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Fantasy Factor: Week 13


Check out the top shots from the Broncos' comeback win over the Dolphins.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- **Every week as I write this article, I check the injury report, and every week another QB is down. The rough stretch continued, as Ryan Mallett was lost for the season. Mallett had a very lackluster second week, but with his skill position targets, he had some potential. He is gone with a torn pectoral muscle. The easiest fix there is to return to Ryan Fitzpatrick, but you know what you have there.

The Broncos have returned to fantasy kings with their offensive performance this past weekend, but many wonder if it will be short lived when the team heads to Arrowhead to face the Chiefs. I think the Broncos' running game is here to stay, and this will make the rest of the offense great again. The one guy that is tough to figure out is Wes Welker. I keep thinking every week is the week he is the featured guy. It hasn't happened yet, but if Julius Thomas is down again, you have to play him unless you have a better slam-dunk option. Welker is a flex guy at this point, though. Thomas by the way, looked like he had a minimal limp last week in the locker room. Watch the injury report, but with a Sunday night kick-off, you'll have time to think the decision over. If your other options play on Thursday, I wouldn't wait. Play your other options.

Isaiah Crowell had a huge day for Cleveland last week, and with the return of Josh Gordon, he could continue to trend up. The Cleveland offense looked really good this week, but it must be noted the showing came against an awful Falcons defense. The match-up with Buffalo this week should be tougher for the Browns, but Crowell may be their best option if the Bills' pass rush gets cranked up.

Ben Roethlisberger gets to face a terrible Saints defense this week. Baltimore destroyed that defense Monday night, and their divisional partner should do the same. The Steelers' balanced attack should mean big numbers for their star players, and Roethlisberger should lead the charge. He may be the perfect plan to sub for Mark Sanchez, who faces the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. The Cowboys' style of play could really slow that Philly offense. On the other hand, Sanchez may get some cheap fantasy points playing catch-up. I just don't expect this to be a close game.

If you need a RB, check on the Raiders' Latavius Murray. Bronco fans will remember him as the hero (until his concussion) against the Chiefs. He could be a nice add if you are thin at an injury-ravaged position. I say it's time to avoid the whole Redskins offense as well. The team has publicly imploded in a way I have never seen in 15 years of covering this league. Miami's Jarvis Landry may be good add as well. He was targeted a number of times against Denver, and he and Tannehill seem to have better chemistry than his teammate Mike Wallace.

And if your fantasy season is about to join the turkeys in a Butterball factory, jump on and get in a one-week league. I will start breaking down one-week match-ups in December, so your fantasy season doesn't have to end before Christmas.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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