We've just about reached the end of the regular season in fantasy football leagues, and Week 13 brings with it a do-or-die scenario for many fantasy owners.
Win, and it's keep playing as the postseason gets underway.
However, lose and the Mayans were at least partially right, because one more defeat will mark an apocalyptic end to the 2012 fantasy campaign.
That means that these fantasy owners need to milk every possible point from their starting lineups this week, but if they have one of the following wide receivers on their roster then they can at least rest assured that one spot is covered.
Eric Decker, Denver Broncos (vs. TB)
Earlier this season, when Eric Decker was reeling in seven touchdown catches over a five week span, it appeared that the third-year pro was emerging as quarterback Peyton Manning's go-to target in the Denver passing attack, and according to Matthew Buettner of CBS 4 in Denver, Decker gives Manning a lot of credit for his growth as a player this year.
“I think the biggest thing I’ve learned is just how to be a professional, how to go about your business as far as preparation from week to week to make yourself as successful as you can on Sunday,” Decker said. “And to just how to be a pro off the field, giving back and just to be a standup person.”
However, over the past few games it's been Demaryius Thomas posting big numbers while Decker has been relatively quiet, making only eight catches for 102 yards and a touchdown over his past three starts.
If there was ever a week for Decker to bounce back though this would appear to be it, as the Broncos are preparing to host a Tampa Bay Buccaneers squad that ranks dead last in the NFL in pass defense and has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season.
Ryan Broyles, Detroit Lions (vs. IND)
It's been a disappointing season for the Detroit Lions, and if things weren't already bad enough it appears that there's been at least one mutiny.
Wide receiver Titus Young, who recently rejoined the team after being deactivated a week ago, lined up repeatedly in the wrong spot on the field intentionally two weeks ago against the Green Bay Packers.
According to Chris McClosky of The Detroit News, Young wasn't exactly apologetic upon his return to practice, and his diva act is apparently wearing very thin with some of his teammates.
"It's not a distraction because we have moved on from him," center Dominic Raiola said. "If he wants to be an a------, let him be an a------. It's not my problem. What we can control is the guys who want to be here. I want people who want to be here and I think everybody else wants the same thing."
Rookie Ryan Broyles played well in Young's spot last week, hauling in six catches for 126 yards against the Houston Texans, and with a top-five fantasy matchup on tap against the Indianapolis Colts, Broyles should make it two solid starts in a row this week.
Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins (vs. NYG)
It was a long time coming, but fantasy owners of Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon got solid production from the fifth-year pro for the first time since Week 1 in last week's win over the Dallas Cowboys.
Garcon, who has battling an injured foot for much of the season, had five catches for 86 yards and a touchdown in the game (one was later switched by scorekeepers to a running play). After the game, Garcon told Mark Maske of The Washington Post that he plane to make it through the rest of the season.
“I think I’m going to make it through the whole season,” Garcon said in the locker room at Redskins Park. “Hopefully nothing crazy happens. But I’ve been dealing with the pain for so long now, it’s only getting numb to it or getting used to it. It’s slowly going away. The surgery is not something I want to do. But if a few doctors say I need it, then I’ll probably do it. But if I don’t need it, I’m not getting it.”
That season continues Monday night against the New York Giants, which should be music to the ears of Garcon's fantasy owners given that the G-Men have surrendered the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing wideouts in 2012.
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