Starters, Sitters, & Sleepers: Week Thirteen
Every Sunday, Daniel, Bruce and Chris will be bringing you their “expert” fantasy football advice as you look for the player that will give you the edge in your weekly matchup. Here are our week ten selections.
Start: Chris Johnson: Running Back, Tennessee Titans: Finally after weeks of very little production, CJ put together a monster game last week with nearly200 yards on the ground. Look for another triple digit performance and for him to get into the end zone at least once against the Bills.
Sit: Sam Bradford: Quarterback, St. Louis Rams: Bradford was struggling with an ankle injury in last week’s loss to Arizona and it is still bothering him. ‘IF’ he plays this coming Sunday, don’t look for San Francisco to cut the young QB any slack, thus leading to poor fantasy numbers.
Sleeper: Steve Smith: Wide Receiver, Carolina Panthers: The Panthers are looking to win their first back to back games in for-freakin-ever and no one is more competitive than #89. Throw in the fact this is a division game against a rival and I look for Smitty to put up 8 catches for 100 yards and a TD.
Start: Cam Newton: Quarterback, Carolina Panthers: Newton was unspectacular last week but still had a solid outing. He was very efficient, completing 74% of his passes for 208 yards. He didn’t have a passing touchdown, but he was able to move closer to former Patriots QB Steve Grogan’s rushing touchdown record with a 14 yard scamper early in the second quarter. Newton has 10 rushing touchdowns this season, and seems almost a lock to break Grogan’s record. He may even do it this week. The Bucs are dreadful on defense, allowing 140 yards rushing per game (30th in the NFL), and 255 yards through the air (28th in the NFL). Look for Cam Newton to star this weekend both in the passing game, running the ball.
Sit: Arian Foster: Running Back, Houston Texans: I know, I know, how can I sit a top five fantasy running back. Trust me, I don’t want to, as I have him on my own team, but things aren’t looking good for the star of the Houston backfield. The Texans were already on their backup quarterback with Matt Leinart starting last week, and now they will turn to fifth round draft pick T.J. Yates out of North Carolina. While normally an inexperienced quarterback would be good for a running backs fantasy prognosis, Foster also draws a very tough matchup. The Falcons are the number two defense in the league against the run, and are one of only two teams to allow less then 1,000 total rushing yards this season. The Falcons give up just 3.7 yards per rushing attempt (seventh in the NFL), and have only allowed seven rushing touchdowns this year, which is tied for the tenth lowest. Also, Atlanta’s offense has been on a role lately. Look for the Falcons to jump out to a big lead, forcing the Texans to abandon the run game.
Sleeper: CJ Spiller: Running Back, Buffalo Bills: When Fred Jackson went down, fantasy owners everywhere scrambled to pick up the former Clemson Tigers star. This week, that scrambling should pay off. Last week against the Jets, Spiller had modest numbers. He carried the ball 19 times gaining just 55 yards, and also added 15 yards on three receptions. This week, the Bills have the Titans, who are 24th in the NFL against the run giving up 124 yards per game. The only downside to Spiller’s matchup, is the Titans redzone defense, which is third in the league with just five rushing touchdowns allowed this season. Spiller should definitely get his yards, but touchdowns will be hit or miss, which is why he’s my sleeper of the week.
Start: Matthew Stafford: Quarterback, Detroit Lions: Stafford is going up against a Saints defense that is 27th in the league against the pass. Despite the fact that Stafford threw three picks last week I expect him to be a little more accurate. I expect the Lions to be down in this one so whether his points come in catch up or garbage time by hook or by crook Stafford will get his numbers this week.
Sit: Michael Turner: Running Back, Atlanta Falcons: Turner has been the definition of consistent this year but going up against Houston this week don’t expect a double digit fantasy game. The Texans have the fourth ranked defense against the run and with their injuries on offense they will rely on them to keep them in the game. Turner is also a little banged up this week so it wouldn’t surprise me if we didn’t see a little more of Jason Snelling and Jacquizz Rodgers this week.
Sleeper: Matt Moore: Quarter Back, Miami Dolphins: In the past four weeks Matt Moore has seven touchdowns and only one interception. I expect him to continue his production against a soft Raiders secondary. He is still available in a lot of leagues so if you are looking for a good match up play this week I like Moore to help you get into the fantasy playoffs.