Fantasy Football Week 13 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em
You are a pro at setting your fantasy lineup by now. Not only are there no bye weeks to make for challenging decisions on fringe players, but six teams have already played on Thanksgiving Day, too.
It makes for fewer dilemmas in the final week of the regular season in standard fantasy leagues. For those still analyzing the minutia, we present to you Bleacher Report's Saturday Start 'Em, Sit 'Em. This six-position slideshow gives you the starts and sits based on matchup and all of the updated rankings.
Quarterbacks: We Are Down on Our (Andrew) Luck and Up on Andy Dalton
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
He is coming off a 93-yard performance against the Browns, but expect the San Diego weather to invigorate his arm and the Bengals' play-calling. The Chargers are fifth worst against the pass and sixth worst in fantasy against quarterbacks. This should be another 300-yard, three-touchdown game for the emerging Dalton.
Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
Palmer and the Cards are hot, and they are facing the worst pass defense in football in the Eagles this week. The Eagles will push the tempo as they always do, and Palmer is a pretty good bet to be able to keep up behind Bruce Arians' aggressive play-calling. Philly is fifth worst against fantasy quarterbacks, too.
Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs
Not only has Smith been consistently solid in fantasy this season, but he has also had to open up the offense in his team's past two losses. Expect that to continue against the Broncos and Peyton Manning. It has been that way all season against Denver, which is third worst against the pass and fourth worst in fantasy against quarterbacks.
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
He has struggled in three consecutive weeks, and it is no coincidence his decline has coincided with the loss of Reggie Wayne (knee). Luck doesn't have a reliable veteran go-to man, and Trent Richardson has not helped at all at taking the pressure off with the run. Luck is facing a good Titans secondary that is No. 8 against the pass and No. 5 against fantasy quarterbacks. Sit Luck for one of the guys above.
Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
You can like his progress as a rookie starting quarterback all you want, but you cannot like him at Carolina. Proven NFL vets have struggled there this year. The Panthers are No. 7 against the pass and No. 2 against fantasy quarterbacks this season. Glennon is a sit even in two-quarterback formats.
Case Keenum, Houston Texans
If you thought getting benched against the Raiders was bad, how about that performance against the lowly Jaguars last week? He threw for a season-low 169 yards and no touchdowns against a team that is in the bottom eight of fantasy against quarterbacks. Keenum will get a long leash as the Texans evaluate him for 2014, but if they keep losing, they might be in position to grab an elite quarterback. Keenum is too difficult to trust right now.
|1||Tony Romo||Dal||vs. Oak||5||+4|
|2||Tom Brady||NE||at Hou||6||+4|
|3||Peyton Manning||Den||at KC||1||-2|
|4||Drew Brees||NO||at Sea||4||0|
|5||Matthew Stafford||Det||vs. GB||2||-3|
|6||Cam Newton||Car||vs. TB||3||-3|
|7||Colin Kaepernick||SF||vs. StL||12||+5|
|8||Andy Dalton||Cin||at SD||11||+3|
|9||Philip Rivers||SD||vs. Cin||10||+1|
|10||Robert Griffin||Was||vs. NYG||17||+7|
|11||Russell Wilson||Sea||vs. NO||9||-2|
|12||Nick Foles||Phi||vs. Ari||7||-5|
|13||Carson Palmer||Ari||at Phi||13||0|
|14||Alex Smith||KC||vs. Den||15||+1|
|15||Andrew Luck||Ind||vs. Ten||14||-1|
|16||Josh McCown||Chi||at Min||8||-8|
|17||Matt Ryan||Atl||at Buf||16||-1|
|18||Eli Manning||NYG||at Was||19||+1|
|19||Ben Roethlisberger||Pit||at Bal||21||+2|
|20||Joe Flacco||Bal||vs. Pit||28||+8|
|21||EJ Manuel||Buf||vs. Atl||22||+1|
|22||Matt Flynn||GB||at Det||20||-2|
|23||Case Keenum||Hou||vs. NE||26||+3|
|24||Mike Glennon||TB||at Car||27||+3|
|25||Matt McGloin||Oak||at Dal||25||0|
|26||Ryan Fitzpatrick||Ten||at Ind||18||-8|
|27||Brandon Weeden||Cle||vs. Jac||24||-3|
|28||Ryan Tannehill||Mia||at NYJ||23||-5|
|29||Christian Ponder||Min||vs. Chi||29||0|
|30||Geno Smith||NYJ||vs. Mia||32||+2|
|31||Kellen Clemens||StL||at SF||33||+2|
|32||Chad Henne||Jac||at Cle||31||-1|
Running Backs: 'Tis the Season to Rely on Run-Heavy Offenses (Like the Jets')
Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Gore is coming off a disappointing game against the Redskins, but he now draws the Rams, who have been the second-worst team in fantasy against running backs. Colin Kaepernick showed more juice Monday night and Michael Crabtree (knee) returns, but this game will be in Gore's hands for the most part. The matchup is so good, you might consider Kendall Hunter as a flex play.
