Week 13 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Marion Barber and Other Deep-League Starters

T.J. McaloonContributorDecember 2, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 2: Marion Barber #24 of the Chicago Bears celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers at Soldier Field on October 2, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Anyone can predict that a running back like Arian Foster, Michael Bush or Ray Rice will have great games this week. If you have them on your team, you are going to start them every week.

However, when you are in a deep league, you are looking for talent at the bottom of the barrel. It’s why you have to start a player like Marion Barber this week.


Marion Barber, Chicago Bears

Barber will not get the majority of the carries in this Bears offense. However, where he does have value on your roster is the fact that he is the goal-line back. Barber is the leader in rushing touchdowns on the Bears, while trailing Forte by 748 yards. 

In Barber’s last five games, he has three touchdowns with 185 rushing yards. He will not see more than 13 rushing attempts; however he will net you 10 or more points every week. 

Barber is available in 74 percent of leagues on Yahoo! and should be added to your roster, if you are in a touchdown-heavy league. 

Against a good Kansas City Chiefs passing defense, the Bears will see their offense be run-first, pass-second. 


Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 13:  Donald Brown #31 of the Indianapolis Colts runs with the ball while defended by Daryl Smith #52 of the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 13, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Jaguars won 17-3. (Photo b
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The Colts are awful this year and will lose this week to the Patriots. Yet, you should start Brown because he will get the start for the Colts and will be heavily involved in the passing game. 

The Patriots will shred this Colts defense, while giving up 17-24 points because of their bad defense. 

With Indianapolis playing a new quarterback in Dan Orlovsky, he will look to throw a lot of dump-off passes to Brown. This will result in Brown getting a lot of touches in their game against New England. 

If you do take a chance on Brown, who is available in 81 percent of Yahoo! leagues, he will have a final stat line of 18 carries for 65 yards, and six receptions for 55 yards with a touchdown. 


Kendall Hunter, San Francisco 49ers

BALTIMORE - NOVEMBER 24:  Kendall Hunter #32 of the San Francisco 49ers runs the ball against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 24, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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Hunter will not see the majority of attempts this week, as he is behind Frank Gore. However, you should give Hunter a start in a deep league because the 49ers are playing the worst rushing defense in the league, the St. Louis Rams. 

The 49ers will have this game won easily and should have Hunter in the game taking all of the rushing attempts in the fourth quarter. 

He will see a 30 percent share of the rushing attempts this week, with 50-75 yards and a touchdown. 

These numbers won’t win you a game this week, however it will help build towards a solid week for your team.


These three running backs are all available in 10- to 12-team leagues. However in deeper leagues, you should pick these guys up. They will be productive this week, and they will help you win your Week 13 game.