Fantasy Football Start/Sit Lineup Decisions Week 13
By: Jarred David @ricco_3733
Week 12 is finished. Hopefully you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know I did after multiple food comas and more often than not getting my butt kicked by my relatives in euchre.
Now that we got the chitchat out of the way, I’ve got good news: the only thing standing in your way of setting your full lineup is only injuries now as Bye weeks are officially over!
Last week’s article was pretty balanced on the start and sit sections. Hopefully you entrusted me and if you did, you are quite welcome. Onto this week’s Thanksgiving edition.
Quarterback Starts of the Week
Ryan Tannehill @ IND – Per Kate Magdziuk, Tannehill is 2nd among QBs in fantasy points per dropback (0.79), only trailing Lamar Jackson. He is QB3 in fantasy since starting in Week 7. Furthermore, he is 4th in NFL passer rating, 2nd in yards/attempt, and 5th in aDOT. Indy has allowed the 13th fewest points to QB, but I’d still say start him. He will remain on this list for the rest of the season as he plays Oakland (5th most allowed points), Houston (7th most), and New Orleans (12th most).
Sam Darnold @ CIN – Darnold has played extremely well against exploitable defenses. I don’t see it slowing down here. Play him as a mid-range QB1 this week.
Quarterback Sits of the Week
Deshaun Watson vs NEP – It may look weird to write this, but even I am starting Kirk Cousins over Watson. Watson has been an animal most of the year. However, when facing very tough defenses, there is a drop off in production. We saw that against the Ravens, Jacksonville (pre-Ramsey trade), and Carolina. While I hate to assume, I’m going to say the same will happen with Watson facing the Pats.
Philip Rivers @ DEN – Rivers stinks without an OL. Seven interceptions over the past two weeks? Yeesh. Pair that with the fact that the last time Rivers faced Denver he posted 32/48/211/0 TD/2 INT with 4.4 YPA. You can bench him if you haven’t cut him already.
Running Back Starts of the Week
Phillip Lindsay vs LAC – Lindsay went off against LAC in Week 5, posting 15/114/1 rushing and 4/33 receiving. The Chargers defense gets Derwin James back but I don’t believe that will be enough. Lindsay is a high-end RB2 this week.
Miles Sanders @ MIA – Jordan Howard has already been ruled out, which should lock Sanders into a full‑time role. Sanders snaps and touches are trending up so get him in your lineup.
Honorable mention: Le’Veon Bell @ CIN
Running Back Sits of the Week
Tevin Coleman @ BAL – Baltimore’s defense has been on fire. To make matters worse, Coleman has averaged just 2.63 YPC the past four games, posting an abysmal 44/116/1 over that span.
Ronald Jones @ JAX – The Jaguars are allowing the fourth most running yards per game. However, there is still some RBBC action for the Bucs. I’m looking for ROJO to take over the backfield more next year. Right now, it’s a tossup week to week. If you do start Jones, I’d expect high-end RB3 numbers with some touchdown potential.
Wide Receiver Starts of the Week
DeVante Parker vs PHI – Parker has 31 targets the past three weeks and has provided some very good value. Even with Philly having their DBs back, start Parker with confidence based on volume alone.
Tyler Boyd vs NYJ – The Jets are middle of the pack in pass defense. However, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Boyd said that last week and performed nicely with a 5/101/1. I’m expecting midrange WR2 numbers this week based on volume.
Honorable Mentions: DK Metcalf vs MIN
Wide Receiver Sits of the Week
Christian Kirk vs LAR – Kirk plays on the outside for the Cardinals. However, so does Jalen Ramsey. Although Kirk has playmaking ability, Ramsey isn’t one to allow big plays. This game should be more of a Larry Fitzgerald game.
Keenan Allen @ DEN – You may not have a deep enough team to sit Allen. Based on talent alone, I like him. However, Chris Harris is no slouch, holding Allen to a pitiful 4/18/0 mark earlier this season. With Rivers struggling and Allen likely to be kept in check, expect WR2 numbers as Allen’s ceiling.
Tight End Starts of the Week
Greg Olsen vs WAS – Washington hasn’t defended tight ends well. Plus Olsen has posted respectable numbers even without scoring, providing owners with a 22/18/199 stat line over the past three weeks. He isn’t elite anymore, but he has proven to be a viable streamer.
Dallas Goedert @ MIA – This isn’t a surefire thing. However, if Alshon and Agholor continue to be out, Philly will continue to run more two tight end sets. Furthermore, if Zach Ertz (hamstring) doesn’t play, then Goedert is a definite start.
Honorable mention: Ryan Griffin @ CIN
Tight End Sit of the Week
Jacob Hollister vs MIN – Hollister has proven well, but he still isn’t Will Dissly. I’m still skeptical he can consistently produce the way Dissly did when he was in the lineup. May just be me being stubborn, but I’m looking elsewhere this week.
Defense Starts of the Week
PHI DST @ MIA – Picking on Miami again. Same story. However, Philly may actually score points on defense. Their DL is still worth the sacks/fumbles and their starting DBs are better than what they had before.
GB DST @ NYG – Green Bay can get to the QB and force fumbles. With a susceptible Giants OL and Danny Dimes still developing, there is solid streaming opportunity here.
Defense Sits of the Week
HOU DST vs NEP – The Pats don’t turn the ball over much. Even though they have been struggling offensively, I expect Tom Brady to turn it around against the vulnerable Texans defense.
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