With the playoffs on the horizon in every fantasy football league, more and more managers will be second guessing their decisions on who to start in each position, especially the flex spot. I will give you a list of 5 players who you should start and sit heading into week 13.
Andy Dalton: Dalton is coming off an above average week in which he could have produced a lot more than he did, but due to the Bengals getting out to a quick lead against the Raiders, Dalton only threw for 210 yards and 3 TD’s. Dalton faces off against a mediocre pass defense in San Diego who watched Flacco blow them up for 355 yards. Dalton’s right arm has been on such fire lately, it’s almost impossible to have him ride your bench right now unless you have Rodgers, Brees, or Brady. In Dalton’s past four games he has thrown for 10 TD’s and only one interception. I see this game starting out quickly with two passing TD’s for Dalton, but slowing down and allowing San Diego get back in the game then giving up a 4th quarter TD for Dalton should bury the Chargers. 285 yards and 3 TD’s is a safe and productive work day for Dalton and his fantasy football owners.
Pierre Garcon: Garcon came in the 2012 season with the upmost potential to be a top 10 wide receiver in the NFL. He came out week 1 guns blazing and hooked up with Robert Griffin III for 4 receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown. Given what we have seen that RGIII can do with his arm, Garcon can put up huge numbers in a hurry and can definitely help out in week 13 and upcoming weeks for fantasy football owners. Garcon matches up against the New York Giants on Monday night who rank 25th in the NFL giving up an average of 252 yards per game. Being that this game will probably turn into a shootout, Eli and RGIII’s stats are going to sky rocket and Garcon will be a legit beneficiary. Since Garcon’s return in week 11, Washington has averaged 34.5 points a game, so the proof is in the pudding that RGIII loves to throw to his wide receivers no matter what defense stands in his way. 85 yards on 6 receptions with a TD is something any fantasy owner will take from a wide receiver any week.
Beanie Wells: After a seven week long foot injury in which he couldn’t play, Beanie Wells returned to the gridiron to rush for 48 yards and 2 touchdowns. He had 17 carries this game but the whole Cardinals running game were significantly stagnate due to the Rams winning 31-17 demandingly. The “quarterbackless” Cardinals visit the Jets in week 13 hoping to keep their playoff hopes alive with Ryan Lindley behind center. Coming into week 13 the Jets rank 30th in the NFL giving up 142.8 rushing yards per game while Lindley threw 4 INT’s in week 12, I see the Cardinals not risking that and giving Beanie the ball much more this week. His 17 carries should turn into 22-25 this week if the Cardinals want any chance at beating the Jets. The Cardinals obviously know and believe in Beanie being their starter and getting the bulk giving him 17 carries to William Powell’s 3 and Howling’s lone carry. Beanie should surpass 100 yards this week and getting a rushing TD shouldn’t be too difficult against the Jets D-Line.
Jay Cutler: Coming off the concussion Cutler was diagnosed with in week 10 against the Texans, and watching the 49ers boat race his team, he came back with a mediocre at best performance against the Vikings. 181 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT isn’t something to be desired for in the fantasy sports world. Cutler has a tough matchup in Seattle who rank 3rd in the NFL in average passing yard per game only yielding 200 yards. My guess is his concussion might still be lingering, and with Chicago’s running back woes, their offense will struggle immensely. Less than 200 yards with 1 TD and 2 INT looms large in Cutler’s future.
Chris Johnson: The Titans host the tough-nosed defense of the Texans in week 13 who rank 2nd in all the NFL yielding a mere 87.5 rushing yards per game. I might be going out on a limb saying to bench Johnson as he has been one of the hottest rushers in the NFL these past few weeks, but the Texans have only given up an astonishing 2 touchdowns the whole season. That only comes out to be one touchdown every 6 games. It is a lot easier to throw on the Texans especially if their best corner Jonathan Joseph is absent for Sunday’s game, but that’s yet to be determined as he is still a game-time decision. I don’t see Chris Johnson getting north of 70 yards on about 20 carries with nothing near a touchdown.
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