Week 13 Fantasy Football Start/Sit


It's Week 13 which means this is most likely your final week to cement that all-important playoff spot! If this is a must-win week for you and your fantasy team, Shane and Matt have got you covered with those crucial start/sit decisions. @FFShaneB gives you his weekly starts and @MattFFDynasty gives you the players you shouldn't be relying on to grab that final playoff spot.


Teams on their bye week:

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Carolina Panthers

Quarterback

Starts

Start Of The Week

Kirk Cousins (MIN) Vs JAX

Cousins has been on a hot streak lately and playing very well. He also has a fantastic matchup with the Jaguars who have holes everywhere in their defense. They have taken the term rebuild to a new level. Cousins should continue his hot streak this week and is a smash start. He was also available on the waivers in a lot of leagues, so he is a great streaming option this week.


Mitchell Trubisky (CHI) Vs DET

I promise I am not crazy. Trubisky has been the better QB for the bears. They have scored 25 points per game as a team with Trubisky at the helm. Trubisky also has his best games against...you guessed it, Detroit. Their defense is not very good this year and I expect a good game out of Trubisky.


Derek Carr (LV) @ NYJ

I know this one hurts, especially after the last week. I have no idea why Carr played so bad last week. But this week he can’t screw it up. The Jets are the worst team in the NFL and are clearly #TankingforTrevor. They need to lose this game. And I think Carr and the Raiders bounce back.

Sits

Sit Of The Week

Matt Ryan (ATL) Vs NO

Matt Ryan has had a somewhat up and down season, and last week was another poor showing where he finished as the QB17, admittedly due to the fact that the Falcons were in control against the Raiders for most of the game. This week I'm expecting another poor performance from Ryan but for a different reason. The Saints have been one of the better defenses in the NFL this year and Ryan had one of his worst games of the season against them just a few weeks ago in Week 11, scoring just 7.28 points after throwing for only 232 yards and 2 INTs. That, coupled with the fact that star WR Julio Jones is trending towards not playing, makes Ryan an easy sit for me this week.


Carson Wentz (PHI) @ GB

Wentz's struggles have been well documented this season, yet he is still the QB12 and put together a couple of 'OK' performances in recent weeks. However, he faces the Packers this week who are the 5th best defense against opposing QBs and allowing only 17.4 FPPG on average. With the Eagles struggling to protect Wentz in the pocket this season, the Packers will look to put the pressure on him early, so I expect a long evening for Wentz coming up.


Justin Herbert (LAC) Vs NE

Herbert has exceeded all expectations in his rookie season and is the favorite for the 'OROY' award, yet he had his first real wobble last week against the Bills (you know he's playing well when a 316 yard, 1 TD, 1 INT day is a 'wobble'). This week he gets the tough Patriots defense and I expect the Patriots to slow this Chargers offense down as much as possible by running down the clock on offense (currently rank 21st in offensive pace of play). I'd temper expectations on Herbert this week.


Running Back

Starts

Start Of The Week

Nick Chubb (CLE) @ TEN

Chubb has been playing like a man possessed since he came back from injury. He is proving that he is one of the best RBs in the league. And Tennessee is not great against RBs. So I expect Chubb to keep his hot streak alive. This game also has important playoff implications, so they will want to control the ball as much as possible.


James Robinson (JAX) @ MIN

James Robinson is a start this week because I have benched him for two weeks in a row and he does not deserve this. He also has a MUCH better matchup this week than those previous two. I think he will also continue his hot streak against a bad Minnesota run defense.


Clyde Edwards-Helaire (KC) Vs DEN

Last time I put Clyde in here he scored two touchdowns. As a Clyde truther I would greatly appreciate the same outcome. Latavius Murray scored 2 TDs against this very same Denver defense that CEH is playing against. I believe CEH will have a “bounce back” game this week. I do not think last week’s game was anything more than the Chiefs were throwing at will against the Bucs, which I stated on the Fantasy Nightcap podcast. Start CEH with confidence this week.


Sits

Sit Of The Week

Kenyan Drake (ARI) Vs LAR

Drake has put up some impressive performances since coming back from the injury that forced him to miss Week 9, but he will struggle to keep that up this week. The Cardinals play the L.A Rams who are the 6th best defense against opposing RBs, so this matchup would be difficult enough, but he's also splitting work with Chase Edmonds which is capping his ceiling each week. I expect an early-season Kenyan Drake performance this week rather than what he's been able to produce the last few weeks.


Ezekiel Elliott (DAL) @ BAL

My oh my, how the mighty have fallen! Ezekiel Elliott has looked a shell of himself this season. Is that due to Dak's injury early in the season? Possibly. The Cowboys depleted O-Line hasn't been a help either, but Elliott is making plenty of mistakes himself. Now he gets a tough Ravens run defense and fellow RB Tony Pollard is becoming more involved each week, having arguably looked the better RB in flashes this season. You likely can't sit 'Zeke' as you will have drafted him as your RB1, but this isn't the week to expect a return to form for 'Zeke'


Todd Gurley (ATL) Vs NO

Gurley missed Week 12 due to injury, yet he's expected back this week and owners may be looking forward to playing him this week as he's currently the RB14, but with the Saints coming to town, I wouldn't rush putting him back in your lineups. The Saints are THE best defense against opposing RBs, allowing only 14.5 FPPG on average. He's been saving his season with TDs (9 rushing TDs) and with that in mind, and therefore the low floor he has, it's a high risk playing him this week.

