Fantasy Football Tips – NFL Week 13 by James Platt
My Tips This Week
Now I normally never go for the most expensive option on DraftKings because it’s usually a waste of money and you can find much better value, but I want to choose Patty Mahomes and his favourite receiver for once. Against a Raiders defense that has been one of the consistently worst, he could further his MVP case easily.
Now Winston is always a risk. He’s turnover prone and always makes a mistake or two but Carolina aren’t the team they were a month ago and their defense has turned into the 6th best unit for QBs to go against in terms of fantasy. Back in week 9 against this same team, Ryan Fitzpatrick threw 4 TD passes on them so we know that this offense can bully them if it wants to.
If it wasn’t for Saquon Barkley and Nick Chubb being superstars straight out of the draft, then Lindsay would certainly be talked about a lot more. This dynamic player is splicing through defences week after week and maybe he’ll get more credit as the wins keep rolling for Denver. Nick Chubb destroyed the Bengals all on his own last week and this Bengals defense will likely be torn up again by Lindsay as they’ve allowed a 100 yard rusher in 6 of their last 7 games.
A fantasy disappointment this season and I am probably going to look back at this pick in 3 days’ time and ask what was I thinking. However the matchup looks good against the 27th ranked run defense of the Jets and their penchant for giving up short yardage running touchdowns. LaFleur seems to want to get him involved and for $3,800 I’ll take the risk.
Now, $9,100 is a lot of money to spend on a receiver but this is Tyreek Hill, and, in my eyes, he is the best receiver in the NFL, right now (cue hate.) The Raiders secondary pieces are either old and slow so are going to get burned, or they are inexperienced and will be fooled by Hill’s amazing route running skills. I could see Hill explode for over 200 yards with multiple TDs this week with the Chiefs presumably going even more pass happy now that Hunt has been released.
I predicted Moore’s big breakout game two weeks ago and his price didn’t rise last week so we took him again and the Carolina offense gave him another big day. This week they’ve upped his price by $900 but he’s in a matchup with the truly awful secondary of the Buccaneers. Funchess is questionable which means there should be even more yards for Moore to feast on, come Sunday.
When Cooper Kupp went down people were wondering if the next man up could replace the talented young slot receiver as it was a big role to fill in such a high-powered offense and on a team with super bowl aspirations. Last year’s 4th round pick helped the Rams overcome the Chiefs with a big 80-yard 1 TD game and this week they face Detroit. The Lions do have Darius Slay but he can only handle one receiver. So, if Slay, can hold onto Brandin Cooks that means there is more work for Reynolds underneath and should be a nice game for his low price.
Baltimore is going to halt the Falcons running game which means they are going to have to throw it more than they want to. This should mean a good game for most of the receiving options in the offense, but Baltimore still has some talented corners to keep the receivers in check. Tony Jefferson, Baltimore’s talented starting free safety, however, is unlikely to play and that’s who would be covering Hooper. Hooper doesn’t always show up but he’s a matchup nightmare and he can make big plays if given the opportunity.
Brate had a nice TD last week as he got back in his long-lasting relationship with Jameis Winston. Shame he didn’t have more yards and catches but he didn’t do badly and that’s all you can ask sometimes. Back in week 9, O.J. Howard dropped 2 TDs on this Carolina defense and with the Panthers giving up 7 tight end TDs in 7 games, Brate could do the same.
The Titans defense has had a rough 2 weeks giving up 34 and 38 points after being the No. 1 scoring defense and stifling the Patriots. However, this week there is no dual threat QB with a rocket arm surrounded by weapons. It’s old Josh McCown just sitting peacefully back there waiting for someone to come and sack him. Titans could have a shutout on their hands with this one.
Now it’d normally be that you choose Jacksonville’s defense but going up against Andrew Luck after their last game? No thank you, I will be having no part of that. However, Blake Bortles has once again been named the starter after Cody Kessler tore his ACL in practice and I honestly can’t decide whether it makes this offense better or worse. Either way the Colts shouldn’t have much difficulty keeping them contained as long as they keep an eye on Fournette.
QB Andrew Luck @ JAX $5,800
RB Aaron Jones @ ARI $6,700
WR Robert Woods @ DET $6,900
TE Greg Olsen @ TB $4,100
D/ST Denver Broncos @ CIN $2,700