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Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 13

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Quarterbacks

Start

Kirk Cousins, Vikings (vs. Jaguars): Cousins is in the midst of a strong stretch of fantasy performances. Last week, he finished as the QB3. Additionally, he has recorded three passing touchdowns in three out of his last four games; the only exception was against the strong Bears defense. He is a great option this week against the Jaguars, who are giving up the third-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Dolphins (vs. Bengals): Fitzpatrick was the Dolphins’ starter from Week 1 to Week 6. During that span, he was actually eighth among quarterbacks in fantasy points. I trust him in a matchup against the Bengals defense. Ben Roethlisberger, Baker Mayfield, and Philip Rivers all set their season-high in fantasy points against the Bengals.

Sleeper: Trace McSorley, Ravens (vs. Cowboys)

Sit

Matthew Stafford, Lions (vs. Bears): Stafford produced single-digit fantasy points in two out of his last four games. Over his past seven games, he has only thrown for multiple touchdowns twice. This is a direct result of his performance on the field. Right now, Stafford is 30th in red zone completion percentage (minimum ten passing attempts). He should not be started against the Bears, who are allowing the sixth-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks.

Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers (vs. Washington Football Team): For the season, Roethlisberger is the QB10, but that number is deceiving. He has actually finished as a top-ten quarterback in two out of the past seven weeks, and he finished 20th or lower in three of those weeks. Well, how is he still the QB10 overall? It is simply a result of his two monster games in Weeks 9 and 10, where Roethlisberger put up a combined 54.36 fantasy points against the Bengals and Cowboys. I do not expect him to have a big game against Washington’s defense; they are allowing the second-fewest passing yards per game in the NFL.

Running backs

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David Montgomery, Bears (vs. Lions): Montgomery had his best game of the season against the Packers last week. He rushed for 103 yards and had five receptions for 40 yards and a touchdown. He will have an excellent matchup this week. The Lions have given up the most fantasy points to running backs this season. Look for Montgomery to keep the momentum going.

Devontae Booker, Raiders (vs. Jets): Josh Jacobs will not play on Sunday against the Jets.

As a result, Booker will be a strong option against the weak Jets defense.

Sleeper: Frank Gore, Jets (vs. Raiders)

Sit

Brian Hill, Falcons (vs. Saints): Todd Gurley is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Saints. Hill would see an uptick in usage, if Gurley cannot play. However, he still is a risky play. The Saints have allowed the least fantasy points to running backs this season. Secondly, Hill will not have a large role in the passing game; he has not had a single reception since Week 8. That will make him extremely touchdown-dependent, and Hill has gotten into the end zone only once this season.

J.D. McKissic, Washington Football Team (vs. Steelers): Antonio Gibson has proven himself to be one of the best running backs in the NFC, and Washington continues to trust him more as the season progresses. Last week, he had 115 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Although, McKissic retains some value in PPR leagues. Gibson’s emergence still has cut into McKissic’s workload in the passing game. Last week, Gibson was targeted seven times, while McKissic was only targeted twice. In addition, McKissic played a season-low 28 snaps on offense in that game. He carries little upside against the Steelers defense.

Wide receivers

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Brandin Cooks, Texans (vs. Colts): Will Fuller V is suspended. Randall Cobb is on the IR. Kenny Stills was released. Cooks is in line for a big target share.

DeVante Parker, Dolphins (vs. Bengals): With Fitzpatrick back as the starter, Parker had eight receptions for 119 yards last week. Fitzpatrick significantly boosts Parker’s value. Last season, Parker was second among wide receivers in fantasy points over the final thirteen games. He is a must-start against the Bengals.

Sleeper: Sterling Shepard, Giants (vs. Seahawks)

Sit

Christian Kirk, Cardinals (vs. Rams): Earlier this season, Kirk has five touchdowns in three games. However, he has 20.9 total fantasy points across his past three games. Now, he will face the Rams, who have allowed the fewest fantasy points to wide receivers this season.

Tyler Boyd, Bengals (vs. Dolphins): With Joe Burrow out, Boyd had a season-low 15 receiving yards. With Brandon Allen at quarterback, the Bengals only had a total of 115 passing yards against the Giants. Boyd will also have to continue to compete with Tee Higgins and A.J. Green for targets. His value is considerably lower in his current situation.

Tight ends

Start

Anthony Firkser, Titans (vs. Browns): Firkser exploded for 25.3 fantasy points in Week 6, but he has not reached double-digit fantasy points in a single game since. Jonnu Smith has been ruled out this week, and the Browns are giving up the most fantasy points to tight ends. As a result, Firkser is an intriguing option at a shallow position.

Sleeper: Jordan Akins, Texans (vs. Colts)

Sit

Logan Thomas, Washington Football Team (vs. Steelers): Thomas is coming off a solid game; he had four receptions for 20 yards and a touchdown last week against the Cowboys. Still, Thomas is very touchdown-dependent. He has not reached five receptions in a single game this season, and he has not come close to having a 100-yard game. Thomas is hard to trust against the Steelers defense, who are giving up the fewest fantasy points to tight ends this season.