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With news that Willis McGahee was placed on injured reserve the Broncos made a bold move and out of nowhere started Knowshon Moreno. He responded with a solid game and will surely be a top waiver pick up this week. Moreno got 20 carries and ran for 85 yards. He also had four receptions for 26 yards. It looks like it’s Moreno’s job to lose for the remainder of the year so as long as he keeps putting up solid numbers, he will be the starting running back for a very good Denver offense. He does have some competition in the backfield, but John Fox has been known to stay with the hot player. Start him Week 13 against Tampa Bay.
Michael Bush saw an increased amount of playing time last Sunday due to Matt Forte spraining his ankle in the first half against the Vikings. Though he gained just 60 yards on 21 carries, Bush found pay dirt twice so his day was very successful. Both touchdowns were on goal line opportunities that he received when Forte was still in the game so that’s an encouraging sign for anyone thinking about starting Bush in Week 13. It’s unknown if Forte will start on Sunday yet, but even if he doesn’t, Bush isn’t a must-start against Seattle. Keep an eye on this situation.
LeSean McCoy better recover from his concussion quick or Bryce Brown will begin to turn the Philadelphia backfield into a timeshare. In his first career start, Brown rushed for 178 yards on only 19 carries. He scored two touchdowns as well, including a 65-yard effort. Even though the Panthers defense is very bad, Brown was running hard all night and was very shifty when hitting the holes. His only negative was that he lost two fumbles in a one possession game which could have helped the Eagles win the game. Nonetheless, Brown is a must-start in Week 13 against the Cowboys since it’s likely that McCoy will not play.
Danario Alexander, WR San Diego Chargers
Alexander has easily been Philip Rivers’ favorite target over the last month and should be in line for another solid game in Week 13. He has at least 74 receiving yards in each of the last three games. Alexander has scored three touchdowns in this span and received a total of 26 targets. He does have somewhat of a tough matchup against Cincinnati, but he’s clearly the number one option through the air for the Chargers right now so take a chance with him if you need a wide receiver. He could put up numbers equal to a WR2 this week.
Pierre Garcon, WR Washington Redskins
Garcon had a rough return from a foot injury two weeks ago, but it looks like he is starting to hit his stride after last week’s performance on Thanksgiving against Dallas. Garcon caught five passes for 93 yards and a touchdown as he shook the rust off. The majority of his production came on a 59-yard score and his foot looked fine as he outran the defense to find the end zone. Garcon should put up nice numbers against a Giants pass defense that has allowed the 5th most fantasy points to wide receivers this season.
T.Y. Hilton, WR Indianapolis Colts
Hilton has built a nice relationship with rookie quarterback Andrew Luck over the season and has been very serviceable over the last month. He has four receiving touchdowns and a punt return for a score in the last four games and is averaging six targets a game. He could be in line for a solid game this week against Detroit, so plug him in as Hilton has scored at least 15 fantasy points in three of the last four games.
Lock of the Week
Justin Blackmon, WR Jacksonville Jaguars
The rookie had another strong outing last Sunday with five catches for 62 yards and a touchdown. He has scored in back-to-back games now and has a great matchup against the Buffalo Bills weak pass defense. Now that Chad Henne is the starting quarterback for the Jaguars Blackmon is turning into a near must-start at the wide receiver position. He’s easily a top 30 WR this week and should find the end zone for a third straight game. Start him if you own him in Week 13.