Week 13 Matchup Rankings
Week 13 is the final week of the regular season for most Fantasy leagues. It could be do or die time for those that need to get a win in order to make the playoffs or even for those teams that need a win to get a bye. As always, make sure to check your league settings. In some leagues this is the last week you can make roster moves. Make sure you have the appropriate depth on your Fantasy team. If rosters lock this week, you might want to make sure you have a backup quarterback and even a backup kicker; otherwise, if your starter suffers an injury there will be no replacement to grab. I don’t like these types of leagues, but we all play in them. Now onto Week 13.
- San Francisco 49ers: This will be the first week in quite a while that I would feel comfortable starting Alshon Jeffery with all of his injury woes. Martellus Bennett is still a worry, however, he missed the game last week with a rib injury. The bigger question is at running back, though. What to do with Matt Forte and Jeremy Langford? I have Forte ranked higher, believing he will have more touches, but I also believe Langford will be given more goal line looks.
- New Orleans Saints: Could this be the breakout week for Devin Funchess? Well, he is unlikely to have a better opportunity than he will against the Saints, a team that looked disinterested in playing football last week. Still, I’d be cautious here about starting him.
[caption id="attachment_101644" align="alignright" width="403"] Alshon Jeffery has a great matchup against the 49ers this week. Photo Credit: Guy Harbert[/caption]
- Detroit Lions: Is this the game in which Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ offense figures it out? There are certainly no guarantees. The Lions are playing much better of late, and they won’t be the pushovers we thought they would be. I’m still starting Randall Cobb, but James Jones and Davante Adams are no more than flex plays. Eddie Lacy, however, is back to being a starter, let’s call him a strong RB2 for now.
- Cleveland Browns: Who wouldn’t you start on the Bengals in this game? Maybe Jeremy Hill sits. He does have an ankle injury and could miss the game or at least see his snaps/touches limited. The Bengals can afford to play it safe and make sure to get Hill up to full health by sitting him here. It’s not like they will need him to beat the Browns.
- Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens have been shredded through the air for most of the season and it could happen again here. Ryan Tannehill has had an average season at best, but he has thrown for more than 300 yards in three of his last five games. Plus, Lamar Miller has been invisible since before Halloween. As for Davante Parker, he could be an interesting play this week. Rishard Matthews is likely to miss the game with cracked ribs and Parker could end up being the number two WR for Miami. He also looked good late in the game against the Jets. He’s a risk, no doubt, but better to grab him too early than too late.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Matt Ryan is no longer a Top 10 Fantasy QB for me. He’s not that far out either, but not someone I can trust anymore. Just way too many red zone turnovers for anyone’s liking. DeVonta Freeman is scheduled to return this week; that is good for his Fantasy owners, not so much for Tevin Coleman owners, though. Yes, Freeman starts for me.
- New York Giants: Ryan Fitzpatrick certainly answered any questions about his job security last week. He lit up the Dolphins and just about anyone startable for the Jets had a big game here. Hard to see the Giants having enough on defense to stop Chris Ivory, Brandon Marshall or Eric Decker on a consistent basis. Fitzpatrick won’t make my Top 10 QBs, but he’s also not someone I would be afraid of starting either.
- San Diego Chargers: Brock Osweiler showed quite a bit of moxie in that comeback win over New England last Sunday night in a snowstorm. The good news is that having him under center has brought back the running game. The defense is forced to play deeper, the blocking has been better, and C.J. Anderson has looked close to the back we thought we were getting. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman are still going to get close to an even split in snaps, but I would prefer to start Anderson if I have a choice. The bad news would be that big plays no longer seem to be a part of the offense.
- Philadelphia Eagles: The Pats don’t have much left on offense. Dion Lewis is out for the season. Julian Edelman is out until at least the end of the season. Danny Amendola was out last week and possibly this week, and now Rob Gronkowski is out for an undetermined amount of time. How much longer can Tom Brady and the offense put up with all of these hits? Well, at least this week he can.
- Indianapolis Colts: Whether or not Ben Roethlisberger believes he had a concussion, he was cleared to practice Tuesday and should start Sunday. Assuming Big Ben goes here, my only decision will be whether or not to start Martavis Bryant. My gut is just telling me over and over that Bryant will have a big game this week. Take that for what it’s worth.
