2017 NFL Week 13 Start 'em Sit 'em

2017 NFL Week 13 Start Sit help

WEEK 12 RECAP:
 
Running Back (RB)
 
Start: Jay Ajayi turned in just 26 yards on 5 carries and added 7 more on a catch.  Kareem Hunt turned in another disappointing performance.  He gained just 17 yards on 11 carries and caught just 1 pass for 9 yards.  Rex Burkhead rushed 13 times for 50 yards and a touchdown, and caught 2 passes for 3 yards and another touchdown.  Damien Williams drew the start.   He took 8 totes for 38 yards and caught 3 passes for another 14 yards before being carted off in the third quarter.  Danny Woodhead, DeMarco Murray salvaged a pedestrian outing with a touchdown.  
 
Sit: C.J. Anderson was a dud, rushing 5 times for just 12 yards.  Jamaal Williams rushed 21 times for 66 yards and a touchdown, and snagged 4 targets for another 69 yards and another score.  Ameer Abdullah was limited to just 14 yards on 6 carries, and added 10 yards on a catch.  Adrian Peterson rushed 20 times for 79 yards and added another 20 yards on 4 catches.  Isaiah Crowell rushed 16 times for 95 yards and added another 10 yards on a single reception.
 
WIDE RECEIVER (WR)
 
Start: Cooper Kupp led all Rams wideouts with 8 catches for 116 yards.  Jeremy Maclin caught just 1 pass for 6 yards.  T.Y. Hilton was limited to just 2 catches for 15 yards probably due to an injury to starting center Ryan Kelly.  As mobile as Brissett is, he just didn't have time to throw.  Davante Adams led the Packers with 82 receiving yards and a touchdown on 5 catches.  Kenny Stills caught just 3 passes for 47 yards.
 
Sit: Larry Fitzgerald was held to just 3 catches for 12 yards.  Jordy Nelson caught 3 passes for just 11 yards.  Marqise Lee caught just 1 pass for 13 yards.  Robby Anderson went off for 6 catches for 146 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
 
TIGHT END (TE)
 
Start: Jared Cook and Vernon Davis were both busts.  
 
SIT: Tyler Kroft snagged 3 passes for just 14 yards, but found the endzone once.  Eric Ebron caught 4 passes for just 34 yards.
 
QUARTERBACK (QB)
 
Start: Drew Brees completed 22 of 32 for 246 yards and a score.  Andy Dalton connected on 18 of 28 attempts for a couple of scores.  Case Keenum completed 21 of 30 attempts for 282 yards and 2 scores, and rushed 7 times for another 20 yards and another score.
 
Sit: Matthew Stafford completed 20 of 35 for 250 yards, 2 scores and a pick, and rushed once for no gain.  Eli Manning completed just 13 of 17 for 113 yards and a pick.  Josh McCown made plays with his feet and directed traffic downfield, connecting on 19 of 36 tosses for 307 yards and 3 touchdowns.
 
DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST)
 
Start: Cincinnati Bengals gave up 437 total yards and 16 points to the Browns.  Philadelphia Eagles held the Bears to just 3 points and picked off their rookie QB twice. Los Angeles Chargers held the Cowboys to just 6 points and picked off Prescott twice, once for a pick 6. 
 
Sit: Los Angeles Rams allowed 20 points and couldn't force a turnover.  Kansas City Chiefs allowed 287 total yards and 16 points to the Bills and couldn't force a turnover.  Detroit Lions allowed 30 points to the Vikings and didn't force a turnover.
 
WEEK 13 PREDICTIONS:
 
RUNNING BACK (RB)
 
START
 
Latavius Murray, RB, Minnesota Vikings (@ Falcons)
Murray has 5 touchdowns in the last 5 games, and is running behind one of the better offensive lines in the league.  The Falcons have been susceptible to the run and the Vikings could use Murray to bleed the clock and give their defense a rest.  Volume should be on his side and he could even find the endzone again this week.
 
Samaje Perine, RB, Washington Redskins (@ Cowboys):
Perine broke the 100 yard barrier against a decent Giants front.  He should be able to do it again against a Cowboys front void of Sean Lee.  The Redskins offensive line looks like it's starting to gel and play as a cohesive unit, and the hungry rookie will continue running like he has something to prove.
 
Christian McCaffery, RB, Carolina Panthers (@ Saints)
The Panthers need to find out how sever Olsen's foot injury is.  In the meantime, McCaffery should see added looks on the passing game.  The Saints' defense has been susceptible to quality rushing attacks more often than not and they love to bring pressure.  Look for Carolina to counter by flanking McCaffery out on short passes and screens in addition to handing him the ball.
 
Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers (v. Buccaneers)
The Florida team travels to the frozen tundra this week to take on the Pack.  It's cold this time of year in Lambeau, which has had an effect on teams in the past.  Low temperatures will dip below freezing throughout the week, and a weak Buccaneers front could be so cold that may not want to tackle.  Williams posted 135 total yards and 2 total touchdowns against the Steelers last week.  He could duplicate those numbers this week.
 
