Fantasy Football: NFL Week 13 Player Breakdowns by Matchup

Keet Bailey@@KeetBaileyCorrespondent IIDecember 1, 2010

We’re coming down to the last week for some fantasy owners to make that last minute playoff push. If you’re just on the brink, you’ll need every point possible to beat your opponent. Most fantasy football leagues do an overall points scored tie-breaker, so it’s also important that you score as many as you can get in these last weeks.

There are always surprises, and it can be frustrating. Frank Gore owners are panicking right now with him going on the IR, but don’t fret, as we have the answers to all of your fantasy players matchups.

There are some great matchups this week for many players, but there are also quite a few sleepers to keep in mind. It’s your choice on who you start but look no further than NFL Soup’s Weekly Player Breakdowns for Week 13:

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Houston Texans @ Philadelphia Eagles (Thursday Night)

Houston Texans

QB Matt Schaub - Schaub is a QB2 against the Eagles. If Asante Samuel doesn’t play again, he could have a nice day against an inexperienced secondary. ***

RB Arian Foster - No reason to sit Foster as he continues to produce. ****

WR Andre Johnson - Johnson won’t be suspended despite his MMA tactics on Sunday. Keep him in. ****

WR Kevin Walter  - Inconsistency tells me to stay away from Walter. **

WR Jacoby Jones - Jones isn’t worth a start unless a receiver goes down. *

TE Owen Daniels - Daniels wasn’t active on Sunday’s game and is looking more like a Fantasy Dud for 2010. Stay away from him. **

TE Joel Dreessen - Daniels will most likely sit on Thursday. Dresseen remains a nice option. ***

Texans Defense - I can’t start this defense so long as they continue to give up touchdown after touchdown. *

Philadelphia Eagles

QB Michael Vick - No reason to sit Vick against the Texans poor defense. *****

RB LeSean McCoy - Keep playing McCoy who makes plays weekly. ****

WR DeSean Jackson - Despite his past two performances, I’m starting Jackson against the Texans secondary. ****

WR Jeremy Maclin - Maclin should be started as a WR2 at most every week. ****

WR Jason Avant - Avant catches almost everything but isn’t targeted heavily. ***

TE Brent Celek - I’d sit Celek as long as Vick is the starter. He wasn’t even targeted once in Week 11. *

Philadelphia Defense - Houston’s tough offense makes Philly worthy of sitting, especially if Asante Samuel misses the game again. ***


Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions

Chicago Bears

QB Jay Cutler - Cutler’s inconsistency continues. The matchup is favorable, however. ***

RB Matt Forte - Keep Forte plugged in. He won’t rush for a lot of yardage, but he’ll be a factor in the passing game. ***

RB Chester Taylor - I still wouldn’t play Taylor unless you’re in a very deep league. **

WR Devin Hester - Hester could be a decent Flex play in deep leagues this week. **

WR Johnny Knox - Knox maintains a nice Flex play in all leagues. ***

WR Earl Bennett - Bennett has a nice Week 12, but he remains a risky Flex start in deep leagues. **

TE Greg Olsen - Olsen is a nice red zone target but won’t get many yards. He’s a risky play as he only scores if he gets receptions in the red zone. **

Chicago Defense - I’ll pass against an improving Lions offense. **

Detroit Lions

QB Shaun Hill - There’s a good chance Hill will sit out with a broken right index finger. *

QB Drew Stanton - Stanton should get the start against the Bears. There’s limited value here. **

RB Jahvid Best - Best may not see many carries going forward with his turf toe. Maurice Morris will suffice for the Lions. *

RB Maurice Morris - Morris is good for goal line carries, but has a tough matchup this week. ***

WR Calvin Johnson - Johnson still has value regardless of the quarterback. ****

WR Nate Burleson - Tough to tell what Burleson’s value will be with Stanton at the helm. Start with caution. **

TE Brandon Pettigrew - Stanton likes his tight ends. Keep him in the lineup. ***

Detroit Defense - I’d steer clear of Detroit’s defense most weeks. **


New Orleans Saints @ Cincinnati Bengals

New Orleans Saints

QB Drew Brees - Brees continues to be a great start. ****

RB Pierre Thomas - Thomas’ value is limited for the rest of the season, even if he does come back. It’s clear he’s not going to be 100 percent even when he does come back. *

RB Reggie Bush - Bush was never valuable in fantasy as it is. I doubt that changes. *

