Fantasy Football: Who to Start in N.F.L. Week 13

Fantasy Football: Who to Start in N.F.L. Week 13

Here are some players you do want to have in lineups in Week 13.


Philip Rivers (LAC vs. Browns) — Coming off his best performance of the season, 434 passing yards and three touchdowns at Dallas, Rivers comes home to another favorable fantasy matchup with the Browns, who have yielded the 18.1 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season (eighth most). Three of the last four quarterbacks to play the Browns have tallied at least 18.5 fantasy points and two touchdowns. Rivers has also excelled at home of late, with two touchdowns and no interceptions in each of his last three home games.

Tyrod Taylor (BUF vs. Patriots) — Not many quarterbacks get written about in fantasy football advice articles just a few weeks after being benched, but it’s been that kind of season. Despite not starting Week 11 against the Chargers, Taylor has put up quality fantasy performances in four of the last six weeks. The Patriots have played better against opposing quarterbacks of late, but have allowed the fifth most F.F.P.G. to the position through 12 weeks. Taylor’s rushing ability, as always, keeps his floor high, even if moving the ball through the air proves difficult.

Also Consider: Jared Goff (LAR at Cardinals)

Running Back

Jordan Howard (CHI vs. 49ers) — The Bears’ lead back has alternated good fantasy performances with bad ones in every game since Week 4. Last week was a dud against one of the toughest run defenses, the Eagles’. This week he faces the 49ers, the antithesis of a tough run defense. San Francisco is tied with the Rams for giving up the most F.P.P.G. to opposing backs (22.5). Do not be fooled by the last two weeks, when the 49ers held the line against the Giants’ and Seahawks’ run games. When facing running backs in Howard’s class, the 49ers allowed a total of 65.8 fantasy points to RB1’s in Weeks 7-9.

Leonard Fournette (JAC vs. Colts) — He has disappointed of late, falling under 5 fantasy points in two of his last three games. But part of the reason has been a bum ankle. It appears to be in its best shape in a while; Fournette was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice for the first time since Week 10. Look for a return to elite status this week against the Colts, who have yielded the fourth most F.P.P.G. to backs this season.

Also Consider: Dion Lewis (NE at Bills)

Wide Receiver

Davante Adams (GB vs. Buccaneers) — Despite the loss of Aaron Rodgers in Week 6, Adams is fantasy’s 10th best receiver through 12 weeks, averaging 10.2 F.P.P.G. He has averaged nearly 14 fantasy points over the last three weeks and now gets the best fantasy matchup for receivers. The Buccaneers have helped four different receivers to score at least 13.5 fantasy points over the past three games, including elite performances by Julio Jones (38.8) and Kenny Stills (24.0). On the season, receivers as a group average 28.6 F.P.P.G. against the Bucs, the most of any N.F.L. team.

Robby Anderson (NYJ vs. Chiefs) — His breakout season continued in Week 12 with his best performance of them all: six catches for 142 yards and two touchdowns against the Panthers. He has now produced quality fantasy outings in six straight games and is up against the Chiefs this week, a team that is second only to the Bucs in F.P.P.G. allowed to receivers (26.0).

Also Consider: Cooper Kupp (LAR at Cardinals)

Tight End

Jared Cook (OAK vs. Giants) — Week 12 was bizarre in the world of fantasy tight ends, as the Giants, who give up the most fantasy points to tight ends as a team, held Vernon Davis of the Redskins to 0. Cook also failed to produce in a favorable matchup against the Broncos, hauling in one catch for two yards. The Raiders would be wise to exploit this fantastic matchup with the Giants, especially with receivers Amari Cooper (injured) and Michael Crabtree (suspended) not expected to be on the field.

Also Consider: Delanie Walker (TEN vs. Texans)

Defense/Special Teams

LAC vs. Browns; LAR at Cardinals


Harrison Butker (KC at Jets); Chris Boswell (PIT at Bengals)

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