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

One team is probably out of the playoff hunt; the other definitely is. Still, there's a chance for some offensive excitement Sunday night.


As far as the playoffs go, the New York Giants' season probably ended last Sunday, when a loss against the Dallas Cowboys dropped them to 4-7. A season-ending five-game winning streak could change things, but at this point they can't count on anything other than that they have five games left. As for the Washington Redskins, their season ended a few months ago, around the time training camp starts. The Washington club never got going this season, and at 3-8, they're playing to evaluate for the future. The Redskins host the Giants at 8:30 p.m. ET Sunday, and while the game doesn't have a lot of playoff relevance, there are all sorts of fantasy players to keep an eye on:


Start in every league: Andre Brown, Victor Cruz

Start if you're desperate: Eli Manning, Rueben Randle

Bench: Hakeem Nicks, Brandon Myers, Josh Brown, Defense/special teams

While the Redskins managed to shut the 49ers' Frank Gore down Monday night, by and large they are very matador-esque ("Ole!") to opposing running backs, and Brown has been one of the league's best since his injury return three games ago. ... Cruz only has double-digit fantasy points once since Week 4, but he's the No. 16 fantasy wide receiver regardless, and will be Manning's top target as long as he's out there. He's a weekly starter despite his poor production of late.

You almost always want a quarterback facing Washington, and Manning has looked better of late, with consecutive games of 13 or more fantasy points, but he has had several awful games this season, and hasn't topped 15 fantasy points since Week 1. There's upside, but there's just so much downside. ... Randle has almost certainly supplanted Nicks as the Giants' No. 2 wide receiver, with six touchdowns in his last seven games. He's a flex play, but not one that should have anyone mourning.

As mentioned in this week's Ticker, Nicks not only is out of starting consideration in fantasy, he's hardly worth owning. He hasn't scored all season, and only has 23 fantasy points since Week 5. Just get out; it's a lost year. ... Myers had his first touchdown since Week 1 Sunday, but by and large he's been a fantasy black hole this season. ... Brown's season has improved, averaging more than 10 fantasy points per game in his last five after only four per game in his first six, but overall he's been unimpressive and ranks as only the No. 27 fantasy kicker. ... After a hot streak in Weeks 7-11, the Giants' defense tailed off a bit last week, and face what should be a decent offense Sunday night.


Start in every league: Robert Griffin III, Alfred Morris, Pierre Garçon

Start if you're desperate: Jordan Reed

Bench: Roy Helu Jr., Santana Moss, Aldrick Robinson, Kai Forbath, Defense/special teams

It's been a confusing season for Griffin -- he followed up a 25-point Week 7 with a three-point Week 8, and after 27 and 22 fantasy points in Weeks 10 and 11, he had only four in Week 12. Few players have had higher highs and lower lows. Still, he ranks as the No. 10 fantasy quarterback, and has earned more faith to get it back. ... Morris' production has fallen off the last couple weeks, with nine- and five-point fantasy outings coming on the heels of three straight with 13 or more. Still, he's third in the NFL in rushing yards, and you don't bench that. ... Garçon has also played himself into must-start territory, sitting at No. 12 in receiving yards and No. 14 in wide receiver fantasy points.

Reed has said he will definitely play Sunday night; the team has not. So while it looks like he'll go, it's a late Sunday game and you never know for sure. He's a fine starting option when he's on the field, but anyone planning to use him, barring any further news updates, will want to pick up someone like the Giants' Brandon Myers or the Seattle Seahawks' Zach Miller as an insurance policy.

Helu scored seven or more fantasy fantasy points in three straight games in Weeks 4-7, but hasn't topped four points since, scoring exactly two in four of five games. He always could score a touchdown, but you can't count on it. ... The Redskins' offense hasn't been close to able to support multiple fantasy wide receivers, making Moss and Robinson hardly worth use. ... Forbath has been basically a fantasy non-factor this season, only kicking multiple field goals in a game three times all season. ... The Giants tend to be generous to opposing defenses, but the Redskins' defense is bad enough that even a friendly opponent isn't enough to get them into start territory.

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