Taking a flier
QB Josh McCown. Remember those fireworks I mentioned when writing about Romo? McCown is the other side to that. With Jay Cutler ruled out another week, McCown will get to air it out a lot to arguably the best tandem of wide receivers in the game today, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. The Cowboys have done a nice job of forcing turnovers this year, so a few picks could end up in his statline to go along with some gaudy positive numbers.
RB Ray Rice. I can't recommend starting him as anything more than a low-end RB2 with upside, but the Minnesota run defense is just terrible and you know the Ravens will force-feed Rice the ball. If you've hung onto Rice this long, hopefully you got the big game out of him in Chicago a few weeks back and can use him as a nice upside flex this week.
RB CJ Spiller. Another guy drafted in the first round who, if you held onto and played last week, you got a nice game out of. But can he keep it going? The Bucs haven't been nearly as scary against the run as of late, and Spiller notoriously plays better down the stretch. He's a complete boom-or-bust player who, if you're an underdog in the playoffs this week, is worth using to attempt to upset your higher-seeded opponent.
RB Montee Ball. He continues to get lots of touches and the Titans run defense hasn't been the greatest. The Broncos aren't afraid to run the ball, especially if the weather turns bad. Knowshon Moreno is a no-brainer start, but Ball should get a solid workload as well and perhaps some goalline touches.
WR Tavon Austin. Much like Spiller, he's a wild card boom-or-bust type player that could propel you into the next round of the playoffs. For example, if you're considering starting the steady Anquan Boldin as your WR3, but have the explosive Austin on your bench and are either looking for one more win to get you into the playoff or to pull off a major upset in the first round, you start Austin and hope for the best. At the very least, the Rams seem committed to getting the ball in his hands more often.
WR Jacoby Jones. On Thanksgiving, I said you probably shouldn't be starting Jones. But the Ravens have been using him more and more as their No. 2 WR opposite Torrey Smith (who should be a must-start nearly every week) and Joe Flacco is targeting him downfield. Realistically, you are counting on Jones for one big play that nets you 10-plus fantasy points. But he has that ability and with a plus match-up vs. the Vikings, he should get the opportunity.
TE Jared Cook. This is a total match-up play and I still don't trust Cook, but I absolutely cannot deny how horrible the Arizona Cardinals are at defending tight ends. If Cook is available in your league and you aren't starting an obvious stud tight ends pick him up and plug him in this weekend.