The 13th week in fantasy football is about to hit us like a storm cloud. It’s the week before most fantasy leagues dive head first into the playoffs, and it’s one of the most crucial points for fantasy owners in a season. Drew Brees more than likely already has a good amount of you in tears, while would-be studs like Jimmy Graham, Matt Ryan and Roddy White came up unbelievably short in a Thursday Night Football game that should have been an epic shootout.
Instead, you’re clamoring for some extra upside with everything on the line. Whether it’s the perfect season, the ideal seeding, or simply closing in on that final playoff spot, this is the type of platform our weekly Fantasy Football Last Second Decisions column was made for.
Let’s not waste any more time introducing why we’re here, and get right to our week 13 concerns:
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers (Shoulder/Ribs)
Big Ben has been ruled out, so get him out of your lineups. Make sure Charlie Batch isn’t in there, too.
Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland Raiders (Ankle)
Run DMC should play this week. That doesn’t mean he’s a RB2 lock, but it does mean that Marcel Reese’s value has taken a major hit. If you’re dying for McFadden to get back, use him. If you’ll live, leave him on the shelf for another week.
DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys (Foot)
Murray could return this week, but you better stay up on his status until game-time. He’ll be a sketchy play any way you look at it, but if you are desperate you could be in luck this week.
Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears (Ankle)
Forte claims he’ll play, so he could be there if you need him. I anticipate Michael Bush getting all the goal-line work, though and Forte could have his work cut out for him against a tough Seattle defense, too.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers (Ankle)
Stewart has been super quiet and now he’s at less than 100%. With Cam taking all of his goal-line touches, he has little value.
Percy Harvin, WR, Minnesota Vikings (Ankle)
Harvin has officially been ruled out for week 13, so it’s time to hit the waiver wire or dig into your bench.
Greg Jennings, WR, Green Bay Packers (Groin)
Jennings is slated to face a beatable Vikings pass defense, and really could go either way this week. He’ll play and the matchup could work, but he’s been hard to trust all year. I’m looking elsewhere for upside this week if I can help it.
Miles Austin, WR, Dallas Cowboys (Hip)
Austin has been shaky lately, but I doubt he misses this week’s game against the Eagles. He probably can’t be counted on for elite production, but you could do a heck of a lot worse at the WR3 spot if he suits up.
Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (Ankle)
Brown looks ready to return this week. Unfortunately, he has no quarterback and is facing the Ravens. Pass.
Danny Amendola, WR, St. Louis Rams (Heel)
Amendola doesn’t look like the best bet to play this week, while a re-match with the 49ers isn’t ideal, either. He’s doubtful at best, so I’d start looking for a replacement.
Sidney Rice, WR, Seattle Seahawks (Calf)
Rice is questionable to face the Bears, but I expect him to play. That doesn’t mean he’s worth using, though, as Chicago typically plays the pass very well.
Mohamed Sanu, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (Foot)
I know it sucks the wind out of your sails, but Sanu’s sleeper status is null and void. He’s scheduled for foot surgery and is out for the year.
Aaron Hernandez, TE, New England Patriots (Ankle)
Hernandez is shaky with that bum ankle, but looks like a decent bet to play this week. He draws a weak Miami pass D, so he could blow up if he hits the field.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers vs. Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants
I love both guys this week. In fact, both are in my top-10. But I’ll take the more traditional Manning in week 13. He just got his groove back last week and has a far better matchup than Kaep. They’ll both move mountains, but I prefer Eli if you have this dilemma.
Bryce Brown, RB, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Knowshon Moreno, RB, Denver Broncos
Moreno faces a tough Bucs run defense and Brown faces a bendy Cowboys unit. Brown ripped off 178 rushing yards and two scores last week. Yeah, I’m going with Brown.
Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins vs. Danario Alexander, WR, San Diego Chargers
I got asked this one on Twitter and I’m sticking with my gut. I know Garcon isn’t 100% (foot), but he’s finally starting to be able to play at a high level despite the injury. The guy is a flat-out terror with the ball, and I think he’ll have a big game on prime-time TV. Alexander should be solid, but I like Garcon’s explosiveness a little more.
Aaron Hernandez, TE, New England Patriots vs. Owen Daniels, TE, Houston Texans
This one is all about health. Both guys have had their owns issues lately, but Daniels has been active the past two weeks (scored last week). Daniels ironically might be the safer game-time call, but I prefer Hernandez. Way more upside there against the Dolphins.
For all other questions, drop a line below in the comment section, or hit me up on Twitter @NFLSoupKevin. Thanks for reading and good luck in fantasy football this week!