PYRO® breaks down the matchups for each of the Week 13 games of the 2010 NFL season
New Orleans Saints (8-3) Saints Schedule
Opponent Defensive Ranks
Cincinnati Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 15th - TDs Allowed 15th
Cincinnati Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 23rd – TDs Allowed T-24th
New Orleans Offensive Cast
Drew Brees (QB Week 13 Ranking #3) 2010 Season: 313/456 – for 3,321 Yards & 23 TDs
Believe it or not, Brees is now actually tied for the league lead in passing TDs with 23 and is just 48 yards behind Kyle Orton for the NFLs best in that category as well. The guy has been outstanding since his sluggish start, and even though last week was the first time since Week 4 that he threw for less than two TDs, he still made up for it with 352 passing yards on the day.
Reggie Bush (RB Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 8 Carries for 19 Yards & 0 TDs || 10 Recs for 75 Yards & 1 TD
Pierre Thomas might be back for this one, which doesn’t coincide very well with Bush trying to break back onto the scene. His return to the field last week wasn’t so hot, so leave him benched until he proves his mojo is workin’ again.
Chris Ivory (RB Week 13 Ranking #20) 2010 Season: 108 Carries for 519 Yards & 3 TDs || 1 Rec for 17 Yards & 0 TDs
He ain’t the prettiest of backs, but he gets the job done. Two TDs last week was a huge bonus for anyone who took a chance on him, and even though Pierre might be back to steal a few carries, Ivory should still garner the heavy load and be able to put up some decent numbers against a declining Cinci rush D.
Pierre Thomas (RB Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 46 Carries for 147 Yards & 1 TD || 17 Recs for 133 Yards & 0 TDs
So Pierre looks like he might finally get back on the field this week. Don’t get too excited though, as he’ll likely be limited to just a few carries to see how he reacts. Sit him until he shows us something.
Marques Colston (WR Week 13 Ranking #6) 2010 Season: 68 Recs for 810 Yards & 4 TDs
Once Colston found his groove back in Week 7, he hasn’t looked back. Over the last five games, the Big Queese has four TD catches while averaging 7.6 catches and 94 yards. Basically just roll with him.
Lance Moore (WR Week 13 Ranking #36) 2010 Season: 43 Recs for 530 Yards & 6 TDs
Outside of Brees and Colston, Lance Moore is the most likely candidate for production out of the bunch. Is that to say he’ll win you your fantasy week? Hell no! But if you’re looking for a fill-in or play in a deep-league, Moore is your guy.
Robert Meachem (WR Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 28 Recs for 409 Yards & 4 TDs
Like I keep saying, his inconsistency is absolutely maddening. If you like your hair and really don’t want to punch any more walls, don’t bother with this guy.
Devery Henderson (WR Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 27 Recs for 376 Yards & 1 TD
Even more frustrating than Meach is Devery Henderson. As he proved last Thursday with his once-in-a-blue-moon 97-yard effort, he’s a total crapshoot every week, period. Don’t bother.
Jeremy Shockey (TE Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 31 Recs for 314 Yards & 3 TDs
Jeez Louise, another crapshoot… and that’s just to get on the field! If he plays, he might do well, but again, don’t bother.
Jimmy Graham (TE Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 16 Recs for 193 Yards & 1 TD
Just forget it when it comes to the Saints tight ends. It’ll probably be David Thomas who goes off this week.
Cincinnati Bengals (2-9) Bengals Schedule
Opponent Defensive Ranks
New Orleans Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 3rd - TDs Allowed 1st
New Orleans Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 15th – TDs Allowed T-20th
Cincinnati Offensive Cast
Carson Palmer (QB Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 257/432 – for 2,760 yards & 19 TDs
A New Orleans prolific pass defense plus Carson Palmer’s declining skills equals a headache and heartache for fantasy owners across the world.
Cedric Benson (RB Week 13 Ranking #15) 2010 Season: 218 Carries for 788 Yards & 4 TDs || 20 Recs for 126 Yards & 1 TD
The only way the Bengals are going to take this game is if they get Benson rolling from the first snap of the ball, and that’s exactly what they’ll try to do. I expect upwards of 25 carries for The Drunken One in this game, which could amount to around 100 yards with a possible TD thrown in for fantasy owners’ delight.
Terrell Owens (WR Week 13 Ranking #23) 2010 Season: 65 Recs for 914 Yards & 8 TDs
As bad as Carson Palmer is, Owens is still good enough to make up for his ineptitude. If both he and Ochoschizo were seven years younger, Palmer might still be an All-Pro. However, they’re not, so even though it’s possible for TO to work a little magic, don’t go depending on it.
