29 November 2011
The business end of the season is upon us... for some, it may have already started, and for others, will begin next week. It becomes ever so crucial to solidify your lineup, and to also get insurance where possible. The trade deadline has now passed in many leagues, meaning that the waiver wire now becomes your best friend should you be needing assistance, hence it highlights the importance of finding the right player that suits your needs. Luckily for you, The Fantasy Dudes have done the analysis for you, as such, here are the players you should target for week 13 of the NFL... surprisingly, there is still value left on the board:
Vince Young, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: The first of a few Eagles in this article. Vince has stepped in for the injured Vick and has done a fine job from a fantasy perspective... over 650 yards and 3 touchdowns through the air, and a further 45 yards on the ground, in just two games. A short week for the Eagles means that Vick may sit again. If he does, Vince makes another strong case for a start should you need to fill a void as the Eagles face the Seahawks. Vince is owned in only 6% of standard leagues.
Roy Helu, RB, Washington Redskins: Just who is the starting back at Washington? Tim Hightower? Ryan Torain? Nope, it now appears to be Roy Helu. His powerful running and ability to catch the pass out of the backfield makes him a viable fantasy play. While we do find it hard to hang our hat on any Washington running back given the history, but Helu has put together some strong performances (over 150 all purpose yards last week), hence the Shanahans would be mad not to start him. Roy is owned in 33% of standard leagues.
Maurice Morris, RB, Detroit Lions: Many wrote Morris off after Kevin Smith came into the picture, including us. However, with Smith suffering from an ankle sprain, and Best on IR, Morris is the man right now. His value comes particularly with receptions given the nature of how the Lions play. He had 9 receptions for 81 yards last week. Note, if Smith does play, then Morris takes a back seat. Maurice is owned in only 32% of standard leagues after a huge drop prior to the thanksgiving game.
CJ Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills: In case you have been living under a rock this past week, Fred Jackson has been placed on injured reserve, meaning CJ now has the chance to show everyone what he has to offer. Last week he only had 55 yards, but he did carry the ball 19 times. Pick him up if he is available. CJ is owned in 74% of standard fantasy leagues.
Donald Brown, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Donald is an interesting one. It is really hard to recommend anyone on the Colts this season, especially given their lack of scoring, but with a new quarterback, they will likely lean more on the run. We should note that his 80 yards on the weekend came against the terrible Panthers run D, hence they made him look good. He, and not Addai, is the one to own right now. Donald is owned in just under 12% of standard leagues.
Peyton Hillis, RB, Cleveland Browns: This may surprise you, but some owners have given up on the Madden cursed running back, and we have received questions recently if he should be picked up. Our answer, and it should have been picked up from the weekend, is absolutely yes... run, don't walk to the waiver wire. Peyton is owned in 84% of fantasy leagues.
Riley Cooper, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: If you are down on wide outs, and sit in a deep league, then Riley is well worth a look. With the team losing some of their wide receivers for various reasons, Riley has been handed a great opportunity, and he has grabbed it with both hands (excuse the pun) having recorded 8 catches for almost 150 yards and a touchdown over the past 2 games. Surprisingly, he is owned in less than 1% of standard fantasy leagues.
Darrius Heyward-Bay, WR, Oakland Raiders: We are big fans of DHB, although he has disappointed a little lately (doesn't help when you get carted off the field). However, last week he did lead the team in targets (10), and he caught 4 of them. Carson is starting to find his feet and DHB should benefit. Darrius is owned in 26% of standard leagues.
Santana Moss, WR, Washington Redskins: Santana returned from injury last weekend, and showed off his usual skills. If he is available, go and get him now. He is owned in only 58% of standard fantasy leagues.
Brent Celek, TE, Philadelphia Eagles: Production continues to increase, especially given DeSean is in the doghouse, and Maclin has been injured. Brent has caught 29 passes for over 340 yards over his past 5 games. With Seattle and Miami on deck, the touchdowns should surely come. Brent is owned in just over 24% of standard leagues.
New England Patriots D/ST: Have showed significant signs of improvement over the past few weeks, and have totaled 9 interceptions over their past 6 games, including two taken all the way to the house. Face a Colts team in disarray, as they start Dan Orlovsky at QB this week (he hasn't started a game since 2008). This unit is owned in 58% of standard fantasy leagues.
Others we have mentioned in the past that should not be forgotten: Andy Dalton, Toby Gerhart, Kevin Smith (could be good down the line come playoffs), Antonio Brown, Laurent Robinson, Nate Burleson, Jake Ballard, Denver Broncos D/ST.
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