Tony Romo under Center
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Here’s a look at LestersLegends sit and start advice as you set your lineups for the 17th week of the 2012 NFL season.
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Quarterbacks
Start:
Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Romo is averaging 353.8 yards in his past five games with 13 touchdown passes. He threw for 441 yards and three touchdowns in his last meeting with the Washington Redskins. The ’Skins rank 30th against the pass with 287.7 yards allowed per game. They are also one of four teams to have allowed 29 or more touchdown passes.
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Sit:
Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
Brandon Marshall continues to put up solid numbers, but his counterpart Cutler is falling short. He’s averaging 192.4 yards in his past five games with six touchdowns and four interceptions. In his past two he’s averaging 140.5 yards. He threw for just 150 yards in the first meeting with the Detroit Lions. Ndamukong Suh nearly knocked him out of the game.
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Running Backs
Start:
Shonn Greene, New York Jets
Greene has a juicy matchup against the Buffalo Bills’ league-worst run defense. They have allowed 146.7 yards per game at 5.1 yards per carry. They have allowed 23 rushing touchdowns, which is five more than the next worst team. Greene had 94 yards and a touchdown against the Bills in Week 1. Greene has averaged 82.6 total yards with three touchdowns in his past four games.
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Sit:
Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons
Not only will he likely be playing limited snaps, Turner is facing the league’s toughest run defense. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have allowed just 83.7 yards per game. They held Turner to 17 yards on 13 carries in the first meeting. He did score a touchdown. The Bucs have allowed a dozen rushing touchdowns, so your only hope would be an early short touchdown run.
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Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals
Beanie is facing the league’s sixth-ranked run defense. The San Francisco 49ers have allowed 96.8 rushing yards per game. Beanie’s season high is just 67 yards. He’s salvaged two games with two and three rushing touchdowns respectively. Otherwise, his season has been a dud.
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Wide Receivers
Start:
Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles
Maclin is averaging 97.7 yards with two touchdowns in his past three games. It’s hard to predict what you’re going to get from Michael Vick, but he is auditioning for a new team. The New York Giants rank 28th in pass defense, allowing 257.4 yards per game. They have also allowed 25 passing scores.
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Sit:
Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams
Amendola turned a dream matchup with the Bucs into a dreadful five-yard stinker. Talk about coming up lame at the wrong time. This week he faces the Seattle Seahawks. They rank fifth in the league in pass defense, allowing 199.9 yards per game. Only the Falcons (13) have allowed fewer than the 14 passing touchdowns the Seahawks have yielded.
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Tight Ends
Start:
Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
Gates has scored in two straight games. He doesn’t put up the big yardage anymore, but he is still a red zone threat. The Oakland Raiders have allowed eight tight end touchdowns. In the past seven games they have allowed 56.4 yards per game and four touchdowns to tight ends.
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Sit:
Owen Daniels, Houston Texans
Daniels has gone four games in a row without a touchdown. He’s averaging 33.5 yards per game during that span. He had just 40 yards in Week 15 against the Indianapolis Colts. Rob Gronkowski is the only tight end to top 45 yards against the Colts this year.
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Defenses
Start:
Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers lead the NFL in total defense with 272.9 yards allowed per game. They also rank 10th in scoring defense with 20.3 points allowed per game. The Cleveland Browns rank 27th in total offense (313.9 yards per game) and 23rd in scoring offense (19.5 points per game). Plus, Trent Richardson will likely miss the game with an ankle injury.
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Sit:
Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons do not have anything to play for. The Bucs have a solid offense. I would rely on a defense with more at stake.
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By: Jordan Hall, Stoppage Time Sports, @jordan_hall23
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Although most fantasy leagues are probably already in the books for 2012, there are some leagues that have business to take care of in week 17. Though I personally end my leagues week 16, I have a certain bit of admiration for those who choose to take the plunge in week 17.
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Week 17, historically, has easily been the most fascinating week of the year from a fantasy prospective. With teams starting to rest their studs for the playoffs, or shutting down injury weary vets for the season, many players that have carried fantasy teams will be silent on Sunday.
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With that being said, if you are still playing this week, there is business to take care of; winning you a championship. Here are guys that I think will produce much differently than their season averages to this point.
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Cam Newton
He could be the hottest quarterback in the NFL not named Russell Wilson. Couple this with the fact that he is playing against the Saints and it’s going to be a big day for Cam.
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Eli Manning
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Phillip Rivers
The Raiders pass defense has been getting better recently, but Phillip is auditioning for his job in 2013, so I would expect him to leave the Chargers with a good lasting memory of him. I think he could be top 12 easily.
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Tony Romo
In what figures to be one of the best games of the season, I expect a total dual between Romo and RG3. Romo has been hot and I expect him to get the better of the rookie.
