With the fantasy football playoffs around the corner, you can’t afford to start weak players heading into this week’s games.
Nov 14, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) runs with the ball during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants defeated the Bengals 21-20. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
Welcome to Week 13 of fantasy football. If you’re reading this, congratulations! You have either clinched a playoff spot or your still in the hunt. If you’re still in the running, this week is going to be the most important of all, as most of the leagues start their playoffs in Week 14 or 15.
It’s crunch time and you need to optimize your starting lineup with the most valuable fantasy football players. Keep in mind this is the last of bye weeks. Luckily enough we aren’t losing many high ranked fantasy players; this week’s bye teams are the Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans.
Aside from not starting any of those teams players, you’re going to want to bench the season long busts and players that don’t have an ideal matchup. After analyzing this week’s matchups, I have identified the top 10 players who don’t offer value in this week’s games.
Without further ado, here are the top 10 players/defenses to sit heading into Week 13.
Next: 10. Houston Texans D/ST
Nov 6, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) tackles Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles (43) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports
10. Houston Texans D/ST
Entering the season, the Houston Texans were a topped ranked defense. However, after losing J.J. Watt for the season after he re-injured his back, they weren’t the same.
Out of their last seven games, the Texans have earned less than 10 points per game in six of those matchups. In some leagues, the Texans D/ST barely earned five points.
This week, the Texans face-off against the Green Bay Packers. Not only is this a road game for the Texans but, Aaron Rodgers has proved he is a force to reckon with. In the last two weeks, opposing defenses haven’t topped 10 fantasy football points. The Philadelphia Eagles finished with a lousy four.
Unfortunately, the Texans haven’t lived up to their reputation. Sit Houston’s D/ST in their Week 13 matchup.
Next: 9. New York Giants D/ST
9. New York Giants D/ST
The New York Giants D/ST has been a top performing fantasy football team over the last month. After their Week 8 bye, the Giants D/ST has been unstoppable.
They have earned over 20 fantasy football points per game in their last four outings. And, just last week, the Giants D/ST earned over 40 points against the Cleveland Browns.
However, this week’s matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers may put a stop to their recent explosion. Last week alone, Ben Roethlisberger threw three touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Not to mention, the Steelers have the home field advantage. With Roethlisberger projected to have three touchdowns and the Steelers talented offense, the Giants D/ST is a must sit this week.
Next: 8. Tight End Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Nov 6, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (88) flips the ball after a touchdown in the first quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
8. Tight End Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Greg Olsen hasn’t been the tight end fantasy football owners remember from last season. After being a top drafted tight end this season, he has been more of a bust than a boom.
Olsen has only had five double-digit fantasy outings this season. Since the Carolina Panthers Week 7 bye, he has only had one double-digit game; keep in mind, in some leagues, he barely earned 10.
Over his last five games, Olsen has only earned about 30 points total; he also hasn’t topped 60 yards in those matchups. Although tight ends don’t usually earn a ton of fantasy football points, those aren’t the numbers owners want from Olsen.
This week the Panthers take on the Seattle Seahawks who rank top 10 against the position. This is not the week to start Olsen, and he should be kept on your bench heading into Week 13.
Next: 7. Tight End Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens
Sep 25, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta (88) signals a first down during the second quarter of a football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
7. Tight End Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens
I am hoping this far into the season fantasy football owners would have traded or released Dennis Pita. However, with a 50 percent ownership, there are still some hopeful owners out there.
Pitta had one good game this season; that’s it! And, that came all the way back in Week 2 against the Cleveland Browns. Pitta hasn’t found the end zone at all this season. He also hasn’t topped 40 receiving yards since Week 5 against the Washington Redskins.
This week the Baltimore Ravens take on the Miami Dolphins, who in recent weeks seem to be a new and improved team. Just last week, the Dolphins held Vance McDonald to 60 yards on four receptions and no touchdowns; he only earned about seven fantasy points.
Pitta just hasn’t been valuable this season, and this week isn’t going to be better. Sit Pitta in all leagues this week.
Next: 3. Running Backs
Nov 20, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) hands off to running back Frank Gore (23) against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports
6. Running Back Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts
Frank Gore has been as inconsistent as they come this fantasy football season. Although he’s just shy of 875 rushing yards, his overall value in standard leagues is lower than in PPR leagues.
Luckily enough for owners, Gore has scored double-digits in most of his outings. However, he is coming off one of his worst performance of the season.
Last week, he had 15 carries for a little under 30 yards. He also had one lonely target, adding three yards; he earned less than four fantasy points in most leagues.
