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Fantasy Football: Week 13 starts, sits

Welcome to the Week 13 starts and sits. I know it’€™s a high-stakes weekend for a lot of you GMs. I’€™ve tried to look at the options that are not totally obvious as I usually do, but there’€™s no way I can get to every possible scenario. With that in mind, please feel free to join us for our Sunday morning chat, when I can address your specific lineup questions. There are full lineup rankings at Rotobahn.com [1], so that is another good resource and I’€™ll be updating the rankings this weekend. Best of luck to all you folks fighting for a playoff berth and props to those who are sitting pretty or playing for a first-round bye.



Colin Kaepernick, 49ers [2] at Rams

He’€™s been very good so far and he gets you points with his feet, which raises his fantasy floor. If you need help at quarterback in Week 13, Kaepernick could be the answer in any league size. He’€™s actually available in 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues, which is a joke. This guy should be owned everywhere.

Tony Romo [3], Cowboys vs. Eagles

Not only is Romo a good play this week, but it would not shock me if he is the best play at the position in Week 13. The Cowboys have a chance to light up the Eagles. Romo is a great option in any league.

Chad Henne [4], Jaguars at Bills

Need help? Henne can be the answer to your QB problem and he is available in 88 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Start him in Week 13 if you are in need. He has QB1 potential. The one thing to check is the status of his starting receivers, but we expect Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon [5] to play at this point.


Sam Bradford [6], Rams vs. 49ers

With injuries to his receivers and a rough matchup, Bradford should be avoided despite his modest success in recent weeks. Without a healthy Danny Amendola [7], Bradford might not have enough options in the middle of the field, and the 49ers will do a good job of taking away Chris Givens on the outside. Look elsewhere if possible.



Ryan Mathews [8], Chargers vs. Bengals

It’€™s tempting to sit him based on his inability to find the end zone, but that could change at any time, and he is getting the yardage and touches you want to see. Mathews is a solid RB2 or flex option, but he lacks the upside most projected for him going into 2012.

Marcel Reece, Raiders vs. Browns

Based on what we’€™re hearing out of Oakland, Reece will be the featured back one more week whether the Raiders opt to activate Darren McFadden or not. He’€™s a solid RB2 option if you need him and he is adept in all phases of the offense, so he does not get taken out of the game in a blowout in either direction.

Jonathan Dwyer [9], Steelers at Ravens

If Ben Roethlisberger [10] starts, we like Dwyer as a RB2, but even if Big Ben is out again, Dwyer should have some flex appeal in larger leagues now that he is on top of the depth chart. He played well in his last game vs. Baltimore.


Reggie Bush [11], Dolphins vs. Patriots

Not a great matchup though he did look better last week than he has in some time. Nevertheless, I like New England’€™s chances of shutting down the Miami ground attack and Bush is not a good option in 10-team leagues. He’€™s a risky flex play in 12-team formats.

James Starks [12], Packers vs. Vikings

His role is limited and the Packers [13] are not opening up big holes on the ground when he does get the ball. Starks is a light flex option in large leagues. If he settles into a dedicated goal-line back role, he could have weekly value, but that is not the case at this point. Avoid him if you can.



Danario Alexander, Chargers vs. Bengals

As improbable as it seems, Alexander now is the top option in the San Diego passing attack. With Antonio Gates [14] playing well below his standards and with Malcom Floyd [15] not excelling, Alexander is where Philip Rivers [16] looks for the big play. Alexander is a solid WR2 option in all formats right now and will be for as long as he stays healthy.

Ryan Broyles, Lions vs. Colts

I was high on Broyles before his Week 12 breakout game, so you know I am sticking with him in this plus matchup. Broyles has usurped Titus Young, and I don’€™t see Young ever getting the gig back. Start the rookie this week as a WR3 in any format.

Josh Gordon, Browns at Raiders

The rookie has been quiet lately, but he’€™s still been involved and I like his chances of making some big plays this week. Do not be afraid to get him in your lineup this week in 12-team leagues. He should produce against the Raiders’€™ soft secondary.


Mike Wallace [17], Steelers at Ravens

Amazing as it may sound, I’€™d strongly consider sitting Wallace if Roethlisberger is not starting this week. It might hurt, but the guy is struggling and he needs his quarterback. If Charlie Batch is under center and you have depth at receiver, you should consider other options, like Danario Alexander.

Dwayne Bowe [18], Chiefs vs. Panthers

With Brady Quinn [19] at quarterback and a solid defense coming to town, Bowe is a very risky play in 10-team formats. Bowe still can make the big play and he is viable in 12-teams leagues as a flex, but temper expectations due to KC’€™s current state of dysfunction.



Vernon Davis, 49ers at Rams

Yes, Davis has been a black hole for most of the season, but I believe that with Colin Kaepernick extending plays with his legs, Davis becomes a much bigger threat. He probably has the same downside that he’€™s had all year, but I think the chance of big plays is higher now, so he is worth starting in any format.

Greg Olsen, Panthers at Chiefs

Olsen has been targeted frequently is recent weeks and I like his chances of scoring against the Chiefs. It’€™s a down time for tight ends right now. Olsen is a top 12 option and can be started in all leagues.

Marcedes Lewis, Jaguars at Bills

The big tight end has always been one of our guys, but Blaine Gabbert [20]‘€™s slow development was not a plus for Lewis. Enter Chad Henne. Since the quarterback switch, Lewis has looked like his old self, and he can help you right now at tight end in most formats.


Dennis Pitta, Ravens vs. Steelers

He’€™s a risky play after doing almost nothing against this defense just a few weeks back. The Steelers handle tight ends well in general, so avoiding Pitta in Week 13 is a sensible move.

Dustin Keller [21], Jets vs Cardinals

The Cards, at least statistically, have held down tight ends very well. Keller has been struggling save for a garbage-time score in Week 12. Keller is a viable play, but if you have other options, I would consider them. He is not likely to be an impact point source this week.