Well fantasy owners, for many of us it truly is crunch time. 12 weeks of fantasy football games comes down to this week, or possibly next for many. Are you in a playoff spot? Are you fighting for one this week? Well no matter what your role may be, spoiler, lead dog, or fighting to stay alive, this is it! As they say, win big or go home!
So with that lead in it is time for The Shark to bring you my latest advice on who to start and who to sit for fantasy football week 13. Yes I have had some bad weeks, but I have also had some great weeks, and here is hoping to end with a bang. So sit back, read and relax, and the very best of luck to all of you in these final weeks.
Matt Cassel, Chiefs vs Broncos: Not too many fantasy QBs are as hot as Cassel right now, and he seems to have extra motivation when he plays against his former offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. With Dwayne Bowe going nuts, he has helped Cassel put up huge numbers the past few weeks, plus he threw a ton against them last time, despite being blown out.
Matt Hasselbeck, Seahawks vs Panthers: Yes, if you are desperate I’m going to tell you to make this move. The Panthers are just dreadful right now, and despite dealing with some injuries, the Seahawks have been throwing the ball decent the last few weeks. Not quite sure what the future holds for Matt in Seattle, so this may be his last big hoorah this season, so give him a shot here.
Jon Kitna, Cowboys at Colts: I know that Kitna has had a few very good weeks recently, but this is a game where the Cowboys will be better served running. If the Colts have any strength on defense at all, it is a good pass rush and decent secondary.Kitna may get some, but not enough.
Brett Favre, Vikings vs Bills: New coach Leslie Frazier seems to be content with a run first style of offense, so it does not do much for Favre. Also the Bills are such a poor run defense that he won’t need to do much in this one.
Josh Freeman, Buccaneers vs Falcons: Something tells me the Bucs are about to fall from grace to end up this season. They have played well, but now face a very tough part of the schedule, which includes the red-hot Falcons. He did not do anything great last time out, so it may be a fair at best day here.
Steven Jackson,Rams at Cardinals: Jackson has not been the super stud he was a few years back, but at this rate with the Rams fighting for a playoff spot, they will need more than just Sam Bradford. Last week, the Cardinals defense was pounded by second and third string backs from San Francisco, so Jackson, if was ever to do it, would be right here.
Mike Tolbert, Chargers vs Raiders: Week in and week out, Tolbert scores, and now he is even busier with the injury to Ryan Mathews. He started the year as a fullback, with little action in the playbook, but he has turned it around and is a bigger part of the Chargers success than he is given credit for. Use him, happily!
Jonathan Stewart, Panthers at Seahawks: If you have ideas of using him due to the fact that he has been a lead back here before, and that he had a decent week last week, don’t. Mike Goodson is getting the better looks, and is more active in the pass game. Stewart should be put to rest this season.
Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers at Ravens: It seems that he only has real big days against average defenses. Yes, he had big stats last week, but that was the Bills, and the Ravens are far better than the Bills. He will be used, just to keep the defense honest, but it is highly unlikely that you will see another 150 yard, TD performance.
Ray Rice, Ravens vs Steelers: Read Above! You just do not run on the Steelers, and Rice has not been all that huge this season anyway.
Marques Colston, Saints at Bengals: Colston is finally back to form as the big WR he was a few years back. Drew Brees has confidence in him again, and it should payoff nicely against a banged up Bengals secondary. Not to mention Cincy is all but done this season.
Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs vs Broncos: If you watch football at all, or follow fantasy football at all, you will know this is a no-brainer. He is playing like he is all out mad at the competition. He plays no matter what.
Kevin Boss, Giants vs Redskins: Yes, I am calling on a TE here. With all the injuries to the WR corps for the G-Men, Boss found himself getting big action late last week, as he helped Eli Manning pull out the win over the Jags. Boss may not be very fast, but has the hands and makes big catches. He has a very good chance to get 2 TDs here this week.
Michael Crabtree, 49ers at Packers: Yes, Crabtree has been hot, and his team needs wins to have a prayer for the post-season, but this is not the best match-up. If the Bucs can shut this team down, we have to think that an angry Packers team can do the same. He may see lots of Charles Woodson, which is never great for any WR.
Mike Sims-Walker, Jaguars at Titans: David Garrard is listed as questionable, and he just came back healthy himself. When he was out, Mike Thomas and Mercedes Lewis both took up the slack, and now Maurice Jones-Drew is seeing more balls too. It just does not have the luster that it could ave for Sims-Walker, so don’t try and be clever here.
Anquan Boldin, Ravens vs Steelers: maybe he was brought here for games like this, to use his big body against physical players from Pittsburgh. However it has been tough to watch as the ravens are slowly steering away from him, why? I have no idea. Boldin has great skills, but with this tough defense and his lack of looks recently, you may want to look elsewhere.
Yes you still have time to grab a few players who can and will make a difference in the last few weeks.
Ben Obomanu, WR, Seahawks: Since Mike Williams went down with an injury, Obomanu has been the main target, including 3 TDs in his last 4 games. Always a nice player, he will finally get a lead role here, and with the Panthers in town this week, I think he will handle it.
Jacoby Ford, WR, Raiders: He gets good numbers on the kick returns, which in playing the Chargers this week, should give him lots of chances. He also has blazing speed, and lately both QBs for Oakland have been looking his way. You should too in a pinch.
Brian Westbrook, RB, 49ers: He is well rested, and now with Frank Gore out, he will get a lot of work. He still have the good hands, and showed good power running last week in a Monday night win over Arizona. Use with caution, but use.
Tashard Choice, RB, Cowboys: With Marion Barber injured, and Felix Jones still not wowing people, Choice can be a nice option as a flex player. He showed last season when used that he can catch and run well, and he may be the goal line guy for Dallas here too.
Well this is it for the week folks. Make sure you choose wisely, because for many of us this can be the end if we don’t win. It seems like this season just started, and now we are near the end, so make it count, and as always, best of luck!
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