Alright, week 13 begins tonight. Hopefully we can help you make some tough decisions as the fantasy playoffs near. Make sure to check out all of these links, and to keep checking back as the week goes on. With it only being Thursday, many more great fantasy football articles will be hitting the web as we near Sunday, and I'll update the post.
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- Projections: ESPN, CBS Sports, Fantasy Sharks, FF Today, Sports Illustrated, Fanhouse, Fantasy Phenoms.
- Rankings: KFFL, ESPN, Fox Sports, CBS Sports, Rotoworld, Yahoo, FF Today, Bruno Boys, NFL.Com, Pro Football Weekly, Junkyard Jake, Fantasy Pros 911, FF Toolbox.
Other good fantasy football stuff from around the web...
- Week 13 start 'em/sit 'em and projections (Midwest Sports Fans)
- Sleepers and waiver wire steals (Midwest Sports Fans)
- Target(s) practice (Razzball)
- Fred Jackson packs tons of playoff potential, puppy power (Yahoo)
- Waiver wire (Camel Clutch Blog)
- Waiver wire (FootballDocs)
- Start 'em/sit 'em (Fantasy Phenoms)
- Still looking for a decent QB? (CBS Sports)
- Matchups to exploit or avoid (Pro Football Weekly)
- With Jamal Lewis finished, what can the Browns do for you? (Fanhouse)
- Top 10 waiver claims (Fox Sports)
- 10 things we learned from week 12 (Fantasy Pros 911)
- Vince Young: Playoff pickup or passable projections? (Fantasy Football Fools)
- Start 'ems (Bruno Boys)
- Week 13 chat (Fanhouse)
- Week 13 preview and picks (Camel Clutch Blog)
- Weak defenses and favorable week 13 matchups (Fantasy Football Cafe)
- Game-by-game fantasy matchups for week 13 (Yahoo)
- Matchups: Avant to help you (Rotoworld)
- Ground game preview (Razzball)
- Passing matchup preview (Razzball)
And some picks of my own(based on standard league scoring systems):
Week 13's Best
QB: Peyton Manning... The best quarterback in the world is at home against the Titans, who have the NFL's second worst pass defense. The Titans are allowing a 99.2 quarterback rating, 266.7 passing yards per game, and have given up a whopping 25 touchdown passes. This is Peyton's most favorable matchup of the season.
RB: DeAngelo Williams... DeAngelo faces the Buccaneers, and ran for 152 yards with two touchdowns against them in week six. Tampa Bay is allowing 4.8 yards per carry, which is tied for the worst in the league, so they're unlikely to prevent DeAngelo from running wild again, even with how much they'll focus on doing so.
WR: Randy Moss... The Saints held Moss to three catches, 64 yards receiving, and kept him out of the end zone on Monday night. He'll get back on track against a Dolphins team that he had six catches, 146 yards receiving, and a touchdown against in week nine.
TE: Dallas Clark... Nine catches for 77 yards against the Titans in week five, and a ridiculous 74 catches on the season. He has at least seven catches in a game seven times this season. As safe of a weekly fantasy bet(considering his position) as there is.
K: Ryan Longwell... 18 of 19 on field goal attempts this year, and has a Vikings offense that is frequently in the red zone each week. I think they have to settle for a few field goals rather than touchdowns this week though, on the road in Arizona. That would mean more fantasy points for Longwell.
D/ST: Pittsburgh Steelers... The Steelers hosting the Raiders at home? If you have this defense and aren't starting them this week, you're either an idiot or Al Davis(also idiot... of the highest kind).
QB: Jay Cutler... It's been an awful year for the Bears quarterback, and fantasy owners are surely shying away from putting him in their lineup again. But this should be a good week to do so. Cutler's main problem have of course been interceptions, but the woeful Rams have picked off opposing quarterbacks just eight teams this season, and are allowing a 92.5 quarterback rating. Expect a solid week out of Cutler at home.
RB: Jerious Norwood... With Michael Turner's week 13 status in doubt, Norwood could be the starting running back for the Falcons this week against the Eagles. Norwood's a very enticing fantasy option if he's going to get starter's playing time, as he's a very good receiver in addition to his ability to be a home run hitter in the run game. He had a receiving touchdown last week against the Buccaneers. Look for double-digit fantasy points out of Norwood this week, and he could be a top-10 back in PPR leagues.
WR: Jason Avant... Avant had five catches for 94 yards last week against the Redskins. He'll get a good chance to repeat such a performance this week at Atlanta and their 23rd ranked pass defense. DeSean Jackson is likely out, which would mean more snaps for Avant.
TE: Fred Davis... Look, the Redskins are going to get their asses destroyed by the Saints. But in a hopeless effort to comeback, they'll be forced to throw like crazy. Look for the talented tight end to see a fair amount of those throws, and hopefully in the red zone(if the Redskins can get there).
K: Robbie Gould... The Bears should get into the red zone without too much trouble against the Rams, even with a crappy offense. But, they'll likely end those drives outside of the end zone most of the time. That's where Robbie "Solid" Gould comes in, and he's rarely going to miss(#3 in NFL history in field goal accuracy at 85.8%).
D/ST: Tampa Bay Buccaneers... Yes, DeAngelo Williams and company will run with ease on them, but Jake Delhomme or Matt Moore(Delhomme sounds "Questionable" at the moment witih a broken finger) will be throwing passes, meaning the Buccaneers could reel in a few interceptions.
QB: Eli Manning... Eli was outstanding against the Cowboys in week two, but struggled last week against the Broncos and there's reports his foot injury has worsened. He's denied that, but I'd like to see him prove doubters wrong first. I'm not liking him to get over 15 fantasy points this week.
RB: Kevin Smith... Aside from his week 11 game against the Browns, he's been a disappointment since the first few weeks of the season. The Lions will be playing from behind all game against the Bengals, so don't expect that to change this week.
WR: Greg Jennings... My hunch pick of the week. That's all. Note: These hunch picks almost always go the opposite of what I predict.
TE: Heath Miller... Miller's been inconsistent of late, and even with the likely return of Ben Roethlisberger, I think he struggles this week. The Raiders have allowed just 10 touchdown passes on the season, and have especially been good against tight ends.
K: Billy Cundiff... You probably didn't know this, but the Packers have the first-ranked defense in the NFL right now. Now they face the Ravens at home, and I don't like the Ravens to find the red zone frequently.
D/ST: St. Louis Rams... This should be an obvious one, but fantasy owners will try to ride the Jay Cutler interception train. I actually think he plays a pretty effective game for the first time in awhile and the Bears put points on the board against the Rams in Chicago.
UPDATE(12/3, 7:45 PM ET): Added some links. Also, the Bills announced that Fred Jackson will indeed start tonight. It's especially big news for those of you in PPR leagues.
UPDATE(12/4, 6:30 PM ET): Lots of more links up.
In injury news, Steve Slaton is likely out against the Jaguars. He's been annoying all year to fantasy owners that took him in the first round. Chris Brown will replace him as the starting running back.
DeSean Jackson is officially out, meaning Jason Avant should indeed see more snaps/targets for the Eagles.
Michael Turner is listed as "Questionable" for the Falcons, but all indications are that he really should be "Doubtful" as he hasn't practiced all week.
UPDATE(12/6, 12:45 PM ET): Well, so much for DeAngelo Williams being the best running back of the week. He won't even get the chance to play as he's inactive with an ankle injury.
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