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Week 13 Start 'Em and Sit 'Em

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This is a good week to see Tom Brady under center and not standing in the shotgun formation. More time under center means more carries for BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

It's pretty clear what the Patriots are doing when Brady is standing in the shotgun, and running the ball is not the top priority. But when he takes the snap directly under center, there is a good chance the Patriots are going to run. And we hope they run a lot in Week 13 against Indianapolis.

Green-Ellis, who was started in 45 percent of leagues on CBSSports.com in Week 12, has the chance for a fantastic performance against the Colts. He is coming off two solid games against Kansas City and Philadelphia with a combined 26 Fantasy points, and he should reach double digits in this matchup.

It's well-documented that the Colts struggle in run defense, and this season they have allowed 13 touchdowns to opposing running backs and 11 to reach double digits in Fantasy points. In Week 12, the struggling DeAngelo Williams had 15 carries for 69 yards and two touchdowns against Indianapolis, and Green-Ellis is capable of a similar stat line.

He faced the Colts last year at home and had 21 carries for 96 yards and a touchdown, and you can even consider backup running backs like Danny Woodhead, Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley sleepers this week based on the matchup. The Patriots should have a healthy lead early in this game, and they should be able to run out the clock with their ground attack in the fourth quarter.

This isn't to suggest that Brady and his receivers will be limited. Far from it. But once Brady is done throwing all over the Colts he can then relax and give the ball to Green-Ellis. New England should have a balanced attack in this easy victory against Indianapolis.

Full Disclosure from Week 12
Start of the Week
Player Fantasy Points (projected) Fantasy Points (actual) Start percentage Rank at position
Cedric Benson, RB, CIN 12 18 80 No. 4
Recommended starts that made us look good
Player Fantasy Points (projected) Fantasy Points (actual) Start percentage Rank at position
Mark Sanchez, QB, NYJ 18 29 28 No. 3
Matt Ryan, QB, ATL 21 28 77 No. 4
Beanie Wells, RB, ARI 10 26 50 No. 1
Percy Harvin, WR, MIN 8 16 65 No. 7
Eric Decker, WR, DEN 7 12 29 No. 13
Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN 9 12 23 No. 2
Fred Davis, TE, WAS 7 11 46 No. 3
LeGarrette Blount, RB, TB 11 11 85 No. 15
Recommended starts that made us look bad
Player Fantasy Points (projected) Fantasy Points (actual) Start percentage Rank at position
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT 22 11 67 No. 22
Carson Palmer, QB, OAK 19 10 39 No. 24
Andre Johnson, WR, HOU 11 2 88 No. 54
Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET 9 2 53 No. 23
Recommended sits that made us look good
Player Fantasy Points (projected) Fantasy Points (actual) Start percentage Rank at position
Andy Dalton, QB, CIN 16 16 22 No. 14
Joe Flacco, QB, BAL 16 12 34 No. 21
Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC 7 6 71 No. 35
C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF 6 6 35 No. 32
Vernon Davis, TE, SF 6 3 75 No. 22
Jackie Battle, RB, KC 6 2 11 No. 47
Ed Dickson, TE, BAL 3 1 13 No. 41
Earl Bennett, WR, CHI 5 0 16 No. 58
Recommended sits that made us look bad
Player Fantasy Points (projected) Fantasy Points (actual) Start percentage Rank at position
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, BUF 15 31 13 No. 2
Roy Helu, RB, WAS 5 21 18 No. 2
Reggie Wayne, WR, IND 3 18 18 No. 4
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, NE 7 16 45 No. 7
Steve Johnson, WR, BUF 3 13 22 No. 12
Mike Williams, WR, TB 5 12 42 No. 17
A.J. Green, WR, CIN 7 11 46 No. 20
Toby Gerhart, RB, MIN 6 11 47 No. 18

Quarterback

Start 'Em

Week 13 sleeper QBs
Ryan Fitzpatrick, BUF vs. TEN
Alex Smith, SF vs. STL
Caleb Hanie, CHI vs. KC

