Week 13 Fantasy Football Matchups

Editor's note: Dave Richard breaks down every game from a Fantasy perspective each week with the help of CBSSports.com NFL Insider Pat Kirwan, who will provide his unique take to assist owners in their lineup management.

Arizona Cardinals at New York Jets -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, MetLife Stadium
Arizona Cardinals
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Ryan Lindley   Jets have been crushed for 2+ pass TDs in four of last five but Lindley still has yet to throw a touchdown.
RB Beanie Wells Good matchup. Jets have allowed 131.3 rush yards per game with two rush TDs to opposing RBs over last three games
WR Larry Fitzgerald Matchup is right -- Jets have allowed 7 TDs to WRs in their last three -- but Fitzgerald is drawing tough coverage and won't be overlooked by the Jets.
TE Rob Housler Keep an eye on this guy: Had 11 targets last week and nine four weeks ago. Jets have held opposing tight ends to 6 Fantasy points or less in four straight.
DST Cardinals Four of the last five DSTs vs. NYJ have scored an unreal 18+ Fantasy points. The Cardinals are a sleeper.
New York Jets
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Mark Sanchez Might be worth a gamble. Cards have allowed 9 pass TDs over their last four games. Sanchez's better numbers have come at home.
RB Bilal Powell Cards have allowed 146.0 yards per game to RBs with a rush score over their last two. Powell has been more productive than Greene despite fewer carries.
RB Shonn Greene Despite leading the Jets' run game, Greene hasn't scored in four straight, has 80 yards or less in three straight.
WR Jeremy Kerley Hasn't scored in eight games, under 60 yards in five of those eight. But Cards allowing 156.3 yards to WRs over their last three, so perhaps he can surprise.
TE Dustin Keller Cards have given up a touchdown to tight ends in two of their last three games. Keller still a prime target for Sanchez.
DST Jets Ten of 11 DSTs vs. ARI have posted 10 or more Fantasy points. Cards have allowed 3+ sacks in 7 of last 9 games and their O-line just took another hit.

Beanie Wells was a bright spot for the Cardinals, scoring twice last week, but he only rushed for 2.8 yards a carry. The Cardinals are forced to let rookie Ryan Lindley throw 50-plus times a game but are unable to get the ball to Larry Fitzgerald enough for him to make an impact. Antonio Cromartie has been playing well against top receivers since Darrelle Revis was injured and he'll likely cover Fitzgerald. The Cardinals come east where they have a 4-11 record in the last 15 trips. It doesn't bode well for the Arizona offense. -- Pat Kirwan

Carolina Panthers at Kansas City Chiefs -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Arrowhead Stadium
Carolina Panthers
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Cam Newton Chiefs have allowed 2+ passing scores in 9 of 11 games. Newton has exploited easy matchups over his last four games, so feel good about him this week.
RB DeAngelo Williams Has grossly underwhelmed in two games without Jonathan Stewart this season, making him tough to trust. Chiefs allowing 148.8 total yards per game to RBs over its last five.
WR Steve Smith Smith still doesn't have a game with over 10 Fantasy points this year but the Chiefs have been killed by WRs over last three weeks (139.0 yards per game, 4 TDs).
WR Brandon LaFell Has outplayed Smith over the past few weeks (has 12-196-2 to Smith's 10-140-0 in last three). Has 8+ Fantasy points in 6 of 10 games this year.
TE Greg Olsen Chiefs have allowed 6+ Fantasy points to 3 of last 4 tight ends they've faced. Olsen's had great matchups before and stalled out, so be careful.
DST Panthers Excellent sleeper. Every DST vs. KC has posted at least 11 Fantasy points, 6 of last 8 have had 15+ Fantasy points.
Kansas City Chiefs
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Brady Quinn   You shouldn't start any Chiefs QB unless desperate. Panthers pass defense among the stingiest in the league lately.
RB Jamaal Charles Panthers got trampled by Doug Martin and Bryce Brown in consecutive weeks. It's Jamaal Charles turn vs. a defense that's given up 168.9 total yards per game & 3 TDs to RBs in their last three.
WR Dwayne Bowe Carolina has allowed just two TDs to WRs over its last five games. This is a nightmare for Bowe.
DST Chiefs   Panthers have held three of the last four DSTs they've faced to 6 Fantasy points or less. No chance you're using the Chiefs.

With Jonathan Stewart out, DeAngelo Williams is expected to serve as the main running back for the Panthers. But Cam Newton is the leading rusher on the Panthers even though they paid a lot of money to Williams and Stewart. The Chiefs played better last week and could slow the Panthers run game down if the Panthers even stick with it. There have been some weeks they haven't. It's clear teams are playing Newton differently in the red zone and restricting his run ability. I would stay away from the Panthers running backs because their carries aren't consistent and Newton still takes on enough of that role to hurt their numbers. -- Pat Kirwan

Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, LP Field
Houston Texans
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Matt Schaub Titans have allowed 19+ Fantasy points to 9 of 11 QBs including Schaub (202 yards, two TDs) back in Week 4. Just not a lot of upside.
RB Arian Foster Running backs averaging 151.5 total yards per game over last four vs. Tennessee with four total touchdowns. Foster should be just fine.
WR Andre Johnson Titans have given up 168.5 total yards per game and 5 TDs to wideouts over the last four. Andre has over 450 yards over his last two.
TE Owen Daniels Want consistency? Daniels has scored in six of his last eight games. Titans have improved vs. tight ends, holding all of the last six they've faced to under 70 yards.
DST Texans Five of the last six DSTs vs. TEN had single-digit Fantasy points, something the Texans have done in back-to-back games.
Tennessee Titans
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Jake Locker Gutsy sleeper. Injuries have made the Texans defense ripe for the picking: QBs have 819 yards & 6 TDs vs. HOU over last two games.
RB Chris Johnson Johnson had his first 100-yard game at HOU in Week 4 (157 total yards) and has totaled 100 yards in six straight. Texans allowed first two rush TDs of the season last week.
WR Kenny Britt Best bet among Titans WRs to play well. Texans have allowed a ridiculous 246.0 yards per game to receivers with four TDs in their last three.
WR Nate Washington Texans' floodgates have opened for receivers but Washington has under 70 yards in all but one game this year. Hard to trust.
TE Jared Cook Texans allowed 131 total yards to tight ends last week, two TDs to tight ends the week before. But Cook has two games with 10+ Fantasy points all season. Can't trust him.
DST Titans   Only one of the Texans' last five opponents has put up 10+ Fantasy points. Don't trust this DST.

Kenny Britt is loaded with talent but he's only started 22 games in four years for a multitude of reasons. He's only caught 27 of the 54 balls thrown his way this season and he has five drops -- nearly 10 percent of his targets. The big plays are missing from his arsenal this year probably because of the quarterback situation. It's a foregone conclusion that he won't get the nine touchdowns he had in 2010, but it's possible he'll never be that kind of receiving threat he once was ever again. This Sunday's game against the Texans will be his first against them since a December 2010 meeting. -- Pat Kirwan

Indianapolis Colts at Detroit Lions -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Ford Field
Indianapolis Colts
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Andrew Luck Lions have allowed 2 pass TDs in 4 of last 5 games but have kept opposing QBs under 20 Fantasy points in 5 of last 6. Luck has not played well on the road but this is his first road game indoors.
RB Vick Ballard Detroit has allowed 159.7 total yards per game to RBs over its last three but Ballard is averaging 70.4 total yards per game in seven starts.
WR Reggie Wayne Lions have allowed 5 TDs to WRs over last five and allowed a sick 188 yards to Andre Johnson last week.
WR T.Y. Hilton Speedy playmaker for the Colts should be involved in pass-happy game. Hilton has 15 catches for 235 yards and four TDs over last four games.
WR Donnie Avery Plays more than Hilton as the Colts' No. 2 receiver but has under 70 yards in all but two games this season with one TD.
TE Dwayne Allen Lions have allowed four TDs to TEs over last five. Allen plays a lot but doesn't have a TD since Week 5. Maybe he's due?
DST Colts   Four of last five DSTs vs. Lions have posted single-digit Fantasy points. Not a good week for the Colts.
Detroit Lions
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Matthew Stafford Colts have held 4 of last 5 QBs to one TD but Stafford has 250+ yards in nine straight and 2+ TDs in 3 of 5. Feels like a shootout is coming.
RB Mikel Leshoure Indy has given up three rushing TDs over their last four games and will play with depleted defensive line.
RB Joique Bell Seems like he has the 'closer' role back. Wouldn't trust him unless desperate as Colts have done well vs. RBs catching passes.
WR Calvin Johnson Colts have allowed a 100-yard receiver in three of their last four. Even if they hadn't, you'd start Calvin.
WR Ryan Broyles Had monster game last week as Lions' No. 2 receiver and should remain a key part of the offense. Colts allowing 191.6 yards per game to WRs over last five.
TE Brandon Pettigrew Colts have allowed a touchdown to a tight end in consecutive games after keeping them scoreless since Week 2. Can Pettigrew redeem himself after drops last week?
DST Lions Each of last two DSTs to play Colts have put up 12+ Fantasy points, a total Lions DST has topped just once in 11 games.

Coach Jim Schwartz told me the day Nate Burleson got hurt that the club was ready to go with Ryan Broyles . He wasn't kidding. Broyles is more than adequate and is developing into a trustworthy player for Matthew Stafford to lean on. He was targeted 12 times last week, caught six passes for 126 yards and should see that kind of action this week. Remember, defenses will always key in on Calvin Johnson , and that makes Broyles an appealing second option since he'll often be in single coverage. -- Pat Kirwan

