Fantasy Football: Week 13 Start 'em Sit 'em

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Written by: George Haraktsis

Get some insider tips on who to start or sit this week from our fantasy expert George Haraktsis!


Case Keenum (DEN) VS Cincinnati Bengals

Keenum’s week 13 opponent, the Cincinnati Bengals, have allowed three or more passing touchdowns to four out of their last five opponents. While Keenum may not have much value past this week, his floor and ceiling in this matchup are way too high to let sit out there in free agency. While Phillip Lindsay and company could steal away scoring opportunities, I don’t think it will be too much of a concern.

Verdict: START ‘EM

Dak Prescott (DAL) VS New Orleans Saints

Dak started the season off slow, but it seems like he’s finally getting into a groove. He’ll never be that three touchdown, 300-yard elite fantasy passer, but he can put up some numbers due to his feet. He’s coming off of a stellar performance that included two passing and one rushing touchdown. He now takes on childhood idol Drew Bees at home against a porous fantasy D/ST in the Saints. They are giving up the third most passing yards in the league at 285.7 per game, and are the fourth worst fantasy defense against quarterbacks. Prescott is a safe play.

Verdict: START ‘EM

Baker Mayfield (CLE) VS Houston Texans

Baker is going to be a very tempting play after three solid starts where he averaged 21.67 fantasy points. While Mariota just picked apart the Texans defense, fantasy-wise, that was more of an exception than the rule. The Texans are 11th in passing yards allowed per game, and sixth in points allowed at 20.5 per game. While he may not be a horrendous start, there are likely better options out there.

Verdict: SIT ‘EM

Running Backs

Mark Ingram (NO) VS Dallas Cowboys

Mark Ingram came crashing back down to earth with only 52 yards against the Falcons, after putting up back-to-back 100-yard performances. He now faces a Cowboy defense that's tied for fourth in the league with 93.6 rush yards per game allowed. This feels like more of a Kamara game, due to his versatility in the passing game. There just doesn't seem to be a script in this one that looks positive for Ingram. While he won’t play well this week, he’ll certainly bounce back soon.

Verdict: SIT ‘EM

Adrian Peterson (WAS) VS Philadelphia Eagles

Peterson has averaged a measly 3.1 yards per carry over his last four games. While the Eagles have not fared well recently against running backs, the Redskins offense is too decimated to give Peterson any sort of chance against the Eagles. They’ve lost a majority of their offensive line and Peterson was injured in his matchup against the Cowboys, look elsewhere.

Verdict: SIT ‘EM

Dion Lewis (TEN) VS Tennessee Titans

Yes Lewis has struggled to run the ball with a terrible 2.4 yards per carry in his last three games, but he could rectify that in a bout against the Jets who just let Sony Michel torch them for over 120 yards and a touchdown on the ground. The Jets have allowed the 10th most rushing yards this year to running backs, just allowed 206 rushing yards total to the patriots, and should continue on this downward spiral. Lewis is in line for a bounce back.

Verdict: START ‘EM

Wide Receivers

D.J. Moore (CAR) VS Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Moore has established himself as the number one wide receiver in this offense, after a solid two weeks where he posted 15 receptions, 248 yards, and 1 touchdown. He has a hell of an opportunity against a Bucs team who is bottom five in the league with 282.3 passing yards allowed per game. His team clearly has confidence in him, and more importantly Cam Newton does. This could be the biggest game of the young wide receivers career.

Verdict: START ‘EM

Jarvis Landry (CLE) VS Houston Texans

Jarvis Landry has not scored a touchdown in more than a month, and has just not been consistent at all. He has only 17 targets in his last 3 games and caught 10 passes for 102 yards in that span. Like I mentioned before, the Texans are 11th in passing yards allowed and Baker should struggle and so should Landry. While I do think he bounces back, this will not be the week that he does.

Verdict: SIT ‘EM

Amari Cooper (DAL) VS New Orleans Saints

You’ve got to ride the hot hand. Cooper is coming off of the best game of his career that saw him catch 8 balls for 180 yards and two touchdowns. Like we mentioned before the Saints are atrocious at stopping the pass, and Cooper has developed some serious chemistry with Dak already. With Cooper receiving more targets as a Cowboy, and the guarantee that this is a high scoring affair, Cooper is ripe for another great game.

Verdict: START ‘EM

Tight Ends

Greg Olsen VS Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Olsen has been downright bad in his last couple of weeks with only 20 yards. So there is some cause for concern, but the Bucs have been terrible against tight ends this year. They are the fourth worst team in fantasy against tight ends, and Olsen caught a touchdown last time he faced them. Do not hesitate.

Verdict: START ‘EM

Vance McDonald (PIT) VS Los Angeles Chargers

McDonald is mostly touchdown dependent, which is a tough sell for a fantasy tight end. He’s only averaging 34 yards per game in the last five weeks, yikes! The Chargers fantasy defense is 11th in the league against tight ends and have looked even better in recent weeks. You should not depend on Mcdonald in this one, there are much better options out there.

Verdict: START ‘EM

Cameron Brate (TB) VS Carolina Panthers

With O.J. Howard out, Cameron Brate is back to being the head tight end on the Bucs. He caught a touchdown in his last game, and now faces a Carolina Panthers team who has played poorly against tight ends all year, they are dead last in the league. Last time the Panthers and Bucs played, Howard had two touchdowns. Those should go to Brate this time in this potentially high scoring affair.

Verdict: START ‘EM

Defense/Special Teams

Denver Broncos VS Cincinnati Bengals

The Broncos defense has been playing very well as of late. Going into Week 13 they have the third best unit at stopping the run, 13th best secondary, and 8th best pass rush. They’ll be going against the Bengals who have been struggling on offense all year, ranked as the 16th worst offense against fantasy defenses, and are now starting Jeff Driskel after Andy Dalton was put on IR with a thumb injury. Driskel looked solid in his limited time against Cleveland, but the Broncos are a better defense. Driskel has only attempted 36 passes in his career and should be in line for some poor play and a myriad of turnovers.

Verdict: START ‘EM

Green Bay Packers VS Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals are easily one of the worst offenses in football. They are the 31st worst offense against defenses in fantasy football this year! They may not have looked like that against the Chargers, but they still looked pretty bad. Consider the 2 sacks and 1 turnover they allowed while scoring only 10 points a floor for opposing D/ST. The Packers defense isn’t quite what it was at the beginning of the season, but a home matchup in the cold against a rudder-less Cardinals team should be a recipe for success for any fantasy owner willing to start the Packers.

Verdict: START ‘EM

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