Fantasy Football Week 13 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em

Eric MackFantasy Football Lead WriterNovember 30, 2013

Fantasy Football Week 13 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em

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    Stevan Ridley is buried so deep in the doghouse, we don't bother to tell you to sit him for Shane Veeren.
    Stevan Ridley is buried so deep in the doghouse, we don't bother to tell you to sit him for Shane Veeren.Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

    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

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    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.

     

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    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.

    Week 13 Quarterbacks Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankQuarterbacksTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Tony RomoDalvs. Oak5+4
    2Tom BradyNEat Hou 6+4
    3Peyton ManningDenat KC1-2
    4Drew BreesNOat Sea40
    5Matthew StaffordDetvs. GB2-3
    6Cam NewtonCarvs. TB3-3
    7Colin KaepernickSFvs. StL 12+5
    8Andy DaltonCinat SD11+3
    9Philip RiversSDvs. Cin 10+1
    10Robert GriffinWasvs. NYG 17+7
    11Russell WilsonSeavs. NO9-2
    12Nick FolesPhivs. Ari7-5
    13Carson PalmerAriat Phi130
    14Alex SmithKCvs. Den15+1
    15Andrew LuckIndvs. Ten14-1
    16Josh McCown Chiat Min8-8
    17Matt RyanAtlat Buf 16-1
    18Eli ManningNYGat Was19+1
    19Ben RoethlisbergerPitat Bal 21+2
    20Joe Flacco Balvs. Pit28+8
    21EJ ManuelBufvs. Atl 22+1
    22Matt FlynnGBat Det 20-2
    23Case Keenum Houvs. NE26+3
    24Mike Glennon TBat Car27+3
    25Matt McGloin Oakat Dal250
    26Ryan FitzpatrickTenat Ind18-8
    27Brandon Weeden Clevs. Jac 24-3
    28Ryan Tannehill Miaat NYJ 23-5
    29Christian PonderMinvs. Chi290
    30Geno SmithNYJvs. Mia32+2
    31Kellen ClemensStLat SF33+2
    32Chad Henne Jacat Cle 31-1
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros

Running Backs: 'Tis the Season to Rely on Run-Heavy Offenses (Like the Jets')

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    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.

     

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    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. 

    Week 13 Running Backs Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankRunning BacksTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Adrian PetersonMinvs. Chi10
    2Jamaal CharlesKCvs. Den20
    3Matt ForteChiat Min30
    4Marshawn LynchSeavs. NO40
    5Frank GoreSFvs. StL 7+2
    6 LeSean McCoyPhivs. Ari5-1
    7Ray RiceBalvs. Pit22+15
    8C.J. SpillerBufvs. Atl 20+12
    9Reggie BushDetvs. GB8-1
    10Andre BrownNYGat Was6-4
    11Eddie LacyGBat Det 9-2
    12Alfred MorrisWasvs. NYG 11-1
    13Chris JohnsonTenat Ind10-3
    14 Le'Veon BellPitat Bal 21+7
    15DeMarco MurrayDalvs. Oak12-3
    16Shane Vereen NEat Hou 18+2
    17 Knowshon MorenoDenat KC14-3
    18 Rashad JenningsOakat Dal13-5
    19Chris IvoryNYJvs. Mia31+12
    20 Zac StacyStLat SF15-5
    21Maurice Jones-DrewJacat Cle 16-5
    22Fred JacksonBufvs. Atl 19-3
    23Andre EllingtonAriat Phi28+5
    24 Giovani BernardCinat SD17-7
    25Steven JacksonAtlat Buf 26+1
    26Darren SprolesNOat Sea37+11
    27Danny Woodhead SDvs. Cin 23-4
    28Ben TateHouvs. NE25-3
    29Rashard MendenhallAriat Phi34+5
    30Ryan MathewsSDvs. Cin 32+2
    31 Stevan Ridley NEat Hou 33+2
    32Montee BallDenat KC38+6
    33Donald BrownIndvs. Ten30-3
    34Trent RichardsonIndvs. Ten39+5
    35Dennis JohnsonHouvs. NE44+9
    36Bobby Rainey TBat Car27-9
    37DeAngelo WilliamsCarvs. TB46+9
    38 BenJarvus Green-EllisCinat SD41+3
    39Chris Ogbonnaya Clevs. Jac 36-3
    40Lamar MillerMiaat NYJ 29-11
    41Kendall HunterSFvs. StL 55+14
    42 Joique BellDetvs. GB40-2
    43Pierre ThomasNOat Sea24-19
    44Mike Tolbert Carvs. TB48+4
    45Robert Turbin Seavs. NO71+26
    46James StarksGBat Det 62+16
    47 Bilal PowellNYJvs. Mia35-12
    48Benny CunninghamStLat SF45-3
    49Bernard PierceBalvs. Pit60+11
    50 Jacquizz RodgersAtlat Buf 52+2
    51 Shonn GreeneTenat Ind59+8
    52Brian LeonardTBat Car56+4
    53Willis McGaheeClevs. Jac 63+10
    54Jonathan StewartCarvs. TB47-7
    55Peyton Hillis NYGat Was68+13
    56Mark IngramNOat Sea50-6
    57Roy Helu Wasvs. NYG 61+4
    58 LeGarrette Blount NEat Hou 64+6
    59Bryce BrownPhivs. Ari66+7
    60Michael BushChiat Min58-2
    61 Fozzy WhittakerClevs. Jac 54-7
    62Jason Snelling Atlat Buf 81+19
    63Jordan Todman Jacat Cle 65+2
    64Toby Gerhart Minvs. Chi49-15
    65Felix JonesPitat Bal 89+24
    66Jonathan Dwyer Pitat Bal 83+17
    67Ronnie BrownSDvs. Cin 53-14
    68 Knile DavisKCvs. Den80+12
    69Lance DunbarDalvs. Oak74+5
    70 Denard RobinsonJacat Cle 97+27
    71Christine MichaelSeavs. NO82+11
    72 LaMichael JamesSFvs. StL 88+16
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros

