Fantasy Football Risers and Fallers: Week 13
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We're a tad late this week with your fantasy football risers and fallers.
But really, it's only Friday. So calm down.
Week 13 got underway last night with the Eagles' defeat of the Texans. If you checked yesterday's Fantasy Versus column, you and your fantasy team enjoyed a pretty good night.
So, to ensure that you and your fantasy team enjoy a good weekend, stick with us at NFL Soup.
Matt Cassel, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
Cassel has been on fire.
He's been helped by the incredible Dwayne Bowe. But he's thrown just one interception since Week 3 and has thrown just four total on the season.
Combine that with the 22 touchdowns he's thrown (including 10 in his last three games combined) and the league's most potent rushing attack, and you can see why the Chiefs are 7-4 and in first place in the AFC West.
With the Broncos up next on the schedule, owners of Cassel, Bowe, Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones should be drooling.
Not literally. That would be gross.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers
He has a pulse!
Stewart split carries with Mike Goodson last week. But he made the most of his opportunities, rushing 12 times for 98 yards against the Browns.
Because he should still be splitting carries going forward. Stewart still isn't much better than a flex option, though.
Still, it's nice to (finally) see a solid effort from a guy coming into the season with so much hype.
Brian Westbrook, RB, San Francisco 49ers
Because Frank Gore is lost for the season, Westbrook is a default addition to this list.
Arizona's defense is quite porous, so I wouldn't expect many 23-carry, 136-yard, TD efforts from Westbrook down the stretch. Especially with the Packers up next.
However, there's some potential here. Three of the 49ers' final four opponents are Seattle, St. Louis and Arizona.
Also keep an eye on the younger Anthony Dixon, who should also see his fair share of the carries.
Wes Welker, WR, New England Patriots
Welker endured a lengthy TD-less drought in the middle of the season.
But he has now scored three times in the last two games.
He's also caught 21 passes in those three games. It appears as though he's finally finding his role in the Randy Moss-less Patriots offense.
Welker's value is looking tremendous going forward, especially if you're running him out there in a PPR league.
Laurent Robinson, WR, St. Louis Rams
Robinson was a fantasy sleeper coming into the season.
But he fell off the radar a bit when he missed spurts of time earlier in the season with nagging injuries.
Now that he finally appears to be completely healthy, he's caught 16 passes in the last four games. Robinson has gone over 50 yards in each of the last two.
While we're still waiting him to find the end zone (although he did score in Week 1), Sam Bradford appears to be seeking him out more and more.
Kevin Boss, TE, New York Giants
Boss has been MIA for much of the season.
But he's now scored a touchdown in three of the last four games.
He's gone for at least 74 yards in two of the last three. With the rash of injuries to the Giants' receiving group, he's getting more looks.
With the Redskins up next, don't be surprised to see No. 89 in the end zone again.
Brett Favre, QB, Minnesota Vikings
The ol' gunslinger hasn't done much of anything since the Week 9 comeback win over the Cardinals.
He really has had just two "good" fantasy weeks all season long.
You'd think the Vikings would be more inclined to go to the air with Adrian Peterson nicked up a bit. But Toby Gerhart looked capable of handling the load last week against Washington.
Favre does have a favorable matchup this week with the Bills. But when you consider that he didn't take advantage of weaker secondaries in Detroit, Dallas, New England and Washington earlier in the year, there doesn't appear to be much upside left.
Marion Barber, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Barber hasn't done much of anything this season.
Now that he's nursing a calf strain, it wouldn't be surprising to see Felix Jones and Tashard Choice handle everything down the stretch.
He hasn't been much more than a goal-line vulture this season, anyway. So, if for some reason you still had him on your roster, you're absolutely safe to dump him.
Brandon Jacobs, RB, New York Giants
Jacobs will likely be the backup once again this week.
But that doesn't mean that he can't still help you.
He's been making the most of his opportunities so far this season. He is always a threat to get into the end zone.
Still, though, if Ahmad Bradshaw has re-assumed his role as the starter, Jacobs has limited upside.
Jabar Gaffney, WR, Denver Broncos
He's caught just three passes in each of the last three games.
Eddie Royal appears to have emerged as the Broncos' No. 2 receiver.
Despite playing in Denver's prolific passing offense, Gaffney has scored just twice on the season.
Quell your expectations for him.
Randy Moss, WR, Tennessee Titans
Drop him! I dare you!
You know you want to do it...
Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers
Davis has been lost since Troy Smith took over as the starting quarterback.
But maybe he'll be more involved now that Frank Gore is shelved for the year.
Still, though, Davis has just eight catches in the last four games. Four of those came in one game.
The matchup with Green Bay isn't particularly favorable, either. I'd be surprised to see him break out again this week.
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