Jacksonville Jaguars at Buffalo Bills -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Ralph Wilson Stadium
Jacksonville Jaguars
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Chad Henne He's slinging it well but Bills' pass defense have allowed just two QBs to land 20+ Fantasy points in last six.
RB Rashad Jennings Bills run defense has improved over last two weeks vs. mediocre RBs (79.0 total yards per game, no TDs). Jennings has been weak when given the lion's share of carries but offense is a little different now.
WR Justin Blackmon Big, physical receivers have done well against the Bills lately, and the light has turned on for Blackmon (5+ catches in 3 of last four, TD in each of last two).
WR Cecil Shorts Has 100 yards and/or a TD in 5 of last 6. Bills have allowed three WRs to land 9+ Fantasy points over last two games.
TE Marcedes Lewis Deep sleeper. Bills have allowed three TDs to tight ends over their last four games. Lewis has 10 targets over last two games.
DST Jaguars   Risky sleeper. DSTs vs. BUF have scored 10+ Fantasy points in six of last eight. Jaguars have 10 Fantasy points in just two games in 2012.
Buffalo Bills
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick Each of last four QBs to host Jaguars have thrown 2+ TDs against them. Jags have allowed 250+ yards in three of last four overall and four of five on the road. Trust factor is not high here.
RB C.J. Spiller Has 100 total yards in six straight games. Jags have allowed 124.7 total yards per game to RBs over last three.
RB Fred Jackson Seems pegged to part-time role, though it does seem to include goal-line touchdowns. Jags haven't allowed a rush TD on the road since Week 1.
WR Steve Johnson No. 1 WRs have done well vs. Jaguars over last six with at least eight Fantasy points. Johnson's baseline should start there.
WR Donald Jones Has 4+ receptions in 4 of last 5 but has underdelivered in each of last two. Jags have held each of last four No. 2 WRs to under 70 yards.
TE Scott Chandler   Aside from meltdown vs. Houston, tight ends have been contained nicely by the Jaguars. Chandler has 3 catches or less in 5 of last 6.
DST Bills DSTs have put up 11+ Fantasy points in 6 of last 7 vs. Jaguars. Chad Henne was sacked seven times by the Titans last week.

A lot was expected from Ryan Fitzpatrick this year, but the truth is he's a solid quarterback who doesn't have a real strong arm and has a suspect deep ball. If I'm Chan Gailey I make the move to feed C.J. Spiller the ball 20-plus times and see if he can carry the team. In the four Bills wins Fitzpatrick didn't throw an interception. In the seven losses Fitz has 11 interceptions. Safeties can jump the Fitzpatrick deep ball and he needs to stick with the short pass attack. His play has hurt his receivers over the course of the year and it's not expected to change much with the Jaguars coming to town. -- Pat Kirwan

Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Lambeau Field
Minnesota Vikings
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Christian Ponder Even though the Packers were rocked by Eli Manning last week, pass defense held opposing QBs to a single pass TD in previous four. That's what you can expect from Ponder.
RB Adrian Peterson Has a touchdown in 7 of last 8 vs. Green Bay. Packers allowing 148.0 total yards per game to RBs with three rushing TDs allowed. AP's going to roll.
WR Jarius Wright Has 15 targets in his last two games as the replacement for Percy Harvin in MIN offense. Packers were crushed by WRs at NYG last week and have allowed five TDs to WRs over their last three.
TE Kyle Rudolph Packers haven't allowed 10+ Fantasy points to a TE since Week 1 but Rudolph has nine targets, five catches, 50+ yards and a TD in each of his last two. He busted up previously-strong defenses vs. tight ends in the Bears and Lions. The Packers are next.
DST Vikings   Seven of the last eight DSTs to play the Packers have scored 10 Fantasy points or less. It would take a huge game for the Vikings to be effective.
Green Bay Packers
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Aaron Rodgers Expect a major bounce back. Has 3+ TDs in each of last three vs. MIN. Vikings have allowed 3 pass TDs to 3 of last 4 QBs.
RB Alex Green Use him at your own peril. Vikes have allowed 137.3 total yards per game and 3 rush TDs to RBs in their last three but Green just isn't effective.
WR Jordy Nelson Vikings have allowed 154.3 yards per game to receivers in their last three games. Sets up nicely for Nelson to rack up some stats.
WR Greg Jennings Perfect storm: Packers waited until Jennings was fully healthy to return and will play vs. Vikings team he's scored at least 1 TD against in each of his last five. He's worth the risk.
WR Randall Cobb Wideouts have scored six times over the Vikings' last four games. Cobb has six TDs in his last five games.
TE Jermichael Finley   Might have a chance this week as tight ends have scored in each of last two vs. Vikings but drops are an issue as are targets, and Jennings will cut into the latter.
DST Packers Five of the last six DSTs to play Vikings have had 13+ Fantasy points. Packers should rebound.

Three weeks ago I would say Randall Cobb would take a seat with Greg Jennings back on the field but now I believe it will be a few snaps for Cobb, a few for James Jones and maybe even a few for Jermichael Finley . The Packers have so many packages with Cobb, Finley and Jones that they will not eliminate any of them, just reduce the frequency of each one. There's also a chance Jennings won't play every single down. It won't be easy but the Packers' passing game should get back on track. -- Pat Kirwan