DEEP LEAGUE FLIER
 
Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts (@ Jaguars)
Explosive backfield receiving threats like Austin Ekeler, Duke Johnson Jr., and even Marlon Mack have gauged the Jaguars for chunk yards.  Mack himself caught 4 passes for 40 yards and added another 26 yards on 5 carries the first time the Colts and Jaguars met in Indianapolis earlier this season.  While he's a solid flex in deeper PPR formats, his chances of getting in the endzone this week are pretty good.
 
SIT
 
Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons (v. Vikings)
The Vikings have had one of the best run defenses in the league.  No backfield has gone over 100 yards on the ground and they've allowed just 4 total touchdowns to opposing backfields.  Sure, the Vikings will give their defensive backfield help with Julio Jones, but there's little reason to believe the Falcons can somehow log a triple-digit day on the ground.
 
Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions (@ Ravens)
Abdullah has struggled all season, and was held to just 49 total yards against the Vikings.  His matchup this week is just as tough.  He'll try to run through the defensive barrier of Brandon Williams, Suggs, and Mosley, which could make him a non-factor in a road matchup in Baltimore.
 
Adrian Peterson, RB, Arizona Cardinals (v. Rams)
It'll be a tough task, even for a future Hall of Famer to run against Aaron Donald and a stout Rams front with the Cardinals' mediocre offensive line.  Sure, the Rams have given up four scores on the ground to opposing backfields in their last 2 games, but the Cardinals blockers.  The Rams held the Cardinals' backfield to exactly zero touchdowns and just 21 yards on 11 carries, and 39 yards on 3 catches.
 
Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins (v. Broncos)
Damien Williams left Sunday's game against the Patriots in the third quarter with a shoulder injury.  This jeopardizes the Dolphins' running back by committee approach and theoretically gives Drake all of the volume.  This doesn't mean Drake's owners should start him against one of the toughest run defenses in the league.  Miami's offensive line has struggled all season meaning Drake may not find much room to run.
 
BUST ALERT
 
Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (@ Jets)
Hunt just posted his worst game of the season where he posted 11 carries for just 7 yards and caught another pass for just 9 yards.  He's caught one pass just one other time this season, but he rushed 17 times for 172 yards and a touchdown to make up for it.  It's time to bench Hunt, even in PPR leagues, at least until Andy Reid and his crew can figure out how to get things going.
 
WIDE RECEIVER (WR)
 
START
 
Devante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers (v. Buccaneers)
Adams has caught 18 passes for 298 yards and 2 touchdowns over the past 3 weeks.  He's actually shown he's been more of a fantasy stud with Hundley under center than he was with Rodgers, and he did it against the tough defenses of the Ravens and Steelers.  He could post even bigger numbers against one of the worst passing defenses in the league this week.
 
Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins (@ Cowboys)
Crowder had a huge day last week against the Giants' secondary, and could have an even bigger day this week against the Cowboys' defensive backfield.  Dallas' defense has been able to pressure the quarterback, which could lead to more quick passes and dumpoffs for Crowder.  
 
Deandre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans (@ Titans)
Hopkins has been one of the few bright spots in the Texans' offense.  He's gone for over 100 yards in 2 of his last 3 games and did it against the Rams and Ravens.  He should be able to keep things moving this week against a leaky Titans secondary.  
 
Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets (v. Chiefs)
Anderson was able to use his speed to get behind the Panthers' defensive backs.  Last week's performance included touchdown catches of 54 yards and 33 yards.  He should be able to use the same big-play potential to get behind a Chiefs defense that hasn't been able to pressure opposing signal callers or contain the deep pass.
 
Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons (v. Vikings)
Jones finally looked like himself last week, catching 12 catches for 253 yards and 2 touchdowns.  He's had at least 6 catches and 57 yards in his past for games.  It looks like he's finally getting more involved, as promised, and the arrow is definitely pointing up for Jones.
 
Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers (@ Saints)
Olsen is currently day to day with a foot injury, and Funchess could see additional work as a result.  The Saints could still be without Lattimore which means Funchess could have a big day.
 
SIT
 
Jeremy Maclin, WR, Baltimore Ravens (v. Lions)
Maclin has caught 5 passes for just 41 yards in his last 2 games.  The Ravens' passing game has struggled all season and Maclin could have another disappointing week.  He'll probably be matched up with underrated defensive back Darius Slay and the offensive line could struggle with the Lions' pass rush.
 
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals (v. Rams)
Fitz was held to just 3 catches for 29 yards the last time these 2 teams met.  It could be a long day for Fitz's fantasy owners with Blaine Gabbert calling the signals and the Rams potent pass rush.  
 
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts (@ Jaguars)
Jalen Ramsey returned last week despite a hand injury and helped limit Fitz to just 12 yards on 3 catches.  Brissett was sacked 8 times and Hilton's routes were unable to develop as a result.  The Colts are without their starting center and Hilton was held to just 2 catches for 27 yards the last time these 2 teams met.  This week could yield a similar result.
 
Devante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins (v. Broncos)
Parker has caught just 5 passes for 31 yards with Matt Moore under center.  He's not one of Moore's a preferred targets and Miami's offensive line could struggle against the Broncos' pass rush.  It's best to bench Parker against the Broncos this week.
 