Wide Receivers: Trust Michael Floyd's Breakthrough but Not Tiquan Underwood's

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    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.

     

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    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.

    Week 13 Wide Receivers Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankWide ReceiversTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Calvin JohnsonDetvs. GB3+2
    2Brandon MarshallChiat Min20
    3Dez BryantDalvs. Oak4+1
    4A.J. GreenCinat SD1-3
    5Larry FitzgeraldAriat Phi10+5
    6Josh GordonClevs. Jac 5-1
    7Demaryius ThomasDenat KC6-1
    8Victor CruzNYGat Was14+6
    9 Alshon JefferyChiat Min8-1
    10Andre JohnsonHouvs. NE11+1
    11Jordy NelsonGBat Det 12+1
    12Pierre GarconWasvs. NYG 15+3
    13Vincent JacksonTBat Car130
    14Antonio BrownPitat Bal 7-7
    15Wes WelkerDenat KC16+1
    16DeSean JacksonPhivs. Ari9-7
    17Michael FloydAriat Phi18+1
    18Mike WallaceMiaat NYJ 24+6
    19Eric DeckerDenat KC22+3
    20Dwayne BoweKCvs. Den31+11
    21Jarrett Boykin GBat Det 26+5
    22Roddy WhiteAtlat Buf 40+18
    23Nate BurlesonDetvs. GB30+7
    24Steve SmithCarvs. TB27+3
    25Kendall WrightTenat Ind23-2
    26James JonesGBat Det 36+10
    27Anquan BoldinSFvs. StL 35+8
    28Marques ColstonNOat Sea34+6
    29Keenan AllenSDvs. Cin 17-12
    30Torrey SmithBalvs. Pit20-10
    31Riley CooperPhivs. Ari21-10
    32T.Y. HiltonIndvs. Ten25-7
    33Steve JohnsonBufvs. Atl 330
    34Danny Amendola NEat Hou 39+5
    35Julian Edelman NEat Hou 44+9
    36Harry DouglasAtlat Buf 19-17
    37Hakeem NicksNYGat Was41+4
    38Rod Streater Oakat Dal32-6
    39Emmanuel SandersPitat Bal 42+3
    40Cecil ShortsJacat Cle 29-11
    41 Rueben RandleNYGat Was37-4
    42Dexter McCluster KCvs. Den58+16
    43Mohamed Sanu Cinat SD69+26
    44Percy Harvin Seavs. NO28-16
    45 DeAndre HopkinsHouvs. NE54+9
    46Robert WoodsBufvs. Atl 49+3
    47 Kenbrell Thompkins NEat Hou 57+10
    48Michael Crabtree SFvs. StL 52+4
    49Brian HartlineMiaat NYJ 38-11
    50Brandon LaFell Carvs. TB45-5
    51Marlon BrownBalvs. Pit85+34
    52Justin HunterTenat Ind51-1
    53Terrance WilliamsDalvs. Oak50-3
    54Miles AustinDalvs. Oak62+8
    55Santonio HolmesNYJvs. Mia64+9
    56Golden TateSeavs. NO43-13
    57Donnie AveryKCvs. Den63+6
    58Greg JenningsMinvs. Chi70+12
    59Greg LittleClevs. Jac 80+21
    60 Rishard MatthewsMiaat NYJ 47-13
    61Eddie RoyalSDvs. Cin 74+13
    62Chris GivensStLat SF71+9
    63Marvin JonesCinat SD53-10
    64Kris DurhamDetvs. GB75+11
    65Ted GinnCarvs. TB78+13
    66 Tiquan UnderwoodTBat Car55-11
    67 Cordarrelle PattersonMinvs. Chi46-21
    68Tavon AustinStLat SF48-20
    69Nate WashingtonTenat Ind60-9
    70Andre RobertsAriat Phi76+6
    71Vincent BrownSDvs. Cin 81+10
    72Jeremy Kerley NYJvs. Mia93+21
    73Jason Avant Phivs. Ari98+25
    74Kenny StillsNOat Sea59-15
    75 Davone BessClevs. Jac 86+11
    76Lance MooreNOat Sea73-3
    77Doug BaldwinSeavs. NO61-16
    78 Darrius Heyward-BeyIndvs. Ten90+12
    79Jerricho CotcheryPitat Bal 67-12
    80 LaVon Brazill Indvs. Ten96+16
    81Marquise GoodwinBufvs. Atl 56-25
    82Ace SandersJacat Cle 66-16
    83Mike BrownJacat Cle 82-1
    84Stephen HillNYJvs. Mia103+19
    85Santana MossWasvs. NYG 91+6
    86Darius JohnsonAtlat Buf 83-3
    87Austin Pettis StLat SF95+8
    88 Tandon DossBalvs. Pit105+17
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros

Tight Ends: Don't Sit Jimmy Graham for Him, but Go Back to Jordan Cameron Now

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    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.

