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NFL Fantasy Football: Start 'Em/Sit 'Em Advice - Week 13

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We are changing things up a bit! Along with a brand new This Week In Fantasy, we will be giving you advice for the week. As always, bring us your fantasy football dilemmas of who to start and who to sit and we are more than happy to try and guide you to victory.

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By Tony Casale


Ben Roethlisberger vs. N.O. ($8,300)

Big Ben has been an enigma as of late, but if you were thinking of benching him because of his last two starts, give him one more week. The Saints gave up 449 yards of total offense to the Ravens at home last week, and Roethlisberger has the weapons around him to do the same. New Orleans is 22nd against the pass this season, and typically struggle on the road.

Matthew Stafford vs. CHI


Stafford owners may be disappointed in the lack of 300 yard games this season, but that will likely change this week. The Bears rank 28th against the pass and both LB Lance Briggs and CB Kyle Fuller are battling injury and unlikely to play Thanksgiving morning. Several lesser QB's are going for more money on Fanduel for Thursday's matchups.

Ryan Tannehill @ NYJ ($8,600)

The Jets defense managed to get dismantled on Monday by a team that had about 45 minutes of practice to prepare for them. They now face an emerging Ryan Tannehill with his playoff hopeful Miami Dolphins. While Tannehill hasn't been a huge yardage monster this season, he has been solid nearly every week and typically pads his numbers with some scrambling yards. If you don't have a stud on your roster, Tannehill looks like a solid start week 13.


Joe Flacco vs SD

Flacco looked just fine against the sieve that is the New Orleans Saints defense, but things will be different this week against the sixth ranked Chargers pass defense. Since Flacco's five TD performance week six, Joey Eyebrows has managed only six total passing TD's in the last five games.

Russell Wilson @ SF

He has now had eight games with less than 202 yards passing, and only one game where he notched 300 through the air. When Wilson gets you fantasy points, it's typically with his feet. San Francisco remains dominant against both the run and the pass, so keep Wilson on your bench this Thanksgiving.

Kyle Orton vs CLE

On a personal level, I love Kyle Orton. I just do. Maybe it's the carefree neckbeard or the way he stuck it to Jerry Jones this offseason, but he's my guy. So it is with great reluctance that I add Orton to my sit list for week 13. It's simply a match up game at this point and Cleveland is playing excellent defense.

Running Backs

By James Seltzer


Denard Robinson vs. NYG ($7,200)

Denard is coming off his first poor performance, since taking over the starting RB job just 5 weeks ago. However, Denard produced double-digit fantasy points in each of the four games prior to last week, and had been running well behind an improving Jags' o-line. The Giants have allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing RB's, and have really struggled stopping the run, especially over the last month. This has all the makings of a nice bounce-back game for Shoelace; feel good about putting him in your lineups this week.

Alfred Morris vs. IND ($7,800)

Morris has been outstanding over the last three weeks, averaging 104 YPG and TD per game over that span. Furthermore, with Colt McCoy starting, Washington will need to lean on Morris even more. Lastly, the Colts have given up the fifth-most points to fantasy RB's this season, and have allowed 12 rushing TD's, which is the third-worst mark in the league. Alfred Morris is a must-start in Week 13.

Tre Mason vs. Oakland Play of The Week ($6,000)

Has Jeff Fisher finally committed to Tre Mason as his main RB? Well, it certainly seems that way. Over the last three games, Mason has received just under 75% of the team's carries, and also seems to make at least one nice play in the passing game each week. Oakland has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing RB's this season, and has played the run poorly all season. Furthermore, they are playing in the Dome in St. Louis, on a nice fast track for Mason (Mason's only start at home produced his best game of the season). Look for nice week from Tre.


Marshawn Lynch @ SF

Look, if you own Marshawn Lynch, you pretty much have to start him. He is still, probably, a Top 10 RB for Week 13. But, especially for daily leagues, this is not the week you want to be relying on Beastmode. Lynch has to travel to San Fran, on a short week, to play a 49ers' defense that has allowed the fifth-least fantasy points to opposing RB's. Again, tough to sit a guy like Lynch, but if you wanted to roll with a combo of Alfred Morris and Justin Forcett (a totally conceivable pair you could own in addition to Lynch), over Beastmode this week, I would not have an issue it.

Ryan Matthews @ BAL

Matthews is coming off his best outing of the season - 105 rushing yards and a TD. However, he banged up his shoulder in the Chargers' win, causing him to miss a chunk of time. And while it looks like the shoulder issue is minor, there is always the worry that Matthews won't be able to play through a full game, due to his history of missing time due to injuries. In addition to that added risk, the Chargers face a Ravens defense that has allowed the least fantasy points to opposing RB's, of any team in the league, and has allowed no more than 68 yards rushing, to an entire team, in their last three home contests. Sit Ryan Matthews this week, and thank me later.

Lamar Miller @ NYJ

Miller has had a nice season, but his production has slipped lately. Over his last five contests, Miller has notched only one double-digit scoring game (standard scoring). In addition, Miami lost star left tackle Brandon Albert to a Torn ACL three weeks ago, which has certainly hurt the o-line's ability to produce in the running game. Throw in a tough matchup with a solid Jets' run defense, and the recent trend of Daniel Thomas vulturing Miami's rushing TD's, and this may be another down week for Miller.

