Fantasy Football Week 13 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em
Fantasy Football Week 13 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em
With three games behind us, the final Sunday of the fantasy football regular season is on its way. If you own them, hopefully you started Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray as they scored a combined 39 fantasy points.
The final regular season game comes with a lot of pressure. If you already clinched a spot, you want to enter the playoffs with a win. If you're on the brink, you need a win to secure a spot and start a win streak all the way to the championship. If you're completely eliminated, it'll be nice to end the season with a win. In order to pull any of this off, you need to make sure you're starting the right players. This is the week to stop the tricks and risk-taking, and start the players that got you to this point.
However, that does come with a little warning. If the surprising play from Case Keenum got you a win or two, I wouldn't start him this week. He's scored just 12 points in the last two games combined. On the other hand, Donald Brown had 22 carries in the first six games of the season. He has become the No. 1 back in Indianapolis and is a must-start with a favorable schedule in the fantasy playoffs.
I did not include kickers in this slideshow. You should only have one kicker and probably have the same one since the draft. If not, then just start the highest-ranked kicker and hope for a good game. With all of that out of the way, here are my Week 13 starts and sits for each position.
Start: Carson Palmer; Sit: Andrew Luck
The quarterback position has been thrown for a loop in recent weeks. Ben Roethlisberger has become the Big Ben of old, anf Tom Brady is back as well. The backup quarterbacks are now struggling after a couple of weeks of surprising scores. This is here to prevent you from making a mistake at the most important position, especially this season.
Carson Palmer: Palmer has thrown two touchdowns in four straight games. In that span, he has just two interceptions. He threw 14 in his first eight games this season. The Philadelphia Eagles defense have allowed 18 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, tied for eighth in the league. He will have much success in Philly on Sunday.
Andrew Luck: I think the "Sophomore Slump" is affecting all of the second-year signal callers. Luck has thrown two touchdowns and four picks in the last three games combined. It's obvious that he's missing the veteran receiver Reggie Wayne. The Tennessee Titans have allowed one quarterback, Matt Schaub, to throw for more than one touchdown this season. Until Luck turns this around, leave him on the bench.
Start: Fred Jackson; Sit: Bobby Rainey
I think everything that needs to be said about the running back position has been said. Superstars have gone down week after week, no-names have come out of the woodshed to take the fantasy game by storm. Here are the running backs who I believe should be starting and sitting in Week 13.
Fred Jackson: Despite struggling in recent games with 17 fantasy points in the last three, Jackson has a great matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. They allow an average of 118 rushing yards and 17.9 fantasy points to running backs per game. Jackson rushed 40 times in the last three games, and will be a solid RB2 this week. Even teammate C.J. Spiller is a nice flex play.
Bobby Rainey: The shine is off of Rainey after his poor performance against the Detroit Lions in Week 12. He had 18 carries for 35 yards. The Carolina Panthers have the fourth-best rush defense. It's a given Rainey will get the touches, but will he get the yards necessary to be worth starting? I don't think so. Leave him on your bench.
Start: Michael Floyd; Sit: T.Y. Hilton
The wide receiver position is probably the hardest to predict. On the other hand, it's the easiest. Four of the top-five receivers in the preseason (Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall, A.J. Green and Demaryius Thomas) are in the top-10 in terms of fantasy scoring. Listed here are two receivers going two opposite directions and one could be a top-10 receiving sleeper in 2014.
Michael Floyd: Can Floyd keep up this level of production for another week? It's hard to tell, but a matchup against the Eagles will help him succeed. They are the worst fantasy defense to opposing wide receivers. Plus, the fact that Floyd will be single covered while Palmer is getting great protection makes him a must-start in the final regular season game.
T.Y. Hilton: Starting to see a pattern? I don't like the quarterback, so the odds are I don't like the wide receiver either. This is the case for Hilton. He has seven total fantasy points in his last two games. No wide receiver has scored against the Titans since Week 2. Yes, Week 2. They have allowed two wide receiver touchdowns all season. Hilton is the de facto No. 1 receiver, meaning he will get double-teamed. Even with his big-play potential, this matchup has me screaming, "Bench!"
Start: Greg Olsen; Sit: Antonio Gates
Unless you have Jimmy Graham, Julius Thomas (when healthy) or held out for Rob Gronkowski, you've most likely been starting a different tight end every week. Tony Gonzalez might be wishing he didn't come back, and veterans like Owen Daniels and Jermichael Finley hurt fantasy owners with their own injuries. To ease the pain, here's some tight end fantasy advice.
Greg Olsen: Olsen has been a touchdown machine as of late. He has four touchdowns in his last five games. One of those games was against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, his opponent for Week 13. The Bucs have surrendered the fifth-most fantasy points (12.5 PPG) to tight ends since Week 9, making Olsen an attractive option this week.
Antonio Gates: Gates leads the San Diego in targets this season, but has only one touchdown since Week 4. Whether it's his old age preventing him from getting separation or the opposing defense, Gates has not played like a top-tier tight end in recent weeks. That streak will continue against the Cincinnati Bengals, who have not allowed a double-digit scoring tight end since Week 6.
Sit: Buffalo Bills & Kansas City Chiefs D/ST
Defenses have been a surprise this year. Some of the top-tier defenses weren't even drafted while the others have disappointed fantasy owners who reached for one. The final start/sit for Week 13 ends with two surprising teams.
Buffalo Bills: The Bills' opponent, the Atlanta Falcons, have had offensive struggles all season. Missing Julio Jones and a less-than-100-percent Roddy White isn't helping Matt Ryan. In his last five games, Ryan has thrown five touchdowns and nine interceptions. The lack of a run game puts a lot of pressure on the passing game. The Falcons have allowed opposing defenses to score 13.6 fantasy points in the last five games.
Kansas City Chiefs: Do I really need a reason? As if a matchup with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos wasn't enough, the Chiefs have not played well in the last two weeks. They scored -1 points in the Week 11 game against the Broncos. Things got worse as the Chiefs scored -7 points against the Chargers. To make matters worse, Tamba Hali and Justin Houston will miss a second game. Save the Chiefs until the fantasy playoffs.
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