Most leagues will be ending their fantasy regular season this weekend in Week 13. Some of you already have a playoff spot sewn up and others are toiling at the bottom of the standings with no hope of a playoff run. Most of you, however, probably need every point you can get this week to clinch a playoff berth.
The Cowboys this weekend present an interesting match up against the Indianapolis Colts. Indy holds opponents to just under 205 yards passing per game - good for sixth in the NFL - while allowing opposing rushers to go for 136 yards per game - 29th in the NFL.
If you're planning on relying on Jon Kitna this weekend - don't. He did throw for over 300 yards against the Saints, but didn't throw a touchdown pass in the contest. Kitna did post three touchdown games the two weeks before that - including a rushing touchdown against the Lions - but that doesn't mean he's a safe play against a tough pass defense. Rotoworld has Kitna ranked as the 16th best quarterback this week, and I agree with that assessment. Unless you're in a really deep league or a two QB league, there is likely a better option available.
Felix Jones is an interesting player this week. As aforementioned, the Colts run defense ranks among the worst in the entire NFL. Jones has shown explosive ability on numerous occasions this year, but hasn't been consistent thanks to nagging injuries and the Cowboys' inability to keep games close early on. Jones is ranked as the 15th best RB option this weekend on Rotoworld, and that's also fair.
Tashard Choice, who is filling in for Marion Barber's goal line and third down role this weekend, is ranked 47th. He's definitely not a reliable option this weekend and is a very risky option even in a flex role. Still, if you're desperate and have little else to start, he's probably worth the Hail Mary - he might vulture a touchdown or two.
Dallas' top two wide outs remain must-starts. Austin Miles and Dez Bryant should be in all fantasy lineups this weekend - especially if you have a return yardage league where Bryant may add a few points. If Dallas winds up trailing in the game - and they usually do - Kitna will be forced to throw a lot. Miles is ranked as the 13th best WR this weekend while Bryant, coming off his clunker last week, is 26th. Roy Williams, who fumbled the game away against the Saints, is 70th on Rotoworld's rankings and is not worth starting even in a flex spot.
Not surprisingly, two of the top three fantasy tight ends will be involved in the Cowboys/Colts game. Jacob Tamme, who has filled in admirably for Dallas Clark in the passing game, is ranked by Rotoworld as the No. 1 TE this weekend while Jason Witten is No. 3. Obviously, Witten is a must start despite only having three touchdowns on the season.
As far as the Cowboys defense goes - stay far, far away. Ditto David Buehler.