Wide Receivers

By John Barchard


Keenan Allen @ BAL ($7,100)

I am never big fan of west to east or east to west matchups, but since Jimmy Smith's unfortunate injury the Ravens secondary just hasn't been the same. Although Phillip Rivers has slowed down Allen's targets have remained the same all season. The numbers are finally starting to land for Keenan and I think they continue to do so in Baltimore this week

See Also: Julian Edleman @ GB

Jarvis Landry @ NYJ Play of The Week ($6,900)

I love, love, love this matchup. There is a great rapport between Landry & Tanehill and though the Jets secondary has been playing a little better, their still bad. Jarvis has shaken off the rookie cob webs and has really emerged as another weapon right along side Mike Wallace. If you are going DFS this week, this would be a great WR2/3 play. I think he's good for another 17-20 points or more in this matchup

See Also: DeSean Jackson @ IND

Jordan Matthews @ DAL ($7,600)

As I said on the show this week, it's going to be really hard to sit Matthews while Mark Sanchez is the starting QB for the Eagles. He is a must start if you are playing in a "Thursday Only" DFS format and despite how good the matchup is for teammate Jeremy Maclin ($8,300) you can save the extra $700 by going with Matthews. If you're in the playoffs or heading towards the playoffs (especially in a PPR format) he can't sit on your bench this week. I would start Matthews over Landry and Allen this week.

See Also: Golden Tate vs. CHI


Kenny Stills @ PIT

I can understand the logic of putting still in your line-up. William Gay made Nate Washington look like an All-Pro and that's with Zach Mettenberger throwing to him, so image what will happen when it's Drew Brees. But I still don't trust the Saints on the road or Stills to put up three straight solid games. Sit him next to John Brown and grab them some Gatorade.

Alshon Jeffery @ DET

It's a short week, the Lions just got embarrassed by the Patriots and though New England might have exposed how to get to the Lions defense. But I don't think Chicago is going to expose it with Jeffery this week. I do expect Cutler to end up a throwing a lot this game, but that will only be because they won't have any other choice. I like Martellus Bennett a lot this week and I don't think you can sit Marshall but outside of those two, I don't see a good day for anyone else on the Bears offense this week.

DeAndre Hopkins vs. TEN

I am not sure if things got better or worse when Ryan Mallet took over, but the passing game still hasn't improved all that much. There will be a heavy dose of running from the Texans and I just don't expect more than 20-25 passes so there isn't a ton of upside despite the good matchup. If he's your best option you obviously have to flex him, but I wouldn't feel great if I am relying on him to get me more than 8 or 10 points this week.

Tight Ends


Martellus Bennett @ DET

By Tony Casale

Detroit's inability to stop tight ends was exposed by New England last week who managed 10-114-2 between Rob Gronkowski and Tim Wright. If Mark Trestman takes the cue, Martellus Bennett will be highly targeted on Thanksgiving morning.

Delanie Walker @ HOU

By James Seltzer

Houston has actually defended tight ends well this season, so this "start" is going against the numbers in that respect. But, when healthy, Walker is simply a matchup nightmare for any team, as the Eagles found out in Week 12, as Walker scorched Philly for 155 yards receiving. Mettenberger seems to like to throw to Walker, as the tight end has been targeted 9 and 10 times respectively in his two full games with the rookie QB at the helm. Walker found the End Zone the last time the Titans faced the Texans, I expect him to do it again in Week 13.


Owen Daniels vs SD

by Tony Casale

Daniels started off the season playing very well in relief of Dennis Pitta, but remains the third options behind the Smith's in Baltimore. San Diego is excellent against tight ends giving up only two touchdowns on the season to the position. It would be wise to find your tight end help elsewhere.

Heath Miller vs. NO

By James Seltzer

The Saints' defense stinks in almost every respect. However, one of the few areas the New Orleans D excels in, is stopping tight ends; they have allowed the least fantasy points, of any team in the league, to opposing tight ends. Add in Miller's hot and cold (mostly cold) fantasy production this season, and it is a nice week to keep him on your bench.



New York Giants @ JAC

by Tony Casale

Sure, it's easy to pick on the Jaguars, but that's what you do this time of year. As the season progresses and you begin streaming defenses (if you haven't been doing so all season) you need to not only find the right match up, but one where the defense is available. The Giants are not a widely owned defense and make a very nice start week 13 against one of the most inept offenses in the league.

Buffalo Bills vs. CLE

By James Seltzer

Buffalo is coming off a dominant defensive effort, granted against the hapless Jets, and comes home to a snow-ridden area, fired up to play Cleveland with their playoff dreams still alive. The Bills' defense leads the league in sacks, are tied for the third most turnovers forced, and have been outstanding at home all season. Brian Hoyer is coming off a 3-pick game where, if it were not for Mike Smith's complete ineptitude in terms of clock management, we may have been hearing Johnny Manziel rumors after a devastating loss. Instead, Hoyer led the team to a game-winning FG, and we are hearing stories about Manziel's posse getting into bar fights, and Hoyer is again the savior of football in Cleveland. No idea why I needed to write all that to say: Hoyer is still shaky, so trust the Bills' D in Week 13.


Chicago Bears @ DET

by Tony Casale

The Bears had two good match ups in a row with Tampa and Minnesota, but things will get a little more difficult on Thanksgiving against Detroit. The Bears lack of offense makes this a tough game for the defense, which typically struggles when losing the ball control battle. If the Bears can manage a TD, they may salvage a mediocre start, but otherwise the Bears represent a poor option this Thursday.

New England Patriots @ GB

By James Seltzer

We'll make this quick: Green Bay's offense is unstoppable at Lambeau field, as the team is averaging over 43 PPG in their five home games. Green Bay has also turned the ball over the least of any team in the league this season, and their pass protection has been outstanding over the past month. Like I said, quick and easy; sit the Pats' D this week.

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