Ben Roethlisberger (vs. CIN): Roethlisberger struggled last week at Kansas City with 11 Fantasy points, and he also had a difficult game at Cincinnati in Week 10 with 13 points. His injured thumb was not a problem against the Chiefs, but he needs to pick up his production heading into the stretch run of the season. Even though he doesn't have a good history against the Bengals, he should bounce back in this matchup. Cincinnati has allowed multiple touchdowns in the past two games against Joe Flacco and Colt McCoy, and the Bengals have allowed multiple touchdowns or 300 passing yards to opposing quarterbacks in five of six road games this year, including matchups with Kyle Orton, Matt Hasselbeck and McCoy twice. (Started in 67 percent of leagues in Week 12)
Eli Manning (vs. GB): The Giants might have lost by 25 points in Week 12 at New Orleans, but you can't blame Manning. He had 26 Fantasy points and completed 21 consecutive passes at one point in the second half. He now has at least 20 Fantasy points in four of his past five games, and he should have another quality outing against the Packers. Green Bay gives up plenty of Fantasy production to opposing quarterbacks in comeback efforts -- seven have scored multiple touchdowns and six have passed for at least 300 yards -- and Manning will likely be throwing a lot. He faced the Packers last year and had 17 Fantasy points, but he had four interceptions in that game. We expect him to be more accurate in the rematch. (Started in 66 percent of leagues in Week 12)
Tim Tebow (at MIN): Tebow's Fantasy production has tailed off of late with an average of 17 points in his past three games against Kansas City, the Jets and San Diego. But he should still be considered a starting option in most leagues since his rushing ability gives him an edge over most quarterbacks. He has a favorable matchup this week against the Vikings, who have struggled with opposing quarterbacks all season. They have allowed multiple touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks in each of the past six games with two rushing touchdowns over that span. The Vikings also don't have an interception since Week 5, and Tebow has just one interception on the season. (Started in 41 percent of leagues in Week 12)
Vince Young (at SEA): Young has done a solid job filling in for the injured Michael Vick (ribs), and his Fantasy production would look even better if he got some help from DeSean Jackson. Young just had 24 Fantasy points against New England in Week 12, and he has the chance to stay hot at Seattle. The Seahawks just allowed 20 Fantasy points to Rex Grossman at home, and Young is capable of a similar performance. Andy Reid has done wonders with his backup quarterbacks over the years. A.J. Feeley, Kevin Kolb and Vick were all No. 2 quarterbacks who filled in as quality Fantasy options. Now it's Young's turn, and he should be useful in all leagues as he continues to start for an injured Vick. (Started in 22 percent of leagues in Week 12)
Matt Moore (vs. OAK): Fantasy owners are desperate for quarterbacks in deeper leagues, and Moore can be a useful option. He should have had 17 Fantasy points against the Cowboys if he didn't have a fumbled snap, and he has a favorable matchup this week against the Raiders. Oakland has allowed multiple touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks in each of the past four games, and Moore has thrown for three touchdowns in two of his past four outings. Moore has done a great job of looking for Brandon Marshall, who has more than eight targets a game in the seven games Moore has started. You might not need to start Moore in the majority of standard leagues, but in deeper formats he could be a useful starting option based on the matchup and his recent play. (Started in 11 percent of leagues in Week 12)

