2009 Fantasy Football Start and Bench Advice: Week 13

12/03/2009 1:15 am by in Start Bench Advice

Here is our Week 13 Fantasy Football Start and Bench Advice for the 2009 Fantasy Football Season. Start ‘EM & Sit ‘Em Advice was meant to be bold, yet calculated. We know that and we understand that. We also understand that fantasy owners aren’t looking for answers to the obvious questions, which is why we have addressed more dilemma-like situations entering Week 13 of the 2009 fantasy football season.


Fantasy Football Start & Sit Advice: Smitty’s Week 13 Thoughts

Week 13 Fantasy Football Roundtable Debate:

Each week Fantasy Football Xtreme is a part of a fantasy football roundtable debate, where a group of fantasy Sites attack the same question and we interlink the content within each of our Sites. This week’s question for debate is:

QUESTION FOR WEEK 13: Who are your top start/sit candidates headed into week 13?

The Sites involved include: FantasyFootballXtreme, rotoprofessor.com, JunkyardJake.com, lesterslegends.com, fantasypros911.com, kffl.com, top-fantasy-football.com, footballjabber.com, HattyWaiverWireGuru.com

My answers to the question for this week:

Smitty’s Start Of The Week

My start of the week this week is LeSean McCoy at Atlanta. The Falcons are 23rd in the league against the run, but they will be without starting quarterback Matt Ryan (toe) and will most likely be without stud running back Michael Turner. Once the Falcons get out to an early lead, look for McCoy to grind it out between the tackles. I see McCoy having well over 100 rushing yards and at least 1TD in Week 13 against the Falcons.

Smitty’s Bench Of The Week

My top sit of the week is Kevin Smith at Cincy. First off, the Bengals are ranked 3rd in the league against the run this year. I actually feel that Smith is the perfect sell-high candidate in dynasty leagues. I don’t have much faith in him moving forward in 2009 and I don’t see that Lions’ rushing attack being even close to consistent in 2010. His value is relatively high right now, so if you’re in a dynasty league that still allows for trading, act now. If you’re in a redraft league, your trade deadline has most likely passed, so I say bench Smith if you have safer alternatives (like Justin Forsett, Fred Jackson, etc).

>> Read Entire Fantasy Roundtable Debate For Week 13



More Week 13 Start & Bench Advice


Should I start Thomas Jones (@BUF) or LeSean McCoy (@ATL)?

xyz is a Fantasy Football Xtreme contributor The last time Thomas Jones saw Buffalo in week 6, he put up 227 total yards and a TD on 24 touches. Not too shabby for an old guy, but it’s not like the Bills have been able to stop anyone on the ground – they are dead last and give up over 165 yards per game. Jones has not slowed a bit since that matchup and has been given the rock an average of 24 times in the Jets’ last five games – going over 75 yards rushing in all of them. LeSean McCoy does not have the resume of Jones… yet, but since taking over for Brian Westbrook, he has been more than solid with over 200 total yards and a TD in the Eagles last two games. Both are good starts this week, but I will go with my gut and say McCoy – the Falcons are not great against the run themselves, and the Eagles may decide to emphasize the ground game a bit more with DeSean Jackson looking doubtful to play.

Should I start Kevin Smith (@CIN) or Knowshon Moreno (@KC)?

xyz is a Fantasy Football Xtreme contributor This one really boils down to matchups. Knowshon Moreno gets the Chiefs, who rank near the bottom of the league in run defense, and Kevin Smith lands the Bengals, who are ranked #3. Going with matchups is not always the end all to line-up decisions, but when two guys are real close, using matchups is as good a way as any to make a call. There is some risk that Correll Buckhalter negates any advantage Moreno gets, but I’ll take that chance and give him the start.

Should I start LaDainian Tomlinson (@CLE) or Fred Jackson (vs. NYJ)?

xyz is a Fantasy Football Xtreme contributor The Bills decision to start Fred Jackson last week makes this one a little messy. Will the Bills new coach stick with his gut and ride Jackson the rest of the way, or will Marshawn Lynch work his way back into the rotation and render both guys impotent in fantasy line-ups? Only time will tell, but my gut tells me Lynch is still the better player and will not go quietly. All that said, LaDainian Tomlinson has a matchup that should have his owners licking their chops. Just a few short years ago, LT would have been good for 150 total yards and a few scores against a team like Cleveland – these days, half that is a very good day for the 30 year old. I’ll split the difference and say LT will finish with just under 100 total yards and a score, so I’ll give him the nod here. Jackson could easily match those numbers if given another 20 touches this week against the Jets – but it is hard to bank on that happening.

Should I start Donovan McNabb (@ATL) or Aaron Rodgers (vs. BAL)?

tavaner is a contributor of fantasy footballxtreme Even with one of these QBs facing a tough Ravens defense, this is a win/win situation.  I’m a big fan of Aaron Rodgers and I feel he’ll have success against this Baltimore secondary.  He’s throwing the ball 35+ times a game over the last month and with Baltimore making it tough, but not impossible, for Ryan Grant to run, I expect Rodgers to successfully put it up early and often.  Donovan McNabb has the easier matchup, by far.  Opposing QBs have torched the Atlanta secondary for multiple TD games during the past three weeks (including Jake Delhomme).  McNabb is another guy averaging in the mid 30s for passes-per-game, but with the exception of Sand Diego in week 10, Donovan has produced a steady, but uninspiring, 242 ypg and 1.7 TDs pg.  I’d start Rodgers at home, even though McNabb may face a short field a time or two with Matt Ryan out.