Chris Ivory, New York Jets
Ivory was limited to 35 yards last week with an ankle issue, but he is listed as probable for Sunday. He will be facing a Dolphins team that has struggled against the run at times (eighth worst in the NFL). Miami is sixth worst in fantasy against running backs, so expect the Jets to use Ivory often to help take the pressure off struggling Geno Smith. Bilal Powell will be the passing-down back, but Ivory should be effective enough on the early downs to carry the load here for fantasy owners.
Shane Vereen, New England Patriots
The stars have aligned perfectly for Vereen owners. He returned from his wrist injury as a productive pass receiver, and now Stevan Ridley and LeGarrette Blount are both in the doghouse for fumbling issues. Brandon Bolden is still in the mix, but Vereen is the lone Pats back to trust in fantasy leagues this week. Start him in all PPR formats, at the very least.
C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills
This remains a frustrating timeshare in fantasy, but the good news is the Bills have to lean on the run late in the year. Also, Spiller is healthier now than he has been since he injured the sore ankle that he has been playing on. Finally, the Falcons are 29th in the NFL against the run and in the bottom 10 of fantasy against running backs. Start both Bills backs.
Andre Brown, New York Giants
Not only has Brown proven to be a workhorse, but he also won't have to share short-yardage carries with Brandon Jacobs (knee) this week. Jacobs has been ruled out, according to the official NFL injury report. The Redskins have been the seventh-worst team in fantasy against running backs, so you should fully expect a run-heavy game plan in Washington.
Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins
Daniel Thomas (ankle) is out, so Miller should get a lot more carries than he has been getting amid the Dolphins' offensive line woes of late. Marcus Thigpen and rookie Mike Gillislee are seldom-used reserves that won't take much of the action from Miller. The problem here lies in the fact the Jets are No. 1 against the run and No. 2 against fantasy running backs.
Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
We are left to call Week 11 phenomenon Bobby Rainey a one-week wonder. Rainey struggled last week against the Lions and now has to travel to Carolina to face a Panthers defense that has been fifth best against fantasy running backs and third against the run. Rainey and Brian Leonard are bad plays.
Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers
He has been solid in fantasy for about two months now, even managing to get in the end zone against the Chiefs defense last week. The Browns are allowing under 100 yards rushing per game at 97.7, good for sixth in the NFL. Also, Mathews is dealing with a sore hamstring. It is a bad week to trust Mathews, particularly with the byes over and your alternatives more readily available.
DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert, Carolina Panthers
This three-headed monster might collectively post solid rushing numbers, but the fact they all split evenly ruins their fantasy value. Even if Williams and Stewart do some damage between the 20s, we should expect Tolbert to get the short-yardage carries. Against the Bucs defense—top 10 against the run and fantasy running backs—there are no guarantees here.
