Week 13 Fantasy Pickups – What Can Brown Do For You?

However corny or predictable that title may be, the question is valid – and the answer is – well, he can get you to the fantasy playoffs, that’s for sure.  But, can you rely on him once you’re there?

Now, let me start by saying that I don’t expect Bryce Brown to still be available in your league, so this profile is to analyze his usefulness going forward – for the owners lucky enough to have him.  Brown has proven in his last two starts that he has all the makings to be a big time running back in the NFL.  There’s just one problem, he’s still only the backup/fill-in for the even better, still young, Pro Bowl running back, LeSean McCoy.  So, if McCoy returns, the best-case-scenario for Brown is a 50-50 split to finish the season.

However, McCoy is reportedly only in Phase 3 out of 4 in his concussion recovery process – and note that Michael Vick has been in Phase 4 of the same recovery for almost two weeks now.  True, everyone recovers at their own pace, but if McCoy follows a similar timetable, he could be out until week 17 – meaning Brown will likely be the MVP of the fantasy playoffs – start him with confidence.

Bryce Brown

QB – Russell Wilson – SEA – Still like Kaepernick better for the rest of the year, but other than him, Wilson is the only FA I’d feel comfortable starting in the playoffs.  Wilson’s remaining schedule is pretty soft (with the exception of SF), and he continues to surprise.

WR – Donnie Avery – IND – Hilton is still the clear-cut number 2 receiver, but that doesn’t mean Avery doesn’t have value.  He turned 14 targets into 5 receptions for 91 yards and 2 TDs on Sunday.  Plus, he has another great matchup against the putrid Titans pass-D this week.

WR – Riley Cooper – PHI – Could be a sneaky pickup, if you’re desperate.  With DeSean Jackson out, Cooper gets to start at WR, and he’s the biggest target they have.

RB – Justin Forsett – HOU – For some odd reason, he received 14 carries in Sunday’s game against the Titans.  It’s quite possible the Texans will continue to try to lighten Foster’s workload leading up to the playoffs.  Foster will still get all the goal line opportunities, but Forsett could still have some productive games without a TD.

RB – Montell Owens – JAX – Last man standing in Jacksonville.  Not sure how productive he’ll be, but he’ll sure get a lot of work.

RB – JacQuizz Rodgers – ATL – Still believe he could be a gem.  Could have his best game of the season this week against Carolina.

TE – Martellus Bennett – NYG – Scored his first TD in 8 games on Monday night.  Hopefully this is a sign he’s back on Eli’s radar.  Plays the Saints this week, in what should be a shootout.

DEF – Tampa Bay vs. Philadelphia – Pittsburgh vs. San Diego – Denver vs. Oakland – Cleveland vs. Kansas City – Atlanta vs. Carolina – NYJ vs. Jacksonville – St. Louis vs. Buffalo

Good luck to everyone this week!  If you have any other questions, feel free to ask us on Facebook or Twitter!

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