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Weekly Matchups: Strong Plays, Weak Plays Week 13

Kyle Fisher

Kyle Fisher writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

Matt Schaub vs. TEN

Schaub broke 300 yards for the second straight time and has 103 attempts in the last two games. This bodes well for fantasy owners, as well as that due to injuries the Texans once mighty defense has been struggling. Schaub should be in for another solid effort this week against division-rival Tennessee. The Titans have allowed the sixth most fantasy yards to quarterbacks, and Schaub's first game was a solid 202-yard, two-touchdown performance in Week 4. Look for another starter-worthy performance this week from Schaub as the Texans get closer to clinching home-field advantage.

Cam Newton vs. KC

Newton is coming off his best fantasy performance of the season, accounting for four touchdowns in the Monday night win over the Eagles. Overall, Newton has been a bit of a disappointment this season, but he has the matchup this week to have another stellar performance. The Chiefs have allowed the ninth most fantasy points to quarterbacks and have allowed multiple passing touchdowns in five of their last six games. Newton also could be big on the ground as the Chiefs have yet to face a mobile quarterback this season. Look for Newton to be have one of the better quarterback performances this week in a battle of teams that will be drafting early in April.

Rashad Jennings vs. BUF

With injuries to Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) and Jalen Parmele (groin), Jennings is in line to see the bulk of the action against the Bills. Jennings has not bee very good, averaging just about 2.8 yards per carry, and he hasn't broken 60 yards despite getting double-digit carries in five of the last six games. However, this week should be Jennings' best shot to be fantasy relevant against Buffalo. The Bills have allowed the most fantasy points on the ground this season and have allowed a league-high 14 rushing touchdowns. While Jennings isn't a great player, he could be a nice one-week flex option, especially for owners dealing with injury bug that happens this time of year.

Eric Decker vs. TB

Decker has cooled off tremendously the last three weeks, catching just eight balls for 102 yards and a touchdown, and on the season has just one 100-yard game receiving. Still, the Broncos have been one of the better passing teams in the NFL and have a great matchup this week against Tampa. The Bucs have allowed the most fantasy points to wide receivers this season and have allowed touchdowns to receivers in six straight games. While Demaryius Thomas is clearly the top target in Denver, there should be enough balls to go around for Decker to have one of his better games of the season.

Martellus Bennett vs. WAS

The first three weeks of the season, Bennett played like a top-5 tight end, scoring touchdowns each week and averaging five catches a game. Since then, he hasn't found the endzone and has just one game of five catches. That game was against this week's opponent, the Redskins. Washington is the third worst team in the NFL against the tight end and has given up at least five catches to the position for seven straight weeks. Look for Bennett to have one of his best games in the past several months and be a low-end starter this week.


Joe Flacco vs. PIT

Flacco has been the ultimate feast-or-famine quarterback. He has four games with more than 300 yards and four games with fewer than 200. When the Ravens defeated the Steelers two week ago Flacco threw for just 164 yards and no touchdowns. Despite the Steelers' struggles in the win column without Ben Roethlisberger, they still rank second in fewest fantasy points allowed to the quarterback and have given up less than 200 yards passing in six straight games. Look for this to be a bench week for Flacco with much better options on the board.

Marshawn Lynch vs. CHI

Lynch's streak of four straight 100-yard games came to a halt last week against the Dolphins in a tough matchup. This week's matchup looks to be even tougher as the Seahawks have a pivotal showdown against the Bears in Chicago. The Bears rank second in the league in fewest fantasy point given up to running backs this season. While Lynch will be in your lineup, unless you have great depth, don't expect this to be a bounce-back week for him in the Windy City.

Stevan Ridley vs. MIA

Ridley has been on a roll lately, scoring touchdowns in each of his last four games and rushing for at least 97 yards in three of his last four games. This week the matchup is a tough one against the Dolphins. The Dolphins have surrendered the seventh fewest fantasy points against running backs and are especially good against the ground game, ranking fifth in yards allowed to running backs on the ground and fourth in touchdowns allowed (3). Again, Ridley is probably too good to keep out of your lineup, but don't be surprised if this is his worst game in the last month.

Steven Jackson vs. SF

Jackson had some success in his first outing against the 49ers, rushing for 101 yards, but that was on 29 carries in one of the worst performances the 49ers had all season. The 49ers appear to have righted the ship and come into the rematch with Jackson as the toughest team in the league against fantasy running backs. They have given up just one touchdown rushing in the last five weeks, and the last two opponents have combined for just 131 yards on 46 carries. Look for Jackson's hot three-week stretch to end this week against San Francisco.

Danario Alexander vs. CIN

At press time, Alexander (thigh) appears likely to play this week against Cincinnati. Since being inserted into the lineup, Alexander has been a real find for the Chargers. He has 17 catches for 304 yards and three touchdowns in the last three weeks. This week presents Alexander with his toughest matchup to date against the Bengals. The Bengals rank fourth in fantasy points allowed to the wide receiver position and have been hot lately, holding their last two opponents to just eight catches for 89 yards. Look for Alexander to have potential his lowest output of the season this week.

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