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Week 13: Fumblin’ the Turkey

Be honest. Which will consume your mind more on Thursday: preparing for Thanksgiving, Black Friday shopping or strategizing for the final weeks of the fantasy football season? With three games on the docket for Thanksgiving Day, it is quite possible to enjoy the holiday’s festivities without missing a beat in fantasy football.

Most fantasy managers are aware whether they have clinched a playoff berth or not. However, the final spot as well as competing for the bye seed will keep each league fiercely competitive. With several key backs enduring injury last weekend, depth may be the key to victory this week.

Take a dive with me as we discuss several players that may be difference makers in Week 13. When you are done reading, pass the stuffing and gravy this way!



Quarterback


It is difficult to recommend a quarterback that has appeared on three different teams already this season, but
Matt Flynn has proven to be most effective in Green Bay. After Aaron Rodgers went down, Seneca Wallace took the reins before sustaining his own injury. Scott Tolzien looked solid but then struggled mightily in Week 12, which has now opened up another opportunity for Flynn to shine. After performing well in replacement of Tolzien last weekend, Flynn has been declared the starter for a huge divisional battle against the Detroit Lions. Detroit has allowed at least two passing touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks over the last six games. Don’t forget that Flynn’s “one-hit wonder” in 2011 was against Detroit at home where he fired six touchdowns.

Week 13 Forecast: 275 passing yards, 2 TD

Running Back

Bilal Powell
entered the scene early this season with a few great performances, and then watched his role diminish with Chris Ivory becoming the featured back. With Ivory suffering an ankle sprain last weekend that appears to be relatively serious, Powell may be in store for another hefty workload against division rival Miami. Powell can be an excellent fill-in if your starting running back is injured or faces a tough matchup. Miami has allowed the seventh-most points to opposing running backs, so Powell may be a difference maker this weekend!



Week 13 Forecast: 100 total yards, TD

Wide Receiver

Michael Floyd
is officially legit. Critics questioning his breakout 193-yard performance in Week 11 were silenced after he delivered a near encore after going for 104 receiving yards in Week 12. Floyd will be defended by Philadelphia’s weak secondary which has allowed the most points, yards, touchdowns and targets to opposing wideouts. Do not leave Floyd on your bench this week!

Week 13 Forecast: 100 receiving yards, TD

Tight End

Jordan Cameron
showed off his amazing talent earlier this season, but has become nearly invisible over the last three contests. With Brandon Weeden starting this week, Cameron may rebound against the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have surrendered the second most points to opposing tight ends.



Week 13 Forecast: 75 receiving yards, TD


Defense/Special Teams

With a matchup against the low-octane, disappointing Atlanta Falcons offense, the
Buffalo Bills defense/special teams may be a solid plug and play. Buffalo is tied for the league lead in sacks and interceptions, and has had two weeks to prepare for this matchup. Buffalo may be one of the top scoring defenses in Week 13.

Week 13 Forecast: 13 points

Good luck this week and happy Thanksgiving!
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Week 12 Results


QB – Scott Tolzien

Week 12 Forecast: 275 passing yards, 2 TD
Week 12 Results: 98 passing yards, 25 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD (bad call)


RB – Rashad Jennings

Week 12 Forecast: 125 total yards, TD
Week 12 Results: 122 total yards (good call)

WR – Marques Colston

Week 12 Forecast: 100 receiving yards, TD
Week 12 Results: 40 receiving yards (bad call)


TE – Garrett Graham

Week 12 Forecast: 75 receiving yards, TD
Week 12 Results: 32 receiving yards (bad call)

Defense/Special Teams – Baltimore Ravens

Week 12 Forecast: 13 points
Week 12 Results: 17 points (great call)

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