2017 NFL Fantasy Football Start/Sit – Week 13

Most fantasy football leagues start the playoffs next week. This week could be the last week to push your way into the winner’s bracket.

Most teams already have their starting lineup set in stone. I still use streaming defenses, kickers and most of my flex options go week-to-week. It’s really hard to win in fantasy these days if you don’t tinker with your lineup every week to some extent.

Here is our Fantasy Football Sit/Start for Week 13 of the 2017 NFL season…and enjoy our weird MS Paint masterpiece of New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson.

I want to explain what I mean by “sit” and “start.” Of course you are going to start some of the guys i say to bench this week, because you probably used high draft picks or a lot of money in an auction for them. My ‘sit’ players are guys I am just not completely sold that they will have good weeks. If you have a guy that you are on the fence about, maybe this will help you pick between the players.

START’EM

  • QB Case Keenum (Minnesota Vikings) – Ever since Keenum realized WR Adam Thielen was a beast, Keenum has been unstoppable. It’s also a plus that WR Stefon Diggs is healthy again. I realized that it’s better to see QB Teddy Bridgewater under center long-term, but the Vikings must go with the hot hand right now. Keenum has all the confidence in the world and clearly the offense is comfortable with him. He faces the Falcons this week who is a little above average lately against the pass. Opposing quarterbacks have only scored two touchdowns in the past four games…but those teams were able to run the ball well in those games.
  • WR Robby Anderson (New York Jets) – Anderson has been one of the best fantasy receivers the last five games. He has scored at least one touchdowns in each of his last five games. He doesn’t get enough attention since Jets QB Josh McCown is throwing passes to him and the fact that he’s on the lowly Jets. The Jets are better than people realize this season. They actually have a winning record against the spread this season. Anderson is their #1 receiver and the Chiefs are one of the worst passing defenses in the league. Anderson should be able to find the endzone in the next game.
  • RB Kenyan Drake (Miami Dolphins) – The Dolphins have split carries between running backs Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams since trading Jay Ajayi to the Eagles. Williams left last game with a shoulder injury, so it looks like Drake will be the man this week. It’s hard to find a running back that could get 20 carries in a game on the waiver wire. Drake will get plenty of opportunities and should be a nice Flex option.
  • QB Jared Goff (Los Angeles Rams) – Most assumed since Goff lost WR Robert Woods to an injury, his production would fall off. Instead, Goff turned out the second-highest passing yards of the season. He leaned on wide receivers Cooper Kupp and Sammy Watkins. The Cardinals secondary does force turnovers, but they have allowed almost twenty point to quarterbacks in fantasy the last four games. It also helps that Goff could dump a pass to RB Todd Gurley and could break a long run after the catch.
  • RB Dion Lewis (New England Patriots) – I realize Patriots RB Rex Burkhead is getting plenty of adds this week after his 13 rushing attempts for 50 yards and a touchdown reception last week. This has ‘Belichick’ written all over it. Burkhead has a history of fumbling and he’s one away from being benched. Lewis is still the running back you want in New England. He’s had double-digit carries in the last six games and eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark last week. He also gets around five targets in the passing game a week. Burkhead may get a fluke touchdown, but Lewis will still be the workhorse.
  • Los Angeles Chargers Defense & Special Teams – I’ve been on the Chargers DEF/ST bandwagon for awhile now. They’ve been great the last two weeks against Buffalo and Dallas. They face Cleveland this week and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Chargers surpassed five sacks and at least two interceptions. They are a great streaming defense since they are only owned in about half the leagues.
  • WR Cordarrelle Patterson (Oakland Raiders) – Oakland wide receivers Michael Crabtree (suspension) and Amari Cooper (ankle) appear to be out this week against the Giants. This leaves QB Derek Carr with Seth Roberts, Cordarrelle Patterson and Johnny Holton has his three top wide receivers. Patterson caught three passes late last game after both of their top receivers weren’t in the game. Patterson has been fantasy-relevant in the past and has decent hands and good speed. He could have a surprising game in fantasy.
  • RB Isaiah Crowell (Cleveland Browns) – The Browns have been relying on the ground game a lot in the last few weeks. Crowell is the guy getting the most work. He has cracked double-digits in fantasy in four of his last five games. As I said earlier, the Chargers loves to blitz and take chances in the secondary. Teams have been able to run on the Chargers with some success. They’ve allowed touchdowns to opposing running backs in the last three games. I’d start Crowell over his stablemate Duke Johnson.
  • TE Jared Cook (Oakland Raiders) – The Giants are last in the league against opposing tight ends in fantasy this week. Up until Week 11, they allowed at least one touchdown to a TE in every week of the season. The Chiefs’ TE failed to score a touchdown, but did surpass 100-yards receiving. Last week was the first time the Giants didn’t allow a touchdown or 100 yards to a TE this season. It was against the Redskins who was focused on running the ball and WR Jamison Crowder was unstoppable. Cook hasn’t had a very good fantasy season, but as I said earlier, with Cooper and Crabtree out, QB Derek Carr will need to find new weapons.
  • WR Kenny Golladay (Detroit Lions) – Golladay was once the WR #2 on Detroit, but in his absence, Marvin Jones flourished. Golladay isn’t getting a ton of targets, but he is averaging around 30 yards a reception the last three weeks. It’s possible that Golladay could get a deep ball if the Ravens ballhawking secondary covers wide receivers Golden Tate and Jones. Golladay could be an option if you have an injury at wide receiver.
  • QB Blaine Gabbert (Arizona Cardinals) – I may have to start Gabbert in one of my leagues thanks to Andrew Luck never playing and Eli Manning getting benched. My only other options are QBs Jacoby Brissett, Tyrod Taylor or Gabbert. I can’t believe I’m doing this, but he hasn’t been bad in Arizona. Gabbert has better numbers than QB Carson Palmer had before his injury. He could be a nice QB2 in two-quarterback leagues or in a scenario I’m facing in one of my leagues.
  • WR Zay Jones (Buffalo Bills) DEEP LEAGUE ALERT – When QB Tyrod Taylor is in the game, it looks like Jones is turning into his #1 target. Ten balls were thrown his way last week, but Jones only caught three of them, and one of them was for a touchdown. It’s no guarantee that Jones will have a similar number of targets, but the Bills lack a WR playmaker with Kelvin Benjamin banged up. Benjamin is currently day-to-day, but he has a torn meniscus, so I find it hard to believe that he would be ready to go this week.

