Start Em Sit Em Week 13: Projecting Best and Worst Fantasy Plays

Mike HoagCorrespondent IIDecember 1, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 25:  Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints at The Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 25, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Which NFL stars do you sit and which do you start in Week 13? Start 'em sit 'em isn’t an exact science, but it’s the best we’ve got.

Praying to the football gods probably wouldn't hurt either.

Fantasy seasons are beginning to come to an end. Are you on the outside looking in or fighting for a coveted playoff spot?

No matter, this is a game of pride and knocking one of your co-workers or sister-in-law from playoff contention can be just as gratifying as getting there yourself.

Take my advice, it’s worth it.

The following list will break down a couple borderline plays this week in an attempt to keep your fantasy lineup on top of its game.


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Justin Blackmon/Cecil Shorts, WR

Blackmon and Shorts have been the benefactor of the quarterback switch in Jacksonville. Chad Henne has added a new dimension to the offense that’s given them a quick-strike ability downfield. That was missing with Blaine Gabbert behind center.

Blackmon has scored three times in four weeks after not scoring a touchdown for the first eight weeks of his rookie season. He’s also averaging 21 fantasy points per game since Henne took the reins of Jacksonville’s offense.

Shorts has been the best and most consistent big-play threat for the Jaguars passing game. He’s averaging 10 fantasy points per game on the season and 15 per game over the last three matchups.


Colin Kaepernick, QB

Kaepernick put up 16 points in limited action against the Rams while playing in relief of Alex Smith following a concussion in Week 10. He’s played two games since then and won them both. That’s helped prove the youngster has what it takes to lead the San Francisco 49ers offense and put up fantasy points in the process.

Alex Smith managed the Niners offense, but Kaepernick has the ability to make it really soar.

The Rams have been so-so against opposing quarterbacks this season. However, Kaepernick has proved he can put up points. He’s a dual-threat quarterback and is excellent at throwing out of the pocket (61.1 percent completion rate).


Vincent Jackson, WR

Something tells me the Mile High air at Sports Authority Field is going to help Josh Freeman and Jackson put up some points against the Denver Broncos. Denver will definitely be putting its own points on the board against the worst-ranked Tampa Bay pass defense.

Denver has the sixth-ranked defense against fantasy receivers. However, they have had been beat at times this season through the air. That bodes well for the fourth-ranked fantasy receiver.

Jackson is averaging 12.2 points per game and has gotten into the end zone seven times so far this season. He has the potential to absolutely go off at any given time and is the best deep-ball threat for the Bucs.

There is no way to justify having him on your bench this week.


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Mike Wallace, WR

Wallace is having a down year for a player with his potential. He’s had his moments but hasn’t exploded yet to make a huge impact. That's why he fell to the 28th-rank in fantasy wide receiver scoring.

This week, it’s not going to get any better for him. He was held to just four catches for 24 yards against Baltimore in Week 11. He’s recorded just seven fantasy points over the past three games since Ben Roethlisberger went down.

All seven of those points were against the Chiefs. His three catches for 14 yards and one score all came from Big Ben. So, he hasn’t actually scored a fantasy point in the two games since the injury to Roethlisberger.



Torrey Smith, WR

Baltimore’s top big-play threat was shut down by the Pittsburgh Steelers defense two weeks ago at Heinz Field. The Ravens typically struggle on the road but it was an unusually unproductive game for Smith.

He’s averaging nearly 10 fantasy points per game but the Steelers blanked him in non-PPR leagues.

With all things considered, he should have a better outing than in Week 11. Still, Smith has a tough matchup against the top-ranked fantasy passing defense.


Christian Ponder, QB

The Green Bay Packers have been all over the spectrum when it comes to allowing quarterbacks to score fantasy points against them. Five times a quarterback has thrown for two or more touchdowns and only twice have they kept an opposing quarterback under 200 yards.

Still, the unit forces turnovers and harasses quarterbacks in passing situations to make key stops. Then there’s the presence of Adrian Peterson. All Day will be running wild against the Pack at home and Ponder’s arm will be an afterthought.

Even if the Vikes decide to deploy him he’s proven not a reliable option. Plus, the team’s biggest offensive weapon, Percy Harvin, is still hobbled by an ankle injury and his status is up in the air.

You can do better at quarterback in such a crucial week.