RB Chris Ivory - Ivory should get the carries, at least on the goal line. He’s a risky start, however. **

WR Marques Colston - Keep Colston in your WR2 spot at the least. ****

WR Lance Moore - I’d keep Lance in the Flex in PPR at the least. ***

WR Devery Henderson - Henderson finally made a few plays. The inconsistency is scary. **

WR Robert Meachem - He won’t get yardage but can score. Too inconsistent for my liking. **

TE Jeremy Shockey - Shockey may not play again but doesn’t have much value with Jimmy Graham seeing more targets weekly. **

TE Jimmy Graham - If Shockey sits, Graham is a nice sleeper TE. **

New Orlean s - This defense is tough, but Cincy can score when it wants to. They are a risky start. ***

Cincinnati Bengals

QB Carson Palmer - I’d consider sitting Palmer this week. **

RB Cedric Benson - Benson should rebound this week against an inconsistent Saints rush defense. ***

WR Chad Ochocinco - He hasn’t done much all season. This isn’t a good start, either.  **

WR Terrell Owens - Owens could be sat this week, but he generally finds a way to produce. ***

WR Jordan Shipley - Shipley’s value lies in PPR leagues. Although he finally scored his second touchdown of the season. **

TE Jermaine Gresham - Gresham is a inconsistent. There are better options. **

Cincinnati Defense - Cincinnati’s defense just isn’t playing well at all in 2010. **


Buffalo Bills @ Minnesota Vikings

Buffalo Bills

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick - Fitzpatrick continues to produce. He’s a middle grade QB2. ***

RB C.J. Spiller - With Fred Jackson playing well, Spiller won’t see many touches even if he does play. *

RB Fred Jackson - Jackson is finding ways to produce regardless of competition. Get him in the Flex. ****

WR Lee Evans - Evans is a mediocre Flex play at best. **

WR Steve Johnson - Keep him in the matchup. His drops will continue but so will his production. ****

TE Shawn Nelson - Buffalo rarely targets tight ends. *

Buffalo Defense - No thanks to the Buffalo defense in any week. *

Minnesota Vikings

QB Brett Favre - Favre just isn’t a legit fantasy quarterback anymore. But he gets yet another favorable matchup. **

RB Adrian Peterson - It’s possible that AP sits. If not, he’s a fine start as usual. ****

RB Toby Gerhart - If AP sits, get Gerhart in the game. ***

WR Percy Harvin - Harvin has struggled recently. He gets another favorable matchup, however. ***

WR Sidney Rice - Rice is still just a Flex play right now. ***

TE Visanthe Shiancoe - Shiancoe had a decent Week 12. He’s still a limited value. **

Minnesota Defense - Not a bad matchup, but the Minnesota defense has been very disappointing. **


Washington Redskins @ New York Giants

Washington Redskins

QB Donovan McNabb - This would be a good week to bench McNabb. **

RB Ryan Torain - Torain still isn’t 100 percent. Look for Williams to get the carries. *

RB Keiland Williams - Williams will get the carries but is worth benching this week. **

WR Santana Moss - Moss is a nice option for PPR, but in regular formats may be worth sitting this week. ***

WR Anthony Armstrong - Armstrong will make plays every once in awhile but is too inconsistent to start in fantasy. **

TE Chris Cooley - Cooley isn’t bad start most weeks. He’ll continue to see receptions. ***

TE Fred Davis - Davis is emerging as a nice sleeper in fantasy as McNabb is finding him more. **

Washington Defense - I’ll pass on Washington’s defense. **

Key Note - Clinton Portis has been placed on the IR effective Week 12.

New York Giants

QB Eli Manning - Eli will continue to produce as a QB1 this week. If you can deal with the interceptions, he’s worth it. ****

RB Ahmad Bradshaw - Bradshaw will continue to get touches and make plays despite not being the “starter”.  ****

RB Brandon Jacobs - Jacobs is now the “starter” and is a decent Flex option. ***

WR Steve Smith - Smith will probably sit at least one more week. *

WR Hakeem Nicks - Nicks will be out for the next few weeks with a leg injury. *

WR Mario Manningham - Manningham becomes Manning’s No. 1 target with Nicks, Smith, Barden and Cruz out. ****

WR Derek Hagan - Hagan could be a solid fantasy option in deep leagues, but we want to see more first. **

