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Wednesday Night Hype: Week 13 In Fantasy Football

Ryan Shaw |
December 1, 2012 | 5:55 p.m. PST


(Daniel X. O'Neil, Creative Commons)
(Daniel X. O'Neil, Creative Commons)
In "Monday Morning Brew" and "Wednesday Night Hype," I will write a journal of my fantasy football team and my journey through a 12-team league. In "Wednesday Night Hype," I share my thoughts and predictions on the fantasy week ahead, as well as my lineup for the week. In "Monday Morning Brew," I reflect on the choices I made and how well (or terribly) they panned out. 

QB - Tom Brady
WR 1 - Reggie Wayne
WR 2 - Brandon Marshall
RB 1 - Jamaal Charles
RB 2 - Marshawn Lynch
TE - Antonio Gates
W/R Flex - Bryce Brown
K: Shayne Graham
DEF: Seattle

Darren McFadden (RB, OAK)
Kenny Britt (WR, TN)
Donald Brown (RB, IND)
Golden Tate (WR, SEA)
Ben Roethlisberger (QB, PITT)
J. Maclin (WR, PHI)
M. Bennett (TE, NYG)

Bryce Brown turned out to be the wavier pickup of the year. Over 170 yards rusing and two TDs brought me to fantasy victory on Monday night. The most suprising stat of the game was that Brown had more rushing yeards in the first half than the injured start LeSean McCoy had in one game all year. With McCoy still suffering from concussion symptoms, the Eagles will probably use Brown as the starter for the rest of the year given that their playoff hopes are all but over at 3-8. 

Now I face the inevitable choice of using Brown or McFadden this week at FLEX. McFadden has been unreliable all season and is coming of a high ankle sprain AND his carries will most likely be split with Marcel Reece. Despite all this, it's hard to sit McFadden, especially against an exploitable Cleveland defense. 

Antonio Gates is officially unplayable. For fantasy owners entering their second to last week of the season, the stakes are high and every point counts. If you're like me, you've been gettig killed by the lack of production out of Gates. The biggest problem isn't that Gates can't deliver results physically, it's that the Charger offense just simply doesn't use him enough. Gates was only targeted twice last week. Two targets are just not going to cut it in these close games and moving forward into the fantasy playoffs. Martellus Bennet was available off waivers in my leauge, and I plan to play him over Gates this week. 

If you're a Gates owner, look into a waiver pickup than can provide some consistency. Even five catches for 60 yards is better than two for 20, and every point counts. 

Jacquizz Rodgers is starting to see more snaps than Michael Turner, and he has the potential to help your team in the playoffs. If Rodgers is in your waiver pool, pick him up and consider starting at flex. 


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