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Week 13

Manning to Harrison, Holcomb to Bryant, or Collins to Porter? Having any piece of those duos likely meant a victory for your fantasy squad last week. Don’t expect any 96-point games this week as the fantasy numbers as a whole will likely be down, but there’s still plenty of gold to be found in them thar hills. Happy hunting!

When using this list, try and remember a couple basic rules:

1) Studs – Always play your studs. Each position will include a list of players that are considered studs and should not be benched. If you have the luxury of needing to decide between studs, check out the matchups or feel free to let the shark tank assist you in your decisions.

2) Depth – Every fantasy team is different and some have more depth than others. Only follow the recommended moves if your team depth allows you to make such a move.

Enough of the chit-chat, onto the list!!

 

Quarterbacks

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Daunte Culpepper, Minnesota vs. Chicago
Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia vs.
Green Bay
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis vs.
Tennessee

Start

Kerry Collins, Oakland (vs. Kansas City): Despite a snowy mess in Denver on Sunday night, Collins posted very strong numbers including four TDs and over 300 yards passing. It won’t be snowing in Oakland this weekend, but Collins will be just as effective against the Chiefs mediocre secondary.

Jake Plummer, Denver (vs. San Diego): In what might be the game that decides the AFC West, the Broncos and Plummer head to San Diego this week. Denver defeated San Diego in Denver 23-13 earlier in the season with a solid performance from Plummer (25-36, 294 yds, 2 TDs, 0 INT). With Reuben Droughns not likely to have a big game, look for Plummer to pick up the slack in the passing game posting solid numbers once again.

Bench

Drew Bledsoe, Buffalo (vs. Miami): With the emergence of Willis McGahee, Bledsoe has found some openings in the passing game the last couple of weeks. As the Bills head south to Miami, they’ll face a tough pass defense that’s not going to give Bledsoe many chances. Expect a heavy dose of McGahee as he returns his college hometown and low numbers from Bledsoe.

Michael Vick, Atlanta (vs. Tampa Bay): Vick posted strong numbers last week giving owners a taste of what they expected all along, but that was against the Saints. Things won’t be as easy for Vick and the Falcons in Tampa this week as Tampa isn’t playing for much these days so knocking off the division leaders would be a high point for the 4-7 Bucs.

 

Running Backs

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Curtis Martin, N.Y. Jets vs. Houston
LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego vs. Denver
Shaun Alexander, Seattle vs. Dallas
Edgerrin James, Indianapolis vs. Tennessee
Tiki Barber, N.Y. Giants vs. Washington
Deuce McAllister, New Orleans vs. Carolina
Clinton Portis, Washington vs. N.Y. Giants

Removed from Studs list:

-Priest Holmes, K.C.: Doubtful, knee
-Ahman Green, Green Bay: Questionable, ribs
-Jamal Lewis, Baltimore: Questionable, ankle

Start

Onterrio Smith, Minnesota (vs. Chicago): Since returning from his suspension, Smith has split time with practically every RB on the roster and has still shined. Smith was named the starter by Mike Tice this week (even Tice can’t screw that up), and Smith will prove his worthiness with big numbers against a Bears team that made Julius Jones look like Tony Dorsett on Thanksgiving.

Derrick Blaylock, Kansas City (vs. Oakland): Blaylock has made the most of his opportunity as the starter rushing for three TDs in three weeks while facing two tough run defenses in N.E and S.D. Blaylock should find much more room to roam against the Raiders this week and a return to the 100-yard mark is definitely feasible.

Chester Taylor, Baltimore (vs. Cincinnati): Playing for the injured Jamal Lewis, Taylor has filled in nicely but has yet to have that breakout game. Facing a Bengals defense ranked 30th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed should be just what Taylor needs to post big numbers on the ground.

Bench

Tyrone Wheatley, Oakland (vs. Kansas City): Wheatley is questionable with a hamstring injury heading into this week, but even healthy, he would not come recommended this week. Oakland will continue to air it out and the running game will only be used to set up the pass this week. Look elsewhere.

Sammy Morris/Travis Henry, Miami (vs. Buffalo): Neither member of the two-headed RB duo in Miami comes recommended this week against the tough Bills defense. There’s too many question marks in that Dolphins offense to warrant a start especially against a defense ranked 4th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed.

