Week 13: Start 'Em
If you're looking for a starting quarterback this week, you don't have to look any further than Carson Palmer. Palmer has been what the Cardinals had hoped for when they traded for him in the off season and he has led them to a surprising 7-4 start to the season. Palmer has been especially hot recently, as the Cards are riding a four game winning streak, during which time he has averaged 286.5 yards and 2 touchdown passes per game. This week Palmer gets to face the worst pass defense in the NFL, the Philadelphia Eagles, who are giving up a league worst 300 yards passing per game. If Palmer is sitting stashed on your bench, give him a look and start him this week
Josh McCown has been a lot more effective moving the ball than anyone could have hoped for, unfortunately it hasn't turned into as many wins as they had hoped. Last week in his best game of the season and career, he passed for 352 yards and two touchdowns. This week McCown faces a below average pass defense in the Minnesota Vikings, who are giving up the fourth most passing yards per game at 281 yards per game. If you need help at QB, please don't be afraid to give McCown a chance
The Rams' running game is like a revolving door of running backs, and now it looks like it will be Benny Cunningham's chance to play. Undrafted out of Middle Tennessee State, Cunningham has played sparingly this season, but when called upon he has performed, gaining 238 yards with a touchdown. In the last two weeks he has really broken out, gaining 72 yards on only seven rushes two weeks ago, and then last week replacing Zach Stacy he rushed 13 times for 109 yards and scored his first career TD. Stacy is dealing with concussion issues and he has yet to practice. If that keeps up and he doesnt play, Cunningham is worth a start at RB2 as he should get between 15-20 touches. So if you need help at RB in 12 team leagues, give him a look.
Often the best times to start someone is the week after they have a horrible game. Not only do the players want to make up for their poor performance, but the coaches and QB will do what they can to get this guy going. This week, look for that to be Ben Tate, who is coming off his worst rushing game of the season -- gaining only one yard on seven carries. He did at least have five receptions for 26 yards, but still had a really crappy game and he was replaced by rookie Dennis Johnson who was much more effective. Not much to look into here, as Tate ran the ball very well two weeks before when he gained 117 total yards. This week the Texans face the second worst run defense in the Patriots, who are giving up 140 yards per game (including being gashed for 280 yards by the Denver Broncos). If you need help at RB2 or flex this week, Tate could be your man.
After an up and down rookie season in 2012, Rod Streater has been more consistent this season. In only 11 games, Streater has already surpassed his 2012 totals in receptions and yards despite Oakland starting three different quarterbacks this season. Streater isn't a point per reception kind of guy, but when he does catch passes, he usually makes big plays -- evidenced by his 15 yards per reception average. This week Streater will play on Thanksgiving against the defense that keeps on giving, the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys are giving up the second most passing yards at 298 per game, so look for Streater to take advantage of that and have his third game in a row of at least five receptions and 84 yards. Streater makes for a solid WR3 or flex start.