Fantasy Football 2012: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Week 13

Jeremy Alpert@@pyroman1acSenior Analyst IINovember 30, 2012

Every week, there are certain fantasy studs who you simply have to start no matter what. Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson and Calvin Johnson fall into that category, to name a few.

There are also a good number of players you should probably sit each week as well. But then, there are those players whom you have no idea whether to start or sit.

Here are a few not-so-obvious guys at each major fantasy position who you might not know what to do with, but for whom the stats and other information dictates one way or the other.

Start 'Em: Quarterbacks 

Andy Dalton (at SD)

Andy Dalton is slowly becoming a bit of a fantasy stud as he now has six games with 20 or more fantasy points on the season and seven games with three or more total touchdowns.

He’s accomplished both in each of the last three weeks, with his last two coming against teams from the same division as his opponent this Sunday, the San Diego Chargers.

The Chargers have been a bit up-and-down against the pass this year and are currently right in the middle of the pack in terms of fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks.

However, they've been nailed by the injury bug yet again of late and are giving up a ton in the secondary because of it.

Look for Dalton to put in another nice low-end QB1 performance this weekend.

Write-ups for other Start 'Em QBs

Others with QB1 Potential


  • Colin Kaepernick (at StL)
  • Brandon Weeden (at Oak)
  • Ryan Tannehill (vs. NE)
  • Russell Wilson (at Chi)

Start 'Em: Running Backs

Jamaal Charles (vs. Car)

Jamaal Charles has double-digit fantasy points in three straight games now after his 23-carry, 107-yard game against a tough Broncos rush defense last week.

His 4.8 yards per carry this season are nearly a yard below his career average (5.7 YPC), but still rank within the top ten for running backs on the season.

This week he'll keep his home cleats on against a Carolina Panthers rush defense that just got torched by rookie Bryce Brown for 178 yards and two touchdowns last Monday night.

The week before that they were lit up by another rookie, Doug Martin, to the tune of 138 yards on 24 carries.

Against a team that has trouble tackling as is, a speedster like “The Ostrich” should be able to come up with a couple of long runs and easily find himself in the RB1 range this week. 

C.J. Spiller (vs. Jax)

Even though Fred Jackson actually played three more snaps than Spiller did against the Colts last weekend, C.J. still came out with more touches in the game, edging Jackson by a margin of 15 to 7.

Coach Chan Gailey hasn’t jumped off the bandwagon yet, either, as he came out to say after the game that Spiller will continue to see the most action this week against the Jaguars.

If that is indeed the case, then Spiller should be able to put up better numbers than the 107 yards on 14 carries he did last weekend, considering the Jags have allowed the fourth-most rushing yards and sixth-most fantasy points to running backs this season.

The main reason Spiller wasn't in the game as much as Jackson was because Jackson is a far superior pass protector. However, that won’t be an issue in this game with the Jaguars being tied for the least amount of sacks in the league.

Being at home, where Spiller tends to shine, I’m expecting a fat breakout game for the speed demon in this one. 

Write-ups for other Start 'Em RBs

Others with RB1 Potential

  • Trent Richardson (at Oak)
  • Doug Martin (at Den)
  • Alfred Morris (vs. NYG, Monday night)
  • Bryce Brown (at Dal, Sunday night)
  • Mikel Leshoure (vs. Ind)
  • Ahmad Bradshaw (at Was, Monday night)
  • Ryan Mathews (vs. Cin)


  • Beanie Wells (at NYJ)
  • Knowshon Moreno (vs. TB) 
  • Darren McFadden (vs. Cle) 
  • Rashad Jennings (at Buf) 
  • Jonathan Dwyer (at Bal)
  • Vick Ballard (at Det)
  • Joique Bell (vs. Ind)
  • Mike Tolbert (at KC)

Start 'Em: Wide Receivers

Wes Welker (at Mia)

Wes Welker has at least five catches in ten straight games now after accumulating seven catches for 71 yards and a touchdown on Thanksgiving.

I mention this because in the nine games he's faced the Dolphins since joining the Patriots back in 2007, not once did Welker catch fewer than five balls in a game.

In fact, some of his finest performances as a pro have been against Miami, with one of them coming just last season in Miami, when he had eight receptions for 160 yards and two touchdowns.

With Tom Brady’s other go-to guy, Rob Gronkowski, still out with an injury, you can bet Welker will see his fair share of targets in this game and should be able to put up WR1-type numbers with the action. 

Dez Bryant (vs. Phi, Sunday night)

Dez Bryant is obviously on the best roll of his career right now as he’s caught 23 balls for 377 yards and four touchdowns over the last three weeks.