|Rank||Running Backs||Team||Opponent||ECR||vs. ECR|
|1||Adrian Peterson||Min||vs. Chi||1||0|
|2||Jamaal Charles||KC||vs. Den||2||0|
|3||Matt Forte||Chi||at Min||3||0|
|4||Marshawn Lynch||Sea||vs. NO||4||0|
|5||Frank Gore||SF||vs. StL||7||+2|
|6||LeSean McCoy||Phi||vs. Ari||5||-1|
|7||Ray Rice||Bal||vs. Pit||22||+15|
|8||C.J. Spiller||Buf||vs. Atl||20||+12|
|9||Reggie Bush||Det||vs. GB||8||-1|
|10||Andre Brown||NYG||at Was||6||-4|
|11||Eddie Lacy||GB||at Det||9||-2|
|12||Alfred Morris||Was||vs. NYG||11||-1|
|13||Chris Johnson||Ten||at Ind||10||-3|
|14||Le'Veon Bell||Pit||at Bal||21||+7|
|15||DeMarco Murray||Dal||vs. Oak||12||-3|
|16||Shane Vereen||NE||at Hou||18||+2|
|17||Knowshon Moreno||Den||at KC||14||-3|
|18||Rashad Jennings||Oak||at Dal||13||-5|
|19||Chris Ivory||NYJ||vs. Mia||31||+12|
|20||Zac Stacy||StL||at SF||15||-5|
|21||Maurice Jones-Drew||Jac||at Cle||16||-5|
|22||Fred Jackson||Buf||vs. Atl||19||-3|
|23||Andre Ellington||Ari||at Phi||28||+5|
|24||Giovani Bernard||Cin||at SD||17||-7|
|25||Steven Jackson||Atl||at Buf||26||+1|
|26||Darren Sproles||NO||at Sea||37||+11|
|27||Danny Woodhead||SD||vs. Cin||23||-4|
|28||Ben Tate||Hou||vs. NE||25||-3|
|29||Rashard Mendenhall||Ari||at Phi||34||+5|
|30||Ryan Mathews||SD||vs. Cin||32||+2|
|31||Stevan Ridley||NE||at Hou||33||+2|
|32||Montee Ball||Den||at KC||38||+6|
|33||Donald Brown||Ind||vs. Ten||30||-3|
|34||Trent Richardson||Ind||vs. Ten||39||+5|
|35||Dennis Johnson||Hou||vs. NE||44||+9|
|36||Bobby Rainey||TB||at Car||27||-9|
|37||DeAngelo Williams||Car||vs. TB||46||+9|
|38||BenJarvus Green-Ellis||Cin||at SD||41||+3|
|39||Chris Ogbonnaya||Cle||vs. Jac||36||-3|
|40||Lamar Miller||Mia||at NYJ||29||-11|
|41||Kendall Hunter||SF||vs. StL||55||+14|
|42||Joique Bell||Det||vs. GB||40||-2|
|43||Pierre Thomas||NO||at Sea||24||-19|
|44||Mike Tolbert||Car||vs. TB||48||+4|
|45||Robert Turbin||Sea||vs. NO||71||+26|
|46||James Starks||GB||at Det||62||+16|
|47||Bilal Powell||NYJ||vs. Mia||35||-12|
|48||Benny Cunningham||StL||at SF||45||-3|
|49||Bernard Pierce||Bal||vs. Pit||60||+11|
|50||Jacquizz Rodgers||Atl||at Buf||52||+2|
|51||Shonn Greene||Ten||at Ind||59||+8|
|52||Brian Leonard||TB||at Car||56||+4|
|53||Willis McGahee||Cle||vs. Jac||63||+10|
|54||Jonathan Stewart||Car||vs. TB||47||-7|
|55||Peyton Hillis||NYG||at Was||68||+13|
|56||Mark Ingram||NO||at Sea||50||-6|
|57||Roy Helu||Was||vs. NYG||61||+4|
|58||LeGarrette Blount||NE||at Hou||64||+6|
|59||Bryce Brown||Phi||vs. Ari||66||+7|
|60||Michael Bush||Chi||at Min||58||-2|
|61||Fozzy Whittaker||Cle||vs. Jac||54||-7|
|62||Jason Snelling||Atl||at Buf||81||+19|
|63||Jordan Todman||Jac||at Cle||65||+2|
|64||Toby Gerhart||Min||vs. Chi||49||-15|
|65||Felix Jones||Pit||at Bal||89||+24|
|66||Jonathan Dwyer||Pit||at Bal||83||+17|
|67||Ronnie Brown||SD||vs. Cin||53||-14|
|68||Knile Davis||KC||vs. Den||80||+12|
|69||Lance Dunbar||Dal||vs. Oak||74||+5|
|70||Denard Robinson||Jac||at Cle||97||+27|
|71||Christine Michael||Sea||vs. NO||82||+11|
|72||LaMichael James||SF||vs. StL||88||+16|
Wide Receivers: Trust Michael Floyd's Breakthrough but Not Tiquan Underwood's
Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals
Carson Palmer's Cardinals are hot, and Floyd is a big part of it, getting downfield in Bruce Arians' vertical attack. Larry Fitzgerald is already a start in all leagues, but you can add Floyd to that, too, ahead of a matchup with an Eagles defense that is dead last against the pass and the worst in fantasy against wide receivers.
Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs
Alex Smith has done a better job getting the ball to Bowe in recent weeks, particularly in the end zone. He should have plenty of chances to do so again in a potential shootout against Peyton Manning and the Broncos, too. Denver is third worst against the pass. Expect Bowe to get at least four catches for 60 yards and a touchdown.
Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
No one should truly trust the injury-plagued veteran at this point, but you have to like a matchup against the second-worst team in fantasy against wide receivers. The Bills have allowed the most touchdown receptions to wideouts through 11 games. White and quarterback Matt Ryan are certainly due to click.
Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans
He is coming off his best game of the season (103 yards and a touchdown), but that is merely the culmination of a number of consecutive weeks as the most-targeted Titans receiver. It hasn't mattered who is at quarterback for the Titans of late; the ball is going to Wright. The Colts are also the sixth-worst team in fantasy against receivers.
Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills
He returns from a groin injury in time to face a young Falcons secondary that has been in the bottom 10 against the pass and fantasy wide receivers for most of the season. EJ Manuel has a young receiving corps to work with, but Johnson is the veteran who should draw the most targets, especially in the red zone.
Tiquan Underwood, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
He managed a couple of big plays against the Lions last week, but don't expect that to happen again against the Panthers defense. Carolina is No. 7 against the pass and No. 4 against fantasy wideouts. Underwood is more likely to get shut out here than he is to reach the end zone again.
Lance Moore and Kenny Stills, New Orleans Saints
The Seahawks have the second-best pass defense in football and rank third in fantasy against wide receivers. You probably should not sit a healthy Marques Colston here, but Moore, Stills and Robert Meachem have to be avoided.
Percy Harvin, Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse, Seattle Seahawks
Harvin's return is intriguing, but not against Rob Ryan's third-ranked pass defense. The Saints are in the top 10 of fantasy against receivers, and there is a timeshare here that cannot fully be explained just yet. Harvin will be a fantasy factor in future weeks, and Tate can be, too, but you are best off avoiding all of Russell Wilson's targets until one emerges as the go-to man.
T.Y. Hilton, Darrius Heyward-Bey and LaVon Brazill, Indianapolis Colts
There was hope for these guys once Reggie Wayne (knee) went down for the season, but the Titans are quietly eighth best against the pass and No. 1 in fantasy against wide receivers. You should have ample alternatives that are more intriguing than these targets right now.
Santonio Holmes, Jeremy Kerley, David Nelson, Stephen Hill and Greg Salas, New York Jets
There is no doubt Geno Smith is struggling right now. The Jets might have some hope in the passing game if Holmes (hamstring) was healthy, but ESPN's Rich Cimini tweeted Friday that head coach Rex Ryan was "concerned." You cannot like any of the backups either, especially since the Dolphins are No. 2 in fantasy against wide receivers. They have allowed a league-low one touchdown reception to wideouts to date.
