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Week 13: Blount Runs Wild This Week

By R.J. White

We’re not going to insult your intelligence by recommending LeGarrette Blount as a start this week. He managed to rush for over 100 yards in each of the last two games, both losses, which is something that wouldn’t have happened back when Earnest Graham was healthy. The 56 receiving yards in Week 12 was also something new for Blount and his owners, nearly matching the 72 yards receiving he had accrued in his first eight games. When you look at that tasty Carolina matchup looming in Week 13, you know what you have to do. Clearly you don’t need anyone to tell you he’s a must start this week. But what do you do about the rest of your team? Let’s look at our rankings this week and find out.

RankQuarterbacksTeamOpponentScore
1Aaron RodgersGBat NYG100
2Tom BradyNEvs. IND95
3Cam NewtonCARat TB91
4Matthew StaffordDETat NO89
5Drew BreesNOvs. DET86
6Eli ManningNYGvs. GB85
7Tony RomoDALat ARI82
8Ben RoethlisbergerPITvs. CIN73
9Tim TebowDENat MIN71
10Matt RyanATLat HOU70
11Philip RiversSDat JAC64
12Vince YoungPHIat SEA57
13Josh FreemanTBvs. CAR57
14Matt HasselbeckTENat BUF55
15Mark SanchezNYJat WAS54
16Carson PalmerOAKat MIA54
17Rex GrossmanWASvs. NYJ48
18Ryan FitzpatrickBUFvs. TEN48
19Tarvaris JacksonSEAvs. PHI48
20Andy DaltonCINat PIT46
21Christian PonderMINvs. DEN46
22Joe FlaccoBALat CLE45
23Matt MooreMIAvs. OAK44
24Alex SmithSFvs. STL43
25Dan OrlovskyINDat NE39
26Sam BradfordSTLat SF35
27Caleb HanieCHIvs. KC34
28Colt McCoyCLEvs. BAL33
29Tyler PalkoKCat CHI32
30Blaine GabbertJACvs. SD31
31T.J. YatesHOUvs. ATL30
32Kevin KolbARIvs. DAL29

Start: Tim Tebow. The Vikings had a lot of trouble defending Cam Newton a few weeks back, and they’re not likely to be much better against this guy. With the Vikings secondary struggling through multiple key injuries, Tebow’s also likely to throw for at least one TD in this game, putting him in the 20-plus point range in standard leagues.

Sit: Joe Flacco. The Browns don’t give up many points to opposing QBs, a byproduct of never being comfortably ahead in the second half. The Ravens should pound the ball furiously with Ray Rice, leaving Flacco with few pass attempts, which has been the trend in recent weeks. After topping 30 attempts in eight straight games and 45 attempts in three straight games, Flacco has thrown 27 and 23 passes in his last two games, respectively. That’s not going to cut it.

RankRunning BacksTeamOpponentScore
1Arian FosterHOUvs. ATL100
2Ray RiceBALat CLE97
3Matt ForteCHIvs. KC87
4Frank GoreSFvs. STL87
5LeSean McCoyPHIat SEA86
6DeMarco MurrayDALat ARI80
7LeGarrette BlountTBvs. CAR80
8Marshawn LynchSEAvs. PHI76
9Reggie BushMIAvs. OAK76
10Maurice Jones-DrewJACvs. SD75
11Chris JohnsonTENat BUF74
12Michael BushOAKat MIA73
13Ryan MathewsSDat JAC70
14Steven JacksonSTLat SF69
15Beanie WellsARIvs. DAL67
16Brandon JacobsNYGvs. GB67
17Michael TurnerATLat HOU66
18Rashard MendenhallPITvs. CIN66
19Roy HeluWASvs. NYJ64
20Shonn GreeneNYJat WAS64
21Darren SprolesNOvs. DET63
22James StarksGBat NYG63
23Willis McGaheeDENat MIN62
24Jonathan StewartCARat TB62
25BenJarvus Green-EllisNEvs. IND62
26Cedric BensonCINat PIT61
27DeAngelo WilliamsCARat TB58
28Peyton HillisCLEvs. BAL56
29C.J. SpillerBUFvs. TEN53
30Maurice MorrisDETat NO52
31Mark IngramNOvs. DET51
32Marion BarberCHIvs. KC47
33Ben TateHOUvs. ATL46
34Donald BrownINDat NE45
35Toby GerhartMINvs. DEN44
36Kendall HunterSFvs. STL43
37Mike TolbertSDat JAC42
38Kevin SmithDETat NO40
39Danny WoodheadNEvs. IND38
40Daniel ThomasMIAvs. OAK36
41Ryan GrantGBat NYG35
42Lance BallDENat MIN34
43Ronnie BrownPHIat SEA34
44Joe McKnightNYJat WAS32
45Javon RingerTENat BUF30
46Tashard ChoiceBUFvs. TEN29
47Felix JonesDALat ARI28
48Keiland WilliamsDETat NO28
49Pierre ThomasNOvs. DET27
50D.J. WareNYGvs. GB27
51Isaac RedmanPITvs. CIN26
52Thomas JonesKCat CHI25
53Dexter McClusterKCat CHI25
54Jackie BattleKCat CHI25
55Ricky WilliamsBALat CLE25
56Ryan TorainWASvs. NYJ24
57Shane VereenNEvs. IND22
58Marcel ReeceOAKat MIA21
59Delone CarterINDat NE21
60Joseph AddaiINDat NE17

