Week 13 Matchup: Philadelphia Eagles (4-7) at Seattle Seahawks (4-7)
Rankings based on top 32 QBs, 50 RBs, 75 WRs and 32 TEs
Opponent Defensive Ranks
Seattle Rush Defense: 2011: 100.9 Yards Allowed/Game (11th) || Six TDs Allowed (T-fifth)
Seattle Pass Defense: 2011: 240 Yards Allowed/Game (20th): 15 TDs Allowed (T-12th)
Philadelphia Offensive Cast
Michael Vick (QB Week 13 Fantasy Ranking: Unranked: OUT)
2011 Season: 181-of-300 for 2,193 yards, 11 TDs and 11 INTs || 65 carries for 535 yards and zero TDs
Vick has been throwing lightly on the side all week in an effort to get back for this game, but his ribs are still a bit too tender to suit up. Wait and see what happens in practice next week to get him back in your lineup.
Vince Young (QB Week 13 Fantasy Ranking: No. 11)
2011 Season: 49-of-85 for 658 Yards, three TDs and five INTs || 13 Carries for 47 Yards and zero TDs
Vinsanity will make his third start in a row tonight after putting up QB1-caliber fantasy stats during the last two weekends. That said, he was also facing lesser pass defenses, going up against the Patriots and Giants.
As for the Seahawks, the Eagles might find out rather quickly how tough it is to run on them, so I expect Young to throw up over 35 passes yet again tonight (36 and 48 pass attempts the last two weeks).
With that kind of action, Vinsanity should be able to pull in borderline QB1 stats for the week.
LeSean McCoy (RB Week 13 Fantasy Ranking: No. 8)
2011 Season: 198 carries for 1,050 yards and 11 TDs || 38 receptions for 228 yards and two TDs
I hate ranking a guy of McCoy's cailber down this far, but the Seahawks really are tough to run against and might crowd the line even more with Vince Young at the helm. He's also dealing with a toe injury right now that might hamper him a bit throughout the game.
On the bright side, Seattle has given up two 100-yard games in the last four weeks (DeMarco Murray and Roy Helu) and allow a lot of receptions/yardage out of the backfield to those who are capable...which LeSean most certainly is.
Ronnie Brown (RB Week 13 Fantasy Ranking: Unranked)
2011 Season: 17 carries for 56 yards and one TD || zero receptions for zero yards and zero TDs
The only way Brown will be of any significance is if McCoy happens to injure his toe bad enough to be taken out of the game.
Dion Lewis (RB Week 13 Fantasy Ranking: Unranked)
2011 Season: Nine carries for 34 yards and zero TDs || one reception for negative-three yards and zero TDs
Ditto for rookie Dion Lewis.
Jeremy Maclin (WR Week 13 Fantasy Ranking: Unranked: OUT)
2011 Season: 46 receptions for 612 yards and four TDs
Maclin will be sitting out a third straight game this evening due to his hamstring and shoulder injuries.
Check back next week to see if his status has improved enough to get him back in your fantasy lineup.
DeSean Jackson (WR Week 13 Fantasy Ranking: No. 19)
2011 Season: 39 receptions for 664 yards and two TDs
DeSean is a classic hit-or-miss player that's tough to take out of your lineup, but you question whether or not you should every week. This week, however, is not one of those weeks to question yourself.
The Seahawks may have decent stats against the pass so far this season, but they've consistently been burned by faster receivers all season long...a trait D-Jax certainly possesses.
Other than that, despite his recent case of the dropsies, Vince Young has targeted Jackson 18 times over the last two games with Jeremy Maclin out, so at least he's still a big part of the offense.
Speaking of which, Jackson will undoubtedly be playing with a chip on his shoulder tonight as he clearly has something to prove. I'm tentatively expecting a big game because of it.
Jason Avant (WR Week 13 Fantasy Ranking: No. 50)
2011 Season: 43 receptions for 557 yards and one TD
Avant was targeted a massive 14 times last game to which he responded with a team-high eight catches for 110 yards and a touchdown. It's highly unlikely anything like that happens in this contest, but you at least know that Vince Young trusts him enough to throw him the ball.
Making a call as to who will have better stats between Avant and Cooper in this one is tough, but Coop gets the edge seeing that he'll be the one starting in two-receiver sets.
Riley Cooper (WR Week 13 Fantasy Ranking: No. 33)
2011 Season: Eight receptions for 146 yards and one TD
Riley has had a nice couple of weeks filling in for the injured Maclin catching eight passes for 146 yards and a touchdown the last two weeks combined.
Whether or not he'll be able to get his 6'3", 220-pound body open off of bump-coverage from the even bigger Seattle cornerbacks remains to be seen, but he'll at least have the chance being the starter opposite DeSean Jackson tonight.
