Welcome back for your Studs and Duds Week 13 edition!
It’s week 13 of the NFL season, the final week before most of you will start your fantasy playoffs. It’s now or never for those of you on the bubble, making this piece more important than any other I’ve done.
Let’s not waste anymore time! Enjoy my studs and duds week 13 edition and lock hold of that final playoff spot.
Bye Week: Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans
Jameis Winston vs. San Diego Chargers
He starts his four game stretch vs. very beatable defenses here, making him a top-notch playoff option for those who have been streaming all season. The Chargers have allowed 300 yard passers in two of their last three.
Russell Wilson vs. Carolina Panthers
Last week he cooled off a bit from his monster performances owners got used to. Expect a bounce back this week vs. a Panthers unit that’s struggled to stop the pass over their past 6 games.
Matthew Stafford vs. New Orleans Saints
He’s a long way off from that “MVP” talk people were chirping about at mid-season. There’s a good chance he’s in for a bounce-back game of sorts here. The Saints have allowed 20 or more points to 4 of their last 6 quarterbacks faced.
Blake Bortles vs. Denver Broncos
He’s a turnover machine, with four interceptions in his last four games. Meanwhile the Broncos stout pass defense continues to dominate, allowing the fewest points to opposing signal callers by far.
Carson Palmer vs. Washington Redskins
The Redskins defense has been beatable through the air as of late. Palmer, has been bad almost all year, scoring more than 20 fantasy points just twice since week 2. This is likely another red-hot week for David Johnson on the ground.
Cam Newton vs. Seattle Seahawks
He’s been an extremely frustrating play all year, and likely cost owners a pretty penny to get. This battle with Richard Sherman and the Seahawks 5th best defense against fantasy QB’s won’t help.
Running Back Studs
Melvin Gordon vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It’s not time to get cute and put Gordon on the bench due to a few slow games. The match-up isn’t perfect, but Gordon is match-up proof and is the key to getting you to the big game.
Devontae Booker vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars just got ripped apart by Bills RB LeSean McCoy, and Booker will have a chance to do the same. His YPC is underwhelming, but this is fantasy, his 24 touches/game give him huge upside in playoff time.
Jordan Howard vs. San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers defense is allowing over 150 yards/game on the ground this season. Howard continues to get at least 15 carries/game, making him a must-start from both a match-up and opportunity standpoint.
Running Back Duds
Mark Ingram vs. Detroit Lions
I was very wrong to have him here last week, but he’s a hard nut to crack. I’m a glutton for punishment, so I’ll try again. The Lions defense allows the 10th fewest points to opposing backs, having allowed just ONE 20 point performance in PPR formats all year.
James Starks vs. Houston Texans
The match-up is tough, and his situation is even tougher. Starks has been anything but impressive, and with Christine Michael knocking on his door, it may be time to give up the dream.
Frank Gore vs. New York Jets
The Jets had a tough go of it from weeks 4 to 9, allowing several 20+ point performances to opposing backs in that time. Since then though, they’ve allowed not even 10 points to a single back, returning to their dominant form. Gore has been a below average back this year at best, and is better off riding the pine this week.
Wide Receiver Studs
Brandin Cooks vs. Detroit Lions
The match-up here isn’t great, but with Cooks speaking publicly about his role in the offense, it’s likely the Saints will look to get him involved more this week. It’d be a mistake to bench him based on last weeks dud.
Sammy Watkins vs. Oakland Raiders
He’s still nursing that foot injury a little bit, but even with minimal playing time last week he managed 80 yards receiving. There’s simply no other receiver here, so even half a Sammy Watkins is bound to put up points.
Tyler Boyd vs. Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles offense isn’t the only problem in the city of brotherly love, their defense is struggling mightily. In Boyd’s first game relieving AJ Green he pulled in 5 of 9 targets for 62 yards vs. a solid Ravens defense. I like him much better this week.
Wide Receiver Duds
Allen Robinson vs. Denver Broncos
We talked about what to do with big names on this week’s podcast. Underperforming stars are simply too hard to trust in bad match-up situations like this one. You HAVE TO win, so don’t take your chances if you have other options.
DeAndre Hopkins vs. Green Bay Packers
Along the same lines as Mr. Robinson above, but even worse. Hopkins has had close to ZERO big games this year and is in line for bust of the year. It’s hardly his fault, but his QB isn’t going away anytime soon.
Jarvis Landry vs. Baltimore Ravens
The Dolphins offense has switched gears to a ground and pound running game, and a work the outside passing attack. This has left Jarvis Landry with a very small role, and his owners are suffering. If Parker sits, you can play him, otherwise, look elsewhere.
Tight End Studs
Martellus Bennett vs. Los Angeles Rams
Gronk is officially out for the remainder of the fantasy season, making Marty B a top 5 fantasy TE without question. His match-up isn’t great, but the Patriots offense makes him match-up proof.
Kyle Rudolph vs. Dallas Cowboys
He was targeted a ton last week, and has been a big part of the offense all year long. The Cowboys have been vulnerable to the position, allowing the 3rd most points to TE’s this year.
Travis Kelce vs. Atlanta Falcons
Back to back 100 yard games! Where has this man been all year? It doesn’t matter, because he’s showing up at precisely the right time. Maclin’s return may hurt him a bit, but if the Chiefs are smart, they’ll keep feeding him the ball in this top-notch match-up.
Tight End Duds
Jordan Reed/Vernon Davis vs. Arizona Cardinals
Regardless of who plays here, neither is a great option vs the top ranked defense against TE’s. The Cardinals have allowed just 282 yards and 0 scores to the position all year.
Jared Cook vs. Houston Texans
As expected, he followed up his monster performance in week 11 with a monster dud in week 12. He’s not consistent enough to trust, but if you’re tempted, keep this in mind. The Texans defense is 4th best vs. the position, allowing just 36 yards/game and 3 touchdowns all year.
Austin Hooper vs. Kansas City Chiefs
He could be a great fantasy option some day, but this year he’s just not seeing the opportunities. Again, perhaps a tempting option with all the recent TE injuries, but you’re better off finding someone with a better touchdown upside.
That’s all for your Studs and Duds Week 13 edition!
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