Week 13 Fantasy Football Matchups: Start em and Sit em Handbook
The King previews all the Week 13 Fantasy Football matchups, also issuing key start and sit choices. The Fantasy Football game matchups are your ultimate Week 11 start ‘em and sit ‘em handbook and source for insights on what to expect this week.
Redskins at Colts: The ‘Skins are going to try to rely on their power running game to control time of possession, but with Arthur Jones back on the D-line, Alfred Morris is going to have to work hard for his yardage. He may be held under 100 rushing yards. Colt McCoy will often be conservative and may work frequently to Jordan Reed. The Redskins can be stout against the run and Dan Herron is not going to have much upside. But the Redskins have issues in the secondary and this is going to be a huge day for Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton. Reggie Wayne should at least give you adequate totals.
Start and Smile: Jordan Reed
Watch and Worry: Boom Herron
Titans at Texans: Zach Mettenberger has improved since the last time he faced Houston, but the Titans are banged up on the offensive line and that does not bode well for him with his long release and the Houston pass rush. When Mettenberger can complete passes he will certainly boost Delanie Walker’s PPR totals. Bishop Sankey won’t find much running room. Arian Foster has to be started against a very vulnerable Tennessee run defense. The return of Ryan Fitzpatrick is good for DeAndre Hopkins, as he seems to hit the WR every time he gets open. Andre Johnson, however, now sees his downfield potential stifled again.
Start and Smile: DeAndre Hopkins
Watch and Worry: Zach Mettenberger, Andre Johnson
Browns at Bills: This could be a lower-scoring game, as Mike Pettine and the Buffalo coaching staff know each other’s tendencies well. Sammy Watkins may not get much done against Joe Haden and Robert Woods is simply unreliable, as is Chris Hogan. The latter is likely to be targeted more often this week. The Bills may still employ a committee approach at RB, but the Browns rank 29th against the run and Fred Jackson is a viable flex option. The Browns will try to establish the run to try and take pressure off Brian Hoyer and Isaiah Crowell should have a pretty good day.
Start and Smile: The Bills defense may force Brian Hoyer into more mistakes
Watch and Worry: Sammy Watkins.
Chargers at Ravens: The Chargers are working on a short week and were shut out by a physical Miami defense last time they traveled east for an early start. Ryan Mathews won’t be as effective as he was last week, and a strong Ravens pass rush may be able to protect their shaky secondary. It’s not recommended to depend on too many Chargers here. Justin Forsett will continue to roll, and Steve Smith Sr. and Torrey Smith both have big-play potential this week, especially the latter.
Start and Smile: Torrey Smith, Ravens defense
Watch and Worry: Philip Rivers, Antonio Gates, Malcom Floyd
Giants at Jaguars: This is a revenge matchup for Rashad Jennings, who the Jaguars let walk to Oakland in April of 2013. The Jaguars’ 28th-ranked run defense allows 130.6 yards per game. Eli Manning will not have an outstanding day as New York leans on the run and the Jacksonville pass rush will disrupt him as well. Denard Robinson should bounce back nicely against the NFC’s worst run defense, and you could see Cecil Shorts get back in the passing flow here as well.
Start and Smile: Rashad Jennings, Denard Robinson
Watch and Worry: Don’t start Rueben Randle at this important time of the Fantasy season if you can help it.
Bengals at Buccaneers: The return of Rey Maualuga has re-ignited the Cincinnati defense and they are a top stream this week. Josh McCown is not going to get any run support and may get picked off more than once. The Bengals will use the run game to stave off pass pressure. Jeremy Hill isa strong start and Gio Bernard retains high upside even with limited touches. Mohamed Sanu could be a very productive starter as Tampa Bay tries to devote much attention to A.J. Green and Sanu operates effectively against some single coverages.
Start and Smile: Bengals defense. Jeremy Hill, Mohamed Sanu
Watch and Worry: This could be a disappointing week for Vincent Jackson.
Raiders at Rams: St. Louis is the top defensive play of the week, as the terrific defensive line gets Chris Long back and should certainly harass and torture Derek Carr into mistakes and many three and outs. Marcel Reece is likely the best option for Oakland to keep the defense honest, but he does not have to be used in most cases now that the byes are over. Oakland allows 126.7 rushing yards per game and Tre Mason is a very strong start who can finally add big-play potential to impressive usage of volume this week. It’s always challenging to forecast which Rams pass-catcher will fare well, but you may see a Kenny Britt TD catch this week. Don’t count on him in DFS games, though.