Steve Smith (WR Week 13 Fantasy Ranking: Unranked)
2011 Season: 11 receptions for 124 yards and one TD
Smitty has only seen one target over the past two weeks combined, though he did convert that one pass into a 14-yard TD.
Brent Celek (TE Week 13 Fantasy Ranking: No. 6)
2011 Season: 42 receptions for 457 yards and two TDs
Celek has come on like gangbusters lately, putting up no less than 53 yards in any one game over the last five weeks. In fact, in those last five weeks, Brent actually ranks fifth out of all tight ends in fantasy points, second in receptions and third in targets.
Seattle has been at good at pretty much everything on defense this season except covering tight ends (allow the sixth-most fantasy points to TEs), so I expect Celek to have himself a nice game tonight.
Clay Harbor (TE Week 13 Fantasy Ranking: Unranked)
2011 Season: Nine receptions for 125 yards and one TD
Harbor is a fine young talent at the position, but he isn't being targeted enough yet to make a fantasy difference.
Opponent Defensive Ranks
Philadelphia Rush Defense: 2011: 110.3 Yards Allowed/Game (15th) || Nine TDs Allowed (T-21st)
Philadelphia Pass Defense: 2011: 234 Yards Allowed/Game (16th) || 21 TDs Allowed (T-30th)
Seattle Offensive Cast
Tarvaris Jackson (QB Week 13 Fantasy Ranking: No. 27)
2011 Season: 182-of-308 for 2,065 yards, nine TDs and 12 INTs || 27 carries for 96 yards and one TD
Tarvaris has been better than I expected working under center for the Seahawks this year, but that by no means implies that he's been worth a look for your fantasy team.
The Eagles, however, have allowed the second-most passing TDs in the league and the 11th-most fantasy points to opposing QBs this season, so there's a shot Jackson could end up with some decent stats tonight...just don't expect it.
Marshawn Lynch (RB Week 13 Fantasy Ranking: No. 11)
2011 Season: 180 carries for 706 yards and six TDs || 20 receptions for 170 yards and one TD
Lynch has been an absolute monster over the last five weeks, putting up the third-most fantasy points while ranking in the top-four in yards, touchdowns and carries.
He also has a touchdown in his last seven straight games, and tonight, Lynch will get to go into "beast mode" on an Eagles defense that allows the the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing RBs this season.
He's a high-end RB2 play this week for sure.
Leon Washington (RB Week 13 Fantasy Ranking: Unranked)
2011 Season: 34 carries for 143 yards and zero TDs || Eight receptions for 36 yards and zero TDs
The better Lynch has gotten, the less Washington and Forsett have been used. Don't even bother thinking about it.
Justin Forsett (RB Week 13 Fantasy Ranking: Unranked)
2011 Season: 30 carries for 99 yards and one TD || 15 receptions for 89 yards and zero TDs
Ditto from above.
Sidney Rice (WR Week 13 Fantasy Ranking: PLACED ON IR; OUT FOR THE SEASON)
2011 Season: 32 receptions for 484 yards and two TDs
Rice's third concussion in the past 12 months has landed him on injured reserve, thus ending his season.
He can safely be dropped in all non-dynasty fantasy leagues.
Doug Baldwin (WR Week 13 Fantasy Ranking: No. 38)
2011 Season: 37 receptions for 604 yards and two TDs
With Sidney Rice being out, Doug Baldwin will likely be the one receiving the bulk of the targets from here on out. He isn't a starter in two-receiver sets, but he's used often enough in this offense to be worth starting as a flex/low-end WR3 on a week-to-week basis.
Tonight might be one of those nights, as the Eagles have allowed slot receivers to eat them alive all season long.
Get him in there and take a chance this week.
Ben Obomanu (WR Week 13 Fantasy Ranking: No. 53)
2011 Season: 28 receptions for 295 yards and two TDs
Obomanu moves into the starting lineup with Sidney Rice done for the season.
He has enough speed to do some damage from time to time, but can't really be counted on each week, especially if he ends up drawing the top cornerback in coverage...which he might do tonight.
Mike Williams (WR Week 13 Fantasy Ranking: No. 57)
2011 Season: 14 receptions for 192 yards and one TD
Williams will once again have a chance to show that last season was for real now that he'll be playing full-time again.
How a slow, lumbering "could-have-been" will respond is up in the air, but tonight, he'll have a good shot to prove himself with the Eagles pass D allowing the eighth-most fantasy points per game to opposing WRs this season.
Golden Tate (WR Week 13 Fantasy Ranking: Unranked)
2011 Season: 16 receptions for 173 yards and two TDs
Tate will do everything he can to get a starting gig now that Rice is gone, but he'll likely need another off-season of improvement to do it.
Zach Miller (TE Week 13 Fantasy Ranking: Unranked)
2011 Season: 16 receptions for 135 yards and zero TDs
I would feel bad for Zach being in tight end hell right now if he weren't making so much money.
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