Week 13 approaches, and the fantasy football playoffs draw near! Whether you need to make one last push to get into the postseason, or you are just trying to lock up your league’s #1 seed, the Cafe is here to help! Once again, we have a Thursday night game to consider, so let’s bypass the pleasantries and get right into the rankings!
|2||Tom Brady||NE||at MIA||90.25|
|3||Matt Schaub||HOU||at JAC||88.75|
|T-4||Philip Rivers||SD||at CLE||87.00|
|6||Drew Brees||NO||at WAS||86.25|
|7||Brett Favre||MIN||at ARI||85.50|
|9||Donovan McNabb||PHI||at ATL||82.75|
|10||Tony Romo||DAL||at NYG||75.75|
|11||Kyle Orton||DEN||at KC||73.53|
|15||Joe Flacco||BAL||at GB||67.75|
|18||Vince Young||TEN||at IND||61.25|
|20||Alex Smith||SF||at SEA||60.75|
|23||Matthew Stafford||DET||at CIN||55.65|
|24||Kyle Boller||STL||at CHI||55.00|
|26||Mark Sanchez||NYJ||at BUF||54.25|
|27||Josh Freeman||TB||at CAR||53.75|
|33||Bruce Gradkowski||OAK||at PIT||47.50|
|34||Chris Simms||DEN||at KC||14.50|
Start: Matt Schuab, Texans. Schaub has been great all season, and with two touchdowns in each of his last two games, and a matchup against the Jaguars coming up, he should be in line for a great game this weekend. The Jaguars are 26th in passing yards allowed, and tied for 24th in passing touchdowns allowed. Not to mention, the last time Schuab faced Jacksonville he threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns.
Start: Kyle Orton, Broncos. Orton may not be a top-level fantasy quarterback, but he should be able to contribute a solid game this week. The Broncos seem to have turned around their slide with a 26-6 win over the Giants, and Orton looked better as well, throwing for his highest total since Week 5. The Broncos face a weak Chiefs’ defense this week (30th pass defense), so Orton should get a few chances go downfield. If you are weak at quarterback and are considering starting Orton, this might not be a bad week to do it.
Sit: Vince Young, Titans. Not only did Vince Young impress with a 99-yard game winning drive, but the young QB put up 387 yards through the air as well. While that might have sent some fantasy owners scrambling to the waiver wire, don’t expect that kind of total very often. Young had not topped 210 yards in any of his previous four games, and has still yet to throw more than one touchdown in a game this season. I certainly would not expect a big game from Young this week against the Colts. Indianapolis has given up only nine passing touchdowns this year.
Sit: Kurt Warner, Cardinals. Warner missed last week’s game due to a concussion, and is questionable again this week. Be wary of starting him for that fact alone, but also consider the team he would be playing if he does start. Minnesota may only be a middling pass defense, but their pass rush leads the NFL with 40 sacks. That makes Warner a risky play even if he does get on the field.
|1||Adrian Peterson||MIN||at ARI||91.25|
|2||Chris Johnson||TEN||at IND||90.50|
|5||Steven Jackson||STL||at CHI||85.25|
|7||Frank Gore||SF||at SEA||84.25|
|8||Thomas Jones||NYJ||at BUF||80.25|
|9||Ray Rice||BAL||at GB||79.50|
|10||LaDanian Tomlinson||SD||at CLE||78.00|
|17||Pierre Thomas||NO||at WAS||71.75|
|18||Knowshon Moreno||DEN||at KC||71.00|
|19||Marion Barber||DAL||at NYG||67.23|
|20||LeSean McCoy||PHI||at ATL||67.00|
|22||Steve Slaton||HOU||at JAC||64.75|
|23||Laurence Maroney||NE||at MIA||64.00|
|24||Kevin Smith||DET||at CIN||63.00|
|26||Darren Sproles||SD||at CLE||62.00|
|27||Cadillac Williams||TB||at CAR||61.25|
|29||Mike Bell||NO||at WAS||60.25|
|31||Correll Buckhalter||DEN||at KC||59.90|
|32||Felix Jones||DAL||at NYG||58.50|
|T-35||Shonn Greene||NYJ||at BUF||57.25|
|43||Tashard Choice||DAL||at NYG||51.50|
|44||Derrick Ward||TB||at CAR||51.25|
|45||Chester Taylor||MIN||at ARI||50.75|
|46||Sammy Morris||NE||at MIA||50.60|
|48||Chris Brown||HOU||at JAC||49.25|
|49||Michael Bush||OAK||at PIT||49.00|
|50||Darren McFadden||OAK||at PIT||48.00|
|51||Kevin Faulk||NE||at MIA||47.50|
|52||Reggie Bush||NO||at WAS||46.68|
|54||LenDale White||TEN||at IND||42.75|
|57||Maurice Morris||DET||at CIN||37.00|
|T-57||Justin Fargas||OAK||at PIT||37.00|
|60||Willis McGahee||BAL||at GB||35.25|
|62||Glen Coffee||SF||at SEA||32.25|
|63||Ryan Moats||HOU||at JAC||31.25|
Start: Cedric Benson, Bengals. Benson seems ready to return to the field after missing the last two games with a hip injury. Normally I would be a bit hesitant to start a player coming off an injury, but the Bengals are playing Detroit so I wouldn’t worry too much about it. Check before kickoff to make sure Benson is, in fact, active, but as long as he is starting you should feel good with him in your lineup.
