Who To Start And Sit In Week 13 Of The 2015 Fantasy Football Season
I joined a new pool this year that is referred to as fantasy survivor. Many people are familiar with survivor pools, but this fantasy survivor concept needs to become a thing because we all love fantasy football. It’s pretty simple. You set a lineup of six guys every week and you can only use each player once. You’re telling me you don’t want to sign up for this? We’ve got four weeks and seven participants left. I’ll like the whole idea even more if I take home the bag of donuts after this is all over, but I highly suggest you do this with some friends next year.
Below is a list of guys I’m focused on for one reason or another this week. They’re especially important in daily fantasy sports (DFS) leagues like DraftKings. If you’re curious about guys you don’t see listed here, you can always find me on Twitter (@MrT_BroBible) to ask questions, but remember to mention league specifics like PPR.
You Know Who You Should Start?
Marcus Mariota (QB – Tennessee)
Don’t look now, but Mariota is starting to live up to his billing as #2 overall pick. He’s produced 17 or more fantasy points in three of his last four games with the exception being against Carolina. Memo to fantasy owners: no quarterback ever puts up numbers against Carolina! Mariota takes on the Jaguars this week and he put up 17 points against them two weeks ago. Now he’s at home with a healthier Kendall Wright and a Dorial Green-Beckham whose been challenged by the coaching staff. Jacksonville has the 30th ranked passing defense according to Football Outsiders DVOA. They’ve given up at least 16 points to quarterbacks in the last six weeks. Things will be happening again for Mariota on Sunday.
David Johnson (RB – Arizona)
Opportunity and volume are the two biggest things that help fantasy running backs become relevant. Just look at how guys like Charcandrick West, Jeremy Langford, and Thomas Rawls have turned into big deals in recent weeks. Johnson is the latest RB with the two things working for him as injuries have given him the opportunity for a high-volume game against St. Louis. The Rams have been beaten down by injuries in recent week and have allowed 96 or more rushing yards to fantasy RBs in each of the last four weeks. Even Jeremy Hill had his best rushing yardage game of the season against St. Louis, so that tells you Johnson can get something done.
C.J. Anderson (RB – Denver)
This may seem like chasing points, but Anderson has a chance to parlay his new rushing success again this weekend. Anderson has finally looked like the running back people thought they were getting when drafting him in the first round. The difference? Brock Osweiler takes snaps under center and Peyton Manning does not. This makes Greg Kubiak’s running game go and it went pretty well before in Baltimore and Houston. San Diego will keep it going this weekend as they allow the most points to fantasy running backs this season.
Martavis Bryant (WR – Pittsburgh)
Obviously this selection all depends on Ben Roethlisberger recovering from the concussion (or non-concussion) that he’s dealing with from last game. Pittsburgh showed they were willing to go to their secondary receivers last weekend when Antonio Brown was shadowed by Richard Sherman. The same thing should be the case again this weekend as Vontae Davis follows Brown around. That should leave Bryant able to do whatever he wants on the other side of the field. The guy who’s being called the “Odell Beckham Jr.” of the AFC has a pretty good situation to exploit.
Devante Parker (WR – Miami)
Week after week we watch receivers burn the Ravens secondary. The only team in the last six games that didn’t have two touchdowns from wide receivers against Baltimore was St. Louis and we know how bad their passing game is. Enter Parker stage right. Parker will be filling in for Rishard Matthews, who suffered multiple fractured ribs and won’t play on Sunday. Parker saw 10 targets in Matthews’ absence last weekend and managed to rack up 80 yards and a touchdown. With the Ravens still as porous as ever, it could be Parker’s coming out party in Miami.
Kyle Rudolph (TE – Minnesota)
The Legion of Boom is clearly not the same as they used to be and one specific hole in Seattle’s defense is covering tight ends. We positioned Heath Miller last week for the same reasons and he was on his way to a huge game with five catches in the first quarter until he got injured. He played through the injury, but he clearly wasn’t the same. Rudolph comes into this game with full health and should be able to take advantage of the defense allowing the fourth most points to fantasy TEs.