Week 13 Fantasy Football Start Em’/Sit Em’
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By: Dustin Dietz
Week 13 of the NFL regular season has arrived, which means we have entered the final weekend of the fantasy football regular season for the majority of leagues. If one is the disgruntled owner of a team who is on the outside looking in, I am assuming one listened to my weekly fantasy advice. If one is in the same position as yours truly, then one is in a must win Week 13 match-up with a trip to the playoffs on the line.
Due to a rash of injuries the last few weeks to a number of important players, many owners (myself included) have had to start players picked off the waiver wire. If you were brave and wise enough to start Bryce Brown last week, give yourself a huge pat on the back.
Despite the probable fact I have cost an innumerable amount of owners wins this year, I will attempt to help you with a playoff spot on the line in Week 13. Here is the long awaited Start Em’/Sit Em’ for Week 13.
QB – Eli Manning vs. Washington Redskins
After producing three consecutive duds, the two-time Super Bowl champion destroyed the injury plagued Green Bay Packers’ defense last week with 249 yards passing and 3 touchdowns. This week, Eli and the Giants face a Washington defense which allows the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Eli should have no problem yielding 20 fantasy points.
RB – Beanie Wells vs. New York Jets
Prudent owners who were wise enough to stash Beanie on their bench a few weeks ago before he was eligible to return from IR were rewarded last Sunday when Wells scored two touchdowns against St. Louis. The Jets are excellent at stopping the passing game, but when it comes to stopping the run, they are swiss cheese. New York is in the bottom five in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns allowed. With the Cardinals inept passing game, Arizona will attempt to establish the ground game, and Beanie will be the beneficiary.
WR – Davone Bess vs. New England Patriots
In his last five games against the Patriots, Bess has had no less than 92 yards receiving. The Pats have difficulty against the pass as they allow the 4th most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers per game and are in the bottom five in the league in passing yards allowed. If one is a Mike Wallace owner, pick up Bess and insert him into your lineup this week.
TE – Dallas Clark vs. Denver Broncos
Denver has the 4th ranked defense in the NFL, but surprisingly has had trouble preventing tight ends from scoring touchdowns as the Broncos have allowed the most TD’s to tight ends per game. Tampa Bay is worst in the league against the pass. So, I expect the Bucs to fall behind and throw the ball the majority of the game. If you are desperate, start Clark.
K – Phil Dawson vs. Oakland Raiders
The geriatric former Texas Longhorn has not lost a bit of leg strength over the years as he is quietly having a tremendous season for the futile Cleveland Browns. Oakland has given up the most points overall in the NFL, and the third most points to kickers.
Defense/Special Teams – Carolina Panthers
The Carolina defense is pretty pedestrian as they rank in the middle of the pack in most defensive categories. However, this week they are matched-up against the putrid Kansas City Chiefs offense. KC has scored the fewest amount of points in the league, and has turned over the ball more than any team. The Chiefs have not scored more than 16 points since Week 4.
QB – Russell Wilson vs. Chicago Bears
Wilson has played very well this season as he has led the Seahawks to a very surprising 6-5 start. However, he has not yet lined up against the ferocious Monsters of the Midway defense. The Bears have intercepted the most passes and forced the most turnovers in the league. Chicago allows only 13 points per game at home. Wilson is not a smart play this week.
RB – Chris Johnson vs. Houston Texans
After a poor start to the season, CJ2K has shed his CJ401K moniker as he has boosted his per carry average up to 4.9 yards in the last two months. Houston’s defense has struggled recently, but they have still only allowed two rushing touchdowns this year, both last Thursday. The Texans allow the second fewest points to opposing running backs and are ranked second in the NFL against the run.
WR – Mike Wallace vs. Baltimore Ravens
No player has been hurt more by the Ben Roethlisberger injury than the speedy Wallace. The former Ole Miss receiver caught one pass from third string QB Charlie Batch last week, and has 5 catches for 33 yards since Big Ben went on the shelf. Roethlisberger is unlikely to play this week, and with the Steelers being opposed by the frightening Ravens defense, I would seek other options. If Big Ben does play, I would rank Ravens WR Torrey Smith below Wallace. Make sure and check the inactive list before game time Sunday.
TE – Brett Myers vs. Cleveland Browns
The Browns have allowed the fewest points to tight ends this season. Yes, I was shocked to read this as well. Myers might catch a few passes, but do not expect him to score.
K – Greg Zuerlein vs. San Francisco 49ers
Greg The Leg has struggled recently as he missed 5 field goals in his last four games, including shanking a chip shot last week indoors against Arizona. The Niners allow the fewest points to opposing kickers.
Defense/Special Teams – Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins host the Patriots this Sunday. If I need to explain why one should sit the Dolphins D, one is probably having a forgettable fantasy season anyways. New England has scored the most points in the NFL, and has the best offense overall in football. Over their past 4 games, the Pats have averaged 47.5 points per game. Tom Brady has thrown the fewest interceptions in the league among starting QB’s, 3.
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