Fantasy Football: Week 13 DraftKings and FanDuel advice
By Daniel Thomas/Fansided
We’re here to give you the best match-ups and players as you set your Fantasy Football DFS lineups for Week 13.
Each position will be broken into three separate categories:
1. High-tier – These are your “heavy hitters.” If you play season-long fantasy football, they more than likely are the players who went in the first few rounds. They will cost you a pretty penny, but in the end, it’ll be worth it.
2. Mid-tier – This is where a majority of the players will be located. The key is finding the players with the most favorable match-ups, and in turn, exceeding the dollar amount placed upon them.
3. Low-tier (value) – These are your bottom-of-the-barrel players in terms of pricing, but not necessarily in ability or situation. Not only should these players outperform their salary, they should crush it.
At the end, I’ll provide you with two lineups (one for FanDuel and one for Draft Kings). These lineups should be used for you to use as a base while you plug in some different players you may prefer.
Nov 27, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) warms up before a game against the Los Angeles Rams at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints vs. Detroit Lions (FD $9,300/DK $7,600): Brees has a history of being dominant when he plays at home, and that hasn’t changed this year. In six games this season, he is averaging 357 passing yards and three touchdowns per game. Oh look, the Saints play at home this week. #Justsaying
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons vs. Kansas City Chiefs (FD $8,600/DK $6,800): Even in a tough match-up last week, Ryan still managed to throw for 269 yards and two touchdowns. This week he gets a Chiefs secondary that made Trevor Siemian look like Peyton Manning from 2013. Note: Ryan is mid-tier in DraftKings
Tom Brady, New England Patriots, vs. Los Angeles Rams (FD $8,500/DK $7,500): Healthy or not healthy? Practicing or not practicing? I don’t know, and as long as takes the field on Sunday, I don’t care. Brady only has one game with less than 280 yards passing and only one game without multiple touchdown passes. The Rams play pretty well against the pass, and I’ll give them that. However, if guys like Tyrod Taylor and Ryan Tannehill can throw multiple touchdown passes against them, Brady should have no problem doing the same.
Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers vs. Chicago Bears (FD $7,800/DK $6,100): Last week Kaep tied for the best fantasy performance of the week along with Drew Brees. His rushing ability gives him a high ceiling, and this week he gets a injury-depleted Bears defense.
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks vs. Carolina Panthers (FD $7,700/DK $6,300): Wilson killed a lot of people’s lineups last week, but that wasn’t his fault. His offensive line got destroyed, and Wilson was under constant pressure. I strongly believe it’ll be better this week, and any time the Seahawks play at home, the entire team plays better.
Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills vs. Oakland Raiders (FD $7,400/DK $5,700): Going into Week 13, Taylor leads all quarterbacks in rushing attempts and rushing yards. His five rushing touchdowns is tied for the most among quarterbacks. His rushing ability usually help him meet or exceed his value.
KANSAS CITY, MO – NOVEMBER 20: Running back Doug Martin
Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New York Giants (FD $9,300/DK $9,200): He has three straight games with a touchdown and 120+ scrimmage yards. The “running back” has also averaged seven receptions per game during that span.
David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals vs. Washington Redskins (FD $9,200/DK $9,500): Over the last three games, he has totaled 422 total yards and 5 touchdowns. Yeah, he’s pretty good.
LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills vs. Oakland Raiders (FD $8,400/DK $7,800): Even after getting surgery on his thumb less than seven days before last week’s game, he still managed to rush for 103 yards and two touchdowns. Over the last two weeks, opposing teams starting running backs have averaged 105 total yards and 1.5 touchdowns against the Raiders.
Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears vs. San Francisco 49ers (FD $7,400/DK $6,900): The 49ers have the worst run defense in the NFL, while Howard has averaged 104 rushing yards a game since Week 8.
Spencer Ware, Kanas City Chiefs vs. Atlanta Falcons (FD $7,400/DK $6,400): Ware has been underwhelming for a while now, but this match-up gives him a high ceiling. Opposing running backs have had success against the Falcons defense in both rushing and receiving. Ware is the team’s clear cut No.1 running back, averaging 18 touches per game over his last three games. With the Falcons expected to put up a good amount of points on Sunday, Ware should get a good amount of receptions.
Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. San Diego Chargers (FD $6,500/DK $5,700): Since returning in Week 10, Martin has averaged 23 touches per game. Playing against the Chargers, Martin has a good chance for his first 100-yard rushing game of the season.
Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions vs. New Orleans Saints (FD $6,500/DK $5,800): This game should be a shootout, and Riddick should be heavily involved. He is averaging 5+ receptions per game, and there’s a good chance he exceeds that on Sunday.
Tim Hightower, New Orleans Saints vs. Detroit Lions (FD $6,300/DK $4,800): Mark Ingram stole the show last week with his performance (167 yards, 2 TDs). However, Hightower still managed 105 yards and a touchdown. He’s a good bet for 15+ touches, and in this offense, that should be enough to return value.
