Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 13: Fantasy Advice for Stars Facing Tough Matchups

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent INovember 26, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18:  Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drops back to pass against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Fantasy owners would be wise to bench surging Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman before kickoff against the Denver Broncos in Week 13.


Freeman and the Bucs are set to take on one of the NFL's most talented defenses on the road. 

The Broncos boast the second-highest-scoring fantasy defense/special teams this season, and their secondary ranks fifth in the league in fewest passing yards allowed per game (210). But Freeman is just one fantasy star facing a tough matchup this weekend. 

Here we provide some advice for other fantasy stars heading into Week 13.


Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens, WR

Torrey Smith had a nightmarish outing the first time the Ravens faced the Steelers back in Week 11. Smith caught one ball for seven yards and had trouble shaking Ike Taylor from start to finish.

In Week 13, Smith and the Ravens will host the Steelers in Baltimore. Considering that the first matchup with Pittsburgh was the only game that Smith failed to produce a single fantasy point in this season, I'd highly suggest sitting Smith this weekend.

Anquan Boldin would likely be a better start (eight receptions for 79 yards in Week 11). The Steelers, who rank first in the NFL defending the pass (166 yards per game), aren't going to let Baltimore beat them deep with Smith, but will give up completions underneath to Boldin and the Ravens' tight ends.

Start or Sit: Sit 'Em


Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans, RB

After an unbelievably slow start to 2012, Titans running back Chris Johnson has rebounded nicely, rushing for nearly 900 yards over the last eight games. 

On Sunday, Tennessee will host AFC South rival Houston in Nashville. And although the Texans rank second in the NFL in rush defense this season, giving up just 87.5 yards per game on the ground, and first in rushing touchdowns allowed (two), Johnson had a dominant day against them back in Week 4.

Johnson rushed for 141 yards on 25 carries against Houston in the two teams' first meeting, and he's averaging 112 rushing yards per game since running wild on the Texans back in September. 

Start or Sit: Start 'Em


Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers, TE

Vernon Davis owners likely won't be too excited to start the 49ers tight end after he went reception-less in Week 12 against the New Orleans Saints.

Davis and San Francisco will take on the St. Louis Rams this weekend, a team that has been surprisingly strong defending the pass in 2012. Only six teams in the league have allowed fewer touchdowns through the air than the Rams this season (13). 

Plus, the last time Davis faced St. Louis' secondary, back in Week 10, he finished with just four catches for 30 yards. 

Sure, Davis is one of the highest scoring tight ends in fantasy this season, but he's facing a matchup this Sunday that will render him ineffective for a second straight week.

Start or Sit: Sit 'Em


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