Wednesday, November 28, 2012

2012 Week 13 Fantasy Advice

Games in December are almost here, and now the weather starts to play a huge role in setting your lineups as we get close to playoff time. For some people, that is. As Mike Mularkey said about playing Buffalo on Sunday, "It's cold for them too".

Who to Start:

QB Tony Romo (DAL) vs. PHI: I actually underestimated how bad the Eagles have been in their 7 game losing streak, until I watched them play Carolina on Monday Night. By that token, Tony Romo can right all of the wrongs he has accumulated with a big performance.

RB C.J Spiller (BUF) vs. JAX: He should see the majority of the carries on Sunday, and going up against a sketchy Jacksonville rush defense (with newly acquired Jason Babin), should provide some big benefits for Spiller's fantasy owners.

WR Hakeem Nicks (NYG) vs. WSH MON: Nicks has been fighting injuries most of the season, but he seems to be healthier now, and it couldn't come at a better time. The Redskins secondary has been pretty bad this season, so Nicks figures to have a big game at FedEx.

WR Eric Decker (DEN) vs. TB: The Bucs will now be without Eric Wright as he serves a 4 game suspension, and that won't help them going up against Peyton Manning at Mile High, so Eric Decker figures to see major benefits from that.

TE Owen Daniels (HOU) vs. TEN: Daniels had a huge game against the Titans in Week 4, and he can very easily do that again on Sunday, since the Titans are one of the worst teams at defending the TE, fantasy-wise.

DEF New York Jets vs. ARZ: The Jets have 10 days between their New England drubbing and Arizona coming to MetLife, so the sting of the loss should have worn off. Oh, and Arizona is starting Ryan Lindley.

Who to Sit:

QB Philip Rivers (SD) vs. CIN: He has been pretty poor this season fantasy-wise, and it doesn't help that the Bengals are coming to town, who do have an underrated secondary in tow.

RB Rashard Mendenhall (PIT) vs. BAL: Not only is the matchup for the Steelers bad in Baltimore, but rumors have Mendenhall falling to 3rd on the Steelers RB depth chart. Considering what's ahead of him, that hurts.

WR Dwayne Bowe (KC) vs. CAR: Brady Quinn. That says it all, along with Carolina having a good secondary.

WR Brandon Lloyd (NE) vs. MIA: With the rise of Julian Edelman in fantasy land, someone on the Pats depth chart had to fall. The one who has fallen is Lloyd. He's not a reliable option, especially against a divisional rival like Miami.

TE Brandon Pettigrew (DET) vs. IND: Despite the Colts having other defensive struggles this season, they have been really good at shutting down opposing Tight Ends. Pettigrew is the next in line.

DEF St. Louis vs. SF: The Rams D had a big fantasy game last week, but that was Ryan Lindley and Arizona. Now, it's Colin Kaepernick and San Francisco.

3 Super Sleepers:

QB Colin Kaepernick (SF) vs. STL: Speaking of Kaepernick, he put up some big numbers the last 2 weeks. Even though he still might be raw, he is a very good option off the pine if you have no better ones.

WR Stevie Johnson (BUF) vs. JAX: He hasn't scored a TD since Week 7, but has put up 271 yards in his last 3 games. The Jags are getting very thin in the secondary, so Johnson could finally break through.

DEF Carolina vs. KC: I said it before, Brady Quinn. That is all.

Buyer Beware:

WR Larry Fitzgerald (ARZ) vs. NYJ: I know he's hard to bench, but just look at his performances this year with very mediocre QB's throwing him the ball. Ryan Lindley might be the most mediocre of the lot. Combine that with going up against Antonio Cromartie, this won't be a comfortable day for Fitz, or his fantasy owners.

Good Luck in Week 13!

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