New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Sun Life Stadium
New England Patriots
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Tom Brady Fish squisher: Brady has multiple touchdowns in 4 of last 5 vs. Miami and last eight overall. Dolphins have allowed 2 TDs to 3 of last 4 quarterbacks.
RB Stevan Ridley Dolphins did well vs. Lynch last week but allowed over 90 total yards to a RB in five previous games. Ridley has TD in four straight & 6 of last 8.
RB Shane Vereen For a backup his consistency is exceptional. Vereen has TD in 3 of last 4, 50+ total yards in 3 of last 5. Not a bad risk to take.
WR Wes Welker Has double-digit Fantasy points in three of last four vs. Miami. Has 6+ catches in each of last nine overall; 7 of 10 WRs with 6+ catches vs. MIA have had 10+ Fantasy points.
WR Julian Edelman Edelman has scored in each of last two with at least 67 total yards in each. If he's cleared to play it's obvious he'll get involved.
WR Brandon Lloyd Targets still on a downswing (no more than seven each of the last four weeks) and stats on the same track. Can't trust him.
TE Aaron Hernandez Didn't look 100 percent last week but did have a touchdown called back due to a penalty. Kind of a risky start but any big part of Pats' offense is worth a long look.
DST Patriots DSTs vs. MIA have posted 10+ Fantasy points in seven of last nine weeks. Patriots have been getting great play from defense, special teams.
Miami Dolphins
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Ryan Tannehill Pats pass D has improved in scores allowed (only two 2 TD QBs in last five) but each of last three QBs they've faced have topped 300 yards. Still can't trust Tannehill.
RB Reggie Bush Becoming increasingly difficult to predict. Workload still limited but good yardage is possible. Pats allowing 169.3 total yards per game to RBs over their last three.
RB Daniel Thomas Pats have allowed a touchdown to RB in each of last three games. Thomas still looks like the Dolphins' goal-line guy. Might be a sleeper.
WR Davone Bess Has back-to-back double-digit Fantasy point games and has 6+ catches in 4 of last 6. Has also played well vs. NE. Every WR with 6+ catches vs. NE has at least 7 Fantasy points.
WR Brian Hartline Even though the Pats have allowed 191.0 yards per game to WRs over their last three, Hartline has been under 80 yards in 6 of last 7.
DST Dolphins   No DST has posted more than 10 Fantasy points vs. NE this year with the last four totaling five points. Can't use the Fins.

The Patriots are averaging 47.5 points per game in their last four while the Dolphins are averaging 15.3 points per game in their last four. Obviously the Dolphins need to find a way to bridge that gap to keep this one competitive, but it's not going to be so easy. When the Jets finally scored against the Patriots on Thanksgiving it was already 35-0 in favor of New England. The Dolphins can't afford to have any turnovers if they want to be competitive in this game. Miami has given up 144 points to the Patriots in their last four meetings (36 per game). The reality is they are 2-8 in the last 10 games against New England and stand little chance against them this time. If there are stats to be had from the Dolphins' skill-position players, they'll likely come when the game is out of hand. -- Pat Kirwan

Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Soldier Field
Seattle Seahawks
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Russell Wilson Has a Dalton-like streak of four games with 2+ TDs and catches Bears with CB Charles Tillman hurt. Still a little tough to trust.
RB Marshawn Lynch You're starting him. Bears have allowed three 100-yard rushers and two total TDs to RBs over last four games.
WR Sidney Rice Bears have allowed one 100-yard receiver and two TDs to receivers in last five. Rice tweaked his calf on Friday.
WR Golden Tate Has 4+ catches in three of last four games but under 70 yards in seven straight. There are better receivers to go with.
DST Seahawks DSTs vs. the Bears have posted 13+ Fantasy points in four of their past six. With O-line banged up, Seahawks should rack up the sacks.
Chicago Bears
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Jay Cutler Only two QBs have thrown multiple TDs vs. Seahawks, only four have topped 250 yards. You can do better than Cutler.
RB Matt Forte Seems healthy after injury scare last week. Seahawks have allowed 6.3 yards per carry to running backs over their last four games and had some sloppy tackling at Miami last week. Forte should be fine.
RB Michael Bush Loses prime opportunity for yardage with Forte healthy but will face a defense that's allowed two rush TDs to RBs in 2 of last 3 games. A score not out of the question.
WR Brandon Marshall Six of 10 WRs to land 9+ targets vs. SEA have scored double-digit Fantasy points. Marshall has 9+ targets in 8 of 10 games with Jay Cutler .
WR Earl Bennett   The deepest of desperation sleepers for Week 13. Has chemistry with Cutler, should have a lot of playing time.
DST Bears Only five DSTs vs. SEA have posted double-digit Fantasy points but Bears too strong to bench.

I expect Chicago to clearly feature the inside power-run game with Matt Forte and Michael Bush , but they just lost guard Lance Louis and that will not make things easy. The Seahawks' cornerbacks ( Richard Sherman , Brandon Browner ) are expected to play in this game and not serve a suspension for a drug violation. That will make things hard for Brandon Marshall , who has been excellent up to this point. If the Bears don't stick with the run they could find the going tough offensively. -- Pat Kirwan