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Sit 'Em

Rex Grossman (vs. NYJ): Grossman is playing well of late with 48 Fantasy points in his past two games against Dallas and Seattle, and the Jets are coming off a disappointing performance against Ryan Fitzpatrick, who had 31 Fantasy points. But this is not a good matchup for Grossman since the Jets should be able to take away his receivers and force him into quick decisions. Despite his recent production, he does have five interceptions in his past three games. The Jets also had a recent five-game interception streak snapped in Week 10, but they should force Grossman into some turnovers here. Don't use Grossman in the majority of leagues this week, but he can be helpful in Week 14 against New England. (Started in 5 percent of leagues in Week 12)
Carson Palmer (at MIA): Palmer had his worst game as the starter for the Raiders in Week 12 against Chicago with 10 Fantasy points, and his biggest problem was scoring in the red zone. He still managed 301 passing yards against the Bears, but not having Denarius Moore (foot) and Jacoby Ford (foot) hurt his production. Both receivers could be out against the Dolphins, and this is a difficult matchup for him. Miami allowed two touchdowns against Tony Romo in Week 12, but the Dolphins have been stingy in pass defense over the past four games with two touchdowns and six interceptions against Matt Cassel, Grossman, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Romo. Cassel had the most yards against Miami over that span with just 253, and we're not expecting much from Palmer in this matchup. (Started in 39 percent of leagues in Week 12)
Joe Flacco (at CLE): Flacco has a good history against the Browns, and last year he passed for five touchdowns and one interception in two games. But this is a different Flacco this season and a different Cleveland pass defense. Flacco has just one game with more than 17 Fantasy points since Week 3, and the Browns have only allowed one quarterback to pass for multiple touchdowns this season, which was Hasselbeck in Week 4. Look for Ray Rice to carry the Ravens offense this week, and Flacco will likely once again finish with fewer than 17 Fantasy points, which has been the norm for him this year. (Started in 34 percent of leagues in Week 12)
Andy Dalton (at PIT): Dalton has struggled the past three games with an average of 16 Fantasy points, and he should have another tough outing this week. He faced the Steelers at home in Week 10 and finished with 170 passing yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, and Pittsburgh has only allowed two quarterbacks to reach at least 20 Fantasy points this season, which was Flacco in Week 1 and Kolb in Week 7. Dalton has played great this year, and two of his best games have been on the road at Denver in Week 2 (25 Fantasy points) and at Tennessee in Week 9 (26 points). But we're not expecting him to do much in this matchup at Pittsburgh. (Started in 22 percent of leagues in Week 12)
Christian Ponder (vs. DEN): Ponder has done a nice job at home in two starts against Green Bay in Week 7 and Oakland in Week 11 with 40 Fantasy points combined. He has the chance to play well here again since the Broncos, at times, have struggled in pass defense this year. But in the past three weeks, Denver has turned the corner on defense with only two touchdowns allowed against Cassel, Mark Sanchez and Philip Rivers, who was held to 13 Fantasy points in Week 12. Denver has allowed just two passing touchdowns over that span, and Ponder lost another starting receiver with Michael Jenkins (knee) placed on injured reserve. (Started in 7 percent of leagues in Week 12)

Bust alert: Mark Sanchez (at WAS): Sanchez was amazing in Week 12 against the Bills with 29 Fantasy points, and he thrived in the red zone. Sanchez completed less than 50 percent of his passes against Buffalo and had just 180 passing yards, but he threw four touchdowns. That said, he should struggle in this matchup with the Redskins. Sanchez has combined for 33 Fantasy points in his past four road games at Baltimore, New England, Buffalo and Denver. Washington also has held three of the past four opposing quarterbacks to 15 Fantasy points or less in matchups with Alex Smith, Moore and Tarvaris Jackson. Romo had 29 Fantasy points against the Redskins in Week 11, but Sanchez isn't at Romo's level just yet. We can see the Jets relying on their run game in this matchup, and Sanchez could continue his road woes in Week 13. (Started in 28 percent of leagues in Week 12)

Running back

Start 'Em

Week 13 sleeper RBs
Roy Helu, WAS vs. NYJ
C.J. Spiller, BUF vs. TEN
Donald Brown, IND at NE
Kendall Hunter, SF vs. STL
Marion Barber, CHI vs. KC

