Recapping the Sit ‘Em & Start ‘Em suggestions that I made for week thirteen (13) of the 2013 Fantasy Football season.
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(CIN) QB Andy Dalton @ (SD): 14/23 190 yards TD, INT, 3 rush 9 yards – Unfortunately it was a pretty low scoring game considering how good these offences can be. Dalton and company earned the win, but largely due to the strength of their defence. Instead of San Diego putting up points and forcing Dalton to throw, the Bengals only needed 23 pass attempts from Dalton as The Law Firm of all people was handed the ball 20 times while Giovani Bernard got 14 himself for a combined 149 yards on the ground. Dalton has a startable matchup again next week against the Colts, but I think they once again depend on their ground game in ninth win of the season.
(CHI) QB Josh McCown @ (MIN): 23/36 355 yards 2TD – Those who started McCown must be happy as he had his first three touchdown game of the season despite the loss. He may not be starting for much longer with Cutler expected back soon but if he does start he has a great receiving core in Marshall, Jeffery and Forte. For the first time in years the Bears offence is the better part of the team and has the potential to give McCown or Cutler 20+ point weeks with each start.
(NYJ) RB Chris Ivory vs. (MIA): 12 rush 61 yards, 1 catch 12 yards – I watched this whole game and was delighted to see the Dolphins earn a dominant win on the road over the up and down Jets. Despite the struggles of the Jets quarterbacks they only handed the ball 12 times to Chris Ivory as they played from behind the majority of the game. Geno Smith looks awful and backup quarterback Simms is obviously hard to trust. As much as the Jets may want to use their running backs, they will likely be playing from behind in the remaining games they have. Dolphins or Ravens for the final wild card spot?
(BUF) RB C.J. Spiller vs. (ATL): 15 rush 149 yards TD, 2 catch 8 yards – Did you have Spiller on your bench? As someone who invested heavily in Spiller this season and has been suffering ever since I was so happy to see him take his 15 carries for a season high 149 yards and a touchdown against the Falcons this weekend. I don’t expect him to score two weeks in a row but think he could have 100 total yards again against the buccaneers in week 14.
(ATL) WR Roddy White @ (BUF): 10 catch 143 yards – While I am grateful of Roddy and his 143 yards this weekend against the Bills, it was an excellent matchup for him and the Falcons, whom are officially eliminated for the playoffs. Perhaps the Falcons consider limiting Roddy and his ankle for next year seeing as how they still have a pretty solid roster. Nah, I start him again next against the Packers, who might be without Aaron Rodgers once again.
(TEN) WR Kendall Wright @ (IND) 6 catch 77 yards – It was a solid PPR performance from Wright once again as he was targeted a team high 11 times in the Titans loss to the Colts. He is catching an average of six passes per game, which makes him a great PPR play each week but has only gone for 100 yards once this season and only has two touchdowns.
THURSDAY: (GB) WR Jarrett Boykin @ (DET): 0 catch 0 yards – I had very high hopes for Boykin against the Packers on Thursday, but instead he was barely targeted and was held without a catch. The result makes me think I want to sit him next week, but the Lions front four makes me think otherwise. The Lions have one o the best offensive lines in the league and were all over Matt Flynn. If Rodgers is cleared to play I would consider Boykin a WR3 once again, if Flynn starts I would play him as a WR3/flex at best.
THURSDAY: (DET) WR Nate Burleson vs. (GB): 0 catch 0 yards – I don’t even know what to think about this result. The Lions put up 40 points against the Packers but didn’t targets Burleson once in the first half and only once in the entire game. Considering he had a minimum of 6 catches in his four previous starts, it was a very disappointing result. I don’t imagine he will be as ignored in the Lions week 14 matchup against the Eagles who are fighting or the division win against the Cowboy, but he is hard to trust outside of PPR leagues.