Start: Roy Helu. It appears Mike Shenanihan may be out of tricks, having used the whole bag in 2012. He seems resolute to ride Helu, by far the most talented running back in Washington, the rest of the way as the bell-cow back. He shredded a quality Seattle rush defense for 162 yards on 30 touches last week — even the Evil Genius can’t bench him after that performance. The Jets have been softer against opposing RBs than you probably realize, so don’t fret the matchup.

Sit: Kevin Smith. If he misses this week’s game, this sit is obvious, but if he finds himself active, his owners are going to be sorely tempted to pull the trigger. Don’t do it. He’s shown the rare ability to get knocked out of a game on any play, and even when he was en route to a big performance against the Packers on Thanksgiving, his final stat line was a blow to fantasy owners everywhere. Avoid the headache and just say “No.”

RankWide ReceiversTeamOpponentScore
1Wes WelkerNEvs. IND96
2Calvin JohnsonDETat NO92
3Victor CruzNYGvs. GB91
4Steve SmithCARat TB89
5Jordy NelsonGBat NYG84
6Laurent RobinsonDALat ARI81
7Larry FitzgeraldARIvs. DAL79
8Hakeem NicksNYGvs. GB79
9Andre JohnsonHOUvs. ATL78
10Roddy WhiteATLat HOU77
11Vincent JacksonSDat JAC77
12Dez BryantDALat ARI77
13Marques ColstonNOvs. DET76
14Greg JenningsGBat NYG76
15Brandon MarshallMIAvs. OAK76
16Brandon LloydSTLat SF75
17Mike WallacePITvs. CIN72
18Percy HarvinMINvs. DEN71
19A.J. GreenCINat PIT65
20DeSean JacksonPHIat SEA65
21Michael CrabtreeSFvs. STL65
22Antonio BrownPITvs. CIN64
23Doug BaldwinSEAvs. PHI63
24Nate WashingtonTENat BUF63
25Reggie WayneINDat NE62
26Anquan BoldinBALat CLE61
27Deion BranchNEvs. IND60
28Mike WilliamsTBvs. CAR58
29Dwayne BoweKCat CHI57
30Plaxico BurressNYJat WAS55
31Damian WilliamsTENat BUF55
32Eric DeckerDENat MIN55
33Julio JonesATLat HOU53
34Miles AustinDALat ARI53
35Nate BurlesonDETat NO52
36Santonio HolmesNYJat WAS51
37Santana MossWASvs. NYJ51
38Steve JohnsonBUFvs. TEN50
39Pierre GarconINDat NE50
40Torrey SmithBALat CLE49
41Johnny KnoxCHIvs. KC45
42Early DoucetARIvs. DAL43
43Ben ObomanuSEAvs. PHI43
44Mario ManninghamNYGvs. GB43
45Darrius Heyward-BayOAKat MIA42
46Greg LittleCLEvs. BAL41
47Steve BreastonKCat CHI41
48Jason AvantPHIat SEA41
49Legedu NaaneeCARat TB41
50Lance MooreNOvs. DET40
51Brian HartlineMIAvs. OAK40
52Danario AlexanderSTLat SF39
53David NelsonBUFvs. TEN38
54Jacoby JonesHOUvs. ATL38
55Denarius MooreOAKat MIA38
56Harry DouglasATLat HOU37
57Emmanuel SandersPITvs. CIN36
58Davone BessMIAvs. OAK36
59Jabar GaffneyWASvs. NYJ35
60Mike WilliamsSEAvs. PHI35
61Arrelious BennTBvs. CAR34
62Jerome SimpsonCINat PIT33
63Malcom FloydSDat JAC33
64Riley CooperPHIat SEA33
65Titus YoungDETat NO32
66James JonesGBat NYG32
67Austin PettisSTLat SF31
68Brad SmithBUFvs. TEN30
69Preston ParkerTBvs. CAR30
70Mike ThomasJACvs. SD30
71Kevin WalterHOUvs. ATL30
72Chaz SchilensOAKat MIA30
73Josh CribbsCLEvs. BAL29
74Vincent BrownSDat JAC29
75Steve SmithPHIat SEA29
76Robert MeachemNOvs. DET28
77Andre RobertsARIvs. DAL27
78Devin AromashoduMINvs. DEN27
79Dezmon BriscoeTBvs. CAR26
80Cecil ShortsJACvs. SD26
81Roy WilliamsCHIvs. KC25
82Jonathan BaldwinKCat CHI25
83Randall CobbGBat NYG24
84Anthony ArmstrongWASvs. NYJ23
85Jarett DillardJACvs. SD22
86Andre CaldwellCINat PIT21
87Earl BennettCHIvs. KC21
88Jordan NorwoodCLEvs. BAL17
89Mohamed MassaquoiCLEvs. BAL16
90Demaryius ThomasDENat MIN15