Ryan Mathews (at JAC): We found out last week that Mathews is back with his performance against the Broncos, and hopefully the Chargers will continue to lean on him for the rest of the season. He has three games this year with at least 21 carries, and he has double digits in Fantasy points in each outing. The Jaguars did a good job in Week 12 against Arian Foster in holding him to 65 rushing yards and a touchdown, but Jacksonville has still allowed seven touchdowns to opposing running backs this year and six to reach double digits in Fantasy points. Mike Tolbert will remain a factor for the Chargers, but Mathews should be considered a must-start Fantasy option now that his injury woes appear to be behind him. (Started in 65 percent of leagues in Week 12)
DeAngelo Williams (at TB): Last week we told you to start Williams and Jonathan Stewart, and both performed at a high level at Indianapolis. This week, you can start both Panthers again since the Bucs have allowed 14 touchdowns to opposing running backs and nine have reached double digits in Fantasy points, including Chris Johnson last week when he had 190 rushing yards. Stewart has been better than Williams for most of this season, but in the past two weeks, Williams has been the better Fantasy running back. He has 28 Fantasy points over that span in a standard league compared to 18 for Stewart. The difference is the two touchdowns Williams scored in Week 12 at Indianapolis, and he has the chance to score again in Week 13 at Tampa Bay. (Started in 35 percent of leagues in Week 12)
Willis McGahee (at MIN): McGahee should be fine this week after dealing with an illness Wednesday, and his impressive season should continue. He has seven games this year with at least 15 carries, and he has double digits in Fantasy points in six of those outings. The Vikings have done a solid job in run defense of late with only one running back reaching double digits in Fantasy points since Week 6, but they have still yielded three touchdowns to running backs in the past five games and 10 on the season. Continue to use McGahee as a No. 2 running back and look for the Broncos to remain run heavy against Minnesota this week. (Started in 60 percent of leagues in Week 12)
Kevin Smith (at NO): Smith is expected to play this week after leaving in Week 12 on Thanksgiving Day against Green Bay with a mild ankle sprain, and we're excited he's back given his potential. Prior to his injury against the Packers, Smith still had more than 50 total yards despite missing most of the game, and he has a favorable matchup this week. New Orleans has allowed eight touchdowns to opposing running backs and eight have reached double digits in Fantasy points. We hope Smith doesn't suffer a setback prior to Sunday night, but if he's active as expected then consider him a quality No. 2 Fantasy running back in all formats. (Started in 71 percent of leagues in Week 12)
Darren Sproles (vs. DET): Fantasy owners are down on Sproles, and rightfully so. He has combined for just seven Fantasy points in his past two games, and in Week 12 against the Giants he was third in production behind Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram. But we like all three New Orleans running backs this week based on the matchup with the Lions, who will be without defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (suspension) for this game, and Sproles should be the best of the trio. He has double digits in Fantasy points in four of his five home games this season, and the Lions have allowed a touchdown or 100 total yards to an opposing running back in six of their past eight games. (Started in 70 percent of leagues in Week 12)

Sit 'Em

Toby Gerhart (vs. DEN): Adrian Peterson (ankle) is likely out again in Week 13, which will allow Gerhart to start against the Broncos. He had a surprise performance against a stingy Atlanta run defense in Week 12 with 11 Fantasy points, with the majority of his production coming on a goal-line touchdown. Otherwise he didn't run very well with just 17 carries for 44 yards. He has another tough matchup this week against the Broncos, who have allowed just one running back to score a rushing touchdown. We're not expecting much from Gerhart this week, and he's not worth starting in the majority of leagues. (Started in 18 percent of leagues in Week 12)
Cedric Benson (at PIT): Benson was great as our Start of the Week in Week 12 with 18 Fantasy points against the Browns, but now he should not be considered a Top 24 running back with his matchup against Pittsburgh. He had five Fantasy points against the Steelers in Week 10, and Benson has combined for 31 carries for 76 yards and no touchdowns in his past three meetings at Pittsburgh. The Steelers have allowed eight touchdowns to opposing running backs and six to reach double digits in Fantasy points, but they have allowed just one running back to score since Week 8, which was Rice. (Started in 80 percent of leagues in Week 12)
James Starks (at NYG): Starks should be able to play in Week 13 at the Giants after dealing with knee and ankle problems the past two weeks. Even though this is a favorable matchup since the Giants have allowed 11 touchdowns to opposing running backs and 10 to reach double digits in Fantasy points, Starks is just too risky to trust. He hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 1, and he has yet to top 13 carries in any game this season. He continues to share carries with Ryan Grant, and John Kuhn is the goal-line back. There's also that Aaron Rodgers guy and how much he throws the ball each week, and Starks could be limited based on his recent injuries. (Started in 22 percent of leagues in Week 12)
Ben Tate (vs. ATL): Tate was a letdown in Week 12 at Jacksonville since he had just five carries for 26 yards. He needs touches to be successful, and he has at least eight Fantasy points in each of the six games he has double digits in carries. The Texans might limit his touches in this matchup with the Falcons with rookie T.J. Yates under center, and Atlanta has also been tough in run defense. The Falcons have only allowed one touchdown to an opposing running back since Week 6, and this should be a fun battle. You're starting Arian Foster in all leagues because he's an elite Fantasy running back. But this is a good week to sit Tate since his production should be limited. (Started in 33 percent of leagues in Week 12)
Peyton Hillis (vs. BAL): It was good to get Hillis back on the field in Week 12 at Cincinnati after he was out for the previous five games with a hamstring injury. Hillis got 19 carries for 65 yards, and he should continue to be a workhorse with Montario Hardesty (calf) still hurt. But the Ravens run defense, which went through a tough stretch from Weeks 8-11 with five rushing touchdowns allowed, looked stellar in Week 12 against San Francisco. Baltimore held Frank Gore to three Fantasy points, and the Ravens will key in on stopping Hillis. He did have a monster game against Baltimore in 2010 with 180 total yards and a touchdown, but the Ravens should remember that and will likely try to punish him as much as possible. (Started in 3 percent of leagues in Week 12)

