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Fantasy Football: Week 13 Start or Sit

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Who You Should Start or Sit This Week


The beginning of Week 13 of the NFL season and the final week of the regular season for most fantasy leagues has arrived which means decisions must be made in the next few days to have your team fully ready for this pivotal week. There is no doubt that most of you have either qualified for the playoffs or are on the outside looking in already but there are some out there who must win this week just to get into a battle next week in playoff play.

I give you six players which you should either start or sit during this big week of action. There were many owners who got burned big time last week by players who put up giant zeroes on the score sheet like Miles Austin, James Jones and Vernon Davis. I’m sure if you had any of those players in your lineup that you spent most of your long holiday weekend screaming at the television wishing they would do something that would help you out in the end.

Without further ado, here are my six picks for you to work with this week. There are some obvious choices and some that may be out of the dark but I feel very confident that these picks will help you out in the long run. If you need any more help with deciding on how to start or sit, feel free to tweet me @ASchmidtSports or visit my Facebook page and leave your questions there. It’s time to begin Week 13, let’s get started…..

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Start: Matt Schaub


Schaub has a great matchup on the road against Tennessee which is giving up the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. Schaub has had a solid number of days off and should be rested and ready to go. I would expect that Schaub finishes with at least 300 yards passing and 2-3 touchdown passes. It’s going to be a good week for the Houston quarterback on a team that is cruising their way towards the playoffs. If you have him, stick him in your lineup this week and watch the stats pile up for you and your team.

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Sit: Josh Freeman


Freeman has a tough game this week having to go out to the thin air of Denver. The Broncos are in the top 10 for stopping quarterbacks this season and this should be no exception as the Buccaneers will likely have a ton of trouble against the Denver defense. I think Freeman may only get 200-225 yards passing with a touchdown and an interception or two. Those numbers will not help you win this week. If you need a replacement, go with someone like Carson Palmer, Ryan Fitzpatrick or Ryan Tannehill who should get you better numbers and a realistic chance to win.

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Start: Michael Turner


Turner is an interesting case for starting this week. The Saints are giving up the second-most points to opposing running backs this season but Turner’s playing time has gone down in the past few weeks. However, I think Turner will be able to come up with enough production with the snaps he gets to make him a worthwhile start. I have to believe Turner will end up with 75-85 yards rushing with a touchdown which is enough to make him a quality start this week. Hopefully for Turner owners, Jacquizz Rodgers doesn’t start any more carries than he already has.

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Sit: Bryce Brown


This is a hard decision to make after seeing how good Brown was last week in his debut starting for LeSean McCoy but this is a very difficult matchup for Brown in facing the Cowboys’ defense, who is in the top 10 for fewest points given up to fantasy running backs. I don’t see Brown running through the Dallas defense and will likely finish with around 80 yards rushing without reaching the endzone. There are better players who could be in your lineup like Rashad Jennings, C.J. Spiller and even Knowshon Moreno that should give you a better fantasy day.

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Start: Davone Bess

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Bess has been on fire lately for the Dolphins and has a matchup against the New England defense, who is giving up the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Bess had seven catches last week on the eight targets he received and is making better use of the throws his way in recent weeks. I have to believe Bess is in for at least 100 yards receiving and a touchdown this week and could have even more depending on how far Miami falls behind in this game. This is the week to use Bess especially if you are in a PPR league.

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Sit: Brandon Marshall

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Marshall is nearly impossible to sit but if there is a week where it would be wise to sit Marshall, this would be the one as the Seattle defense gives up the second-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers. We all know that Marshall is Jay Cutler’s favorite target but I think the Seahawks will be able to contain Marshall and may work to make the Bears use someone else besides Marshall to beat them. I would suggest trying a different option this week if you have the power to do it. I would go with players like Justin Blackmon or Denarius Moore instead.