- Washington Redskins: Tony Romo is gone, so Dallas fans will need to get over that. They are back to Matt Cassel, which means the passing offense is going to take a huge hit. No reason to hold onto Terrance Williams anymore. Dez Bryant, well you can’t release him, but he’s a low end WR2 for me; you just might be able to do better with the depth on your roster.
- Chicago Bears
- Jacksonville Jaguars
- Tennessee Titans: It certainly doesn’t look good about the status of Allen Hurns. He still remains in the league’s concussion protocol and is questionable at the very least to play Sunday. Still, I’d like to start him if he plays, but I will be cautious; either way, Allen Robinson goes for me. Blake Bortles, however, has fallen out of the Top 12 now that there are no longer any byes and he is in a bit of a slump.
- Oakland Raiders: The big question in KC is who will start, Spencer Ware or Charcandrick West? There are some who believe that even when West is healthy that Ware will remain the starter. They believe that Ware has just as much talent as West and since he’s the better blocker, well, you do the math. Either way, they will be in for some kind of timeshare Sunday.
- Green Bay Packers: Matthew Stafford was on fire on Thanksgiving. Will he keep it up? That’s the question. That game was versus the Eagles; it’s not like they are putting up that big fight nowadays. Can I start Stafford? I’d consider it, especially over the likes of Matt Ryan, but just when he reels me in, he soon disappoints.
- Miami Dolphins: If Kamar Aiken is still on your waiver wire and you’re looking for a sneaky play at WR, he could be it. The Ravens don’t have anyone else to throw to and figure to be trailing in quite a few games the rest of the way.
- Pittsburgh Steelers: I don’t want to start Matt Hasselbeck in my Fantasy league, but he has saved the season for the Colts and seems to only be getting better. With Ahmad Bradshaw (wrist) now on IR there should be no more questions about whether or not to start Frank Gore.
- Atlanta Falcons
- Buffalo Bills
- Louis Rams: Chris Johnson is out for the rest of the season with a broken leg and Andre Ellington could miss the game Sunday with a toe injury. If you haven’t already thought about claiming David Johnson, please do so. Even if Ellington plays Sunday, he has never proven to be the most durable back and this is still a passing offense, which means plenty of room to run for Johnson. He’s a mid-RB2 with upside this week.
- New York Jets: Odell Beckham is on pace for over 200 targets this season. While this is great news for Fantasy owners, it might be nice for Eli Manning owners if he had someone else to throw to.
- Dallas Cowboys
- Houston Texans: Whether or not Karlos Williams plays Sunday, LeSean McCoy is still a number one RB. McCoy has been on fire of late and if Williams is out, he won’t lose those goal line touches. It also looks like Rex Ryan got what he wants, as Sammy Watkins was much more involved in the offense last week and had a huge game. Watkins is a low end WR2.
- Minnesota Vikings: The loss of Jimmy Graham may not be a crushing one for Fantasy owners as he was disappointing anyway; but still, it’s a loss. Seattle has been deficient in the passing game as it is, and now they lose their biggest threat. Doug Baldwin can only do so much. Luke Wilson will take over for Graham but is unlikely to be Fantasy relevant unless you’re in a deep league.
- Kansas City Chiefs
- Seattle Seahawks
- Carolina Panthers: I don’t know how great I would feel about starting Drew Brees this week. One of the reasons Brian Hoyer owners were so disappointed last week in his performance against the Saints was because the Saints’ offense didn’t put up much of a fight. The Texans didn’t have to throw much to beat them. Will Brees and the Saints put up a bigger fight this week at home versus the undefeated Panthers? I have my doubts.
- Cincinnati Bengals: Josh McCown is out for the season with a broken collarbone and still no Johnny Manziel.
- Denver Broncos:
- New England Patriots: Sam Bradford is back for the Eagles in this game, yippee.
- Arizona Cardinals: I don’t think Todd Gurley is a must-start in this game. Defenses are now selling out to stop him and that shouldn’t change this week. He hasn’t rushed for more than 100 yards in a game since Week 8, and that seems unlikely to change here. He’s still a RB2 for me, but with limited upside.
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