Bust alert: Steven Jackson (at SF): It's tough to consider benching Jackson in any leagues, but this is a difficult matchup for him against the 49ers. San Francisco is now at 34 games without allowing a 100-yard rusher and 12 games without allowing a running back to score a rushing touchdown. The last running back to score on the ground against the 49ers was Jackson in Week 16 last year, but San Francisco has been able to limit Marshawn Lynch, Benson, LeGarrette Blount, Jacobs, Beanie Wells and Rice to single digits in Fantasy points in 2011. Only LeSean McCoy, Jahvid Best and Roy Helu have reached double digits in Fantasy points against the 49ers with their receiving stats, which is something Jackson is capable of doing as well. But he has just 12 Fantasy points combined in his past two games against Seattle and Arizona and hasn't scored since Week 8. Don't be surprised if he struggles again this week. (Started in 98 percent of leagues in Week 12)

Wide receiver

Start 'Em

Week 13 sleeper WRs
Deion Branch, NE vs. IND
Doug Baldwin, SEA vs. PHI
Riley Cooper, PHI at SEA
Johnny Knox, CHI vs. KC
Michael Crabtree, SF vs. STL

Antonio Brown (vs. CIN): Brown should remain hot for the Steelers to close the season, starting with this matchup against the Bengals. He has at least eight Fantasy points in his past five games with 46 targets over that span. Cincinnati has struggled in pass defense of late with receivers catching 62 passes for 937 yards and seven touchdowns in the past five games. The Bengals have allowed six receivers to reach double digits in Fantasy points over that span, and it shows just how much they miss cornerback Leon Hall (Achilles' tendon). Brown should remain active in all leagues, and he continues to look like Roethlisberger's favorite target ahead of Mike Wallace, although both are worth starting this week. (Started in 63 percent of leagues in Week 12)
Percy Harvin (vs. DEN): Harvin is having his most productive stretch of the season with double digits in Fantasy points in three of his past four games. He had his best game of the year in Week 12 at Atlanta with 16 Fantasy points, and he should continue to get touches at running back with Peterson out. The Vikings need Harvin to stay hot with Jenkins out, and he is worth starting even in a tough matchup. The Broncos have not allowed a receiver to score since Week 9 and have shut down Dwayne Bowe, Santonio Holmes, Plaxico Burress and Vincent Jackson in the past three games. But Harvin should be involved enough that he will get significant production to be considered at least a No. 2 Fantasy receiver in all leagues. (Started in 65 percent of leagues in Week 12)
Eric Decker (at MIN): Decker was born in Minnesota and played for the Golden Gophers, so you know he's excited for this game. He's also been a standout Fantasy option this season and is the only receiver Tebow is relying on. He has a touchdown in four of his past five games and eight touchdowns this year, and this is also a great matchup for him. The Vikings have allowed 14 touchdowns to opposing receivers and eight have reached double digits in Fantasy points, including Roddy White and Harry Douglas accomplishing both in Week 12. Decker isn't going to catch a lot of passes, but he does have a great chance to score based on his recent production since Tebow became the starter. (Started in 29 percent of leagues in Week 12)
DeSean Jackson (at SEA): It's risky to consider Jackson a starting option given his past three weeks. He was inactive in Week 10 against Arizona for missing a team meeting, he lost five Fantasy points in Week 11 at the Giants for a taunting penalty and he dropped two touchdowns and was apparently benched in Week 12 against New England. But he will remain the starter in Week 13 against the Seahawks, and despite the production left on the field against the Giants and Patriots he still has 15 Fantasy points in his past two outings. More importantly, he has 18 targets in his past two games, and Young will continue to rely on him. Seattle also has allowed five touchdowns to opposing receivers in the past five games with three reaching double digits in Fantasy points. Give Jackson another chance in this primetime matchup. (Started in 68 percent of leagues in Week 12)
Reggie Wayne (at NE): Finally, Wayne did something in a positive light in Week 12 against Carolina to awake from his Peyton Manning-induced coma. He had five catches for 122 yards and a touchdown against the Panthers, and he could be useful for two games in a row. He has a favorable matchup this week against the Patriots, who have allowed the most Fantasy points to opposing receivers this year. And with Dan Orlovsky starting for Curtis Painter, that could actually help Wayne improve. New England, which features former receiver Julian Edelman as a defensive back, has allowed 11 touchdowns to opposing receivers and nine to reach double digits in Fantasy points. With the Colts likely chasing points in a comeback effort, Wayne could see a hefty amount of targets and finish with a quality stat line in this matchup. (Started in 18 percent of leagues in Week 12)

