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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Week 13: Fine or Pine?

As we pull the regular season train into the station, we hope that you have a lot to be thankful for in fantasy football this year.  If your playoff ticket is punched, start mapping out your week 14 (and/or week 15) matchup.  And, don't forget to give thanks!

If you are still fighting for a playoff spot, you can be grateful for meaningful games on Thanksgiving day.  Try not to sweat it, though... We can help!  Adam Filadelfo (@Frostt24) is here to help you pick out players that are fine to keep in your lineup and some that you should show to the pine.

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It's time to get those roster lineups in. Week 13 is an important week for most fantasy owners as it marks the final week of the regular season in lots and lots of leagues. For some owners, their playoff hopes hinge on this week and with three games on Thursday instead of the usual one, the rosters that are set could be the difference between playing another week and looking forward to fantasy baseball.

Quarterback

Fine- Tom Brady- Brady has been a totally different player in the second half of this season. Coming off of his week 12 performance where he shredded Denver for 344 yards and three touchdowns, Brady gets the Texans defense in week 13. Houston has given fantasy owners only three games this season with double digit fantasy points and the Patriots offense seems to be getting healthy at the right time. Facing a deflated Houston team should help the New England offense even more.

Pine- Case Keenum- Keenum's last game saw him pass for only 169 yards and an interception. While he did pass for 201 yards and 350 yards with six touchdowns in weeks nine and ten respectively, Keenum has been experiencing growing pains and is trending in the wrong direction over the last two weeks. The Patriots defense is capable of creating turnovers and this week probably isn't the week the Texans quarterback gets back on track.

Running Back

Fine- Andre Brown- After shredding the Dallas defense in week 12 for 127 yards on the ground and adding four catches for 11 more yards, Andre Brown gets another favorable matchup this week versus the Redskins. The Washington defense didn't do much to stop the 49ers in week 12 and Andre Brown has been dominant since returning from a broken leg. He's scored double digit fantasy points in his three games played this season. Week 13 should make four.

Pine- Lamar Miller- Even though Lamar Miller is expected to receive a bigger workload now that Daniel Thomas is out for the season, week 13 isn't a good matchup for him. The Dolphins get the Jets and if the Jets do one thing well it's stop the run. Miller has not posted double digit fantasy points since week nine. That was one of his four games with double digit fantasy points this season. He hasn't done much with his opportunities and week 13 isn't a good chance for him to start now.

Wide Receiver

Fine- Harry Douglas- Douglas faces an improved Buffalo defense as of late but not improved enough to shut him down. Pretty much the only healthy option in Atlanta's passing attack, Douglas has been receiving a steady amount of targets each week and has posted double digit fantasy points in four of his last six games. The Falcons will more than likely be playing from behind again and that means increased production for the passing game.

Pine- Julian Edelman- Regardless of his week 12 performance  that saw him explode for nine catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns, Edelman has been an afterthought with Gronk back and Danny Amendola healthy. Even Shane Vereen is cutting into Edelman's targets. The consistent targets have not been there as of late and this was his first noteworthy game since week seven.

Tight End

Fine- Jason Witten- The Cowboys generally play well on Thanksgiving and this year they face the Raiders who should help the Cowboys continue that tradition. Dallas has been utilizing Witten more in the redzone which has paid dividends to his fantasy owners. He already has six touchdowns on the season after having only eight the last two seasons combined. Dallas should have no problem putting up points versus Oakland this week.

Pine- Joseph Fauria- With eleven catches on the season and six touchdowns to show for it, Fauria cannot be trusted each week since he is so touchdown dependent. He has no value whatsoever if he doesn't get in the endzone. There has to be a better option on the waiver wire than Joseph Fauria.

Defense

Fine- Miami- Miami's pass rush is pretty good and the Jets passing game is pretty awful. Geno Smith now has eight touchdown passes on the season to 18 interceptions. Geno seems to be regressing and streaming any defense against the Jets seems to be the smart play that week. Geno has five interceptions in his last two games versus defenses as good or worse than the Dolphins in Baltimore and Buffalo.

Pine- Arizona- The Cardinals defense has been a monster defense for fantasy owners this season and especially as of late. This week the Cardinals face a tough test in the Eagles offense that has been on fire themselves lately. This game could end up being all offense with both quarterbacks playing extremely well for their teams. Both teams also have two very capable receivers who have been elevating their quarterbacks in DeSean Jackson and Riley Cooper for Philadelphia and Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd for Arizona.