Fantasy Football Week 13: Players You Must Bench as Playoff Time Approaches

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistNovember 29, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 25:  Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears participates in warm-ups before a game against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on November 25, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Vikings 28-10.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Fantasy football playoffs are right around the corner, making Week 13 very important to your team's success.

Setting this week's lineup won't be easy. By now, you've seen the ups and downs of every player, which makes you at least a little nervous about every single player on your roster.

No one is going to sit consistent studs, regardless of the matchup, but other players are on the fence right now.

Let's take a look at three players you much bench as fantasy playoff time approaches.


Denarius Moore

Denarius Moore has been good this year, despite suffering through two straight down weeks. He did score a touchdown last week, but the attention he's receiving is much less than in previous weeks.

This isn't about the Oakland Raiders' terrible play as of late. It's about Joe Haden. He's one of the league's best lockdown corners, and Moore isn't going to fare well against him.

Believe me, Moore has been great this year. I've benefited from someone's unwise drop this year by adding him to my roster and slating him in as a starter for weeks on end. But this week isn't one of those. He's already on my bench.

Maybe you've already lost patience with him, but maybe you haven't. If not, the time has arrived to demote him to bench status—at least for this week.

Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson has been quietly good this year after getting off to a rough start. But Houston's defense isn't going to let him go anywhere in Week 13.

It's just a bad situation. The Texans have allowed 68 points in the last two weeks. That's not going to make an elite defense very happy, and it's not like its talent completely disappeared.

Tennessee isn't going to score much because it only has one way to score. Johnson is the team's only real option, and he's not strong enough to carry that weight against an elite defense.

If you're a Johnson owner, sit him. He's been a very good No. 1 or No. 2 back recently, but this isn't the right week for it. Anyone on your bench that is even slightly viable is a better possibility to score this week.

Jay Cutler

Cutler is a legitimate No. 1 fantasy quarterback, but he's going to struggle mightily versus Seattle's daunting pass defense.

Seattle will feast on Chicago's offense if it's even slightly one-dimensional. Chicago Tribune reporter Brad Biggs makes it sound like Matt Forte is healthy heading into Week 13, but anything less than 100 percent will not be enough to take the focus off the Bears' passing attack.

Cutler is prone to mistakes as it is. If Forte isn't healthy, he's stuck. Michael Bush is talented, but his array of skills is limited. He can't take the pressure off Cutler because he's not versatile.

Sit Cutler if you have a decent backup quarterback this week. He's not going to do much, with multiple interceptions being a strong possibility.