Start: Ladainian Tomlinson, Chargers. Several weeks ago I suggested that LT may be done as an every-week fantasy starter. Well, Tomlinson has scored seven touchdowns over his last five game (despite not yet hitting 100 yards), as the Chargers offense has really exploded. As long as he is on this roll, there is no reason not to expect another touchdown or two against the struggling Browns.
Sit: Jamaal Charles, Chiefs. It’s hard not to be impressed with the numbers Charles has put up these past three weeks. He has scored in all three games (2 on the ground, 1 through the air) but I expect that streak to come to an end this week. The Broncos have a strong defense (they have allowed only six rushing touchdowns this year) and are looking to use momentum from last week’s win to carry them into the playoffs. Prepare for a below average day from the Chiefs’ runningback.
Sit: Beanie Wells, Cardinals. Wells has had Tim Hightower to compete with for carries all year. While it seems that Wells may be gaining favor in Arizona, at least in the red zone, this week is not a good week to use him. The Cardinals face Minnesota’s imposing run defense. The Vikings allow just 81.6 yards per game on the ground, and have given up a measly three rushing touchdowns this season.
|1||Andre Johnson||HOU||at JAC||94.75|
|3||Randy Moss||NE||at MIA||91.75|
|6||Wes Welker||NE||at MIA||86.75|
|7||Vincent Jackson||SD||at CLE||85.00|
|8||Sidney Rice||MIN||at ARI||83.00|
|9||Brandon Marshall||DEN||at KC||82.50|
|10||Marques Colston||NO||at WAS||80.75|
|16||Percy Harvin||MIN||at ARI||74.50|
|19||Miles Austin||DAL||at NYG||70.25|
|23||Derrick Mason||BAL||at GB||69.50|
|26||Kevin Walter||HOU||at JAC||67.25|
|T-27||Michael Crabtree||SF||at SEA||66.50|
|29||Donnie Avery||STL||at CHI||66.25|
|30||Jeremy Maclin||PHI||at ATL||65.50|
|31||Calvin Johnson||DET||at CIN||65.16|
|T-34||Bernard Berrian||MIN||at ARI||63.50|
|36||Eddie Royal||DEN||at KC||63.00|
|37||Robert Meachem||NO||at WAS||60.25|
|T-40||Jerricho Cotchery||NYJ||at BUF||59.25|
|43||Devery Henderson||NO||at WAS||58.75|
|44||Malcom Floyd||SD||at CLE||58.50|
|T-45||Josh Morgan||SF||at SEA||58.00|
|49||Mark Clayton||BAL||at GB||57.00|
|52||Roy Williams||DAL||at NYG||56.75|
|T-52||Kenny Britt||TEN||at IND||56.75|
|55||Nate Washington||TEN||at IND||56.25|
|56||Jason Avant||PHI||at ATL||56.00|
|57||Braylon Edwards||NYJ||at BUF||55.75|
|63||Patrick Crayton||DAL||at NYG||51.25|
|65||Brandon Gibson||STL||at CHI||49.75|
|67||DeSean Jackson||PHI||at ATL||48.05|
|68||Bryant Johnson||DET||at CIN||47.00|
|72||Michael Clayton||TB||at CAR||44.25|
|74||Antonio Bryant||TB||at CAR||42.25|
|T-75||Louis Murphy||OAK||at PIT||42.00|
|77||Kelley Washington||BAL||at GB||40.50|
|78||Darrius Heyward-Bey||OAK||at PIT||40.00|
|81||Brandon Stokley||DEN||at KC||38.25|
|82||Danny Amendola||STL||at CHI||37.25|
|83||Legedu Naanee||SD||at CLE||35.50|
|T-83||Jason Hill||SF||at SEA||35.50|
|85||Julian Edelman||NE||at MIA||35.30|
|86||Antwaan Randle El||WAS||NO||35.25|
|87||Sam Aiken||NE||at MIA||35.00|
|88||Isaac Bruce||SF||at SEA||32.40|
|89||Jacoby Jones||HOU||at JAC||32.25|
Start: Sidney Rice, Vikings. The addition of Brett Favre has made for a pretty spectacular season from third-year wideout Sidney Rice. Favre has been looking for Rice even more often lately – Over the Vikings past six games, only once has Rice been held to less than 6 catches or less than 89 yards. Rice should have no problem getting open this week against Arizona’s 29th-ranked passing defense.
