Week 13 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: 2011 NFL Fantasy Football Who to Bench

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIINovember 29, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 27:  Reggie Wayne #87 of the Indianapolis Colts catches a pass while defended by R.J. Stanford #25 of the Carolina Panthers at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 27, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Start 'Em


Reggie Wayne @ Patriots

The Colts offense finally showed some life as Reggie Wayne posted his second 100-yard game of the year, against the Panthers last week. Wayne even found the end zone for the second time this year from 56-yards out, thanks to some shoddy tackling. Look for Wayne to post at least around 75 yards against the Patriots this week, as they continue to play from behind in the second half of games.


Steve Johnson vs. Titans

After a few horrible stat-line’s thanks to injury and poor health, Steve Johnson played a great game against Darrelle Revis. Unfortunately, you won’t hear much about that, because the media won’t stop talking about his touchdown celebration. For fantasy purposes, Johnson appears to be healthy and ready to finish the season strong, so get him back in the lineup as a solid WR-3 play at this time.


C.J. Spiller vs. Titans

The Bills new starting tailback may not run well between the tackles, but he is a playmaker and will see a majority of the snaps. Look for Spiller to have success against a Titans defense that has a tendency to give up big plays not just in the running game (23rd against the run), but to tailbacks in the passing game as well.


DeAngelo Williams / Jonathan Stewart @ Buccaneers

Cam Newton is still a solid fantasy quarterback because of what he can do on the ground, but his passing numbers haven’t been the same in recent weeks. Instead, the Panthers have been leaning on DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart to provide a run-heavy attack that is basically what we expected from this team, to start the season.

Williams came alive with two touchdown runs, and Stewart continues to find ways to stay productive, and both should be fine flex-play starts against the Buccaneers' 30th ranked run defense.


Matt Ryan @ Texans

The Falcons have it going in the passing game of late as Roddy White finally looks like the receiver we’ve known in recent years, and slot receiver Harry Douglas continues to make plays. Veteran tight end Tony Gonzalez is having another solid season, and rookie Julio Jones returned from his hamstring ailment last week. Look for the Falcons to lean on Ryan’s arm to win against a solid Texans run defense.


Sit 'Em


Steven Jackson @ 49ers

It was another disappointing homestand for the Rams as they lost to two division foes in the Seahawks and Cardinals. In that time, it was clear to see that the injuries on the Rams offensive line have taken their toll as Steven Jackson totaled just over 100 yards rushing in both games combined. If Jackson couldn’t run in those games, what’s going to happen this week in San Francisco? The 49ers have yet to give up a touchdown run on the season, and Jackson is best left on your bench.


Ben Tate vs. Falcons

With the Texans struggling at quarterback because of injuries, look for the Texans to keep Arian Foster on the field more often, as they won’t be blowing away opposing teams, nor sustaining many long drives. The Falcons have been respectable against the run this year, and Houston will have their work cut out for them if they hope to win this week.


Santana Moss @ Jets

The Redskins were fortunate to have Santana Moss back last week against the Seahawks, but fantasy owners will likely have to wait another week before using him. Darrelle Revis was beaten by Steve Johnson consistently last week on short routes but Moss isn’t the physical receiver Johnson is.


Jerome Simpson @ Steelers

After a great game against the Ravens, A.J. Green returned against the Browns and took over as the top receiver in the Bengals offense, once again. Simpson was targeted throughout the game, but Green and Jermaine Gresham are the top targets in this offense, and Simpson isn’t worth using against the Steelers.


Carson Palmer @ Dolphins

With a banged up receiving core, and Michael Bush running the football well, Carson Palmer will likely have another below average stat-line in Miami. Expect the Raiders to play a close game against the Dolphins, but he may have a hard time throwing more than one touchdown.


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