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Week 13: Playoffs looming… - 6 comments

By Nick Hopkins

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!

RankQuarterbacksTeamOpponentAverage
1Peyton ManningINDTEN94.50
2Tom BradyNEat MIA90.25
3Matt SchaubHOUat JAC88.75
4Carson PalmerCINDET87.00
T-4Philip RiversSDat CLE87.00
6Drew BreesNOat WAS86.25
7Brett FavreMINat ARI85.50
8Aaron RodgersGBBAL85.00
9Donovan McNabbPHIat ATL82.75
10Tony RomoDALat NYG75.75
11Kyle OrtonDENat KC73.53
12Eli ManningNYGDAL72.50
13Ben RoethlisbergerPITOAK72.39
14Jay CutlerCHISTL72.00
15Joe FlaccoBALat GB67.75
16David GarrardJACHOU66.75
17Matt HasselbeckSEASF64.50
18Vince YoungTENat IND61.25
19Kurt WarnerARIMIN61.03
20Alex SmithSFat SEA60.75
21Matt CasselKCDEN57.50
22Chad HenneMIANE56.00
23Matthew StaffordDETat CIN55.65
24Kyle BollerSTLat CHI55.00
25Chris RedmanATLPHI54.50
26Mark SanchezNYJat BUF54.25
27Josh FreemanTBat CAR53.75
28Matt LeinartARIMIN53.00
29Jason CampbellWASNO52.25
30Ryan FitzpatrickBUFNYJ50.50
31Matt MooreCARTB49.50
32Brady QuinnCLESD49.00
33Bruce GradkowskiOAKat PIT47.50
34Chris SimmsDENat KC14.50
35Dennis DixonPITOAK12.25

 
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.

RankRunning BacksTeamOpponentAverage
1Adrian PetersonMINat ARI91.25
2Chris JohnsonTENat IND90.50
3Maurice Jones-DrewJACHOU90.25
4DeAngelo WilliamsCARTB89.00
5Steven JacksonSTLat CHI85.25
6Cedric BensonCINDET84.75
7Frank GoreSFat SEA84.25
8Thomas JonesNYJat BUF80.25
9Ray RiceBALat GB79.50
10LaDanian TomlinsonSDat CLE78.00
11Rashard MendenhallPITOAK75.25
12Ricky WilliamsMIANE74.75
13Matt ForteCHISTL74.25
14Joseph AddaiINDTEN73.75
15Ryan GrantGBBAL72.25
16Jonathan StewartCARTB72.00
17Pierre ThomasNOat WAS71.75
18Knowshon MorenoDENat KC71.00
19Marion BarberDALat NYG67.23
20LeSean McCoyPHIat ATL67.00
21Brandon JacobsNYGDAL66.00
22Steve SlatonHOUat JAC64.75
23Laurence MaroneyNEat MIA64.00
24Kevin SmithDETat CIN63.00
25Fred JacksonBUFNYJ62.75
26Darren SprolesSDat CLE62.00
27Cadillac WilliamsTBat CAR61.25
28Justin ForsettSEASF60.75
29Mike BellNOat WAS60.25
30Bernard ScottCINDET60.13
31Correll BuckhalterDENat KC59.90
32Felix JonesDALat NYG58.50
T-32Jamaal CharlesKCDEN58.50
34Donald BrownINDTEN58.25
35Beanie WellsARIMIN57.25
T-35Shonn GreeneNYJat BUF57.25
37Rock CartwrightWASNO56.50
38Larry JohnsonCINDET56.00
39Tim HightowerARIMIN55.75
40Jason SnellingATLPHI54.00
T-40Jerome HarrisonCLESD54.00
42Marshawn LynchBUFNYJ51.59
43Tashard ChoiceDALat NYG51.50
44Derrick WardTBat CAR51.25
45Chester TaylorMINat ARI50.75
46Sammy MorrisNEat MIA50.60
47Mewelde MoorePITOAK49.75
48Chris BrownHOUat JAC49.25
49Michael BushOAKat PIT49.00
50Darren McFaddenOAKat PIT48.00
51Kevin FaulkNEat MIA47.50
52Reggie BushNOat WAS46.68
53Jerious NorwoodATLPHI45.06
54LenDale WhiteTENat IND42.75
55Julius JonesSEASF41.03
56Chris JenningsCLESD41.00
57Maurice MorrisDETat CIN37.00
T-57Justin FargasOAKat PIT37.00
59Willie ParkerPITOAK36.25
60Willis McGaheeBALat GB35.25
61Ahmad BradshawNYGDAL33.63
62Glen CoffeeSFat SEA32.25
63Ryan MoatsHOUat JAC31.25
64Kolby SmithKCDEN30.25
T-64Lex HilliardMIANE30.25

