What You Need to Know in Fantasy Football Week 13

What You Need to Know in Fantasy Football Week 13
  • Scott Engel

Here are some can’t-miss items for Fantasy Football Week 13, and PPR and standard rankings.

By Frank Stampfl

Since Week 8, Case Keenum is QB6 in Fantasy Football points per game. He has thrown for at least 280 yards in four straight with multiple touchdown passes in three of those games. The biggest reason for his success is the fact that he has weapons all over the field at different levels. He has Stefon Diggs on the outside, Adam Thielen in the slot, Kyle Rudolph at tight end and Jerick McKinnon as the pass-catching back. Latavius Murray has been very impressive as of late, too, which adds even more pressure on opposing defenses. Keenem faces the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13, and they have allowed the seventh most Fantasy points to quarterbacks over the last month.

Latavius Murray has 15(!) red zone carries to Jerick McKinnon’s five over the last three games. To put that in perspective, Marshawn Lynch has 15 red zone carries the entire season. Despite not taking over until Week 5, Murray has 28 red zone carries this year, fifth most in the NFL. The Atlanta Falcons have allowed 113.9 rushing yards per game and 4.4 yards per carry. Murray is a very strong RB2 in Week 13.

The Kansas City Chiefs are allowing 245.6 passing yards per game, fifth most in the NFL. Josh McCown is a Top 10 option in Week 13. McCown is quietly QB13 on the season, passing for 17 touchdowns and just eight interceptions, adding three scores on the ground. Also, Ben Roethlisberger, isn’t the only QB with home/road splits. Home McCown vs. Road McCown:Home- 255.2 passing yards per game, 8.06 yards per attempt, 101.9 passer rating

Road- 203.6 passing yards per game, 6.40 yards per attempt, 87.5 passer rating

Trust McCown at home this week against the Chiefs over names like Big Ben, Matthew Stafford, Tyrod Taylor, and Matt Ryan.

Dion Lewis led the New England Patriots with nine red zone carries in the month of November. Rex Burkhead and James White had four each during that same span. Lewis also has at least 14 touches in three straight games. Bill Belichick stresses versatility and that’s what Lewis and Burkhead offer. That’s why they’ve taken over the backfield in recent weeks. When Mike Gillislee or James White were on the field, their offense was too predictable. The Buffalo Bills have allowed the most Fantasy points to running backs over the last month. Nearly everybody has been able to run on them, except one RB …

Kareem Hunt produced a season-low 26 total yards in Week 12, failing to score a touchdown in his eighth straight game. Unfortunately, the team Hunt failed against was the aforementioned Bills defense. This week, however, Hunt has a much tougher matchup against the New York Jets. Over their last three games the Jets have allowed just 2.94 yards per carry and 65.7 rushing yards per game to running backs. Over the last month, they’ve allowed the fourth fewest Fantasy points to the position. You should trust both Lewis and Burkhead over Hunt in Week 13.

The Los Angeles Chargers have allowed 69 receptions to running backs, most in the NFL. They’re also allowing the fifth-most Fantasy points to the position over the last month. In a game where the Cleveland Browns are 14-point underdogs, we will see a ton of Duke Johnson. This is a prime PPR matchup as the Duke is RB14 in PPR leagues this season. He also ranks Top Five in both targets and receptions at the position.

The Carolina Panthers have allowed an average of 46.1 PPR Fantasy points to wide receivers over their last three games. Michael Thomas is the obvious play but this matchup makes Ted Ginn a low-end WR2 in Week 13. He’s involved with the offense with 17 targets over his last two games. Also, he’s had at least 13 PPR Fantasy points during that span. There should be a ton of Fantasy fireworks in this game that has one of the highest totals of the week at 48.

The New York Giants have allowed eight touchdowns to wide receivers over their last five games. Additionally, they’ve allowed 268.8 yards through the air per game, fourth most in the NFL. To add insult to injury, they’ve lost their best cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who was placed on Injured Reserve earlier this week. If you lost Michael Crabtree or Amari Cooper to suspension, look to Seth Roberts and Cordarrelle Patterson as sneaky plays. Roberts is the safer option but Patterson is the big-play, upside receiver.