NFL Fantasy Start And Sit Week 13

Wayne MakelaContributor IDecember 2, 2009

DENVER - NOVEMBER 26:  Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants delivers a pass against the Denver Broncos during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 26, 2009 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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We had a mediocre week with our start and sit calls for Week 12 , and like many fantasy owners and experts, were shocked to see Michael Turner start against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

However, other than some Jacksonville Jaguars promotions that didn't pan out, we made the right call on suggesting a start for Greg Olsen, while telling you to sit Jeremy Shockey.



QB Jay Cutler, CHI vs. STL

Jay Cutler and the Bears have to be the most disappointing team in football this year.  With 20 INTs, Cutler is having a “young Favre”-like year. However, Cutler will not only pass well this week, but he should have some open running lanes for scrambling too.

Projected stats: 28/36, 291 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT, 4 rushes, 32 yards, 1 TD

WR Jeremy Maclin, PHI @ ATL

With Matt Ryan and Michael Turner likely both out, the Eagles should be able to dominate ball control. This will mean more potential targets for the rookie sensation Maclin.

Projected stats: 6 catches, 125 yards, 1 TD

RB Fred Jackson, BUF vs. NYJ

Jackson is clearly becoming the No. 1 back, especially after the firing of Dick Jauron. Look for Jackson to light up the scoreboard multiple times in Canada on Thursday night (if you get NFL Network).

Projected stats: 16 rushes, 76 yards, 2 TD, 3 catches, 31 yards

TE Zach Miller, OAK @ PIT

Miller is one of the most athletic tight ends in the league, but he needs a QB who can throw him the ball. If Gradkowski can get him the ball, he could have a big day.

Projected stats: 6 catches, 86 yards


QB Eli Manning, NYG vs. DAL

It’s a huge divisional game in the NFC East. Besides a 384 yard outburst in an overtime game against the Falcons, Manning is only averaging 210 ypg over six games.

Who knows what the weather will be like in the Meadowlands, and Manning may be inconsistent all game against an attacking Dallas defense.

Projected stats: 18/30, 210 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT

WR Greg Jennings, GB vs. BAL

It’s going to be cold and potentially snowy Monday night in Green Bay, and the Ravens have shut down top WRs all year. Expect Rodgers to look for more dump-offs and check-downs to players like Donald Driver, Donald Lee, Jermichael Finley, and Ryan Grant. You should also expect for the run to dominate both teams’ offensive schemes.

Projected stats: 3 catches, 34 yards, 0 TD

RB Rashard Mendenhall, PIT vs. OAK

Believe it or not, the Raiders’ run defense actually is not that bad.  And with Willie Parker slowly stealing back some touches, Mendenhall’s value has gone down a bit. He will still get a good amount of touches, but don’t expect anything huge.

Projected stats: 18 carries, 56 yards, 0 TD, 1catch, 5 yards

TE Todd Heap, BAL @ GB

The Packers have shut down premiere tight ends all year, including a few weeks ago when they completely shut down Jason Witten. Especially with potentially bad weather, Heap won’t do much for you on Monday night.

Projected stats: 2 catches, 13 yards, 0 TD