Chad Ochocinco (WR Week 13 Ranking #31) 2010 Season: 54 Recs for 628 Yards & 4 TDs
Schizocinco has been drawing coverage from the second-best corner on opposing teams for a while now, yet he hasn’t been able to put up his old-school numbers with the mismatch. Against one of the best pass Ds in the league, I can’t foresee the breakout coming this week either.
Jordan Shipley (WR Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 40 Recs for 518 Yards & 2 TDs
Like last week, Shipley might end up being the beneficiary of tight coverage on TO and Schizocinco in this one. The Bengals aren’t good enough for you to depend on him, but if you’re in a bind, you could do worse.
Jermaine Gresham (TE Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 44 Recs for 366 yards & 3 TDs
Gresham could turn out to be the cherry on top of the melted sundae in this one. The Saints are one of the best in defending the pass this year, but one area they’ve had a bit of trouble with is the tight end. I’m not expecting the world, but with all the injuries at that position, Gresham might not be too bad of a call.
Chicago Bears (8-3) Bears Schedule
Opponent Defensive Ranks
Detroit Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 18th - TDs Allowed T-23rd
Detroit Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 24th – TDs Allowed 30th
Chicago Offensive Cast
Jay Cutler (QB Week 13 Ranking #7) 2010 Season: 180/292 – for 2,311 Yards & 16 TDs
Cutler keeps finding a way to stay in the good graces of the fantasy overlords. Every time you write him off, he ends up throwing four TDs out of nowhere while showing enough discipline to handle whatever defenses throw at him. Normally I would say this is the “let-down” game for the cocky kid, but against the Lions, it just can’t happen. In fact, in three games as a Bear, Cutler has averaged 263 yards and 3.3 TDs against these Lions while Chicago has put up almost 35 points a game. Sounds good to me!
Matt Forte (RB Week 13 Ranking #14) 2010 Season: 164 Carries for 684 Yards & 4 TDs || 34 Recs for 353 Yards & 3 TDs
Looks like Mike Martz found a way to make Forte productive within his “supposed” high-octane passing offensive scheme. In fact, what people don’t quite know yet is that the Bears actually finished second in the league in run-to-pass ratio during the month of November at 52.9 percent. Looks like Forte is here to stay folks.
Johnny Knox (WR Week 13 Ranking: #18) 2010 Season: 40 Recs for 740 Yards & 2 TDs
The Detroit pass D can and WILL be beat this Sunday. Johnny Knox is still the main guy for Cutler and remains the most likely candidate to break off a long one at any time.
Devin Hester (WR Week 13 Ranking: #NR) 2010 Season: 31 Recs for 370 Yards & 2 TDs
He’s still one of the most electric players in the league, but his special teams usage takes away from his offensive capabilities, so don’t bother playing him unless your league adds points for return yardage.
Earl Bennett (WR Week 13 Ranking: #41) 2010 Season: 32 Recs for 353 Yards & 3 TDs
Bennett has always had the closest bond with Cutler seeing that they played in college together, and last week the connection showed in spades. Against a weak Detroit secondary, the trend could continue.
Greg Olsen (TE Week 13 Ranking: #NR) 2010 Season: 29 Recs for 331 Yards & 5 TDs
The Lions are pretty darn good at defending tight ends (tied for fourth in fantasy points allowed), so don’t think too hard about using Olsen this week.
Detroit Lions (2-9) Lions Schedule
Opponent Defensive Ranks
Chicago Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 17th - TDs Allowed 2nd
Chicago Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 2nd – TDs Allowed T-20th
Detroit Offensive Cast
Shaun Hill (QB Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 215/351 – for 2,206 Yards & 13 TDs
Hill has a broken finger on his throwing hand and might be out for the season. Big-time bummer, especially for Megatron owners.
Drew Stanton (QB Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 20/36 – for 233 Yards & 1 TD
Shaun Hill may be down for the count, so the Lions will have to turn to third-stringer Drew Stanton for the time-being. Actually, he’s not all that bad, so go ahead and pick him up if you’re in a major bind.
Jahvid Best (RB Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 127 Carries for 382 Yards & 4 TDs || 49 Recs for 375 Yards & 1 TD
Best is just too banged up to be considered a viable fantasy threat at this point. Sit him down until he's healthy enough to make a difference... which could be for the rest of the year.
Maurice Morris (RB Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 30 Carries for 96 Yards & 2 TDs || 16 Recs for 114 Yards & 0 TDs
With Best hobbled, Morris will again receive the most touches this week. However, that in no way means you should actually play him against a stout Chicago rush D.
