Week 13: Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

Start ‘Em

T.Rich in for a big day against struggling Raiders

Quarterback

  • Tony Romo (vs Phi): The Eagles are in complete disarray. Since firing former defensive coordinator, Juan Castillo, their defense slipped from bad to worse – allowing 28 or more points in the past five games. They are not generating sacks or turnovers. Meanwhile, Romo has 963 yards, six touchdowns, and only two interceptions in his last three games. Continue to roll with Tony against this struggling team.
  • Colin Kaepernick (@ StL): In two very hard audition games (Chicago and New Orleans) Kaepernick put up close to 40 total points. The offense has unearthed new potential with him at the helm, and he is coming into a St. Louis matchup where he previously was 11 for 17 for 117 yards in the air, and 8 carries for 66 yards and one TD rushing – while only playing part of the game. In full swing with full practice, Kaep is a pretty solid bet to put up 20+ this week.
  • Chad Henne (@ Buf): In two games as the starter, Henne has 615 yards, 6 TD’s, and only one interception. Featuring an ideal matchup against Buffalo in week 13, there is no reason not to Henne if you have a less-than-elite QB in a tough matchup, or play in a two QB league.

Runningback

  • Trent Richardson (@ Oak): Has recorded 100+ yards in every game since returning from his injury in week 8. Facing an abysmal Oakland defense which ranks as one of the league’s worst in stopping the run, Richardson’s impressive rookie season looks set to continue in week 13. Great runningback with a great matchup makes Richardson a must start.
  • Beanie Wells (vs NYJ): The Cardinals cannot pass the ball. Their offensive line, arguably worst in the league, can’t run block with much more efficiency, but if the Cardinals are going to score, it seems that there is a high chance it is going to come through Beanie Wells. If you have been stashing him, or banking upon his return from injury, now is the time to cash in. With looming matchups against Chicago, San Francisco, and Seattle, there isn’t much value for him in the fantasy playoffs.
  • Mikel LeShoure (vs Ind): The Colts have allowed an opposing runningback to get 100 yards or a touchdown in all but three games this season. LeShoure has five TD’s in his last four games, and owners should continue to use him while he’s hot. If there is any regression with his injury, be ready to switch him out, but as of now he remains a must start.

Wide Receiver

  • Josh Gordon (@ Oak): Oakland has allowed nine touchdowns to opposing WR’s over their last four games. He has battled injury troubles, but clearly remains Weeden’s favorite target, and has the chance to have a big game against this horrible Oakland defense.
  • Ryan Broyles (@ Ind): Responded well when given time following Titus Young’s benching for apparently being a huge jackass. Schwartz is continuing to roll with Broyles, and if he is able to put up six catches for 126 yards against Houston, he should be in for an even better day against Indianapolis.
  • Justin Blackmon/Cecil Shorts (@ Buffalo): The Jaguars offensive revival continues under Chad Henne, and Blackmon and Shorts are reaping the rewards. Both have emerged as tremedous fantasy plays since Henne’s appointment as starter, and that should continue against a struggling Buffalo pass defense.

Tight End

  • Jermaine Gresham (@ SD): Gresham continues to have a solid season, and has scored in two of his past four games. The Chargers have allowed TD’s to two of the past three tight ends they have faced, including getting blown up by an average-Dennis Pitta last week. Gresham offers a much tougher target to cover than Pitta, and the Bengals have been lights out in the passing game as they surge for the playoffs. Gresham is a very solid play this week.
  • Charles Clay (vs NE): The Dolphins will have plenty of time to throw the ball this week, and Clay looked very solid on his debut, catching six passes for 84 yards and a TD against Seattle. The Patriots have allowed the most points to tight ends of any defense so far, and Clay should be in for a solid amount of targets again his week.

Team Defense

  • Carolina (@ KC): The Chiefs struggle to put up points against anyone.
  • New England (vs Mia): The Patriots are surprisingly strong against the run, and they will force Tannehill into alot of mistakes if he is playing catchup for 2.5 quarters of this game.

Sit ‘Em

Quarterback

  • Jay Cutler (vs Sea): Despite the Seahawks cornerbacks’ drug-abuse problems, Cutler has notably struggled against any decent defense he has faced this season.
  • Russel Wilson (@ Chi): Wilson has looked like a stud recently, but the Seahawks struggle tremendously on the road, and they play the Bears regardless
  • Sam Bradford (vs SF): The Rams have few weapons, and will be able to do even less against the 49′ers still incredible defense.

Runningback

  • Fred Jackson (vs Jax): Fred Jackson will be back in the platoon with CJ Spiller. Seemingly because he is a much better pass blocker, and nothing else. Spiller has done far more with his touches, and should continue to see the bulk of the work.
  • Michael Turner (vs NO): Has been struggling for the majority of the season, and continues to look ineffective with the few touches he does get. Meanwhile, Jacquizz Rodgers has all but signed Turner’s two-weeks notice for him; with the younger, faster back looking much more explosive with the ball.
  • Knowshon Moreno/Any other Denver Runningback (vs TB): The Bucs run defense is incredible, and only two runningbacks have managed over 100 yards against them. I seriously doubt Moreno will be the third.

Wide Receiver

  • Larry Fitzgerald (@ NYJ): With two weeks as Ryan Lindley as the starting QB, Fitzgerald has four catches for 42 yards and no touchdowns. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
  • Mike Wallace (@ Bal): Roethlisberger is clearly not going to be 100%, if he plays at all. With anyone else throwing him the ball besides Big Ben, Wallace is a very troubling play. I wouldn’t feel comfortable starting Wallace until Roethlisberger proves he is really back from this injury.
  • Danny Amendola (vs SF): Amendola is nursing a foot injury, and matched up against the 49′ers. There are much better options this week.
  • Denarius Moore (vs Cle): Despite getting a touchdown last week, Moore would have been a total bust the past two weeks otherwise. Similarly, I am a big fan of Browns DB, Joe Haden, and Moore will be in for a rough day playing opposite him.

Tight End

  • Dennis Pitta (vs Pit): Had a solid game against the Chargers last week, however remains too inconsistent to be a quality start. He is definitely able to go out and put up 10+, however he had only one catch for five yards against Pittsburgh last time, and runs the risk up putting up a similar stinker again.
  • Brandon Myers (vs Cle): The Browns are the best defensive team against the tight end, and have limited far better than Brandon Myers to minimal fantasy points this season. Avoid this matchup.

Team Defense

  • Atlanta (vs NO): Avoid betting against teams led by Drew Brees that are charging for a playoff birth.
  • Tampa Bay (vs Den): The Bucs force teams to beat them in the air with their stout run defense, and Peyton Manning has all the tools to do just that.

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