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Will lightning strike twice with Kenny Britt?

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Here we are, week 13 of the NFL season and the week before the fantasy playoffs in standard league formats. There are a few key injuries you need to know before heading into this week so let's just get right down to it.

Injuries

##### Start 'em

Philip Rivers: Rivers heads into this game having thrown five touchdowns and no interceptions over the past three weeks. This matchup is against the 1-10 Browns, and that is as close to a scrimmage as you get in week 13.

Carson Palmer: I am going out on a bit of a limb here considering that Palmer has thrown for more than 250 yards just twice this season and he has just two TDs over the previous four games. But this weekend he faces the Detroit Lions and if there were ever a week to get back on track, it would be this week.

Cedric Benson: Benson is going to be the starting back this week and even with Palmer on the start list, I will Bengal up and put Benson on it too. Benson has been a beast this season and I wouldn't mind riding him to the fantasy finals.

LeSean McCoy: McCoy is going to start again this week and he has the ability to make tacklers miss and that translates into solid RB2 fantasy stats. The rookie is still looking for his first 100-yard rushing game, and this could be the weekend with Jackson out.

Sidney Rice: Rice is Brett Favre's new man-crush this season, so that is bonus #1. Add to that the fact that Arizona's pass defense is ranked 29th in the NFL, and you have bonus #2. The final nail in the coffin would be, well, Brett Favre. He has been good enough (24-3 TD-INT, 261 YPG passing) to get two points instead of one.

Jeremy Maclin: With Jackson out, I am picking up Avant and playing him as a WR3, but I've got Maclin as a solid WR2 this weekend. Donovan McNabb will find someone with the pass, and Maclin has seen more action than Avant so far this season.

Greg Olsen: I know I talk smack about Jay Cutler a little later in the article, but the one good thing about a struggling QB is that he will check down to his TE more often. Olsen is averaging just over seven targets per week and has caught 58 percent of the passes thrown his way for six TDs this season. He is a great option at an all-or-nothing position, especially in points-per-reception leagues.

Cincinnati Bengals defense: I picked the Bengals a few weeks back and they let me down, so this is their chance to redeem themselves. The Lions are terrible, they have a rookie QB, and a star WR that doesn't cut like he used to. A sub-10-point game is what I expect from the Bengals defense this weekend.

Sit 'em

Eli Manning: The Giants meet up with the Cowboys in a historic rivalry game. When these two teams hooked up in week 2 Manning threw for 330 yards, 2 TDs, and no INTs, but I wouldn't expect the same stats this time as the Cowboys need to win to stay ahead of the Eagles and I think their defense will come to play.

Chris Redman: With Matt Ryan out this week, I have been seeing a lot of people running to the waiver wire to add Redman and there is no real reason to do it. Philadelphia has the 9th-ranked passing defense and Redman played last week, but his previous game was in 2007. Don't do it.

Marion Barber: Barber is little more than a flex option against the Giants' 11th-ranked rushing defense. The running game has taken a big back seat in Dallas this year and I don't want Barber starting on my fantasy team this weekend.

Kevin Smith: Smith has been about all the Lions have had this season and he has failed to do anything with it. In week 3 he hit 101 yards rushing, but hasn't amassed more 67 yards since then and his three TDs this season aren't worth starting against the Bengals' 3rd-ranked run defense.

Devin Hester: Hester is still owned in 84% of Yahoo leagues and I am not exactly sure why. He hasn't hit the 50-yard mark in the past three weeks and his QB is sporting a 16-20 TD-INT stat this season. Chicago is the place where QBs go to die and the Devin Hester at WR experiment seems to have failed.

Kenny Britt: Find the guy who owns Britt and try to sell him some magic beans because he just might buy them. Britt had probably his career day last weekend as he caught seven passes for 128 yards and a TD, but he won't catch lighting in a bottle again this week since neither Vince Young nor Britt are that good. Just like I said with Redman, don't do it.

Fred Davis: When Chris Cooley went down and Davis had himself a solid game, people went crazy and picked him up like they just hit the lottery. However, Davis has 12 catches and a high of 50 yards over the past four games and the Saints defense isn't a forgiving one. I wouldn't own anyone being thrown to by Jason Campbell.

Green Bay Packers defense: I really thought the Packers defense would struggle this season as they switched schemes, but they haven't and I will admit I was wrong. However, this week they face a Ravens offense that is ranked 13th in total yards and might just extend that winning streak to two games after beating the Steelers last week.

##### Question of the week

Q: Who do you recommend for the open slots out of the following: Barber, Norwood, Smith (NYG), Roddy White, Kenny Britt.

RB1 – Frank Gore
RB2 –
RB/WR –
WR1 – Chad Ochocinco
WR2 –
TE – Jason Witten or Brent Celek?

A: RB2 would be Norwood. Flex would be Barber. WR2 would go Smith. TE I would go with Celek.

Roddy White has Chris Redman throwing to him this week and outside of last weekend, he hasn't played since 2007. Kenny Britt saw his career game come last Sunday and we all know Vince Young won't ever do that again. This is more of a lack of other options than anything. If you could, I'd drop Britt and add Jason Avant as insurance at WR. Jason Witten went #1 among TEs and has performed more in the bottom end of the top-10 range. With DeSean Jackson out this weekend, Celek will be looked at in the redzone.

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