Calvin Johnson (WR Week 13 Ranking #10) 2010 Season: 59 Recs for 806 Yards & 11 TDs
For as talented as Megatron is, nothing seems to ever go his way. If it’s not his own injuries, surely his favorite QBs will go down. Stanton will look for him every chance he gets, which still gives Calvin some value, but he won’t be the player you were hoping for down the stretch at this point.
Nate Burleson (WR Week 13 Ranking #44) 2010 Season: 40 Recs for 468 Yards & 4 TDs
Burleson might actually take a bigger hit with the Shaun Hill injury than Megatron does. Backup QBs, and especially third-string QBs, tend to depend on their tight ends and most talented receiver more than anyone else in order to avoid looking like they don’t belong in the league making an NFL salary. Burleson may have enough talent to squeak by with some decent numbers, but don’t expect too much.
Brandon Pettigrew (TE Week 13 Ranking #14) 2010 Season: 55 Recs for 554 Yards & 3 TDs
I’m interested to see how the Shaun Hill injury affects Pettigrew’s growing tight end status. It could really go either way as Stanton could either end up depending on him even more for dump-offs or neglect him in search for Megatron and possible status-enhancement. Take a chance if you have to, but if you don’t, wait and see what happens for a week.
Tony Scheffler (TE Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 32 Recs for 283 Yards & 1 TD
You really can't depend on a second-string TE at this point, especially when he's not one hundred percent.
San Francisco 49ers (4-7) 49ers Schedule
Opponent Defensive Ranks
Green Bay Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 10th - TDs Allowed 3rd
Green Bay Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 18th – TDs Allowed T-5th
San Francisco Offensive Cast
Troy Smith (QB Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 56/101 – for 829 Yards & 3 TDs
It ain’t pretty, but he’s getting the job done… at least for the 49ers. With regards to the fantasy world, don’t even think about it.
Alex Smith (QB Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 143/242 – for 1,554 Yards & 9 TDs
Alex can’t seem to buy a break. Oh well, at least the ‘Niners are winning.
Frank Gore (RB Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 203 Carries for 853 Yards & 3 TDs || 46 Recs for 452 Yards & 2 TDs
Name the year Gore was healthy enough to play all 16 games. Give up? I’ll give you a hint: It’s not this year. Drop him immediately and pick up Brian Westbrook if he’s still on the waiver wire.
Brian Westbrook (RB Week 13 Ranking #25) 2010 Season: 28 Carries for 145 Yards & 1 TD || 5 Recs for 38 Yards & 0 TDs
Westy never thought he was done. His mother never thought he was done. That’s just about the end of the list… until now. The job he did filling in for the injured Gore last week was nothing short of astounding, and though he shouldn’t come close to that sort of output this week against a much better Packers defense, he seems to have the ‘surprise’ factor working in his favor.
Anthony Dixon (RB Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 24 Carries for 72 Yards & 2 TDs || 1 Rec for -5 Yards & 0 TDs
Anthony Dixon is a monstrous beast that will, by the end of his career, leave more than a few opposing defenders clutching their pillows with night-sweats just thinking about him. However, in the next handful of games, he’ll probably only grab a couple of TDs away from Westbrook and some decent yardage here and there, but keep him on your radar just in case.
Michael Crabtree (WR Week 13 Ranking #46) 2010 Season: 38 Recs for 509 Yards & 5 TDs
Crabby continues to show a nice rapport with Troy Smith as he hurled in yet another TD pass from him last week from 38-yards out. However, Week 13 will NOT be a lucky one for the youngster. Charles Woodson will be shadowing him all day long on Sunday, and seeing that he held Roddy White to 49 yards on five catches just last weekend, I can’t see Crabby out-performing those numbers by any stretch of the imagination.
Josh Morgan (WR Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 29 Recs for 412 Yards & 1 TD
Josh has a ton of talent, or at least that’s what I’ve been told.
Vernon Davis (TE Week 13 Ranking #8) 2010 Season: 40 Recs for 548 Yards & 4 TDs
Vernon is not the same Vernon we saw last year. However, he’s still one of the most talented tight ends in the league, and if the Packers have any sort of weak spot on D, it's their coverage of opposing tight ends.
Green Bay Packers (7-4) Packers Schedule
Opponent Defensive Ranks
San Francisco Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 16th - TDs Allowed T-11th
San Francisco Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 8th – TDs Allowed T-8th
Green Bay Offensive Cast
Aaron Rodgers (QB Week 13 Ranking #1) 2010 Season: 240/369 – for 2,945 Yards & 20 TDs
If he’s not passing it in, he’s running it in. He’s one of the best QBs in the game, both in real life and in the fantasy world and he rarely ever lets you down. In fact, he’s only had one game with less than 12 fantasy points this season (against the Jets) and none less than 17.2 at home. The Pack will have to throw it against the ‘Niners, which can only mean good things for Aaron ‘it out’ Rodgers owners this weekend.