Start and Smile: Rams defense, Tre Mason
Watch and Worry: Don’t get cute enough to start Andre Holmes or James Jones. Carr won’t have enough time to find them.
Saints at Steelers: The Saints have been even more vulnerable against the run since they lost Brodrick Bunkley, and Le’Veon Bell could be headed for another monster outing. Keenan Lewis won’t be able to fully contain Antonio Brown, and Ben Roethsliberger will likely use play-action strikes to Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton to keep the passing game moving on what should be a good, but not great statistical day as Bell seizes the spotlight again. Jimmy Graham is obviously set for another big day, and Kenny Stills’ rise will continue as well against a Steelers secondary that can be burned. Look for Pierre Thomas to catch several key passes and create matchup problems. He is a good flex start.
Start and Smile: Pierre Thomas, Kenny Stills
Watch and Worry: Marques Colston is just too unpredictable and Graham and Stills may hog up a lot of the important targets. Colston is a roll of the dice for sure.
Panthers at Vikings: The Minnesota defense is a strong play this week. Everson Griffen should continue to crush the pocket and it may be a long say for Cam Newton. CB Xavier Rhodes has been playing really well and could limit the yardage for Kelvin Benjamin. Kyle Rudolph is a solid play as Teddy Bridgewater leans on him as a safe option. Greg Olsen should out-produce him, though. It’s unclear who will get the most carries at RB for the Vikings with Jerick McKinnon out, but do not be surprised if it’s Joe Banyard.
Start and Smile: Vikings defense
Watch and Worry: Cam Newton
Cardinals at Falcons: This could be a lower-scoring game, as the Cardinals are sputtering on offense and CB Desmond Trufant could keep Michael Floyd silent. Drew Stanton will target John Brown heavily but may not fare too well otherwise. He will locate Andre Ellington as a pass-catcher and the continued heavy volume of touches makes him a must-start. The Cardinals CBs will limit the upside for Julio Jones and could shut down Roddy White. It could be a long day for Matt Ryan. This has the look of a 16-6 Arizona victory. The only TD may be from the rising John Brown on a fast indoor track.
Start and Smile: Cardinals defense
Watch and Worry: Matt Ryan, Roddy White
Patriots at Packers: Both teams will attempt to run the ball here, and the Patriots may concede letting Eddie Lacy try to carry a good portion of the Green Bay attack while focusing on how to limit Aaron Rodgers. There is no way Belichick can hold down Rodgers for a full game, but he can force him into a two TD type of day with not too much passing upside. Randall Cobb could see a lot of Darrelle Revis and that hinders his statistical potential. The Pats will likely look to exploit the Packers’ 30th-ranked run defense, and you could see a power running time share between LeGarrette Blount and Jonas Gray. Shane Vereen will get enough work in the passing game. The Packers will, of course, have their hands full trying to contain Rob Gronkowski and that gives Julian Edelman and Tim Wright some chances to make important plays.
Start and Smile: Eddie Lacy, Julian Edelman, Tim Wright
Watch and Worry: You never know which Patriots RB will get the goal-line opportunities.
Broncos at Chiefs: C.J. Anderson is a top-tier start this week against a very vulnerable Kanas City run defense. He’s hungry, versatile and explosive. Peyton Manning will be good for three TD passes and at least one will go to Emmanuel Sanders. Jamaal Charles will get his numbers against any opponent, and Alex Smith may use play-action passes to Travis Kelce, who should have some upside this week. Well, he does have some promise but Smith limits that “upside” to about 90 yards and maybe a TD. Chiefs upside is different than other teams’ upside, obviously.
Start and Smile: C.J. Anderson, Emmanuel Sanders
Watch and Worry: Dwayne Bowe may not even give you decent numbers this week if you are desperate enough to need him.
Miami at New York Jets: The matchups look like they completely favor Miami on paper, but when these two teams meet, it’s always intense and hard-fought. Don’t assume anything here, as this could be the game that sends your Fantasy fates in directions you may not expect. Ryan Tannehill is playing well and is a Top 10 start at QB, but there is a slight danger of him not living up to your DFS expectations. Lamar Miller should at least be adequate with Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson not expected to play. This could be a low-scoring war that really does not help Fantasy players enough.
Start and Smile: Miami defense
Watch and Worry: Percy Harvin
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