Fantasy Football 2013: 10 Best Matchups to Exploit in Week 12
Week 12 Byes: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Philadelphia and Seattle
Whether you're chasing the playoffs or just playing out the schedule, the end of the fantasy football season is drawing near.
If you're trying to lock up a playoff spot, Week 12 will be a pivotal week in your league.
Here, we will take a look at some matchups you must take advantage of.
Some of these guys are usually must-starts if you own them, but this week they will enjoy especially solid outings.
Marques Colston vs. Atlanta
Marques Colston has been a disappointment this season, but on deck are the Atlanta Falcons.
The Falcons have been atrocious on defense this season, giving up nearly 250 passing yards per game. Only Buffalo and Minnesota have given up more than the 21 touchdowns allowed by Atlanta.
Drew Brees has been getting Colston more involved in the offense the past two games, as he has caught 12 passes for 187 yards and a touchdown.
He only has one other touchdown this season. That was against Atlanta in Week 1.
Andre Brown vs. Dallas
In the two games he has played this season, Giants running back Andre Brown has been given a total of 48 carries.
The team is clearly leaning on him as it looks to take pressure off of Eli Manning, and with the Giants riding a four-game winning streak, that won't change.
Brown figures to get many touches against a Dallas unit that is giving up 126.8 yards per game on the ground.
Add in the fact that they will likely be without middle linebacker Sean Lee, and Brown is a solid play in Week 12.
Zac Stacy vs. Chicago
The fact that Chicago allowed the struggling Ray Rice to run for 131 yards last Sunday is about all the assurance you need to start Zac Stacy this week.
Stacy has been a pleasant surprise for the Rams this season, running for 537 yards so far.
The Bears have given up 19.3 points per game to opposing running backs this season, and the game will be played indoors, making Stacy an attractive option.
Rashad Jennings vs. Tennessee
If Rashad Jennings gets the start for an injured Darren McFadden again, he is a viable option against Tennessee.
The Titans allowed Donald Brown to run for two touchdowns last Thursday night, and the Raiders ran the ball well in their most recent outing against Houston.
The Raiders even found a way to get Jennings involved in the Wildcat formation as he took a direct snap and ran 80 yards for a score last Sunday.
Jennings has 340 yards rushing in his past three games. Start him with confidence against the Titans.
Andre Johnson vs. Jacksonville
As long as Case Keenum is under center, Andre Johnson still has plenty of fantasy value.
Although he was pulled in the second half of Sunday's loss to Oakland, Keenum will start against Jacksonville.
That is good news for Johnson owners, as he has caught 28 passes for 471 yards in Keenum's four starts.
It's hard to imagine the Jaguars containing Johnson because they have given up 21.4 points a game to the wide receiver position this season.
Vincent Jackson vs. Detroit
Antonio Brown of Pittsburgh had his way with the Detroit defense last Sunday, and there is no reason Vincent Jackson can't do the same.
The Lions give up 28.6 points per game to the wide receiver position, second most in the league. They now have to contend with one of the most physical receivers in the league in Jackson.
The Bucs could easily get behind big in this game, forcing them to throw a lot. Look for Jackson to come away with a huge day as a result.
Scott Tolzien vs. Minnesota
Surprised? Don't be.
If you have found yourself in either of those scenarios, you could do a lot worse than Tolzien this week.
Minnesota has been horrible against the pass this season, giving up 280 yards per game. They have also given up the third-most fantasy points to quarterbacks.
Last week against the Giants, Tolzien completed five passes of 25 yards or more while throwing for 339 yards in the game.
If he can limit his mistakes, he could have a big day against the Vikings.
Carolina Defense/Special Teams vs. Miami
The Panthers easily have one of the best defenses in the NFL, and now they have a matchup their fantasy owners will love.
No team in the league has given up more sacks than Miami, and with two of their starters missing from the offensive line, that won't get any better.
Expect the Panthers to be in the face of Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill all day, forcing him into mistakes that result in turnovers.
Rob Gronkowski vs. Denver
Rob Gronkowski should be in line for an impressive outing against the Denver Broncos.
In fact, if you have players on either team, start them. This could easily turn into a shootout.
Denver has had its struggles covering tight ends, dating back to last season.
The Broncos will also be without starting safety Rahim Moore indefinitely, leaving a player like Mike Adams or Danny Trevathan to match up against the physical Gronkowski.
According to ESPN scoring, the Broncos give up the sixth-most fantasy points to tight ends.
Trevathan has been great in coverage, but he's yet to face a challenge like this. Gronkowski will be a matchup nightmare for the Broncos, and Tom Brady will target him often.
Colin Kaepernick vs. Washington
San Francisco is hungry for a win. Under the bright lights of Monday Night Football, Colin Kaepernick will shine.
Washington has allowed 18.5 points per game to quarterbacks this season, more than 27 other teams.
Kaepernick will take advantage with both his legs and his arm in this game.
In two games against Philadelphia, the Redskins allowed Michael Vick and Nick Foles to combine for 501 yards passing and 101 yards rushing.
Look for San Francisco to use a similar game plan, resulting in a big game for Kaepernick.