     

    Sit 'Em

    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.

    Week 13 Tight Ends Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankTight EndsTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Rob GronkowskiNEat Hou 10
    2Jason WittenDalvs. Oak4+2
    3Jimmy GrahamNOat Sea2-1
    4Julius ThomasDenat KC3-1
    5Vernon DavisSFvs. StL 50
    6Greg OlsenCarvs. TB7+1
    7Jordan CameronClevs. Jac 6-1
    8Antonio GatesSDvs. Cin 11+3
    9 Coby Fleener Indvs. Ten90
    10Tony GonzalezAtlat Buf 8-2
    11Jordan ReedWasvs. NYG 12+1
    12 Martellus BennettChiat Min10-2
    13 Delanie WalkerTenat Ind130
    14Rob Housler Ariat Phi16+2
    15Garrett GrahamHouvs. NE150
    16Brandon Pettigrew Detvs. GB22+6
    17Tim WrightTBat Car18+1
    18Heath MillerPitat Bal 19+1
    19Brandon MyersNYGat Was25+6
    20Jared CookStLat SF200
    21John CarlsonMinvs. Chi17-4
    22Scott ChandlerBufvs. Atl 23+1
    23Jermaine GreshamCinat SD30+7
    24 Marcedes LewisJacat Cle 39+15
    25Brent Celek Phivs. Ari26+1
    26Zach Ertz Phivs. Ari29+3
    27Tyler Eifert Cinat SD28+1
    28Zach MillerSeavs. NO35+7
    29Andrew Quarless GBat Det 40+11
    30Anthony FasanoKCvs. Den24-6
    31Mychal RiveraOakat Dal310
    32Jeff CumberlandNYJvs. Mia34+2
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros

Defense/Special Teams: Sit Both Chiefs and Broncos in Marquee AFC West Matchup

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    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.

     

    Cleveland Browns

    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.

     

    Sit 'Em

    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.

     

    Denver Broncos

    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.

    Week 13 Defenses and Special Teams Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankDefenses and Special TeamsTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Dallas CowboysDalvs. Oak9+8
    2New England PatriotsNEat Hou 3+1
    3Carolina PanthersCarvs. TB1-2
    4San Francisco 49ersSFvs. StL 2-2
    5Baltimore RavensBalvs. Pit6+1
    6Cincinnati BengalsCinat SD15+9
    7Chicago BearsChiat Min12+5
    8New York JetsNYJvs. Mia11+3
    9Cleveland BrownsClevs. Jac 5-4
    10St. Louis RamsStLat SF14+4
    11Seattle SeahawksSeavs. NO7-4
    12Arizona CardinalsAriat Phi10-2
    13Miami DolphinsMiaat NYJ 4-9
    14Denver BroncosDenat KC13-1
    15Kansas City ChiefsKCvs. Den16+1
    16Philadelphia EaglesPhivs. Ari19+3
    17Detroit LionsDetvs. GB26+9
    18New Orleans SaintsNOat Sea180
    19Green Bay PackersGBat Det 28+9
    20Buffalo BillsBufvs. Atl 8-12
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros

Kickers: A Bad Matchup Is Not Enough to Consider Sitting a Steven Hauschka

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    Matchups just don't matter as much when you have a kicker like Steven Hauschka in fantasy leagues.
    Matchups just don't matter as much when you have a kicker like Steven Hauschka in fantasy leagues.Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

    Start 'Em

    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.

     

    Sit 'Em

    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.

    Week 13 Kickers Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankKickersTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Stephen GostkowskiNEat Hou 10
    2Matt PraterDenat KC5+3
    3Steven Hauschka Seavs. NO4+1
    4Mason CrosbyGBat Det 9+5
    5Phil DawsonSFvs. StL 12+7
    6Mike NugentCinat SD26+20
    7Dan BaileyDalvs. Oak2-5
    8Ryan Succop KCvs. Den80
    9Nick FolkNYJvs. Mia20+11
    10Justin TuckerBalvs. Pit13+3
    11David AkersDetvs. GB10-1
    12Garrett HartleyNOat Sea7-5
    13Matt BryantAtlat Buf 22+9
    14Adam VinatieriIndvs. Ten140
    15Sebastian JanikowskiOakat Dal24+9
    16Robbie GouldChiat Min3-13
    17Alex Henery Phivs. Ari11-6
    18Nick Novak SDvs. Cin 15-3
    19Dan CarpenterBufvs. Atl 6-13
    20Jay FeelyAriat Phi19-1
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros

     

     

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