Fantasy Football Week 13: 25 Players to Bench
The fantasy season is starting to wind down and if your playoffs haven't started yet, they're right around the corner.
At this point, every match-up is crucial and you need to get the most out of your starters. You can't afford anyone who's not going to score points.
This week, I take a look at the Week 13 schedule and tell you which players shouldn't find their way into your starting line-up.
Good luck to everyone this week!
QB: Ben Roethlisberger
Ben Roethlisberger is coming off a not so hot outing against the Bills where he failed to throw for a touchdown.
The Steelers quarterback also aggravated a foot injury he was healing from and has been wearing a protective boot all week.
This doesn't bode well for Roethlisberger as he heads into a big Sunday Night Football match-up against an outstanding Baltimore Ravens defense. The Ravens defense will look to get after Roethlisberger often and test his mobility with the foot injury.
QB: Troy Smith
Troy Smith is coming off a nice win against the Cardinals, but let's be real here. The Cardinals are awful. Also, the 49ers were able to run all over the Cardinals and only needed Smith to manage the game.
This week, Smith and the 49ers are taking on an aggressive Green Bay Packers who love to blitz the quarterback. Smith is pretty mobile, but Clay Matthews has the ability to run down just about any quarterback in the NFL.
The 49ers are going to get rolled in this game. Don't expect big numbers out of Smith.
QB: Donovan McNabb
Week 2. That's the last time Donovan McNabb played in a game where he didn't throw an interception. He's not playing very good football this year, and don't expect him to start to this week against the Giants.
McNabb has only played in one game this year where he's thrown for more than one touchdown, and that was in the Monday night embarrassment against the Eagles.
If you have McNabb in your league, leave him on the bench.
QB: Carson Palmer
The Bengals are awful this year. Let's be honest.
In his last three outings, Carson Palmer has throw for a total of seven interceptions. Against a solid Jets defense last week, Palmer really struggled as he only threw for 135 yards.
This week, Palmer will face a talented Saints defense. The Saints should jump out to a big lead, so Palmer should be forced to throw. However, look for Palmer to continue with his string of interceptions.
QB: Jon Kitna
I think Jon Kitna has done a better job then most would have expected filling in for Tony Romo. He'll be relieved of his duties soon with the return of Romo, but will start this week against the Colts.
Last week, Kitna managed to throw for over 300 yards against the Saints, but failed to find the end zone.
This week, he faces a tough Colts secondary who currently ranks sixth against the pass. They were picked apart last week against Philip Rivers, but Kitna isn't exactly Philip Rivers.
Don't look for the Colts secondary to be exposed again this week.
RB: Cedric Benson
After putting up impressive numbers two weeks ago against the Bills, Benson was brought back to reality last week against a very talented Jets defense.
On Sunday, Benson will play against a tough Saints defense. Odds are that the Saints will break open a big lead and the Bengals will be playing catch up.
This isn't very good new for Benson's owners because the Bengals will be forced to throw the ball a lot. I'd look for another option here.
RB: Ray Rice
I don't think Ray Rice owners have been very pleased with his production this season, and I think that trend is going to continue this week.
The Ravens are going up against a Steelers defense who rank first in the NFL against the run. They're currently giving up an average of 64 yards on the ground. That's incredible.
Rice isn't racking up the numbers fantasy owners expected him to this season, and he's not going to break the trend this week.
RB: Jahvid Best
Lions running back Jahvid Best is currently ailing from an injury and failed to see any action last week.
He's a question mark this week and not guaranteed to see a lot of action even if he is healthy.
If he's healthy and plays, he'll be going up against a very good Bears defense. He saw the Bears defense in Week 1 and had 14 carries for a total of 20 yards.
Best isn't a lock to see a lot of action this week, and even if he does, don't expect much out of him.
RB: Darren McFadden
Darren McFadden owners were surprised earlier this season as the Raiders running back started putting up some serious numbers. However, he has cooled off.
Since the Raiders bye week, McFadden has a total of 18 carries for 16 yards. The Raiders have really struggled their last two games and now face arguably the hottest team in the NFL, the San Diego Chargers.
The Chargers have been scoring on command lately, and they will probably jump out to a big lead against the Raiders.
McFadden won't see a whole lot of carries as the Raiders will be forced to throw the ball.
RB: Brandon Jackson
When is Brandon Jackson finally going to put up some decent numbers? I don't know, but don't expect it to be this week.
Jackson hasn't rushed for over 60 yards in his last six outings and has only scored twice in that same time span.
The 49ers have a pretty stout rush defense led by Patrick Willis. Jackson will struggle, and the Packers will rely on Aaron Rodger's arm to lead them to victory.
RB: Knowshon Moreno
Despite scoring touchdowns in last two outings, Knowshon Moreno hasn't been rushing for a whole lot of yardage.
This week he'll be facing the Chiefs who currently rank seventh in run defense. Moreno rushed for over 100 yards on them just three weeks ago, but I don't expect him to put up similar numbers this week.
The Broncos were able to blow out the Chiefs the last time they played, but I see the opposite happening this week. With the Chiefs jumping out in front of the Broncos, Moreno's numbers will fall.
