Start/Sit Week 13
November 27, 2014 | Mike Braude
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Ryan Tannehill at NYJ
No team has proved as inept against the pass as the New York Jets. They have allowed at least two pass touchdowns to the opposing quarterback in 11 of their 12 games this season. They are allowing the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Tannehill makes for a nice streamer this week.
Andre Ellington at ATL
The Falcons have allowed a league-high 14 rushing touchdowns to opposing running backs. Last week Isaiah Crowell stung them for 88 rushing yards and two touchdowns on just 12 carries. With Ellington, you can expect a heavy workload against one of the NFL’s worst run defenses.
C.J. Anderson at KC
I know some are concerned about the Chiefs run defense, but it’s really not that good. Yes, they’ve only allowed just two rushing touchdowns all season but they’re allowing a league-high 5.0 yards per carry. With C.J. Anderson looking like the real deal, I’d take my chances against the Chiefs defense.
Arian Foster vs. TEN
Whether it is Arian Foster or Alfred Blue – the Texans starting running back should be in fantasy lineups. There is no run defense in football as dreadful as the Tennessee Titans. Over the last two weeks, they allowed Le’Veon Bell to top 200 rushing yards and then allowed LeSean McCoy to have his best game of this season. Currently the Titans are allowing the most fantasy points to opposing running backs.
Dez Bryant vs. PHI
Obviously Dez is a must-start, so this one is more for the daily fantasy players. Dez is an elite WR play this week. The Eagles have allowed at least two touchdowns to opposing wide receivers in four of their last five games. Dez has a chance to explode on Thanksgiving.
Keenan Allen at BAL
I pointed out last week that Keenan Allen is due to regress. He is simply seeing too many targets and is too good of a player to continue to be kept out of the end zone. Last week he ended up performing but still has just two touchdowns on the season. The Ravens are extremely thin at cornerback and have allowed the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Expect Allen to keep rolling this week.
Michael Floyd at ATL
This column comes out early in the week so we’re still expecting Larry Fitzgerald to sit. If he’s active, Floyd’s outlook takes a bit of a hit. Either way, the Falcons are allowing the 5th most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. It a solid matchup that at least one Cardinals wide receiver will take advantage of. My guess is Floyd.
Travis Kelce vs. DEN
Behind the big three, there are no consistently reliable tight ends. Against the Broncos, we can expect to see the Chiefs playing from behind. With a healthy volume of pass attempts, the Chiefs should be feeding Travis Kelce.
Russell Wilson at SF
While Wilson has a high floor due to his rushing ability, the 49ers are a very difficult matchup. The 49ers are allowing the fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and have allowed multiple passing touchdowns in just four of their 11 games this season. If you have other options, they are worth exploring.
Ryan Mathews at BAL
Despite looking great against the Rams last week, Ryan Mathews has a very difficult matchup. Last week the Ravens held red hot Mark Ingram to just 27 yards on 11 carries. The Ravens are currently allowing the fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs.
Trent Richardson vs. WAS
While it appeared that Trent Richardson was in line for a bigger workload with Ahmad Bradshaw going down, he did not receive one. The Colts appear to prefer rookie Dan Herron. Richardson will continue to have a matchup-dependent RB2/flex role. This week the Colts face the Redskins stout run defense. They are allowing the 4th fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs.
Steven Jackson vs. AZ
Steven Jackson continues to be a touchdown-dependent RB3. Fortunately for his owners, Jackson has scored in three of his last four games. This week Jackson faces a strong Cardinals defense that is allowing the 2nd fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs. He is not a good bet to score.
Michael Crabtree vs. SEA
Yet to top 90 yards in a game this season, it’s fair to say that Michael Crabtree has been a disappointment. The 49ers offense is not seeing the same output that we’re used to and their passing game has been far from efficient. Crabtree simply cannot be trusted as a starter against the Seahawks strong secondary.
Pierre Garcon at IND
Since Week 3, Pierre Garcon has just one game over 34 yards. The Redskins quarterback play has forced him out of fantasy consideration. While Colt McCoy may help, I’d rather wait and see. Garcon may see a lot of Vontae Davis this week.
Eric Decker vs. MIA
Unfortunately Decker isn’t the player that fantasy owners were hoping for. He’s part of a dysfunctional offense that is unable to generate points. Brent Grimes will likely guard Decker and we’re yet to see that Geno Smith can consistently get him the ball. Ideally, Decker is on your bench this week.
Heath Miller vs. NO
Yet to consistently deliver, Heath Miller is a difficult player to trust. This week he faces the Saints who are currently allowing the fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends. You’re better off if he is out of your lineup.