Just hours before the start of Week 13 I know many people have questions running through their heads. Who should I start? Who should I sit? Let’s take a look at how some of the recent news changes things:
Vince Young – Philadelphia Eagles – Quarterback
According to Jason La Canfora (via Twitter): “Eagles rule Vick, Maclin and DRC out for Thursday Night Football on NFL Network.”
Clearly that leaves Young as the Eagles starting quarterback for another week. He has played fairly well over the past two games, going 49-84 for 658 yards, three TD and four INT. He also started to show off his wheels a little bit in Week 12, running the ball six times for 40 yards.
Of course, those numbers have to be taken with a small grain of salt with his Week 12 performance coming in a blowout at the hands of the Patriots. He threw the ball 48 times, which certainly helped him get to the 400 yards and skew his overall line.
The Seahawks are in the middle of the pack against the pass this season, allowing 239.6 passing yards per game to go along with 15 TD and 12 INT. While it’s not the best of matchups, Young has shown enough to consider him usable as a QB1 depending on your other options (he ranked 12th on our initial quarterback rankings for this week, which you can view by clicking here.)
Riley Cooper – Philadelphia Eagles – Wide Receiver
As noted, Maclin will also miss yet another game for the Eagles. However, Cooper has proven to be a viable replacement in the lineup. Over the past two weeks he’s caught eight passes for 146 yards and one TD. Of course, if DeSean Jackson could ever get his act together he would certainly be the significantly better receiver in Philadelphia.
You also have to expect the Eagles to go with a run-oriented attack, led by LeSean McCoy. Throw in the potential for Jason Avant, Steve Smith or Brent Celek to step up as the go-to guy in Week 13, and Cooper becomes a risky option. Consider him as a desperation play in three receiver formats, and nothing more.
Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks – Wide Receiver
With Sidney Rice now on the injured reserve, Baldwin could emerge as the go-to receiver this week, given the Eagles' struggles covering slot receivers. However, even with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie ruled out and Nnamdi Asomugha banged up, it is hard to consider any Seahawks receiver a must-play.
The Seahawks passing attack has been poor all year, averaging 196.4 passing yards per game. They have also thrown for just 10 TD, tied for fourth fewest in the league. What makes us think that they suddenly are going to be a good passing team?
If you are desperate I can see using Baldwin, but chances are there is a safer option you can lean on.
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