|Rank||Wide Receivers||Team||Opponent||ECR||vs. ECR|
|1||Calvin Johnson||Det||vs. GB||3||+2|
|2||Brandon Marshall||Chi||at Min||2||0|
|3||Dez Bryant||Dal||vs. Oak||4||+1|
|4||A.J. Green||Cin||at SD||1||-3|
|5||Larry Fitzgerald||Ari||at Phi||10||+5|
|6||Josh Gordon||Cle||vs. Jac||5||-1|
|7||Demaryius Thomas||Den||at KC||6||-1|
|8||Victor Cruz||NYG||at Was||14||+6|
|9||Alshon Jeffery||Chi||at Min||8||-1|
|10||Andre Johnson||Hou||vs. NE||11||+1|
|11||Jordy Nelson||GB||at Det||12||+1|
|12||Pierre Garcon||Was||vs. NYG||15||+3|
|13||Vincent Jackson||TB||at Car||13||0|
|14||Antonio Brown||Pit||at Bal||7||-7|
|15||Wes Welker||Den||at KC||16||+1|
|16||DeSean Jackson||Phi||vs. Ari||9||-7|
|17||Michael Floyd||Ari||at Phi||18||+1|
|18||Mike Wallace||Mia||at NYJ||24||+6|
|19||Eric Decker||Den||at KC||22||+3|
|20||Dwayne Bowe||KC||vs. Den||31||+11|
|21||Jarrett Boykin||GB||at Det||26||+5|
|22||Roddy White||Atl||at Buf||40||+18|
|23||Nate Burleson||Det||vs. GB||30||+7|
|24||Steve Smith||Car||vs. TB||27||+3|
|25||Kendall Wright||Ten||at Ind||23||-2|
|26||James Jones||GB||at Det||36||+10|
|27||Anquan Boldin||SF||vs. StL||35||+8|
|28||Marques Colston||NO||at Sea||34||+6|
|29||Keenan Allen||SD||vs. Cin||17||-12|
|30||Torrey Smith||Bal||vs. Pit||20||-10|
|31||Riley Cooper||Phi||vs. Ari||21||-10|
|32||T.Y. Hilton||Ind||vs. Ten||25||-7|
|33||Steve Johnson||Buf||vs. Atl||33||0|
|34||Danny Amendola||NE||at Hou||39||+5|
|35||Julian Edelman||NE||at Hou||44||+9|
|36||Harry Douglas||Atl||at Buf||19||-17|
|37||Hakeem Nicks||NYG||at Was||41||+4|
|38||Rod Streater||Oak||at Dal||32||-6|
|39||Emmanuel Sanders||Pit||at Bal||42||+3|
|40||Cecil Shorts||Jac||at Cle||29||-11|
|41||Rueben Randle||NYG||at Was||37||-4|
|42||Dexter McCluster||KC||vs. Den||58||+16|
|43||Mohamed Sanu||Cin||at SD||69||+26|
|44||Percy Harvin||Sea||vs. NO||28||-16|
|45||DeAndre Hopkins||Hou||vs. NE||54||+9|
|46||Robert Woods||Buf||vs. Atl||49||+3|
|47||Kenbrell Thompkins||NE||at Hou||57||+10|
|48||Michael Crabtree||SF||vs. StL||52||+4|
|49||Brian Hartline||Mia||at NYJ||38||-11|
|50||Brandon LaFell||Car||vs. TB||45||-5|
|51||Marlon Brown||Bal||vs. Pit||85||+34|
|52||Justin Hunter||Ten||at Ind||51||-1|
|53||Terrance Williams||Dal||vs. Oak||50||-3|
|54||Miles Austin||Dal||vs. Oak||62||+8|
|55||Santonio Holmes||NYJ||vs. Mia||64||+9|
|56||Golden Tate||Sea||vs. NO||43||-13|
|57||Donnie Avery||KC||vs. Den||63||+6|
|58||Greg Jennings||Min||vs. Chi||70||+12|
|59||Greg Little||Cle||vs. Jac||80||+21|
|60||Rishard Matthews||Mia||at NYJ||47||-13|
|61||Eddie Royal||SD||vs. Cin||74||+13|
|62||Chris Givens||StL||at SF||71||+9|
|63||Marvin Jones||Cin||at SD||53||-10|
|64||Kris Durham||Det||vs. GB||75||+11|
|65||Ted Ginn||Car||vs. TB||78||+13|
|66||Tiquan Underwood||TB||at Car||55||-11|
|67||Cordarrelle Patterson||Min||vs. Chi||46||-21|
|68||Tavon Austin||StL||at SF||48||-20|
|69||Nate Washington||Ten||at Ind||60||-9|
|70||Andre Roberts||Ari||at Phi||76||+6|
|71||Vincent Brown||SD||vs. Cin||81||+10|
|72||Jeremy Kerley||NYJ||vs. Mia||93||+21|
|73||Jason Avant||Phi||vs. Ari||98||+25|
