Risers & Fallers: Week 13

Fantasy football is all about match-ups. When that stud player of yours is facing the league’s top defense, it’s always a good idea to look at your reserve players, some of whom may have a more favorable match-up. Your positional players may be facing a tough match-up or have a player on bye and you are trying to decide which guy to start. This is where you come to find those guys who have the potential to be a fantasy football hero, and the guys who will have you losing sleep come Sunday night because you kept him in your line-up. This is Week 10 of Fantasy Football Risers & Fallers.

Rising Quarterbacks

Tony Romo (Dallas) – Romo has really come on strong lately, posting a career high 441 yards passing in the Cowboys Thanksgiving loss to Washington. He has a great match-up against a Philadelphia team that is just a mess. Over the last five games the Eagles secondary has given up at least 200 yards passing and two touchdowns to every QB they have faced. The last QB to throw an interception against Philly was Matthew Stafford back in week 6. Look for Romo to throw for around 300 yards and a couple touchdowns.

Robert Griffin III (Washington) – RGIII has looked like a superstar over the last two games against Philadelphia and Dallas, throwing for 504 yards with eight touchdowns and 113 yards rushing. The Redskins have a Monday Night Football match-up against the NY Giants. In the previous match-up back in week seven, RGIII passed for 258 yards with two touchdowns. It’s time for another big prime-time performance from Mr. Griffin.

Falling Quarterbacks

Philip Rivers (San Diego) – Rivers has thrown for at least 200 yards and one touchdown in each of his last four games. He has also thrown four interceptions in his last three games. Look for more turnovers than touchdowns in this weekend’s match-up with Cincinnati. Since their week eight bye, the Bengals pass defense has given up more than 200 yards passing only twice in four games. They have also only allowed one touchdown pass over the last three games. All signs point to a long day for the Chargers and Rivers.

Rising Running Backs

DeMarco Murray (Dallas) – At this moment, all things are pointing towards Murray finally getting back into the starting line-up for the Sunday night game against Philadelphia. It’s obvious the Cowboys’ success relies on having a running game for Tony Romo to lean on. Murray has been a full participant in practice this week and if he plays look for the Cowboys to get him his carries and establish a running game.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis (Cincinnati) – The law firm is coming off his first two 100 yard rushing games and is looking great. He has a touchdown in three of his last four games. The Bengals have a tough match-up against a San Diego team that has defended the run well this season. But as Cincinnati continues to make that playoff push they will continue to try and force the running game. BGE should finish with a touchdown and 80-90 rushing yards.

Falling Running Backs

Ahmad Bradshaw (NY Giants) – Going up against a Washington defense that has given up one rushing touchdown over the last four games. Opposing RBs have been faring well in the passing game the last two games, but Bradshaw usually isn’t much of a threat unless he is running the ball. Bradshaw will have a rough day against a Redskins defense that has a lot to prove.

Rising Wide Receivers

Jordy Nelson (Green Bay) – Nelson was the leading receiver last week with two receptions for 71 yards. Nothing flashy but he is slowly becoming an option in the Packers offense after coming back from injury. Has a favorable match-up this week against a Minnesota defense that has given up 12 receptions each by Calvin Johnson Jr. and Brandon Marshall the last two weeks.

Ryan Broyles (Detroit) – Broyles has become a big part of the Lions passing attack and was targeted 13 times last week. He ended up with six receptions for 126 yards. The Lions should have another huge day throwing the ball this week against the Colts. Stafford should have a huge day and Broyles will be a reason why.

Falling Wide Receivers

Torrey Smith (Baltimore) – Smith had a big game last week with 13 targets in a win over San Diego. That won’t be the case this week. Baltimore is going up against a Pittsburgh defense that has given up the fewest fantasy points to opposing WRs this season. Just two weeks ago when these two teams met Smith only managed one reception for seven yards. Look for the Ravens offense to struggle in this one.

Sidney Rice (Seattle) – Rice only had three targets in last week’s lost to Miami. Russell Wilson spreads the ball around way too much to rely on big numbers from one receiver in Seattle’s offense. Wilson has also struggled on the road and this is a very tough match-up in Chicago. This is probably not a great week to start Rice if you have other options.