Welcome back to the grind. Not too much to say at this point outside of do or die. Week 13 in many leagues is the regular season finale and if not the key game to deciding whether or not you make the playoffs. Let me make it short and sweet for you all. Do not go against what got you there, do not try and pick up all sorts of free agents to plug in and play. Whatever your team is, it is, it’s just that simple. So this week’s edition of Start/Sit is simple advice and the only reaching we do is from what is inside your head. Read and react as needed, there is not much time for mistakes.
Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles: A red-hot QB against an ice-cold defense, you do the math. Over the last 2 weeks Romo has gone for 754 yards and 4 TDs. He should be good here at home.
Eli Manning, New York Giants at Washington Redskins: It’s December come kickoff, and that’s Eli’s time to shine. Also the Redskins pass defense is brutal.
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals at San Diego Chargers: In the last 4 weeks: 10 TDs just 1 INT and 940 yards. He’s a go, and now with Sanu coming on, he’s gaining weapons.
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints: It’s time to put up or shut up for the Falcons. They attempt to avenge their only loss this season in Matty’s house, where they are 5-0 this year. Heck, even if they lose, he should be big here.
Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins vs. New York Giants: If you own RG3 and don’t start RG3, I can’t help you anymore. His last 2 weeks: 8 TDs, 1 INT. The Skins may have their guy at last.
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: Was uneventful against them a few weeks ago, so why not another clunker? Tell me I’m wrong.
Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Denver Broncos: The Flip-Flop season of Freeman is headed for a flop. Tough game in Denver, and he went for 0 against the Falcons at home. He may not be awful, but not sold on this one just yet.
Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams: 2 TDs last week was nice, but only 231 yards means he is still managing the game, and the Rams, well they are tough at home, and handled business in San Fran a few weeks back.
Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers vs Cincinnati Bengals: Not that the Bengals have a super defense, but the Chargers are pretty much spent. Don’t risk it.
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots: Bill Belichick knows how to handle rookie QBs. Oh and this is nothing special anyway.
CJ Spiller, Buffalo Bills vs. Jacksonville Jaguars: This is the new Jags who are looking better, however it’s the same Spiller. Coach Chan Gailey said he will go 60/40 with Spiller over Jackson, I like those odds.
DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers at Kansas City Chiefs: I know I told you not to reach, but if you own Williams this is the spot for him. Jonathan Stweart is out and the Chiefs are dreadful. It’s a chance, but it could be worth taking it.
Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams: Put up 97 yards and a TD last time against them, and had a big week last week. He’s still the workhorse and still a good fantasy back.
Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns at Oakland Raiders: They are back to being the Raiders of late. No magic on defense and Richardson is a bull.
Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals at New York Jets: Jim Hart? Neil Lomax? Me? Can anyone QB for the Cardinals? Probably not, so running is the key, and he had 2 TDs in his return last week.
Shonn Greene, New York Jets vs. Arizona Cardinals: Not fearing the Cards defense, but fearing a guy averaging 3.8 yards per carry, and lost his goal line touches to Bilal Powell. He hasn’t scored a TD in recent weeks.
Michael Bush, Chicago Bears vs. Seattle Seahawks: Matt Forte’s ankle injury will lead to more carries, but is this the match up you want to test Bush in?
Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Through thick and thin the Bucs still have the league’s best run defense. Moreno was busy last week, but if he stalls against this tough defense, they may try the committee. He did go for 85 yards last week.
Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans: The Texans bring the second best rush defense into this game, and will try and play ball control with the Titans. Also having Locker back at QB means they can cheat in run coverage. He may be decent but not great here.
Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants at Washington Redskins: Really don’t get it. He’s the lead back yet just 20 carries over the last 2 weeks, despite averaging 5.7 yards per carry? With that few amount of touches, he becomes a guy you need to get lucky. If you have another option, use it.
Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles: Well look at this, Bryant has found his game. 4 TDs in his last 3 weeks, as well as 23 catches and 370 yards on a whopping 31 targets, that’s some serious juice. He put up 87 yards and a TD against Philly a few weeks back.
Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints: Got them for 7 catches and a 114 yards earlier this season, plus he gets his TDs at home.
Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: TDs in each of the last 2 weeks, and Tampa is brutal against the pass. There will be plenty of targets his way, now he needs to grab them.
Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts at Detroit Lions: He does it every week so use him.
Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears vs. Seattle Seahawks: Question the match up? Not with this guy. However, feel free to sneak in any Viagra joke you may have here.
Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys: He is healthy, but he is about the only regular Eagle who is, and Dallas will have an eye on him.
Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens: The current QB situation in Pittsburgh speaks for itself.
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals at New York Jets: Can someone please get this guy a QB! Until then, no chances need be taken.
Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers: Despite popping off for 10 catches and over 100 yards in the last meeting, he is still playing with pain, and is not even certain to go here. Way too risky.
James Jones, Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings: Cobb is the star, Jennings is likely coming back, and they also have Jordy Nelson. It is time for Jones to exit from the targets here.
Defenses I like this week
Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins
Defenses I don’t like
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
Washington Redskins vs. New York Giants
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Denver Broncos
Jacksonville Jaguars at Buffalo Bills
That’s the wrap up for Week 13. Best of luck and I will be back next week.