Fantasy Football Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 13: C. Johnson, Shorts, Newton & More

Eric StashinSenior Writer INovember 30, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 26:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates the first down in the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles on November 26, 2012 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Carolina Panthers defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 30-22.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Trying to decide whom you should start or sit this week? Let’s take a look at a few potential decisions owners have and try to sort through them.



Start: Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers, at Kansas City

Just when fantasy owners are ready to give up on Newton, he shows off just how talented he is.Playing on Monday night, all Newton did was throw for 306 yards and two touchdowns while adding 52 rushing yards and another two touchdowns. Considering many likely debated sitting him, those who held the faith were handsomely rewarded.

Now he gets to try and follow up that success against a Chiefs defense that has allowed 22 passing touchdowns this season (one behind the league leaders). Throw in his ability with his legs and Newton is well worth using in all formats.


Sit: Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears, vs. Seattle

If both of Seattle’s corner backs were out of action, as originally expected, this would be a whole different ball game. However, by appealing their suspensions both will be in action all but eliminating any fantasy potential for Cutler.

As it is, the Seahawks have allowed the second fewest passing touchdowns in the league (10). Throw in the fact that Cutler has not thrown for more than 229 yards in each of his past five games (and has one touchdown or less in four of them), and it’s an easy decision.

Even if Matt Forte is forced to miss the game, I wouldn’t trust him.


Running Backs

Start: Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals, at New York Jets

Wells returned in Week 12 and looked good enough, rushing for 48 yards and two touchdowns. While it wasn’t tremendous (he needed 17 carries to accumulate those numbers), the fact that he is healthy and getting goal-line carries is what is important.

Taking on a Jets defense that has often been thrashed by the run, allowing the third most rushing yards per game (142.8) as well as 12 TD, Wells seems like a very good gamble.


Start: Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans, vs. Houston

Earlier this season owners would’ve run away from this matchup. Interestingly enough, it was Johnson’s first game against the Texans where he turned the corner.

Back in Week 4, he took them for 141 yards on 25 carries. Since then he has an additional five games of at least 90 yards and four touchdowns.

As an RB2 it is hard to argue against, even with a difficult matchup.


Sit: James Starks, Green Bay Packers, vs. Minnesota

Sure, the matchup isn’t awful but is anyone willing to bet that he gets enough touches? He had 25 carries in Week 11, but he only turned those into 75 yards (3.0 yards/carry). Then, after the Packers went down big early, he got just eight carries against the Giants. There’s too much risk for such a little reward.


Sit: Pittsburgh Steelers Running Backs, at Baltimore

If Ben Roethlisberger returns, this could be reevaluated. With Charlie Batch under center, however, the passing game just doesn’t scare anyone. That allows them to focus on he running backs.

As it is, the team has too many options to choose from, but if you cut down on its room to operate, it is just that much worse.


Wide Receiver (Two-Receiver Formats)

Start: Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars, at Buffalo

The Bills have allowed 20 passing touchdowns, which alone would make Shorts appealing. Add in Shorts being on a roll, and how could you sit him? He has scored in three straight games and has 100-plus yards receiving in three of his past five games.

While Justin Blackmon has garnered the attention recently, it’s Shorts that remains the better play.


Sit: Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs, vs. Carolina

He still has name appeal, but it is obvious that the Chiefs are just pathetic offensively this season. He hasn’t scored sine Week 4 and, despite having at least nine targets in four of the past six weeks, he hasn’t had more than 79 yards (and that was the lone time he was above 65).


Wide Receiver (Three-Receiver Format)

Start: Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles, at Dallas

I know it will likely be Nick Foles under center once again, but with DeSean Jackson out, Maclin should be the man. Plus, the last time these two teams met, all Maclin did was post eight catches for 93 yards and a touchdown.


Sit: Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams, vs. San Francisco

The question is if he will be healthy. He was basically used as a decoy in Week 12; even if he dresses, it will be hard to know for sure. Until he proves it on the field, he will be tough to trust.


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