SIT’EM

  • RB Doug Martin (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – Martin left last week’s game with a concussion and we’re not sure if he’s playing this week. The Packers had issues against the run early this season, but they haven’t allowed 100 yards to running backs since Week 7. It’s not a great match-up, but since his status is up in the air, it looks like RB Jacquizz Rodgers could be the guy starting for the Bucs.
  • WR Chris Hogan (New England Patriots) – Hogan is still dealing with a shoulder issue and hasn’t caught a pass since Week 8. There’s a chance he could play, but he’s not worth a start. There are guys out there with better prospects the rest of the season. If you can hold onto Hogan, I guess he’s worth a bench spot, but keep him on the bench for the Bills game.
  • RB Bilal Powell (New York Jets) – Powell is getting pushed to the side in New York thanks to his paltry numbers. Running backs Matt Forte and Elijah McGuire are slowly factoring into the offense more than Powell. I don’t get why Powell is still owned in most leagues. It’s time to drop him.
  • Carolina Panthers Defense & Special Teams – The Panthers face the Saints this week. The last time they faced New Orleans in Week 3, their defense scored -1 fantasy points. I would say the Saints offense is better now, so I’d stream another defense this week.
  • RB Alfred Morris (Dallas Cowboys) – Morris is losing carries to a faster, younger back Rod Smith. Smith scored a touchdown last week and averaged 4.6 yards per carry. Morris looked like he was the main guy when he first took over for the suspended Ezekiel Elliott, but he hasn’t been much help for the struggling QB Dak Prescott. There are better options out there on the waiver wire to start over Morris.
  • WR DeVante Parker (Miami Dolphins) – It doesn’t really matter who starts at QB for the Dolphins, DeVante Parker is almost droppable at this point. Two of Matt Moore’s passes to Parker were picked off last week. I don’t trust Miami’s receivers against Denver’s secondary. The only receiver worth owning on Miami is Jarvis Landry.
  • QB Andy Dalton (Cincinnati Bengals) – Dalton has been steady the last few weeks and hasn’t shot himself in the foot. He hasn’t thrown an interception since Week 8. Don’t fall for the trap. Dalton only passed for 140 yards and threw two interceptions the last time they played the Steelers. He will struggle again this weekend and he won’t have WR A.J. Green as his safety net since CB Joe Haden will be all over him.
  • WR Nelson Agholor (Philadelphia Eagles) – If you just look at fantasy points, you would think Agholor was fantasy-relevant again…but that is not the case. He only caught three passes with one of them being in the endzone. How did he score so many fantasy points? He recovered a fumble in the endzone for a second touchdown. He’s still the third receiver in fantasy in Philly behind Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith.
  • RB Jonathan Stewart (Carolina Panthers) – Stewart is now officially the backup in Carolina. RB Christian McCaffrey is getting more snaps and having more success. It looks like the 110-yard rushing game Stewart had in Week 10 was an anomaly. I wouldn’t trust starting Stewart since he has had a couple negative fantasy point games this season.
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Bobby Roberts (otherwise known as Sweetbob) is the creator of ‘America’s White Boy’ and contributor at Project Shanks. His writing has been featured on ESPN’s ‘SportsNation’, Sports Illustrated’s Hot ClicksGuyspeed, and various other sites. You can follow him on Twitter at @Sweetbob.

 

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