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Fantasy Football News and Updates: 2013 Week 12 Matchups to Watch

Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 12 Matchups to Watch

November 24, 2013

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Week 12 Matchups to Watch

The Broncos will once again be the main attraction for the week as they head up to Foxboro to take on Tom Brady and the Patriots.  Manning and Brady are no strangers, and this game should produce a lot of fantasy points.  While this game is the primetime event for week 12, there are a few more matchups that could have a big impact on the rosters of fantasy playoff teams.


Fantasy Football News and Updates: 2013 Week 12 Matchups to Watch

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New York Jets at Baltimore Ravens

These two teams have been very inconsistent all year, and it has been very hard to trust any players from either team.  Ray Rice has been a bust up to this point, and the Jets backfield has been a headache all season as well.  Neither team has a trusted fantasy quarterback, but both Flacco and Smith have produced huge games this year.  The Ravens have the most reliable fantasy option in Torrey Smith, but Smith has not been a stud like many people expected him to be.  Both the Jets and Ravens had been reliable fantasy defensive units in the past few years, but now, even their defenses have been shaky fantasy starts.

Since both these teams are very inconsistent and neither team has produced a reliable fantasy option (other than Torrey Smith), why should fantasy owners pay attention to this matchup?  The winner of this game will be right in the thick of the playoff chase, and the loser will mostly be out of the playoffs.  So the winner of this game will have a very motivated team, and it is good for fantasy teams when their players are motivated by the NFL playoffs.  Both these teams have 3 homes games in weeks 13-16, with their only away games coming in week 15. The Jets travel to Carolina in week 15, and the Ravens go to Detroit.  Since the Jets have been very good at home, if they beat Baltimore, they will be a very hyped up team playing at home, and that is a necessarily combination to feel comfortable starting a Jets' player in your fantasy lineup during the fantasy playoffs.  The Ravens also have a very friendly schedule remaining, and their trip to Detroit is not a bad matchup.  The Ravens look like they are getting close to shaking off their Super Bowl hangover, and a win against the Jets is just what Ray Rice needs to have a big stretch run through the fantasy playoffs.

Another factor affecting the Ravens is their contemplation over activating Dennis Pitts.  Pitta is still on the injured reserve list, and the reports say he will be ready to play in week 14.  However, if the Ravens are not in playoff contention at that time, then there is a strong chance the Ravens will not activate Pitta this year.  Pitta was a monster in the fantasy playoffs last year, and he carried that production over to the NFL playoffs.  Pitta is Flacco's favorite target, and if the Ravens keep winning and Pitta is activated, he could be the key piece needed to complete a fantasy championship roster.

- Can Ray Rice produce against the NFL's best rush defense?

- Do the Ravens need to win in order for them to activate Dennis Pitta?

- Can any of the Jets be trusted in the fantasy playoffs?


Tennessee Titans at Oakland Raiders

This is a matchup of two more disappointing fantasy teams.   Chris Johnson has been the only reliable option from either of these teams so far this year, but there are a few more players emerging from each squad.  Rashad Jennings has played extremely well as of late, and now fantasy owners who picked him up off of waivers are thinking of using him for the fantasy playoffs.  Delanie Walker has emerged as a nice tight end option since Ryan Fitzpatrick has taken over the starting quarterback job in Tennessee.  Both Jennings and Walker were waiver pickups that could still be available in some leagues.  Also the Raiders have apparently made another change at the quarterback position, and that means there should continue to be a redistribution of targets in Oakland.  Denarius Moore has been the top fantasy producer from the raiders aerial attack so far, but that could change if McGloin remains the starter for the rest of the season. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on this matchup as their may be a few hidden fantasy gems on these most disappointing fantasy squads.

- Will Fitzpatrick continue to rely on Delanie Walker?

- Will Rashard Jennings continue his strong play?

- Can McGloin make any of the Raiders wide receivers reliable fantasy options?


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