2010 NFL Fantasy Football: Week 13 Start’em, Sit’em

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It can be tough to make a decision between starting or sitting specific players throughout your fantasy football season based on favorable and/or tough match-ups.

TotalProSports.com 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: Matt Cassel vs. DEN – Cassel has been the hottest quarterback in the NFL in recent weeks, recording ten touchdowns and zero interceptions in his last three games, including a four touchdown performance against the very same Broncos secondary that he will face off against this Sunday.  With his recent string of success, Cassel is making it hard for owners to bench him, no matter what your other options look like.

Other QB start’ems worth noting: Kyle Orton vs. KC, Mark Sanchez vs. NE, Jay Cutler vs. DET

Sit’em: Carson Palmer vs. NO – Through eleven games Carson Palmer has recorded a respectable 19 touchdowns.  However, he has also thrown a disappointing 15 interceptions.  This week he finds himself up against a Saints secondary that has allowed only seven touchdowns through the air thus far this season.  Look for a Palmer to have a quiet night as he deals with his loud disgruntled receivers.

Other QB sit’ems worth noting: Brett Favre vs. BUF, Joe Flacco vs. PIT, Donovan McNabb vs. NYG

Running Backs

Start’em: Matt Forte vs. DET – Matt Forte has been somewhat inconsistent this season, but he should be a solid fantasy option in week 13 against the same Lions defense that he torched in week one for 201 total yards and two touchdowns.

Other RB start’ems worth noting: Felix Jones vs. IND, Mike Tolbert vs. OAK, Toby Gerhart vs. BUF

Sit’em: Beanie Wells vs. STL – Despite being healthy again, Beanie Wells has continued to struggle.  His lone bright spot against the 49ers came on a long pass play, but he was otherwise shut down and we expect the same to take place this weekend when the Cards take on a Rams defense that has allowed only five rushing touchdowns against through 11 games.

Other RB sit’ems worth noting: LeGarrette Blount vs. ATL, Brian Westbrook vs. GB, Ronnie Brown vs. CLE

Wide Receivers

Start’em: Steve Johnson vs. MIN – Here is an interesting fact for you.  Since week seven, Steve Johnson has recorded over 100 yards in every other game.  So coming off his seven catch, 68 yard performance last week against the Steelers, we should be able to expect him to rebound with a big effort this weekend against the Vikings.  Johnson will want to put up a big performance following his costly drop in the end zone on Sunday.  We think he gets it done this time around.

Other WR start’ems worth noting: Jeremy Maclin vs. HOU, Mario Manningham vs. WSH, Mike Williams vs. ATL

Sit’em: Chad Ochocinco vs. CIN – Much like we expect Carson Palmer to struggle against a talented Saints secondary, the same should be the case for Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens.  The Saints have given up few touchdowns through the air.  Don’t expect Ochocinco to break that trend.

Other WR sit’ems worth noting: Michael Crabtree vs. GB, Wes Welker vs. NYJ, Santana Moss vs. NYG

Tight Ends

Start’em: Marcedes Lewis vs. TEN – With few reliable fantasy options available at the tight end position, it is hard to bench Lewis, especially against a Titans team that has allowed the third most fantasy points to tight ends in the league.

Other TE start’ems worth noting: Jacob Tamme vs. DAL, Brent Celek vs. HOU, Kevin Boss vs. WSH

Sit’em: Chris Cooley vs. NYG – The Giants have allowed teams to have little success against them through the air.  Look for them to shut down Cooley and the Redskins’ passing attack.

Other TE sit’ems worth noting: Todd Heap vs. PIT, Heath Miller vs. BAL, Greg Olsen vs. DET


Start’em: Josh Brown vs. ARI – Brown was a sit’em last weekend, but now that he finds himself up against the Cards, who have allowed the most points against to opposing kickers, he is a must start.

Sit’em: Rob Bironas vs. JAC – While we do expect the Titans offense to bounce back after being shut out by the Houston Texans, we would advise against starting Bironas until we actually see it happen.


Start’em: Bears vs. DET – The Bears’ defense has been one of the most underrated units in the NFL, and they should shine against a Lions offense that has struggled to run the ball and is expected to start Drew Stanton at quarterback.

Sit’em: 49ers vs. GB – The 49ers defense is strong against the run, but they are weak against the pass.  That could be a problem against a Packers team that can air it out with the best of them.

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