Wide Receiver

Starts

Start Of The Week

Darius Slayton (NYG) @ SEA

Slayton has been a roller coaster this year. And not a fun one. However, I believe he will have a good week considering the Seahawks have THE WORST secondary in the league when it comes to fantasy production. The only concern I have with this is who is going to play quarterback, but Colt McCoy could rely heavily on Slayton.


Justin Jefferson (MIN) Vs JAX

This guy is a must-start in all leagues at this point. I mention him here though because he had 2 TDs last week and has a much better matchup this week. Thielen might be back from COVID list, but that would mean he would get the Jags #1 corner leaving Jefferson to do his damage elsewhere.


Jarvin Landry (CLE) @ TEN

Landry was probably in the dog house with a lot of you until last week and possibly even last week because he was probably on your bench. START HIM THIS WEEK. The 3 weeks prior to last week the Browns were basically playing in a mini hurricane. Rain and wind everywhere, making it very difficult to throw the ball. Last week they play in Jacksonville and he goes off. I think he is worthy of a start this week against Tennessee at Tennessee.


Sits

Sit Of The Week

Stefon Diggs (BUF) @ SF

This selection has the potential to leave me looking rather stupid, but I'm tempering expectations on Diggs this week. He may be the WR5 this season and QB Josh Allen's favorite target, but get's the tough 49ers defense this week and a likely tough matchup against 'future HOF' CB Richard Sherman. The 49ers kept QB Jared Goff quiet last week (198 yards, 2 INTs) so the Bills know they are going to be in for a tough matchup this week, so I think this will be one of Diggs' quieter weeks, but you likely aren't sitting him.


Amari Cooper (DAL) @ BAL

Cooper is one of the few Cowboys skill position players that hasn't seen a big dip in form since the Dak Prescott injury, yet a trip to Baltimore isn't ideal if your playoff hopes rely on a strong performance by Cooper. They are a Top 5 defense against opposing WRs and will look to put pressure on QB Andy Dalton early in this one. I'm expecting this game to be a slow, low scoring affair so all skill positions, for both teams, take a knock for me this week.


JuJu Smith-Schuster (PIT) Vs WAS

JuJu has bounced back to form in recent weeks after a slow start, but he, and the Pittsburgh offense, have a tough matchup against Washington this week. They are the 2nd best defense against opposing WRs and rank 3rd in QB sacks this season. Big Ben won't get much time in the pocket facing off against star rookie edge rusher Chase Young, so I expect a quieter game for his receiving weapons in this one.


Tight End

Starts

Start Of The Week

T.J Hockenson (DET) @ CHI

Remember how last year there was the narrative that Arizona was terrible against Tight Ends and any tight end playing them was a smash start? Remember how that started with TJ Hockenson who has greatly improved this year? Yeah well this year’s Arizona is Chicago, who has allowed 11 TDs to the tight end position alone. This means the improved TJ Hockenson is a smash start this week.


Jordan Reed (SF) Vs BUF

Reed is playing against Buffalo. Their defense has not been great in the secondary this year and the Tight End position has been particularly good against them. Deebo and Aiyuk will be back this week, so Buffalo is going to have to figure out how to stop them. This should leave the field more open for Reed to get some points. Start him.


Jonnu Smith (TEN) Vs CLE

This one hurts me too. I have wanted him to be good all year. Cleveland’s secondary has not been great, but that is due to injury for the most part. Well, they lost another member to injury and I believe Jonnu can benefit from this. Cleveland is also not very good against the Tight End, so start Jonnu.


Sits

Sit Of The Week

Hunter Henry (LAC) Vs NE

As I state every week, the TE position is such a mess that you likely aren't sitting most of these guys, but I have to pick someone, and you won't care for me saying sit players like Chris Herndon and Jordan Akins! So, Henry is my Sit Of The Week, as far as tempering expectations, due to the fact he's currently in a good bit of form but faces the Patriots defense who I mentioned earlier when suggesting you 'Sit' Justin Herbert. A likely low-scoring affair against the 4th best defense against opposing TEs equals a quiet fantasy day for Henry in this one for me.


Logan Thomas (WAS) @ PIT

Not the biggest name at the TE position but he's been reliable this season and produces a few solid fantasy weeks for his owners, but a trip to Pittsburgh is a daunting task for Washington. The 2nd best defense against opposing TEs (allowing 6.2 FPPG on average), there are other streaming options at TE I would target over Thomas this week.


Mike Gesicki (MIA) Vs CIN

Gesicki has been disappointing this season given the hype around him in the offseason and while the matchup looks appealing on paper (Bengals rank 29th against opposing TEs), I'm not convinced he is the guy you want in this Dolphins offense this week. He's averaging only 2/3 receptions a game so the volume isn't there, and he only has 3 TDs this season, which makes him risky each week with such a low floor. Avoid Gesicki this week if you can.


Defense

Starts

Start Of The Week


Green Bay Packers Vs PHI

Carson Wentz sucks. Their offensive line is hurt and it has been bad because of that. Preston Smith and Za'Darius Smith will have a field day and pressure Wentz into some horrible decisions. The only concern is the Packers run defense, but if the line can’t block then Sanders won’t succeed either.


Las Vegas Raiders @ NYJ

Minnesota Vikings Vs JAX

Baltimore Ravens Vs DAL

Sits

Sit Of The Week


L.A Rams @ ARI

The Rams have been one of the better fantasy D/ST this season (currently ranked 6th) however a trip to the high-powered, fast-paced Cardinals isn't a great matchup. I expect Kyler Murray and co. to ask serious questions of this Rams defense, so I'd look at some streaming options at D/ST over the Rams this week.


New York Giants @ SEA

New England Patriots @ LAC

Washington Football Team @ PIT


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