Sit 'Em

Anquan Boldin (at CLE): It's always risky to bench Boldin, but there are a few things to consider this week with his matchup against the Browns. Boldin hasn't reached double digits in Fantasy points in his past four games with just one touchdown over that span. He has only one touchdown on the road this season -- which was Week 7 at Jacksonville -- and he should have a difficult matchup with Joe Haden. Yes, Haden struggled in Week 12 against A.J. Green, who had three catches for 110 yards. And he also gave up a touchdown against Brandon Lloyd in Week 10. But he has still proven to be a lockdown cornerback, and he should be able to limit Boldin's production this week. He should be viewed as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver. (Started in 84 percent of leagues in Week 12)
Santana Moss (vs. NYJ): It's good to have Moss back after he missed four games with a broken hand, but he struggled in his return in Week 12 at Seattle with four catches for just 29 yards on seven targets. He will likely see a lot of Darrelle Revis in this matchup, and you know Revis has to be upset after being burned by Steve Johnson last week. We hope Moss continues to get his legs back prior to facing New England in Week 14, and that's a good matchup to consider starting him. This week, he should only be used in deep leagues as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver at best. (Started in 10 percent of leagues in Week 12)
Dwayne Bowe (at CHI): Bowe was a disappointment, as expected, in Week 12 against Pittsburgh with seven catches for 69 yards, and he has now gone six games in a row without a touchdown. Tyler Palko is expected to remain the starter for the Chiefs, but even if Kyle Orton starts against the Bears it will still be difficult to trust Bowe. Chicago has allowed just five touchdowns to opposing receivers and six to reach double digits in Fantasy points. The Bears have allowed just one touchdown to an opposing receiver since Week 7, and Bowe's streak without a touchdown should continue in Week 13. (Started in 71 percent of leagues in Week 12)
Jerome Simpson (at PIT): The best part about Simpson's game in Week 12 against the Browns was his crazy flop when he was "pushed" by a Cleveland defender. Otherwise he had just two catches for 15 yards, and he should struggle again this week. He had no catches against the Steelers in Week 10 on four targets, and he hasn't scored a touchdown in his past three games. Green is the only Bengals receiver to start this week with confidence, but the Steelers have allowed just three receivers to reach double digits in Fantasy points this year. Simpson now has just one catch for 2 yards in three career meetings with Pittsburgh. (Started in 25 percent of leagues in Week 12)
Santonio Holmes (at WAS): The Redskins have been among the best defenses in the NFL at limiting opposing receivers from scoring. In fact, Washington is No. 2 in the NFL with only five touchdowns allowed to opposing receivers, which is only one more than Cleveland. Holmes has done a serviceable job of late with at least eight Fantasy points in three of his past four games, but he only has one game with more than 40 receiving yards since Week 6. If he doesn't score – he has five touchdowns on the season – then he's not successful, and he has just two touchdowns on the road in five games. Holmes could easily struggle in this matchup and should be considered just a No. 3 Fantasy receiver this week. (Started in 69 percent of leagues in Week 12)