|74||Kenny Stills||NO||at Sea||59||-15|
|75||Davone Bess||Cle||vs. Jac||86||+11|
|76||Lance Moore||NO||at Sea||73||-3|
|77||Doug Baldwin||Sea||vs. NO||61||-16|
|78||Darrius Heyward-Bey||Ind||vs. Ten||90||+12|
|79||Jerricho Cotchery||Pit||at Bal||67||-12|
|80||LaVon Brazill||Ind||vs. Ten||96||+16|
|81||Marquise Goodwin||Buf||vs. Atl||56||-25|
|82||Ace Sanders||Jac||at Cle||66||-16|
|83||Mike Brown||Jac||at Cle||82||-1|
|84||Stephen Hill||NYJ||vs. Mia||103||+19|
|85||Santana Moss||Was||vs. NYG||91||+6|
|86||Darius Johnson||Atl||at Buf||83||-3|
|87||Austin Pettis||StL||at SF||95||+8|
|88||Tandon Doss||Bal||vs. Pit||105||+17|
Tight Ends: Don't Sit Jimmy Graham for Him, but Go Back to Jordan Cameron Now
Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns
The Browns are going back to Brandon Weeden at quarterback, but that isn’t the only reason to like early-season star Cameron. He is facing the Jags, who are second worst in fantasy against tight ends. Cameron, who was once challenging Jimmy Graham for the top spot in fantasy at this position, will get double digits in standard leagues again here, something he hasn't done since Week 7.
Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts
The Titans have a good secondary, No. 8 against the pass, but they are much better on the outside against wide receivers (No. 1) than they are against tight ends (11th worst). Fleener has steadily proven to be Andrew Luck's most trustworthy target, so he should post the catches and yards even if he is held out of the end zone. Start Fleener in all leagues down the stretch.
Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears
He hasn't been as good with Josh McCown at quarterback as with Jay Cutler, but he has the right matchup this week to perform among the top 12 fantasy tight ends. The Vikings have allowed the fourth-most points to the position in fantasy and have given up nine touchdowns. Only the Cardinals have given up more (10). No, you shouldn't consider Brent Celek or Zach Ertz over Bennett this week.
Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams
He has had his moments this year, including a solid Week 12 performance, but he faces a tough 49ers defense on the road this week. It should mean poor catch and yardage totals and no touchdowns. The 49ers are second best in fantasy against tight ends, allowing a league-low 373 yards to the position through 11 games.
Zach Miller, Seattle Seahawks
If any team gets a good workout every week against tight ends in practices, it is the New Orleans Saints. Not only has Rob Ryan made them No. 3 against the pass, but he has neutralized tight ends, too. The Saints are fifth best against the position. No one should be dipping so low to trust Miller this week.
Rob Housler, Arizona Cardinals
While we love the Cardinals' emergence and Housler's stretch potential, you have to be wary of starting him against an Eagles defense that has given up just one touchdown to a tight end all season. The Eagles are No. 1 in fantasy against the position, and Housler is just outside the starter rankings this week.
