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Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 13: Saints vs. Steelers

First place versus last place! 7-4 versus 4-7! Those two sentences don't match up, actually.

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The NFL -- where the Pittsburgh Steelers can be 7-4 and tied for last place in their division, while the New Orleans Saints can be 4-7 and tied for first in theirs. You'd think the team tied for first would be a better bet in a Week 13 game than the one tied for last, but not here, as the Steelers will be the clear favorites against the Saints Sunday.

The Saints have every single one of their running backs on the week's injury report. Khiry Robinson is the one who might miss the game, though it's not yet 100 percent either way, while Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas and Travaris Cadet will likely all play. The Steelers had both wide receiver Martavis Bryant and tight end Heath Miller on the injury report, though neither is any kind of risk to miss.

The Steelers will host Sunday's game at 1 p.m. ET. Let's look at the fantasy considerations:


Start 'em: Fresh off his best fantasy game of the season in Week 12, Drew Brees now has a road game, so he's no guarantee to continue that, but he's still a must-start. ... If you have Mark Ingram, you're probably using him, though his numbers are tailing off and the team is getting its other running backs back. His stock is falling. ... Jimmy Graham is still elite, still Jimmy Graham, and still a must-start.

Start 'em?: Both Marques Colston and Kenny Stills had serviceable games in Week 12 with Brandin Cooks done for the year. If I'm choosing one, it's Stills, but both guys are reasonable low-end flex plays. ... You're probably starting Shayne Graham if you have him, but he's no sure thing, so feel free to look around.

Sit 'em: Active or no, you can't realistically use any of Khiry Robinson, Pierre Thomas and Travaris Cadet. They're just there to take touches away from Ingram. ... The Saints' defense is really bad.


Start 'em: Against that run defense, Le'Veon Bell becomes the single-best fantasy option this week. ... Antonio Brown is still an easy WR1.

Start 'em?: The group of quarterbacks ranked between, say, seventh and 15th, are all pretty interchangeable. Personally, I have Ben Roethlisberger ranked as a QB2, but you might disagree. ... The down game for Martavis Bryant last time out was the single-most predictable thing to happen in fantasy this season; no one could continue his hot stretch. He's a low-end flex. ... Shaun Suisham has been intermittently good this season, but has yet to put up back-to-back double-digit scores. ... The Saints' offense isn't as vaunted as it once was, but it's still good, which could hurt the upside of the Steelers' defense.

Sit 'em: There just has to be a better tight end option out there for you than Heath Miller, who is more likely to put up one fantasy point than anything else.


Start in every league: Drew Brees, Mark Ingram, Jimmy Graham, Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown

Start if you're desperate: Marques Colston, Kenny Stills, Shayne Graham, Ben Roethlisberger, Martavis Bryant, Shaun Suisham, Pittsburgh defense

Bench: Khiry Robinson, Pierre Thomas, Travaris Cadet, New Orleans defense, Heath Miller


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