San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Edward Jones Dome
San Francisco 49ers
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Colin Kaepernick Got his feet wet vs. these Rams back in Week 10. St. Louis has allowed two passing scores over its last three but Kaepernick too dynamic a player to pass up as a low-end starter.
RB Frank Gore Rams' run D has come undone, allowing 160.3 total yards per game to RBs with seven rushing scores over last four. Gore should come close to 115 total yards & TD he had vs. STL in Week 10.
WR Michael Crabtree Crabtree has a TD in each of last five vs. STL. Rams have allowed 7 TDs to WRs over their last five games.
TE Vernon Davis Had one measly target last week vs. Saints, throwing a wrench into his chemistry with Kaepernick. Gronk is the only TE to post 10+ Fantasy points on the Rams this year.
DST 49ers Niners only had six Fantasy points vs. Rams when they played in Week 10. It would be a shocker to see defense struggle after handling Saints last week.
St. Louis Rams
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Sam Bradford Has 250+ yards in all three career games vs. SF. Scored two TDs vs. them in Week 10 but too risky to trust in standard Fantasy play.
RB Steven Jackson S-Jax had 101 rush yards & a TD in Week 10 meeting with Niners. Since then SF has allowed 66.5 rush yards per game to RBs over last two. Can't expect a ton.
RB Daryl Richardson Has eight or fewer carries in five straight, under 60 total yards in four straight. Can't trust him.
WR Chris Givens Niners have allowed four TDs to WRs over their last three games. Rams have not been afraid to try a deep bomb to this guy. With Danny Amendola very iffy, there's a chance here.
DST Rams Nine of 11 DSTs Niners have faced have scored 10 Fantasy points or less. That includes the Rams, who totaled seven points in Week 10.

Jeff Fisher looks at Steven Jackson like he did when he had Eddie George. There are games and situations when he will feature him and times when he won't. Fisher told me there have been a few games when they could have used him more but when they are coming from behind it is hard to utilize his skills. Jackson ran for 100 yards when he played at the 49ers earlier this year and it will be tough for him to do it again. In fact it's tough for any running back to run for 100 yards against the same opponent twice in a season. Frank Gore didn't do it once last year and neither did Chris Johnson . Jackson only has 10 games with 100-plus yards in his last 57 games so it is unlikely he gets a second one against the 49ers. -- Pat Kirwan

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Denver Broncos -- Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Josh Freeman Some optimism for Freeman: Broncos have allowed a quarterback to toss 2 TDs in 4 of 5 games in Denver and 4 of last 6 overall.
RB Doug Martin Martin's hot but Broncos have allowed just one rush TD & 106.0 total yards per game to RBs in last five. Still too much upside to totally ignore.
WR Vincent Jackson Broncos have allowed just 113.8 yards per game and 3 TDs to WRs over their last six. Big WRs have been OK vs. DEN but it's no slam dunk.
WR Mike Williams Bad news over his last three games: 18 targets (six per game), eight catches, 121 yards, no touchdowns. Tough matchup makes it harder to trust him.
TE Dallas Clark Denver has given up five TDs to TEs over its last six games but none in its last two. Clark has 12 catches, 126 yards and two TDs in his last three.
DST Buccaneers   Four of the last five DSTs vs. DEN have been held to single-digit Fantasy points. Chances are the Bucs will end up there too.
Denver Broncos
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Peyton Manning Bucs have allowed 250+ yards to 10 of 11 opposing QBs but only four have multiple touchdowns. Bucs have allowed 20+ Fantasy points to 3 of last 4 QBs.
RB Knowshon Moreno Moreno is locked in as Broncos' top rusher. Bucs have allowed just four RBs to total 90+ yards all year but has allowed three TDs to RBs over last two games.
WR Demaryius Thomas Receivers averaging 205.4 yards per game in last five against TB with 1+ TD in each. Thomas clinched first 1,000-yard season last week.
WR Eric Decker Targets seem to be dipping a little for Decker but matchup is awesome and he hasn't gone consecutive weeks without a TD since Weeks 2 & 3.
WR Brandon Stokley Has five-plus targets in three straight games and could be used as a desperation option for Fantasy owners.
TE Jacob Tamme Looks like he's the better tight end again for Denver. TB has allowed 40+ yards to the top opposing tight end in four straight games.
DST Broncos Five of the last six DSTs vs. TB have posted four Fantasy points or less! Could be a tricky week for the Broncos.

The Broncos at home score quickly in their no-huddle offense and reduce most opponents to become one dimensional. When that happens, pass rushers Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil take over and heat up the quarterback. The Broncos defense has 14 sacks in five home games and 37 sacks overall. That's in Josh Freeman 's future. The only chance the Bucs have is to limit the Broncos offense early but their pass defense suggests that isn't going to happen since the Bucs give up 326 yards a game through the air. Freeman has thrown more than 40 passes in just two games this season but has three touchdowns in each of them. This could be a tough game for him to accomplish that feat again. -- Pat Kirwan