RB: Thomas Jones
The Chiefs have a great situation in their backfield with the two-headed monster of Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles.
Last week, Charles rushed for 173 yards on 22 carries. He's the hot hand right now. You have to play the hot hand, right?
The Chiefs have done a good job in distributing carries equally between the two backs, but Charles has consistently outproduced Jones.
I think we'll see Charles much more than Jones this week.
WR: Randy Moss
Randy Moss has packed it in. There may be more games to be played, but his season is over. The guy has simply given up.
Since joining the Titans, Moss has a total of four catches for 49 yards in three games.
This is the type of match-up that Moss could really take advantage of. The Jaguars don't have a very talented secondary. It doesn't matter. Moss' head isn't in it anymore.
WR: Michael Crabtree
As the 49ers continue grooming Troy Smith, talented players like Michael Crabtree will struggle.
In a dominant win against the Cardinals, the 49ers offense was powered by their run game. This is what you want to do with a young quarterback like Smith.
Crabtree has scored in two of his last three games, but both touchdowns came against NFC West teams.
The NFC West is garbage.
Crabtree and the 49ers face a tough Green Bay Packers defense this week who is much more talented than any NFC West defense.
WR: Deion Branch
Deion Branch and Tom Brady are reunited, and it feels so good. However, don't expect it to feels so good this week.
Coming off a huge week against the Lions, Branch will be brought back to reality going up against a very talented Jets secondary.
The Jets will be all over Branch, and he won't see the type of production he had last week. That's a fact.
WR: Calvin Johnson
Calvin Johnson and the Lions will have their rematch with the Chicago Bears this week.
In the first match-up, Johnson was targeted 10 times, but only recorded four reception for 45 yards. I expect to see about the same production out of Johnson this week.
Against the Eagles last week, the Bears played their safeties very deep in order to take the big play away. This was very successful for them, and I expect them to show the same type of look in order to prevent Johnson from making a big play.
WR: Chad Ochocinco
The Bengals are really struggling, and in turn, so is Chad Ochocinco.
Ochocinco has put up very poor numbers in his last two outings and I expect to see more of the same against the Saints defense who ranks second in the NFL against the pass.
I think the Saints will get out to a big lead and be forced to throw the ball a lot, but I don't see them getting a whole lot of production out of a struggling Carson Palmer.
Not a good week to start Ochocinco.
WR: Santana Moss
If you're in a PPR league, you've probably been getting some decent numbers out of Santana Moss this year.
Moss is catching a lot of balls this year, but he's struggling to find the end zone.
With a match-up against the top rated pass defense, Moss will struggle. The Giants have done a pretty good job all year of shutting down receivers, and shouldn't have a problem shutting down Moss.
WR: Dez Bryant
Rookie Dez Bryant has talent. There's no denying that. He could be one of the NFL's top receivers in years to come. However, I don't expect him to thrive this week.
In his last two outings, Bryant has only caught three passes for eight yards. One of these receptions was a touchdown, but he's still struggling to put up numbers.
Bryant will see face the Colts defense who currently rank seventh against the pass, and will continue his production drought.
TE: Zach Miller
Zach Miller is having a pretty good year for the Raiders, but I don't expect him to put up very good numbers this week against a talented Chargers team.
The Chargers are very hot right now and they're not giving up a whole lot of yardage through the air. They were able to take advantage of Peyton Manning last week and shouldn't have a problem taking care of the Raiders this week.
Don't look for Miller to have a good day.
TE: Dustin Keller
Dustin Keller really put up some solid numbers earlier this season. However, his production has really fallen off as of late.
In his first match-up with the Patriots, Keller had a great game. I'm not expecting the same in the rematch.
Keller hasn't found the end zone since Week 4 and has really struggled since Santonio Holmes has come off his suspension.
The Patriots won't let Keller have another big game.
TE: Visanthe Shiancoe
Visanthe Shiancoe's fantasy owners have really been disappointed this year. After the tight end scored 11 touchdowns last year, he's only found the end zone two times this season.
Brett Favre isn't look his way a whole lot this season, and his numbers are way down.
The Vikings will take on a Bills team who hasn't looked as bad as their record indicates lately, and I don't see Shiancoe putting up big numbers in the match-up.
TE: Chris Cooley
Redskins tight end Chris Cooley hasn't found the end zone since the first quarter of Week 4.
He's been putting up decent numbers in PPR leagues as he's one of Donovan McNabb's favorite targets. However, he's not putting up a whole lot of yardage.
Facing a very talented Giants defense, I don't see Cooley having a productive week. He'll record a few catches for some yardage, but it won't be anything worth a whole lot of fantasy points.
The Titans defense has been one of the top fantasy defense's this season, but they've seen better days.
With the offense struggling, the Titans defense will be on the field a lot this week.
The Jaguars only scored three points on the Titans earlier in the season, but things have changed since then. The Titans are starting to crumble and the Jaguars are pretty hot right now.
The Raiders will be on the road this week taking on the Chargers. With Philip Rivers at the helm, the Chargers are very hot and their offense looks unstoppable. Their consistently score points with a ton of guys you've never heard of before this season started.
Oakland doesn't travel very well and will be exposed by Rivers and company this week.
The Chargers offense is too good to start any defense against them.