[Update: comments are now closed.] Fantasy football owners, it's win-or-go-home time. Week 13 might be your last shot to make the playoffs. To help you get closer to that goal, I, Micah James, the Fantasy Football MagicMan, am here in the comments, along with Russell S. Baxter, the Pro Football Guru, to help you double check your lineups - thanks to State Farm®.
Before we launch into this morning’s chat, let’s quickly look at three games you need to pay attention to today:
Denver Broncos (9-2-0) at Kansas City Chiefs (9-2-0)
After their week 11 game, the divisional race became a bit tighter and after Week 12 losses for both teams, this week’s rematch will be critical for playoff seeding. We’ve seen it before – a team defeats an opponent and then, only a few weeks later, the rematch gives us the opposite result. Don’t be surprised if this game falls into that category. You will definitely want to have the studs in your lineups – Manning, Welker, and Charles to name a few. But here’s something to keep in mind. Including playoffs, the Peyton Manning Era has lasted 26 games with Denver and only once have the Broncos been held to fewer than 21 points. That was last season at Arrowhead Stadium.
Cincinnati Bengals (7-4-0) at San Diego Chargers (5-6-0)
We focus on another team from the AFC West as the Chargers host the Bengals, who are hoping to finally host a playoff game. Two running backs that weren’t early-round picks in most fantasy drafts will be solid options this week, as Giovani Bernard and Danny Woodhead continue to deliver fantasy production, especially in PPR formats. That hot-and-cold San Diego defense bears watching as well. In their first eight outings of the year the Bolts allowed five offensive touchdowns in four wins and 11 offensive touchdowns in four losses.
New York Giants (4-7-0) at Washington Redskins (3-8-0)
A game that doesn’t carry the same playoff implications, but certainly holds a lot of importance for fantasy owners, is the Giants/Redskins NFC East showdown. The Giants’ offense seems to finally be taking shape since Andre Brown’s week 10 return, and the Redskins’ defense still struggles to keep opponents from moving the football. Expect big things from Eli and Company today. And the Giants could get more opportunities than usual if the Redskins’ ball security issues continue. A year after committing a league-low 14 turnovers, Mike Shanahan’s team coughed up the ball 16 times in its first eight games.
Russell and I will be back next Sunday for one final chat as the regular fantasy season comes to a close…be sure to stop by and discuss your tough lineup decisions for the most important games of all – week 14! Until then, take care and good luck.
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This conversation has ended, but Micah and Russell will be back next Sunday to answer more fantasy questions!