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Shonn Greene
The Bills give up the most fantasy points to opposing running backs of any team in the league. Greene has put up double-digit points in three of his last four. He is very safe.
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Montell Owens
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Alfred Morris
If the Redskins are going to beat the Cowboys, it’s going to have to come, in part, on the ground. They are susceptible to the run and have been great against the pass. I love Morris this, and every week.
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Knowshon Moreno
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Steve Smith
The Panthers are playing the Saints. Smith should go off.
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Dez Bryant
Everything I said about Romo is true of Bryant as well. He’s one of the hottest receivers in football and the ‘Boys should be airing it out all game long.
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Hakeem Nicks
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Pierre Garcon
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Tony Moeaki
Moeaki has a great matchup against the Broncos who give up an average of 9.9 points per game to opposing tight ends. He is more of a desperation play though.
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Aaron Hernandez
Call it a hunch, but I have a feeling that Aaron Hernandez goes off this week versus the Dolphins.
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By: Jordan Hall, Stoppage Time Sports, @jordan_hall23
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Well, this is it. If the world ends tomorrow, this will be the last column I bring to you. It’s been a great ride. With that being said, I’ve got to get you ready to win a fantasy championship this weekend.
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There is nothing worse that making it to the big dance and coming up one week short. I have long been an advocate for starting your studs when the stakes are highest. I think this weekend would apply.
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Without further adieu, I present you with some of the most underrated and overrated fantasy options for this weekend.
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Sure Starts
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Sam Bradford @ Tampa Bay
Bradford is coming off a great game and will now play the worst pass defense in the league. He should put up another big game.
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Tony Romo vs New Orleans
Don’t let Josh Freeman’s poor game scare you off, the Saints are not a stout defensive unit. Romo and Dez Bryant should have field days.
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LeSean McCoy vs Washington
The Eagles have nothing to play for anymore, so there was no rush to get McCoy back on the field. Because of this, I suspect that he is fully ready to go. I think he’s a lock for 100 yards and a score.
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Vick Ballard @ KC
This is a great matchup and he is auditioning for the job next year. I think we see the best from Vick Ballard.
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Shane Vereen @ Jac
This game won’t be close and with Ridley’s fumbling issues cropping back up, I think Vereen gets a lot of run in this game.
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Lamichael James @ Seattle
Slowly, I think the 49ers will start to rest Frank Gore. I expect 10 carries and 2 catches for James, and I expect him to go crazy with those touches.
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Roddy White @ Det
Last week Julio Jones went off. It’s Roddy’s turn.
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Denario Alexander @ New York Jets
I expect Denario to bounce back to his dynamic form against the hapless Jets.
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Greg Jennings vs Titans
The Titans are sad and everyone keeps sleeping on Greg Jennings. Sooner or later he’s going to get loose. It’s going to be this week.
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Cecil Shorts vs New England
New England let’s guys get deep on them, something that Shorts happens to be very good at. Love the matchup and the talent. Easily could be a top 10 scorer.
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Danny Amendola @ Tampa Bay
He appears to be fully healthy and has a tremendous matchup against the scubly Bucs pass defense. No brainer starter. Benjamin Watson @ Denver Denver is poor against the tight end. Watson has been decent in good matchups. You could do a lot better but you could certainly do a lot worse.
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Kyle Rudolph @ Houston
The talent is there; it’s just been the consistency that has been missing. He has a good matchup here. I would have no issue starting him in my fantasy championship.
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Good luck at the end of the world and in the fantasy championship. Bring it home!
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Jordan answers all fantasy questions on Twitter @jordan_hall23 or #stsfantasy

Tony Romo under Center
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Here’s a look at LestersLegends sit and start advice as you set your lineups for the 16th week of the 2012 NFL season.
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Quarterbacks
Start:
Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Romo is averaging 333.2 yards with 10 touchdown passes in his past five games. Dez Bryant is showing toughness to match his talent. Jason Witten is one of the best security blankets in the league. The New Orleans Saints high-powered offense will likely mean Romo will have to do his part to keep up. The Saints have allowed 287 yards per game and 27 passing touchdowns.
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Sit:
Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
Rivers is coming off a pathetic 121-yard game. He used to throw that many yards by midway through the second quarter. Rivers is playing on the road against the New York Jets and their second-ranked pass defense.
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Running Backs
Start:
Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins
Reggie has had a bit of a roller coaster season, but at least he’s at the fun part now. Bush is averaging 88.3 total yards in his past four games. The Buffalo Bills have allowed 144.1 yards per game and 22 rushing touchdowns.
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Sit:
Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles
Speaking of roller coaster rides, Brown provided the excitement of a freefall in his first two games. Unfortunately he never hit the brakes and came crashing into the ground the past two games. I can’t imagine trusting Brown in the most important week of the season against the Washington Redskins’ sixth-ranked run defense.