|Rank||Tight Ends||Team||Opponent||ECR||vs. ECR|
|1||Rob Gronkowski||NE||at Hou||1||0|
|2||Jason Witten||Dal||vs. Oak||4||+2|
|3||Jimmy Graham||NO||at Sea||2||-1|
|4||Julius Thomas||Den||at KC||3||-1|
|5||Vernon Davis||SF||vs. StL||5||0|
|6||Greg Olsen||Car||vs. TB||7||+1|
|7||Jordan Cameron||Cle||vs. Jac||6||-1|
|8||Antonio Gates||SD||vs. Cin||11||+3|
|9||Coby Fleener||Ind||vs. Ten||9||0|
|10||Tony Gonzalez||Atl||at Buf||8||-2|
|11||Jordan Reed||Was||vs. NYG||12||+1|
|12||Martellus Bennett||Chi||at Min||10||-2|
|13||Delanie Walker||Ten||at Ind||13||0|
|14||Rob Housler||Ari||at Phi||16||+2|
|15||Garrett Graham||Hou||vs. NE||15||0|
|16||Brandon Pettigrew||Det||vs. GB||22||+6|
|17||Tim Wright||TB||at Car||18||+1|
|18||Heath Miller||Pit||at Bal||19||+1|
|19||Brandon Myers||NYG||at Was||25||+6|
|20||Jared Cook||StL||at SF||20||0|
|21||John Carlson||Min||vs. Chi||17||-4|
|22||Scott Chandler||Buf||vs. Atl||23||+1|
|23||Jermaine Gresham||Cin||at SD||30||+7|
|24||Marcedes Lewis||Jac||at Cle||39||+15|
|25||Brent Celek||Phi||vs. Ari||26||+1|
|26||Zach Ertz||Phi||vs. Ari||29||+3|
|27||Tyler Eifert||Cin||at SD||28||+1|
|28||Zach Miller||Sea||vs. NO||35||+7|
|29||Andrew Quarless||GB||at Det||40||+11|
|30||Anthony Fasano||KC||vs. Den||24||-6|
|31||Mychal Rivera||Oak||at Dal||31||0|
|32||Jeff Cumberland||NYJ||vs. Mia||34||+2|
Defense/Special Teams: Sit Both Chiefs and Broncos in Marquee AFC West Matchup
New England Patriots
They have been awful against the run (31st), something the Texans used to do well, but expect the Pats to tee off against Case Keenum here. Houston is the second-worst team in fantasy against defense/special teams because of Matt Schaub's pick-six streak, but Keenum couldn't beat the Jags. The Texans should struggle mightily against the Pats, like they did a year ago when they were actually good.
New York Jets
The Jets might have looked awful in their past two losses, but they are the best team in football against the run, and they should be able to pin their ears back against a ravaged Dolphins offensive line. This has the makings of a multiple-touchdown day for Rex Ryan's defense at home. Miami is ninth worst against defenses in fantasy, and they have struggled in their past three road games.
Joe Haden is almost superfluous in this matchup. The Jags don't get much done offensively, and the Browns are a lot better defensively than anyone might think. The Jags are fourth worst in fantasy against defenses, which makes Haden's Browns one of the streaming plays of the week.
Kansas City Chiefs
What the heck was that against the Chargers? Call it a sandwich-game performance all you want, but that was awful. It makes the Chiefs impossible to trust against Peyton Manning's Broncos coming off a loss. This one could get ugly for the Chiefs.
Not only are the Chiefs No. 1 in fantasy against defenses, but the Broncos were ripped in the second half and overtime by the Pats a week ago. The Chiefs have lost consecutive games, too. You should be sure Manning is going to put up numbers, but expect Andy Reid's Chiefs offense to respond to the challenge as well.
New Orleans Saints
You shouldn't sit the Seahawks defense at home against Drew Brees, nor can you trust the fringe Saints defense at Seattle against Russell Wilson. Seattle is in the top 10 of fantasy against defenses, having thrown just six interceptions. The Saints are going to have a hard time scoring against a Seahawks team that will be running the ball and playing keep-away from Brees.