Corey Coleman, WR, Cleveland Browns (@ Chargers)
While Coleman's owners may be tempted to stream him this week, there are several reasons he should be left on the bench.  First, it's the Browns.  Second, he'll probably be matched up with defensive powerhouse Casey Heyward.  If that wasn't enough, Cleveland's offensive line will need to contend with Bosa and Ingram, 2 of the league's best pass rushers.  It's best to find another option this week.
 
TIGHT END (TE)
 
START
 
Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants (@ Raiders)
The Giants don't have a lot of targets, and the Raiders can't stop quality pass catchers.  Engram could run the seam route all day and turn in a big one.
 
Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (@ Seahawks)
Ertz ranks third in the league in receptions and receiving yards, and second in touchdowns only to Jimmy Graham.  The Seahawks have struggled at times with quality tight ends, so Ertz should stay hot.
 
SIT
 
Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions (@ Ravens)
Ebron doesn't have the best hands, and the Lions' offensive line could have trouble with the Ravens' pass rush.  Ebron could drop a dud this week.
 
Austin Seferian-Jenkins (v. Chiefs)
ASJ hasn't scored a touchdown in 4 games and has been held to 28 yards or less in 4 of his last 5 outings.  It seems like the Jets are trying to get it done with speed and deep passes, so ASJ falls to the wayside.  
 
QUARTERBACK (QB)
 
START
 
Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers (v. Browns):
Rivers has been red hot through the past 3 weeks, throwing for over 920 yards, 7 scores and a pick.  In that time, he's posted an average QBR of 113.1 with a nearly perfect rating of 149.1 on thanksgiving in Dallas.  Mr. December will try to keep things rolling against the Browns pass defense that has allowed the third-best QBR to opposing quarterbacks and third-most touchdowns to opposing wideouts.  
 
Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans (v. Texans)
Despite a gimpy Walker and Matthews' injury, the Titans still actually have some decent receiving options.  Davis, Decker, and even Taywan Taylor have all contributed to Tennessee's air attack.  They could all have decent numbers and help Mariota this week against the Texans' soft secondary.  
 
Josh McCown, QB, New York Jets (v. Chiefs)
Even at age 38, McCown has shown the ability to get out of the pocket and extend plays with his legs.  This has allowed Anderson and Kearse to get open on deep routes and put up big numbers like they did last week.  The Chiefs have struggled to get pressure on the quarterback all season and Anderson and Kearse could get behind their opponent's defensive backfield like they've done in previous weeks.
 
SIT
 
Jacoby Brissett, QB, Indianapolis Colts (@ Jaguars)
Brissett got sacked 8 times by the Titans and the Colts are without their starting center.  The Titans had one of the softest secondaries in the league, but Brissett was unable to make use of the opportunity.  He posted just 196 yards on 17 completions and added another 16 yards on 3 rushes.  Things could get even worse this week against Sacksonville's tough pass rush.
 
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals (v. Steelers)
Sure, the Steelers are without Joe Haden, but these divisional matchups are always a little bit different.  Sure, the Browns made Cincinnati's offensive line look good, but don't be fooled.  The Steelers have sacked opposing quarterbacks 38 times for 2nd best in the league behind only the "Sacksonville" Jaguars.  Dalton has beat Pittsburgh just 3 out of 13 times in this divisional matchup.
 
Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions (@ Ravens)
Stafford could struggle in Baltimore this week.  The Ravens lead the league with 18 picks, are 2nd in yards allowed, and have 30 sacks on the season, which is good enough for 9th in the league.  They could pressure Stafford into dropping a dud this week.
 
DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST)
 
START
 
Los Angeles Chargers (v. Browns)
Because it's the Browns.  The only real wildcard is Josh Gordon.  He's eligible to play but he may or may not.  He also hasn't taken the field with Kizer, although his rapport with his quarterback has yet to be determined.  It's important to note that Gordon led the league in receiving yards in 2013 despite being suspended 2 games and catching passes from Brian Hoyer, Brandon Weeden, and Jason Campbell, so the relationship between him and his quarterback may not even matter.  Nevertheless, the Chargers' defense has looked good and are a go this week at home.
 
New York Giants (@ Raiders)
The Giants' defense could post some nice numbers against a Raiders team that's missing its 2 top pass catchers.  They finally look like they've gotten their act together and will need to step up big with the benching of Eli Manning.  
 
SIT
 
Carolina Panthers (@ Saints)
The Saints put up 20 points on Los Angeles and Drew Brees shined despite the loss, especially in crunch time.  The Saints took care of the ball and ground down the Rams defense.  They could do the do the same thing with the Panthers' defense this week in a  in front of the home crowd in a divisional matchup with playoff implications.
 
Seattle Seahawks (v. Eagles)
The Dirty Birds face the 12's in the Northwest this week.  Unfortunately, Head Coach Pete Carroll indicated the Seahawks will be without Probowler Kam Chancellor for the rest of the year.  Shut down cornerback Richard Sherman is lost for the season as well.  The Eagles are hot, so it could be a long day for Seahawk fans.

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