Jets Back Chris Ivory Looks to Swamp the Fins

If Ivory plays against the Dolphins, he is a must-start

If Ivory plays against the Dolphins, he is a must-start

New York Jets running back Chris Ivory has been dealing with a sprained ankle that has kept him a limited participant in practice throughout the week. Ivory did practice in full on Friday in preparation for his Week 13 matchup against the Miami Dolphins.

The 4th year back out of Tiffin University has a favorable matchup if he does suit up on Sunday. The Dolphins are giving up more than 120 rush yards per game this season. They have been very generous to opposing running backs giving up over 21 fantasy points per game to the position which ranks around 30th worst in the NFL.

The Jets have had no choice but to be committed to the run this season. Rookie starting quarterback Geno Smith has done a terrible job of taking care of the football. Smith has thrown a league leading 18 interceptions coming into Week 13 with just 8 touchdowns and 4 lost fumbles.

Jets head coach Rex Ryan will once again look to the ground game for stability on offence against a pathetic Dolphins run defense. This could lead to a big stat line for Ivory come Sunday. Monitor Ivory’s status until Sunday morning, if he is playing get him in your lineup as a solid 2nd running back or flex.

 

Jets Back Chris Ivory Looks to Swamp the Fins

If Ivory plays against the Dolphins, he is a must-start

If Ivory plays against the Dolphins, he is a must-start

New York Jets running back Chris Ivory has been dealing with a sprained ankle that has kept him a limited participant in practice throughout the week. Ivory did practice in full on Friday in preparation for his Week 13 matchup against the Miami Dolphins.

The 4th year back out of Tiffin University has a favorable matchup if he does suit up on Sunday. The Dolphins are giving up more than 120 rush yards per game this season. They have been very generous to opposing running backs giving up over 21 fantasy points per game to the position which ranks around 30th worst in the NFL.

The Jets have had no choice but to be committed to the run this season. Rookie starting quarterback Geno Smith has done a terrible job of taking care of the football. Smith has thrown a league leading 18 interceptions coming into Week 13 with just 8 touchdowns and 4 lost fumbles.

Jets head coach Rex Ryan will once again look to the ground game for stability on offence against a pathetic Dolphins run defense. This could lead to a big stat line for Ivory come Sunday. Monitor Ivory’s status until Sunday morning, if he is playing get him in your lineup as a solid 2nd running back or flex.

 

Zac Stacy is Worth the Risk Against the Niners

Stacy has good shot at breaking through the 49ers run defense

Stacy has good shot at breaking through the 49ers run defense

St. Louis Rams running back Zac Stacy has been cleared to play on Sunday,  just 5 days after sustaining a concussion. This young Rams team will need all of their weapons available as they take on the division rival San Francisco 49ers. Stacy, who has been a happy revelation this season, will need to play his absolute best.

In the Rams 42-21 beat down over the Chicago Bears, they lost 3 players to concussions. Stacy was the most valuable of all of them. Reshaping themselves into a run-first football team, much of their recent success has come at the feet of Stacy.

As a rookie 5th round draft pick out of Vanderbilt, Stacy wasn’t expected to be as productive as he’s been. But through the 7 games, he’s averaging 4.4 yards per carry totaling 624 yards with 4 touchdowns. He’s repeatedly proven himself to be a tough guy, so it’s hard to believe any lingering effects of the concussion will impede his play.

It’s a risky start against a bruising 49ers defense, but it’s worth it. Stacy is a consistent running back who has the potential to breakout in this game.

Week 13 Running Back Sit and Start Report

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Donald Brown should run all over the Titans run defense

Week 13 is here and that means the last week of the fantasy regular season for most owners. If you’re one win away from that last playoff spot, every roster decision is extremely important. Check out this week’s sit/start report for the running back position.

Start:

Andre Brown, New York Giants – Since coming back from injury in Week 10, Andre Brown has absolutely dominated the touches out of the New York Giants backfield. He’s racked up at least 93 total yards during each of his three games since coming back and has rushed for 100 or more yards in two of the three. With the Giants facing the Washington Redskins this week, Brown may have his best matchup yet. The Redskins have surrendered the most rushing touchdowns in the league and give up the third most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Start the Giants workhorse back with confidence this week.

Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts – With Trent Richardson competing with Ray Rice as fantasy’s biggest bust, Donald Brown has become a decent fantasy play when the matchup is right. That is the case this week as the Colts take on the Tennessee Titans. When the two teams faced off back in Week 11, Brown turned in his most productive fantasy performance of the season, posting 94 total yards and two touchdowns. Look for Brown to come close to these totals once again against a team that ranks in the bottom half of the league against the run.

Sit:

Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins – While Miller may finally get his chance due to Daniel Thomas’s recent injury, this is not the week to take a chance with Miller. Facing the NFL’s number one ranked rush defense, Miller is going to have a tough time finding any success against the New York Jets this week. Add that to the fact that the Jets play much better at home, and you have a recipe for disaster for Miami’s rushing attack on Sunday.

Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – The clock struck midnight for Bobby Rainey’s Cinderella story last week and the matchup gets even tougher this week against the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers give up a measly 81 yards a game on the ground and have given up only 1 rushing touchdown in the past seven weeks. Don’t expect much from Rainey against one of the NFL’s best front sevens.

Week 13 Quarterback Sit and Start Report

The Titans are primed to shut down Luck again during Week 13

Look for the Titans to shut down Andrew Luck once again during Week 13

Week 13 is here and that means that no teams are on their bye week. With every team having a game, there are plenty of quarterback matchups out there that can help your fantasy team earn a win this week.

Start:

Carson Palmer- Arizona Cardinals Carson Palmer has been one of the hottest quarterbacks during the past three weeks. He’s thrown for 974 yards, 6 touchdowns and just one interception. The Cardinals will travel to Philadelphia on Sunday to take on the league’s worst pass defense. The Eagles are currently allowing an average of 300.1 yards per game through the air. Fantasy owners should start the hot Carson Palmer against Philly.

Eli Manning- While Eli Manning’s name has not been thrown around as one of the better fantasy quarterbacks this year, the Giants have begun to turn around their season. Manning faces a favorable matchup against the Washington Redskins porous pass defense, a unit allowing 270.6 yards per game to opposing quarterbacks. Fantasy owners should look to take advantage of this matchup in Week 13.

Sit:

Andrew Luck- Indianapolis Colts second year quarterback Andrew Luck has struggled to keep the ball out of the opposing defenses’ hands lately. In his past three games he has thrown for two touchdowns and four interceptions. Luck will take on the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, a team whose pass defense currently ranks 8th in the NFL, allowing just 217.4 yards per game through the air. Sit the cold Andrew Luck in Week 13.

Russell Wilson- While the Seattle Seahawks are arguably the best team in the league, Russell Wilson’s matchup against the New Orleans Saints is less than favorable. Both teams possess two of the league’s top three pass defenses, both allowing fewer than 200 passing yards per game on average. Wilson is a high-risk fantasy quarterback on Monday night.

Knowshon Moreno Preparing for the Chiefs

Moreno moves closer to playing Week 13 against the Chiefs

Moreno moves closer to playing Week 13 against the Chiefs

The Denver Broncos had all their active players practicing on Thanksgiving, including starting running back Knowshon Moreno. After Moreno bruised his ankle late in the Broncos overtime loss to the Patriots last week, his status has been in question. Now back at practice, the Broncos are hoping he’ll be ready to go on Sunday in possibly their most decisive game of the season against the Chiefs.

To put it elegantly, Moreno is a very talented running back. Best described though, Moreno is an absolute beast. He runs like he has the biggest possible chip on his shoulder. On top of great vision in the hole and ability to execute, he punishes defenders at the end of every run. There’s no doubt he’ll keep up that style of play this Sunday.

In their Week 12 loss to the Patriots, Moreno kept the Broncos alive until the very end. While quarterback Peyton Manning only threw for 150 yards, Moreno ran for 224 yards and a touchdown on 37 attempts. His longest run was only 18 yards, further enforcing his nearly unbelievable durability.

Just as Moreno’s efforts carried the Broncos last week, they’ll need a similar performance against the Chiefs resilient defense this week. With defensive leaders Tamba Hali and Justin Houston banged up, the Broncos will look to move the ball on the ground. If Moreno is as healthy as he claims to be, he’s one running back you can’t afford to sit in your fantasy league.

Knowshon Moreno Preparing for the Chiefs

Moreno moves closer to playing Week 13 against the Chiefs

Moreno moves closer to playing Week 13 against the Chiefs

The Denver Broncos had all their active players practicing on Thanksgiving, including starting running back Knowshon Moreno. After Moreno bruised his ankle late in the Broncos overtime loss to the Patriots last week, his status has been in question. Now back at practice, the Broncos are hoping he’ll be ready to go on Sunday in possibly their most decisive game of the season against the Chiefs.

To put it elegantly, Moreno is a very talented running back. Best described though, Moreno is an absolute beast. He runs like he has the biggest possible chip on his shoulder. On top of great vision in the hole and ability to execute, he punishes defenders at the end of every run. There’s no doubt he’ll keep up that style of play this Sunday.

In their Week 12 loss to the Patriots, Moreno kept the Broncos alive until the very end. While quarterback Peyton Manning only threw for 150 yards, Moreno ran for 224 yards and a touchdown on 37 attempts. His longest run was only 18 yards, further enforcing his nearly unbelievable durability.

Just as Moreno’s efforts carried the Broncos last week, they’ll need a similar performance against the Chiefs resilient defense this week. With defensive leaders Tamba Hali and Justin Houston banged up, the Broncos will look to move the ball on the ground. If Moreno is as healthy as he claims to be, he’s one running back you can’t afford to sit in your fantasy league.

