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CORNER LOCKDOWN: Week 13

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Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers

With news that Melvin Gordon is out for a few weeks with a knee injury, Ekeler is now an elite RB1 for fantasy owners. He possesses both running and receiving skills and will be a lock for 15-20 touches while Gordon is out. He was a FLEX play even before the injury so now he’s a must start. Ekeler is the type of stash player who wins fantasy leagues because of the current situation. He’s coming off a 10-catch week where he had 100 plus total yards and a touchdown so enjoy the ride while Ekeler is the starting running back.

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Jarvis Landry, WR, Cleveland

Ever since Hue Jackson got fired, Landry has been suffering. He’s getting less and less targets and hasn’t really been a part of the offense for three weeks now. He was a solid WR2 earlier in the season, but is now a bench player. Last week, Landry caught just three balls for 30 yards and has a very tough matchup at Houston this week. If you have some better options at the position then get them in your lineup because Landry is going to continue to disappoint.

Shark Sleepers

Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis

Hines could be in line for a big day if Marlon Mack is forced to miss this week’s game due to a concussion. If that’s the case, then Hines needs to be started in all formats. He’s a great pass catcher, and whenever he gets playing time Andrew Luck looks his way frequently. I wouldn’t be surprised if he sees 12-15 touches on Sunday against Jacksonville so take a look.

Carlos Hyde, RB, Jacksonville

Leonard Fournette is suspended for Week 13 for his role in a fight during last week’s game so Hyde takes over as the starting back for Jacksonville. He gets a good matchup against an Indianapolis defense that is not too solid against the run and should see double-digit carries and all the goal line work. T.J. Yeldon will see most of the passing game work, but any starting running back for run-heavy Jacksonville is someone you have to look at for fantasy purposes.

Lock of the Week

D.J. Moore, WR, Carolina

Moore has been a monster over the last two weeks for Carolina, totaling 15 receptions for 248 yards and a score. He’s seen 17 targets over that span and is really clicking with Cam Newton in the late stages of the season. Moore owners should be foaming at the mouth as he has Tampa Bay on the slate for Sunday. The bottom line is he needs to be started in your league if you own him.

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