Start ’em, Week 13

QB

Start ’em

1. Colin Kaepernick – His rise to stardom took much less time than expected, which leaves fantasy owners as well as 49ers fans giddy with excitement. If you hopped on the Kaepernick bandwagon (AKA picked him up off waivers) before everyone else did, then you’re in luck. In his two starts this year, he has thrown for 474 yards and 3 touchdowns to only 1 interception, complemented by a rushing touchdown as well. The thing with Kaepernick is that he can do it all; he can make the short safe throw, he can chuck it down the field with ease, and if all else fails, he can pick up 10 yards with his legs but more importantly, a crucial fantasy point for your team. It only gets easier this week against a Rams team that hadn’t forced a turnover in 5 weeks (tied for an NFL record) before picking off Ryan Lindley 4 times last week. OPPONENT – St. Louis Rams (4-6-1)

2. Tony Romo – Despite the popular opinion that “Tony Romo sucks” (yes, I know you think it), the Cowboys actually have the 3rd best passing attack in the NFL. Couple that with two things: 1. He has been on somewhat of a tear lately. He has thrown for 1,284 yards in his past 4 games (321 yards per game) and 7 touchdowns over that same span while more importantly only throwing the ball to the other team twice. 2. He gets to play the Eagles this week, and have you seen their defense? If not, you should take a look. I would even start Ryan Lindley against the Eagles defense, and you know how I feel about Ryan Lindley. OPPONENT – Philadelphia Eagles (3-8)

3. Matt Schaub – Schaub has been putting up yards by the bunches recently, throwing for 527 against the Jaguars and 315 against the Lions. This trend should continue upward in week 13 against the Titans who have the 29th ranked defense in the NFL. The Texans have been in high scoring but close game these past two weeks, and while they should blow out Tennessee, expect a big day from Schaub as his team looks to further cement their status as the top dogs in the AFC. OPPONENT – Tennessee Titans (4-7) Watch Matt Schaub endure one of the most painful plays of the year. Warning: not for the faint of heart.

Ouch. The turkey probably didn’t taste as good after that one.

RB

1. Jamaal Charles – Look, if you have him, you’re probably starting him anyways, but I suspect a monster game from Charles this week. He has been playing very well in recently, rushing for 294 yards in his past 3 games, and he looks poised to break out. He gets to play the Panthers this week, who just gave up 178 yards and 2 touchdowns to Bryce Brown. Who’s Bryce Brown you ask? Good question, he’s a rookie running back for the Eagles and their only bright spot on Monday Night Football. However, that does not diminish the fact that the Panthers run defense is awful, and Charles should be able to take advantage of it and then some this week. OPPONENT – Carolina Panthers (3-8)

2. Ahmad Bradshaw – Bradshaw has averaged 5.75 yards per carry in his past 2 games, and while he has only run the ball 20 times, the YPC is definitely something for fantasy owners to get excited about. His fantasy value also took a huge rise this week when Andre Brown (famous for vulturing about everything from Bradshaw) broke his leg and is out for the season. Now the New York backfield consists of untrustworthy rookie David Wilson, and Bradshaw. That means against a poor Redskins defense, Ahmad Bradshaw should have a field day with his extra carries. OPPONENT – Washington Redskins (5-6)

3. Mark Ingram – As I’m sure you know, Ingram is in a bad spot for fantasy running backs in New Orleans. He is part of a 4 headed “monster” with Pierre Thomas, Chris Ivory, and Darren Sproles. Looking at the Saints past 3 games in terms of carries per game: Ingram – 38,    Ivory – 23, Thomas – 11, and Sproles – 9. This shows that the Saints are using Mark Ingram almost twice as much as any other back, which is good news for fantasy owners. He also gets to play the Falcons this week who have a poor run defense. I don’t expect Ingram to have a game for the ages, but don’t be surprised if he hovers around 80 yards and a score. OPPONENT – Atlanta Falcons (10-1)

WR

1. Dez Bryant – The oft-troubled yet immensely talented Bryant has put together 2 outstanding games in a row. His line: 20 receptions, 290 yards, and 3 touchdowns. This is the Dez Bryant that many expect him to be throughout his career, and the only thing holding him back is his off the field issues. He seems to have sorted those out, and combine that with the fact that he gets to play the Eagles defense who have gotten torched all season long, and expect another big game in big D for Bryant. OPPONENT – Philadelphia Eagles (3-8) Watch Bryant make a clutch 30 yard catch as the Cowboys attempt to mount their comeback against Cleveland:

Dez Bryant makes a 30 yard catch to help keep the Cowboys season alive

2. Kendall Wright – Once RGIII’s favorite target, and now Jake Locker’s most explosive weapon, Wright has been one of the best rookie receivers this year. He has 48 catches for 438 yards and 4 touchdowns this season. His reliability in an otherwise unreliable offense has been key for the Titans this year. I believe that Wright is poised to break out this week. Tennessee is going to have to throw the ball a lot to keep up with the mighty Texans, and that means more opportunities for Wright to get fantasy points. The Houston defense has been scored on easily these past two games by the Jaguars and the Lions, so there is no reason to believe that trend will stop this week. Kendall Wright should be the beneficiary of a lot of those Tennessee yards and points. OPPONENT – Houston Texans (10-1) Watch this amazing catch by Kendall Wright, trust me, it’s awesome:

Kendall Wright makes a catch that you probably couldn’t make

3. Demaryius Thomas – The Broncos number 1 receiver has seen somewhat inconsistent numbers in his past 5 games (although none of his outputs have been bad). He has 3 touchdowns and has twice gone over the 100 yard mark throughout those contests. I believe this will be a great week for Thomas because he gets to play the Buccaneers 30th ranked defense who just took another blow by losing top corner Eric Wright to a 4 game suspension. That’s a rough hit to a Bucs secondary that has been very bad all year, which makes all the more reason to start Thomas this week. OPPONENT – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-5)

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