Week 13 is here and that means we’re closing in on the end of the fantasy football regular season. We have three games on Thursday to kick off the week with the finale being the Saints at Falcons which should be a high scoring affair. There are several games that have real life playoff implications as well as a potential Super Bowl preview with the 49ers traveling to Baltimore for a showdown with the Ravens. This should be a great week of football as we inch closer to the playoffs. The intent of this article is to highlight players who I believe will outperform or under-perform their weekly ranking and give you confidence while you’re making tough line-up choices week in and week out.
Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams (at Cardinals)
Goff has been bad the last three games there’s no denying that. He’s thrown five interceptions and zero touchdowns in that span and the Rams have lost two out of their last three games. The one saving grace however is that those games were against better defensive teams in the Steelers, Bears, and Ravens. It’s not entirely on Goff as he hasn’t had the best offensive line play and he’s had to deal with injuries to his wide receiver corps. This week is a strong bounce-back opportunity against a weak Cardinal defense coming off a bye week. It’s been five weeks since the Cards have held an opponent under 300-passing yards. They’ve also given up the most yardage and touchdowns to the quarterback in the league this year. There are no excuses if Goff doesn’t get it done this week.
Ronald Jones, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at Jaguars)
This backfield for some reason is still somewhat of a timeshare but Jones does seem to be leading the charge as of late. He’s found the end zone in three of his last four games and has been involved in the passing game – seeing 13 targets in that same span. This week the Bucs travel in-state for a clash with the Jaguars who were just gashed (AGAIN) on the ground by Derrick Henry who ran for 159 yards and two scores. The Jags have given up more than 215 yards and have allowed eight rushing touchdowns in their previous three games. This is a great matchup for Jones to separate himself from the pack.
Le’Veon Bell, RB, New York Jets (at Bengals)
Bell has scored a touchdown in two of his last three games, as the Jets’ offense has been beating up on bad defenses. Although he is averaging just 47.3 yards per game in that span, he is contributing in the passing game, averaging 3.6 receptions per game good for 42 yards per game. These numbers aren’t blowing anyone’s doors off, but he has established a solid floor as teams are heading into the playoffs. This week he gets a matchup with the Bengals who’ve allowed 110-yards or more in their last three games and on average give up 4.8 receptions to opposing running backs on the year. Bell should be able to take advantage of a sub-par run defense in this one as the Jets look to extend their winning streak.
D.J. Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers (vs Redskins)
Moore has been on fire the past four weeks, going for over 100-yards in three of his last four games, including 126 yards and two scores against the Saints this past week. Over this same period, Moore is averaging 11.25 targets per game as he is becoming a steady contributor in the passing game. This week the Panthers are on the road for a matchup with the Redskins who have surrendered 13 touchdowns on the year to opposing running backs. He will square off against Quinton Dunbar, who is allowing an average of four catches per game and giving up 10.1 fantasy points. He’s also susceptible to the long-ball as he allows 11.9 yards per reception. Moore should be able to beat him downfield and has the potential for a big game this weekend.
Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks (vs Vikings)
Lockett is now two weeks removed from his 13 catch game where he scored two touchdowns and went for 152 yards. He had a quiet week last week in a game that had weather issues but was still disappointing against an Eagle secondary that the Seahawks should’ve been able to exploit. The Vikings are coming to town this week in an atmosphere that will be intense as it always seems to be in Seattle. The Vikings as a team have given up over 250-yards in consecutive games and are allowing an average of 176 receiving yards per game, along with surrendering 15 touchdowns this season. Lockett is a strong upside play in a game that could feature action on both sides of the ball.
Hunter Henry, TE, Los Angeles Chargers (at Broncos)
Highly touted coming out of college the oft-injured Henry is immensely talented but has yet to reach his full potential. He’s seen 16 targets in consecutive games with one touchdown. The Chargers are headed to the Mile High City this week to take on the Broncos who are allowing 53.6 yards per game to the tight end position. He gets a matchup with Justin Simmons who is allowing an average of 10.8 fantasy points per game. Henry is a solid streaming option this week if you are not settled at the tight end position, the matchup is solid and he is always a threat in the red zone.
Other Players to Like
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers (at Giants)
The Giants have one of the worst secondaries in the league. Rodgers should be able to throw on them all day.
Derrius Guice, RB, Washington Redskins (at Panthers)
Panthers have given up over 115 yards two of the last three weeks and have given up 16 touchdowns to running backs on the year.
Miles Sanders, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (at Dolphins)
Dolphins are giving up 129.8 yards per game to the running back. They have the potential to go up big in this one and just run out the clock.
D.J. Chark, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs Buccaneers)
Chark averaging 10 targets per game his last three games. Bucs giving up 206 yards per game to receivers along with 18 touchdowns on the year.
DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins (vs Eagles)
Coming alive towards the end of the season averaging double-digit targets the last three games. Most reliable option in the passing game as of now.
Gerald Everett, TE, Los Angeles Rams (at Cardinals)
He’s playing the Cardinals, there is a very good chance he finds the end zone. He has been downgraded to doubtful, if he doesn’t go, Tyler Higbee could be a sneaky start.