Happy Thanksgiving everybody! We get an early start to our week with three games today. It’s a great day to be thankful that we can pass the time by eating a ton of food and ignoring family. You have games to watch and since it’s the last week of the regular season they’re very important games.
So grab a turkey leg, a slice of apple pie, and see which players to start and sit in Week 13.
Quarterback Starts Of The Week
Sam Darnold at Cincinnati Bengals
The Jets aren’t going to the Super Bowl this year, they’re not even going to the playoffs, so after throwing for 315 yards and 3 TDs, you should celebrate.
Darnold can continue the party this week as he’s facing a Bengals defense allowing the third-most fantasy points to the quarterback and also the third-highest quarterback rating.
Jameis Winston at Jacksonville Jaguars
Winston went out against a defense that previously shut down Drew Brees and threw for 313 yards and 3 TDs; he now has four games with multiple touchdowns in his last five games.
He goes up against the Jaguars, who allowed Ryan Tannehill to be the QB2 last week. He’s vulnerable to the interception, but he always finds a way to put up good fantasy numbers.
Other Quarterbacks To Start
Josh Allen, Kirk Cousins, Nick Foles, Kyler Murray, Carson Wentz
Quarterback Sleeper Of The Week
Jared Goff at Arizona Cardinals
Recently, Goff has been bad, like really bad. Since Week 10, he’s ranked as QB31 and is averaging 6.1 fantasy points per game.
On the other hand, Goff has performed well against bad defenses, and that’s what he gets this week. The Cardinals are allowing an average of 24.7 fantasy points-per-game, most in the NFL. I like Goff as a streamer this week.
Quarterbacks Sits Of The Week
Jeff Driskel vs. Chicago Bears (Thursday)
From a fantasy perspective, Driskel had an okay performance last week with 15 points; it could have been a lot better without the three interceptions. Even with last week’s performance, he’s still averaging 20.4 fantasy points since taking over as the starter for Detroit.
He’s going to have a tough time coming close to that average this week though as Chicago is only allowing 13.3 fantasy points to quarterbacks.
Driskel has been impressive with his legs by averaging 50.3 rushing yards-per-game in his starts, but the Bears are only allowing 11.7 to quarterbacks; it’s a tough start on a short week.
Philip Rivers at Denver Broncos
Last we saw Rivers in Week 11, he was throwing his fourth interception in a devastating loss against Kansas City. Overall he’s struggled lately by averaging only 13.1 points since Week 8.
He’ll continue that struggle with a tough road divisional matchup against the Broncos who haven’t allowed a quarterback to throw more than 280 yards at home, and one to throw for multiple touchdowns. Rivers struggled in his previous game against Denver this year with 211 passing yards and 2 INTs.
Other Quarterbacks To Sit
Derek Carr, Jacoby Brissett , Daniel Jones, Matt Ryan, Ryan Fitzpatrick
Quarterbacks Bust Of The Week
Jimmy Garoppolo at Baltimore Ravens
Jimmy G has been a very good quarterback as of late; he’s the QB3 since Week 9, including two games with four passing touchdowns.
Unfortunately, he has to go to Baltimore against a defense who is allowing the fourth-fewest points to the quarterback. The Ravens blitz an NFL high 49.9% of the time and the extra pressure could be tough for a quarterback that hasn’t yet shown he’s matchup proof.
Wide Receiver Starts Of The Week
D.K. Metcalf vs. Minnesota Vikings
Metcalf could have had a much bigger game last week if he didn’t drop that 38-yard touchdown pass. On the plus side, he led the team in targets last week and is second on the team with a 21.29% target share.
The Vikings are vulnerable against the pass and are allowing nearly 26 points to receivers this season and the second-most touchdowns.
Jarvis Landry at Pittsburgh Steelers
I had Landry as a start last week against Miami and came through with 148 receiving yards and 2 TDs; he now has found the end zone in four straight games.
He’s a good start again this week.
Other Wide Receivers To Start
DeVante Parker, D.J. Moore, Robert Woods, Jamison Crowder, Calvin Ridley
Wide Receiver Sleeper Of The Week
Dede Westbrook vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Westbrook was the pre-season presumed number one receiver in Jacksonville, but with the emergence of D.J. Chark, he’s taken a backseat.
The opportunities for Westbrook are still there as he sees a little over seven targets per game. The Buccaneers are allowing the highest number of targets to receivers and the second-most receptions.
Dede should see plenty of opportunities this week.
Wide Receiver Sits Of The Week
Emmanuel Sanders at Baltimore Ravens
Sanders is on the downtrend recently; he’s failed to reach five fantasy points in three straight games. This could have something to do with the rib injury he suffered a couple of weeks ago.
Nonetheless, he gets a tough matchup against the Ravens who have kept slot receivers like Cooper Kupp (32 receiving yards) and Kenny Stills (27 receiving yards) in check recently.
Mike Williams at Denver Broncos
As Philip Rivers has struggled, it’s hurt Williams’ fantasy value; he’s had one game over 10 fantasy points since Week 6.