 
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.

RankWide ReceiversTeamOpponentAverage
1Andre JohnsonHOUat JAC94.75
2Reggie WayneINDTEN93.50
3Randy MossNEat MIA91.75
4Chad OchocincoCINDET88.00
5Larry FitzgeraldARIMIN87.75
6Wes WelkerNEat MIA86.75
7Vincent JacksonSDat CLE85.00
8Sidney RiceMINat ARI83.00
9Brandon MarshallDENat KC82.50
10Marques ColstonNOat WAS80.75
11Mike Sims-WalkerJACHOU78.00
12Steve SmithCARTB77.50
13Hines WardPITOAK75.75
14Anquan BoldinARIMIN75.25
T-14T.J. HoushmandzadehSEASF75.25
16Percy HarvinMINat ARI74.50
17Steve SmithNYGDAL73.50
18Roddy WhiteATLPHI73.25
19Miles AustinDALat NYG70.25
T-19Nate BurlesonSEASF70.25
21Greg JenningsGBBAL69.75
T-21Donald DriverGBBAL69.75
23Derrick MasonBALat GB69.50
24Pierre GarconINDTEN68.50
25Devin HesterCHISTL67.71
26Kevin WalterHOUat JAC67.25
27Santonio HolmesPITOAK66.50
T-27Michael CrabtreeSFat SEA66.50
29Donnie AverySTLat CHI66.25
30Jeremy MaclinPHIat ATL65.50
31Calvin JohnsonDETat CIN65.16
32Austin CollieINDTEN64.00
33Santana MossWASNO63.75
34Johnny KnoxCHISTL63.50
T-34Bernard BerrianMINat ARI63.50
36Eddie RoyalDENat KC63.00
37Robert MeachemNOat WAS60.25
38Earl BennettCHISTL60.00
39Laveranues ColesCINDET59.75
40Chris ChambersKCDEN59.25
T-40Jerricho CotcheryNYJat BUF59.25
42Terrell OwensBUFNYJ59.00
43Devery HendersonNOat WAS58.75
44Malcom FloydSDat CLE58.50
45Torry HoltJACHOU58.00
T-45Josh MorganSFat SEA58.00
47Steve BreastonARIMIN57.75
48Lee EvansBUFNYJ57.25
49Mark ClaytonBALat GB57.00
T-49Hakeem NicksNYGDAL57.00
51Mario ManninghamNYGDAL56.80
52Roy WilliamsDALat NYG56.75
T-52Davone BessMIANE56.75
T-52Kenny BrittTENat IND56.75
55Nate WashingtonTENat IND56.25
56Jason AvantPHIat ATL56.00
57Braylon EdwardsNYJat BUF55.75
58Muhsin MuhammadCARTB55.00
59Ted GinnMIANE54.75
T-59Mike WallacePITOAK54.75
61Mohamed MassaquoiCLESD53.50
62Greg CamarilloMIANE51.75
63Patrick CraytonDALat NYG51.25
64Michael JenkinsATLPHI50.25
65Brandon GibsonSTLat CHI49.75
66Brian HartlineMIANE48.25
67DeSean JacksonPHIat ATL48.05
68Bryant JohnsonDETat CIN47.00
69James JonesGBBAL45.75
70Deion BranchSEASF45.25
71Andre CaldwellCINDET44.75
72Michael ClaytonTBat CAR44.25
73Josh CribbsCLESD43.90
74Antonio BryantTBat CAR42.25
75Chansi StuckeyCLESD42.00
T-75Louis MurphyOAKat PIT42.00
77Kelley WashingtonBALat GB40.50
78Darrius Heyward-BeyOAKat PIT40.00
79Mike ThomasJACHOU39.00
80Mark BradleyKCDEN38.75
81Brandon StokleyDENat KC38.25
82Danny AmendolaSTLat CHI37.25
83Legedu NaaneeSDat CLE35.50
T-83Jason HillSFat SEA35.50
85Julian EdelmanNEat MIA35.30
86Antwaan Randle ElWASNO35.25
87Sam AikenNEat MIA35.00
88Isaac BruceSFat SEA32.40
89Jacoby JonesHOUat JAC32.25
T-89Lance LongKCDEN32.25

