Week 13 picks in fantasy football

Posted: December 01, 2012

Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 13.

Watch 'em roll

Matt Stafford, QB, Lions vs. Colts. Coming off his huge Thanksgiving outing against the Texans, Stafford should be in your starting lineup as the Colts' mediocre secondary comes to town. Stafford is finally starting to resemble the deadly gunslinger we remember from last season.

Bryce Brown, RB, Eagles at Cowboys. Dallas' defense is in free fall, thanks to injuries. Meanwhile, LeSean McCoy is still in the early stages of recovery from his concussion, leaving the Birds backfield in Brown's capable hands again.

Mikel Leshoure, RB, Lions vs. Colts. With scoring runs in each of his last two games, Leshoure is back on a decent roll.

Stevie Johnson, WR, Bills vs. Jaguars. He's reached the end zone just once since Week 3, but Johnson has a good chance to return there against the shoddy Jaguars secondary.

Brandon LaFell, WR, Panthers at Chiefs. LaFell has scored in back-to-back games, and he has actually been more productive than Steve Smith in recent weeks.

More thumbs up (excluding the no-brainers): QBs Cam Newton, Matt Schaub, Andy Dalton, and Tony Romo; RBs Frank Gore, C.J. Spiller, Trent Richardson, Alfred Morris, and Jonathan Dwyer; WRs Eric Decker, Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, Reggie Wayne, Dez Bryant, Hakeem Nicks, Steve Smith, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Pierre Garcon, and Cecil Shorts.

Roll 'em back

Josh Freeman, QB, Buccaneers at Broncos. After a six-game stretch in which he posted a whopping 1,715 passing yards and 16 TDs, Freeman came down to earth against the Falcons in Week 12.

Stevan Ridley, RB, Patriots at Dolphins. With the rushing workload divided among three or four backs, Ridley will have a tough time racking up big stats against the stingy Dolphins run defense.

Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders vs. Browns. RunDMC (ankle) is expected to reclaim his starting job this week, but Marcel Reece has earned a continuing role in the rushing attack, thanks to his strong relief performances. If McFadden sits again, Reece is worth a start.

Golden Tate, WR, Seahawks at Bears. Tate has been surprisingly effective when healthy; but, like his quarterback, he's much more productive at home than on the road.

Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers at Ravens. Last week, I begged you to sit Mike Wallace. This week, I'm just as concerned about Brown, who is on track to return from a three-week absence because of an ankle injury.

More thumbs down: QBs Philip Rivers, Joe Flacco, Mark Sanchez, Russell Wilson, and Sam Bradford; RBs James Starks, Knowshon Moreno, and Rashad Jennings; WRs Mike Wallace, Jeremy Kerley, Greg Jennings, Torrey Smith, Jeremy Maclin, Dwayne Bowe, Sidney Rice, Danny Amendola, James Jones, and Mike Williams.

Taking a flier

Michael Bush, RB, Bears vs. Seahawks. While there's a decent chance Matt Forte will suit up, Bush will surely see more touches, if only to reduce the wear and tear on the starter's tender ankle.

Don't be the idiot who . . .

. . . sticks with David Akers despite concerns over his pelvis injury. Still owned in 80 percent of fantasy leagues, Akers whiffed on two of three field goal attempts last week.

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