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The Cincinnati Bengals have been exceptional against the pass this season.  Sure, you might be able to get some yardage against them, but scoring a TD through the air is not an easy feat when this squad’s trying to stop you.  For that reason, Tony Romo and WR pair of Dez Bryant and Miles Austin are all in a tough spot this week.  If this is the first week of the playoffs for you, Dez may have been the person to get you there, but after scoring at least one TD in each of his last four weeks, don’t expect him to make it five.

The Arizona Cardinals were also impressive this past weekend and showed glimpses of the defense that made them stand out early this season.  Although Sidney Rice and Golden Tate are attractive options and did just fine against an impressive Bears team, they are both prone to ups and downs.  Neither WR has broken 100 receiving yards in a game this year and they won’t start this week.  Drop both to a low WR2 or a decent WR3 in your expectations.

Speaking of the Seahawks, if you’ve been paying attention at all this year, you know they’re quite good at covering the pass which makes Larry Fitzgerald bench-worthy this week.  With only 5 combined catches in his last three weeks and no more than 31 yards in any of those games, Fitz has been on the decline anyway, but against The Seahawks, his value is next to nothing.  He is still likely the most talented receiver on your team, but these are must win weeks in fantasy ball and Fitzgerald’s chances of helping you are slim.

On to the good:

Although it’s a little sad to be calling him a sleeper pick at this point, I like Jeremy Maclin’s chances this week against The Buccaneers.  The Bucs have been one of the worst teams against the pass this year and Nick Foles appears to be a little more comfortable in the pocket lately.  If you need them, both could have decent fantasy days in a game they’ll likely be playing from behind.

The Saints have also been notoriously bad against the pass this year and just because they’ll be well-rested does not mean they’ll be capable of preventing Eli Manning from throwing the ball deep.  Assuming no one was injured during the Monday Night game, it’s all systems go with The Giants’ offense this week.  Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, Martellus Bennett?  Start them all.

Finally, after putting up 91 yards and 2 TDs against The Lions last weekend, Donnie Avery is an attractive pick up this week.  With a matchup against The Titans, you know he’ll be able to get open and should see the ball thrown his way plenty.  He is still far from a lock for a fantasy-worthy performance, but if you’re scouring the waiver wire for upside, Avery is your man.

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  1. Joe F says:
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    Oh boy, I can’t really bench Romo or Witten in my 2 qb league for this weeks playoff matchup. My other qb’s are Freeman and Henne, I’m gonna have to hope this article is wrong this week lol.
    Also, who’s better for my flex spot Leshoure or Chris Givens? I could also start Givens over DX or Steve Smith at my WR spot (it’s .5 PPR) Thanks!

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Joe F: In a 2 QB league, a lot of the QB benching rules don’t apply. Romo’s definitely a starter in a 2 QB league no matter what the matchup is. As for your flex, I would definitely start Leshoure. With Danny Amendola possibly back this week, Givens’ value is quite limited. I like DX and Smith more than Givens this week too. Best of luck.

      • John says:
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        @Loudon: In .5 PPR I’d be tempted to go Givens if Amendola is out. Aside from his team suspension vs SF and the game against the Jets, Givens has been a solid play since week 5. Granted Amendola was injured in week 5 and then injured again following the Jets game, but given that it’s a 1:00 kickoff you have the luxury of seeing Amendola’s status early enough. Then again, despite Leshoure being a major suckbag RB, he steals tons of TDs from Stafford so he’s definitely the safest play.

  2. Porkchop says:
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    I have the sinking feeling your opinion shares about week 14 with Romo, Bryany and Austin. I have all three :( I’m tied for 1st in my fantasy and I play the only guy that can beat me this week till 17.

    Romo, D. Bryant, M. Austin. L. Moore, R. Rice, K. Moreno. D. Clark, Bry. Brown, S. Ridley, piere. Thomas, Dem Thomas, R. Mathews, What I got to work with for my Offence.

    Any starting line up would be helpful, Head to Head rookie league.

    Thanks Porkchop

    • Loudon

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      @Porkchop: That’s a solid team you have there. No wonder you’re in 1st.

      Rice, Moreno, and Brown all have decent matchups this week for RBs. Lance Moore and Demaryius Thomas are both in good situations this week as well.

      Romo’s situation isn’t ideal, but it could be worse. I would definitely start Bryant over Austin and Witten over Clark.

      Ridley and Mathews are both in rough matchups this week, but if you need one, I’d pick Ridley first. Thomas’ matchup is alright, but with so many people in the mix in New Orleans, it’s hard to rely on him.