 
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.

RankTight EndsTeamOpponentAverage
1Dallas ClarkINDTEN90.50
2Antonio GatesSDat CLE89.75
3Vernon DavisSFat SEA86.50
4Tony GonzalezATLPHI85.25
5Greg OlsenCHISTL82.50
6Brent CelekPHIat ATL81.50
7Visanthe ShiancoeMINat ARI75.75
8Jason WittenDALat NYG73.63
9Tony SchefflerDENat KC72.25
10Kellen WinslowTBat CAR71.75
11John CarlsonSEASF69.75
12Jeremy ShockeyNOat WAS68.75
13Heath MillerPITOAK67.25
14Dustin KellerNYJat BUF66.75
15Zach MillerOAKat PIT66.00
16Ben WatsonNEat MIA65.75
17Kevin BossNYGDAL64.25
18Todd HeapBALat GB63.25
19Dante RosarioCARTB59.00
20Ben PatrickARIMIN58.00
T-20J.P. FoschiCINDET58.00
22Anthony FasanoMIANE57.25
23Marcedes LewisJACHOU57.00
24Will HellerDETat CIN55.75
T-24Fred DavisWASNO55.75
26Joel DreessenHOUat JAC54.00
27Robert RoyalCLESD53.00
28Jermichael FinleyGBBAL51.88
29Donald LeeGBBAL51.50
30Bo ScaifeTENat IND51.00
31Derek FineBUFNYJ46.50
32Sean RyanKCDEN45.75
33Randy McMichaelSTLat CHI38.75
34Martellus BennettDALat NYG29.50
35Daniel FellsSTLat CHI26.25
36James CaseyHOUat JAC24.25

 
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.

RankKickersTeamOpponentAverage
1Ryan LongwellMINat ARI87.25
2Stephen GostkowskiNEat MIA86.75
3David AkersPHIat ATL84.25
4Nate KaedingSDat CLE81.50
5Shayne GrahamCINDET78.75
6Lawrence TynesNYGDAL78.25
T-6Rob BironasTENat IND78.25
8Matt PraterDENat KC77.75
9Mason CrosbyGBBAL76.75
10Jeff ReedPITOAK75.25
11Kris BrownHOUat JAC75.00
T-11John CarneyNOat WAS75.00
13Robbie GouldCHISTL73.50
14Nick FolkDALat NYG72.25
15Matt BryantATLPHI70.00
16John KasayCARTB69.25
17Neil RackersARIMIN68.75
18Jay FeelyNYJat BUF67.75
19Olindo MareSEASF66.75
20Josh ScobeeJACHOU64.50
21Joe NedneySFat SEA63.25
22Billy CundiffBALat GB62.75
23Dan CarpenterMIANE62.25
T-23Shaun SuishamWASNO62.25
25Josh BrownSTLat CHI62.00
26Rian LindellBUFNYJ61.75
27Sebastian JanikowskiOAKat PIT59.75
28Jason HansonDETat CIN58.00
29Ryan SuccopKCDEN57.75
30Matt StoverINDTEN56.25
31Phil DawsonCLESD55.75
32Connor BarthTBat CAR55.00

 
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.