Brandon Jackson (RB Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 132 Carries for 514 Yards & 3 TDs || 32 Recs for 241 Yards & 1 TD
Brandon won’t have a very good time on Sunday trying to sneak through this San Francisco front-seven. Avoid playing him if you can.
Greg Jennings (WR Week 13 Ranking #3) 2010 Season: 51 Recs for 822 Yards & 9 TDs
Jennings has been a top-three receiver over the past six weeks putting up an average of 6.2 catches, 106.5 yards and six TDs. If there’s one way the 49ers can definitely be beat, it’s through the air, so watch out for another Jennings explosion this weekend.
Donald Driver (WR Week 13 Ranking #48) 2010 Season: 34 Recs for 364 Yards & 3 TDs
Driver may not be at his best right now, but his veteran savvy and hard-nosed determination can more than make up for it. Rodgers should be passing the ball all over the place in this one, so there should be plenty of opportunities for Driver to contribute.
James Jones (WR Week 13 Ranking #26) 2010 Season: 35 Recs for 502 Yards & 3 TDs
With Driver still not all the way back, Jones should have no trouble producing at the pace he’s been going at. Look for around 70 yards or so with a possible touchdown thrown in.
Andrew Quarless (TE Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 11 Recs for 139 Yards & 1 TD
Quarless has nice pass-catching skills, but not enough to depend on.
Jacksonville Jaguars (6-5) Jaguars Schedule
Opponent Defensive Ranks
Tennessee Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 26th - TDs Allowed T-8th
Tennessee Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 17th – TDs Allowed T-1st
Jacksonville Offensive Cast
David Garrard (QB Week 13 Ranking #14) 2010 Season: 165/249 – for 1,856 Yards & 17 TDs
Garrard is another nice surprise this year in the world of fantasy football, and though he might not win you your week, he’s been doing well enough to keep you afloat if your normal starters went down to injury. He’s thrown for two or more TDs in five of the last seven games, so if you’re up for playing the odds, this won’t be too bad of a week to do so against a middling Tennessee pass D.
Maurice Jones-Drew (RB Week 13 Ranking #8) 2010 Season: 230 Carries for 991 Yards & 4 TDs || 28 Recs for 272 Yards & 2 TDs
MJD has rattled off four straight 100-yard games now with a TD in two of them, so go ahead and ride him while he’s hot. Another 100-yard effort is easily within his reach, but the Titans have been super-stingy in allowing rushing TDs, so don’t expect all-world fantasy numbers this week.
Mike Sims-Walker (WR Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 36 Recs for 466 Yards & 4 TDs
Sims-Walker has been ruled out for this contest due to a set-back he incurred during practice this week.
Mike Thomas (WR Week 13 Ranking #40) 2010 Season: 52 Recs for 618 Yards & 3 TDs
Thomas is still getting a ton of targets and catches in this offense, and I don’t expect it to slow down in this game. Six catches for 60-plus yards sounds about right.
Marcedes Lewis (TE Week 13 Ranking #6) 2010 Season: 38 Recs for 481 Yards & 8 TDs
Not only is Marcedes Lewis huge (6’6”, 275 pounds), but he’s also relatively fluid as a receiver. The Titans are in the bottom quarter of the NFL in allowing fantasy points to tight ends, so Lewis looks to be a good play this week.
Tennessee Titans (5-6) Titans Schedule
Opponent Defensive Ranks
Jacksonville Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 28th - TDs Allowed T-28th
Jacksonville Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 20th – TDs Allowed T-28th
Tennessee Offensive Cast
Kerry Collins (QB Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 62/107 – for 638 Yards & 5 TDs
It’s looking like Collins will be healthy enough to suit up this week, and boy are the Titans loving that. He’s not even close to a fantasy play, but he sure does make everyone else on the team a lot more enticing.
Chris Johnson (RB Week 13 Ranking #3) 2010 Season: 223 Carries for 973 Yards & 9 TDs || 27 Recs for 105 Yards & 0 TDs
Not many people can stop Chris Johnson, but when you combine Rusty Smith and Jeff Fisher, you pretty much have an unbeatable combination. Last week was an absolute nightmare for CJ28 owners, but believe me, with Kerry Collins coming back against this Jacksonville defense, Johnson should be able to get you back all those points you lost last week and more.
Randy Moss (WR Week 13 Ranking #42) 2010 Season: 26 Recs for 362 Yards & 5 TDs
I never thought the Mossman could fall so far so quickly, but it seems I was wrong. Screw the theory that he’s only being used as a decoy. The fact is, he doesn’t have the explosiveness anymore to beat defenders like he used to and it’s becoming as apparent as can be in the stat-column. I hate to say it, but if you have any better options on your team, even against this Jacksonville defense, use it.