Time Running Out for Texans Tight End Owen Daniels

Daniels is expected to return for Week 13 against the Patriots

There is no real timetable for Daniels to return to the Texans

Owen Daniels is not even close to returning to the football field and you can pretty much count him out for the next two to three weeks, according to the Houston Chronicle. Daniels can’t even run without pain and any ideas about returning  before Week 15 are shot.

The 31 year old out of Wisconsin has been out since Week 5 with a fractured fibula. Daniels was initially only expected to miss a few weeks, but his stint on injured reserved increases with each setback.

Daniels was off to a pretty good start in the 2013 season before sustaining his injury against the San Francisco 49ers. He had totaled 18 catches for 192 yards and three touchdowns, and actually led the Texans with 6 catches in Week 5. Daniels was targeted 9 times; only one less than star receiver Andre Johnson. However, Daniels left the game “sore” and, after an MRI, learned that the injury would keep him out for extended time.

The Texans have been through some serious struggles as of late, losing 9 in a row and finding themselves at the bottom of the AFC South at 2-9. There’s no reason to rush Daniels back to action and the team might even consider shutting him down for the season.

Steelers versus Ravens: Thursday Night Sit and Start Report

Big Ben should have few problems with the Ravens defense

Big Ben should have few problems with the Ravens defense

Week 13 kicks off with four Thanksgiving football games, the last of which has the bitter divisional rivals Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens facing off. Both teams have some strong fantasy value on them and fantasy owners should look to capitalize on their Week 13 matchups.

Start:

Ray Rice- While the Pittsburgh Steelers defense ranks 13th in the league, their major weakness lies within their rush defense, which ranks 9th worse in the NFL. Rice has struggled so far this season, but still remains a strong factor in the Ravens passing game. Fantasy owners should expect a solid performance on Thanksgiving night from Rice.

Ben Roethlisberger- Big Ben is one of the hotter quarterbacks out there right now, throwing for 1,188 yards, 11 touchdowns and just three interceptions through his last four games. Fantasy owners should keep playing Roethlisberger’s hot streak as he takes on his division rival Baltimore Ravens.

Sit:

Joe Flacco- Super Bowl XLVII MVP Joe Flacco has not had a season worth his new enormous six-year $120 million contract so far. Through 11 games this season, he has thrown for 2,742 yards and a dismal 1-1 touchdown-interception ratio, 14 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Unfortunately for Flacco, his rival Pittsburgh Steelers possess the league’s 10th best pass defense. Fantasy owners should bench Joe Flacco against the Steelers this week.

Emmanuel Sanders- Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders has picked up where he left off last season when he experienced somewhat of a breakout season. With 48 receptions for 561 yards, and three touchdowns on the season, he ranks second on the team in receptions and receiving yards and third in receiving touchdowns. The Ravens defense ranks 11th in the league against the pass so fantasy owners should not expect a strong performance from Sanders in Week 13.

 

Packers versus Lions: Thanksgiving Day Sit and Start Report

James Jones is already one of Matt Flynn's favorite targets

James Jones is already one of Matt Flynn’s favorite targets

With Thanksgiving Day approaching, many Americans are looking forward to the three F’s of Turkey Day: Family, Food, and Fantasy Football. To get you prepared for your football fix, check out this week’s sit/start report for the classic Thanksgiving matchup between the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers.

Start:

James Jones, Green Bay Packers – There was probably no one happier to see Matt Flynn enter the game on Sunday for the Green Bay Packers than wide receiver, James Jones. With Scott Tolzien at quarterback the last few weeks, Jones was barely seeing any balls thrown his way (16 targets in Weeks 9-11). Sunday was a different story, though, as Jones saw 12 targets from Flynn, totaling 80 yards on seven catches. This week, Jones has a juicy matchup against a Lions secondary which is surrendering the second most fantasy points to opposing wideouts. Look for Jones to keep producing this week with Flynn under center.

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions – Stafford has been a stud quarterback all season long, and this week should be no different. With Nate Burleson returning from injury this past Sunday, Stafford had yet another weapon at his disposal, throwing for 297 yards and three touchdowns and has now thrown for multiple TD passes in 5 of the last 6 weeks. While he did throw four picks, Stafford should fare well this week, returning to the friendly confines of Ford Field. He also gets a nice matchup against a Packers defense which has allowed opposing QBs to throw for at least one touchdown in all but one of their games this year.

Sit:

Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions – A solid option all year, Bush may struggle to find running room this week against the Packers. The Packers played the Lions well in their first meeting, limiting Bush to only 69 total yards. Bush has also seen a decreased workload the past few weeks. Since recording 21 carries in Week 8, he has not received more than 15 carries in any of the Lions last three games. Temper expectations this week for the running back.

Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers – Eddie Lacy looked unstoppable last Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, racking up 158 total yards and a score. This week, however, Lacy faces a much stiffer test. The Lions front seven has been borderline dominant the past six games as they have not allowed an opposing rusher to rush for more than 61 yards or score a touchdown in that span. Facing such a porous secondary, Green Bay may look to air it out more than usual this week to pick up the win. If that’s the case, Lacy may not see the type of success he has recently been having.