Start: Michael Crabtree. He hasn’t done much to endear himself to fantasy owners this season, scoring just one TD all year while averaging 4.4 catches and just over 50 yards per game. However, he’s progressed as the season has moved along, posting just one dud in his last six games. He’ll get a bad Rams secondary this week, moving him from a borderline play to a solid WR2 or better.

Sit: Johnny Knox. His numbers over the last two weeks have been ridiculous (242 yards and two TDs on seven receptions), but I think the party is over. For one, he’s not going to have a long TD every week like the one he had against the Raiders, and his reception total shows that without that, he’s a threat to turn in a poor fantasy performance. More importantly, the Bears should be able to keep this game in the hands of Matt Forte, limiting the effectiveness of all Bears receivers this week.

RankTight EndsTeamOpponentScore
1Rob GronkowskiNEvs. IND100
2Antonio GatesSDat JAC93
3Jimmy GrahamNOvs. DET85
4Jason WittenDALat ARI78
5Brent CelekPHIat SEA77
6Jermichael FinleyGBat NYG74
7Tony GonzalezATLat HOU70
8Fred DavisWASvs. NYJ69
9Kellen WinslowTBvs. CAR67
10Dustin KellerNYJat WAS63
11Jermaine GreshamCINat PIT61
12Ed DicksonBALat CLE60
13Jake BallardNYGvs. GB59
14Scott ChandlerBUFvs. TEN55
15Aaron HernandezNEvs. IND53
16Heath MillerPITvs. CIN50
17Brandon PettigrewDETat NO50
18Jared CookTENat BUF49
19Owen DanielsHOUvs. ATL48
20Greg OlsenCARat TB48
21Vernon DavisSFvs. STL45
22Anthony FasanoMIAvs. OAK45
23Marcedes LewisJACvs. SD42
24Tony SchefflerDETat NO42
25Kevin BossOAKat MIA39
26Jacob TammeINDat NE38
27Todd HeapARIvs. DAL38
28Visanthe ShiancoeMINvs. DEN35
29Ben WatsonCLEvs. BAL34
30Dennis PittaBALat CLE32
31Kellen DavisCHIvs. KC31
32Jeremy ShockeyCARat TB28
33Zach MillerSEAvs. PHI28
34Delanie WalkerSFvs. STL25
35Lance KendricksSTLat SF24
36Kyle RudolphMINvs. DEN23
37Daniel FellsDENat MIN23
38Leonard PopeKCat CHI22
39Joel DreessenHOUvs. ATL20
40Matt SpaethCHIvs. KC20