THURSDAY: (OAK) WR Rod Streater @ (DAL): 3 catch 57 yards – Once again I am not sure what to think about this result. With Denarius Moore out, Streater was targeted just for times while the undrafted wide receiver Andre Holmes saw 11 targets for over 100 yards in the Raiders loss. I ha thought that Streater could be a solid sleeper for the remaining weeks of the season but am seriously reconsidering things now. I think I will just play it to what I consider safe and sit Streater in my coming playoff matchups.
(IND) TE Coby Fleener vs. (TEN): 3 catch 50 yards – It was a pretty pedestrian game from the Colts passing attack as Luck only threw for 200 yards and did not have touchdown. It is worth noting however that Fleener was still the Colts leading receiver despite having only 50 yards in the teams win. The Colts have a very tough fantasy schedule coming up though as the take on the Bengals, Texans and Chiefs in the next three weeks.
(ARI) QB Carson Palmer @ (PHI): 24/41 302 yards 3TD, 2INT, Fumble Lost – Despite three turnovers from Palmer he was still solid for fantasy owners with over 300 yards and three touchdowns. He has another tough matchup this coming weekend against a very solid Rams pass rush, but could be worth starting over the likes of Andrew Luck, Philip Rivers and Robert Griffin.
(WAS) QB Robert Griffin III vs. (NYG): 24/32 207 yards TD, 12 rush 88 yards – Griffin didn’t look very good throwing the ball once again despite completing a high number of his passes. With just 207 yards on 24 completions he was not throwing the ball downfield very often. Luckily for fantasy owners though he was able to add a season high 88 rushing yards on a season high 12 rushing attempts. Griffin could be a Sit ‘em candidate again this coming weekend against the Chiefs, but has some great matchups to finish the regular season after that.
(TB) RB Bobby Rainey @ (CAR): 17 rush 63 yards, 2 catch 8 yards – With 71 total yards against the Panthers defence in a losing effort, I actually think things could have been even worse for Rainey. In week 14 he gets the Bills defence and could be very good flex play if not an RB2 for those who are weak at the position. Unfortunately he has the ‘49ers and Rams in the weeks following.
THURSDAY: (PIT) RB Le’Veon Bell vs. (BAL): 16 rush 73 yards TD, 7 catch 63 yards – I was very wrong about Bell this last week, sitting him for Shane Vereen in one of my leagues. He is must-start material playing at home against the Dolphins this coming weekend should he be cleared to play following the massive hit he took at the goal-line.
(NE) WR Danny Amendola @ (HOU): 5 catch 54 yards – Amendola is extremely hard to trust at the moment with just one 100-yard effort and once touchdown since returning from injury, both of them coming in the same game. I only own him in once league and am using him as a flex option myself. Gronkowski is the de facto red zone target for Brady while Edelman is still looking like the guy that Brady trusts more when he needs to move the chains.
(SEA) WR Golden Tate vs. (NO): 4 catch 45 yards – Even with Percy Harvin out for the Monday night matchup against the Saints Tate didn’t have a good fantasy performance. Russell Wilson threw for three touchdowns in the win, but it was Zack Miller and Doug Baldwin who cashed in for the Seahawks. I see Tate as a WR3/flex play at best as the Seahawks offence is adept at spreading the ball around to whomever is open and possessing a great rushing game. Just to hard to trust on a week-to-week basis.
THURSDAY: (BAL) WR Torrey Smith vs. (PIT): 6 catch 93 yards TD – Once again I was very wrong about Torrey Smith, the bane of my Sit ‘em Start ‘em existence. I always want to ad him to my list hoping I will get him right, but have had terrible results. I have a grudge against Torrey as I am regularly wrong in when he will have his dud weeks. The Ravens have shown that they are willing to throw the ball deep to Smith despite how solid the guy covering him is and should just admit defeat when it comes to predicting his production.
(ARI) TE Rob Housler @ (PHI): 3 catch 21 yards – Guys like Ledarious Green and Garrett Graham have either had more production or more targets than Housler than recent weeks. As I mentioned in the original write up for Housler before the weekend, there are also a slew of other guys with higher upside than him. Heath Miller has seen a good number of targets, Jared Cook has a great matchup and Coby Fleener is still available in a number of leagues.