|Rank||Defenses and Special Teams||Team||Opponent||ECR||vs. ECR|
|1||Dallas Cowboys||Dal||vs. Oak||9||+8|
|2||New England Patriots||NE||at Hou||3||+1|
|3||Carolina Panthers||Car||vs. TB||1||-2|
|4||San Francisco 49ers||SF||vs. StL||2||-2|
|5||Baltimore Ravens||Bal||vs. Pit||6||+1|
|6||Cincinnati Bengals||Cin||at SD||15||+9|
|7||Chicago Bears||Chi||at Min||12||+5|
|8||New York Jets||NYJ||vs. Mia||11||+3|
|9||Cleveland Browns||Cle||vs. Jac||5||-4|
|10||St. Louis Rams||StL||at SF||14||+4|
|11||Seattle Seahawks||Sea||vs. NO||7||-4|
|12||Arizona Cardinals||Ari||at Phi||10||-2|
|13||Miami Dolphins||Mia||at NYJ||4||-9|
|14||Denver Broncos||Den||at KC||13||-1|
|15||Kansas City Chiefs||KC||vs. Den||16||+1|
|16||Philadelphia Eagles||Phi||vs. Ari||19||+3|
|17||Detroit Lions||Det||vs. GB||26||+9|
|18||New Orleans Saints||NO||at Sea||18||0|
|19||Green Bay Packers||GB||at Det||28||+9|
|20||Buffalo Bills||Buf||vs. Atl||8||-12|
Kickers: A Bad Matchup Is Not Enough to Consider Sitting a Steven Hauschka
Nick Folk, New York Jets
The past two losses haven't been kind to Folk's fantasy production, but you should expect a much better game against the Dolphins' suspect run defense. Geno Smith won't have the pressure on him as much this week, so the Jets should get the ball into scoring position for Folk more often. The Dolphins have been the fourth-worst team in fantasy against kickers this season.
Robbie Gould, Chicago Bears
We don't rank him as a starter in standard leagues, but he is a nice sleeper option against the Vikings in the dome. Minnesota has allowed the fifth-most points to fantasy kickers to date.
Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks
This is a vote of confidence for one of fantasy's most trustworthy options this season. Hauschka is a solid play at home, despite the fact the Saints have been the third-best team in fantasy against kickers.
Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis Rams
Speaking of unfavorable matchups, Greg "The Leg" is facing the 49ers, who have allowed the fewest points to fantasy kickers this season. Zuerlein is off the radar at San Francisco.
Dan Carpenter, Buffalo Bills
We expect the Bills to run the ball well against the Falcons, but you still cannot trust that offense week to week. Sure, the Falcons are the worst team in fantasy against kickers, and Carpenter has been a sleeper at times, but there are just too many options we would pick over Carpenter right now.
Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings
Like Zuerlein, Walsh has had a disappointing second year, although it's more the fault of his quarterback's play than of his own kicking. The Bears are sixth worst against fantasy kickers, but there are much better options than Walsh in fantasy this week.
|1||Stephen Gostkowski||NE||at Hou||1||0|
|2||Matt Prater||Den||at KC||5||+3|
|3||Steven Hauschka||Sea||vs. NO||4||+1|
|4||Mason Crosby||GB||at Det||9||+5|
|5||Phil Dawson||SF||vs. StL||12||+7|
|6||Mike Nugent||Cin||at SD||26||+20|
|7||Dan Bailey||Dal||vs. Oak||2||-5|
|8||Ryan Succop||KC||vs. Den||8||0|
|9||Nick Folk||NYJ||vs. Mia||20||+11|
|10||Justin Tucker||Bal||vs. Pit||13||+3|
|11||David Akers||Det||vs. GB||10||-1|
|12||Garrett Hartley||NO||at Sea||7||-5|
|13||Matt Bryant||Atl||at Buf||22||+9|
|14||Adam Vinatieri||Ind||vs. Ten||14||0|
|15||Sebastian Janikowski||Oak||at Dal||24||+9|
|16||Robbie Gould||Chi||at Min||3||-13|
|17||Alex Henery||Phi||vs. Ari||11||-6|
|18||Nick Novak||SD||vs. Cin||15||-3|
|19||Dan Carpenter||Buf||vs. Atl||6||-13|
|20||Jay Feely||Ari||at Phi||19||-1|
Eric Mack, one of the giants among fantasy writers, is the Fantasy Football Lead Writer for Bleacher Report this season. Follow him on Twitter, where you can ask him endless questions about your team, rip him for his content and even challenge him to a head-to-head fantasy game. You can also listen to him on his podcast that he deprecatingly dubbed the Fantasy FatCast.
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