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Fantasy Football Week 13: 5 Players Who Could Let Your Team Down

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5 Players Who Could Let Your Team Down

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It’s hard to believe that the final week of the regular Fantasy season is upon us. I probably sound like a broken record after saying it pretty much every Sunday but it honestly feels like I was preparing for my drafts just yesterday. Why did I have to blink? Stupid dry eyes…

It’s the crunchiest of crunch times right now as we get set for the playoffs. Depending on your Week 13 situation, one wrong lineup move could wind up costing you a whole season of hard work. Nobody wants that so let’s make sure we’re properly prepared for the high-stakes game at hand.

You’ll notice in the title of this article that it’s about five players who could let you down this week, not five players who will let you down. I can’t say anything for sure because as we know all too well, nothing is a given when it comes to our virtual game. Besides, in a crucial week like this you shouldn’t be letting anyone else make lineup decisions for you. I’m simply going to point a few things out so you can make a more informed decision about your lineup. The rest is up to you – kind of like one of those “choose your own adventure” books but with way more on the line and a much stronger slew of emotions involved.

Here are a few players looking a little sketchy this week for one reason or another. Personally, I would bench each of them if I had a choice. Whatever you decide, I wish you much luck on this most important day and I hope you have cause to read on next week.

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5. Golden Tate

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If Percy Harvin were to play this week, I would feel a lot better about Golden Tate’s prospects, but unfortunately it appears Harvin suffered a setback with his hip injury and is looking doubtful for Monday night. Without him there to draw a lot of defensive attention, Tate will be in the spotlight against a very good pass-D.

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4. Michael Crabtree

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A lot of people are anxious and excited to get Michael Crabtree into their lineups but this just isn’t the week for it. As good as he was last year, we have no idea how he’s going to look coming off such a serious injury. This week he’ll almost certainly be on a low snap-count as he gets his legs back. Don’t expect any miracles there.

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3. DeSean Jackson

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DeSean Jackson is having a fantastic season by all accounts and he’s proving to be one of the tougher covers in the league. This week, however, he’ll do battle with Patrick Peterson. Peterson is one of the premier man-to-man defenders in football and he’s likely to shadow Jackson for most of the afternoon. It’s hard to imagine Jackson hitting a homer in this one.

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2. Cecil Shorts

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Like Jackson, Cecil Shorts is going head to head with one of the best in the business this week, Joe Haden. Aside from Antonio Brown last week, nobody has had any real success against Haden this year. He’ll be glued to Shorts and the odds are very much in favour of Haden coming out on top.

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1. Montee Ball

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People rushed to pluck Montee Ball off the waiver wire this week, thinking he was going to handle featured duties in the backfield. But it looks like Knowshon Moreno is going to play after all and Ball is now expected to do little more than give him a breather here and there. In a colossally important game for both teams, the rookie who fumbled last week isn’t going to get the rock much over the guy who’s not only held onto it but has also been shredding their opponents.