Fantasy Football News and Updates: Week 13 Matchups to Watch
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 13 Matchups to Watch
December 1, 2013
Week 13 Matchups to Watch
It's Week 13, the last chance to "tune up" those fantasy rosters and get everything sorted for a fantasy championship run. There is no question which two games are the headliners this week, but we all know what to expect from this year's big four. So here is a look at some other matchups this week that could have a direct effect on the way fantasy owners set their lineups next week in the first round of the fantasy playoffs.
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Atlanta Falcons at Buffalo Bills - The Falcons and the Bills have fantasy disappointments all over their rosters, and this matchup is the last chance for either team's stars to prove themselves to be fantasy starter worthy. Both these teams were supposed to have superstar running backs performing like fantasy studs, but Steven Jackson and C.J. Spiller have been two of the biggest bust so far this season. Jackson does not look like he will turn things around for the fantasy playoffs, and it appears his age and his massive workload have finally caught up to him. Spiller, on the other hand, is a young explosive running back that has been dealing with injuries all year. Spiller has a great matchup this week as running backs have been making the Falcons look super silly over Atlanta's last five games. With such a great matchup for the Bills' rushing attack and since they are coming off a bye, fantasy owners will be watching to see if Spiller is healthy enough to take the majority of the carries away from Fred Jackson who has been struggling as of late.
At first glance this looks like a great matchup for Matt Ryan and Roddy White to get in sync, but at a second glance, this game actually makes the Bills look like a great sleeper defense for this week. Fantasy owners are very familiar with the fact that Matt Ryan has struggled mightily since Julio Jones and Roddy White have been less than capable of producing at elite levels, and while the Bills secondary was getting burned early in the season, they have become a shutdown secondary over their last three games. The Bills allowed 20 passing touchdowns in their first eight games, but they have only allowed 2 passing touchdowns in their last three games. Buffalo has also only allowed an average of 163 passing yards over that same three game stretch. In contrast, Matt Ryan started out on fire throwing for over three hundred yards in 5 of his first 7 games and he threw multiple touchdowns in 6 of those 7 games as well. Since then, Ryan has not thrown for over three hundred yards in any of the Falcons last 4 games and he is only averaging one touchdown a game over that same 4 game stretch. Now that Gilmore and Byrd are back to full strength, the Bills secondary has improved dramatically and given the fact this game is outside in the cold, it is hard to believe the Falcons offensive stars will redeem themselves in time to be trusted during the fantasy football playoffs.
Can Spiller edge out a struggling Fred Jackson?
Can Matt Ryan and Roddy White regain their former chemistry?
Has Steven Jackson's age finally caught up to him?
Arizona Cardinals at Philadelphia Eagles - This is a game that fantasy owners will be watching to see how the quarterbacks perform. Both Palmer and Foles have been red hot lately, but an argument can be made that both quarterbacks have been competing against lesser competition. Both the Eagles and the Cardinal are in the thick of the playoff chase, and this will be a game where both quarterbacks will be going up against playoff worthy competition. Palmer will have a harder time than most expect. The Eagles are giving up an NFL worst 300 passing yards per game, and while that bodes well for Palmer, Philadelphia's defense has impoved and they have only given up 20 points once in their last five games. The Cardinals defense has been solid all year, and Foles will have the chance to prove himself against two of the league's best young defensive backs in Peterson and Mathieu. Palmer and Foles are going to get the chance to test their skills against playoff caliber teams, and fantasy owners will be watching to see if one or both quarterbacks can be trusted during the fantasy playoffs.
Can Palmer continue his recent success against a playoff caliber team on the road?
Can Foles continue his success against one of the best young secondaries in the NFL?
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