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Fantasy Football 2013: Week 13 Key Matchups

Matchup Plays and Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 13 in Fantasy Football

November 27, 2013

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Week 13 in the NFL marks the final week in the regular season for lots of fantasy football leagues out there, so countless teams’ fortunes will be riding on their output over the next several days. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few waiver-wire level players who have favorable matchups looming and see if anyone is worth a start on your roster. With a little luck, these guys may be able to lead your team to a playoff berth.

Josh McCown, QB, Chicago Bears: For those still stuck without a reliable QB (Aaron Rodgers owners, etc.) McCown makes a pretty enticing pickup. He’s done all the Bears have asked him to, posting five touchdowns and just one interception in three starts. McCown was even up to playing catch-up against the Rams, notching 352 yards and a 76.6 completion percentage in the loss. He’ll see the Vikings this week, and Minnesota has pretty much given up on the season.

Fantasy Football 2013: Week 13 Key Matchups

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Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Mendenhall is one of the few No.1-level running backs you might be able to snag off the wire right now, and he might be worth a look. He impressed his coaching staff with his 78 total yards and a score against the Colts, and will likely get more looks this week because of it. Mendenhall and the gang will be playing the Eagles, which is a middle-of-the-road matchup that shouldn’t prove too difficult for him.

Rod Streater, WR, Oakland Raiders: With Denarius Moore and Mychal Rivera banged up, now is Streater’s time to shine. He’s posted at least nine fantasy points in three of the last four games, including a five-catch, 93-yard outing against Tennesse last week. Streater and the Raiders will head to Dallas for the Thursday game, and he’s got to be licking his chops at the prospect of playing against their Swiss-cheese defensive unit.

Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans: Walker left a couple of plays out on the field in the Titans’ Week 12 win, and he’ll be looking to prove himself this week. In his past three outings, he’s racked up 199 yards and two touchdowns on 19 catches. The Titans will see the Colts, which might sound like a difficult situation for Walker, but Indianapolis has been having all sorts of trouble lately and could yield some big numbers to the Titans.

Miami Dolphins Defense: In the “Who’s playing the Jets?” section of our weekly matchup considerations, we have Miami. They did a great job early against the Panthers last week (even though they ultimately lost), and will carry some of that momentum into a big divisional game against the Jets this week. The ‘Phins play pretty well against the pass, and should be able to fluster Geno Smith with a steady rush. With any luck, they should net you an interception or two, a handful of sacks, and maybe even a defensive score.

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