Is Doug Martin going to return to star form?
It is Week 13 and and crunch time in seasonal fantasy. As you are aware each week I will be here to help alleviate the fantasy decision making process. I offer five starts and five sits at the running back position. Now you will obviously be starting your studs every week so no need for me to tell you that Le’Veon Bell or guys of similar talent are ones that you want in your lineup every week. Instead I will be focusing on the RB2 and Flex positions where you probably aren’t really sure who will be able to produce. Additionally, I will provide some projected stat lines but please take those with a grain of salt. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter, share this page and comment down below! Now time to find out how Doug Martin will come back from the dead and carry your team to the fantasy playoffs. To check out some more advice on other positions be sure to check out the Fantasy Football Start Sit hub.
Must Start: Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ SD
Doug Martin has been pretty okay since returning from injury. That is probably the way that fantasy owners would phrase it, “pretty okay”. There is still a lot that Martin has not shown us this season including a big game. This may be his best opportunity. While Lamar Miller didn’t run great against this team last week there is no reason you should be fading Martin as this remains a plus match up. His workload is just where it was to start the season and with such high usage there is no way that he will dissapoint. He has a legitimate chance at top five RB this week.
Projection: 22 carries, 90 yards, 2 TDS; 2 catches, 14 yards
Start: James Starks, Green Bay Packers vs HOU
Starks is going to be leaping this weekend. The Packers have a date with the Texans at home and if they want to stay alive in the playoff race they really need to start getting some wins. This play is simple as Starks has been eating up the RB snaps for Green Bay and in a decent match up this will mean good yardage. I expect this game to be a high scoring and very competitive affair. It would surprise me to see either team trailing by more than one score. This makes for a game where the run is extremely important. Have no fear in starting Starks in Week 13.
Projection: 18 carries, 67 yards, 1 TDS; 4 catches, 15 yards
Start: Rashad Jennings, New York Giants @ PIT
Okay so I am a Giants fan. If there is any way that they can beat the Steelers on Sunday it is going to be by moving the ball. The Giants have the second worst rushing attack in the NFL and it is going to be a huge question mark on who will be getting carries if Vereen is to return this weekend. The win streak is too good to ignore though and Jennings will get plenty of work if the Giants proceed as usual in keeping games uncomfortably close. Pittsburgh has given up the fourth most fantasy points to running backs so lets see what Shad can do against them in a huge game!
Projection: 16 carries, 66 yards, 1 TDS; 2 catches, 11 yards
Start: Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers @ SEA
J-Stew has really been up and down this year but even against Seattle he seems like a must start. The four win Panthers are a bit embarrassing and in what will surely be a physical and low scoring football game you can expect a good performance. He scored twice last week which shows his utilization. Inside of the five yard line he was fed the ball which is promising to owners. If you have better options then sure you will site Stewart but if your choices are limited then do not worry about him this week.
Projection: 18 carries, 58 yards, 1 TDS; 1 catch, 4 yards
Start: Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams @ NE
Gurley is hated on way too much. He has had seven points in every week since the first of the season and will face New England. I think this could be a break out week if Fisher is on the hot seat and wants to pull out this win it will be possible. The Pats are receiving devastating news that Gronk is done for the season and this four win Rams team really needs to squeak out a win for confidence to round out the year. Their playoff chances are slim to none but this is not a meaningless football game. Everybody give their best effort against the Patriots. No difference here.
Projection: 20 carries, 82 yards, 1 TDS; 5 catches, 9 yards
Sit of the Week: Tim Hightower, New Orleans Saints vs DET
Ingram is for real after a huge performance against the Rams. The Saints offense flourishes at home and this is going to be a tough game for Detroit. While Ingram is hurting it seems like Hightower will no longer be viable as we head into the fantasy playoffs. Last season he was a darling in the final four weeks but this season he is not even worth the start unless Ingram were to be injured. It really is a shame with such talent and easy opponents on the horizon. At least for this week you have no choice but to sit Hightower.
Projection: 14 carries, 44 yards, 0 TDS; 4 catches, 17 yards
Sit: Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts @ NYJ
The battle of old and overworked running backs will take place in New Jersey this weekend. Forte is the guy who I would want against that Indianapolis front seven. Gore is coming off his worst game of the season and looked awful in his Thanksgiving game. The Jets defense is nothing to fear anymore but is also nothing you want to just ignore. They are right in the middle of the league when it comes to defending the run but Andrew Luck will know his best bet to carve them up is through the air. There is no way I am starting Gore this week in any format. He cannot be trusted.
Projection: 17 carries, 51 yards, 0 TDS; 0 catches
Sit: Chris Ivory, Jacksonville Jaguars vs DEN
Ivory is a mess this week even coming off of a productive Week 12. He is banged up and missed practice on Thursday. He also draws a match up against the Broncos defense. While teams have actually run okay against Denver this season there is absolutely no way that the Jags offensive line can hold up against their loaded front. If Ivory even plays Yeldon is going to be getting a nice handful of carries. His career is on a downward spiral and there is no way he is to be considered this weekend. Oh well Chris.
Projection: 10 carries, 31 yards, 0 TDS; 1 catch, 3 yards
Sit: Rob Kelley, Washington Redskins @ ARI
I love this rookie but after falling flat on Thanksgiving he is certainly not in play against the Cardinals. Fat Rob will not do anything impressive against the second best defense against the rush so do not start him and expect more than a few points. He functions only as a two down back that works downhill and if Washington is behind the downs after first then they won’t even bother running it. His 4.7 yards per carry have not been maintained over the past few weeks and he will barely scrape together three yards per carry versus such a stout opponent.
Projection: 17 carries, 40 yards, 0 TDS; 2 catches, 6 yards
Sit: Kenneth Dixon, Baltimore Ravens vs MIA
Miami has been streaking just like the Giants and I do not think they slow down against the Ravens. Their defensive front has been outstanding and will leave Dixon with very little running room on Sunday. Both teams are in heated divisional races but it is doubtful you will see both in January. Dixon has been seeing erratic work load and I do not think he can even be considered featured anymore. Even in the deepest of leagues you have no choice but to bench him for this weekend. Sorry folks.
Projection: 14 carries, 32 yards, 0 TDS; 3 catches, 4 yards