Bust alert: Steve Johnson (vs. TEN): You have to wonder how the Bills and Fitzpatrick will approach Johnson this week after his antics in Week 12 at the Jets. Will Chan Gailey have any sort of on-field discipline following Johnson's touchdown dance, which resulted in a costly penalty? Will Fitzpatrick shy away from him after he dropped a potential game-winning touchdown? The answer to both questions is probably no, but this is also a tough matchup for Johnson. The Titans have been stingy to opposing receivers this season with only seven touchdowns allowed and five reaching double digits in Fantasy points. Boldin, Lloyd, Brown, Wayne, Green and Steve Smith were all held to eight Fantasy points or less, with Green the only one above six points. Now, Johnson just had a tremendous game against Revis with 13 Fantasy points, but he combined for 14 points in his previous four outings and could struggle again this week. (Started in 22 percent of leagues in Week 12)

Tight end

Start 'Em

Week 13 sleeper TEs
Scott Chandler, BUF vs. TEN
Jermaine Gresham, CIN at PIT
Jared Cook, TEN at BUF

Kellen Winslow (vs. CAR): Winslow had a down game in Week 12 at Tennessee with five catches for 52 yards, but he's playing his best football of the season over the past five contests. He has two touchdowns and one game with 132 receiving yards over that stretch with 43 targets. This week, he should have another quality outing against the Panthers, who have allowed four touchdowns to opposing tight ends and five to reach at least eight Fantasy points. Last year, Winslow owned Carolina with 10 catches for 149 yards and a touchdown in two games. (Started in 44 percent of leagues in Week 12)
Brent Celek (at SEA): Celek has a fantastic matchup in Week 13 against the Seahawks since they have struggled to defend tight ends of late. Over the past four games, Seattle has allowed four touchdowns to Jason Witten, Ed Dickson and Fred Davis, with all three reaching double digits in Fantasy points. Celek hasn't scored since Week 8, but he does have at least six Fantasy points in five of his past six games with 46 targets over that span. Young continues to look for Celek, who should be considered a must-start Fantasy option based on his matchup this week. (Started in 37 percent of leagues in Week 12)
Fred Davis (vs. NYJ): The Jets have done a nice job against tight ends this season. They have only allowed two tight ends to score (Antonio Gates and Rob Gronkowski) and three to reach double digits in Fantasy points (Witten). But along with Aaron Hernandez, those are the only legitimate tight ends they have faced this year, and last week Scott Chandler had a quality outing with six catches for 50 yards. Davis is coming off a solid game against the Seahawks with 11 Fantasy points, and he is worth starting in most leagues this week. Davis has at least nine Fantasy points in three of his five home games this year. (Started in 46 percent of leagues in Week 12)

Sit 'Em

Brandon Pettigrew (at NO): Pettigrew struggled in Week 12 against Green Bay with four catches for 37 yards, and he now has just one game with double digits in Fantasy points in his past five outings and only two on the season. He also has just three touchdowns, which is two less than No. 2 tight end Tony Scheffler. The Saints have allowed six touchdowns to opposing tight ends, but Pettigrew has been a disappointment despite getting 22 targets over the past three weeks. (Started in 53 percent of leagues in Week 12)
Jake Ballard (vs. GB): Ballard has fallen off as a quality Fantasy option with his performance over the past three games. He has combined for seven catches for 95 yards over that span, and he has just one touchdown since Week 5. Now, he does have 29 targets over the past five games, and the Packers have allowed five touchdowns to opposing tight ends. But Ballard could be asked to see more time blocking with the Giants dealing with injuries on their offensive line, and his play has become too inconsistent for Fantasy owners to trust. (Started in 24 percent of leagues in Week 12)
Owen Daniels (vs. ATL): Daniels is mired in a terrible slump since he hasn't scored since Week 4 and has just three games with at least six Fantasy points in his past seven outings. In his past three games, Daniels has just 10 catches for 94 yards, and he has one fewer touchdown than No. 2 tight end Joel Dreessen. Daniels now has to deal with a third-string quarterback in Yates, and he has a tough matchup this week against the Falcons. Atlanta has allowed just two touchdowns to opposing tight ends, and Jimmy Graham is the lone tight end to reach double digits in Fantasy points. The Falcons have held Celek, Winslow, Jermichael Finley, Greg Olsen, Pettigrew and Dallas Clark to six Fantasy points or less in each matchup this season, and they should be able to contain Daniels based on his recent play. (Started in 31 percent of leagues in Week 12)

