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Fantasy Football 2013: Saints at Seahawks Week 13 Preview

New Orleans Saints (9-2) at Seattle Seahawks (10-1)

Monday, December 2, 8:40 PM ET

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We’ve got an excellent matchup between two NFC powerhouses coming our way in the Week 13 edition of “Monday Night Football.” The New Orleans Saints will be heading into the difficult and foreboding environment of Seattle’s CenturyLink Field to take on the Seahawks. The Saints (9-2) got a big divisional win against the Falcons last week, and the Seahawks (10-1) are rested and fresh off a bye.
Needless to say, there will be plenty of important fantasy players out there for this one. Let’s take a look at some of the key names on both sides so that we can get an idea of where our rosters are headed this week.

Drew Brees, QB New Orleans Saints: We’ve come to expect so much from Brees as a fantasy quarterback that we’re utterly disappointed whenever he’s not spectacular. That was the case against the Falcons last week, when he posted a decent but un-Brees-like 278 yards and two touchdowns. Over the past two weeks, he only has three TD passes and one interception. Considering the tough environment and defense he’ll be facing on Monday, we can probably expect more of the same. He should be good, just not mind-blowing.

Fantasy Football 2013: Saints at Seahawks Week 13 Preview

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Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks: Wilson is on quite a roll, and should be able to continue it after the bye. Over his past three games, he has a combined 734 yards, six touchdown passes and only two picks. He’s also got 70 rushing yards and a TD on the ground in that timeframe. Wilson will have his hands full with a stout Saints defense, but should be able to get the extra time he needs to throw now that his O-line is healthy. Don’t forget to get him back into your lineup.

Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints: Thomas has been the most reliable fantasy player in the Saints backfield, and he cranked it up a notch last week with Darren Sproles out due to an injury (knee/ankle). Though he didn’t get into the end zone, Thomas posted 73 rush yards and 57 receiving yards in the victory against the Falcons. Even if Sproles does play this Monday, Thomas is a must-start fantasy candidate who will get the lion’s share of the attention.

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Lynch will be looking to have another game like he did the last time he played the Saints. In the 2010 playoffs, he posted 131 yards on the ground, including a star-making 67-yard TD scamper that helped seal the win. Lynch is on a roll right now, with 327 rush yards in his last three games. We imagine he’ll have another good outing here. He’s the second-best fantasy RB in the game right now, behind only Jamaal Charles.

Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints: Graham has been far and away the best fantasy tight end thus far, and he’s displaying his value each week. He has six 100-yard games to his credit this season (which ties a record set by Tony Gonzalez) and five touchdowns in his last five games. Realistically speaking, the matchups don’t matter when it comes to Graham. He can post big numbers on anyone.

Golden Tate, WR, Seattle Seahawks: Tate still leads the Seahawks in receiving numbers, but is fast becoming an afterthought now that Percy Harvin is back in the mix. He managed just one catch for 26 yards in the Seahawks’ last game, and has been maddeningly inconsistent in this ground-and-pound offense. He’s a WR3 if you need him, but Tate amounts to a dice-roll any way you spin it.

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