His Week 13 matchup against the New York Jets isn’t going to offer Gore a comeback game either. The Jets rank top 10 in run defenses and are holding opposing running backs to about 85 rushing yards per game. Play it safe this week. Sit Gore in his Monday night football outing.
Next: 5. Running Back Rashad Jennings, New York Giants
5. Running Back Rashad Jennings, New York Giants
Rashad Jennings has been nothing to brag about this season. He missed three weeks due to an injury and has only had about three double-digit fantasy football games.
In Week 10, Jennings neared 20 fantasy points for the first time all season. Then, the week after, he topped 20 earning almost 30 points against the Chicago Bears.
Then last week Jennings was a huge bust. He rushed 15 times for 55 yards and no touchdowns against the 0-12 Cleveland Browns. Ironically enough, the Browns rank second in the league against the position.
This week, Jennings comes face-to-face with the Pittsburgh Steelers who rank fourth against the position. If Jennings can’t top 55 rushing yards against the Browns, there’s no hope for him against the Steelers.
Also, keep in mind the New York Giants are going to be forced to have a pass-heavy game with Roethlisberger front and center. The odds aren’t in his favor in this Week 13 matchup. Sit him!
Next: 4. Wide Receiver Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars
Nov 13, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson (15) stretches to make the catch during the second quarter of a football game against the Houston Texans at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
4. Wide Receiver Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars
Allen Robinson has had a decent fantasy football season so far. For the most part, he earns double-digit points, with some weeks exceeding 20. But, he’s still not the Robinson from last season; he had 14 touchdowns and now only has six entering Week 13.
His best game came in Week 10 against the Houston Texans when he had over 100 yards and a touchdown. He earned over 25 points. But, that was his only 100-yard game of the season, and this week he plays the Denver Broncos. The Broncos have the best pass defense in the league. They are allowing the least passing yards per game averaging about 193.
I am amazed he’s still owned in almost 100 percent of leagues. But, owners beware! Sit Robinson in this week’s matchup.
Next: 3. Wide Receiver Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers
Nov 13, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Steven Nelson (20) breaks up a pass intended for Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (13) in the third quarter. The Chiefs defeated the Panthers 20-17 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
3. Wide Receiver Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers
Has anyone seen last year’s Super Bowl contenders? What happened to the Carolina Panthers? If you follow me throughout the season, you’d know I predicted the Panthers wouldn’t have a repeat season. This also means top 10 drafted receiver Kelvin Benjamin isn’t having a good year either.
Benjamin has scored double-digits in most of his outings but, he only exceeded 15 points in three games; not what we expect from Benjamin! Benjamin also hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 4.
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This week the Panthers play the Seattle Seahawks. Not only will Benjamin be heavily covered by Richard Sherman but, the Seahawks defense ranks top 10 against the pass. If you can afford to sit Benjamin in Week 13, you should. The Seahawks secondary is going to make it difficult for Benjamin this week.
Next: 2. Quarterback Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Nov 27, 2016; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) chased out of bounds by Baltimore Ravens linebacker Albert McClellan (50) at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
2. Quarterback Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Just like Benjamin, Cam Newton has suffered this season, but not more than his fantasy owners. Yes, he’s still considered an elite quarterback but let’s be honest, he isn’t producing like we saw last year.
This No. 1 drafted quarterback isn’t even owned in 100 percent of leagues anymore. He has turned into the quarterback you only start given the right matchup and not an every week starter; especially in one-quarterback leagues.
Even though he saved face by the end of last week’s game, he still finished the first half with only 18 yards on three completed passes. But this week’s matchup won’t allow for a comeback. Newton and the Panthers take on the Seahawks top pass defense. Last week, Jameis Winston only earned about 15 fantasy points against the Seahawks.
Don’t risk a bust in the quarterback position. Sit Newton for this tough Week 13 matchup.
Next: 1. Quarterback Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
Nov 27, 2016; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) pressured by Baltimore Ravens tackle Timmy Jernigan (99) at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
1. Quarterback Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
Since his Week 9 bye, Andy Dalton hasn’t been able to catch a break. In his last three games, Dalton has averaged about 14 fantasy football points per game; that’s nothing compared to Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers.
Last week, was his worst season game. He completed 26-of-48 passes for a little over 280 yards and one touchdown. Dalton also fumbled four times and lost two of those footballs.
Keep in mind the Cincinnati Bengals also are lacking a receiving corps, and now face the Philadelphia Eagles. Only four receivers have topped 100 yards against the team.
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Out of Dalton’s 11 games this season, he has thrown one or fewer touchdowns per game. Who wants to start a quarterback who doesn’t score touchdowns? Exactly! Sit Dalton in all leagues this week.