RankDefenseTeamOpponentAverage
1SteelersPITOAK93.00
2SaintsNOat WAS91.25
3BengalsCINDET86.75
4EaglesPHIat ATL84.50
5ChargersSDat CLE82.25
6BroncosDENat KC82.00
7VikingsMINat ARI81.50
8RavensBALat GB77.25
9BearsCHISTL74.75
1049ersSFat SEA73.50
11JetsNYJat BUF73.00
12PackersGBBAL72.50
T-12PatriotsNEat MIA72.50
14ColtsINDTEN71.25
15PanthersCARTB70.25
16SeahawksSEASF69.50
17GiantsNYGDAL69.00
18TexansHOUat JAC68.25
19CowboysDALat NYG67.50
20DolphinsMIANE65.75
21RaidersOAKat PIT63.75
22BillsBUFNYJ62.50
23BuccaneersTBat CAR62.25
24CardinalsARIMIN62.00
25RedskinsWASNO61.25
26FalconsATLPHI61.00
27TitansTENat IND57.75
28JaguarsJACHOU54.75
29ChiefsKCDEN53.50
30RamsSTLat CHI52.50
31LionsDETat CIN52.25
32BrownsCLESD49.25

 
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…
 

 
Nick Hopkins is a Cafe member who has been contributing to the Start & Sit since 2006. He posts on the Cafe under the name terpfan. R.J. White is a fantasy blogger at the sports site FanHouse. Check out his work both here and there, and feel free to talk to him in the forums, where he posts under the name daullaz.
 
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6 Responses to “Week 13: Playoffs looming…”

  1. User avatar tclangham says:

    Denver’s D stopped the Giants last week but they didn’t stop Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Washington or the Chargers from running wild on them. I think Charles passed the “smell test” when he scored 2 TD’s against Pittsburgh. He scores in tons of different ways, 2 rushing TD’s, 1 TD reception, 1 TD return and 1 Two Point conversion. IMO I think he should be good for 12-15 fantasy points this week.

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  2. User avatar spodog says:

    DEN defense is a Top 5 play this week. They looked last week like they did during the first few weeks of the season when no one could move the ball on them. Great play against KC this week.

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  3. User avatar lacunacoiler says:

    SO which RB would u guys prefer in week 13, Rashard Mendenhall vs OAK or Ricky Williams vs NE?? only needed 1 though…

    tough choice between the 2 as both guys are solid play this week.. Mendy’s numbers arent impressive compared to Ricky for the last few weeks, but against OAK at home it could bring some good things for Mendy.. Ricky on the other hand has been on fire since Ronnie went down, but he is playing against a pissed off NE team that got their asses handed to them which means bad things might be on the horizon for MIA this weekend..

    And would you guys consider sitting Ray Rice(@GB) or even AD(@ARI) for Mendy this weekend??? projections for Mendy in both yahoo & espn are higher than AD & Rice for week 13…
    I’m having second thoughts on sitting Rice(he is the guy im considering to sit for Mendy) since he has already proved that he is a must start no matter what the matchups is.. AD on the other hand is a must start at all cost, but the problem is he is playing against an ARI defense that is pissed off for letting CJ run wild at them & that AD hasn’t gotten past 100 rushing yards on 2 favorable matchups for the last 2 weeks…

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  4. User avatar tclangham says:

    spodog: I agree DEN defense is Top 5 this week, I just don’t think you should sit Jamaal Charles.

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  5. User avatar daullaz says:

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  6. Yeah we pretty much are awesome here. All the guys that put in their time and effort to make this site what it is, I know i cant thank you enough.

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