By: Fan Sports Lists Team
Week 13 brings the last of the bye weeks with only a handful of fantasy relevant players being effected. However, there are plenty of options to play or pass on this week so picking the right guys is key, especially if you are still looking to lock up a playoff spot. If your locked into your playoff spot, start planning for those matchups.
7 Players to start this week:
1. Devontae Booker – RB – Den @ Jac: Booker will face a Jacksonville D that is giving up 116 yards per game this season. Trevor Siemian is dealing with a sprained ankle and may miss the upcoming game. If he is out, they should lean on Booker even more.
2. Doug Baldwin – WR – Sea vs. Car: Baldwin has seen 27 targets in the past 4 weeks and should see more of the same. He is more of a benefit in PPR leagues as Russell Wilson has not had time to sit back in the pocket this year. Bad O-line play has hurt the downfield threats of Seattle this year.
3. Davante Adams – WR – GB vs. Hou: Adams has put up over 100 yards receiving in 2 of the last 3 games. Adams’s targets have been down the past few weeks but it is not reflected in his numbers. The Packers face the Texans this week who are giving up 270 yards per game passing. With Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb healthy, it will continue to open things up for Adams.
4. Tyreek Hill – WR – KC @ Atl: Hill touches the ball in a lot of ways for the Chiefs. He also has a difference-making physical attribute-he’s always the fastest guy on the field. KC has done a good job of figuring out how to unleash Tyreek The Freak.
5. Sammy Watkins – WR – Buf @ Raiders: Watkins looked good in his limited return to action last week. Facing a weak D but an O that will make the game a shootout or runaway makes Watkins a good start.
6. Tyrell Williams – WR – SD vs. TB: In last 7 games, he has scored 4 TDs and gone over 100 yards 3 times. Williams is the clear #1 WR for the Chargers so he could see a ton of work in what could be a high scoring game.
7. New England D vs. LA: The Pats D has not been great for fantasy purposes this year.However, they face a rookie QB at home this week and scheming to confuse young QBs is Belichick’s bread and butter.
Honorable mention: Spencer Ware – RB – KC @ Atl, Jordan Howard – RB – Chi vs. SF, C.J. Fiedorowicz – TE – Hou @ GB, Malcolm Mitchell – WR – NE vs. LA.
6 Players to bench or cut now:
1. Kenny Britt – WR – LA @ NE: Britt will face a New England D that is allowing 253 yards per game which is middle of the road in the league. However, Britt will be playing in New England and he is working with a rookie QB in Jared Goff.
2. Jay Ajayi – RB – Mia @ Bal: Ajayi has not come close to touching his back to back 200 yard performances earlier this season. He managed just 45 yards rushing against the league’s worst, San Francisco. He faces the league’s best this week in Baltimore, who is giving up 79 rushing yards per game. Take a look at your roster for a different option, especially if the left side of Miami’s O-line doesn’t play.
3. Rashad Jennings – RB – NYG @ Pit: Much Like Jay Ajayi, Rashad Jennings also had a cupcake matchup and did nothing with it. Jennings couldn’t get anything going against the Browns and now will face the Steelers D that is allowing under 100 rush yards per game this season.
4. Robert Kelley – RB – Was @ Ari: Fat Kelley looks like a legit lead RB in the NFL. However, he struggled last week and has a string of tough matchups to close out the fantasy season. If you need roster space and are not in a league where Kelley could be a valuable keeper, consider moving on from him. Maybe you can rope-a-dope on a fellow owner who grabs Kelley then plays him at the wrong time and gets limited production.
5. Thomas Rawls – RB – Sea vs. Car: Rawls underwhelmed last week as he resumed the lead back role in Seattle. Now he faces a tough run D and a team that could score enough to make the Seahawks abandon the running game. Try to find another option.
6. Dak Prescott – QB – Dal @ Min: No one can blame an owner if you start the highly productive rookie. However, if you have the luxury of having another quality QB, think about favoring that option as the Vikings D could really limited what the Dak Attack can get going. Or he might keep dominating…
(Dis)honorable mention: Jeremy Hill – RB – Cin vs. Phi, Frank Gore – RB – Ind @ NYJ, Jonathan Stewart – RB – Car @ Sea, K Benjamin – WR – Car @ Sea.
7 Players to plug-in or pick-up if possible:
1. Eric Ebron – TE – Det @ NO: Disappointing to say the least last week. I would expect a bounce back week from Ebron who has been fairly consistent and relevant this season. With the exception of last week, Ebron has seen at least 5 targets a game. This could be a high scoring game and most of the yardage should be through the air.
2. Cameron Brate – TE – TB @ SD: Last week, Brate secured 4 of 5 targets for 49 yards against a tough Seattle D. This week Brate faces the Chargers D who is allowing 271 yards per game passing. If Brate can find the end zone this week he should have a nice line.
3. Alex Smith – QB – KC @ Atl: Smith is on the road to face Atlanta and they are dreadful against the pass this year. Atlanta’s D is giving up 282 yards per game. It could be a high scoring affair this week given how the Falcons O can score points.
4. Quincy Enunwa – WR – NYJ vs. Ind: Use Enunwa if you need him this week but otherwise monitor how he does in this quality matchup to determine whether he can be useful in some good matchups going forward.
5. Derrick Henry – RB – Ten: Heading into his bye, Henry is owned in less than 50% of leagues in both Yahoo and ESPN. Grab and stash him as a possible future flex play or much more if Murray gets hurt or has his role reduced.
6. Ted Ginn – WR – Car @ Sea: The Panther O is heating up and so is Ginn. He is a long-shot play this week against Seattle but if you need WR help for the playoffs, he has choice matchups after week.
7. A Boldin – WR – Det @ NO: Boldin seems to have passed Marvin Jones to become the #2 WR for the Lions. Now Jones is injured as well. Meanwhile, the Lions have a run of good passing matchups.
Honorable mention: Adam Thielen – WR Min vs. Dal, Taylor Gabriel – WR – KC @ Atl, DeSean Jackson – WR – Was @ Ari.