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Week 13 Fantasy Football Projections: Reggie Wayne and Best Plays from Bad Teams

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 27:  Reggie Wayne #87 of the Indianapolis Colts walks off of the field after the Colts lost 27-19 to Carolina Panthers at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 27, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Michael DixonAnalyst IIIDecember 3, 2011

Sometimes in fantasy, the best receivers come from bad teams. It makes a little bit of sense, as they're certainly doing a lot of passing. 

Judging by the amount of leagues that have these players on the bench (or waiver wire), I am guessing that a lot of you don't agree with me. 

If these guys are available to you, grab them. If they are on your team, sign them. If they are on your opponent's team, lie to him and tell him that they won't be playing.

 

Reggie Wayne

Wayne had a huge day against the Panthers, and that was a reasonably close game. That means that the Colts were running a lot more. 

Now, Wayne is actually available in nearly 20 percent of ESPN leagues and is only starting in roughly one third of them. That total is too low. 

The Patriots pass defense isn't exactly a vaunted unit and the Colts will be down big for most of this game. They will have no choice but to sling it around. When they do, Wayne is still the best option on the team.


Brandon Lloyd

Similar to Wayne, this one is partially because of how far behind the Rams will likely be. But there's another reason here. 

The 49ers run defense is simply the best unit in the league. They haven't allowed 100 yards rushing yet to a team, let alone a single player. Also, the 49ers haven't allowed a single rushing touchdown all year. 

The Rams will have no choice but to go out there and pass it. The 49ers secondary is still vulnerable to giving up the occasional big play, and Lloyd is hands down the best option on the team.

 

Josh Cribbs

The other two players aren't starting in many leagues. Cribbs isn't even owned in many leagues. More than anything, he's a good play out of necessity.

The Baltimore run defense is just too good for the Browns to do anything significant against. Their running attack is okay, but it's not going to do anything against Baltimore's defense.

In order for the Browns to do anything of note, they are going to need to throw the ball deep. I know Baltimore's secondary is good, but a big play against them is much easier than establishing a drive. 

Cleveland's only big play threat is Cribbs. They have to go to him. When they do, I like his speed to pull a few big plays out.

 

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