Fantasy Football: Previewing Every Week 13 Game
By Noah Brenner on November 28, 2012
New Orleans at Atlanta
All the fantasy stars should come out to play in what should be a high scoring affair. Matt Ryan will look to bounce back after only throwing one touchdown and six picks in the last two games. Ryan has really struggled in the red zone lately. Darren Sproles returned to action last week and looks fully recovered from his injury. Sproles is the only solid running back to play on the Saints this week as all the other running backs will fight for carries. Jacquizz Rodgers is getting more involved in the offense with each passing week. Rodgers recorded 10 rushes vs. Tampa Bay and is now worth at least a flex play and even more so in PPR leagues.
Minnesota at Green Bay
Aaron Rodgers had his worst game of the season against the Giants but should be back to his fantasy-stud status against Minnesota. Christian Ponder also had a poor performance against the Bears last week. Ponder should fare better against Green Bay but with Percy Harvin's status still in question, staying away from Ponder is the way to go. Greg Jennings is expected to practice full all week and should be a go for the first time in seven weeks. Jennings will be a risky play in his first game back and may need some time to get back in the swing of things. Kyle Rudolph has been tested for a concussion and his availability is still unknown.
San Francisco at St. Louis
The starting quarterback for San Francisco has not yet been announced but either way, neither Alex Smith nor Colin Kaepernick has an especially juicy match up. The same can be said for Sam Bradford, who has been extremely average all season. Kendall Hunter is out for the season so Frank Gore might see even more carries then his usual load. Danny Amendola saw limited action last week catching only one pass for 38 yards. He should improve over last week but against a solid defense it wouldn’t be unwise to seek other options. Vernon Davis didn’t ever register one catch after hooking up six times the week before with Kaepernick. All though Davis has the ability to explode on any given day, he can’t really be trusted for the remainder of season.
Arizona at New York Jets
Ryan Lindley appears to be the starting quarter back going into Week 13 while Kevin Kolb tries to make his way back from injury. Lindley threw for over 300 yards last week but didn’t manage one touchdown. Lindley might improve against the Jets but he is too risky of a start in fantasy. Beanie Wells had a great game last week and re-assumed command as lead rusher as LaRod Stephens-Howling only had one carry. What was supposed to be a three-headed attack last week resulted in mostly split carries between Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell.
New England at Miami
Tom Brady should have another great game this week while Ryan Tannehill still tries to figure things out. Shane Vereen had an 82-yard touchdown reception last week and has had at least 10 carries the last two games. Vereen is now a safe flex play. Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas both scored touchdowns last week, but they are risky plays as Miami might be behind early in this one. Julian Edelman only had two grabs last week but one of them went for a TD. Brandon Lloyd has completely disappeared from this offense and is a tough play in any format moving forward. Davone Bess is quietly having a good season and has already amassed 715 receiving yards but only one touchdown. Bess is a decent play in PPR formats.
Houston at Tennessee
Houston has struggled against the pass the last two weeks, so Jake Locker could have a nice outing. The Titans fired offensive coordinator Chris Palmer, so it should be interesting see how this plays out. Andre Johnson has been a flat out beast the last couple of weeks and should do more of the same against Tennessee. Houston’s defense appeared to be a great unit earlier in the year but after two poor performances in a row, their defense is now questionable.
Jacksonville at Buffalo
Chad Henne led the Jaguars to their first win since September has seemed to have jump-started this offense. Henne has thrown six touchdowns in the last two weeks and has made Justin Blackmon fantasy relevant. Henne should have more success against a weak Buffalo secondary. Cecil Shorts has emerged a solid No. 2 wide receiver and has been quite a find. Jalen Parmele has been placed on Injured Reserve and is done for the season. With Maurice Jones-Drew still out, Rashad Jennings should see a ton of work. C.J. Spiller has finally assumed the lead back role in Buffalo and its well deserved. Spiller should have another monster game and is now a legitimate top five running back for the rest of the year.
Seattle at Chicago
Russell Wilson has improved recently, but against the best defense in the league, Wilson should be riding the pine. Jay Cutler looked shaky last week back from his concussion and could also grab some bench until his head is clear.With Matt Forte unlikely to play this game has all the makings of a defensive battle.
Indianapolis at Detroit
This should be an exciting game from a fantasy perspective. Both Andrew Luck and Matthew Stafford should have good games. Vick Ballard seems to have won the starting job in Indianapolis, but still splits most carries with Donald Brown. Mikel Leshoure had a tough game against a solid Houston run defense but should fare much better this week. Expect big games from both Reggie Wayne and Calvin Johnson. Meanwhile, T.Y. Hilton should also excel in what should be a high scoring game. Titus Young remains away from the team for disciplinary reasons, so look for Ryan Broyles to possibly step up as he did last week.
Carolina at Kansas City
Cam Newton will look to keep things rolling after a huge game against the Eagles. Brady Quinn will remain the quarterback in Kansas City, but don’t expect much as it runs a vast majority of the time. Jamaal Charles should have a monster game against a porous Carolina run defense. Jonathan Stewart suffered a high-ankle sprain and DeAngelo Williams will command most of the carries in this match.
Cleveland at Oakland
Last week Brandon Weeden suffered a concussion late in the game and this could be a start for Colt McCoy. Carson Palmer had a bad outing against the Bengals but will be a decent play against the Browns. Marcel Reece has been great in the absence of Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson, but both McFadden and Goodson are expected to practice this week. Trent Richardson is a great play again this week as Oakland has been awful against the run. Denarius Moore had only one catch last week and it went for a touchdown, but Moore has been very inconsistent as he had only two total catches the last two weeks.
Pittsburgh at Baltimore
Ben Roethlisberger has a fifty percent chance to play and anyone with a Steeler' player is hoping he does. The Steelers have really struggled offensively in Big Ben’s absence. Jonathan Dwyer has been named the starter and Antonio Brown is expected to return from injury but without Roethlisberger, any Steeler is a tough call. Ray Rice might be the only player in this game worth starting as all Baltimore wide receivers struggled the last time these two teams met.
Cincinnati at San Diego
Andy Dalton had a fine game last week against Oakland but will face a slightly better defense this week. Philip Rivers also had a tough match last week and might still have a hard time against the Bengals who haven’t surrendered more than 13 points in the last three weeks. BenJarvus Green-Ellis has now had two great games the last two weeks after struggling most of the season. Cedric Peerman is seeing some touches out of the backfield and has totaled 136 yards the last two weeks and is now averaging a robust 8.3 yards per carry on the year. Peerman may be used as a desperation flex play in some deeper formats. Can anyone stop A.J. Green? The answer is simply, no. Green should continue his torrid sophomore season against the Chargers.
Philadelphia at Dallas
Nick Foles was brutal last week against Carolia and still no word on Michael Vick. Tony Romo should have a fine day against a bad defensive unit if he can just manage to not throw any more interceptions. Bryce Brown was brilliant against a very bad defense, but don’t expect an encore performance against a much better defense. Dallas will stack the box and dare Foles to throw to a wide receiving group now missing Desean Jackson, who is out for the year. Dallas defense is a great play this week as Philly will struggle to score.
New York Giants at Washington
This will be an exciting game to the finish as both teams are coming off big wins. Both Eli Manning and Robert Griffin III should have great games. Andre Brown is out for the year. David Wilson should see a bump in rushes, but don’t expect a huge amount as this is an important game. Ahmad Bradshaw will get the bulk of the carries. Hakeem Nicks has now had two games with at least 70 yards and is now fully recovered from his injury. Expect a big game from both Nicks and Victor Cruz.