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Week 13: Start Em, Sit Em - Ben Roethlisberger, Allen Robinson, and Others

Armando Marsal shares his starts and sits for Week 13

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Start Em

Ben Roethlisberger, PIT vs. IND - Big Ben is averaging 389.7 passing yards and 27.8 fantasy points in his last three games. He faces the Colts who he absolutely torched last season as he threw for 522 yards and six touchdowns against them, which was good for 56 fantasy points. The Colts are allowing 282.9 passing yards per game and have surrendered 20 passing touchdowns. They're also allowing over 16 fantasy points per game. Big Ben should be ready to go after suffering a concussion in Week 12. Look for him to connect often with Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant who should both be in for a big game.

Other Starts

Matthew Stafford, DET vs. GB

Jay Cutler, CHI vs. SF

Ryan Tannenhill, MIA vs. BAL

Andy Dalton, CIN at CLE

Sleeper Alert: Ryan Fitzpatrick, NYJ at NYG

Sit Em

Philip Rivers, SD vs. DEN- Rivers has certainly been up and down in recent weeks. Last week he did well against the Jags. He threw for 300 yards and four touchdowns against them, but in the previous two games, he combined for 458 passing yards, one touchdown, and one interception. This week he faces off against the best pass defense in the league. The Broncos are allowing just 218.1 passing yards per game and have yielded 11 passing touchdowns, while intercepting the ball 10 times. They allow the fewest fantasy points per game (10.9). Only Andrew Luck and Tom Brady scored more than 20 fantasy points in a game against the Broncos this season. The Chargers offensive line struggles and will face one of the best pass rushing defenses. This could be a long day for Rivers.

Other Sits

Russell Wilson, SEA at MIN

Brian Hoyer, HOU at BUF

Tyrod Taylor, BUF vs. HOU

Sam Bradford, PHI at NE

Bust Alert: Matt Ryan, ATL at TB

Running Backs

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DeAngelo Williams, PIT vs. IND - The Colts allow the eighth most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs (17.7). They surrender 95.5 rushing yards per game, 4.2 yards per carry, and have yielded 12 touchdowns to running backs. Williams has scored 17 or more fantasy points in all but one game as a starter this season (in PPR formats).  He's involved in both the run game and the pass game. He has been targeted 17 times in his last four starts and has three touchdowns in his last three games. Even when Big Ben threw for 400+ yards last week, Williams had a big game. He should receive plenty of opportunities to get in the end zone against a subpar defense.

Other Starts

Darren McFadden, DAL at WAS

Javorius "Buck" Allen, BAL at MIA

Jonathan Stewart, CAR at NO

LeGarrette Blount, NE vs. PHI

Sleeper alert: Ronnie Hillman, DEN at SD

Sit Em

Latavius Murray, OAK vs. KC - It's never easy benching a running back who see the bulk of the carries for their team, but Murray has struggled this season and has a tough matchup ahead of him. If you can't sit him because your options are limited, I get it, but temper your expectations. He's averaging 69.5 rushing yards per game and has scored just four touchdowns. The Chiefs are allowing just 12.7 fantasy points per game to running backs and have not allowed 100+ rushing yards since Week 7. They're surrendering 81.4 rushing yards per game and 3.8 yards per carry, while allowing just five rushing touchdowns. They're one of the stingiest run defenses and will make it tough on Murray to gain some yards. Unless he breaks a long one for a touchdown, he'll likely have a rough day.

Other Sits

Frank Gore, IND at PIT

Lamar Miller, MIA vs. BAL

Melvin Gordon, SD vs. DEN

Alfred Morris, WAS vs. DAL

Bust Alert: DeMarco Murray, PHI at NE

Wide Receivers

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Allen Robinson, JAC at TEN - Robinson is quietly having a nice season. He's caught 55 passes for 927 yards and eight touchdowns. He is averaging 9.9 targets per game, but has been targeted 11 times in three of his last four games. The Titans are surrendering 169.9 yards and 11.2 receptions per game, while surrendering 12 touchdowns to opposing receivers. They're also allowing 22.4 fantasy points per game. Robinson played against the Titans a couple of weeks ago and caught five passes for 113 yards. He has scored 15+ fantasy points in seven consecutive games and double digit fantasy points in every game since Week 2 (PPR formats). He has scored two touchdowns in his last three games and has eclipsed 100 yards in two of his last four games. Make sure you plug him in your lineups this week.

Other Starts

Martavis Bryant, PIT vs. IND

Jarvis Landry, MIA vs. BAL

T.Y. Hilton, IND at PIT

Michael Crabtree, OAK vs. KC

Sleeper Alert: Davante Parker, MIA vs. BAL

Sit Em

Brandin Cooks, NO vs. CAR - Does the name Josh Norman ring a bell? He has been an absolute shut down corner this season and has tamed some of the best receivers in the game. Opposing receivers are averaging 143 yards and just 17.5 fantasy points per game against the Panthers. They've allowed just seven touchdowns. This defense has been absurdly good against the pass and should continue to do so this week. They did not allow any Saints receivers to get in the end zone in Week 3. In that game, Cooks caught seven passes for 79 yards. I can live with that in PPR formats, but in standard leagues, that'll hurt you.

Other Sits

Stevie Johnson, SD vs. DEN

Stephon Diggs, MIN vs. SEA

Jordan Matthews, PHI at NE

Doug Baldwin, SEA at MIN

Bust Alert: Mike Evans, TB vs. ATL

Tight Ends

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Julius Thomas, JAC at TEN

Delanie Walker, TEN vs. JAC

Travis Kelce, KC at OAK

Sit Em

Brent Celek, PHI at NE

Vance McDonald, SF at CHI

Eric Ebron, DET vs. GB


Start Em

New England Patriots vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns

Sit Em

St. Louis