Fantasy Football Week 13 Rankings and Sleepers
Jake Ciely, the @allinkid, of RotoExperts.com deals out Fantasy Football Week 13 Rankings with sleepers and more.
As we near the Fantasy Football playoffs, some of you will enjoy watching others struggle while you're on a bye, some will celebrate squeezing into the playoffs thanks to good fortune and others will experience the agony of wondering what to do now that your team is finished.
Let's make sure that you're not one of those in the final group. Even if you are, the good news is we have Daily Fantasy Football these days, so while your season long team might be finished, your weekly enjoyment of playing Fantasy Football doesn't have to be.
Oh… and one quick note before we get rolling this week. Remember, the first section is for sleepers.
These aren't guaranteed, must-start players. Sterling Shepard last week? Yea, I know he goose-egged us. Heck, Shepard was in many of my lineups, but I didn't start him over Michael Thomas or other high-end receivers. Sleepers carry risk with their potential reward. I could give you my "must-start" picks of each week, but that's 1) boring since the names would always be obvious and 2) if you had to be told to start those players, your team would have likely been out of the playoff hunt a few weeks ago.
As a reminder, if you missed this week's Waiver Wire and Quarterback Streamers piece, click over to find help at every position, including quarterback streamers.
Week 13 QB Sleepers
Matthew Stafford, DET – While we're focusing on sleepers here, I'm not about to recommend that you start Jared Goff to make your playoffs. Matt Barkley? Well, maaaybe, and you can see I rank him higher than the average, but I seriously hope you have better options than Barkley. One may be Stafford, and owners may be reluctant to use him with his run over the last five games. While Stafford hasn't topped 18 points since Week 6, a matchup with the Saints can't fix that. Not only is the Saints defense highly exploitable, the offense runs the second most plays per game, which in turn allows opponents to run the ninth most plays per game when in New Orleans. You know the Lions are going to pass plenty, especially when they need to keep up with Drew Brees at home. Stafford is a Top 10 quarterback this week.
Week 13 RB Sleepers
Jordan Howard, CHI – Howard isn't a true "sleeper" because it would be hard to find many teams not starting him, but I wanted to point him out for his upside and just in case some owners have the depth. (Oh, and to make up for Howard, I'll be including four receiver sleepers instead of three this week.) Since returning to lead duties in Chicago, Howard has 528 yards and a touchdown in four games. His lowest total was 99 against a Giants defense that has been one of the best over the last month. In addition, the 49ers are on tap in Week 13, no team is worse against the run, and they also allow the highest number of opponent plays per game at 70.4! Even if Barkley doesn't do as well as last week, Howard will get his and is a Top 10 option. If you look at the rankings, I'd even start him over options such as Jay Ajayi and Matt Forte.
Wendell Smallwood, PHI – Smallwood's first go as the team's lead running back wasn't anything special. That's the life of being a running back under Doug Pederson though, as his running back use never makes much sense.
But the situation is better this time. While the Packers are one of the toughest teams against the run, the Bengals are much more forgiving with the fifth most rushing yards allowed. Smallwood has flex value in this matchup.
Kenneth Dixon, BAL – If you watched the last few games for the Ravens, you can see that Dixon is a superior running back to Terrence West. While their numbers were similar last week, Dixon finally out-snapped West, which points to a turn in Dixon's favor. Shared backfields are always risky, but Dixon has the higher ceiling, and if he starts seeing 60 percent or more of the work, Dixon could be a playoff winner. For now, he's a high-end RB3 with a ceiling near the Top 15.
Week 13 WR Sleepers
Quincy Enunwa, NYJ – In the Jets last five games, Enunwa has double-digit points in three of them with one of those down games coming without Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback. The Colts pass defense hasn't stopped much this year, and over the last four weeks, they've allowed more FPPG to receivers than anyone else (35.4). In addition, all three of Enunwa's high scoring games came with touchdowns, and the Colts have allowed a league-high seven receiver touchdowns the last four weeks… and that includes a bye for the Colts.
Marquess Wilson, CHI – It's a one-game sample, and I won't guarantee a repeat yet, but Wilson looks to be Barkley's top option. Wilson saw a team high 11 targets against the Titans, catching eight for 125 yards and a touchdown. Three other receivers had nine targets, but none caught more than five thanks to drops and less chemistry with Wilson. The 49ers allow more FPPG to receivers than any other team with a league leading 20 touchdowns. Wilson looks to be a nice fill-in for Rishard Matthews or Terrelle Pryor owners.
Will Fuller, HOU – It's been awhile…
since Fuller had one of his big games, but this week sets Fuller up for his best game since Week 4. Fuller is near 100 percent again and now faces the Packers. They have allowed the eighth most receptions of 20-plus yards (40) and sixth most of 40-plus (nine). If Brock Osweiler can manage to toss just 7-8 targets Fuller's way, we'll be looking at a big game.
Pierre Garcon, WSH – By no means is Garcon a guarantee, but if we're predicting matchups this week, DeSean Jackson should see a lot of Patrick Peterson with Tyrann Mathieu back in the slot and covering Jamison Crowder. That should free up Garcon, and even if Peterson covers him at times, Peterson is dealing with a knee injury. If Kirk Cousins is going to throw for big yards again, Garcon could easily benefit in this matchup.
Week 13 TE Sleepers
Jermaine Gresham, ARI – The Cardinals receiver situation has been a mess this year. Who's the No. 2 for the team? Turns out it's their running back, David Johnson. Okay, then who is the No. 3? Over the last two weeks, it might just be Jermaine Gresham. In fact, Gresham has 23 targets, 14 receptions and 32, 37, 33 and 35 yards over the last four games. The last two weeks include a touchdown in each, good for 9.3 and 9.5 points in standard and 11.3 and 14.5 in PPR. Obviously, Gresham is touchdown reliant, but John Brown looks doubtful this week and the Redskins are allowing the second most FPPG to tight ends over the last four weeks. But one more time… this is a sleeeeeperrrr!
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