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THE DIVE: Week 13 “Final Lap”

With Thanksgiving and Black Friday now passed, it is time to prepare for the final week of the fantasy football regular season in most leagues. Week 12 had its share of monster performances from the likes of Julio Jones, Ben Roethlisberger, and Antonio Brown. However, we also saw our 2017 waiver wire wonders including Case Keenum, Robby Anderson, and Alvin Kamara continue to break out for fantasy owners,

With a suspension, injuries, and other variables to consider, it would be in your best interest to take a dive with me to prepare for Week 13. Although the first week of December is upon us, the Week 13 weather forecast looks very promising and should have minimal effect on any of the games.

QB Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers

Except for a dud in Week 3, Los Angeles Chargers’ quarterback Philip Rivers has been a solid start this season, and likely a bargain given his draft position. He has accrued at least 235 passing yards and totaled seven touchdowns over the last three games with an attractive matchup against the win-less Cleveland Browns who have allowed the 8th most fantasy points this weekend. With several quarterbacks sidelined or hindered by injury for Week 13, Rivers may be the gunslinger that you need to reach the playoffs!

Week 13 projection: 250 passing yards; 2 TD

RB Jamaal Williams, Green Bay Packers

With both Ty Montgomery and Aaron Jones still recovering from injury, it appears that Jamaal Williams will be the Green Bay Packers’ starting running back again in Week 13. Williams has averaged more than 100 total yards per game over his last three contests, which included the stingy defenses of the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Chicago Bears. The Packers welcome the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who are in the middle of the pack for points allowed to opposing running backs, but struggled against Atlanta’s backs last weekend. Consider Williams a viable RB2 this weekend.

Week 13 projection: 100 total yards; 1 TD

WR Jamison Crowder, Washington Redskins

After a slow start, Washington Redskins’ wide receiver Jamison Crowder has greatly improved over his last four games averaging over six catches and 103 receiving yards per game. With a juicy Thursday night matchup against the nose-diving Dallas Cowboys who have surrendered the 5th most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, Crowder should be considered a WR3 with upside. He was productive during their last meeting in Week 8 and should hopefully add to his lone touchdown this season.

Week 13 projection: 100 receiving yards; 1 TD

TE Ricky Seals-Jones , Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals have been debilitated with injuries this season, but their wildcard playoff hopes hang on by a thread with their 5-6 record. Backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert has been a solid fill-in and led the Cards to an upset over the Jacksonville Jaguars last weekend. Undrafted rookie tight end Ricky Seals-Jones appeared out of nowhere to deliver 126 receiving yards and three scores over the last two games. Although he may be difficult to trust in Week 13 given his limited track record, he may be worth a flier against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 13. The Rams have guarded tight ends well this season, but Seals-Jones may have opportunity to continue his hot streak. Consider him a TE3 this weekend.

Week 13 projection: 50 receiving yards; 1 TD

D/ST Los Angeles Chargers

Remember when the Los Angeles’ Chargers were the butt of more jokes than the Cleveland Browns after their 0-4 start in their new home? Well, that seems like a lifetime ago as the Chargers have officially sparked with wins in five of their last seven games. In addition, their defense is one of the highest scoring over the last month with double digit points also in five of their last seven games. With a home matchup against the Cleveland Browns for Week 13, start the Los Angeles Chargers defense or pick them up if they are still available.   Cleveland’s offense has allowed the most points to opposing defenses, which likely will continue into Week 13.

Week 13 projection: 12 points

About Marc Griffis

Marc Griffis has competed in fantasy football, baseball, and basketball leagues since 2005. Marc has written "The Dive" for Fantasy Sharks since 2010. Additionally, his expertise is featured in David Gonos' E-books "101 Fantasy Baseball Tips" and "101 Fantasy Football Tips". Lastly, Marc competed in the Fantasy Sports Trade Association SiriusXM Fantasy Baseball experts' league from 2012-2014.