WR Duke Calhoun - Calhoun wasn’t targeted once in Week 12. *

TE Kevin Boss - Boss should be started this week. He has a bigger role with Smith and Nicks out. ****

New York Defense  - I like the NYG defense this week. ****


Cleveland Browns @ Miami Dolphins

Cleveland Browns

QB Jake Delhomme - Delhomme is back in action. His fantasy value is virtually non-existent. *

RB Peyton Hillis - You just can’t sit Hillis. *****

WR Mohamed Massaquoi - Mass is improving, but he’s too inconsistent to play in fantasy. *

WR Chansi Stuckey - Stuckey is a PPR Flex play at most. **

WR Brian Robiskie - Robiskie finally caught a few passes. Don’t waste a roster spot on him though. *

TE Ben Watson - Watson is a nice play in deeper leagues. ***

Cleveland Defense - This defense gives up too many plays late in the game to start this week. **

Miami Dolphins

QB Chad Henne - Henne is back and has a favorable matchup. Not a bad QB2, despite not having Brandon Marshall. ***

RB Ronnie Brown - It’s frustrating having either Miami RB. This matchup is solid though, but I’d stay away. ***

RB Ricky Williams - The inconsistency kills me, but the matchup is favorable. ***

WR Brandon Marshall - There’s a good chance Marshall sits out in Week 13. *

WR Davone Bess - Get Bess back in with Henne back, and Marshall out. ***

WR Brian Hartline - I like Hartline in PPR leagues, especially. He’s making plays. ***

TE Anthony Fasano - I’d stay away from Fasano until he can become consistent. **

Miami Defense - They’ll struggle with Hillis, but most likely make a few plays against Delhomme. ***


Jacksonville Jaguars @ Tennessee Titans

Jacksonville Jaguars

QB David Garrard - I’d sit Garrard against the Titans.**

RB Maurice Jones-Drew - Keep plugging MJD in. ****

WR Mike Sims-Walker - The inconsistency makes MSW a weak play. **

WR Mike Thomas - Thomas is a solid Flex play in PPR leagues. ***

TE Marcedes Lewis - The matchup is nice for Lewis, but Garrard will struggle. ***

Jacksonville Defense - Keep the Jags defense on the bench every week. *

Tennessee Titans

QB Kerry Collins - Collins could be back for Week 13, if he is, he has a favorable matchup. ***

QB Rusty Smith - Just say no to Rusty Smith if he starts. *

RB Chris Johnson - Johnson was shut down in Week 12. But I can’t sit him against the Jaguars. ****

WR Randy Moss - If Collins starts, Moss could be a decent option. But he doesn’t even act like he wants to be out there. **

WR Kenny Britt - Britt could be back against the Jaguars, but I’d give him a week to get back in rhythm. **

WR Nate Washington - Washington’s value lies with his quarterback play. If Collins starts, get Washington in. **

TE Bo Scaife - There are a lot of better options out there. *

TE Jared Cook - If Scaife sits, Cook may be a decent option. He’s very talented. **

Tennessee Defense - Tennessee’s defense has a favorable matchup, but they won’t play like they did on Monday Night against them earlier in the year. ***


San Francisco 49ers @ Green Bay Packers

San Francisco 49ers

QB Troy Smith - Smith doesn’t have a favorable matchup and has been shut down the last two games. **

RB  Brian Westbrook - Frank Gore is done for the season. Westbrook doesn’t have a favorable matchup and isn’t what he used to be, but he could get a score. ***

RB Anthony Dixon - Dixon will be more of a goal line back with Frank Gore done for the season. There’s limited value here. **

WR Michael Crabtree - Crabtree makes for a decent Flex play with a downfield passer like Troy Smith. ***

WR Josh Morgan - Morgan isn’t getting enough receptions to warrant a fantasy start. **

WR Ted Ginn Jr - There’s no reason to start Ginn in any league. *

TE Vernon Davis - Davis just doesn’t see many receptions with Troy Smith at the helm. He’s just a mediocre start. ***

San Francisco Defense - No thanks against Aaron Rodgers. *

Key Note- Frank Gore has been placed on IR, effective Week 13.