Nate Washington (WR Week 13 Ranking #35) 2010 Season: 30 Recs for 504 Yards & 5 TDs
One of the biggest reasons why people are calling Moss a “decoy” is because Washington’s numbers have gone up since he arrived. Sure, he definitely benefits from the attention paid to old Randy, but you can’t take away from the fact that he IS getting open. The Titans have learned that they can’t solely depend on Chris Johnson, so go ahead and take a chance on Nate if you’re looking for a dark horse this week.
Justin Gage (WR Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 17 Recs for 234 Yards & 0 TDs
His chances of showing up each week are akin to your chances at a roulette table, if you catch my drift.
Bo Scaife (TE Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 31 Recs for 291 Yards & 2 TDs
The Jags are pretty poor at defending tight ends (allow the seventh most fantasy points to TEs in the NFL), so if you’re looking for something that might produce this week, Bo might do a little something for you.
Denver Broncos (3-8) Broncos Schedule
Opponent Defensive Ranks
Kansas City Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 24th - TDs Allowed T-18th
Kansas City Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 7th – TDs Allowed T-8th
Denver Offensive Cast
Kyle Orton (QB Week 13 Ranking #4) 2010 Season: 265/429 – for 3,370 Yards & 20 TDs
It doesn’t really matter if the Donkeys are winning or losing, Orton will put up some pretty awesome fantasy numbers for you no matter the final score. However, the best part about Orton’s game at this point is that awful Denver defense. The more points they allow (last in the league at 29.4/game), the more points Orton has to get. The Chiefs happen to be the fourth-highest scoring offense in the league… WOOHOO!!!
Knowshon Moreno (RB Week 13 Ranking #11) 2010 Season: 123 Carries for 472 Yards & 4 TDs || 28 Recs for 301 Yards & 3 TDs
Moreno is a touchdown machine. He now has seven total TDs in eight games this year and five in his last five games. In the game against the Chiefs three weeks ago, Moreno rattled off the only 100-yard game of his career while putting up 156 total yards and a TD. Sounds like a winner play to me.
Brandon Lloyd (WR Week 13 Ranking #1) 2010 Season: 58 Recs for 1,122 Yards & 9 TDs
The surprising Broncos receiver had 90 yards and two TDs in his last game against these guys, and even if the Chiefs young stud cornerback, Brandon Flowers, is healthy enough to play, his hamstring won’t be able to keep up with Lloyd.
Eddie Royal (WR Week 13 Ranking #47) 2010 Season: 51 Recs for 552 Yards & 3 TDs
Royal had his best game since Week 4 last weekend grabbing six balls for 74 yards and a touchdown. The consistency isn’t quite there to be able to trust him, but if you’re in a fix, go ahead and take a chance.
Jabar Gaffney (WR Week 13 Ranking #38) 2010 Season: 54 Recs for 665 Yards & 2 TDs
Gaffney is an up-and-down receiver with no rhyme or reason to his game, but he did catch a TD in the last game against these guys, and you can bet that Orton will be tossing up a good 40-plus balls again this Sunday.
Daniel Graham (TE Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 15 Recs for 104 Yards & 0 TDs
Graham has a catch in two weeks straight. I'm thoroughly impressed.
Kansas City Chiefs (7-4) Chiefs Schedule
Opponent Defensive Ranks
Denver Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 20th - TDs Allowed T-30th
Denver Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 30th – TDs Allowed 32nd
Kansas City Offensive Cast
Matt Cassel (QB Week 13 Ranking #11) 2010 Season: 195/323 – for 2,307 Yards & 22 TDs
Fact is, Cassel is actually becoming somewhat of a dependable fantasy QB, though I’m not entirely sure if it’s because he’s gotten better as a player or because Dwayne Bowe has become a monster. Whatever the case, he now has TD passes in seven straight games with multiple scores in six of them. He also has only four INTs on the year if that matters in your league.
Jamaal Charles (RB Week 13 Ranking #1) 2010 Season: 161 Carries for 1,021 Yards & 3 TDs || 32 Recs for 359 Yards & 1 TD
Charles said after last week’s game that he feels as good as he’s felt all year and that it feels like the season is just starting. If this is true, then look out fantasy world, ‘cause ‘The Ostrich’ is about to go a little nutty.
Thomas Jones (RB Week 13 Ranking #22) 2010 Season: 176 Carries for 712 Yards & 5 TDs || 8 Recs for 54 Yards & 0 TDs
Jones has done well enough throughout the season to be played in most weeks, but his time is running short. You might be able to start him one last time this week against an awful Denver D.
