Fantasy Football: Week 13 Start’em & Sit’em

Carson PalmerIt can be tough to make the decision between starting or sitting specific players throughout your fantasy season based on favorable or tough match-ups.

TPS is here to help you make such decisions with our weekly Start’em & Sit’em post where we will break down each position and give you some players you may want to consider starting, and some you might be better off sitting.


Start’em: Carson Palmer vs. DET – We had Palmer in this position last week and he failed to live up to expectations, but this week his Bengals will be hosting the Detroit Lions who seem to be giving up big fantasy numbers to every opposing quarterback they meet (including Brady Quinn).  Palmer should be able to find Chad Ohcocinco and his other receivers in this game against a Detroit secondary which has allowed a league worst 281.4 YPG and 27 touchdowns against thus far through 11 games.  Expect Palmer to provide an impressive stat line in this one, regardless of his recent struggles.

Other QB start’ems worth noting: Jay Cutler vs. STL, Matt Schaub vs. JAC, Kyle Orton vs. KC

Sit’em: Joe Flacco vs. PIT – Much like Palmer, Flacco also finds himself in a similar position as last week, but in this case it is as a sit’em.  The Ravens’ sophomore quarterback has struggled recently, throwing only two touchdowns over his past four games after recording 11 in his first six.  This week he will travel to Green Bay to play the Packers on Monday night.  After playing the Lions on Thanksgiving, the Packers defense should be well rested and prepared to keep Flacco’s struggles going.

Other QB sit’ems worth noting: Mark Sanchez vs. BUF, Vince Young vs. IND, Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. BUF

Running Backs

Start’em: Thomas Jones vs. BUF – This year’s edition of the NFL in Toronto features the Buffalo Bills taking on the New York Jets in what is expected to be a rather uneventful game.  What Toronto fans will get to see, however, is a solid Jets offensive line and running back Thomas Jones running over the Bills depleted defense.  Buffalo ranks at the bottom of the league against the run, and we don’t expect things to change in this one.  Look for the Jets to limit the role of Sanchez and give Jones plenty of work in this one.  That should lead to a great stat line.

Other RB start’ems worth noting: LaDanian Tomlinson vs. CLE, Rashard Mendenhall vs. OAK, Matt Forte vs. STL

Sit’em: Ryan Grant vs. BAL – It is difficult to keep Grant on your bench, but do not expect him to produce much against the Ravens on Monday night.  Baltimore has been stingy against the run, allowing only 97.7 YPG and seven touchdowns on the ground through 11 games.  The Packers will likely look to Rodgers and their wide receivers to take advantage of holes in the Baltimore secondary and get their points through the air.  Don’t expect them to tally much on the ground.

Other RB sit’ems worth noting: Marshawn Lynch vs. NYJ, Kevin Smith vs. CIN, Beanie Wells vs. MIN

Wide Receivers

Start’em: Wes Welker vs. MIA – The last time the Pats were beat during a big prime time game (week 10 vs. the Colts), they came right back and got revenge on their next opponents (the Jets).  Expect the same to happen this time against a rather weak Dolphins secondary, and although Brady will be looking to hit Moss deep often, he will likely use Welker underneath numerous amounts of times.  Expect Wes to put up some big reception and yardage totals, and maybe even throw in a touchdown (or two) in this one.

Other WR start’ems worth noting: Chad Ochocinco vs. DET, Steve Smith vs. TB, Michael Crabtree vs. SEA

Sit’em: Roddy White vs. PHI – It is hard to bench White, but he has struggled over the past four games, recording only one touchdown and zero 100-yard games.  This week his Falcons will take on the Philadelphia Eagles without quarterback Matt Ryan.  White is also nursing an injury, and although he has been playing through it, it has likely been the cause of his decreased production.  With Asante Samuel and company looking to shut down Atlanta’s passing game, don’t expect Roddy to turn things around this week.

Other WR sit’ems worth noting: T.J. Houshmandzadeh vs. SF, Terrell Owens vs. NYJ, Chris Chambers vs. DEN

Tight Ends

Start’em: Brent Celek vs. ATL – With the Falcons offense battered and bruised, they should struggle to hold onto the ball, giving the Eagles plenty of opportunities to keep their offense on the field.  Atlanta has allowed the third most fantasy points to tight ends, so expect McNabb to look for Celek early and often in this one.

Other TE start’ems worth noting: Tony Gonzalez vs. PHI, Greg Olsens vs. STL, Vsanthe Shiancoe vs. ARI

Sit’em: Zach Miller vs. PIT – Miller has been a big disappointment this year, but he has pulled things together over the past two games with Bruce Graadkowski under center for the Raiders.  Although that is a good sign heading into the fantasy playoffs, do not expect much from Zach in this one against the Steelers tough defense.

Other TE sit’ems worth noting: Jermichael Finley vs. BAL, Jeremy Shockey vs. WSH, John Carlson vs. SF


Start’em: Shayne Graham vs. DET – The Bengals should put up a lot of points against a weak Lions defense.  Even if many of those are off touchdowns, expect Graham to still post a strong fantasy stat line.

Sit’em: Dan Carpenter vs. NE – carpenter has been impressive this year, but he should struggle to find opportunities against a Patriots defense that has allowed the least number of points to kickers.  The Dolphins will also be looking for touchdowns, not field goals, if they want to keep up with New England.


Start’em: Bears vs. STL – They have not been very reliable, but the Bears defense should shine against Kyle Boller and the Rams.  Even the Seahawks were able to put up a defensive touchdown against them last week.

Sit’em: Dolphins vs. NE – The Patriots will be looking for more than a win this weekend.  They will be looking to make a statement after their Monday night embarrassment.  That is unfortunate news for the Dolphins and their defense as they will likely get lit up in this game.

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