Week Thirteen (13) Sit ‘Em & Start ‘Em for the 2012-2013 Fantasy Football season by Koopafantasy.
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(CAR) Cam Newton vs. (KC) – Newton looked much better on Monday night than he had most of the season, granted it was against the lowly Eagles, whom look worse with each passing week. He doesn’t have the nicest matchup this coming week but follows that up with the Chargers, Raiders and Saints; all of who give up lots yards to quarterbacks.
(JAX) Chad Henne vs. (BUF) – Henne had another solid week in week twelve and has quickly turned the Jaguars into a team that can win and has quite a few fantasy threats. Cecil Shorts had been playing well all season but now Justin Blackmon is breaking out with Henne under centre. As a Dolphins fan I know all about Chad Henne and don’t trust him to keep this pace up but would still ride the hot hand if I needed to. Against the Bills Henne could go for another 250+ with 2 TDs.
(MIA) Ryan Tannehill vs. (NE) – I gave Tannehill a spot on this list a few weeks ago in a very nice matchup against the Titans, but he was terrible in the game, throwing for less than 200 yards with three interceptions. I am going to try my luck again this week with Ryan, hoping he can continue the high level of play from last week against the Seahawks and keep the momentum going for the ‘Fins. I am hoping Tannehill paces 300 yards to go with a touchdown or two.
(ATL) Jaquizz Rodgers vs. (NO) – Rodgers scored his first rushing touchdown of the season last week and will look to make it two in a row when he and his Falcons get to take on the Saints in Atlanta. Michael Turner looks sluggish and the Saints can’t stop the run so Rodgers will have a great chance to turn his 8-12 carries into a nice fantasy tally.
(JAX) Rashad Jennings vs. (BUF) – What a crappy day for Jalen Parmele, who had over 50 total yards in the first half before leaving the game with an injury, letting Jennings get the carries again after being benched. In the end Jennings got a touchdown carry and some decent yardage. He obviously isn’t a very good running back seeing as the Jaguars were forced to bench him, but it looks like he will be getting the opportunities until MJD or Parmele can return.
(DEN) Eric Decker vs. (TB) – With only 87 total yards over the last two weeks, Decker hasn’t been seeing a ton of targets (13), but was still able to grab a TD in week eleven (number 8 on the season). The Broncos – Buccs matchup this weekend has the potential to be a high scoring affair, so I would still make sure to find room for Decker in my lineup. I expect him to grab touchdown number nine of the season.
(MIA) Davone Bess vs. (NE) – Bess had a season high 129 yards against the Seahawks last year and will be hoping to bring that momentum into a divisional matchup at home against the Patriots. Tannehill, Bess’ quarterback is also on the list but I feel safer about starting Bess, as he is a great route runner with some of the most consistent hands in the league. Bess is an even better PPR option.
(CIN) Jermaine Gresham vs. (SD) – With news breaking that Sanu will have to have surgery in a strained foot, everyone will need to make sure to find a replacement for him this coming week. Andrew Hawkins is also out so the team tight end Jermaine Gresham could see a lot more work against the Chargers. He has tons of talent and could haul in a touchdown in back to back weeks for the first time this season.
(MIN) Kyle Rudolph vs. (GB) – The Packers will be at home and coming off a big loss they will be angry. I almost guarantee the Viking will be playing from behind, meaning Ponder will be slinging the ball for better or for worse. With Percy Harvin also dealing with injury woes, Kyle Rudolph could end up being the top receiving option.
(TEN) Jake Locker vs. (HOU) – The Texans have been allowing quite a few yards and stats to opposing quarterbacks lately, and will get the talented young Jake Locker this coming weekend. Locker did however just struggle against the Jaguars defense, throwing a pair of interception in a loss. I am not trusting Locker to throw more than 250 with a lone touchdown against Houston.
(SEA) Russell Wilson vs. (CHI) – Russell Wilson is going to have a very tough time putting up fantasy pints against the Chicago Bears in week thirteen. Also, Wilson tends to struggle more on the road (minus his solid effort against Miami last week), I would not want to trust him against the Bears in Chicago.
(CIN) BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs. (SD) – The Law Firm had a great game in week twelve going for more than 100 yards and a touchdown against the Raiders, but is going to have a much harder time against the Chargers run stopper who have been pretty solid all year long. I am expecting something close to 60 yards against the Chargers, and likely without a touchdown.
(DEN) Knowshon Moreno vs. (TB) – Moreno is going to be one of the most picked up layers off the waiver wire this week, with teammate Ronnie Hillman likely being one of the most dropped. Moreno is certainly worth the waiver claim, as he seems to have the starting role and has pretty nice schedule. However, that nice schedule doesn’t start until next week; the Buccs are one of the best teams in the league against the rush.
(CHI) Michael Bush vs. (SEA) – It is still early in the week but Matt Forte was injured this past weekend, meaning Michael Bush might be the starting running back for the Bears. While Bush is a very talented running back capable of being a starter for many teams in this league, but won’t be getting many goal line carries against the Seahawks.
(ARZ) Larry Fitzgerald vs. (NYJ) – Poor Larry Fitzgerald. In his past two games, (Ryan Lindley as QB) he has been targeted 19 times, but has only been able to come up with 3 catches for 42 yards. As long as Lindley is starting and looking as bad as he has, I would be looking elsewhere than poor Fitzy for a starting wide receiver.
(KC) Dwayne Bowe vs. (CAR) – Similar to Larry’s situation, Bowe is a supremely talented wide receiver with no one to get him the ball. He doesn’t have a touchdown catch in the last seen games is going to make it eight against the Panthers.
(BAL) Dennis Pitta vs. (PIT) – Pitta had two touchdowns in his first three weeks of the season before going silent, but how has two touchdowns in his last three games, perking the ears and eyes of all those fantasy owners who gave up on him. Against Pittsburgh though, a team that is always tough against quarterbacks, I do not think Flacco finds Pitta for a touchdown.