Green Bay Packers

QB Aaron Rodgers - No reason to bench Aaron Rodgers here.  *****

RB Brandon Jackson - Jackson should be sat this week. **

WR Greg Jennings - Jennings has continued to produce with Jermichael Finley out. No reason to sit here. ****

WR Donald Driver - Driver is back and is a decent Flex option in deeper leagues. ***

WR James Jones - Jones may lose targets to Driver, but he’s a decent Flex in PPR. ***

TE Andrew Quarless - Quarless saw a few receptions against Atlanta. But he’s not a good fantasy option. **

Green Bay Defense - This is a favorable matchup with Gore out. ****

Key Note - Jermichael Finley is out for the season with a torn meniscus. Ryan Grant is done for the season, as is Justin Harrell.


Denver Broncos @ Kansas City Chiefs

Denver Broncos

QB Kyle Orton - Orton could struggle against an improving secondary, but I still wouldn’t sit him.  ***

RB Knowshon Moreno - I’d keep Moreno in the RB2/Flex as he is a threat in the passing game as well. ****

WR Brandon Lloyd - Lloyd is the most consistent Bronco receiver. Keep him started. ****

WR Jabar Gaffney - Gaffney is one of the top red zone targets in the league. Keep him in the Flex if you don’t have better options. ****

WR Eddie Royal - Royal finally made a few plays. I’d wait to see more consistency, however. **

TE Daniel Graham - Graham still isn’t worth a look in any format. *

Broncos Defense - I’d bench the Denver defense every week. *

Kansas City Chiefs

QB Matt Cassel - Cassel has a great matchup here. Get him in. He’s hot. ****

RB Jamaal Charles - Charles is coming into his own. Week 12 was a great week for him. ****

RB Thomas Jones - Jones is a risky play this week, but he can produce. ***

WR Dwayne Bowe - Dwaye Bowe is just ridiculous right now. *****

WR Chris Chambers - I’d pass on the inconsistent Chambers. *

TE Tony Moeaki - Moeaki isn’t seeing much love with Dwayne Bowe getting all of the attention, risky start here. **

Kansas City Defense - I’ll pass on this defense in Week 13. ***


Oakland Raiders @ San Diego Chargers

Oakland Raiders

QB Jason Campbell - Campbell will most likely get the starting job back with Gradkowski re-injuring his shoulder. No thanks this week. **

RB Darren McFadden - McFadden has slowed down but can still make plays in the passing game. Risky start here. ***

RB Michael Bush - I’ll pass on Bush this week. *

WR Darrius Heyward-Bey - DHB shouldn’t be on your roster in most leagues, especially now with a hamstring injury. *

WR Louis Murphy - He’s worth a Flex start in deeper leagues. ***

WR Jacoby Ford - Ford is a solid Flex option in deeper leagues. ***

TE Zach Miller - Miller could miss a week or two with his leg injury. He’s worth benching as he’s slowed down while not being 100 percent.  **

Oakland Defense - I’ll pass against Philip Rivers and the Chargers. **

San Diego Chargers

QB Philip Rivers - Give me Philip Rivers to have a big game this week. *****

RB Ryan Mathews - There’s a small chance Mathews could play. But I doubt the Chargers will give him many carries if he does. Keep him shelved. *

RB Mike Tolbert - Keep Tolbert in as he’ll continue to see the majority of the workload. ***

WR Malcolm Floyd - Take a chance on Floyd this week, I don’t see him going catch-less for two straight weeks.  ****

WR Vincent Jackson - Time to sit him as he’ll be out for Week 13. *

WR Legedu Naanee - Naanee could have decent Flex value this week. ***

WR Patrick Crayton - Crayton will most likely miss Week 13 as well. *

WR Seyi Ajirotutu - Tutu only had one catch but could be worth a look in deeper leagues. I’d sit him this week, however. **

TE Antonio Gates - Gates is back. Keep him in. *****

San Diego Defense - Time to get SD’s defense back in. ****


Carolina Panthers @ Seattle Seahawks

Carolina Panthers

QB Jimmy Clausen - Clausen will play but has very limited value. *

RB Jonathan Stewart - Stewart will see his touches, but it may not be good enough to warrant a start. Flex option at best. ***

RB Mike Goodson - Goodson could still be a Flex option, but Stewart’s encouraging Week 12 could take away touches. ***

WR Steve Smith - I’d consider benching Smith who hasn’t scored since Week 2. **

WR David Gettis - No thanks to Gettis, although the matchup is good. **

TE Jeff King - Jeff King has almost no fantasy value. *

Carolina Defense - There’s never a reason to start the Panthers defense. *

Key note: DeAngelo Williams went on the IR in Week 11.

