Each week during the NFL season FST brings you our Fantasy Football Start’em column, which takes a look at favorable match-ups and how they might impact lineup decisions for your fantasy football roster. Let’s take a look at some players that you’ll want in your lineup for Week 13. If you have any start’em sit’em questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.

Running Backs

Jamaal Charles KC VS. CAR

Charles in Charge has been more like Charles Mansion this season. The anemic KC offense continues to just boggle the minds of all Chiefs fans and fantasy owners. Bowe has become almost a must drop in most leagues to acquire more targeted alternatives with favorable options. This week the trend is bucked. The Chiefs will put up their most points of the season or at least 2nd most and have a legit shot at their 2nd win…just maybe. Cam Newton looked great Monday night but I like Charles getting the Chiefs attack moving and have a strong shot at over the century mark combined in running and receiving yards. I’ll even throw in a touchdown for good measure.

Bryce Brown PHI VS. DAL

The man who has the longest Eagles TD run this season, welcome to the NFL. Bryce Brown gets some love atop the Start’em list for good reason. He was a more than admirable fill in to replace a concussed Shady McCoy. I worry about his fumbling issues, that won’t be tolerated and they could go further down the depth chart to the likes of Chris Polk maybe? I’m an advocate of this free agent unsigned rookie out of Univ. of Washington in Seattle. But let’s get real, the Cowboys are a stern test and Brown is likely going to carry the full-time load. He’s a solid 12 point play if you need him this week.


Matt Schaub HOU VS. TEN

I’m putting the NFL on Schaub alert again. After posting a killing against the Jaguars a couple weeks ago I expect that he shakes off the Suh groin cleat massage to do damage to the Titans this week. Let’s go with 250 and 3 TDs as the “bullet-proof tiger” pick this week. He’s got the weapons and the Texans should dispatch of the Titans easily this weekend.

Cam Newton CAR VS. KC

Primetime player Newton should be money in the bank on Sunday versus a Chiefs team that has been as sad as the Eagles this season. We all saw what Super Cam did to them on MNF, let’s just say he’s got “Panty-Dropping” player of the week potential against the Chiefs. He’ll get those 60 rushing yards and the necessary yards and at least one TD via the air. 25 fantasy points are enough to make a fantasy owner’s pallet moist. Play the arrogant and white teethed Newton this week.

Wide Receivers

Pierre Garcon WAS VS. NYG

Pierre blew up on the scene in Dallas on Thanksgiving with his big time TD reception as he outran the Cowboys secondary with ease. How’s that toe and injured ankle look now? Pretty good I would say. How about that New York Giants pass defense? Will they be able to catch RGIII? Nah, not a chance. RGIII finds a way to scramble and find Garcon deep for a score and racks up yards and receptions in a MNF shootout. Let’s be real “Au Revoir” stands for see ya later little homie as he passes defenders to TD jogs on Monday.

Greg Jennings GB VS. MIN

Mr. Old Spice commercial man is back in action. Finally for all those relieved fantasy owners that clung on to hope or refused to get trade ravaged. So here’s the big intro, he plans to practice the entire week with the team so that should bode well. I have no hesitation starting him his first week back. The Packers are in the mix for the wild card, they are desperate for victories to finish the season strong and give themselves a chance to overtake the Bears atop the NFC North. So expect Jennings to play and be targeted his fair share in his first action back.

Tight Ends

Martellus Bennett NYG VS. WAS

Bennett looked great Sunday night against the Packers. His routes were crisp, he got open and made some nice grabs. He’ll be looking to find the end zone vs. a defense that loves to let tight ends abuse them for fantasy points. If you have Vernon Davis or Antonio Gates this week, make sure you find this guy if he’s on your Free Agent list. He’s got huge upside and Manning should not mistake the tall guy with the soft hands over the middle at Fed Ex Field Monday night.

Jason Witten DAL VS. PHI

Witten has a great matchup versus an all but lost Eagles team. It always seems when the chips are down in Dallas, like after their punishing defeat on Thanksgiving to the Redskins, it’s guys like Witten that take it to heart. Witten doesn’t want this season to go to pot, so expect him and Romo to hook up for at least 1 TD and to be on the same page as they look to avenge some defeats from the Eagles last season. I also like Romo in this matchup but Witten should feast on double digits this week.


Dallas Cowboys DAL VS. PHI

To parlay off the Eagles poor season I look no further than a punished Dallas defensive front. RGIII won’t be running circles around the Cowboys defenders and rookie Nick Foles is in all probability the starter again. Without DeSean, it’ll be Cooper Riley and Maclin to handle most of the receiving yards. I like the Cowboys playmakers in the secondary. I can envision a pick 6 and perhaps even a big time special teams play too.