In fact, if Calvin Johnson hadn’t transformed back into Megatron right around the same time, Bryant would have the most fantasy points in the league for wide receivers since Week 10.

This Sunday night, the Cowboys welcome the Philadelphia Eagles to town—and I do mean welcome—as Bryant will look to continue his recent hot play against the same team he started his latest streak against back in Week 10.

In that game, Dez had three catches for 87 yards and a touchdown, but with as poor as the Eagles defense has been playing of late and as well as Bryant has been playing, I expect even better numbers this time around. 

Write-ups for other Start 'Em WRs 

Others with WR1 Potential

  • Jordy Nelson (vs. Min)
  • Victor Cruz (at Was, Monday night)
  • Reggie Wayne (at Det)
  • Randall Cobb (vs. Min)
  • Hakeem Nicks (at Was, Monday night)
  • Eric Decker (vs. TB) 
  • Cecil Shorts (at Buf)


  • Ryan Broyles (vs. Ind)
  • Justin Blackmon (at Buf) 
  • Josh Gordon (at Oak)
  • Julian Edelman (at Mia)
  • Darrius Heyward-Bey (vs. Cle)
  • T.Y. Hilton (at Det)
  • Brandon LaFell (at KC)
  • Brian Hartline (vs. NE)
  • Santana Moss (vs. NYG, Monday night)
  • Chris Givens (vs. SF)
  • Davone Bess (vs. NE)

Start 'Em: Tight Ends 

Kyle Rudolph (at GB)

Rudolph came out of the Week 12 game against the Bears due to a concussion, but the reason he missed Wednesday’s practice wasn’t because of his head as he passed all his concussion tests, but instead due to a banged up shoulder that nobody seems to know anything about.

My guess at this point is that he’ll be okay, but what really matters is if Percy Harvin happens to miss one more week, then Rudolph fantasy owners will be psyched as all hell with the kid dominating since Harvin went down.

In the last two weeks, Kyle has averaged six catches for 59.5 yards and a touchdown, numbers that any fantasy owner would be happy with considering the craziness with tight ends this season.

This week he’ll face a Green Bay defense that’s normally pretty tough against tight ends, but Rudolph is on a bit of a roll right now and you really shouldn't mess with a winning streak.

Get him in there. 

Dallas Clark (at Den)

Yeah, I know, my head is spinning too. Dallas Clark in the top-ten tight ends?!?!

Actually, it’s not as strange as it sounds, as Clark actually ranks sixth in the league for most fantasy points over the last three weeks and ninth over the last five. Basically, if you haven’t played him lately, now would be a good time to start considering it.

Anyway, the Bucs and Clark will be taking on the Denver Broncos this weekend and though they pretty much rock in defending all other facets of the game, the Donkeys happen to suck at guarding the tight end position.

They've allowed the most touchdowns and the second-most fantasy points per game to tight ends this season, so look for Dallas to be included in the gameplan this week, with Denver focusing more of their attention on guys like Doug Martin and Vincent Jackson. 

Write-ups for other Start 'Em TEs

Others with TE1 Potential

  • Owen Daniels (at Ten)
  • Martellus Bennett (at Was, Monday night)
  • Marcedes Lewis (at Buf)
  • Jared Cook (vs. Hou)
  • Jermichael Finley (vs. Min)
  • Jermaine Gresham (at SD)


  • Tony Moeaki (vs. Car)
  • Dwayne Allen (at Det)
  • Ben Watson (at Oak)
  • Rob Housler (vs. NYJ)
  • Anthony Fasano (vs. NE)

Sit 'Em: Quarterbacks

Carson Palmer (vs. Cle)

Josh Freeman (at Den)

Philip Rivers (vs. Cin) 

Sit 'Em: Running Backs

Matt Forte (vs. Sea)

BenJarvus Green-Ellis (at SD)

Fred Jackson (vs. Jax)

Marcel Reece (vs. Cle)

Felix Jones (vs. Phi, Sunday night)

Steven Jackson (vs. SF)

Sit 'Em: Wide Receivers

Vincent Jackson (at Den)

Torrey Smith (vs. Pit) 

Denarius Moore (vs. Cle)

Dwayne Bowe (vs. Car)

Steve Smith (at KC)

Larry Fitzgerald (vs. NYJ)

Brandon Lloyd (at Mia) 

Sit 'Em: Tight Ends 

Brandon Myers (vs. Cle)

Heath Miller (at Bal)

Dustin Keller (vs. Ari)

Brandon Pettigrew (vs. Ind)

Brent Celek (at Dal, Sunday night)

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