Start: Marques Colston, Saints. Drew Brees has a lot of weapons in New Orleans, but there’s no doubt that Colston is his #1 receiver. This week the Saints take their high-powered offense to Washington. The Redskins have been able to maintain their #1 pass defense ranking, but lately they have been letting top receivers burn them for long touchdowns (see Marshall, Brandon and Jackson, Desean). Washington will also most likely be missing their top cornerback, Deangelo Hall, for this game.
Sit: Terrell Owens, Bills. Going up against Darrelle Revis and the Jets will kill you in our rankings. While I would not say that TO is un-startable tonight (he has been a big part of the offense the last two weeks) he certainly does not have an ideal matchup. If you have receivers with better matchups going this weekend, you might want to bench Owens tonight.
Sit: Santonio Holmes, Steelers. Again, Holmes is not a terrible start, but he is not a great start either. Holmes and Roethlisberger have still yet to connect for a touchdown since Week 1 (Santonio scored last week, but with Dennis Dixon under center). The Steelers play Oakland this week. The Raiders have pretty good numbers against the pass, partly because of All-Pro corner Nnmadi Asomugha, and partly because opposing offenses usually find no resistance running the ball.
|2||Antonio Gates||SD||at CLE||89.75|
|3||Vernon Davis||SF||at SEA||86.50|
|6||Brent Celek||PHI||at ATL||81.50|
|7||Visanthe Shiancoe||MIN||at ARI||75.75|
|8||Jason Witten||DAL||at NYG||73.63|
|9||Tony Scheffler||DEN||at KC||72.25|
|10||Kellen Winslow||TB||at CAR||71.75|
|12||Jeremy Shockey||NO||at WAS||68.75|
|14||Dustin Keller||NYJ||at BUF||66.75|
|15||Zach Miller||OAK||at PIT||66.00|
|16||Ben Watson||NE||at MIA||65.75|
|18||Todd Heap||BAL||at GB||63.25|
|24||Will Heller||DET||at CIN||55.75|
|26||Joel Dreessen||HOU||at JAC||54.00|
|30||Bo Scaife||TEN||at IND||51.00|
|33||Randy McMichael||STL||at CHI||38.75|
|34||Martellus Bennett||DAL||at NYG||29.50|
|35||Daniel Fells||STL||at CHI||26.25|
|36||James Casey||HOU||at JAC||24.25|
Start: Greg Olsen, Bears. The Bears have struggled on offense over their current four game losing streak, but Olsen has had his best four game streak of the season. Olsen has caught at least 5 passes in each game, including a three-touchdown performance against the Cardinals in Week 9. The Bears have a good matchup this week in St. Louis, so start Olsen with confidence.
Sit: Todd Heap, Ravens. Heap hasn’t topped 50 yards since Week 6, and hasn’t scored since Week 2. A game against the Packers in Green Bay is not a favorable one. Leave Heap on the bench if you can.
|1||Ryan Longwell||MIN||at ARI||87.25|
|2||Stephen Gostkowski||NE||at MIA||86.75|
|3||David Akers||PHI||at ATL||84.25|
|4||Nate Kaeding||SD||at CLE||81.50|
|T-6||Rob Bironas||TEN||at IND||78.25|
|8||Matt Prater||DEN||at KC||77.75|
|11||Kris Brown||HOU||at JAC||75.00|
|T-11||John Carney||NO||at WAS||75.00|
|14||Nick Folk||DAL||at NYG||72.25|
|18||Jay Feely||NYJ||at BUF||67.75|
|21||Joe Nedney||SF||at SEA||63.25|
|22||Billy Cundiff||BAL||at GB||62.75|
|25||Josh Brown||STL||at CHI||62.00|
|27||Sebastian Janikowski||OAK||at PIT||59.75|
|28||Jason Hanson||DET||at CIN||58.00|
|32||Connor Barth||TB||at CAR||55.00|
Start: Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots. The Dolphins have given up the most field goals in the NFL this season (25). Who knows exactly why… but it makes Gostkowski a great start!
Sit: Billy Cundiff, Ravens. Cundiff has started his stint with the Ravens strongly (at least from a fantasy perspective) making seven field goals in his last two games. Still, I don’t think Cundiff is a great play this week against the Packers at Lambeau Field in December.
Start: New Orleans Saints. The Saints have scored seven touchdowns on defense this year. The Redskins have only scored 18 touchdowns on offense. Advantage New Orleans.
Sit: New England Patriots. Drew Brees had no trouble carving up the Patriots last week, and while the Dolphins are no New Orleans, it’s understandable that the Pats would fall down our rankings this week. New England just doesn’t have the personnel that they used to have on defense. It’s hard not to wonder what difference Richard Seymour might have made…
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