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Fantasy Football 2013: Week 12 Key Matchups

Matchup Plays and Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 12 in Fantasy Football

November 20, 2013

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We’re coming into the back stretch of the fantasy football season, and lots of leagues out there have just a couple more games before the playoffs begin. This is the time of year to utilize the waiver wire and matchup plays, which could end up being what saves your fantasy season. With that in mind, we’ve tracked down a few widely-available starts that may just be primed for a breakout due to their favorable opponents this weekend. Let’s take a closer look and see if anyone’s right for your roster.

Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals: Jacksonville seems to be the cure for what’s ailing you. Palmer ended his streak of interceptions against the Jags, tallying 419 yards passing, two touchdowns and no picks in the victory. That gives him six touchdowns and two interceptions in the last three games. He’ll see the Colts at home this week and should have a pretty good day against a vulnerable secondary.

Fantasy Football 2013: Week 12 Key Matchups

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Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints: Hey, why not? If you’re stuck at RB and are grasping at straws, Ingram’s a high-risk-reward player who could deliver big this week. The Saints are playing the hapless Falcons, who were shredded on the ground by the Bucs in Week 11. Ingram still ranks third on the RB depth chart, but could get enough touches to rack up some nice stats, especially if they get into a big garbage-time lead.

Nate Burleson, WR, Detroit Lions: Before we go anywhere with this, we’ll first say that Burleson is an injury this week with a forearm issue. It’s cost him the last seven games. That said, there’s a decent chance he can come back this week, and if he plays he’s a great choice against Tampa Bay. The Bucs have given up a ton of production to the slot, and Burleson is the type of sneaky-strong player who can continue that trend. Last time he played, he racked up 116 yards on six grabs.

Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans: Walker has been trending upward over the past two weeks, so get on the train if you haven’t already. He’s coming off a great performance against the Colts in Week 11, with 10 grabs for 91 yards and a score. That’s his second TD in as many weeks, and he seems to be entrenching himself as a viable part of the Titans offense. Walker and the gang will see Oakland this week, and though the Raiders have made some strides on defense lately, they’re still not a bad matchup.

Dallas Cowboys Defense: Okay, we know what you’re thinking: Dallas had a horrible outing against the Saints, resulting in exactly zero (or negative) fantasy points in many leagues. They’re also horribly uneven, posting a nice outing one week and getting stomped the next. If you’re going to play them, however, this might be the game to do it. Dallas will see the Giants on the road this weekend, and New York has been pretty inept on offense all year--even during this improbable win streak. We imagine a defensive battle here, with at least reasonable fantasy points on both sides.

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