Start/Sit Week 13
This is it folks! It's all or nothing as we approach the final two weeks of the fantasy season and the playoffs kick-off. Hopefully, you aren't on the outside looking in when it comes to your race for a playoff spot in your respective fantasy leagues. There's nothing more stressful than having to hope for someone to lose in front of you. If you're looking at a 6-6 or 5-7 win/loss in your fantasy league, there's still a chance for you to get in. There are a few teams on a bye this week that may even the odds in your favor to help you out. Maybe your opponent has Josh Allen or Stefon Diggs on their fantasy team. Those two players will be unavailable this week because of the bye. Or maybe they have an injured player putting a hole in their roster this week. Saints wide receiver Chris Olave missed the remainder of the Saints/Falcons game in Week 12 due to a concussion and could miss Week 13. Colts running back Jonathan Taylor is also dealing with a thumb injury that could force him to miss Week 13 too.
Whatever it may be, don't give up on setting your lineups. You made it this far and all it may take is a couple of good moves on your part to help catapult you ahead of your league mates to secure a spot in this year's fantasy playoffs. The Ravens, Vikings, Bears, and Raiders (as well as the Bills) are all out on byes so some fantasy managers may be scrambling to replace those spots in their lineups and it could be the perfect chance to steal a game and get a bit closer to your leagues' fantasy playoffs.
Week 13 Start'EM
*Start percentage via ESPN Fantasy
Russell Wilson vs. HOU (14.3% Start)
Not only has Russell Wilson been cooking with the Broncos heading into Week 13 on a five-game winning streak, but the Denver QB currently sits inside the top 15 among fantasy quarterbacks at the QB14 spot averaging nearly 17 fantasy points per game. Wilson heading Week 13 with a solid matchup on paper against the Houston Texans. The Texans have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks at nearly 19 fantasy points a clip. Houston is also allowing the seventh-most passing yards to opposing quarterbacks which could allow Wilson to build on his passing performance, inclining the Broncos to pass a bit more as the Denver quarterback is averaging 29 pass attempts per game.
Tua Tagovailoa vs. WAS (49.9% Start)
The New York Jets presented a tough divisional matchup for Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins in Week 12. Tua threw two interceptions including a pick 6 during the game to just one touchdown and 243 passing yards during the game. While that tough outing landed Tua outside the top 20 for Week 12 (QB28), the Dolphins quarterback gets a much more vulnerable matchup against the Washington Commanders in Week 13. The Commanders are coming off of a trounsing by Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott who threw for four touchdowns and one rushing touchdown on Turkey day, plus over 400 yards through the air. The Commanders have given up the most passing touchdowns in the league heading into Week 13 with 28.
Jaylen Warren vs. ARI (45.1% Start)
Jaylen Warren cooled off a bit against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 12 rushing for just 49 yards on 13 carries during the game. However, prior to the PIT/CIN game, Warren was the third-best running back in fantasy from Weeks 9-11 averaging 18.9 fantasy points per game. Warren has been just what the Steelers have needed out of the backfield to go along with Najee Harris. Now Warren has a chance to get things going against the Arizona Cardinals. The Cards are the second-worst defense against fantasy running backs, allowing the second-most fantasy points to the position at 28.6 FPPG. Over that three-week span mentioned earlier, Warren was averaging 9.1 y/a on the ground.
Isiah Pacheco vs. GB (66% Start)
Pacheco had a great game in Week 12 against the Las Vegas Raiders as he rushed for 55 yards and two touchdowns as well as adding another 34 yards through the air. Pacheco finished as the RB4 for Week 12 and will look for an encore performance against the Green Bay Packers this week. The Packers are ranked 10th-worst against the running back position allowing 23.6 FPPG. The Packers are allowing just over 105 yards per game on the ground.
Brandin Cooks vs. SEA (17.9% Start)
It looks like the Cowboys have finally found their number two wide receiver at the right time in Brandin Cooks. Cooks has had two double-digit fantasy point games over the last three weeks, scoring touchdowns in both of those games. Now Cooks will set his sights on contributing against a Seattle Seahawks defense that's allowing 36 FPPG to opposing wide receivers. Seattle is allowing the 11th most receptions to the wide receiver position heading into Week 12. Since Week 10, Cooks has seen 19 targets, 11 of which were 20+ yards for 287 yards receiving.
Michael Pittman vs. TEN (61% Start)
The Colts have a real one in Michael Pittman at the wide receiver position. Pittman has been crushing it in PPR formats seeing 65 targets from Weeks 6-12 and was the WR7 over that span. Pittman was averaging 17.6 FPPG during that time and was the go-to target for Gardner Minshew. Pittman gets the Tennessee Titans in Week 13 and they're allowing the 12th-most fantasy points heading into the matchup and are tied for 6th in receptions allowed to opposing wide receivers.
Taysom Hill vs. DET (28.7% Start)
This one might be a long shot but the Saints are reeling right now because of injuries. Chris Olave is dealing with a concussion and could miss Week 13. Michael Thomas is already on injured reserve with a knee issue. Rashid Shaheed picked up a thigh injury as well. Tight end Jawan Johnson saw the second most targets against the Falcons in Week 12 so where are the other targets going if all the wide receivers are banged up? Taysom Hill could see added work this week with his do-it-all ability for the Saints. Hill had 81 total yards against the Falcons and could see added work should the wide receiver position look a bit dank because of the aforementioned injuries. The Detroit Lions are on deck in Week 13 and are giving up 12.3 FPPG putting them at 12th overall among fantasy defenses.
Week 13 Sit'EM
Jordan Love vs. KC (18.5% Start)
Jordan Love has gotten his groove back over the last three weeks. Since Week 10, Love has scored 15+ fantasy points over his last three games and hung 250+ passing yards in each of his last three games as well. While this streak has been impressive, it could come to an end in Week 13 against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs defense managed to hold Jalen Hurts to just 150 passing yards two weeks ago and allowed one passing touchdown the last two weeks.
Zach Charbonnet vs. DAL (26.7% Start)
While Zach Charbonnet was one of the hotter waiver targets last week due to Kenneth Walker going down, his matchups have stifled his production as the RB1 for the Seahawks. Charbonnet has been unable to surpass 50 rushing yards over the last three weeks and now faces off against a tough Cowboys defense that's allowing 109 yards per game on the ground (12th best vs. The Run). Charbonnet does have a little upside as a pass catcher so that's something to consider. Otherwise, this doesn't look like a great match-up on paper.
Jerry Jeudy vs. HOU (17.2% Start)
What is happening to Jerry Jeudy this season? Jeudy seems to be an afterthought in the Broncos' offense despite being the "WR2" behind Courtland Sutton. Jeudy is averaging just 5.3 targets per game and just 44 yards per game. While the Houston Texans defense does present an opportunity for some fantasy production as they rank 20th against fantasy wide receivers, the lack of work Jeudy has gotten this season makes it too risky to play him even in the most desperate of situations.
Cade Otton vs. CAR (16.8% Start)
The Bucs TE has managed to become the safety blanket for Baker Mayfield this season but he's just not seeing enough work out of the position for fantasy managers on a consistent basis. While Otton has seen nine targets over the past two games, his yardage totals haven't been much to write home about. Otton gets the Panthers this week who rank as one of the better units defending the tight end position. The Panthers are allowing the sixth-fewest fantasy points to the position heading into Week 13.
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