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Fantasy Football 2013: Giants at Redskins Week 13 Preview

New York Giants (4-7) at Washington Redskins (3-8)

Sunday, December 1, 2013: 8:30 PM (ET)

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We’ve got a big NFC East matchup coming our way on the Week 13 edition of “Sunday Night Football.” The New York Giants will be heading to D.C. to take on the Washington Redskins, and both teams could use a win. The Giants (4-7) are coming off a close loss to the Cowboys in Week 12, while the Redskins (3-8) continue to plummet after yet another loss to the 49ers.
Despite the less-than-stellar records, we’ll see several key fantasy players in this game. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the big names on both sides and try to determine what we should be expecting on our rosters this week.

Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants: This is the time of year when fantasy owners have got to start paying attention to the weather, as it wreaked havoc across the league this past weekend. Manning suffered as well, posting just 174 passing yards in what could have been a dream scenario against a crummy Cowboys defense. He did manage a couple of touchdowns, though, which is the most he’s posted since October 6. Manning might be able to find similar success here, so he’s not a horrible option as a fill-in.

Fantasy Football 2013: Giants at Redskins Week 13 Preview

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Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins: Griffin just hasn’t panned out as most people thought he would this season. He had another miserable game against the 49ers in Week 12, with a season-low 127 passing yards, no touchdowns and a pick. Prior to that, he was on something of an upswing, with five touchdowns in his previous two games. We expect Griffin to fare a little better against the Giants, just don’t expect any mind-boggling fantasy numbers.

Andre Brown, RB, New York Giants: Thanks to the ugly conditions in the Giants’ Week 12 loss, Brown was a heavy contributor on the ground. He racked up 21 carries for 127 rush yards, and added 11 more on four catches. In his three games since returning from injury, Brown has been a consistent source of ground production for the Giants, though he’s only found the end zone once. That said, he makes a nice option this week.

Alfred Morris, RB, Washington Redskins: The normally reliable Morris took a face plant (along with the rest of the ‘Skins offense) in Week 12. He posted just 52 yards on 14 carries as the team abandoned the run in the blowout. Morris hasn’t scored in the past three games, but he’s still been putting up some reliable yardage. Even with the rough outing, he’s still an obvious every-week starter in fantasy, so he should remain cemented in your lineup for Week 13.

Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants: After posting 110 yards against Green Bay, Cruz came crashing back to earth against the Cowboys. He managed just two catches for 27 yards, and lost a costly fumble early in the game that Dallas ran back for a TD. Worse yet, Cruz hasn’t scored since Week 4. Fantasy owners have likely lost all patience with him, but realistically he’s an automatic start each week due to his potential. Just hope it doesn’t come back to haunt you.

Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins: Garcon’s numbers struggled right along with the rest of the Redskins. He hauled in eight receptions but could only muster 48 yards, his second consecutive fantasy disappointment after a pair of breakout performances. Garcon is just about the only thing the Redskins have when it comes to pass-catching (except for the injured Jordan Reed), so he’ll continue to get his share of looks. Hopefully he can turn them into something in Week 13.

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