Week 13 Fantasy Football: Quarterbacks Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Colin Kaepernick is listed below as a "start" for Week 13. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 13 with him as my starting quarterback.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both Aaron Rodgers and Kaepernick, you should start Rodgers -- and in turn, bench Kaepernick.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

Week 13 Fantasy Football QB Start'em

QB - Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers (at CHI)

If you need a Week 13 streamer, Kaepernick is available in more than half of Yahoo! leagues as of Saturday morning. But at this point, Kaepernick has become much more than just a weekly streamer in a favorable matchup.

Since San Francisco's Week 8 bye, few quarterbacks have been more productive than Kaepernick. During that four-game span, Kaepernick has scored a minimum of 19.44 fantasy points every week, averaged just shy of 25 per game as he finished no worse than fantasy's QB8 in any of those four weeks.

In a week where Drew Brees accounted for a total of five touchdowns, San Francisco's dual-threat quarterback actually led all signal-callers in fantasy points as he just missed a 300/100 game by a mere four passing yards. Kaepernick threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns and rushed 10 times for 113 yards to score 33.14 fantasy points.

Taking over as the starter in Week 6, Kaepernick has 46 carries for 373 yards and a touchdown in six games. From his rushing stats alone, Kaepernick has averaged 7.22 fantasy points per game. Those rushing numbers both buoy his fantasy floor and maximize his fantasy ceiling.

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QB - Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills (at OAK)

With a minimum of five rush attempts in every game except Week 2, Taylor has averaged 7.0 carries for 44.78 yards since Week 3. In addition, he has rushed for a score in four of his past five games.

Taylor threw a season-low 18 times last week for 166 yards and a touchdown, but he still managed to score over 20 fantasy points due to his 7/38/1 rushing line. In fact, he has thrown for less than 200 yards in five of his past seven games yet he has finished outside the top-15 weekly fantasy quarterbacks only once during that span.

While Sammy Watkins is supposedly still dealing with a broken bone in his foot, he is expected to play on Sunday and he had three catches for 80 yards in his return last week. Because of the concerns about his foot, I wouldn't start Watkins at wide receiver this week, but his presence gives Taylor a boost. In addition, the Raiders have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

QB - Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (at NO)

It's been more than a month since Stafford has finished as a weekly top-15 fantasy quarterback. Over his past four games, Stafford has finished as fantasy's QB19, QB17, QB23 and QB24, respectively. That said, they were four challenging matchups -- Texans, Jaguars and Vikings twice.

While the Saints are playing better defense lately, this week's matchup is more favorable than any of his previous four. Even though the Lions are six-point underdogs, they have the 12th-highest implied total based on Vegas odds in what is expected to be a shootout (highest over/under of the week).

Week 13 Fantasy Football QB Sit'em

QB - Eli Manning, New York Giants (at PIT)

After throwing just five touchdowns in his first five games this season, Manning has thrown multiple touchdowns in four consecutive games and in five of his past six. That means that Eli has also scored a minimum of 17 fantasy points in those five games with multiple scores.

During the team's six-game winning streak, however, Manning has thrown multiple interceptions three times and he has failed to throw for more than 257 yards in five consecutive games. Over his past five games, he's averaging just 222.8 passing yards per game.

While they haven't faced many elite quarterbacks (and even Andrew Luck sat last week with a concussion), the Steelers have allowed the seventh-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

QB - Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals (vs. WAS)

Palmer has thrown for 300-plus yards and/or multiple scores in five consecutive games. That's the good news. The bad news is that he has just one top-12 performance since Week 3 to show for it.

Not only does Palmer have six interceptions in his past four games combined, but the Cardinals offensive line has struggled to protect him. Only the Browns (104) and Colts (90) have allowed more QB hits than the Cardinals (88) this season. Until further notice, Palmer more of a QB2 than a QB1.

QB - Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. DEN)

The Jags have numerous injuries on offense with Chris Ivory and Allen Hurns already ruled out and Julius Thomas doubtful (likely out). Over their past five games, Bortles has thrown multiple touchdowns every week although much of his production continues to come in garbage time to salvage an otherwise poor performance.

One way that I could see Bortles having a productive day is on the ground like last week when he ran eight times for 81 yards, but no team has allowed fewer fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than the Broncos.

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