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CORNER LOCKDOWN: Week 13

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Case Keenum, QB, Minnesota

Keenum seems to be playing for his job each week now that Teddy Bridgewater is healthy. It’s safe to say he’s doing a good job thus far. Over the last month, he’s thrown nine touchdown passes to only three interceptions and also ran for another score. He was the NFC Offensive Player of the Month for November and has led Minnesota to a division lead. The Vikings travel to Atlanta this weekend in what could end up being a shootout; expect for Keenum to have another strong day.

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Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta

Freeman has basically missed the last two weeks with a concussion, but is back for Week 13. When healthy, Freeman has been great. The only thing holding him back is the Falcons not giving him the ball enough. Tevin Coleman will still be in the mix moving forward so that’s why Freeman is trending down. He’s not the bell-cow he was last year. He needs to be started in all leagues, but should be treated more as an RB2 than an RB1. Expectations should be limited since he’s just getting back from injury and has a terrible matchup against the Vikings.

Shark Sleepers

Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams

With Robert Woods on the shelf last week, Kupp exploded for his first career 100-yard receiving game. He finished with eight receptions for 116 yards on 11 targets. Woods is out again this week so look for more of the same from the rookie. He has somewhat of a harder matchup going against a decent Arizona secondary, but since Kupp mainly operates out of the slot, he should avoid Patrick Peterson for most of the day. He has the upside of another double digit target day this week and should be in all fantasy lineups.

Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Tampa Bay

Rodgers is a sleeper this week based on volume alone. There’s nothing too flashy about him, but when he fills in for Doug Martin he usually sees about 20 touches. That kind of workload means he needs to be seriously considered for fantasy lineups. His yards per carry is typically under 4.0, but he’s a tough runner with pass catching ability. At worst he’s a FLEX option in Week 13 against the Packers.

Lock of the Week

Jared Cook, TE, Oakland

Cook should be heavily used this weekend since Oakland will be without the services of both Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. Already a favorite target of quarterback Derek Carr, Cook should see double digit targets and has a real good chance of having a huge day against the hopeless Giants. New York allows the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends on the season so Cook needs to be played in all formats on Sunday. Expect somewhere around 7 catches for 90 yards and a score does not seem unrealistic.

About Steve Rudy

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