By The Troll
Before we begin with the start/sit for this very important week 13, let’s review my choices from last week.
QB Drew Brees – 215 yards, 3 INTs
QB Steve McNair – 343 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT
RB Kevin Jones – 4 carries, 32 yards
RB Rueben Droughns – 119 total yards
RB Lamont Jordan – 144 total yards, 2 TDs
WR Eric Parker – 98 receiving yard, 13 rushing yards
WR Donte Stallworth – 48 receiving yards, 1 TD
TE Ben Watson – 14 receiving yards
QB Jake Delhomme – 191 yards, 1 TD
QB Brad Johnson – 207 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT
QB Kurt Warner – 315 yard, 2 TDs, 1 INT
RB Cadillac Williams – 84 rushing yards
RB Fred Taylor – Did not play.
RB Samkon Gado – 111 rushing yards, 1 TD, 1 lost fumble
WR Donald Driver – 50 receiving yards
WR Eric Moulds – 84 receiving yards
TE Doug Jolley – 62 receiving yards
Okay, so I’ll try to do better this week.
Kurt Warner, Arizona – Okay, now I believe. Coming off a 315 yards, 2 touchdown effort against the league’s top pass defense, Warner now turns his attention to the 49ers’, who rank dead last.
Mark Brunell, Washington – Brunell has cooled down considerably after his red-hot start, but it’s a safe bet that he’ll get things back on track against a St. Louis defense that has been lit up David Carr and Kurt Warner the past two weeks.
Jamal Lewis, Baltimore – Lewis finally broke out of his season long suckfest last week against Cincinnati. This week, the reborn former rush champion takes on the Texans, who are giving up 158 rushing yards per game.
Carnell Williams, Tampa Bay – The Cadillac has finally pulled out of the garage again, following back to back solid games for the first time since September. His only downside as he goes against the Saints’ 29th ranked rush defense is that Mike Alstott may vulture away touchdowns.
Ricky Williams, Miami – Smokey has rushed for 80+ yards the past two weeks, so you are not going to want to leave him on bench as he runs wild over the Bills horrific run D.
Andre Johnson, Houston – Chances are Johnson was on your bench for last week’s 12 catches for 159 yards and one touchdown. The Ravens’ pass defense is stout, but Johnson is a #1 receiver that is finally healthy. Start him as you would start a #1.
Anquan Boldin, Arizona – In Boldin’s first go-round with San Francisco earlier this year, he had 116 yards and a touchdown. With Kurt Warner currently on fire, Boldin could reach paydirt twice.
Taylor Jacobs, Washington – The ultimate risk, but he’s been getting a lot of looks lately while starting for the injured David Patten. Going against a Rams’ pass defense that gave up touchdowns to three different Texan players doesn’t hurt either. Don’t bench someone good to start Taylor Jacobs, I’m just saying he’s a nice sleeper.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, St. Louis – The hot pick-up of the week is sure to be in quite a few lineups in this very critical week. However, he is going against a Washington secondary that held Drew Brees, coming off a red hot performance similar to Fitzpatrick, to 215 yards and 3 interceptions following the benching of Wal “Human Torch” Harris. Start Fitz if you must. I won’t.
Brett Favre, Green Bay – In the past five games, Favre has thrown 5 touchdowns and ELEVEN interceptions. Call it a hunch, but it won’t get any better against Chicago.
Lamont Jordan, Oakland – Everyone is well aware of my undying love for Lamont Jordan, but it’s hard to love him against a Chargers team that is second in the NFL against the run. The last time these two teams met, LJ had only 36 yards rushing. He’s still a threat to score, though, so don’t bench him for an inferior running back, like say one that plays for the Vikings, or Curtis Martin.
Samkon Gado, Green Bay – Samkon likes to alternate weeks of sucking and being awesome. It’s his turn to suck, and guess what? He’s playing the Bears!
Julius Jones, Dallas – The Giants are ranked 7th in the league against the run. Bill Parcells has also been inserting Marion Barber III at the goal-line. No logical reason to start Jones unless you have no other option.
Jaguars Receiving Corps, Jacksonville – Perhaps no team this side of St. Louis has more different recievers owned in most fantasy leagues. The fact that the Jags are NOT St. Louis has probably caused a lot of grief to fantasy owners. You never know which guy is going to bust out, so you end up getting burned. Well, now that David Garrard is behind center, you shouldn’t have that problem anymore.
Joe Horn, New Orleans – Horn has not made a venture into the painted grass since week 2. He has, fantasy-wise been replaced by Donte Stallworth as the Saints top receiver. It’s going to be hard for Horn to score against a Tampa defense that has given up just 8 touchdowns through the air all season, second only to Chicago.