by Steve Geller, Steve@wwl.com,posted Nov 30 2012 7:49AM
It's the final week of the regular season in fantasy football, and I am proud to say with a win last week my squad punched their ticket to the postseason. I have a "gimme" win this week... since I'm facing a chump manager that has abandoned his team. Don't you hate when people do that?
Oh well, here are my picks for week 13:
Russell Wilson: Quarterback, Seattle Seahawks
Wilson is coming off four high weeks and carried his three game fantasy scoring stretch to four after the bye. He has been solid lately, gaining yardage both on the ground and passing. This week, though, he faces a stout Chicago defense that can stifle the pass and the run. Da Bears defense has been ranked in the top three against opposing QBs for most of this season. I like Wilson but fear that this week is going to be a low fantasy point outing playing Chicago at Soldier Field.
Donald Brown: Running Back, Indianapolis Colts
Brown has been playing through a knee injury and has not been that healthy... not to mention that he is now in a complete time share with Vick Ballard. Indy will likely roll with the hot hand, one week Ballard might be on and another week it'll be Brown. This situation is always troublesome to fantasy owners. The Colts face a top ranked rush defense in Detroit on Sunday, so I feel Brown is better left on your bench.
WR Danario Alexander, SD
Yeah I know, Alexander has been leading the Chargers receiving core with the most yardage over the past four games... along with 3 TDs. This week, though, he faces a Cincinnati team that is ranked in the top ten pass defenses and will see better pass coverage than he did in the Tampa Bay and Denver games. Alexander is also suffering a thigh injury sustained last week, so he ends up on my sit list.
Beanie Wells: Running Back, Arizona Cardinals
Considering it was his first game action since week 3, Wells looked pretty good early on last week. He didn't, however, have the stamina to keep it up all game. He was able to rush 17 times for 48 yards, but more importantly scored 2 touchdowns. Look for his conditioning to improve each week as he gets back into game shape. Regardless, the Cards don't have any other real options at RB, due to being hit so hard with injuries. So, they will continue to give Wells the ball. This week that should be a good thing as the Cards face a Jets team, 3rd worst in rush defense, giving up 142 yards per game.
Brandon Stokley: Wide Receiver, Denver Broncos
Many fans thought that when Stokley was signed by the Broncos in the off season that it was a token for Peyton Manning, and that he wouldn't last. Well they were wrong. Two-thirds of the season has passed, and Stokley is still catching passes in Denver. If he keeps up this pace, he will have his best season since 2004. That was his only other full season playing with Manning. Despite the fact that Stokley is 3rd on the receiving depth chart, he has still managed to catch 36 passes for 449 yards and 5 touchdowns. This week the Broncos face what is easily the worst pass defense in the NFL in the Tampa Bay Bucs, who are giving up a league worst 315.5 yards per game through the air. If you need help at WR or flex, give Stokley a look.
Martellus Bennett: Tight End, New York Giants
Bennett, or the "black unicorn" as he likes to call himself, has cooled off after his blazing start to the season... when he caught 15 passes for 185 yards and 3 touchdowns over this first three weeks. Since then he has been dealing with some nagging injuries and inconsistencies. This week, Bennett has such a juicy match up, that it's time to get him back in your starting lineup. He faces the Redskins, who have been giving up 301 yards per game through the air. The last time Bennett faced the Skins he caught 5 passes for 79 yards. I would expect much of the same this week. Also look for Bennett to finally score his 4th touchdown of the season.
PICK UP OF THE WEEK
Chad Henne: Quarterback Jacksonville Jaguars
Henne delivered another solid line in his second start of the season this past weekend. Perhaps more importantly, he bought the Jaguars a small measure of self respect by helping to end a seven game losing streak. Since taking over for Blaine Gabbert in Week 10, Henne has thrown for 736 yards while completing 57 percent of his passes for seven touchdowns versus two interceptions. He has consistently been able to find his targets deep downfield and has helped ignite the play of Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts - now two of the hottest receivers in football. Henne's matchup in Buffalo this week makes him a borderline top 10 play, and there are some more soft opponents on the horizon... including Miami, New England and a week 17 rematch in Tennessee.