Bust alert: Greg Olsen (at TB): Olsen has been a bust for the past three games with a combined 10 catches for 92 yards and no touchdowns. He has six Fantasy points over that span, and Newton is spreading the ball around to all his targets instead of focusing on Olsen like he did earlier this year. His targets have declined over the past three games from 11 to nine to three, and he could struggle in his matchup with the Bucs. Tampa Bay has allowed six touchdowns to opposing tight ends but only one since Week 5. The Bucs have held Graham, Daniels and Finley to 10 catches for 139 yards and no touchdowns over the past four games, and they should be able to keep Olsen in his recent slump. (Started in 43 percent of leagues in Week 12)

Defense/Special teams

Start 'Em

Week 13 sleeper DSTs
Broncos at MIN
Titans at BUF
Chargers at JAC

Patriots (vs. IND): The Patriots DST is not a reliable unit most weeks. They only have two games this season with more than four sacks, and they only have four games this year with double digits in Fantasy points. But they have a dream matchup this week against the Colts at home, and Indianapolis is going to start Orlovsky. The Patriots DST does have a six-game streak with at least one interception, and even their weak secondary should be able to contain this passing game. If the Patriots DST is still out there, and they are owned in 78 percent of leagues on CBSSports.com, then add them immediately. After the Colts, the Patriots face Washington, Denver, Miami and Buffalo to close the season, and this DST should be a great option in all formats the rest of the year. (Started in 39 percent of leagues in Week 12)

Sit 'Em

Texans (vs. ATL): The Texans DST has been fantastic this season, and Wade Phillips deserves a lot of credit for turning this defense around. They have five games in a row with at least 15 Fantasy points in a standard league, and they have an interception in all but one game this season, which was Week 1. Last week, the Texans feasted on the Jaguars with seven sacks, and this unit has taken advantage of great matchups recently against Tennessee, Jacksonville, Cleveland and Tampa Bay. But this week, the Texans could struggle against the Falcons, and the Texans DST has three games with fewer than 10 Fantasy points – all against quality offenses in New Orleans, Oakland and Baltimore. The Texans DST could still play well in this matchup at home, but they should not be considered a must-start Fantasy unit with the way Atlanta is playing on offense coming into this game. (Started in 76 percent of leagues in Week 12)

Kicker

Start 'Em

Week 13 sleeper Ks
Ryan Longwell, MIN vs. DEN
Nick Folk, NYJ at WAS
Billy Cundiff, BAL at CLE

Neil Rackers (vs. ATL): Rackers had a quality outing in Week 12 at Jacksonville. Rackers had two field goals, including a long of 53 yards, with two extra points. The 53-yard field goal tied a franchise record. In his last home game in Week 9 against Cleveland, Rackers had three field goals and three extra points, and the Texans might struggle in the red zone this week with Yates at quarterback. The Falcons also are among the league leaders with 20 field goals allowed, and five kickers have made multiple field goals against Atlanta this year, including Robbie Gould and Connor Barth on the road. Rackers could end up being a reliable weapon for the Texans if they struggle to score touchdowns once they reach the red zone with Matt Schaub (foot) now out for the year. (Started in 55 percent of leagues in Week 12)

Sit 'Em

Mike Nugent (at PIT): The last time Nugent faced the Steelers in Week 10 he had just one field goal and two extra points. He is now 1 of 3 on field goals in his past two games against Pittsburgh, and the Steelers have allowed just two kickers (Josh Scobee in Week 6 and Billy Cundiff in Week 9) to have multiple field goals in Pittsburgh this year. Nugent also has just one game with multiple field goals in his past four weeks, and the Steelers defense should be able to limit Cincinnati on offense for much of this game, which means Nugent's scoring chances could be minimal. (Started in 30 percent of leagues in Week 12)

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