Seattle Seahawks

QB Matt Hasselbeck - Hasselbeck has a nice matchup and is playing relatively well. Decent QB2 in Week 13. ***

RB Marshawn Lynch - Lynch isn’t consistent enough to warrant a fantasy start. **

RB Justin Forsett - Forsett has great ability but doesn’t see consistent touches. **

WR Mike Williams - Williams may miss another week. But if he’s healthy, get him in. ***

WR Deon Butler - Butler doesn’t have a lot of value in fantasy. **

WR Ben Obomanu - If Williams sits, Obomanu could have another big day. He’s worth a Flex start if you’re a risk taker. ***

WR Brandon Stokley - Stokley could be a decent PPR option in very deep leagues. ***

TE Jon Carlson - Carlson is just not a reliable fantasy option. **

Seattle Defense - No thanks to Seattle’s defense going forward. *


Atlanta Falcons @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Atlanta Falcons

QB Matt Ryan - Keep Ryan plugged in against this secondary. ****

RB Michael Turner - Turner proved me wrong, and is a great start in Week 13. ****

RB Jason Snelling - It’s hard to start a guy who’s lucky to see 10 touches a game. **

WR Roddy White - White is the No.1 fantasy wideout. Keep him in every week. *****

WR Michael Jenkins - Ryan targets Jenkins quite a bit. I like him as a Flex play in deep leagues.  ***

TE Tony Gonzalez - Gonzalez had a productive week. I like this matchup also. ***

Atlanta Defense - This matchup is solid. Atlanta is my sleeper defense for the week. ***

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

QB Josh Freeman - He’s doing well not turning the ball over, but he won’t light up the scoreboard. ***

RB Carnell Williams - Williams is only valuable in PPR leagues as a Flex, being the 3rd down back. **

RB LaGarette Blount - Blount will get carries, but may not rush for a big game. ***

WR Mike Williams - I’ll keep Williams in the lineup here. ****

WR Michael Spurlock - Inconsistent amount of catches makes me not want to roster him. *

WR Arrelious Benn - He’s seeing more targets but temper your expectations. **

TE Kellen Winslow - Winslow seems to be playing a bigger part in the Tampa Bay offense. He’s still a risky start. ***

Tampa Bay Defense - I’ll sit this defense against the Falcons. **


St. Louis Rams @ Arizona Cardinals

St. Louis Rams

QB Sam Bradford - Bradford remains a QB1 this week. ****

RB Steven Jackson - Plug in Jackson as he’ll rebound in Week 13. ****

WR Danny Amendola - Amendola remains a nice option in PPR leagues, although he won’t get a ton of yardage. He is among the league leaders in red zone targets, however. ***

WR Brandon Gibson - Gibson still has deep league Flex value. ***

WR Laurent Robinson - Robinson is starting to see more consistent targets. Deep Flex player at the very most. **

TE Billy Bajema - With Hoomanuwanui out with an ankle sprain, Daniel Fells and Bajema will be called into action. Neither are great options, although Bajema has red zone potential. **

St. Louis Defense - This could be a solid week for this defense against a struggling Cardinals offense. ***

Arizona Cardinals

QB Derek Anderson - The matchup is favorable, but it’s still Derek Anderson. ***

RB Beanie Wells - Wells isn’t worth a start until he can produce a bit. **

RB Tim Hightower - Hightower’s touches make him a Flex play at the most. ***

WR Larry Fitzgerald - Keep faith in Fitzgerald. He’ll find ways to produce.  ****

WR Steve Breaston - Breaston is a nice Flex player, but the QB play is scary. Risky start here. ***

WR Andre Roberts - Roberts is making a few catches here and there, but he’s not worth much in fantasy. **

TE Ben Patrick - I’m not sure why I even let Patrick in this article.

Arizona Defense - No reason to start Arizona’s defense in any week.  *


Dallas Cowboys @ Indianapolis Colts

Dallas Cowboys

QB Jon Kitna - Kitna is making a case as a solid QB2. ***

RB Felix Jones - He’s finally producing both in the air and a bit on the ground. Still just a Flex option at most. ***

RB Marion Barber - Barber will be out 2-3 weeks with a calf injury. *

RB Tashard Choice - Choice could see some touches, but his value remains limited. **

WR Miles Austin - He’s finding ways to produce. Keep him in the lineup. ****

WR Dez Bryant - Bryant was held to zero receptions. Look for that to change in Week 13. ****