FLEX QUESTION: Should I start Ricky Williams (vs. NE) or Marques Colston (@WAS) at flex?

tavaner is a contributor of fantasy footballxtreme This is another win/win situation, but I’d have to go with Ricky Williams who has averaged 112 ypg rushing the football the last three weeks (to go with 3TDs).  With 20+ carries per game over the same time span, a rookie QB behind center and a home game, Williams is showing he has a lot left in the tank.  Marques Colston is coming off a great Monday night football game, but it was his first game over 100 yards since week 6 and first receiving TD in a month.  It’s tough to produce when 7 targets is a high water mark for the last five weeks and he only saw 5 against New England.  I’d start Ricky with confidence — New Orleans is too loaded with offensive talent for Colston to shine consistently.



2009 Defensive Rankings Against The RUN Entering Week 13

Here are the defensive ranks against the run through Week 12.

Rk
Team
G
Yds
Yds/G
TD
1
Pittsburgh Steelers
11
824
74.9
3
2
Minnesota Vikings
11
898
81.6
3
3
Cincinnati Bengals
11
901
81.9
5
4
Green Bay Packers
11
980
89.1
3
5
San Francisco 49ers
11
1,043
94.8
9
6
Baltimore Ravens
11
1,074
97.6
7
7
Tennessee Titans
11
1,116
101.5
9
8
Philadelphia Eagles
11
1,125
102.3
8
9
Dallas Cowboys
11
1,130
102.7
4
10
Jacksonville Jaguars
11
1,173
106.6
6
11
New York Giants
11
1,186
107.8
15
12
Miami Dolphins
11
1,188
108
13
13
New York Jets
11
1,190
108.2
8
14
Arizona Cardinals
11
1,195
108.6
8
15
Indianapolis Colts
11
1,198
108.9
8
16
New England Patriots
11
1,207
109.7
3
17
Denver Broncos
11
1,210
110
6
18
Seattle Seahawks
11
1,218
110.7
9
19
Detroit Lions
11
1,242
112.9
9
20
New Orleans Saints
11
1,279
116.3
14
21
San Diego Chargers
11
1,299
118.1
8
22
Houston Texans
11
1,320
120
14
23
Atlanta Falcons
11
1,334
121.3
9
24
Chicago Bears
11
1,382
125.6
10
25
Washington Redskins 
11
1,407
127.9
6
26
Carolina Panthers
11
1,446
131.5
12
27
Kansas City Chiefs
11
1,480
134.5
11
28
St. Louis Rams
11
1,634
148.5
16
29
Cleveland Browns
11
1,759
159.9
13
30
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
11
1,764
160.4
12
31
Oakland Raiders
11
1,772
161.1
17
32
Buffalo Bills
11
1,816
165.1
16

2009 Defensive Rankings Against The PASS Entering Week 13

Here are the defensive ranks against the pass through Week 12.

Rk
Team
G
Yds
Yds/G
TD
Int
1
Washington Redskins 
11
1,874
170.4
11
7
2
New York Jets
11
1,933
175.7
7
11
3
Carolina Panthers
11
1,994
181.3
12
12
4
New York Giants
11
2,009
182.6
18
9
5
Denver Broncos
11
2,035
185
10
8
6
Green Bay Packers
11
2,117
192.5
21
18
7
Buffalo Bills
11
2,176
197.8
9
21
8
San Diego Chargers
11
2,196
199.6
14
11
9
Philadelphia Eagles
11
2,229
202.6
17
18
10
New England Patriots
11
2,240
203.6
19
13
11
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
11
2,316
210.5
24
12
12
Baltimore Ravens
11
2,324
211.3
12
12
13
Pittsburgh Steelers
11
2,348
213.5
12
8
14
Chicago Bears
11
2,356
214.2
21
10
14
Houston Texans
11
2,356
214.2
14
10
16
Cincinnati Bengals
11
2,373
215.7
12
12
17
Oakland Raiders
11
2,374
215.8
10
7
18
New Orleans Saints
11
2,393
217.5
9
22
19
Minnesota Vikings
11
2,441
221.9
15
9
20
Indianapolis Colts
11
2,456
223.3
9
13
21
Dallas Cowboys
11
2,474
224.9
15
7
22
St. Louis Rams
11
2,482
225.6
15
8
23
Miami Dolphins
11
2,563
233
13
10
24
Cleveland Browns
11
2,567
233.4
16
6
25
Seattle Seahawks
11
2,619
238.1
20
10
26
Jacksonville Jaguars
11
2,672
242.9
19
9
27
Atlanta Falcons
11
2,779
252.6
18
8
28
San Francisco 49ers
11
2,822
256.5
11
11
29
Arizona Cardinals
11
2,841
258.3
16
11
30
Kansas City Chiefs
11
2,842
258.4
19
7
31
Tennessee Titans
11
2,934
266.7
25
11
32
Detroit Lions
11
3,095
281.4
27
6


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