One of my favorite times of the year is right around the corner. We have Black Friday shopping, we have great delicious home cooking and we have 3 games on Turkey Day. Every Thanksgiving I would enjoy waking up and spending some quality time with the family but more so being able to sit down with my family and watch some football. My Dad was a big time Cowboys fan (still is unfortunately) and of course they play every year. So it would be fun to root against them every year. I remember watching in ’98 when Randy Moss who was pretty upset that the Cowboys passed him up torched them for 163 yards and 3 Touchdowns. Another notable performance was watching Peyton dismantle the Lions for 6 touchdown passes as they won 41-9. This season we have 3 matchups happening on Turkey day and they are bound to be some great performances again this year.
With the Fantasy Playoffs starting next week (for most of you) this week could be a swing game on whether you will make it or not. I am here to help you with your lineup and give you the guys I think are Must Start and Must sit for week 13.
Week 13 Fantasy Football Must Start
Andy Dalton vs. San Diego Chargers
The Chargers let Alex Smith throw on them like he was Peyton Manning last week and have given up 8 TD passes in the last 3 games. Dalton has thrown for 2 or more TDs in 5 out of his last 6 (16 overall). Love this matchup for Dalton.
Alex Smith vs. Denver Broncos
Smith has been on fire the past two games throwing the football, throwing for 524 yards and 5 TDs including a 230 yard and 2 TD performance against the Broncos 2 weeks ago. Smith has 5 straight great matchups and should be starting this week and for the ROS the season.
Frank Gore vs. St. Louis Rams
Gore has hit a bit of a rough patch over the past 2 weeks totaling only 79 yards on the ground. Well do you know what a way to cure a RBs slump is? I do it’s the St. Louis Rams run D. They are giving up an average of 20.7 PPG to opposing RBs and Gore rushed for 153 yards and scored a TD against the Rams in week 4. Start the man!
Rashard Jennings vs. Dallas Cowboys
Jennings I always thought had a bunch of talent but didn’t show it last year when he had the chance to take over for a hurt Jones-Drew. Over the past 4 games he is averaging over 100 YPG from scrimmage. The Cowboys run D has been atrocious in 2013 and has given up 446 rushing yards over the past 2 weeks. Opposing RBs also have 83 catches and 5 TDs out of the backfield as well, even better news for Jennings.
Kendall Wright vs. Indianapolis Colts
One of my biggest regrets from the drafting this year is not having Wright on more of my teams. He has been a PPR machine this year. He has double-digit Fantasy points in all but 2 games in PPR formats. He had 9 catches for 80 yards against the Colts 2 weeks ago, this Colts secondary hasn’t gotten any better since then. Start Wright in both formats this week.
Larry Fitzgerald vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Fitzgerald has been up and down all season long but he put together his 1st back to back double-digit fantasy points (in standard leagues, 2nd in PPR formats). The Eagles rank #1 at giving up the most receiving yards to opposing WRs and 2nd in TDs given up to them as well. Love this matchup as Fitz and Palmer have been on the same page over the last few weeks.
Dwayne Bowe vs. Denver Broncos
Bowe strung together back to back 50+ yards and TD performances over the last two weeks and has shown signs of what everyone was hoping to see all season long. No better time to string some good games together than the present. Bowe had 4 catches for 57 yards and a TD against the Broncos in his last matchup he may draw a returning Champ Bailey but who is to know whether he is healthy or not. I like Bowe this week as a solid WR2.
Jordan Cameron vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
It has been tough to be a Cameron owner over the last 3 games. He has a total of 10 catches for 55 yards and zero TDs. Enter Brandon Weeden as the QB for the Browns this week and a great matchup for Cameron. I know he has been frustrating to play but the Jaguars give up the 2nd most Fantasy pints to opposing TEs, this week will be a week you would regret having him on the bench.
New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins
Even though the Giants gave up 24 points to the Cowboys they still sacked Romo 4 times and forced an INT as well. Add that to on top of the fact the Redskins aren’t playing very good football right now and this is a no brainer start for week 13.
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Week 13 Fantasy Football Must Sit
Mike Glennon vs. Carolina Panthers
Glennon is becoming one of my favorite young QBs in all of football. He has grown a ton over the past few weeks and over the past 6 games he has 10 TDs and only 1 INT. But this week he faces a tough Panthers D. He did throw for 275 and a TD against them in week 8 but I don’t see him getting as much success this time around. Find yourself another option this week and only start him in 2QBs if you have no other options.
Lamar Miller vs. New York Jets
Even with Daniel Thomas out this isn’t a great matchup for Miller who has 27 rushing yards over the last 3 games. The Jets have yet to give up a 100 yard rusher and only one RB has found the endzone over the past 4 games. Miller should continue to be on the bench for this week.
Pierre Thomas vs. Seattle Seahawks
Thomas has been on fire as of late but faces the biggest test to date. The Seahawks have been able to get ran on over the past couple of weeks but this is one of those weeks they are going to rely on Drew Brees. PPR Formats I like him to get 10 or more points but in standard he belongs on the bench this week.
The cycling of Patriots RBs vs. Houston Texans
Ridley, Blount and Bolden all are more than likely to touch the ball on Sunday and you factor in Vereen’s touches, this situation is a hot mess. The 3 of them should be on the bench until further notice, Vereen is the only one that has any Fantasy value this week and going forward.
TY Hilton vs. Tennessee Titans
The Titans haven’t surrender a TD to opposing WR since week 2 and they held Hilton in check 2 weeks ago to the tune of 44 yards. With potential Fantasy playoff implications on the line, I don’t want Hilton and a single-digit output to ruin my chances.
Tavon Austin vs. San Francisco 49ers
The Rams have finally gotten around into using Austin in a bunch of variations over the past few weeks which has resulted into 3 total TDs for him. But remember it’s playoff time and shouldn’t get cute, the 49ers are going to shut Austin down and you shouldn’t be let down in the process.
Tony Gonzalez vs. Buffalo Bills
Gonzalez hasn’t been bad this year but he hasn’t been the Gonzalez we are used to seeing. He has single-digit Fantasy outputs in all but 2 games (in standard and 6 in PPR). The Bills have been great against TEs this year only giving up 5 PPG to them. This is one of those weeks you throw Gonzo on the bench.
Kansas City D vs. Denver Broncos
They didn’t perform terrible in their 1st matchup against the Broncos but that was before Philip Rivers shredded them at home. Find yourself another option this week.
Don’t forget with the Fantasy Football Playoffs right around the corner to check out my Sextastic 10, which is an in-depth look at 10 Fantasy QBs and their Fantasy Playoff Schedule. Check it out here: https://thesportsscript.com/2013/11/21/the-sextastic-10/
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