Nov 24, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) catches his third touchdown of the game in the second half of the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Indianapolis Colts 28-7. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New York Giants (FD $9,000/DK $9,100): Over the last four games, he’s averaging 8.5 receptions and 102 yards while totaling five touchdowns. The guy’s an animal.
Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (FD $9,000/DK $8,500): This game has the potential for a lot of points. If that’s the case, the Giants superstar receiver, who has five touchdowns over the last four games, is bound to get his.
Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons vs. Kanas City Chiefs (FD $8,300/DK $8,700): Anytime Julio has had a bad game from a fantasy standpoint this season, he has followed it up with 100+ yards and a touchdown the following week. Last week he finished with four receptions for 35 yards. Get ready for an explosion.
Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. San Diego Chargers (FD $8,500/DK $8,600): Evans is top-three in every receiving category including first in targets (133) and touchdowns (10). Last week he made a tough match-up on paper against the Legion of Boom look like a flag football game. Good luck San Diego DBs.
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals vs. Washington Redskins (FD $7,000/DK $7,100): Other than David Johnson, Fitzgerald is the only consistent and reliable player on the Cardinals offense. He’s fourth in the NFL in targets and should be heavily involved in this game as usual.
Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints vs. Detroit Lions (FD $6,900/DK $6,900): The rookie officially leads the Saints in targets, receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. With Drew Brees throwing him the ball, the possibilities are endless.
Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts vs. New York Jets (FD $6,700/DK $6,600): He has a touchdown in four straight games, and he gets Andrew Luck back this week. The Jets secondary looks like they have given up, and based on the reports about Darrelle Revis, maybe they have.
Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills vs. Oakland Raiders (FD $6,300/DK $5,500): In his first game back last week, Watkins finished with 80 receiving yards. His snaps should increase this week, and the guy just oozes with big play ability.
Golden Tate, Detroit Lions vs. New Orleans Saints (FD $5,900/DK $6,200): He’s the No.1 wide receiver on the Lions who should find themselves in a shootout on Sunday.
Malcolm Mitchell, New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Rams (FD $5,600/DK $3,600): With Rob Gronkowski basically out the last two games, Mitchell has caught three touchdown passes. With the news coming out about Gronkowski undergoing surgery, Mitchell could be a mainstay in this Patriots offense for the rest of the season.
Nov 20, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham (88) celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports
**With Rob Gronkowski and Jordan Reed both expected to miss this week, there are no high-tier tight ends**
Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Philadelphia Eagles (FD $6,800/DK $5,300): With all the injuries to the Bengals offense, Eifert is going to be the number one target in the passing game.
Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks vs. Carolina Panthers (FD $6,400/DK $5,500): The Panthers have given up a touchdown pass to an opposing tight end in back-to-back weeks. Graham has three touchdowns over the last four weeks.
Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Atalanta Falcons (FD $6,300/DK $4,700): Kelce has back-to-back games with 100+ receiving yards. The Falcons have surrendered a passing touchdown to an opposing tight end in two out of the last three games.
Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions vs. New Orleans Saints (FD $5,700/DK $3,900): It’s the same story with Ebron as it is with Theo Riddick and Golden Tate. This game should be a shootout, and it gives an added boost to Lions players. That includes Ebron.
Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings vs. Dallas Cowboys (FD $5,400/DK $4,100): Last week we saw two things happen on Thanksgiving. One, Rudolph hauled in nine receptions. Two, the Cowboys got destroyed by Redskins TE Jordan Reed for 95 yards and two touchdowns. Rudolph is set up for a good game on Thursday Night Football.
Martellus Bennett, New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Rams (FD $5,100/DK $4,800): Bennett hasn’t played well with Gronk out but he still has huge upside as the Patriots new starting tight end. Note: He’s mid-tier in DraftKings
Jermaine Gresham, Arizona Cardinals vs. Washington Redskins (FD $4,500/DK $2,500): He has a touchdown in back-to-back games. He also was second on the team in targets last week. At his dirt-cheap pricing, he’s worth a gamble if you want to pay up elsewhere.
Nov 28, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Green Bay Packers free safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (21) reacts after his interception of a Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (not pictured) pass during the second half at Lincoln Financial Field. The Green Bay Packers won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Seattle Seahawks vs. Carolina Panthers (FD $5,100/DK $3,500): The Panthers offensive line was bad to begin with, but now it’s dealing with injuries. Playing on the road in Seattle is a tough task, and it’s one the Panthers should have trouble with.
Denver Broncos vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (FD $5,000/DK $3,900): The Broncos defense actually didn’t have that bad of a day last week. If it wasn’t for the offense getting the safety, the special teams unit would have never had given up that kick return for a touchdown. This week they get Blake Bortles. I’m smelling a defensive touchdown.
New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Rams (FD $5,600/DK $3,700): The Patriots coaching staff should make Jared Goff‘s third career NFL start a very bad one.
Green Bay Packers vs. Houston Texans (FD $4,500/DK $2,900): Brock Osweiler is putrid. That’s basically all you need to know.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. San Diego Chargers (FD $4,300/DK $2,500): The Buccaneers have had one of the best D/ST units over the last three weeks. This week they get Philip Rivers, who is more than likely going to turn the ball over.