Those struggles will continue against a Broncos defense allowing the seventh-fewest points to receivers.
Other Wide Receivers To Sit
Tyrell Williams, Will Fuller, Marvin Jones, Randall Cobb, Robby Anderson
Wide Receiver Bust Of The Week
Marquise Brown vs. San Fransisco 49ers
We saw Hollywood live up to his name under the bright lights of…well, Hollywood, thanks to two touchdowns against the Rams. Unfortunately, Brown has been mostly touchdown-dependent, with only 50+ receiving yards in one game since Week 2.
He has a tough matchup this week against the 49ers who are allowing the seventh-fewest fantasy points to receivers and less than 50 yards-per-game to prime receivers. Lamar Jackson has proved he doesn’t need Brown to win games.
Running Back Starts Of The Week
David Montgomery at Detroit Lions (Thursday)
The peaks and valley season of Montgomery is currently in the latter. Although he’s had more than 60 yards in the last three games, he’s still averaging nearly 17 carries.
This matchup against the Lions can get him on the right track as they’re allowing the second-most fantasy points to running backs and 17 total touchdowns.
Jonathan Williams vs. Tennesse Titans
Williams has filled in well for Marlon Mack the last couple of weeks with 16+ fantasy in two games as the lead back.
The Titans have struggled against the run recently; they’ve allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to running backs over the last five weeks, including a 32 point performance to Leonard Fournette.
Other Running Backs To Start
Phillip Lindsay, Ronald Jones, Bo Scarbrough, Derruis Guice, Todd Gurley
Running Back Sleeper Of The Week
Miles Sanders at Miami Dolphins
Sander has seen 86% of the snaps since Jordan Howard’s absence and if Howard misses more time Sanders is primed against a Miami defense allowing 23 fantasy points-per-game to running backs.
Running Backs Sits Of The Week
Carlos Hyde vs. New England Patriots
Hyde has been an average running back this season. I thought he’d take advantage of having so many dynamic playmakers, but he’s only averaging 76 yards-per-game and has just two games over 100 yards rushing.
This matchup against the Patriots does not help as they’re allowing the fewest amount of fantasy points to running backs and just one rushing touchdown.
Tevin Coleman at Baltimore Ravens
Coleman has struggled over the last few weeks, failing to rush over 40 yards with one touchdown since Week 9.
He gets a difficult road matchup against the Ravens, who are allowing the eighth-fewest amount of fantasy points to the position.
Other Running Backs To Sit
David Johnson, Jaylen Samuels, LeSean McCoy, Sony Michael, Kenyan Drake
Running Backs Bust Of The Week
Chris Carson vs. Minnesota Vikings (Monday)
It looks like the drops that plagued Carson a few weeks ago have reemerged. After fumbling on back-to-back plays, this allowed Rashaad Penny to get more touches and eventually go off for 129 rushing yards.
With the possibility of sharing carries and a Vikings defense allowing the seventh-fewest amount of fantasy points to running backs, the outlook for Carson and Penny is not good.
Tight End Starts Of The Week
Kyle Rudolph at Seattle Seahawks
Rudolph has been the hottest fantasy tight end as of late, averaging 14 fantasy points since Week 7.
He gets a great matchup against Seattle who is allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to the tight end position. Let’s start the Christmas season by allowing this Rudolph to join in the reindeer games.
Jack Doyle vs. Tennesse Titans
I haven’t mentioned Doyle or Eric Ebron much this season because they always seemed to split targets, so you never knew which one will go off. Now with Ebron on IR, Doyle can be trusted and see more opportunities.
Other Tight Ends To Start
Jacob Hollister, Jared Cook, Ryan Griffin, Dawson Knox, Dallas Goedert
Tight End Sleeper Of The Week
Gerald Everett at Arizona Cardinals
It’s been a tough previous two games for Everett as he only has three catches for 43 yards.
With that, he gets the opportunity to face the worst defense against the tight end. The Cardinals are allowing 14.2 fantasy points-per-game, three more points than any other defense.
Tight End Sits Of The Week
Vance McDonald vs. Cleveland Browns
McDonald has struggled lately, averaging just 15 receiving yards over his last three games and just one yard last week.
With Devin Hodges back behind center for Pittsburgh, they won’t be throwing the ball much.
Mike Gesicki vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Gesicki was hot waiver wire pickup thanks to his touchdown catch last week.
It’ll be tough to ride that wave going into this week as the Eagles are allowing the fourth-fewest amount of fantasy points to tight ends and just three touchdowns.
Other Tight Ends To Sit
Jimmy Graham, Jason Witten, T.J. Hockenson, Darren Fells, Noah Fant, Tyler Eifert
Tight End Bust Of The Week
Mark Andrews vs. San Fransisco 49ers
Andrews has played very well recently, averaging 13.3 fantasy points over his last three games. He’s going to struggle to sustain that this week against the 49ers who are allowing a league-low 22.3 receiving yards-per-game and 3.1 fantasy points.