WR Roy E. Williams - Williams made a few plays with the defense focusing on Dez Bryant. I don’t forsee him to continue the production, however. *

TE Jason Witten - I still like Witten with Kitna as the QB. ***

Dallas Defense - Go ahead and sit them against Peyton Manning. **

Indianapolis Colts

QB Peyton Manning - Manning gets yet ANOTHER 3-4 defense. But I don’t see him dropping a third straight game. *****

RB Joseph Addai - Addai will sit in Week 13. *

RB Donald Brown - Donald Brown may be a decent Flex option, but that’s his max. ***

RB Mike Hart - Hart could come back on Sunday. He’s a Flex play at most. **

RB Javarris James - Hart should be back, and James’ value will be just about over with. *

WR Reggie Wayne - I’ll take Wayne this week, despite his inconsistency. ****

WR Austin Collie - Collie could sit. With his injuries this season, it may be best to sit him, regardless. **

WR Pierre Garcon - Garcon is a Flex option at most. ***

WR Blair White - If Collie sits out, Collie makes for a nice Flex option in Week 13. ***

TE Jacob Tamme - Time to get Tamme in weekly. Peyton loves him. ****

Indianapolis Defense - I’m not crazy about starting the Colts defense any week. *

Key Note- Dallas Clark is out for the season with a wrist injury. Anthony Gonzalez was place on the IR.


Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Ravens (Sunday Night Game)

Pittsburgh Steelers

QB Ben Roethlisberger - Keep Big Ben in. He won’t be held scoreless for a second straight week. ****

RB Rashard Mendenhall - The matchup isn’t favorable, but Mendenhall is hot. ****

RB Mewelde Moore - Moore only really has value in very deep PPR leagues as a Flex. **

WR Hines Ward - Keep Ward in your lineup. He’ll find ways to get you points. ***

WR Mike Wallace - Wallace was finally shut down. I’d keep plugging him in, however. ****

WR Emmanuel Sanders - Sanders is worth a look in deep Flex leagues. **

TE Heath Miller - Miller’s value is still limited as he’s not being found in the end zone. **

Pittsburgh Defense - There is no reason to bench Pittsburgh’s defense. They are just too good. *****

Baltimore Ravens

QB Joe Flacco - Flacco doesn’t have a great matchup. He’s just a middle grade QB2 in Week 13. ****

RB Ray Rice - Rice could struggle against Pittsburgh, but he still makes play in the air. ***

RB Willis McGahee - He’s terribly inconsistent. Stay away this week. *

WR Anquan Boldin - I’m keeping Boldin in despite his struggles recently. ****

WR Derrick Mason - Mason continues to be a nice Flex play. ***

WR TJ Houshmandzadeh - I’m still hesitant of Houshamazode. **

TE Todd Heap - Heap has a decent matchup, but he’s inconsistent. ***

Baltimore Defense - This could be quite the defensive game. But I’m skeptical this week for Baltimore. ***


New York Jets @ New England Patriots (Monday Night)

New York Jets

QB Mark Sanchez - Sanchez is a middle grade QB2 this week. ***

RB Shonn Greene - I’d stick Greene in the Flex. ***

RB LaDainian Tomlinson - Tomlinson is a Flex play at the most. ***

Santonio Holmes - Holmes is still a great option weekly. ****

WR Braylon Edwards - Edwards is still just a Flex play at the most.  ***

WR Jerricho Cotchery - Cotch should be back but should be sat in Week 13. *

TE Dustin Keller - Keller made a few nice catches, but his value remains limited with Holmes. **

New York Defense - You have to love the Jets defense, but they will struggle in Week 13. ***

New England Patriots

QB Tom Brady - The matchup isn’t ideal, but he’s still Tom Brady. ****

RB Benjarvus Green-Ellis - Keep the Law Firm in as a Flex if you can. ***

RB/WR Danny Woodhead - Woodhead see’s a good amount of touches. Not a bad Flex option in deeper leagues. ***

WR Deion Branch - I’d keep Branch in the Flex this week. ***

WR Wes Welker - Wes Welker seems to be back. Get him in. ***

WR Brandon Tate - I’d keep Tate on the bench until he sees more targets.  **

TE Rob Gronkowski - Gronk seems to be the No. 1 tight end in New England right now. Get him in. ***

TE Aaron Hernandez - Hernandez hasn’t seen many targets as of late.  **

Patriots Defense - It’s just a mediocre start this week for the New England defense. ***

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