Fantasy football week 13: Start’em and sit’em
After 12 weeks, there is only one undefeated team left in the NFL. The Carolina Panthers are 11-0 and look like the league’s best team so far. With Green Bay in a tailspin, Carolina’s path through the NFC playoffs is looking easier and easier every week.
Here are our picks for who you should start on your fantasy team going into week 13:
Start: Matthew Stafford, QB Detroit
Stafford’s incredible Thanksgiving performance against Philadelphia may have saved an otherwise forgettable season. Detroit’s quarterback threw for 337 yards and five touchdowns while helping the Lions earn their third straight victory. On Thursday night, Detroit hosts a Green Bay team in the middle of a late season crisis. The Packers have lost four of their last five games. Stafford and company will ride their momentum to another big performance over Green Bay.
Start: LeGarrette Blount, RB New England
The Patriots lost in heartbreaking fashion on Monday night, and that is terrible news for their next opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles. Since 2003, New England is 36-4 in the game after a loss. The Patriots have struggled to get their running game going the last three weeks but should be able to get back on track against the Eagles. Philly has the league’s fifth worst run defense. Chip Kelly’s squad is playing terrible football of late, and the Patriots will be highly motivated. This one should be over early.
Start: Jarvis Landry, WR Miami
Landry has turned into a dangerous weapon in his second year in the NFL. Last week, against the Jets, he was unstoppable registering 13 catches for 165 yards and a touchdown. Miami will host a Baltimore team with the ninth worst pass defense in the NFL on Sunday. Landry should have no problem getting open since the Ravens lack any elite playmakers in the defensive backfield.
Sit: Philip Rivers, QB San Diego
Rivers has put together a very good season in 2015, but this Sunday’s visit from the Denver Broncos will not be one of his better performances. The Denver defense is the NFL’s best against the pass, second best against the run, and leads the league in sacks. Last week, they held Tom Brady to his second worst completion percentage of the season and only 280 passing yards. Expect them to hold Philip Rivers in check also.
Sit: Latavius Murray, RB Oakland
Murray has struggled in each of Oakland’s last two games, and the running will not get any easier on Sunday against Kansas City. The Chiefs boast the NFL’s ninth best run defense and should be able to limit Murray without bringing extra men to the line of scrimmage. Outside of four big performances, Murray has been a fantasy disappointment in 2015.
Sit: Brandin Cooks, WR New Orleans
Cooks has put together a very respectable sophomore campaign with 736 yards and six touchdowns so far on the season. In this week’s game against Carolina, Cooks will see a heavy dose of Josh Norman, which is never a good thing for a receiver. Norman has been dominant this season and has become the NFL’s best shutdown corner. Cooks and the rest of New Orleans entire offense will be overwhelmed by the Carolina defense.
Will Green Bay get back on track against Detroit this week or are their playoff hopes in jeopardy? Will Rivers be able to create the blueprint for how to beat the Denver defense or are they too talented? Feel free to leave a comment or find me on Twitter @Andrew_Morse4