Week 13 Start'em / Sit'em: 2012 NFL Fantasy Football Lineup Strategy
A pair of young mobile quarterback’s headline my week 13 start/sit options as Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick are coming off solid performances. Read more below to find out some of the other start and sit options to keep in mind.
Cam Newton @ Chiefs -
The Eagles continued to struggle in pass protection and in rushing the passer on Monday night and thus Cam Newton had a field day. While the Chiefs had a stout performance on defense against the Broncos, chalk it up to a spirited effort from Kansas City because they were playing a division rival.
With Brandon LaFell and Louis Murphy stepping up in the Panthers passing game, Newton should find continued success this week, and hopefully we will see the Newton return to 2011 form down the stretch.
Colin Kaepernick @ Rams -
The future is now in San Francisco as Kaepernick was officially announced as the 49ers starting quarterback on Wednesday. Kaepernick has played well in the past three weeks, and in his first two starts of his career, he’s helped the 49ers win against quality opponents.
Familiar with the Rams after playing them three weeks ago, this will be an interesting test for the second-year quarterback as St. Louis has game film and experience playing the talented youngster. Expect at least 20 fantasy points every week going forward as Kaepernick’s strong arm and capabilities in the run game make him a low-end QB1 option.
Eli Manning @ Redskins -
Manning proved to us that his arm strength was back after the Giants bye week as he tossed three touchdowns against the Packers in a decisive victory. While the Redskins have a history of playing the Giants tough, we should see a high-scoring affair on Monday night.
Knowshon Moreno vs. Buccaneers -
The Broncos pulled a fast one on fantasy owners across the country when we found out Moreno and not Ronnie Hillman would start against the Chiefs, last Sunday. Denver had another surprise in store for us during the game as they choose not to use a three back committee instead using Moreno on 55 of the 63 offensive snaps where a running back was lined up in the offensive formation.
Moreno’s abilities as a receiver, coupled with this protection skills keeps him in as an every down back and we should view him as at least a flex play start going forward, if not a low-end RB2. Don’t expect big things against a Buccaneers defense that is ranked No.1 against the run, but Moreno’s receiving skills keeps him in fantasy lineups this week.
Beanie Wells @ Jets -
While William Powell will continue to work on passing downs, expect Wells to be the main option on early downs and around the goal line for the Cardinals. With a young quarterback under center and probably the worst pair of tackles in the league for pass protection, Arizona would be wise to run the football often against the Jets, in New York.
Pierre Garcon vs. Giants -
Robert Griffin finally has his top receiver back and healthy in the starting lineup and Garcon didn’t let him down as he posted just under 100 yards receiving and a touchdown against the Cowboys last week. With almost two weeks to rest up for their matchup against the Giants on Monday night, Garcon is set for big things against a suspect secondary.
Ryan Broyles @ Colts -
Because of poor play and a bad attitude Titus Young has lost his starting job to Ryan Broyles last week. The rookie responded against the Texans with over 100 yards receiving and we should expect him to continue to start the rest of the season. This makes Broyles a respectable WR3 option in a pass-happy offense with a favorable schedule to throw the football down the stretch.
Justin Blackmon @ Bills -
The Jaguars will continue to put the football up as Maurice Jones-Drew continues to work his way back from a foot injury, and Jalen Parmele is now lost for the season. Jacksonville is wisely allowing Chad Henne an opportunity to show what he can do and at the same time, the team is getting a long look at talented young receivers Cecil Shorts and Blackmon.
While Henne may be knocked around in the backfield at times (he was sacked seven times last week), he will make plays and Blackmon is a solid WR3 play.
Jets Defense vs. Cardinals -
With Ryan Lindley remaining as the starter, the Cardinals are in for a long day on offense as they travel out to New York. Coach Rex Ryan may not have all the pieces he needs for a dominant defensive play weekly, but he will confuse the Cardinals rookie quarterback with different looks pre-snap, and the Jets should have a field day in the Cardinals backfield.
Andy Dalton @ Chargers -
Before a small meltdown at the end of last weeks game against the Ravens, the Chargers defense failed to allow a quarterback to throw for over 253-yards since week six, when they played the Broncos. A.J. Green will have fewer opportunities, but it will be up to Dalton (and the Bengals pass protection) to play one of their better games of the season, for Dalton to post start-worthy fantasy numbers this week.
Green is still a must-start as a receiver, but you would be better off going with another option at quarterback over Dalton this week.
Jonathan Dwyer @ Ravens -
The Steelers moved Dwyer back up to No.1 on the depth chart this week after Rashard Mendenhall fumbled the football twice against the Browns last week. Dwyer ran well earlier in the season and could be a useful option in the future. For this week, Dwyer is best left on the bench in what promises to be another hard-hitting division game against the Ravens.
Fred Jackson vs. Jaguars -
Jackson will continue to work in a committee with C.J. Spiller if for no other reason than his pass protection skills. Expect Spiller to lead the way in touches going forward, and we should see more games where Jackson only carries the football around six times as he did last week.
While Jackson deserves to touch the football more than that, the Bills are in a tough situation with two talented running backs. Spiller gives this team big-play ability which they desperately need, so expect the third-year tailback from Clemson to continue as the main option in the running game.
Mike Wallace @ Ravens -
At this point, even if Ben Roethlisberger returns to play against the Ravens, we shouldn’t have much faith in his ability to throw the football down the field with much zip or accuracy. Fantasy owners would be wise to bench Wallace until we see Roethisberger not only return to the field, but prove to us that he’s able to play at a level that makes Wallace a usable option.
Larry Fitzgerald vs. Jets -
As long as Ryan Lindley is starting for the Cardinals I probably won’t recommend you start Fitzgerald. It’s not that Lindley doesn’t have skills to be an eventual starter in this league, but he’s clearly not ready at this point. At the same time, the Cardinals coaching staff seems adamant that they want to give Lindley a long look in the starting lineup with Kevin Kolb working his way back from an injury. Not a good situation for Fitzgerald and facing Antonio Cromartie this week won’t help matters.
Miles Austin vs. Eagles -
Nagging injuries have plagued Austin in recent years and unless he can put together a full practice by Friday we shouldn’t trust him in our lineups. This is unfortunate as the Eagles are struggling on defense and Tony Romo will have opportunities to make big plays this week.
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