Fantasy Football Week 13: Bold Predictions and Sleeper Picks for Weekend Action

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistNovember 29, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 17: Cornerback Brandon Boykin #22 of the Philadelphia Eagles is congratulated by teammate wide receiver Riley Cooper #14 after intercepting a pass in the end zone in the final moments of the game as the Eagles defeated the Washington Redskins 24-16 at Lincoln Financial Field on November 17, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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Any Joe Schmo with a keyboard can make predictions like "Calvin Johnson will be hard to stop this week" or "Hey now, keep an eye on that Adrian Peterson fellow, he's gonna be tough to stop." You aren't going out on a limb predicting huge things for those guys this week.

But if you have a taste for the bold, the bizarre, the downright hard to believe, you've come to the right place. Here, I've made five bold predictions for some shocking performances or truly deep sleepers you should keep an eye on.

Am I guaranteeing I'll be correct? Oh, please. However, will I toot my own horn if these crazy predictions actually come true? Like any other writer who is absolutely skewered by scorned Internet commenters when I'm wrong, you better believe it.


C.J. Spiller Will Blow Up This Week

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: C.J. Spiller #28 of the Buffalo Bills carries the ball during NFL game action against the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 17, 2013 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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This is such a bold prediction, I might actually sit Spiller in the one league I own him in because I'm so terrified of him after an incredibly disappointing season.

But if there was ever a week for Spiller to blow up, this would be it.

The Falcons allow 17.9 fantasy points to opposing running backs per week, 24th in the NFL, and have given up 15 or more fantasy points to opposing backs eight times. They also allow a whopping 130 rushing yards per game, 30th in the NFL, so everything points to plenty of opportunities for Spiller to exploit.

Plus, Buffalo is coming off a bye and the ankle that has plagued Spiller all season long should be close to 100 percentor at least as close to 100 percent as it's been this year.

You know what? I think I just talked myself into taking a chance on Spiller after all.

Wish me luck.


The Philadelphia Eagles Will Torch the Arizona Cardinals...

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 17: Quarterback Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles takes the field against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field on November 17, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Rob Carr/Getty Images

...and in the process, fantasy options like Nick Foles, DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy and even Riley Cooper will all have big weeks.

Sure, McCoy's upside on paper is limited this week, as the Cardinals allow just 9.9 fantasy points to opposing running backs per week, which is the best mark in the NFL. Sure, Jackson's upside is limited, as he'll surely draw a matchup against Patrick Peterson for much of the game. And, yes, both of those factors should limit Foles' upside as well. 

It all seems like madness, I know. The Cardinals have won four straight and held all but one opponent in that time to 14 or fewer points.

But the Eagles are coming off a byethus having had two weeks to find the holes in this defenseand are hot themselves, having won three straight.

In a matchup of the unstoppable force meeting the immovable object, I'm giving the edge to the former and in the process telling you that the fantasy options on the unstoppable force will all have big weeks. 


Brandon Weeden Will Be a QB1 This Week

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 03:  Quarterback Brandon Weeden #3 of the Cleveland Browns looks for a receiver against the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Okay, we may be veering from "bold" to "dumb" with this prediction, but what's life without a few darts blindly thrown at the wall here and again?

Look, there are actually compelling reasons to think Weeden could surprise everyone—including himself, given the way he's played this year—and put up QB1 numbers this week. The team has an atrocious running game, he has viable weapons in Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron, and the Jacksonville Jaguars allow 18.5 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks per week, which is 28th in the NFL.

Am I telling you to start him? No, I wouldn't do that to you. However, do I think there's a very good chance he sneaks into the QB1 realm this week? I can't believe I'm saying this, but, yes, I do.


Roddy White Will Reach Double-Digit Fantasy Points...

Nov 17, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (84) works out prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

...for the first time this season.

It's pretty simple—the Buffalo Bills allow 27.5 fantasy points to opposing wide receivers per week, which is 30th in the NFL. If White can't produce against this defense, well, it just won't happen at all this season. 

He's probably too terrifying to start, but don't be surprised if he taunts you from your bench with 10 or more points.


Andre Johnson Will Be the Bust of the Week

HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 24:  Andre Johnson #80 of the Houston Texans runs with the ball against Dwayne Gratz #27 of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second half at Reliant Stadium on November 24, 2013 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Image
Scott Halleran/Getty Images

There are two main reasons why Andre Johnson will be an absolute bust this week.

The first is Case Keenum, who went from everyone's darling—and a viable fantasy option—to that backup quarterback who has absolutely no idea how to handle pressure. And if there is one thing you can bet Bill Belichick will do this week, it's put his defense in position to pressure Keenum.

I mean, if Johnson could only manage two receptions for 36 receptions against the Jaguars, well, things aren't looking up for a matchup with New England.

The second is Aqib Talib, a physical corner who could give Johnson some real issues this week. If Talib can frustrate Johnson off the line and the Patriots can keep a steady rush on Keenum all game long, Johnson owners will be singing a sad tune indeed this Sunday.


All point totals for standard-scoring leaguesPoints against stats via ESPN.

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