Week 13 Starts
The kissing bandit, Sam Darnold is QB4 over the past 5 weeks and he’s heating up! In that span he has averaged a plenty streamable 263 Yards and 2 Touchdowns, even adding 2 rushing touchdowns in the process.
Facing the Bengals, who give up the 4th most Points per Game to the quarterback position, you can ride the wave of productivity and start Darnold as a back-end QB1.
The Titans have back-to-back wins over the Chiefs and Jaguars thanks to Ryan Tannehill’s rejuvenation of this Tennessee Offense. The QB3 since his week 7 ascension to the starting role, Tannehill’s passing work has been good-not-great, averaging 255 Yards and 2 Touchdowns.
What’s propped up his fantasy numbers has been his rushing.. Over the past 3 weeks, Tannehill has averaged 38 rushing yards and has added 3 rushing touchdowns. In a must win divisional matchup against the Colts, you can start Tannehill with confidence as you move towards the fantasy playoffs.
This start is contingent on Howard actually playing this week. If he does, you can bet the Eagles will want to get this running game going with a depleted WR core and an inefficient passing game.
The Dolphins give up the 4th most Points per Game to the Running Back position, and in the 2 games prior to his injury, Howard put up 42 carries for 178 yards and 2 touchdowns.
If Howard sits and desperation sets in, you can pivot to someone like Jaylen Samuels or the next guy on this list.
Another start with a caveat, Darrel will need Damien to sit this one out in order to produce for his owners. With LeSean McCoy likely to play (concussion), Darrel Williams could be in an advantageous pairing with an aging running back who has been supremely inefficient as of late.
Darrel Williams actually leads Chiefs running backs in receiving yards this season, even with D-Will and Shady having 9 and 10 more receptions respectively. Look for Williams to inject some energy into this backfield in what is a pivotal matchup with the Raiders, who give up the 11th most Points per Game to running backs.
The Red Rifle is back! Through the 8 games Andy Dalton started this season, Tyler Boyd was the WR16. While his production took a nose dive with Ryan Finley at the helm, Boyd did bounce back to post a 5/101/1 line, on 9 targets, against the Pittsburgh Steelers in week 12.
We know Boyd has the talent and the opportunity, and with his known chemistry with the re-inserted redhead we should see continued production. In a matchup with the Jets who allow the 8th most Points per Game to wideouts, Boyd, who had been fading into flex territory, can once again proide WR2 upside for his fantasy owners.
One of my favourite deep sleepers coming into the year, Conley has been seeing fairly steady volume as of late. Since week 7, Conley sits 24th in the NFL in targets, only 9 back of DJ Chark in that span, with more yardage on 7 less receptions.
This week 13 matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is tantalizing, as the Bucs are the league’s worst when it comes to average points allowed to the Wide Receiver position. In what looks like a potential shootout with a team boasting 2 top 5 Wideouts of their own, Conley’s deep threat prowess could be set to pop!
Rudolph has made his money this season when the Vikings get close to pay dirt. Leading all Vikings’ pass catchers, Kyle Rudolph sits T-3 among Tight Ends with 10 targets in the red zone, scoring 4 of his 5 touchdowns inside the 20, three of which came on targets inside the 10 yard line.
Riding a hot streak, Rudolph has scored all 5 touchdowns in the past 5 games commanding 15% of the Vikings’ target share. In a muddy tight end landscape, Rudolph’s red zone prowess can’t be denied. Going up against the Seahawks on Monday night, who give up the 5th most Points per Game to the Tight End, you can kick off your Holiday Season by putting Rudolph the Red Zone Reindeer into your lineup this week!
Old man Olsen continues to get it done. In a seemingly uneventful for the long-time Carolina Panther, Olsen is currently TE7 on the season. Quietly putting up the 5th most targets and 7th most receptions and yards, it’s simply a lack of touchdowns holding Olsen back from top 5 status.
If we look at the past 4 weeks, Olsen actually has the 2nd most yardage and targets among Tight ends. Their opponent this week in Washington gives up the 8th most points to Tight ends per game I’d happily throw Olsen in as a streamable Tight End with a solid volume baseline.