Start: Brent Celek. He’s come on strong after the Eagles Week 7 bye, with 29 receptions and 342 yards in five games. Pre-bye, he managed just 13 receptions and 115 yards in seven games. With Jeremy Maclin out again on Thursday night and DeSean Jackson spiraling downward in terms of effectiveness, the onus is on Celek and the secondary receivers to take the pressure off a gimpy LeSean McCoy.

Bench: Owen Daniels. The Texan TE hasn’t scored a TD since Week 4, while fellow Houston TE Joel Dreessen has four scores over that same time-frame. The Houston passing offense looked lost without Matt Schaub last week, despite facing a Jaguars defense riddled with injuries. Can T.J. Yates turn Daniels back into a solid TE1? It’s possible, but it’s not something I’d bank on with my season on the line.

RankKickersTeamOpponentScore
1John KasayNOvs. DET75
2Dan BaileyDALat ARI73
3Robbie GouldCHIvs. KC72
4Sebastian JanikowskiOAKat MIA69
5Stephen GostkowskiNEvs. IND69
6David AkersSFvs. STL67
7Billy CundiffBALat CLE67
8Mason CrosbyGBat NYG66
9Jason HansonDETat NO60
10Neil RackersHOUvs. ATL60
11Phil DawsonCLEvs. BAL54
12Nick NovakSDat JAC53
13Connor BarthTBvs. CAR52
14Matt BryantATLat HOU51
15Mike NugentCINat PIT50
16Nick FolkNYJat WAS50
17Olindo MareCARat TB46
18Alex HeneryPHIat SEA46
19Rob BironasTENat BUF44
20Matt PraterDENat MIN44
21Josh ScobeeJACvs. SD42
22Dave RaynerBUFvs. TEN41
23Dan CarpenterMIAvs. OAK41
24Shaun SuishamPITvs. CIN40
25Ryan SuccopKCat CHI39
26Steven HauschkaSEAvs. PHI38
27Graham GanoWASvs. NYJ38
28Ryan LongwellMINvs. DEN38
29Jay FeelyARIvs. DAL32
30Lawrence TynesNYGvs. GB25
31Josh BrownSTLat SF23
32Adam VinatieriINDat NE18

RankTeam DefenseTeamOpponentScore
1Baltimore RavensBALat CLE79
2San Francisco 49ersSFvs. STL79
3Chicago BearsCHIvs. KC77
4Dallas CowboysDALat ARI71
5Philadelphia EaglesPHIat SEA69
6New York JetsNYJat WAS68
7Jacksonville JaguarsJACvs. SD66
8New England PatriotsNEvs. IND66
9Oakland RaidersOAKat MIA58
10Miami DolphinsMIAvs. OAK56
11Washington RedskinsWASvs. NYJ52
12New Orleans SaintsNOvs. DET52
13Cincinnati BengalsCINat PIT52
14Denver BroncosDENat MIN52
15Green Bay PackersGBat NYG51
16Houston TexansHOUvs. ATL48
17Minnesota VikingsMINvs. DEN45
18Tampa Bay BuccaneersTBvs. CAR45
19Kansas City ChiefsKCat CHI45
20St. Louis RamsSTLat SF43
21Tennessee TitansTENat BUF43
22Cleveland BrownsCLEvs. BAL42
23San Diego ChargersSDat JAC42
24Seattle SeahawksSEAvs. PHI42
25Arizona CardinalsARIvs. DAL40
26Detroit LionsDETat NO37
27New York GiantsNYGvs. GB34
28Atlanta FalconsATLat HOU33
29Buffalo BillsBUFvs. TEN33
30Carolina PanthersCARat TB30
31Pittsburgh SteelersPITvs. CIN29
32Indianapolis ColtsINDat NE11

 
R.J. White is the head editor at the Cafe, writes for FanDuel and Razzball and has previously written for FanHouse. Catch up with him in the forums under the name daullaz. Follow him on Twitter; don't follow him in real life.
 
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