Dave B’s Fantasy Matchups – Start and Sit Week 13
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Have your fantasy playoffs started yet? If so, it is do or die time for your squad. Below is a breakdown of every game this week and a list of who you should roll with in Week 13.
Good Luck this week and I hope that Dave B’s Fantasy Matchups – Start and Sit Week 13 is helpful on your quest for the title!
Philadelphia at Seattle 8:20 PM
The Eagles are reeling but they are still putting up some numbers offensively. Vince Young will start at QB and could be good for Fantasy – 250 yards and a touchdown is about right. LeSean McCoy has to be started as well. Jeremy Maclin is likely out again this week – DeSean Jackson and Brent Celek are automatic and Jason Avant and Riley Cooper are intriguing flex options. For Seattle Marshawn Lynch is the only reliable starter – Doug Baldwin could be used as a flex if you are a gambling man.
Tennessee at Buffalo 1:00 PM
Tennessee gets to face the worst defense in the NFL. If stuck you could use Matt Hasselbeck but it is not recommended. Chris Johnson was huge last week and although I don’t expect a huge game, he may be decent this week. I have no idea what to make of the receivers so I am staying away. For Buffalo Steve Johnson and maybe Scott Chandler at Tight End are the only two that I would consider.
Kansas City at Chicago 1:00 PM
Ugh – poor KC Chiefs. Dwayne Bowe is the only Chief worth using – period. For Chicago, Matt Forte should be productive this week and I would take a gamble on a WR Johnny Knox.
Oakland at Miami 1:00 PM
This is an important game for the Raiders. Michael Bush has to be started this week and Danarius Moore could be used as well. Carson Palmer scares me but could be used as an absolute desperation QB. For Miami, Matt Moore is not a bad start – QB 2 material. Brandon Marshall and Reggie Bush are fine options as well.
Denver at Minnesota 1:00 PM
Tim Tebow should be fine in Fantasy this week. Willis McGahee should be fine this week as well. Eric Decker is the most reliable receiving threat for the Broncos this week. For Minnesota it looks like Adrian Peterson is out again this week leaving Percy Harvin as the only Viking that I would consider using.
Indianapolis at New England 1:00 PM
Dan Orlovsky will start at QB for the Colts this week. Despite the attractive matchup I am staying away from all Colts even Reggie Wayne. For New England, Brady, Welker, Gronkowski, Hernandez and even Deion Branch are fine options this week. Benjarvus Green-Ellis is a good flex as well.
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM
Cincinnati has been tough this year but are up against the Steelers stout defense in Pennsylvania. Jermaine Gresham and AJ Green are every week starts so roll with them but be wary of all other Bengals. Pittsburgh has been just average offensively lately but you have to go with Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Mike Wallace. I don’t like Rashard Mendenhall this week but think that Heath Miller is an OK Tight End.
Carolina at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM
Cam Newton and Steve Smith are obvious play this week. I think both running backs get into the action as well this week. Start DeAngelo Williams and more so Jonathan Stewart as a flex. Greg Olsen is an average Tight End option this week. For Tampa, LeGarrette Blount should have a good game against Carolina’s soft run defense. I also like Mike Williams to build on a good game last week. Kellen Winslow Jr. is inconsistent but still is a decent Tight End option. [ad-8469823]
NY Jets at Washington 1:00 PM
Ahh the Jets! Dustin Keller, Plaxico Burress and maybe Santonio Holmes are startable this week – I am not sold on Shonn Greene although many will start him as a flex option. The Jets defense should be OK against a turnover-prone Washington team. For the Redskins, I like Roy Helu this week (don’t screw with me Mike Shanahan!). I also like Fred Davis in the passing game – that’s it for Washington.
Atlanta at Houston 1:00 PM
Matt Ryan has been Hot as of late – start him with confidence. Michael Turner is unbenchable and Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez have to be in lineups. For the Texans, Arian Foster is the only player that I would consider!
Baltimore at Cleveland 4:05 PM
I expect the running game to dominate for Baltimore this week – the passing games will be risky. Start Ray Rice with confidence but prepare a letdown with Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith and Ed Dickson. Baltimore’s defense has to be started here too. For Cleveland, you would be nuts to consider any Brown at this time of the year – maybe Peyton Hillis but that’s about all!
Green Bay at NY Giants 4:15 PM
Never bench Aaron Rodgers, Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson and Jermichael Finley. If they flop, it’s not your week! Take a look at James Jones at flex as well – he had a great game last week. I am staying away from the Packers running game. For New York, I like Eli Manning, Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks this week in a shootout. Brandon Jacobs is a risk but if stuck, he could be an OK flex. Take a look at Jake Ballard too – he has been solid for the Giants and could be an OK TE this week.
Dallas at Arizona 4:15 PM
Dallas should roll this week. Start Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray, Jason Witten, Dez Bryant and Laurent Robinson if Miles Austin isn’t back in the lineup. If Austin is back, he will become a better option than Robinson. For the Cardinals, Kevin Kolb should return to the lineup this week but I wouldn’t start him in Fantasy. Larry Fitzgerald should have a good game and is the only Cardinal to consider.
St. Louis at San Francisco 4:15 PM
Bench all Rams! If desperate, Brandon Lloyd could be used as a WR3/flex. For the 49ers, Frank Gore will be huge this week – absolutely huge! Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis are also worth using. Start the 49ers defense this week as well.
Detroit at New Orleans 8:20 PM
Shootout time! Roll with Matthew Stafford for sure this week along with Calvin Johnson. I also like Titus Young for some reason but have cooled on Nate Burleson. Brandon Pettigrew could be started as well – just expect OK numbers. For the Saints, Brees, Graham, Colston and Sproles are automatic. The other receiving options are a crap shoot – if I had to rank them, it would go Lance Moore, Devery Henderson and then Robert Meachem.
San Diego at Jacksonville 8:30 PM
It’s pretty hard to trust the Chargers right now but they may have caught the Jaguars at precisely the right moment. I would try to keep Philip Rivers on my bench if at all possible but I would still start Antonio Gates and Vincent Jackson. Malcolm Floyd may be back this week – he and Vincent Brown will likely cancel each other out! Start Ryan Matthews as well – he is bound to get a lot of carries – even if the Chargers are losing – Norv Turner is a boob! For Jacksonville, they are a total mess – Maurice Jones-Drew is the only Jag worth starting.
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