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THE LOWDOWN: Week 13

Welcome to The Lowdown for Week 13. This is my little corner of the fantasy football universe — feel free to pull up a chair and stay a while!

Welcome to The Lowdown for Week 13. This is my little corner of the fantasy football universe — feel free to pull up a chair and stay a while!

Long in the Tooth

One of the things about getting older is that the whole process ruins how you enjoy things. Now, before this starts to resemble the plot of a heart-warming and inspirational Oprah Winfrey movie, I’m talking about how getting old seems to sap the joy right out of things I used to really enjoy. I used to enjoy eating a ton of spicy food, but now I have to worry about burning a hole in my duodenum; staring at pretty girls in short skirts used to be a reason to wake up in the morning, but now it’s just a point of anxiety about my shrinking head of hair and expanding belly; I used to enjoy solving complex problems, but now the thought of solving a differential equation makes me want to curl up into a ball and seek the refuge of a non-triggering safe space.

The same thing applies to football. I mean, here I am, enjoying the heck out of this Dallas-Minnesota game, when around midnight… bam! Life and old age slaps me in the face like the waitress I hit on yesterday. Instead of enjoying the thrilling ending to the game, I’m stuck worrying about making the deadline for this column; then my worrying really kicks into high gear when my database’s connection to the Sharks’ stats server runs slower than New York traffic near Trump Tower; then before I know it, it’s 7AM and I’m waking up to my wife yelling at me for falling asleep sitting up at my desk. So now here I am, with numb feet and blinding back pain, still having to finish this dopey column. On the bright side, falling asleep at my desk meant I didn’t have far to go when I woke up this morning.

Yes, that’s sarcasm… there really is no bright side to this scenario.

Enjoy your weekend.

Interesting Players for Week

Not necessarily the players in line for the biggest games this week, but rather some players that caught my interest and upon whom I shall cast my gaze…

QB

  1. Drew Brees, NOS (vs. DET) – 43.95
  2. Matt Ryan, ATL (vs. KCC) – 42.71
  3. Colin Kaepernick, SFO (vs. Chi) – 38.92
  4. Philip Rivers, SDC (vs. TBB) – 38.56
  5. Tyrod Taylor, BUF (vs. Oak) – 38.45
  6. Jameis Winston, TBB (vs. SDC) – 38.34
  7. Russell Wilson, SEA (vs. CAR) – 37.82
  8. Alex Smith, KCC (vs. Atl) – 37.12
  9. Matthew Stafford, DET (vs. NOS) – 37.07
  10. Derek Carr, OAK (vs. Buf) – 37.01

Colin Kaepernick is continuing to play well, and really should be on your team if he’s available in your league. I picked him up in two of my leagues to start this week, and I have to say I’m feeling pretty good about the move. What can I say about Drew Brees? The guy is a machine and he doesn’t seem to be getting any older. Tyrod Taylor ranks high this week primarily on the strength of going up against the non-existent Raiders’ pass defense.

 

RB

  1. David Johnson, ARI (vs. WAS) – 50.18
  2. Le’Veon Bell, PIT (vs. NYG) – 45.31
  3. Jordan Howard, CHI (vs. SFO) – 44.85
  4. Spencer Ware, KCC (vs. Atl) – 44.49
  5. Melvin Gordon, SDC (vs. TBB) – 43.11
  6. LeSean McCoy, BUF (vs. Oak) – 42.10
  7. Matt Forte, NYJ (vs. IND) – 40.00
  8. Doug Martin, TBB (vs. SDC) – 39.10
  9. Rashad Jennings, NYG (vs. PIT) – 38.00
  10. LeGarrette Blount, NEP (vs. RAM) – 37.89

Don’t sleep on Jordan Howard this week, as he gets a very favorable match-up against the defense that allows the most fantasy points to opposing RBs. Ditto Spencer Ware, who’s fairly inconsistent but should do well this week as he faces the second-worst fantasy defense against RBs and a potent Falcons’ offense against which the Chiefs would like to play keep-away.

 

WR

  1. Julio Jones, ATL (vs. KCC) – 62.02
  2. Antonio Brown, PIT (vs. NYG) – 58.25
  3. Mike Evans, TBB (vs. SDC) – 57.14
  4. Doug Baldwin, SEA (vs. Car) – 54.74
  5. Larry Fitzgerald, ARI (vs. WAS) – 52.98
  6. Brandin Cooks, NOS (vs. DET) – 52.57
  7. Odell Beckham, NYG (vs. PIT) – 51.99
  8. Michael Thomas, NOS (vs. DET) – 51.64
  9. DeAndre Hopkins, HOU (vs. GBP) – 51.42
  10. Jarvis Landry, MIA (vs. BAL) – 51.19

You just know that Drew Brees had to answer a lot of questions regarding Brandin Cooks not being targeted at all last week– there may be a little extra love heading Cooks’ way against the Lions this week.

 

TE

  1. Jimmy Graham, SEA (vs. Car) – 28.55
  2. Travis Kelce, KCC (vs. Atl) – 27.89
  3. Coby Fleener, NOS (vs. DET) – 27.24
  4. Zach Ertz, PHI (vs. CIN) – 25.21
  5. Greg Olsen, CAR (vs. SEA) – 24.92
  6. Antonio Gates, SDC (vs. TBB) – 23.53
  7. Eric Ebron, DET (vs. NOS) – 23.50
  8. Jason Witten, DAL (vs. Min) – 22.73
  9. Cameron Brate, TBB (vs. SDC) – 21.81
  10. Dennis Pitta, BAL (vs. MIA) – 20.51

If you’re looking for a TE this week, the Niners’ Vance McDonald looks like a value pickup going against a really banged-up Bears’ defense.

 

Teams on Bye this week: Browns and Titans.

About John Georgopoulos

John T. Georgopoulos is a 23-year veteran of fantasy sports journalism. John’s Fantasy Forecast series has won the prestigious Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) award for Best Series, and he’s been nominated as an FSWA Award finalist on nine occasions. You can also listen to his weekly, non-sports NSFW opinions at The Riot.