Week 13 news and notes

  • Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle) was unable to practice on Friday and is listed as questionable to face the Buccaneers. If the veteran back is inactive, RB Jonathan Stewart would start and become a very strong option for fantasy owners. He’d see most of the carries against a defense that has allowed an average of 23.1 fantasy points per game to running backs.

Steve Slaton has been a disappointment for fantasy owners this season. (Mike Groll / Associated Press)

  • The Eagles will be without WR DeSean Jackson (concussion) in Week 13, so fantasy owners need to move WRs Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant up on rank lists. Maclin becomes a viable low-end No. 2 fantasy wideout against the Falcons, who rank 27th in receiving yards allowed this season. Avant would be more of a third option, but a very solid sleeper nonetheless.
  • Falcons RB Michael Turner (ankle) will miss Sunday’s game against the Eagles after re-aggravating the ailment last week. NFL.com’s Steve Wyche reports that RB Jason Snelling will start in his absence. However, RB Jerious Norwood will also see his share of carries in the contest. Neither back should be seen as more than a flex play against Philadelphia and its’s eighth-ranked run defense.
  • Rams RB Steven Jackson (back) missed Friday’s practice and will be a game-time decision to face the Bears. The talented back was able to play through the injury last week, but coach Steve Spagnuolo said S-Jax’s back “just hasn’t calmed.” RBs Samkon Gado and Kenneth Darby would share the workload if Jackson were inactive. Neither is a great replacement for owners.
  • Cardinals QB Kurt Warner (head) shared practice reps with QB Matt Leinart during Friday’s practice, according to the Arizona Republic. Since the Cardinals play on Sunday night, fantasy owners who have Warner either need to add Leinart as insurance or bench the veteran quarterback as a precaution. If Warner is out, WRs Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin could fail to meet expectations against the Vikings.
  • Texans coach Gary Kubiak announced Friday that RB Chris Brown will start against the Jaguars. The veteran will get the call in the possible absence of RB Steve Slaton, who will be a game-time decision to an injured neck. Brown is still a free agent in 65 percent of NFL.com leagues, so owners who need a running back should go out and get him now.
  • The Cleveland Plain-Dealer is reporting that Browns coach Eric Mangini doesn’t seem likely to add a third running back after losing RB Jamal Lewis for the season. That’s good news for RB Chris Jennings, who is the favorite to start the rest of the season. While he’ll share some carries with RB Jerome Harrison, Jennings is still worth a roster spot in larger leagues. He does face the Chiefs and Raiders in the final two weeks of the fantasy postseason.
  • Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe (ribs) is listed as questionable to face the Cardinals. The team hasn’t expressed concerns about him missing the contest, but this is a bit of a concern since the game is on Sunday night. Shiancoe is a great fantasy option based on the matchup, so keep tabs on his status throughout the weekend.
  • The Seattle Times reports that Seahawks RB Justin Forsett injured his quadriceps in Friday’s practice and is now listed as questionable for Week 13. With RB Julius Jones expected to return to action, Forsett is suddenly no better than a risk-reward flex option in fanatasy leagues (if active). Jones, who’ll face the 49ers’ fifth-ranked run defense, isn’t much more attractive an option, either.
  • Falcons WR Roddy White (knee) was limited in Friday’s practice and is listed as questionable to face the Eagles this week. He is expected to start, but fantasy owners should monitor his status at game time regardless. Don’t be shocked if White fails to produce strong fantasy numbers with QB Matt Ryan (toe) out and facing Eagles CB Asante Samuel.
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