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Start or Sit Week 13

For most people, this is the last week before the fantasy playoffs, and some people might need a win to guarantee a playoff spot, while some might need a win for a chance to compete. Good luck from the RSJ team and we hope these article and our position rankings (QB, RB, WR, TE) can help solidify that victory! Also, follow us on twitter for the latest player updates @RotoStreetJ, and don’t be afraid to tweet us any other sit or start questions you might have!

Quarterbacks

Start

Colin Kaepernick

NFL: San Diego Chargers at San Francisco 49ers

Thanks to Colin Kaepernick’s legs, he’s a legitimate fantasy option> Last week against the Dolphins he put up the most fantasy points in the NFL, by rushing for 113 yards and throwing for 3 touchdowns. This week the 49ers are heading to Chicago to face a horrendous Bears team that has given up two touchdowns per game to quarterbacks in the last 3 weeks. Also, Kaepernick is averaging 23.75 fantasy points per game in the past 3 weeks so he’s been no joke when it comes to the position.

Philip Rivers

At this point in the season, we all know how trash Tampa Bay’s secondary is — even though they kept Seattle in check — but this week Philip Rivers will be looking to expose just how bad they are. Rivers has been rolling with multiple passing touchdown games in each of his last four contests, and this is a must win game for San Diego to have any chance at a playoff birth.

Sit

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Ryan Tannehill

Tannehill is coming off of a solid 3 touchdown, 285 yard performance against San Francisco, but that’s all I have to say, it was the 49ers. This week, the Miami quarterback is facing off against a Ravens secondary that isn’t as generous as the 49ers. In fact, Baltimore has only given up three passing touchdowns, three times this year to quarterbacks like Derek Carr, Eli Manning, and Dak Prescott. Sadly, I don’t think Tannehill is on that level right now, or if he ever will be.

Cam Newton

I thought about this one for a while and I’m finally going to put it on paper. If you have Cam, he’s probably in your line-up. It’s dumb not to start him for his ceiling, but I’m going to break down the matchup. Newton has become incredibly dependent on rushing scores and in three of the past five weeks, he’s averaged a little over 12 fantasy points per game because he did not find the end zone on the ground. In the other two games that he did score a rushing touchdown, he averaged 21 points per game. Unfortunately for him, he’s going to have his hands full when the Panthers travel to Seattle.It’s hard to predict how the inconsistent Panthers will perform.

Sleeper

Alex Smith

Alex Smith is going up against the Atlanta Falcons, the worst fantasy defense in the league against opposing quarterbacks. The Falcons let up an average of 20-plus fantasy points per game to that position. I wouldn’t hold my breath but with that stat, and the possible return of Jeremy Maclin, Smith should put up some decent numbers.

Running Backs

Start

Jordan Howard

Realistically the only reliable option left in Chicago, Howard has had an uptick in touches from his 18 in Week 11, to 21 in Week 12, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he sees at least 25 touches this week against the 49ers terrible front seven. Expect solid numbers from Howard this week, as he should carry the Bears single handedly.

Doug Martin

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It’s Doug Martin’s time! San Diego is giving up on average of 25 fantasy points per game to opposing backfields and with no signs of a setback, this could be the week where Martin breaks out. The muscle hamster has seen at least 23 carries a piece in the last two weeks and if he’s truly back, 20-plus against the Chargers should put Martin in the top-5 for running backs in Week 13.

Sit

Jay Ajayi

I’ve put Jay Ajayi on my sit list once and boy did he make me pay by going for his second straight 200-yard game, but he’s been slowing down the past three weeks and has a tough matchup against Baltimore this weekend. The Ravens haven’t given up a touchdown on the ground since their bye week —  five weeks ago — so I don’t expect Ajayi to break through on Sunday

Robert Kelley

Robert Kelley saw 20-plus carries in three straight weeks but with the Redskins playing from behind, Kelley only saw 14 last week and with that came a huge fantasy hit. The Redskins are on the road once again this week and are going up against a Cardinals defense that has been relatively solid against the run. I’d look at a different option this week at the halfback position.

Sleeper

Rashad Jennings

The Steelers rush defense has been playing good as of late but for some reason I still like Jennings’ matchup. Eli Manning has been playing solid as of late and this could open up Pittsburgh’s run defense. Jennings could put up solid numbers this week at home.

Wide Receiver

Start

Brandon Marshall

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Brandon Marshall was straight up struggling this year and before last Sunday, he went through a five week slump where he only averaged 8 fantasy points per game. However, against New England, he went for 6 receptions, 67 yards, and a touchdown. Us fantasy owners have to ask, is he back? This will be the test. Monday night the Jets are staying in New York to play the Colts, and we know how bad their defense is at this point.

Golden Tate

After breaking out for a few games this year, Tate has been on the decline the past two weeks with the majority of the target going to Anquan Boldin. This week, the Lions matchup against the Saints porous secondary and I believe that Tate is bound to get one. This game should be a shootout between Matthew Stafford and Drew Brees.

Sit

Sammy Watkins

I don’t know how desperate you are at the wide receiver position, but Sammy Watkins shouldn’t be the answer to your problems this week. A report came out saying Watkins could play ‘one play or 20’ so there’s a very slim chance he could make something happen, but also a higher chance he might not play at all. I’d let him sit this week if you stashed him or got him off waivers.

Demaryius Thomas

There’s a possibility Trevor Siemian won’t play Sunday, and without their starting quarterback, the Broncos will look to the ground game. Also, the Jaguars haven’t been given enough credit this year when it comes to their secondary. Jacksonville has only given up 10 receptions to wide receivers once in the past five weeks.

Sleeper

Taylor Gabriel

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The Kansas City secondary has been awful this year and is coming off a week where they got toasted for 3 touchdowns by Trevor Siemian the Broncos. This week the Chiefs are going up against the Falcons who have been passing on everyone, and who in that pass attack has seen four touchdowns in four weeks? Julio Jones? Okay just kidding, it’s Taylor Gabriel. Teams haven’t been able to stop the screen play Atlanta has been abusing and we’ve seen how dangerous Gabriel is with the ball in his hands.

Tight End

Start

C.J. Fiedorowicz

C.J. Fiedorowicz is no doubt my favorite tight end this year. A great waiver wire guy who has been consistently producing since Week 4. In that stretch, C.J. has seen four receptions or more in every game besides one where he saw three. The Texans are going up against a Packers team that allows over 5 reception a game to opposing tight ends, giving Fiedorowicz a pretty solid fantasy floor.

Zach Ertz

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The Eagles need a win bad, and this week they are heading to Cincinnati to face an injury-riddled Bengals team. Zach Ertz has been a stud in the later parts of the year and if history repeats itself, this is the time for him to start picking it up. In the last five games of the season in 2015, Ertz had three 100-yard games, and a touchdown in the other two. I think rookie quarterback Carson Wentz will look towards Ertz more than before moving forward.

Sit

Jared Cook

You can sit Jared Cook once again this week as he’s coming off a one catch performance for seven yards and I don’t expect it to get much better. We all know Aaron Rodgers is unpredictable when it comes to spreading the ball around and Houston’s defense against the tight end position has been legit all year, allowing only 50 yards 3 times this year and only giving up an average of 8 fantasy points as well.

Jack Doyle

Jack Doyle has been on a giant water slide since Week 9, and only had 3 receptions for 32 yards combined in his last two outings. Doyle has been the blocking tight end again, and it doesn’t help that he has to share time with Dwayne Allen.

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  • The Intern loves discussing and writing about anything sport related. He loves the Dolphins, and believes Adam Gase was sent by the Dolphin forefathers to lead them back to victory.

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