Dwayne Bowe (WR Week 13 Ranking #2) 2010 Season: 58 Recs for 885 Yards & 14 TDs
Bowe simply cannot be stopped, so don’t you dare go thinking that Champ Bailey will somehow figure it all out after getting burned for 13 catches, 186 yards and two TDs the last time they hooked up.
Dexter McCluster (WR Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 15 Recs for 147 Yards & 1 TD
McCluster may be back out on the field, but he hasn’t been worth using since, well, college.
Tony Moeaki (TE Week 13 Ranking #12) 2010 Season: 32 Recs for 384 Yards & 3 TDs
Moeaki caught just one pass in his return last week, but that one catch happened to go for a TD. Expect more out of him in this one as the Donkey’s allow the third-most fantasy points to tight ends this year.
Cleveland Browns (4-7) Browns Schedule
Opponent Defensive Ranks
Miami Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 4th - TDs Allowed T-8th
Miami Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 14th – TDs Allowed T-8th
Cleveland Offensive Cast
Jake Delhomme (QB Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 57/95 – for 569 Yards & 1 TD
If you’re starting Jake the “Turnover King” Snake on your fantasy team, you’re in more trouble than I know how to talk you out of.
Peyton Hillis (RB Week 13 Ranking #4) 2010 Season: 199 Carries for 905 Yards & 11 TDs || 46 Recs for 414 Yards & 2 TDs
The Big Twinkie went ballistic last week putting up 194 total yards (131 rushing) on the Panthers with three TDs. He might never see those numbers again in his career, but he’s become one of the steadiest plays in fantasy and can’t be left on your bench no matter who the Browns play. At the very least, you have to expect a TD out of him seeing that he’s scored in every single week except one (Week 6 at Pittsburgh).
Josh Cribbs (WR Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 17 Recs for 235 Yards & 1 TD
Cleveland receivers are not worth using with Delhomme running the show.
Mohamed Massaquoi (WR Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 23 Recs for 284 Yards & 2 TDs
Chansi Stuckey (WR Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 32 Recs for 296 Yards & 0 TDs
Ben Watson (TE Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 40 Recs for 474 Yards & 2 TDs
Watson would be the only offensive character on the Browns I would say is worth taking a peek at besides Hillis, except for the fact that the Dolphins allow the fourth-least amount of fantasy points to opposing tight ends this year.
Miami Dolphins (6-5) Dolphins Schedule
Opponent Defensive Ranks
Cleveland Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 19th - TDs Allowed T-21st
Cleveland Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 21st – TDs Allowed T-1st
Miami Offensive Cast
Chad Henne (QB Week 13 Ranking: #NR) 2010 Season: 212/335 – for 2,447 Yards & 11 TDs
Henne returned with a bang last week tossing for 307 yards and two TDs to beat Oakland on the road. He’s normally a much better player at home, so if you’re in need of a spot start, Henne isn’t a terrible call.
Ronnie Brown (RB Week 13 Ranking: #32) 2010 Season: 140 Carries for 539 Yards & 3 TDs || 21 Recs for 139 Yards & 0 TDs
By no means did I think Ronnie would have some sort of break-out year, but I wasn’t expecting it to be this bad. He did, however, put up his highest rushing total last week with 85 yards against the Raiders.
Ricky Williams (RB Week 13 Ranking: #NR) 2010 Season: 112 Carries for 496 Yards & 2 TDs || 10 Recs for 67 Yards & 1 TD
Ricky had himself a nice statistical day due to his 45-yard TD scamper at the end of the game last week. This does NOT mean you should all of the sudden consider using him on your fantasy team.
Brandon Marshall (WR Week 13 Ranking: #NR) 2010 Season: 58 Recs for 693 Yards & 1 TD
Marshall came back to practice on Wednesday, though it’s unknown how involved he was. Either way, it’s progress, so continue to check the news coming out of Dolphins camp at www.pyromaniac.com or www.ffpharmacy.com to see whether or not he’ll suit up this week.
Davone Bess (WR Week 13 Ranking: #32) 2010 Season: 55 Recs for 600 Yards & 3 TDs
With Marshall out last week, Davone put up the second most yards he’s had in his young career with 111 on six catches. It’s unlikely to continue, but Henne seems to like him, so stranger things have happened.
Brian Hartline (WR Week 13 Ranking: #NR) 2010 Season: 43 Recs for 615 Yards & 1 TD
Hartline has put up 70 or more yards in each of the last four games. If Marshall returns, the likelihood of that streak continuing goes down, but he’s still not a terrible play in deeper leagues.
