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Start/Bench List Week 13 2010

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Wide Receivers


Roddy White, Atlanta at Tampa Bay
Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City vs. Denver
Brandon Lloyd, Denver at Kansas City
Calvin Johnson, Detroit vs. Chicago
Terrell Owens, Cincinnati vs. New Orleans
Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis vs. Dallas
Andre Johnson, Houston at Philadelphia
Miles Austin, Dallas at Indianapolis
Marques Colston, New Orleans at Cincinnati


Santonio Holmes, N.Y. Jets at New England: Holmes has been the big-play receiver the Jets have needed to pull out the close victories this season. Holmes has caught a touchdown in each of the past three weeks, averaging close to six catches and 82 yards during that span. Holmes was still serving his suspension the last time the Jets faced the Patriots, but he’ll play a huge role in this week’s game as the primary target of Mark Sanchez. Look for Holmes to surpass the 100-yard receiving mark for the third time this season on the big stage of Monday night.

DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia vs. Houston: Don’t sweat the poor performance of Jackson last week against the Bears when he caught just two passes for 24 yards. It’s like Christmas morning when a receiver gets to square off against the Texans' pass defense! Look for Michael Vick to pick apart the Houston defense as Jackson will be in line for a big game in the neighborhood of eight catches for 140 yards with a touchdown.

Mike Williams, Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta: Williams has had some ups and downs this season and last week should definitely be classified as a down as he caught only two passes for 20 yards. Look for a bounce-back week against the Falcons, who Williams caught four passes for 89 yards and a touchdown against just four weeks ago. The Buccaneers will be pass-heavy in the game and Williams will be the main beneficiary of those yards.

Danny Amendola, St. Louis at Arizona: Amendola caught six passes for 62 yards in Week one 1 against the Cardinals but a lot has changed since then. Sam Bradford has matured as a quarterback and the Arizona defense looks worse each week. After watching the 49ers pick them apart this week, you know Amendola must be chopping at the bit for this game. Look for big numbers for Amendola, who should surpass 100 yards receiving for the first time this season.


Santana Moss , Washington at N.Y. Giants: With Moss still dealing with a hamstring injury and the prospect of facing the Giants' defense on the horizon, I don’t have a good feeling about him this week. Moss has had some big games, but against good pass defenses he has disappeared this season. Expect another vanishing act this week as the Redskins won’t have much success in the passing game.

Malcom Floyd, San Diego vs. Oakland: Floyd’s return to action the last two weeks has been quite uneventful. Even though Floyd had his best game of the season the last time he faced the Raiders, catching eight passes for 213 yards and a score, he cannot be relied on to produce consistently until he’s healthy and Philip Rivers has regained the trust he had in him during the beginning of the season. Even without Vincent Jackson in the passing game this week, Floyd is a risky play at best against the solid Oakland pass defense.

Dez Bryant, Dallas at Indianapolis: Teams have been keying in on Bryant the last few weeks and it’s been working. Bryant has only six catches in the past three games and while two of those catches resulted in touchdowns, you can’t rely on that percentage of scores to catches to continue on a consistent basis. Bryant will serve a role this week as he draws coverage that should free up Miles Austin and Jason Witten to post solid numbers. Unfortunately, you don’t get any fantasy points for being a decoy.

Chad Ochocinco, Cincinnati vs. New Orleans: Over the past four weeks, Ochocinco has averaged only four catches for 43 yards a game while catching just two touchdowns during that span. The Saints' pass defense has been tough, so this won’t be the week that Ochocinco breaks out of his funk. Ochocinco should follow teammate Carson Palmer to your bench and wait for a better matchup.

Tight Ends


Antonio Gates, San Diego vs. Oakland
Jason Witten, Dallas at Indianapolis
Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville at Tennessee
Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit vs. Chicago
Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta at Tampa Bay
Dustin Keller, N.Y. Jets at New England
Vernon Davis, San Francisco at Green Bay
Jacob Tamme, Indianapolis vs. Dallas


Brent Celek, Philadelphia vs. Houston: Start as many Eagles as you can find this week against the Texans, including Celek. After that spectacular touchdown catch Celek made late in the game last week against the Bears, he belongs in your lineup as Michael Vick certainly took notice and will look the big man’s way more the rest of the season.

Kellen Winslow, Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta: Winslow has a touchdown in two of the past three games and looks to extend that streak this week against the Falcons. With Josh Freeman likely to find success in the passing game this week, it’s a good bet that Winslow will exceed the three catches for 31 yards and no touchdowns he posted the last time he faced the Falcons in Week 9 in Atlanta.


Ben Watson, Cleveland at Miami: Watson is still dealing with a sore ankle which will limit his ability to get open down field against the Dolphins this week. Miami has been susceptible to the run this season, so expect a heavy dose of Peyton Hillis with just a touch of passing sprinkled in. That touch of passing isn’t enough to warrant a start for Watson as his role will be limited.

Heath Miller, Pittsburgh at Baltimore: Now, now, don’t get all excited by Miller’s four catches for 46 yards last week. This doesn’t mean he will suddenly lead all tight ends in catches or yards this week. Miller caught just two passes for 32 yards the last time he faced the Ravens and that was in Pittsburgh. Expect similar numbers at the most this week in Baltimore which isn’t good enough for a start on your team.

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