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THE DIVE: Week 13 “Final Push”

If you thought Thanksgiving would be the only headline going into Week 12, I think we all learned a lesson! After the Thanksgiving schedule was reduced to two games, then the craziness unleashed. COVID reared its ugly head again as the Pittsburgh Steelers vs Baltimore Ravens game that was originally slated for Thanksgiving night was finally played on Wednesday afternoon with all stats included in Week 12. COVID also struck the Denver Broncos’ quarterbacks, which resulted in Denver calling up a wide receiver on the practice squad to start in in his first NFL game…as the team’s quarterback! Lastly, Houston Texans’ star wide receiver Will Fuller has been superb this season, but will now be sidelined until 2021 after violating the NFL’s PED policy.

Week 13 is the last regular season week of fantasy football in most league formats.  Time to make a last dive at securing that playoff seed.  One roster decision may be the difference in your team making the playoffs. Weather appears moderate except chilly for a few games.

Taysom Hill, QB, New Orleans

Thus far, Taysom Hill’s performance filling in for future Hall of Famer Drew Brees has not exactly turned heads. Although he looked better in his Week 11 debut, he only completed nine passes for 78 yards last weekend. Fortunately, his running ability has kept him on the fantasy radar as he has rushed for 4 touchdowns and 93 yards in his two starts. Look for an improved performance in Week 13 when the Saints visits the Atlanta Falcons who Hill just played. Atlanta has allowed the 2nd most points to opposing quarterbacks.

Week 13 projection: 200 passing yards; 40 rushing yards; 2 TD

David Montgomery, RB, Chicago

David Montgomery’s return from injury may have been a very minor headline in Week 12, but definitely made a difference for many fantasy owners. His lackluster season took a turn for the positive as he totaled 143 yards and a score in a loss against Green Bay. With another juicy matchup at home against the Detroit Lions who allow the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing running backs, Montgomery has RB1 potential for Week 13.

Week 13 projection: 100 total yards; 1 TD

Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco

The San Francisco 49ers have tons of offensive talent, but were stricken with injuries all season long. Deebo Samuel made his season debut in Week 4, but only played four games before injuring his hamstring and missing three more. However, he returned with a bang by dominating the Los Angeles Rams’ strong secondary for 11 catches for 134 yards and momentum should continue against the Buffalo Bills’ secondary. Although Buffalo is not an overly favorable matchup, Samuel is the focal point of San Francisco’s offense so he will be highly involved once again. Consider him a WR2 or Flex with high upside!

Week 13 projection: 80 receiving yards; 1 TD

Robert Tonyan, TE, Green Bay

If you hopped off the Robert Tonyan train after he cooled off after his early season breakout, then it may be time to jump aboard again. Tonyan is averaging five catches, over 50 yards and a touchdown during his last two contests. With an attractive home matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles who average the 7th most fantasy points surrendered to opposing tight ends, consider Tonyan a TE2 with high upside this week.

Week 13 projection: 50 receiving yards; 1 TD

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle’s defense has been historically bad in certain categories, but has gradually improved during the homestretch of the season. After defeating the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 12, Seattle will welcome another NFC East competitor, the New York Giants. Although New York has appeared much better and are riding a three-game winning streak, they will likely be starting backup quarterback Colt McCoy after Daniel Jones injured his hamstring in Week 12. Consider Seattle if your current defense has a difficult matchup or has been struggling recently.

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.