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Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 13

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Playoffs start next week for many leagues. Are you in need of a late push? We break down the fantasy implications.

The fantasy playoffs sit just one week away for a good majority of owners. This is a make-or-break matchup for a lot of you. What's there to worry about?

Stevan Ridley killed his fantasy stock with another fumble last week. Scott Tolzien fell off the map against one of the worst secondaries in football. Mike Wallace went off against the Panthers. Fantasy football is equal parts frustrating and unpredictable, but there are always matchups you want to take note of.

Take a look at some players with favorable situations, and the names you won't want in your lineup for Week 13.



Carson Palmer (at Eagles): Palmer has two touchdown passes in each of his last four games. He looks more in sync with Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd and it's shown over the last two weeks, as Palmer has put up 833 yards passing. Also, Philly ranks No. 21 in points allowed to quarterbacks.

Andy Dalton (at Chargers): The Chargers were just lit up by Alex Smith, and if that isn't enough to convince you to start Dalton, I don't know what else to say. He's been inconsistent, but since Week 6 Dalton has been on fire (aside from the Miami game).

Colin Kaepernick (vs. Rams): Five passing touchdowns over the last two weeks. Things are trending upwards for Kaepernick. The Rams have given up multiple touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks in seven of 11 games this year. Stick with Kaep.

Running back

Fred Jackson/C.J. Spiller (vs. Falcons): Atlanta made Bobby Rainey look like a superstar. The Falcons rank No. 25 overall in points allowed to running backs. You are encouraged to start Jackson and Spiller this week if you own either of them.

Frank Gore (vs. Rams): An ankle injury might be limiting Gore right now, but remember the performance he had against the Rams earlier this year: 153 yards, one touchdown. He should be fine against one of the worst run defenses, even if he sees fewer carries.

Shane Vereen (at Texans): 1) Vereen has hauled in eight passes in each of his two games since returning from injury. 2) The Raiders and Jaguars just gashed the Texans constantly on the ground. 3) Stevan Ridley can't hold onto the football. You should feel great about Vereen's potential.

Wide receiver

Keenan Allen (vs. Bengals): The rookie showed that he doesn't slow down against a top-ranked defense. Allen finished with 124 yards in Kansas City, and he saw 12 targets from Philip Rivers. Expect this duo to continue lighting up whatever secondary they're facing.

Michael Floyd (at Eagles): As mentioned above, it's clear the rapport between Floyd and Palmer continues to grow. Floyd has been exciting to watch, posting back-to-back 100-yard games. The Eagles rank dead last in points allowed to wideouts. Unless Floyd suffers a setback with his AC joint injury, he'll be a great option for Sunday.

Harry Douglas (at Bills): His nine-catch outing against the Saints mainly developed from his presence as the check-down option for Matt Ryan. Douglas has posted three straight games of at least six receptions. The Bills are No. 30 in points allowed to receivers, and if Ryan's line can't protect him again (which is a good bet), he'll continue settling for short dump-offs to Douglas.

Tight end

Jordan Cameron (vs. Jaguars): Cameron averages nearly three yards more per catch with Brandon Weeden than Jason Campbell under center. The Jaguars are No. 31 in points allowed to tight ends. If you're a Cameron owner, there isn't a better time to put your faith back in him.

Martellus Bennett (at Vikings): After finally ending his scoring drought last week, Bennett has a good chance to find the end zone again. The Vikings have allowed nine touchdowns to tight ends in 2013.

Jordan Reed (vs. Giants): Assuming Reed returns after sitting out Week 12 with a concussion, he'll instantly become a favorite target for RG3 again. The Redskins need help in the passing game, and after watching Jason Witten catch two touchdown passes, Reed's potential is promising.



Mike Glennon (at Panthers): The rookie appears to be reliable at this point in the season, but facing the Panthers' top-ranked defense won't do him any favors. Carolina has not allowed more than one passing touchdown in a single game in 2013. There's your case for benching Glennon this week.

Case Keenum (vs. Patriots): 169 yards against the Jaguars without a touchdown. Who's ready to start Keenum? The Patriots' secondary has taken a beating in a few recent games (four touchdowns allowed to Big Ben), but overall the unit still ranks 10th in points allowed.

Matt Ryan (at Bills): Let's just copy last week's blurb and enter it here. The Bills have allowed two passing touchdowns over a three-game span. Ryan checked down as much as possible against the Saints, and he'll likely be on the run often against the Bills front. Avoid, again.

Running back

Lamar Miller (at Jets): The Jets are stout against the run, they haven't allowed more than 90 rushing yards to a team all season. Miller has 27 rushing yards in the last THREE GAMES. This is a no-brainer.

Steven Jackson (at Bills): The good news is that Jackson just scored his first rushing touchdown with the Falcons. The bad news is that it happened it Week 12. Now he takes on a team that has given up three rushing scores all year. Buffalo hasn't played as well against the run lately, but the Falcons offensive line is outmatched here...again.

Bobby Rainey (at Panthers): Carolina possesses the third-ranked run defense in the league. Rainey struggled with a strong Lions' line last week, and he'll likely continue that trend against the Panthers. Volume doesn't always equal points.

Wide receiver

Cecil Shorts (at Browns): He complained about his lack of targets, and Shorts was rewarded with 11 passes thrown his way last week. He posted eight receptions for 71 yards, but now he faces a dominant corner. Joe Haden did not enjoy his afternoon covering Antonio Brown, and you can bet he'll be prepared to lock down Shorts.

T.Y. Hilton (vs. Titans): It's tough to sit a starting receiver as explosive as Hilton. However, the numbers aren't in his favor for Week 13. He faces a Titans' secondary that limited him to 44 yards just two weeks ago. Tennessee hasn't allowed a receiver to score since Week 2. Hilton is always a threat to break off a big play, but this matchup is rough.

Eric Decker (at Chiefs): One catch. That's all he had to show from Week 12. Decker is down in the pecking order for targets in Denver, and he hasn't scored since Week 7. The Chiefs' defense isn't as dominant as some made it out to be, but they still haven't allowed more than one touchdown to opposing receivers in any game this season. If only one Broncos wideout is finding the end zone, Decker isn't the one to bet on.

Tight end

Jared Cook (at 49ers): San Francisco allows the third-fewest points to tight ends. Cook racked up 80 yards and a touchdown last week, but that's more of an outlier for his 2013 campaign. Don't expect that kind of production every week.

Antonio Gates (vs. Bengals): Ladarius Green is making a case for more playing time, which is the last thing Gates' owners want to see. The Bengals haven't allowed a tight end to score double-digit points since Scott Chandler in Week 6. Gates isn't a promising option for Week 13.

Tony Gonzalez (at Bills): The veteran has one touchdown in his last six games. He's nursing a toe injury, and he's facing a defense that allows the fourth-fewest points to tight ends.

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