Fantasy football sit/start advice Week 13: Giants vs. Redskins

Al Bello

The Giants take on the Redskins on Monday Night Football. We break down the fantasy implications.

This week's Monday night matchup features two NFC East teams still fighting for a shot at the division title. The Giants can keep a two-game lead with a win, but the Redskins can pull within one game if they can manage to pull off a victory this time around.

We saw these two teams face off back in Week 7, a week that was beneficial to fantasy owners. In their last meeting New York and Washington combined for 50 points and 873 yards of offense. We should be in for more fireworks tonight.

With most league's playoffs approaching next week, let's take a look at who you should start for Monday Night Football in Week 13, and who you should keep on your bench.


Eli Manning, quarterback - After his last game against the Redskins, Manning went three straight weeks without a touchdown. Coming off a bye last week he exploded for three scores, so it looks like it's that time of the year where the Giants figure out how to score at will once again. Washington's defense ranks 31st in the league after giving up 441 yards to Tony Romo on Thanksgiving. Manning is a solid play in Week 13.

Ahmad Bradshaw, running back - Bradshaw found the end zone last time he faced this team, and with Andre Brown out he should be in line for a heavy workload. Tom Coughlin is hesitant to give rookie David Wilson the ball, which bodes well for Bradshaw's value. The Redskins are ranked third against the run, but the clear No. 1 back status for Bradshaw makes him a must-start.

Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, wide receiver - Both Cruz and Nicks scored in Week 12 with Manning moving the ball once again. Cruz's last outing against the Skins was impressive, as he caught seven receptions for 131 yards, including a 77-yard score that sealed the deal for the Giants. You typically start either receiver if they're healthy, so stay the course this week against a defense that gives up huge points to opposing wideouts.

Martellus Bennett, tight end - Still no sign of Bennett returning to the scoring machine he was in the first three weeks of 2012. His best performance in recent memory did come against the Redskins, when he caught five passes for 79 yards. Still, it's understandable to keep him out of your lineup as he is somewhat of an afterthought in New York's passing game.

Giants defense/special teams - New York ranks 24th against the pass, allowing 252.6 yards through the air each week. RG3 is on fire right now, but the Giants did just limit Aaron Rodgers to 10 points in Week 12. This defense can be inconsistent, making the Giants D/ST a risky play. Worth a start if you don't have a clear better option.


Robert Griffin III, quarterback - As mentioned above, RG3 has four passing touchdowns in each of his last two games. He racked up 89 yards on the ground against the Giants in Week 7. Now he ranks as one of the top scorers in most leagues. You're starting RG3, unless you want to miss the fantasy playoffs.

Alfred Morris, running back - Morris rushed for 120 yards against New York earlier this year, and he finally broke his scoring drough last week on Thanksgiving. The Redskins are using him more on third down. Evan Royster isn't a threat at all. Start Morris.

Pierre Garcon and Santana Moss, wide receiver - While his foot hasn't completely healed, you couldn't tell last week as Garcon caught four passes for 86 yards and a touchdown against the Cowboys. He still possesses big-play ability and great chemistry with RG3. Plus, he practiced in full on Thursday. He's worth a start once again. Moss has scored in four of his last five games. He doesn't rack up the receptions or yards, but the touchdowns are paying off each week. Touchdown-heavy leagues will want to start Moss, while other leagues can consider him as a decent flex play.

Logan Paulsen, tight end - Three catches in two games since their bye week. This is not the tight end you're looking for. Garcon's return seems to have hindered Paulsen's value. Find another option until proven otherwise.

Redskins defense/special teams - Washington just gave up 31 points to Dallas on Thanksgiving. Eli Manning looked comfortable throwing the ball last week, and the Redskins don't bring much to the table in the secondary. It's not looking good for their matchup. Look elsewhere for a D/ST.

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