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Wide Receivers
Start:
Eric Decker, Denver Broncos
Decker has also been a little up and down this year, but has been on Peyton Manning’s speed dial of late. Decker has received 20 targets in the past two games, catching 16 passes for receptions for 221 yards and a touchdown. Demaryius Thomas will have to contend with Joe Haden, which could make Peyton continue to look Decker’s way against the Cleveland Browns.
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Sit:
Danario Alexander, San Diego Chargers
It is not hard to imagine sitting DX against the Jets after he failed to catch a pass last week, particularly when he’ll see plenty of Antonio Cromartie.
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Tight Ends
Start:
Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens
Pitta is averaging 58 yards with four touchdowns in his past four games. Joe Flacco has been unable to do damage on the outside. The New York Giants have surrendered three tight end touchdowns in the past seven games.
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Sit:
Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
Davis has combined for 29 yards in his past four games. He was held without a catch in the first meeting with the Seattle Seahawks.
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Defenses
Start:
Denver Broncos
The Broncos rank fourth in total defense and fifth in scoring defense. The Browns rank 26th in total offense and 24th in scoring offense. The Broncos have allowed 17.8 points per game during their nine-game winning streak.
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Sit:
Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens aren’t the team we’ve come to expect. They are facing the New York Giants this week. After getting thumped last week, they should bounce back this week. Both the Ravens and the Giants are too unpredictable to trust on either side of the ball.
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Here’s a look at LestersLegends sit and start advice as you set your lineups for the 15th week of the 2012 NFL season.
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Quarterbacks
Start:
Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Freeman has cooled in his past three games, averaging 229 yards with four touchdowns and a pick. He’ll welcome a return engagement with the New Orleans Saints, who he torched for 420 yards and three touchdowns in Week 7. The Saints have allowed 284.5 yards per game and 27 passing touchdowns.
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Sit:
Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Romo’s value suffers without Dez Bryant. He was emerging as one of the top receivers in the game. The Pittsburgh Steelers got burned last week, but they still lead the league in passing defense, allowing just 169.2 yards per game.
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Running Backs
Start:
Mikel LeShoure, Detroit Lions
LeShoure has six touchdowns in his past six games. His power running could be problematic for the Arizona Cardinals, who have allowed 140.5 yards per game and nine rushing touchdowns. Marshawn Lynch, another power running back, had three touchdowns on 11 carries against them last week.
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Sit:
Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons
Turner has scored in four straight games, which has salvaged his value. He has only topped 47 yards in one of the past five games though. The New York Giants are one of eight teams to have allowed seven or fewer rushing scores. It doesn’t look good in this one for the runner formerly known as Burner.
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Wide Receivers
Start:
Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
I think Bill Belichick could have some things up his sleeve for Colin Kaepernick, but ultimately the New England Patriots still struggle in pass defense. Crabtree has averaged 97 yards the past two games and has four touchdowns in his past six.
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Sit:
Brandon Lloyd, New England Patriots
Lloyd had a great game last week as the Houston Texans bit on a play fake, and he pounded on a fumble for his second touchdown. Other than Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez, you don’t know who the Pats will rely on week-to-week. In the four prior weeks he averaged 31.5 yards without a touchdown.
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Tight Ends
Start:
Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Olsen has scored a touchdown in four of the past five games. Cam Newton is playing at an unbelievable level. Olsen and Steve Smith are his top two targets. They should both see plenty of looks against the San Diego Chargers.
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Sit:
Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
Gates continues to merely exist. He has 110 yards in his past four games combined. That used to be a good Sunday for Gates. He’s an afterthought with Danario Alexander and Malcom Floyd getting first dibs at the dinner table. The scraps just aren’t enough for Gates to be a viable fantasy option.
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Defenses
Start:
Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals rank sixth in total defense (328.0 yards allowed per game). They are above-average at stopping both the run and the pass. I like their chances in a short week against a young team.
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Sit:
San Francisco 49ers
Last week I said sit the Houston Texans. This week it’s the Niners. I just don’t use them against the high-powered New England Patriots.
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Eli Manning under Center
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Here’s a look at LestersLegends sit and start advice as you set your lineups for the 14th week of the 2012 NFL season.
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Quarterbacks
Start:
Eli Manning, New York Giants
Eli did not light up the Washington Redskins, but he avoided mistakes. In his past two games he’s averaging 264.5 yards and a pair of touchdowns. I am expecting a high-scoring affair with the New Orleans Saints. The Saints have allowed 286.7 yards per game and 23 passing touchdowns.
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Sit:
Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
Rivers is averaging 258 yards with one touchdown and one interception in his past two games. The Pittsburgh Steelers lead the league in passing defense, allowing just 167.7 yards per game.
