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Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 13: Patriots vs. Packers

Oh, this ought to be fun.

You'll have to wait until late afternoon Sunday, but Week 13's premier matchup might be one of the premier showdowns of the entire NFL season, as the 9-2 New England Patriots carry their seven-game winning streak into Green Bay to play the 8-3 Packers. The two teams are in first place in their respective divisions and own the two largest point differentials in the league.

The Patriots listed quarterback Tom Brady, running back Shane Vereen and wide receivers Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell on the week's injury report, though only Vereen and LaFell had noted injuries, and none of the four appears to be at any risk for Sunday. For the Packers, only wide receiver Davante Adams had any fantasy relevance from the injury report, as he was limited Thursday with a heel problem. Keep an eye on his status for Sunday.

The Packers, who have won their last two home games by a combined score of 108-34, host Sunday's game at 4:25 p.m. ET. Here's a look at the (many, many) fantasy options to consider:


Start 'em: Since Week 4, Tom Brady has averaged 23.7 fantasy points a game. He's been one of the best in the league. ... Rob Gronkowski is still either the No. 1 or No. 2 tight end in the game, and absent injury, that won't be changing. ... Stephen Gostkowski is so dang good.

Start 'em?: The only New England running back whose usage you can feel somewhat confident in is Shane Vereen, whose snaps remain high. He'll be on the field a lot, and at the least you can expect some quantity, if not quality. He's a flex play. ... Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell both appear pretty safe to offer a handful of fantasy points a game, while it's hard to expect either to give a lot more than that. They're high-floor, low-ceiling flex plays. ... Tim Wright needs a touchdown to have fantasy value, but he's been getting a lot of them. He's a high-end TE2 who might be your best option.

Sit 'em: The last two games, the Patriots' top running back has put up a combined 63 fantasy points. But that was Jonas Gray in Week 11 and LeGarrette Blount in Week 12, and consider Bill Belichick's ways, it's hard to know who to trust week to week. ... The Patriots' defense is good, but it's hard to imagine trusting any defense against that Green Bay offense at home.


Start 'em: Week 12's 19 fantasy points was Aaron Rodgers' worst total since Week 5, and that was 18. He's been incredible for almost the whole season. ... In his last six games, Eddie Lacy's fantasy production has been 4, 13, 17, 17, 22 and 25 fantasy points. He keeps getting better. ... They were both relatively quiet in Week 12, but Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb are still WR1's or close. ... In a game that definitely could be a shootout, Mason Crosby ought to get plenty of kicking action.

Start 'em?: If you're using one defense in this game, it's the Packers' defense, but the better bet is to avoid the lot.

Sit 'em: Even without his injury concern, Davante Adams is too far down the totem pole in Green Bay to be a viable fantasy option. ... Andrew Quarless' usage has increased of late, but he's still not helpful for fantasy.


Start in every league: Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Stephen Gostkowski, Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Mason Crosby

Start if you're desperate: Shane Vereen, Julian Edelman, Brandon LaFell, Tim Wright, Green Bay defense

Bench: Jonas Gray, LeGarrette Blount, New England defense, Davante Adams, Andrew Quarless