Fantasy Football News and Updates: Week 13 Notes, Observations, and Review
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 13 What We Learned
December 4, 2013
Week 13 What We Learned
1. They are who we thought they are. A few weeks into the season it looked like there could possibly be two undefeated teams in the Super Bowl. The Seahawks were shutting down everyone they played and their destruction of the 49ers during week 2 made their defense look like one for the ages. On the opposite side of the ball, the Broncos wasted no time showing the NFL their offense was going to steamroll teams this year as they started the season by scoring 49 points on the defending Super Bowl champs. As the season progressed, both these teams suffered their first loss to the 2012 NFL draft's first round pick, Andrew Luck. The Colts have since suffered too many injuries to maintain an elite level, and the Seahawks and Broncos took their punch on the chin like champs and rebounded to take control of their conferences.
Week 13 showed that even though the Seahawks and the Broncos have been vulnerable at times this season, they are going to be two very tough teams to beat at home in the playoffs. On Monday night, the Seahawks embarrassed the Saints and proved they are nearly unbeatable at home. Everyone has forgotten about Seattle's trap game against the Bucs in week 9, and now the week 2 beat down of the 49ers is fresh on NFL fans' minds as the rematch is about to take place in San Francisco. Seattle has nothing else to prove, and the NFC playoff bracket is all but a lock to go through Seattle. The same can also be said for the Broncos who have tasted defeat one more time than the Seahawks. The Broncos have just sealed up their division by beating the Chiefs twice over the last three weeks, and now they are in control of the AFC playoff bracket. The Patriots and Tom Brady are hot on the trail of Manning and the Broncos, but it appears that Manning will be able to avenge his loss to the Patriots in Denver during the playoffs. Despite some midseason let downs, both the Seahawks and the Broncos have proven they are who we thought are after their impressive week 13 victories.
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2. A few players sought fantasy redemption in week 13. The case can be made that Steven Jackson, Roddy White, and C.J. Spiller were begging for fantasy forgiveness during week 13. All three of these players had huge fantasy games, and now their fantasy owners are stuck with a major dilemma heading into the fantasy playoffs. To play them or not to play them, that is the question.
It is extremely hard to trust Jackson, White, or Spiller now that it is win or go home time, and to confuse the matter even more, the Bills and the Falcons have a few good matchups during the fantasy playoff schedule. White and Jackson go to Green Bay to face a struggling Packers team this week, and then they get the terrible Redskins defense at home during week 15. Depending on how the Falcons offense clicks over those two games, fantasy owners may consider playing their Falcons in week 16 when they travel to San Francisco. White and Jackson have been two of the best fantasy players for many years, but age and injuries have kept them down this year. After they were both able to exploit a good matchup last week weekend, fantasy owners will have to decide if they are willing to bet on these guys exploiting a few more good matchups when championship glory is on the line.
Spiller is also going to cause fantasy owners to toss and turn as they progress through the playoffs. The Bills have a tough matchup for this weekend as they travel to Tampa Bay and face a Buccaneers team that has played well of late and has been solid against the run this season. It is going to be very difficult to trust Spiller this week, but he gets the Jaguars in Jacksonville for week 15 and the Dolphins in Buffalo for week 16. If Spiller has another good game this weekend, fantasy owners will have a hard time keeping him on the bench even though Fred Jackson is still in the way. Spiller could prove to be a gem for the fantasy playoffs, but he could also be a chunk of coal that never turns into a diamond.
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