Our Week 13 Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em is an in-depth look at the weekly NFL matchups and how they will impact your lineup decisions for your fantasy football team. Our list of Week 13 quarterback starts and sits features regular fantasy starters, as well as lesser-known players, who are likely to exceed expectations based on a favorable matchup, or fail to meet expectations due to the strength of their opponent.
Ben Roethlisberger added insult to injury on Thanksgiving night against a Colts team he had previously torched for 10 TD passes in the last two meetings. Big Ben tossed 3 TDs (all to Antonio Brown) and 221 passing yards in a 28-7 demolition of Indianapolis on Thursday Night. This week, Roethlisberger and the Steelers return home to face a Giants team that has ripped off six consecutive victories. However, don’t let the Giants’ recent success deter you from viewing Big Ben as the elite quarterback that he is. With the Steelers offense beginning to resemble what many envisioned it to be, as Ben, Brown, and Le’Veon Bell have been a trio playing at a high level, they look to be matchup-proof moving forward. That being said, Ben has been even more impressive at home and will be ready for the challenge in Sunday afternoon’s battle with the Giants. Start ’em!
Sunday’s win over the Seahawks marked Jameis Winston’s sixth consecutive game in which he has recorded 17 + fantasy points. After managing another productive performance, Winston will face a San Diego secondary this weekend that has allowed 271 passing yards a game and rank 26th against the pass this season. With Mike Evans currently sitting pretty as the No. 2 ranked wide receiver in fantasy, Winston has been able to take advantage of his big body on the outside en route to consistency during his sophomore season. Look for Winston to take another step forward this week in San Diego. Start!
In what has been a resurgent season for the Falcons signal-caller, Matt Ryan has cemented himself as an elite option this season for fantasy purposes. I’m including him this week as a reminder that he has been matchup proof all season, despite a difficult schedule and will continue to be a top-tier option this week at home vs. the Chiefs. With Julio Jones posting an off-week in last week’s win over the Cardinals, look for Atlanta to install him as the focal point vs. Kansas City on Sunday. Despite getting Marcus Peters in coverage, Jones shouldn’t struggle to post a bounceback performance and help Matty Ice and the Falcons to a big week. Start ’em!
The 49ers have suffered a humiliating 2016 season, but Colin Kaepernick did everything he could in Week 12 to deliver the team its second win of the season. Kap posted the most fantasy points at the qb position last week against the Dolphins, posting 296 yards through the air and adding 113 rushing yards, while throwing for 3 TDs. It was an impressive performance on a team completely marred by a lack of playmakers on both sides of the ball. However, Kap’s huge Week 12 was a massive aberration from his steady, but not eye-popping lines from recent weeks. While his level of play on the field has been a nice story during a hopeless 49ers season, I expect the San Francisco signal-caller to come back down to Earth in Week 13 in Chicago. Statistically speaking, the Bears actually sport the 12th best passing defense and are likely to make things more difficult on Kaepernick.
Philip Rivers shook off his four interceptions from Week 11, by throwing for 242 yards and 3 TDs in a Week 12 win over the Texans. With the Chargers welcoming a red-hot Buccaneers team to San Diego this week, it appears as though it’ll be a difficult task for Rivers to match Week 12’s performance. Tampa Bay is coming off a Week 12 win over the Seahawks, where they held a rolling Seattle offense to five points and completely annihilated Russell Wilson. With Tampa stringing together three consecutive wins, they’ll look to bottle up Rivers and the San Diego passing attack in a game that the Chargers will surely try to establish Melvin Gordon more.
The reigning MVP and defending NFC Champions have looked nothing like their former selves from a year ago. Cam Newton hasn’t thrown for more than 2 TDs since Week 2 and the Panthers sit 4-7 in the basement of the NFC South. This week the Panthers will travel to one of the loudest environments in the NFL, when they take on the Seahawks in Seattle. I don’t expect this Panthers passing game to fix itself overnight, especially against a ferocious Seattle secondary who will be hungry to get in the win column after last week’s disappointing loss to the Bucs. Cam can no longer be viewed as a week-in-week-out top pick at the quarterback position in fantasy. Sit ’em!