 7 solos and 2 sacks vs. Carolina last week, but he gets Buffalo this week. You know those games when you see guys get 3 or 4 sacks? This could be one of those games. The problem is guessing whether it will be Porter or Jason Taylor or both getting those sacks. Based on Porter's most recent game, my money's on him.