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Corner Lockdown – Week 13

Bold Predictions

Alfred Morris scores his first touchdown of 2015.

It has no doubt been a very disappointing season for Morris. He has seen his workload cut down considerably by rookie Matt Jones and hasn’t even scored one touchdown. I know it’s late, but Morris is trending up for the rest of the season. The Washington offense has been playing a lot better and he is getting more work due to Jones’ fumbling problems. Last week, Morris received 23 carries, his most since Week 1. Even though he was only able to put up 78 yards on those 23 carries, he still ran hard and had a couple big runs at the end of the game. He should be the lead back again and has a good matchup Monday night against Dallas. Look for Morris to see 20 touches and finally find paydirt.

 

Brandin Cooks will get the best of Josh Norman.

Cooks and the entire New Orleans offense struggled last week against Houston, and Week 13 doesn’t get any easier with a home game against the undefeated Carolina Panthers. Most people are saying to bench Cooks if you can because he has a date with one of, if not the best, cover corners in the NFL right now, Josh Norman. I don’t think you can bench Cooks regardless of who is guarding him. He has five touchdowns in his last four games and has been Drew Brees’ favorite target and deep ball threat all year. New Orleans being home helps and the fact that Cooks was able to post seven catches for 79 yards against the Panthers earlier in the season bodes well for him. Treat him as a WR2 in Week 13 and expect a touchdown.

 

Shark Sleepers

Scott Chandler, TE, New England

With fantasy stud Rob Gronkowski suffering a minor knee sprain, Chandler will be the starting tight end for the New England Patriots for the next 1-2 games. Now Chandler isn’t capable of doing what Gronkowski does, but due to the targets he will get, it automatically puts Chandler in the TE1 conversation until Gronkowski is healthy. Plus it doesn’t hurt that he has the best quarterback in the league throwing him the ball. Chandler needs to be owned and started in all leagues this week against struggling Philadelphia.

 

Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle

Baldwin may be the hottest wide receiver in the NFL over the last three weeks. During that time he’s posted 19 receptions for 339 yards and four touchdowns. He is no doubt the receiver that Russell Wilson trusts the most and should get even more work now that Jimmy Graham is done for the season. Baldwin doesn’t have an ideal matchup against Minnesota in Week 13, but with the fact that he’s the main receiving threat for a solid offense, he is no worst than a borderline WR2/FLEX play.

 

Lock of the Week

Julius Thomas, TE, Jacksonville

Thomas is healthy and is building more and more chemistry with quarterback Blake Bortles. He’s coming off a monster game against San Diego where he had nine catches for 116 yards and a touchdown and should see double-digit targets once again this week with news that Allen Hurns is unlikely to play. Thomas is a must-start in Week 13 against a soft Tennessee pass defense. Expect 80 yards and a score.

 

Who’s on Revis Island?

The most anticipated matchup of the year is finally here as Darrelle Revis battles Odell Beckham Jr. It couldn’t come at a worse time for Revis, who missed last week’s game with a concussion and got torched by DeAndre Hopkins for a long touchdown the week before that. Beckham should see a steady dose of the star New York Jets cornerback, if Revis is able to play. Just how effective Revis will be, if he plays, is another story. The Giants target Beckham early and often no matter who is guarding him so I see Beckham getting a good amount of catches and yards. Whether or not he’ll find the end zone is the real question. I don’t think he does. Expect around seven receptions for 70 yards.

About Steve Rudy

Shark Staff Writer since 2008 hailing from Syracuse, NY. Die hard New York Jets fan.