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Start/Bench – Week 13

With Week 12 in the rear view mirror many fantasy owners are trying to recover from the carnage it left in its wake. With the fantasy playoffs looming or even having started for some leagues, we lost some big names last week.

Please call your friend that owns Rob Gronkowski and say something encouraging would you? Trust me. We need that (yes…Old Uncle Waldo stocked up on ‘Gronk’ this year).

Those owners that had been riding a resurgent Chris Johnson may need a hug as well. That’s enough feeling sorry for ourselves as we have championships to win folks!

 

QUARTERBACK

STUDS

Tom Brady
Cam Newton
Andy Dalton
Aaron Rodgers
Carson Palmer
Drew Brees
Eli Manning

 

START

Matthew Stafford, DETROIT vs. Green Bay: We ride the hot hand here as Stafford has put up eight total touchdowns and only a single interception in the past three weeks. That includes a two-touchdown performance against the Pack in Week 10.

Brock Osweiler, DENVER at San Diego: I am drinking the ‘Brock Lobster’ Kool-Aid. Especially against a Chargers defense that has allowed over 300 passing yards in three of their last four games.

Ben Roethlisberger, PITTSBURGH vs. Indianapolis: ‘Big Ben’ is hopefully on track to play this week and has a nice matchup. The Colts are allowing two passing touchdowns per game over the last four games and will struggle to contain the speedy trio of Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton.

Jay Cutler, CHICAGO vs. San Francisco: Cutler is playing as well as he has in years and is coming off a big Thanksgiving night win over the Packers. The 49ers pass defense struggles mightily on the road having allowed 12 passing touchdowns in five games.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, NEW YORK JETS at New York Giants: The ‘Amish Rifle’ is hot coming off a four-touchdown and zero-turnover performance last week. The Giants have given up 12 touchdowns to quarterbacks in the last four games. We like that.

 

BENCH

Philip Rivers, SAN DIEGO vs. Denver: We were wrong about Rivers last week but that was against Jacksonville. The Broncos defense has allowed only 11 touchdowns to quarterbacks in 11 games. The Denver defense will shut down the Bolts offense this week.

Jameis Winston, TAMPA BAY vs. Atlanta: The Falcons are stingy in allowing points to quarterbacks and Winston regressed in Week 12. The Falcons have held quarterbacks to one-or-fewer touchdowns in six games this season.

Matt Ryan, ATLANTA at Tampa Bay: The Falcons continue to stumble and Ryan continues to turn the ball over. In the past two games he has thrown five interceptions and averaged only 255 passing yards. In their last two games the Tampa Bay defense has racked up six sacks and three interceptions.

Tyrod Taylor, BUFFALO vs. Houston: Over the last four games the red hot Texans defense has put up 15 sacks and picked off five passes. The three-touchdown performance by Taylor last week was the first time in the past four games that he had more than a single score in a game.

Matt Hasselbeck, INDIANAPOLIS at Pittsburgh: Don’t chase the five touchdowns the Steelers gave up to Russell Wilson last week. Hasselbeck will continue to be a low-risk-taking game manager under center for the Colts. There are too many better options available.

About Wally Spurlin

Wally Spurlin is a Fantasy Football Staff Writer at Fantasy Sharks and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writer Association (FSWA). Spurlin’s work has appeared in print publications, including the FSWA award winning 2014 USA Today Fantasy Football magazine as well as the 2015 edition. Wally is also a weekly co-host on the Fantasy Football Feeding Frenzy pod cast on Fantasy Sharks Radio at Blog Talk Radio.Follow him on Twitter @WaltonSpurlin