What’s up Colts Nation!? There are some great games this weekend and a majority of them will have some sort of implications on our fantasy football rosters. What better way to get the fantasy week underway than a great Thursday night game between the Saints and the Falcons. I have Marques Colston on my team and I need a big game from him to help my chances this week.
I face off against one of the top teams in my league and I need a great performance from all of my players. A few transactions this week put me in a good spot as well. I went ahead and picked up Eagles RB Bryce Brown who everyone should know after last week’s Monday Night Football where he had 178 rushing yards and two touchdowns which added up to 33 fantasy points in my league.
You can check out my starting lineup this week and I don’t foresee any changes unless you think I need some. I’m always open for discussion just tweet me.
Now for my “start em” and “sit em” picks of the week.
Week 13 Start em: It seems like this guy had a coming out party on Monday Night Football versus the Eagles. Cam Newton is the start of the week. He heads into Arrowhead to face the 1-10 Chiefs. I look for Newton to have his way with their defense the way he did Philly.
Week 13 Sit em: I don’t usually go with two players from my own team, but I think that Ryan Mathews should ride the pine this week. He has only put up double digit (19) points once this season and that was against the New Orleans Saints earlier on in the year. He doesn’t match up well against the Bengals defense which has been playing very well lately.
Week 13 Random Thought: If you’re making a decision between two players, select the one that plays a prime-time game. We’ve seen much higher performances over the weeks from players who have Monday, Thursday, and Sunday night games. There must be something about playing underneath the lights that makes everything better.
Yours in Fantasy Football,
Tags: Bryce Brown, Cam Newton, fantasy football, football, Marques Colston, Monday Night Football
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Throughout the first three months of the season, the Colts defense has had to deal with injuries in each respective position group.
Perhaps no position has been hit as hard as the outside of the defensive line.
Nose tackle Antonio ‘Mookie’ Johnson has been a mainstay in the middle of the 3-4 hybrid defense but the players flanking the nose position will be ever-changing the rest of the season.
Fili Moala and Drake Nevis were placed on injured reserve at different times this month, sending Ricardo Matthews into the starting lineup.
The loss of Moala and Nevis means more playing time for Clifton Geathers, who was signed by the Colts at the start of October when Moala was inactive for four weeks.
“It’s hard to see a player go down,” Geathers said. “Fili and Drake, they helped me out a lot but as football goes on I do look at this as another opportunity, another football game, another day to get better.”
Geathers and defensive end Lawrence Guy (signed on Oct. 17) will take on a greater role in the coming weeks as the Colts continue to plug in interchangeable parts along the defensive line.
“We’ve just done a good job around here of having guys pick up the baton,” outside linebacker Dwight Freeney said. “Really hats off to management on bringing the right guy in so that he can fit right in and it’s not really a big deal. Obviously, it’s a big deal because you don’t want to lose Fili, you don’t want to lose those guys but it’s football and unfortunately these things happen.”
Earlier this week, the Colts signed defensive tackle Kellen Heard and interim head coach Bruce Arians is anxious to see the 6-foot-6-inches, 339-pound Heard in action.
After injuries with outside linebackers Robert Mathis and Freeney early in the season, the Colts defense was just starting to get completely healthy in the front seven before the losses of Moala and Nevis.
“When I look out there right now, the core guys are there,” interim head coach Bruce Arians said.
“We’re going to miss Fili (Moala), but we didn’t have him for three weeks, we know how to play without him, it’s not the first time. So plug in the guys that we have and never use it as a crutch or an excuse.”
Tags: Antonio Johnson, bruce arians, clifton geathers, drake nevis, Dwight Freeney, Fili Moala, Kellen Heard, Lawrence Guy, robert mathis
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