NFL Fantasy Football Risers and Fallers: Week 13

Taylor SmithAnalyst IDecember 2, 2009

ST. LOUIS - NOVEMBER 29:  Justin Forsett #20 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on November 29, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Seahawks beat the Rams 27-17.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Week 12 saw quarterbacks going wild, a few old friends reasserting themselves (Miles Austin, Antonio Gates), and the weekly "random running back that puts up insane numbers."

Based on recent performance, here are five fantasy guys I'd pick up or start, and five more that I'd drop or sit going into Week 13.


Justin Forsett, RB, Seattle Seahawks

Forsett has made the most of his time in the spotlight with Julius Jones out of the lineup.

Against St. Louis last Sunday, he racked up 130 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

This weekend, he'll be facing San Francisco, a much tougher run defense.

However, don't be surprised if he's able to punch another one in, assuming Jones is out once again.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Buffalo Bills

Fitzpatrick is quickly turning into an unlikely hero for the Bills, as he's thrown for over 230 yards and at least one touchdown in each of his past two games. When Terrell Owens is quoted as saying he's "thankful for Ryan Fitzpatrick", you know things are going fairly well in Buffalo.

Fitzpatrick doesn't have the best match-up in the world against the Jets this week, but two solid games in a row and an offense that is quietly on the rise suggests that he's at least a better option than Brady Quinn and Kyle Boller.

Vince Young, QB, Tennessee Titans

Each of these guys put up big numbers last weekend, but they'll be facing much tougher matchups this weekend, as Fitzpatrick faces the Jets, and Young goes up against the 11-0 Colts.

Fitzpatrick may be able to pile up some yardage against New York, but their defense is proficient in forcing turnovers, so buyer beware.

Young was able to throw for a whopping 387 yards against Arizona, but Indy's defense (even if beleaguered) is more stout.

However, he somehow just finds a way to keep getting the job done.

Fitzpatrick and Young are nice flex plays if you have an opening.

Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

Charles went off against the Chargers, rushing for 93 yards with a touchdown on just 14 carries.

The Broncos are another tough defense, but Charles is certainly explosive enough to break one against anybody.

Without much of a passing game for the Chiefs, expect Charles to be heavily involved once again.

Kenny Britt, WR, Tennessee Titans

Britt has had two consecutive solid games (each with a TD) in the absence of Justin Gage.

With Gage questionable for the Colts game, Britt appears to still be the No. 1 deep threat for Vince Young.

Chris Johnson will still dominate the ball (for obvious reasons), but don't be surprised if Britt is able to find the end zone.

Knowshon Moreno, RB, Denver Broncos

The Chiefs have one of the league's worst run defenses, so Moreno should have plenty of room to run.

He's flown under the radar so far, but he's put up several games with impressive totals on the ground, and don't expect this week to be any different.

Start him.


Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears

If "fantasy football faller" was in the dictionary, you'd likely see a picture of Cutler or Matt Forte next to it.

It's been an inaugural season in Chicago to forget for Cutler, and I wouldn't trust him in any matchup right now.

Yes, they're playing the Rams, but I can't imagine a scenario that would call for me to start him over anyone else.

Steve Smith, WR, New York Giants

I'm not sure I would start any Giant these days.

Since erupting to start the year, Smith has just one touchdown in his last seven games.

He's still putting up decent yardage totals, but if he isn't scoring, there are better options out there.

Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Seattle Seahawks

Hasselbeck threw for just 105 yards against the Rams, and a matchup with the hot 49ers defense isn't going to help him any.

A deficit could force Hasselbeck to have to throw more than he did last week, but I wouldn't anticipate that equaling big fantasy numbers.

Willis McGahee, RB, Baltimore Ravens

McGahee racked up five touchdowns through the first three games of the season and looked like he'd be Baltimore's sure thing goal-line back.

However, he's scored just once since then (last week against Pittsburgh) and has had several zero-point weeks. 

Keep him on the pine until it's proven that he'll be able to punch it into the end zone.

Kurt Warner, QB, Arizona Cardinals

If he plays, Warner will be facing a Minnesota defense that has been allowing nothing all season long.

Considering the way the Vikings are able to get to the quarterback, I'd be terrified of the chances that Warner winds up on the ground, and out of the game.

I don't even know if I'd play him if I were Ken Whisenhunt, and I certainly wouldn't play him if I were his fantasy owner.


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