Anthony Fasano (TE Week 13 Ranking: #NR) 2010 Season: 28 Recs for 393 Yards & 3 TDs
Fasano isn’t involved enough in the offense to be worth taking a chance on.
Buffalo Bills (2-9) Bills Schedule
Opponent Defensive Ranks
Minnesota Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 14th - TDs Allowed T-18th
Minnesota Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 5th – TDs Allowed T-8th
Buffalo Offensive Cast
Ryan Fitzpatrick (QB Week 13 Ranking: #12) 2010 Season: 192/330 – for 2,226 Yards & 19 TDs
Fitz continues to put together some nice fantasy games, and if Stevie J had caught that overtime bomb in the endzone against the Steelers, last week’s line would have looked even better. Playing in a dome against a middling Vikings defense should give Ryan an opportunity to continue the trend this Sunday.
Fred Jackson (RB Week 13 Ranking: #17) 2010 Season: 141 Carries for 621 Yards & 5 TDs || 26 Recs for 182 yards & 2 TDs
Jackson proved to be a pretty decent player last year, but this season, he’s starting to turn some heads. I’m not expecting the world out of him against this stout Vikings front-seven, but around 100 total yards with the chance of a TD gets him right within starter-status for me this week.
C.J. Spiller (RB Week 13 Ranking: #NR) 2010 Season: 41 Carries for 164 Yards & 0 TDs || 18 Recs for 81 Yards & 1 TD
Even if Spiller does return this weekend, with the way FJax is playing, you shouldn’t even think about using him outside of return-yardage leagues.
Steve Johnson (WR Week 13 Ranking: #8) 2010 Season: 59 Recs for 796 Yards & 9 TDs
Stevie J probably embarrassed himself more than he’s ever done so in his life last week against Pittsburgh. The great ones tend to use stuff like this as motivation, and I believe Johnson will step up to the plate against a beatable Vikings secondary because of it.
Lee Evans (WR Week 13 Ranking: #NR) 2010 Season: 34 Recs for 506 Yards & 4 TDs
Evans has taken a deep backseat to Stevie this year and has always been too inconsistent to use regardless.
Jonathan Stupar (TE Week 13 Ranking: #NR) 2010 Season: 7 Recs for 59 Yards & 0 TDs
I’m convinced this man does not exist. If anyone has proof, please send me a picture.
Minnesota Vikings (4-7) Vikings Schedule
Opponent Defensive Ranks
Buffalo Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 11th - TDs Allowed T-23rd
Buffalo Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 32nd – TDs Allowed T-24th
Minnesota Offensive Cast
Brett Favre (QB Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 212/350 – for 2,446 Yards & 10 TDs
It’s getting harder and harder to predict which Sunday’s Old Man Favre will go off on, and against probably the worst rush defense in the league, you’d have to think the Vikings will simply run the ball all day long.
Adrian Peterson (RB Week 13 Ranking #2) 2010 Season: 217 Carries for 1,016 Yards & 8 TDs || 32 Recs for 331 Yards & 1 TD
If Purple Jesus is healthy enough to go this weekend, don’t be surprised to see him whip off his best fantasy day of the year. He went nuts earlier in the season against a bad Detroit rush D (160 yards, two TDs) and was all set to do so (before injuring his ankle) against an equally poor defense in Washington last week. Buffalo’s D is worse than both of them.
Toby Gerhart (RB Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 46 Carries for 162 Yards & 1 TD || 15 Recs for 144 Yards & 0 TDs
Make sure you keep an eye on the news coming out of the Vikings camp this week at www.pyromaniac.com or www.ffpharmacy.com because if AP28 can’t make a go of it this Sunday, Gerhart is in line for the game of his life.
Sidney Rice (WR Week 13 Ranking #29) 2010 Season: 4 Recs for 76 Yards & 0 TDs
Rice and Favre are taking a bit of time to sync up, but I could definitely see it happening against this Buffalo team. The Bills may not let up a ton of yardage in the passing game (because teams just run on them all day long), but they still surrender a boatload of receiving TDs. Sidney could easily grab one of them this game.
Percy Harvin (WR Week 13 Ranking #22) 2010 Season: 51 Recs for 627 Yards & 4 TDs
The Vikings will have to pass the ball a little bit in this game to keep the Bills honest, so I can see quite a few play-action slants to Harvin being the course they take in order to accomplish that. Watch Harvin break a long one because of it.
Bernard Berrian (WR Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 18 Recs for 176 Yards & 0 TDs
Not only is Berrian gimpy, but he also kinda sucks.
Visanthe Shiancoe (TE Week 13 Ranking #10) 2010 Season: 33 Recs for 420 Yards & 2 TDs
With Childress gone, Shiancoe put up the second most yards he’s had in the last nine games against the Redskins (three catches, 54 yards) and it looks like Favre is trying to get him going again as Shank garnered the most targets of any Vikings receiver last week (six).
