Fantasy Football News and Updates: 2013 NFL Week 13 Deep Sleepers
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 13 Gutsy Gameday Starts
December 1, 2013
Week 13 Gutsy Gameday Starts
QB: Josh McCown at Minnesota - Cutler will miss another game for the Bears and that means McCown gets the opportunity to exploit the Viking defense. The Vikings have given up an NFL leading 24 passing touchdowns and an NFL leading 31.5 points per game. These numbers are exactly what fantasy owners want to see for a starting quarterback and that is why McCown makes for a great play this week. The Bears should have their full complement of weapons as Forte is on schedule to play, and McCown should have no problems producing another solid fantasy performance.
RB: Brandon Bolden at Houston - It seems like all the Patriots running backs are afraid to take charge of the New England backfield rotation. Last week Ridley fumbled for the third game in row. Ridley has now lost four fumbles on the season, and it has to be assumed that Belichick has run out of patience with his big power back. Blount also fumbled last week and now he has two lost fumbles on the season. This leaves Bolden as New Englands only power back who has not fumbled and that could mean an expanded role in the Patriots offense for him. Vereen is the best running back in New England, but he is a finesse pass catcher and not a power runner. Bolden has a chance to step up for the Patriots and he could take the lead role in New England if he can continue his tough running without fumbling.
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WR: Cordarrelle Patterson vs Bears - Patterson has become a focus of the Viking offense lately and there is no reason to believe that will change this week. The Bears have one of the NFL's worst rushing defenses and that means AP is due for a big game. However, Patterson should be able to exploit Chicago's banged up secondary, and the Vikings will be looking to get him some touches to balance their offense. Patterson has a great chance to continue the momentum from his big game last week where he had 8 catches on 11 targets for 54 yards.
TE: Charles Clay at New York Jets - Clay has been a steady producer all season, but he has not had many big games. Clay is looking like he will be a crucial part of the Dolphins offense this week because of the weather and the Jets mega tough run defense. Last week the Dolphins were able to go deep against the Panthers a few times in Miami, but that will be a tougher task this week in the cold New York weather. The Dolphins will also have a very tough time running the ball. Tannehill will need to exploit the Jets who have been generous to tight ends this year with short quick passes and that is exactly where Clay has been a solid weapon all season. Clay has a good matchup this week, and he should produce a solid fantasy game.
DEF: Buffalo Bills vs Falcons - It always seems like a good idea to start a cold weather defense at home when a dome team in visiting. This week is no different, even though the dome team is the once dominant Falcons and the home team is the still beatable Bills. Bills have been improving on defense all year, and the Falcons have been regressing on offense all year. The Bills have only given up an average of 163 passing yards and 2 passing touchdowns in their last three games, and they are 2nd in the NFL with 37 sacks on the season. With the struggling Falcons stepping out of the Georgia Dome into the cold Buffalo weather, the Bills make for a nice fantasy start this week.
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