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Running Backs
Start:
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals
The Law Firm now has three straight 100-yard games giving the Bengals a balanced offense. The Dallas Cowboys have allowed nice games to Bryce Brown, Alfred Morris, and Trent Richardson the past three weeks. On the year, they are yielding 116.5 yards per game and 11 rushing touchdowns.
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Sit:
Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers
Sit Mathews if you can. The Steelers have the fifth best rushing defense, allowing 93.1 yards per game. They have allowed eight rushing scores, but Mathews has just one score on the year.
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Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals
Beanie had a favorable matchup against the New York Jets and managed just 22 yards on 15 carries. Avoid all Cardinals against the Seattle Seahawks.
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Wide Receivers
Start:
Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens
The passing game in Baltimore is very inconsistent. Smith is your home run threat and Boldin is your safe play. Both should be solid against the Washington Redskins. The Skins have allowed 299 yards per game and 24 passing touchdowns.
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Sit:
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals have turned a possible Hall of Fame wide receiver into a player that probably shouldn’t be on a fantasy roster. He has 65 yards in his past three games…combined.
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Tight Ends
Start:
Brandon Myers, Oakland Raiders
The Raiders aren’t very good. I expect them to get down early to the Denver Broncos and turn to the passing game. Myers leads the team in yards (721) and is coming off a 130-yard game. The Broncos have allowed nine tight end touchdowns.
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Sit:
Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
If it feels like I’m picking on the Chargers, I am. Part of it is my bitterness for having both Mathews and Gates on my main roster. Part is just the cold, hard facts. Gates has averaged 26.3 yards the past three weeks. Coincidentally, that is right before I acquired him. Ugh. Plus, he’s facing the aforementioned Steelers’ pass defense.
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Defenses
Start:
Cleveland Browns
The Browns have allowed just 17 points per game in their past six games. The Kansas City Chiefs rank 31st in scoring (15.7). I expect Trent Richardson to control the clock and limit Kansas City’s possessions.
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Sit:
Houston Texans
Great defensive unit, but I wouldn’t want to use them against the high-powered New England Patriots.
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Eli Manning under Center
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Here’s a look at LestersLegends sit and start advice as you set your lineups for the 13th week of the 2012 NFL season.
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Quarterbacks
Start:
Eli Manning, New York Giants
The bye week seemed to do Eli good as he tossed three touchdown passes last week. The Washington Redskins have allowed 301.4 passing yards per game and 23 passing scores. Eli threw for 337 yards in the first meeting with the ‘Skins.
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Sit:
Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
Cutler was pretty quiet in his return to action last week. This week could be more of the same as he squares off with the Seattle Seahawks. They rank third in the league in passing defense with 200.7 yards allowed per game. They are one of two teams, along with the Baltimore Ravens, to have allowed 10 or fewer touchdown passes.
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Running Backs
Start:
Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants
Bradshaw just got a major bump in value when Andre Brown was lost for the season. The Redskins defend the run well, but Bradshaw is a dual threat, so he should help out in the passing game as well.
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Sit:
Indianapolis Colts Running Backs
The Colts have a decent matchup against the Detroit Lions, but Vick Ballard and Donald Brown are splitting carries evenly. They had an even better matchup last week against the Buffalo Bills, but failed to impress. Ballard had 41 yards and Brown had 49.
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Wide Receivers
Start:
Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars
Chad Henne has made Jacksonville fans remember the days of Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell. They have combined for 484 yards and four touchdowns in the past two games.
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Sit:
Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams
Amendola was basically a decoy last week as he nursed a foot injury. He is facing the San Francisco 49ers. The Niners rank second in pass defense with 187.3 yards per game allowed. They have also allowed just 12 passing touchdowns.
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Tight Ends
Start:
Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers
Finley turned in his second strong performance. He has had past success against the Minnesota Vikings, averaging 69.3 yards with two touchdowns in three career games. The Vikings had allowed either 40 yards or a touchdown to opposing tight ends every week prior to last week against the Bears. Chicago isn’t exactly known for their tight end play these days.
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Sit:
Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
Just when I thought it was safe to trust Vernon, he drops another goose egg on us. He’s too big of a risk for my taste.
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Defenses
Start:
Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals are playing great football. They have allowed just 9.7 points per game during their three-game winning streak. Cincinnati ranks ninth in total defense (334.5 yards allowed per game) and 15th in scoring defense (22.5 points allowed per game).  The San Diego Chargers rank 25th in total offense (324.4) and 16th in scoring offense (22.3).
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Sit:
Denver Broncos
I like what Denver has been doing defensively, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been on fire. They are 12th in the league in total offense (365.4 yards per game) and fourth in the league in scoring (28.2 points per game).
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