The WN Fantasy Football Report: Week 13 Starts and Sits

Happy Thanksgiving, my fellow Wayniacs! I hope you are set to enjoy your day of turkey and football! The NFL really hit it out of the park with their slate of games for Turkey Day. Three huge divisional rivalries with tons of highly relevant fantasy superstars.

This, for most, is the last week of the regular season. I am in three leagues. One league I have clinched and all I need to do is win in the other leagues and I am in the postseason there as well. So, if you are like me, Week 13 is, simply put, the first week of the playoffs. You win or go home. That means this week’s starting rosters are imperative.

We are a few experts short this week due to the holidays, but we still got you covered. Next week, we will be full strength for the playoff edition and looking back at our preseason predictions. But for now, let’s get you into the playoffs!

Start of the Week: Steve Smith, WR
He’s going up against a San Diego defense making the dreaded cross-country 1 PM start, so there’s a bonus right there. Plus, he’s making one last playoff push with a team that has as much attitude as he does. He will have at least 100 yards and a TD, not to mention five shots on camera taking mad trash.
Sits of the Week:
CJ Anderson, RB – This guy has been legit since getting the starting role. I’m not saying he won’t get you some points, but up against a stingy Chiefs defense who has been solid against the run all season, I can’t see him going bananas. You may have what appears to be a lesser option on the bench, but he may have a better matchup.
Josh Gordon, WR – I’m not anti-Gordn. I am, however, against him producing against a stout Bills defense. Sure, Gordon had a great debut, but that was the Falcons. Brian Hoyer struggled with the Falcons defense, he could be in for a long day against the Bills and that will directly effect Flash.

Ted Reed:
Starts of the Week:
I am going with two wide receivers this week. Golden Tate is going to have a monster day in his Turkey Day debut, mainly because the Bears will be double teaming Megatron all day long. I also think Michael Floyd can have a huge day against a really bad Falcons defense.
Sits of the Week:
You have to bench Matt Ryan. Despite the Cardinals offensive question marks with an injured back-up QB and a hobbled Larry Fitzgerald, their defense is stout. Ryan is going to be under duress all day. I don’t like this matchup. I would also bench anyone on the Redskins offense not named Alfred Morris. That offense is in shambles.

Being a mediocre QB in the NFL still scores hot gals!
Being a QB in the NFL still scores hot gals!

The Wayniac:
Starts of the Week:
QB: Ryan Tannehill – The Jets are awful. Yes, they are better against the pass than the run, but they still let up a ton of touchdowns through the air. Dolphins need to win, and Tannehill is looks like he is finally getting it.
RB: Ryan Mathews – Philip Rivers is struggling. The Ravens are good against the run and the pass, but last week proved that they aren’t afraid to lean on the rush and that Mathews is fully healed.
WR: DeAndre Hopkins – The Ryan Mallett experience is over for now. That puts Ryan Fitzpatrick back under center, and Hopkins was his favorite target. Playing against a weak Tennessee defense should help.
TE: Martellus Bennett – The Lions are going to be focused on shutting down Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall. Look for 70 yards and a touch from the big man.
Defense: Vikings – This is a defense that takes advantage of weaker offenses, which is what the Panthers are, and proved last week that they can hang with offensive dynamos like the Packers.

Sits of the Week:
QB: Philip Rivers – Same as last week. He just doesn’t look right. Traveling across country to one of the hardest places to play against a super tough defense. What else do I need to say?
RB: Chris Ivory – Now that byes are done, he shouldn’t be a starting option, but in many leagues he still is. He is now in a 50/50 split with Chris Johnson and he isn’t getting the touchdowns like he was earlier in the season.
WR: Mike Evans – The Bengals defense is tough and even tougher at home. This is a rough road trip for the Bucs and I can’t see Evans having the weeks he’s been having. The four-game touchdown streak will probably come to an end.
TE: Vernon Davis – He has been my sit of the for four weeks running, and I have been right every time. Although he vastly improved to a three catch, 21-yard performance, he still is lost in the 2014 49ers offense.
Defense: 49ers – Russell Wilson likes to play the 49ers. Lately, when the Seahawks have had to step up in big games, they have, whereas the 49ers have not. I think this continues Thanksgiving night.

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