Monday, December 5, 2011

Fantasy Football Pickups for Week 13

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL DECEMBER 1
Philadelphia Eagles @ Seattle Seahawks

UPDATE -

Once again, another week of NFL football went by, and more season ending injuries occurred.  The Texans lost another QB in Matt Leinart to a broken collarbone, and are now forced to play rookie QB TJ Yates.  They did however sign veteran QB Jake Delhomme to back him up.  The NFC North took a beating as well as WR Michael Jenkins of the Minnesota Vikings is done for the season with a knee injury.  That division also lost two RBs in James Starks(Packers)and Kevin Smith(Lions), who both suffered ankle injuries.  It is unclear if either back will play in week 13.  Out west, Sindey Rice is not playing after suffering a concussion and Seattle having the short week.  This is the end of most fantasy regular seasons so let us know how we can help you make the playoffs!
 


Must Haves
With no more BYE Weeks, only an injury to a star player could add someone to this category.

Solid Pickups
Donald Brown RB – If you have been hit with the injury bug at the RB position, than Donald Brown is probably the last name you want on your roster.  But he has shown he is healthy the past 4 games with 356 rushing yards on 76 carries (4.7 avg).  Plus a matchup with Patriots could force them to throw the ball to him as well.

Brent Celek TE – There was a period of time when Brent Celek was a MUST PLAY TE.  After Vick arrived, he became irrelevant.  In the past 4 weeks only Tony Gonzalez, Rob Gronkowski and Antonio Gates have more receptions and yards.  The only negative is that Celek has not found the endzone during this span.  Hopefully that all changes this week.

Good For A Week
Nate Burleson WR – A matchup against the Saints means a lot of pass attempts for Matthew Stafford.  This could lead to double digit targets for Burleson who has 20 catches in the past 4 weeks.  If you are in a PPR he is worth a look.  Non PPR stay away as those 20 catches have gone for just 185 yards.

Players to Watch
T.J. Yates – The 5th round pick out of North Carolina was probably caught off guard last week when Matt Leinart left the game.  Yates completed 53% of his 15 passes for just 70 yards, but he didn’t turn the ball over.  That will be the most important thing for him is ball control.  With Foster and Tate in the backfield to open up the passing game, Yates should provide decent fantasy numbers, just don’t be surprised when Andre Johnson has way below average games.  Most of his targets will go to TE, RB and FB.

Upset of the Week (3-9)
Bengals @ Steelers

Pick 6 (52-20)
Packers @ Giants
Ravens @ Browns
Patriots vs Colts
49ers vs Rams
Chargers @ Jaguars
Bears vs Chiefs

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