Bye weeks, the bane of fantasy existence, are a thing of the past. What remains is a no holds barred Week 13 that will put many fantasy teams in the same spot as the Atlanta Falcons –the grave. In other words, eliminated. Of course I’m here to try and help you avoid such a tragic fate by suggesting these options to boost an ailing or underperforming roster. (Keep in mind this list is lighter than normal this week. I’m not a strong believer in tinkering with your roster this late in the season unless due to injury or a suddenly emergent player.)
Matt Flynn at Detroit (20% owned): You don’t soon forget a 480-yard, 6-TD performance, even if it was almost two years ago. That’s what Flynn did to the Lions. This version of the Lions is more talented but sputtering fast. Flynn, while not the franchise quarterback we once thought for a second, has a lot of weapons for which to be thankful.
Michael Crabtree vs. St Louis (36% owned): Crabtree makes his season debut following a torn Achilles in May. Certainly a wildcard this week, but one with way too much upside to let your opponents nab him instead.
Kendall Wright at Indianapolis (45% owned): Wright has been a consistent contributor all season and finally broke the 100-yard mark last week. The Colts present a relatively soft matchup.
Nate Burleson vs. Green Bay (26% owned): Burleson was the entire Lions offense in the first half last week, and finished with 7 catches, 77 yards and a score. Matt Stafford may have an opportunity to spread the ball around more against the Packers. Either way, Stafford will put up big numbers as he almost always does and Burleson should receive some healthy percentage.
Mike Tolbert vs. Tampa Bay (39% owned): Tolbert hasn’t produced in several weeks but he’s still getting the bulk of goal-line carries. Considering Tampa’s sizeable, tough front, Tolbert may be the only Panthers back with enough power to make a dent.
Ladarius Green vs. Cincinnati (5% owned): Green’s touchdown last week was spectacular, the kind of play that will keep Philip Rivers looking his way. Green comes off back-to-back 80-yard performances and should continue to be a healthy part of this thriving offense.
P.S.: Despite a sizzling performance against Chicago, I chose not to include Rams RB Benny Cunningham as a suggested pick-up. Zac Stacy may return if he passes his concussion tests. More importantly, the difference between the Bears defensive front and the 49ers defensive front, whom the Rams face this week, is like comparing Jeff Tuel and Drew Brees.