      Hope that helps a bit.

      • Porkchop says:
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        @Loudon:

        Thanks for the early advise! This is my first year in a fantasy league and am really enjoying it! Just stumbled upon this website and reading through some of the great blogs and advise. Awesome Website! Bookmarked! Thanks again!

        Porkchop

  3. Hans says:
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    Who should I start fo QB?
    Romo, Kaepernick, or Wilson?

    Thanks!

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Hans: If you receive any bonuses for 300+ yard games, Romo’s the better play, but otherwise I like Kaepernick’s chances. Miami is pretty solid against the run which means they might need to throw it a little more often.

  4. HP2 says:
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    Who should I start
    WR need 3 of these 4
    J. Jones, T. Smith, D. Alexander, C.. Givens
    RB need 2 of these 3
    T. Richardson, C. Johnson, R. Bush
    QB need 1 of these 4
    A. Rodgers
    J. Flacco
    S. Bradford
    C. Kaepernic
    Thinking of possibly picking up J. Forsett should I do this? If yes I have to drop a QB. Which one would you drop for J. Forsett.
    ,

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @HP2: If you’re only allowed to start 1 QB, why are there 4 on your team? If Forsett is the best player in the free-agent market, sure, pick him up and drop Bradford. Unless this is a keeper league, there’s no reason to have more than 2 QBs at this point in the season.

      I would start:
      WR – Jones, Smith, Alexander (unless Amendola is out again)
      RB – Richardson and Johnson
      QB – Rodgers

  5. jason batteiger says:
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    Need some help. 1 pt PPR with equal pts (.1 per yard) scrimmage and return yardage.
    TE – either Bennett or Olsen. Also could get Tamme or Clark off waivers. I’m sure CAR will have to throw a lot, and, other than smith (lafell hurt?) nobody left but Olsen.

    WR – Avery or Kerley? Damn Harvin injury has me weekly having to decide WR 3. Kerley (even more so with Keller injured) is really only good PPR option against Jacksonville. TEN def straight terrible but can anyone see IND having to really throw much in this game? Kerley gets punts too. IND could easily have as many runs as passes in this game, as they have in other games when they weren’t behind. This seems like the hardest choice, as i’m favored and don’t need large upside, need best safeside.

    RB – One of the D.Wilson (kick returns) D. Williams (starter now, but many Newton carries, and they won’t be running much in this game), Reynaud (superstar returner, but nothing more), or J.Bell. Last week I picked Reynaud, while Bell and him bascially tied, but that was with a 60 yard Bell run.
    Thanks for any help.

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @jason batteiger:

      TE – I like Olsen over Bennett, but only slightly. Don’t bother with Tamme or Gates.

      WR – Avery had 14 targets last week. He’s the safer of the two options this week.

      RB – Williams scored a TD the first time Carolina played Atlanta this year so he certainly has some potential. I’d roll with him and see what happens. Reynaud would be a close second in that league for me though.

  6. Casey says:
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    2 QB league, Romo, Schaub and Kaepernick

    Who do I roll with?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Casey: I’d go with Romo and Schaub. They aren’t the most attractive options this week, but they’re the safest to give you a decent number of points.

  7. mH says:
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    Brady has had only one bad game this entire season, why did it have to come in week 13? Our playoffs start in week 15 with only 4 teams making them. With 7 teams tied for 1st and 2nd, last week and this week have been basically playoff games to get in…anyhoo – Brandon Myers or Jermichael Finley this week? Myers 1 catch against Broncos early in season even matter now?

    • Loudon

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      @mH: Myers has struggled when facing better pass defenses this year. While I don’t think he’ll be held to 1 catch again this week, I also don’t think he’ll have 14 like last week. Still, I like his upside more than Finley’s this week and if Oakland’s in the red zone, you know they’ll be looking his way.

  8. Epierce says:
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    I made the playoffs but have both Romo and Dez. I’m in a ppr league with a flex.
    Here are my options for qb, rb , wr and flex: Romo, Kapernick, Calvin Johnsn, Dez, Garçon, FJackson, Doug Martin, Marcel Reece and Hillman.
    Would you go with Dez and Romo ? Or some combo of both ? Thanks !

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Epierce: I’d go with Romo over Kaepernick, but it’s close between those two. Calvin Johnson is a must start every week, but behind him, Dez is your next best option still. For RBs, I’d rank your guys Martin, Jackson, Reece, then Hillman. I’d start Garcon over Reece at Flex and maybe even over Jackson, but that’s pretty close.

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