Fantasy Football Week 13: Ben Roethlisberger, Calvin Johnson, and Busts To Avoid

Ethan NorofCorrespondent INovember 30, 2010

That smile might not be there against Baltimore.
That smile might not be there against Baltimore.Rick Stewart/Getty Images

With fantasy football playoffs either here or just around the corner depending upon the format of your league, it's crunch time for owners to prove that their team is the best in 2010.

Don't be the lame-duck owner that finds themselves with the same starting lineup that was penciled in three weeks ago. 

Play the best matchups, don't be afraid to be bold, and above all else, check the inactive list on Sunday.

Ben Roethlisbeger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

After a very mediocre performance against Buffalo, Big Ben's owners have to be wondering what's wrong with the quarterback.

Apparently battling a mild foot sprain throughout the Week 12 matchup, Roethlisberger didn't have the same effectiveness that he usually boasts. Unfortunately, he gets a tough matchup with the Ravens this week which will be a very stern test, given the magnitude of the game.

While he has had serious success against Baltimore in the past, it's no lock that he'll play well as this is a whole new Big Ben in 2010. 

Dustin Keller, TE, New York Jets

Keller really hasn't been a factor since early in the season, despite all the preseason hype that surrounded him.

With the Jets set to play their biggest game on the schedule against the Patriots on Monday Night Football, Keller figures to be another non-factor as the New York squad will look to burn the vulnerable secondary with deep threats Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards. 

Cedric Benson, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

Benson has really been up and down for his owners this season. After looking mediocre once again against the Jets in Week 12, Benson will face a stringent Saints front in Week 13.

In all likelihood, the Bengals will be playing catch up all night and will have to air it out frequently, limiting the effect that Benson will be able to have in the game. 

Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions

Megatron has been arguably the best receiver to own from a fantasy standpoint this season with 11 touchdowns to his name. With double-digit outings in three straight contests, owners might think he's looking as good as ever.

Unfortunately, the prolific wideout is going to take a giant step back this week as the Lions take on a very resurgent Bears defense that will look to hold them to nothing all night long.

With backup QB Shaun Hill very questionable for the game, it looks like Drew Stanton could start. Yuck.