Wally Spurlin
Start/Bench - Week 13

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The bye weeks are over and it is make it or break it time for many fantasy teams. I personally have two teams that have to win this week to make the playoffs and know many owners are in that same boat.

There have been a few changes to the ‘Studs’ list and look to be more next week if certain players continue to shine (keeping an eye on you Alshon Jeffery ) and others continue to struggle (hello Frank Gore and Antonio Gates ).

Enough chatter, now let’s get to it…

QUARTERBACKS

STUDS

Peyton Manning
Tom Brady
Aaron Rodgers * will not play week 13 *
Drew Brees
Matthew Stafford
Cam Newton
Philip Rivers
Russell Wilson

Welcome Back

Tom Brady : Houston, Cleveland, Miami, Baltimore and Buffalo. That is the Patriots schedule down the stretch. Over his last three games Brady has amassed eight touchdowns, one interception and 1,072 yards passing. Welcome back to ‘Stud’ status, you handsome devil!

Take a Seat

Robert Griffin III : Things are trending downwards for RGIII and the entire Washington offense. He is taking a beating on a weekly basis and was bouncing passes in front of open receivers last week. There may be garbage time points on occasion to boost his fantasy totals but he’s no longer a must-start option.

START

Ryan Fitzpatrick , TENNESSEE at Indianapolis: Two weeks ago Fitzpatrick finished with 222 yards passing and one touchdown against the Colts. He’s coming off a 320-yard, two passing touchdown performance last week in Oakland. He is also averaging over 20 yards per game rushing with a pair of scores. The emergence of rookie wide receiver Justin Hunter adds another weapon to his arsenal and he’s a solid Week 13 starter.

Andy Dalton , CINCINNATI at San Diego: Dalton will be coming off of his bye week and looking to regain the form he showed from weeks six through eight when he put up 13 touchdowns and only two interceptions. The Chargers have allowed eight touchdown passes in the past three games and 892 yards through the air. Look for Dalton and wide receiver A.J. Green to hook up for at least two scores this week as the Bengals passing game reignites out west.

Nick Foles , PHILADELPHIA at Arizona: He’s off of his bye week and belongs back in starting lineups. The Cardinals have allowed 19 passing and one rushing touchdown to quarterbacks this season and Foles has a plethora of weapons at his disposal. He will utilize wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Riley Cooper as well as running back LeSean McCoy on his way to a productive week.

Carson Palmer , ARIZONA at Philadelphia: Over his last four games Palmer has averaged 286 yards passing while throwing eight touchdowns and only two interceptions. The Eagles are a top-10 matchup in allowing fantasy points to quarterbacks. Palmer is utilizing his twin towers at wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd while also integrating tight end Rob Housler into the passing attack. Ride the hot hand.

Josh McCown , CHICAGO at Minnesota: The Vikings just allowed 365 total yards and a pair of scores (one rushing and one passing touchdown) to the underwhelming duo of Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn . McCown will be able to carve up the weak Vikings secondary as wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery run free all day long.

BENCH

Case Keenum , HOUSTON vs. New England: I’d feel more optimistic if the Texans trotted out David Carr this week than what they have currently on their roster. The shine is off Keenum and he has been hugely ineffective (I’m being kind here) of late. Mr. Drain, meet the Texans entire offense and the countdown is on for head coach Gary Kubiak’s departure.

Ben Roethlisberger , PITTSBURGH at Baltimore: In his 13 career regular season games against Baltimore, Roethlisberger has averaged 220 yards passing per game while throwing 19 touchdowns and turning the ball over 19 times (15 interceptions and four fumbles lost). Since 2008, he has not thrown more than one touchdown in a game against the Ravens including the Steelers week seven win this season. These are ugly defensive battles and Roethlisberger struggles to produce. Sit him.

Mike Glennon , TAMPA BAY at Carolina: Glennon has averaged 239 yards passing and thrown four touchdowns without an interception over his past two games. It was nice while it lasted but look for Gelnnon’s run of fantasy relevance and the Buccaneers winning streak to end this week. The Panthers have held opposing quarterbacks to 232 yards passing per game and only two touchdowns over their past three games. Oh yeah, they’ve also picked off three passes and sacked the quarterback 11 times in that time span.

Brandon Weeden , CLEVELAND vs. Jacksonville: Don’t do it. The matchup may seem nice and wide receiver Josh Gordon put up monster numbers last week, but this is no time to start Weeden. He has completed 51% of his passes and thrown six touchdowns while turning the ball over eight times. The Browns have repeatedly benched Weeden for a reason and fantasy owners need to do the same.



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