Cincinnati Bengals at San Diego Chargers -- Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, Qualcomm Stadium
Cincinnati Bengals
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Andy Dalton Loses a little steam with the injury to established No. 2 WR Mohamed Sanu, but Chargers have allowed QBs to get 20+ Fantasy points in three straight. Dalton has had 26+ Fantasy points in three straight.
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis Marvin Lewis says BJGE hitting his stride. Now he'll hit SD defense that's allowed 104.4 rush yards per game over last five and will be down their top two tacklers. Expect another biggie from Green-Ellis.
WR A.J. Green San Diego has allowed 174.7 yards to receivers over its last three games with three touchdowns. Green should dominate.
WR Andrew Hawkins Might get a chance to play as the No. 2 receiver opposite Green. Sanu proved that wasn't a bad place to be.
TE Jermaine Gresham Only two TEs have had 10+ Fantasy points on the Chargers all year, but one was last week (Dennis Pitta) and SD safeties are banged up.
DST Bengals Six of the last seven DSTs vs. SD have posted 11+ Fantasy points. Expect several turnovers and sacks.
San Diego Chargers
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Philip Rivers Only two of the last nine QBs to face Bengals have thrown multiple touchdowns. Not good for Rivers, who has 2+ TDs in 3 of last 4 games.
RB Ryan Mathews After rough start, Bengals have allowed 124.3 total yards per game and one rush TD to RBs over their last four. Not many high expectations for Mathews.
WR Danario Alexander Bengals' pass defense has been all right vs. WRs (7 TDs allowed, zero 100+ yard games but four with 90+ yards). Alexander remains heavily involved in Bolts' offense.
WR Malcom Floyd Scored last week as defenses starting to turn their focus to Alexander. Floyd has a TD in 3 of last 4.
TE Antonio Gates Bengals have improved vs. tight ends, holding opponents to 49.0 total yards per game over last three. Gates still key figure in Chargers offense and always a threat to score.
DST Chargers   DSTs vs. the red-hot Bengals have totaled eight Fantasy points over the last three weeks and the Chargers have several hurt starters. Stay away.

How have the Bengals been playing so well offensively? Opponents are always a factor in matchups but that being said Andy Dalton has nine touchdown passes in his last three games. Mohamed Sanu is a very good compliment to A.J. Green . The ripple effect of the solid passing attack is the rebirth of the Bengals run game. San Diego usually plays solid run defense but the Bengals set up the run with the pass and they should be able to put points on the board. The last three weeks the Bengals have scored 93 points and given up 29. -- Pat Kirwan

Cleveland Browns at Oakland Raiders -- Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, O.co Coliseum
Cleveland Browns
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Brandon Weeden Raiders have allowed opposing QBs to throw 3 TDs in three straight. Don't know if Weeden can do that but matchup should yield some good numbers.
RB Trent Richardson A must. Oakland has given up 167.3 total yards per game and three rushing TDs to RBs. Five straight starting RBs have posted 12+ Fantasy points on OAK.
WR Josh Gordon Great sleeper. Raiders have allowed 155.0 yards per game with 8 TDs to WRs over their last four games. Perfect matchup for Gordon to shine.
DST Browns Three straight DSTs have totaled 17+ Fantasy points on the Raiders. Browns have scored 11+ Fantasy points in two straight, are finally healthy.
Oakland Raiders
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Carson Palmer Not a great week to get back on track for Palmer: Browns have allowed two pass TDs over last five while holding opponents to under 200 yards passing in four of those five.
RB Darren McFadden Browns allowing 132.5 total yards per game to RBs over their last four with four rushing TDs. Not sure if McFadden will handle full load but if active he should have some decent opportunities.
RB Marcel Reece There's no way he completely disappears from the offense, but he'll be lucky to get even eight touches.
WR Denarius Moore Double whammy: Has two catches on just 11 targets for 29 yards and a score over last two games and will see a bunch of cornerback Joe Haden this week. He's a risk.
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey Seems like the safer Raiders receiver this week. Browns still holding opposing WRs to 117.8 yards per game over last four with two TDs.
TE Brandon Myers Only four TEs have posted 6+ Fantasy points on the Browns, only two have 7+ Fantasy points. Not a good week for Myers.
DST Raiders Three of the last four DSTs to face the Browns have posted 10+ Fantasy points. But Raiders DST has 7 Fantasy points in last four games combined.

The Raiders' passing game has taken a hard turn for the worse and Denarius Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey have turned right along with it. The first problem is that the Raiders can't stop anyone on defense. They have given up 169 points in the last four games (42 per game). Compounding the issue of chasing every opponent is they haven't scored a rushing touchdown in four games so everyone just plays the pass against them. Carson Palmer has called 194 passing plays in the last four games (49 per game) and it plays right into the hands of the opponent. Three-man and four-man rush schemes leave Palmer throwing into coverage and it's amazing he has thrown nine touchdown passes and averaged 311 passing yards a game in this stretch. The Browns have an underrated defense but Palmer should be able to put up some good numbers with the help of his top receivers. -- Pat Kirwan

Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens -- Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, M&T Bank Stadium
Pittsburgh Steelers
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Charlie Batch   Three of the last four QBs the Ravens have faced have had one TD or less and had under 230 passing yards. I don't like Batch's chances.
RB Jonathan Dwyer Remember that weak Ravens' run D? Nope, me neither. BAL hasn't allowed a TD to a RB in four weeks, Dwyer totaled 81 yards in Week 11 loss.
RB Rashard Mendenhall   Appears as if he's been cast as a backup in Pittsburgh. Definitely not worth starting until his role is redefined.
WR Mike Wallace Might lose his starting role but should remain in three-receiver sets for the Steelers. Can't trust him with Batch as his QB.
WR Antonio Brown Ravens have allowed four WRs to 70+ yards and three WRs to score in last three games. Brown might not score but yardage could be OK.
TE Heath Miller Not a good week. Ravens have allowed one TD and two 10+ Fantasy point games to tight ends all season.
DST Steelers   DSTs have posted 10+ Fantasy points on BAL twice -- when they held them to 13 points or less. That won't happen here.
Baltimore Ravens
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Joe Flacco Can't trust him even though he had a 3 TD game at home vs. PIT in 2011. Steelers pass defense has held each of last seven QBs to 1 TD or less including Flacco in Week 11.
RB Ray Rice Had 93 total yards at PIT in Week 11, had 149 total yards & 2 total TDs at home vs. PIT in '11. Should fall somewhere in between.
WR Torrey Smith No receivers have had 100+ yards vs. PIT since Week 1, only three have scored on Steelers in last five. Smith had a 7-yard catch at PIT in Week 11.
WR Anquan Boldin   Anquan hasn't scored since Week 1 but has had 4+ catches in 7 of last 9 games. Had 8 grabs for 79 yards at PIT earlier this season.
TE Dennis Pitta   Steelers have allowed one TD to a TE over their last eight games. Only one tight end has double-digit Fantasy points vs. PIT this season.
DST Ravens If the Browns DST could post 25 Fantasy points on a Charlie Batch-led Steelers team, just imagine what the Ravens DST could do.

The Ravens win their home games, and this appears to be the gem the team is looking for to ice the AFC North. Two weeks ago Flacco only threw for 164 yards and no touchdowns against the Steelers. Flacco has faced the Steelers defense at home four times with a 2-2 record completing just 54 percent of his passes averaging 223 yards a game. He also averages just over one touchdown pass a game and a turnover. His biggest issue is sacks with a ratio of one sack for every 11 passes. The Steelers will count on that stat to help them stay in this one but my suggestion is hope for an ugly Ravens win without much help from Flacco. -- Pat Kirwan

Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys -- Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, Cowboys Stadium
Philadelphia Eagles
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Nick Foles The good: Dallas has allowed 2+ pass TDs in three straight. The bad: Foles' last touchdown came vs. Dallas in Week 10. Can't trust him.
RB Bryce Brown Dallas has given up three rushing touchdowns and 100+ total yards to RBs in four straight games. Brown clearly the primary back, should be a great option.
WR Jeremy Maclin Dallas has allowed 5 TDs and 195.7 total yards per game over its last three to WRs. The Redskins went bombs away on the Cowboys last week, the Eagles might end up doing the same.
TE Brent Celek The Cowboys have gone soft vs. tight ends, allowing three scores over the last two weeks. It'll take guts to start Celek.
DST Eagles   Five of the last seven DSTs to play the Cowboys have scored under 10 Fantasy points. Don't expect a big week from the Eagles.
Dallas Cowboys
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Tony Romo Eight of last nine QBs to play PHI have 2+ TDs against them. Romo had 209 yards & 2 TDs at PHI in Week 10 and could put up even bigger numbers this week.
RB DeMarco Murray Should be ready to go after spending some time sidelined with a foot injury. Eagles allowing 106.0 total yards per game to running backs over last three with two TDs, so they're not entirely awful. Keep expectations in check.
RB Felix Jones Jones has 93 total yards with a receiving score at Philly earlier in '12, but that was when Murray wasn't playing.
WR Dez Bryant Dez has scored in three straight, has 14+ Fantasy points in four of his last five and takes on a Philly team that's allowed at least one 10+ Fantasy point WR in each of last six.
WR Miles Austin Austin has under 80 yards in 8 of 11 games and has not played well with injuries in the past. Even with the juicy matchup expectations should be tempered because he's not 100 percent.
TE Jason Witten Tight ends have scored in three of last four vs. PHI. The only one who didn't? Witten, who had 47 yards on eight catches in Philly in Week 10.
DST Cowboys Eagles have allowed 20+ Fantasy points to three of past four DSTs. Expect the Cowboys to come in under that mark but still be effective.

The Eagles' passing game is a mess right now. Even if he were cleared to play, I wouldn't play Michael Vick any more this season. The Eagles organization needs all the information they can gather about Nick Foles so they can have a plan for 2013. Vick was sacked once every 12 attempts and so far Foles is slightly better at one every 15 attempts behind a line that is worse than the one Vick had earlier this year. Unless Vick takes a big pay cut he will not be back in 2013. The health of DeSean Jackson makes the passing game questionable no matter which quarterback plays, so why not plan for the future? -- Pat Kirwan