William Green, Cleveland (vs. New England): Green posted his best numbers of the season last week playing full time due to the injury to Lee Suggs. With Suggs potentially returning this week and the prospect of facing New England, neither should bode well for Green’s numbers.

 

Wide Receivers

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Terrell Owens, Philadelphia vs. Green Bay
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis vs. Tennessee
Andre Johnson, Houston vs.
N.Y. Jets
Javon Walker, Green Bay vs. Philadelphia
Isaac Bruce, St. Louis vs. San Francisco
Torry Holt, St. Louis vs. San Francisco
Derrick Mason, Tennessee vs. Indianapolis
Hines Ward, Pittsburgh vs. Jacksonville
Muhsin Muhammad, Carolina vs. New Orleans
Jimmy Smith, Jacksonville vs. Pittsburgh
Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis vs. Tennessee
*Joe Horn, New Orleans vs. Carolina

Removed from Studs list:

-Randy Moss, Minnesota: hamstring injury

Start

Rod Smith, Denver (vs. San Diego): The veteran has been up and down this season, but he posted solid numbers the last time Denver faced San Diego (5-75, 1 TD) and will step it up in the big game atmosphere. Look for Smith to prove that he’s a prime-time player and excel in San Diego.

Jerry Porter, Oakland (vs. Kansas City): It took a snowstorm for Porter to have that breakout game, but there it was. As an encore, Porter faces the Chiefs defense. Three TDs may be stretching it this week, but 100+ yards and at least one score seems very doable.

Michael Clayton, Tampa Bay (vs. Atlanta): My vote for rookie of the year goes to the youngster in Tampa Bay who is quietly posting a very impressive season. Clayton already has 60 catches for 828 yards and lit up the Falcons for 90 yards and a score just three weeks ago. Expect more solid numbers from the rook this week.

Keary Colbert, Carolina (vs. New Orleans): After watching the Saints practically let the Falcons march up and down the field last week, I’d recommend whichever WRs facing New Orleans from now until the end of the season. When it’s a solid group of WRs such as Muhammad and Colbert, it’s a no-brainer. Start the rookie and enjoy.

Bench

Rod Gardner, Washington (vs. N.Y. Giants): In the last three weeks, Gardner has two, four and one catch for a total of 64 yards. That’s an average single game, pitiful for a three game total.

Peerless Price, Atlanta (vs. Tampa Bay): If Price can’t post 100 yards against the Saints, he certainly isn’t going to against the Bucs. Price will continue his disappointing season this week against the division rivals.

Marty Booker, Miami (vs. Buffalo): Chris Chambers has quickly become the favorite target of A.J. Feeley and being the third option in an offense like Miami’s is not someone you want to rest your fantasy success on.

Amani Toomer, N.Y. Giants (vs. Washington): The Eli Manning era has not exactly been kind to Toomer’s stats. Three catches for 30 yards in the last two games combined, is not someone you want in your starting lineup especially up against the Redskins pass defense.

 

Tight Ends

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City vs. Oakland
Antonio Gates, San Diego vs. Denver
Eric Johnson, San Francisco vs. St. Louis
Alge Crumpler, Atlanta vs. Tampa Bay
Jason Witten, Dallas vs. Seattle
Randy McMichael, Miami vs. Buffalo

Start

Bubba Franks, Green Bay (vs. Philadelphia): Franks TD catch on Monday night made it two TDs in three weeks for the big man. Facing Philly this week, Favre & Co. will need to pull out all the stops including utilizing Franks as much as possible. Look for solid numbers from Bubba this week.

Erron Kinney, Tennessee (vs. Indianapolis): Generally, I tend to avoid recommending players coming off a big week, but it’s not that far-fetched to see Kinney post another score and potentially another 50 yards against the Colts this week.

Bench

Chris Cooley, Washington (vs. N.Y. Giants): Cooley caught as many passes last week (7) as he did in the previous seven games. Expect the Skins to try and pound the ball with Portis & Betts keeping Cooley blocking and his receiving stats to a minimum.

Aaron Shea, Cleveland (vs. New England): The Brownies won’t come close to the 48 points scored last week when they face off against the defending Super Bowl champs this week. Shea and the entire Browns offense should expect a very quiet day.

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