Take a timeout from fantasy land to be thankful

col-BuddhaPlease allow me to begin by saying that when I talk it, I walk it.

So, in honor of last week’s rant about honoring the Thanksgiving holiday, this will be my lone post this week. I plan to be knee deep in turkey and dressing, family and football from Thursday through Sunday with little time or desire to step away from that little slice of heaven to hammer out a fantasy football column.

But — barring any unforeseen practice injuries during the week — all of my recommendations should be just as accurate today as they would be if I where to make them on Friday. And as a bonus, I get to include the Thursday games for the first time all season.

Without further ado, I give you my best adds and starts for Week 13:

* Andy Dalton – Eight interceptions in three games have resurrected “Bad Andy” after the Bengals QB had posted 103 fantasy points in the three games from Weeks 6 through 8. What we’re dealing with here is clearly one inconsistent player. Why risk starting him in Week 13 then? Well, Dalton is coming off a bye and facing a Chargers team that is among the worst in the NFL in pass defense. That added prep time and favorable matchup has me ready to start Dalton over guys like Russell Wilson, Robert Griffin III and this past week’s star, Colin Kaepernick. It may also be time to dip back into the Matt Ryan well this week at Buffalo.

* And if you’re still struggling through the loss of Aaron Rodgers … try a couple of recent add recommendations Josh McCown and Carson Palmer this week. The Case Keenum ship has sailed and been throughly torpedoed by Gary Kubiak and Big Ben Roethlisberger has the Ravens on tap in what has been one of the lowest scoring, smashmouth rivalry tilts in recent NFL history.

* Rashad Jennings – If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Jennings has posted a minimum of nine fantasy points in four consecutive games since taking over for the oft-injured Darren McFadden in the Bay Area. In fact, Jennings has averaged 15 points per game over that span and faces the league-worst Cowboys defense on Thanksgiving day. Dallas gives up 22 ppg to fantasy running backs on the season and just allowed the Giants duo of Andre Brown and Brandon Jacobs to run over them for over 200 yards. Barring something catastrophic, Jennings should be a RB1 for you this week. Play him ahead of Le’Veon Bell, Lamar Miller and Bobby Rainey.

* If you haven’t handcuffed your starting running backs … we saw yet another illustration of why this should be done down the stretch. As of today, second half fantasy stud Zac Stacy’s status for this weekend is unknown. This makes Benny Cunningham a very interesting waiver claim tonight. And the persistent fumble issues for Stevan Ridley make Brandon Bolden a coveted commodity. Montee Ball is yet another handcuff on the cusp of starting if Knowshon Moreno can’t go at Kansas City. The bottom line is that I highly recommend the peace of mind that comes along with having your backups secured.

* Michael Floyd – It just keeps getting better for this emerging second-year star from Notre Dame. Floyd has 38 points in his past three games and gets an Eagles defense that has trouble stopping any fantasy wideouts, much less two big-time guys like Arizona possesses. Continue to ride Floyd while he’s hot. Start him instead of DeSean Jackson, Marques Colston and Cecil Shorts in Week 13.

* If your league hasn’t been paying attention … some solid veteran receivers have returned from injuries rcently and could be available on your waiver wire. Nate Burleson, Percy Harvin, Roddy White, Danny Amendola and even Michael Crabtree could provide a lineup boost in the playoffs in three WR leagues, especially.

* Jordan Cameron – It looks like Brandon Weeden will be starting at quarterback versus the Jaguars and that should mean good things for the ultra-athletic yet slumping Cameron. Saying that Weeden is good for just about anything at the NFL level is a stretch, but the guy at least knows who he should be looking for when he gets into the game. Last week, it was Josh Gordon and this week’s Jacksonville matchup should heavily favor the TE position. Cameron should be a Top 6 play at his position.

* Continuing the elusive hunt for a good TE to stream … I give you Ladarius Green. Green has had back-to-back 80 yard games while Father Time seems to be whooping Antonio Gates’ behind. Green is reminiscent of Broncos breakout star Julius Thomas. He’s a big, fast athlete and he looks to have now gained the trust of Philip Rivers.

Some defenses to stream in Week 13 are the Giants, Dolphins, Browns and Jaguars. All have tasty matchups against inept, turnover prone offenses while normally reliable plays like the Chiefs and Seahawks have injury problems and prolific offenses to deal with.

Before I go, you can follow me on Twitter (@FantasyBuddha) for a helping hand as the week unfolds and I wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving weekend.

Good luck and enjoy yourselves!

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