New York Giants at Washington Redskins -- Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET, FedExField
New York Giants
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Eli Manning Matchup is good: WAS has allowed 21+ Fantasy points to 8 of 11 QBs. History is bad: WAS had held Eli to 15 or fewer Fantasy points in five games since Shanahan came to town. Probably has a good chance to break out based on recent play on both sides of the ball.
RB Ahmad Bradshaw Bradshaw has scored in three straight vs. WAS with at least 50 total yards in each and is the primary workhorse with Andre Brown getting hurt.
RB David Wilson Worth a spot on the Fantasy bench, especially if you own Bradshaw. He's one injury away from seeing a lot of work, and he has a lot of potential.
WR Victor Cruz WRs have scored at least one TD in 9 of 11 games vs. WAS this season. But aside from a late-game bomb back in Week 7 he's struggled in two games vs. Skins.
WR Hakeem Nicks Has 75 yards or less in four of five career games vs. Redskins with no touchdowns. Washington has allowed double-digit Fantasy points to multiple WRs just four times this year.
TE Martellus Bennett Desperation sleeper. Had 79 yards vs. WAS in Week 7, Redskins have allowed seven TDs to TEs & 6+ Fantasy points to nine TEs in 11 games.
DST Giants Only three DSTs have topped 10 Fantasy points vs. WAS all year, but the Giants are one of them.
Washington Redskins
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Robert Griffin III Giants came to play last week vs. GB but RG3 dropped 2 TDs, 258 pass yards & 89 rush yards at NYG in Week 7 and has 4 passing TDs in each of last two games. He's a must.
RB Alfred Morris Tough matchup: Giants have allowed just 90.7 rush yards per game & two rush TDs to RBs in last six overall. G-Men have allowed only one 100-yard rusher while on the road this year. Still have to expect good stats from Morris.
WR Pierre Garcon Garcon looked very good last week and will take on NYG defense that has allowed 164.0 yards per game & 6 TDs to WRs over their last four.
WR Santana Moss Risky to start him because of limited receiving opportunities but Moss has a TD in 6 of last 9 games.
DST Redskins   Seven of last nine DSTs to play the Giants have posted single-digit Fantasy points. That includes a seven-point game from the Redskins in Week 7.

Eli Manning has the unique ability to forget about the past and play in the moment, and he'll need that when he takes on a team that has held his production down in the Redskins. His steady, even-keeled style is why the Giants can quickly rebound like they did last week. Granted, Manning has just two touchdown passes and eight interceptions in his last five games against the Redskins but their pass defense is not what it used to be. Heck, it hasn't been what it never was. Hakeem Nicks is healthy, Victor Cruz is always dangerous and Rueben Randle is emerging as a solid No. 3 receiver as well. Between that and his pass protection keeping him upright (one sack every 31 pass plays), Eli will have a better game this time around against the Redskins. -- Pat Kirwan

New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons -- Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET, Georgia Dome
New Orleans Saints
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Drew Brees Brees is one of two QBs to connect for 2+ TDs vs. ATL this year -- he had three in Week 10. Brees has 298+ yards in each of last 5 vs. ATL with 2+ TDs in four of them.
RB Darren Sproles Totaled 89 yards with a TD in last game vs. ATL but has one game with 89+ yards this season. Does have 5+ catches in 6 of 8 games.
RB Mark Ingram Falcons allowing 115.2 total yards per game to running backs in their last five with six TDs given up. Ingram has led the way in Saints' run game.
WR Marques Colston Colston has at least one TD in 6 of last 8 but hasn't had even 70 yards in any of his last five. Falcons have allowed 90+ yards to WR in 3 of last 4.
WR Lance Moore Had 91 yards vs. ATL in Week 10 but hasn't scored on Falcons in four straight. Falcons have allowed only six TDs to WRs all year.
TE Jimmy Graham Falcons don't have an answer for him. Has scored in four straight vs. ATL including two in Week 10.
DST Saints   Four of last five DSTs posted 7 Fantasy points or fewer vs. Falcons, who are averaging 24.4 points per game at home.
Atlanta Falcons
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Matt Ryan You're starting him. Had career-high 411 yards with 3 TDs in Week 10 vs. Saints and has 350+ yards in three straight vs. NO.
RB Jacquizz Rodgers Starting to look like he's taking over: Played 65 snaps to Turner's 56 last two weeks. Saints have allowed 181.4 total yards per game to RBs over last five.
RB Michael Turner You'll need a TD to make him worthwhile. Problem: Saints haven't allowed rush TD to a RB in four straight.
WR Julio Jones A must. Saints giving up 172.0 yards per game to WRs over last five. Nine receivers have 90+ yards against them on the year.
WR Roddy White White has 10+ Fantasy points in 4 of last 5 vs. NO including 114 yards on seven grabs in Week 10.
TE Tony Gonzalez Had a pair of touchdowns vs. Saints in Week 10 and is first of three straight tight ends to score 8+ Fantasy points vs. NO.
DST Falcons Seven of last eight DSTs to play Saints scored single-digit Fantasy points. Expect a shoot-out, so don't roll with the Falcons.

With the four-headed backfield the Saints are sporting, expect coach Joe Vitt to run the ball 25 to 30 times. Darren Sproles is unique but Mark Ingram , Chris Ivory and Pierre Thomas all run the same plays. After the way Drew Brees was hit last week vs. the Niners there will be more running from New Orleans. There aren't as many backs involved in the Falcons' offense but it's clear that Michael Turner is there for power and short yardage and Jacquizz Rodgers picks up the rest of the work. Look for Rodgers to get more touches. -- Pat Kirwan

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