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Fantasy football sit/start advice, Week 13

The regular season is coming to a close. We break down the fantasy implications.

Brian Bahr

The majority of leagues begin the playoffs next week, so we've reached the final hour for any postseason hopes. Hopefully you've already clinched a spot, or at least have a shot at making it this weekend.

Bryce Brown and Colin Kaepernick became the latest waiver wire pickups to explode onto the scene last week. A few other names are still lingering around the free agent list if you're in need of last minute help.

To add to the assistance, let's take a look at some names you need to start for Week 13, and a couple players you need to keep stashed away on your bench.


Colin Kaepernick, quarterback - Jim Harbaugh is sticking with Kaepernick, so if you were lucky enough to grab him, congratulations. Kaerpernick's ability to pick up yards with his feet boost his value every week. He racked up 66 yards and a touchdown on the ground a few weeks ago against St. Louis after Alex Smith went down, so the thought of him facing the Rams for a full game should be an enticing matchup for all owners.

DeAngelo Williams, running back - Jonathan Stewart is out, so Williams finally holds some higher value. He'll face a Chiefs defense that allows 126.1 yards per game on the ground. While Williams isn't regarded as highly by the Panthers these days, he moves to the No. 1 spot now. Kansas City allowed Knowshon Moreno to average 4.3 yards per carry in Week 12. Williams should find enough room to run to make an impact as a flex play.

Ryan Broyles, wide receiver - Titus Young continues to plague the Lions receiving corps, and the coaches are finally realizing it. Now there's talk of him purposely sabotaging their passing game. What's Broyles doing? Working hard and running some of the cleanest routes you could ask for. He finished with 126 receiving yards on Thanksgiving, and nearly added a touchdown that nearly evaded his hands. The Colts hemorrhage yards to opposing wideouts, and considering this could be a tight game, Broyles stand to pay off for his owners once again. He's a solid flex play with WR3 upside this week if Young pulls more antics.

Owen Daniels, tight end - Daniels only managed 20 yards last week, but he found the end zone once again. He's a consistent scoring threat. After he finished with 72 yards and a score in his last game against the Titans, you can certainly look forward to another solid outing from one of Matt Schaub's favorite targets.

Cowboys defense/special teams - The Eagles offense may have found a gem in Bryce Brown, but Nick Foles continues to struggle. Dallas is anything but stout on defense. That being said, facing Philadelphia should be a good way to get back on track. Brown fumbled twice last week, a rookie quarterback is bound to make mistakes on the road. The Cowboys D/ST looks like a better option in Week 13.


Jay Cutler, quarterback - Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman will both Sunday as they are appealing their suspensions, which is bad news for Cutler's value. The Seahawks rank third in the league against the pass. Only Tom Brady and Matthew Stafford have put up big numbers against Seattle. You can find a better option than Cutler this week.

Rashard Mendenhall, running back - Mendenhall was demoted to third-string after struggling with ball control against the Browns. Mike Tomlin doesn't care for backs who fumble. Lucky for Mendenhall, everyone fumbled last week. He'll still be in the mix, but he won't make much of an impact against the Ravens. He rushed for just 33 yards on 11 carries in his last matchup with Baltimore.

Vincent Jackson, wide receiver - When you look at Jackson's stats in his last seven games facing Champ Bailey, you can't feel too optimistic. Just one touchdown over that span, not exactly an impressive mark. He is in a new environment with a new quarterback, but Bailey seems to have his number. He's still worth starting if you're struggling at receiver, but don't build yourself up in anticipation.

Dennis Pitta, tight end - Recall Pitta's stat line from two weeks ago against Pittsburgh. One reception for five yards. He'll face the Steelers again in Week 13, and even though he'll likely top those awful numbers, he still doesn't have a great matchup. There are other tight ends who can help you get into the playoffs.

Rams defense/special teams - As mentioned above, Colin Kaepernick played impressively against the Rams in limited action three weeks ago. The 49ers put up 24 points in that anticlimactic tie, but that was with Kaepernick being thrown in midway. He knows he's starting now. St. Louis doesn't look like a good play at D/ST.

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