Washington Redskins (5-6) Redskins Schedule
Opponent Defensive Ranks
New York Giants Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 1st - TDs Allowed T-8th
New York Giants Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game T-9th – TDs Allowed T-13th
Washington Offensive Cast
Donovan McNabb (QB Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 227/393 – for 2,853 Yards & 11 TDs
McNabb has thrown a touchdown pass in each of his last 10 games. The problem is, in nine of those games he threw for just that one. Now THAT’S McNasty.
Ryan Torain (RB Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 91 Carries for 391 Yards & 3 TDs || 8 Recs for 55 Yards & 1 TD
Torain has a slim chance to make it back this week, but even if he does, you can’t use him against this dominant Giants defense.
Keiland Williams (RB Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 52 Carries for 200 Yards & 3 TDs || 28 Recs for 183 Yards & 2 TDs
Keiland looked pretty bad last week against the Vikings, but that might have had just as much to do with Shanahan’s play-calling as it does with Williams’ average talent-level. Look elsewhere this week.
Santana Moss (WR Week 13 Ranking #33) 2010 Season: 62 Recs for 778 Yards & 3 TDs
The Redskins are going to have to pass the ball if they want a shot at winning this one, so Santana could sneak in a decent fantasy game here.
Anthony Armstrong (WR Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 25 Recs for 545 Yards & 1 TD
Armstrong has had a few decent weeks this season, but hasn’t been consistent enough to depend on him as a starter.
Chris Cooley (TE Week 13 Ranking #16) 2010 Season: 54 Recs for 603 Yards & 2 TDs
Cooley continues to see a ton of targets from McNabb (he led the team with eight last week), though his production is still a little on the light side. Again, McNabb will have to pass the ball to win this game, so Cooley should have another chance to prove himself this week.
New York Giants (7-4) Giants Schedule
Opponent Defensive Ranks
Washington Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 29th - TDs Allowed T-18th
Washington Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 26th – TDs Allowed T-13th
New York Giants Offensive Cast
Eli Manning (QB Week 13 Ranking #9) 2010 Season: 245/376 – for 2,821 Yards & 23 TDs
Even after losing his WR1, WR2, WR4 and WR5, Eli found a way to put up his seventh straight multi-TD game last week. The Redskins pass D is really really bad, so it wouldn’t surprise me to see his streak continue. Don’t expect a ton of yards though as the Giants may run the ball all day long.
Ahmad Bradshaw (RB Week 13 Ranking #13) 2010 Season: 194 Carries for 916 Yards & 5 TDs || 32 Recs for 231 Yards & 0 TDs
Bradshaw was demoted to second-string last week, but he still managed to secure 13 touches to Jacobs’ 14 on the day. Not just that, but he also saw the ball around the goal-line over Jacobs, so he could be climbing back into the good graces of Coach Coughlin. Watch him break a couple of long runs this week en route to a nice fantasy day for your team.
Brandon Jacobs (RB Week 13 Ranking #18) 2010 Season: 92 Carries for 474 Yards & 5 TDs || 7 Recs for 59 Yards & 0 TDs
Jacobs got his chance to start last week and actually performed pretty well (14 carries, 87 yards). However, not getting the goal-line touches raises a huge red flag for me, but he should still be able to rattle off some good stats this week against a crappy Washington defense.
Hakeem Nicks (WR Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 62 Recs for 800 Yards & 9 TDs
Nicks will be out for at least the next couple of games, and possibly longer than that. Stash him on your bench and hope for a return during your fantasy playoffs.
Steve Smith II (WR Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 47 Recs for 517 Yards & 3 TDs
Smitty should be out for another one, but he was able to do a little bit at practice on Wednesday, so check the news at www.pyromaniac.com or www.ffpharmacy.com to see what his story is later in the week.
Mario Manningham (WR Week 13 Ranking #15) 2010 Season: 41 Recs for 561 Yards & 5 TDs
Manningham will be in the driver’s seat for some nice fantasy points again this weekend with both Nicks and Smith out. If he doesn’t come close to around 100 yards plus a touchdown, I’ll be shocked.
Derek Hagan (WR Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 5 Recs for 31 Yards & 1 TD
Hagan looked pretty bad as the WR2 last weekend, but he’ll get another shot at it regardless.
Kevin Boss (TE Week 13 Ranking #5) 2010 Season: 24 Recs for 392 Yards & 3 TDs
Boss should be the one Manning will depend on to pick up the slack again this weekend, so after his 74-yard, one-TD output last game, don’t be scared to start him once more.