Fantasy Football: 5 Players Ready for a Big Week 13
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Nov 6, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) reacts after the Jacksonville Jaguars did not receive a pass interference call during the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 19-14. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Only a few more weeks left in the season for you to make the Fantasy Football Playoffs!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Break filled with food, family, and football. Week 13 is here with some important match ups. These are the match ups that will make or break your season. If you can’t get to the playoffs, you may be able to be a spoiler.
It’s getting that time of the season where you need to lock in that playoff spot. The waiver wire is filled with players already on IR so all you have now is the players on your roster. You could make some trades, but it might be a little too late to improve your squad.
Here are my five players that are ready for a Big Week 13.
Fitzgerald has been very consistent his whole career. You can guarantee that he will have an impact on every game. He’s been one of the best receivers in the league since he was drafted.
It’s my first time putting him on my fantasy list, but he should have been on it weeks ago. As he’s gotten older, he’s been moved to the slot. The slot has treated him well since he has the best hands in the game today.
The Cardinals are at home against the Redskins and I know that Fitzgerald will have a solid game. He should be able to get eight receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown.
Blount has been great with the Patriots. He’s a big back that is hard to bring down. It takes at least three defenders to get him down once he gets going.
The Patriots like to rotate their running backs which is good to keep them all fresh and rested. Through Week 12, Blount has a total of 12 touchdowns so far this season. I was surprised to see him have three touchdowns against a very good Seahawks defense.
The Rams were supposed to have a decent defense come into this season, but they gave up 49 points to the Saints the week before. With that, I think Blount and the Patriots will have a great game.
Blount will have 150 yards on 10 carries. He’ll also score two touchdowns in the Patriots win.
Nov 20, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) signs autographs for fans after the game at Arrowhead Stadium. Tampa Bay won 19-17. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Mike Evans has been fantastic in his first three seasons in the NFL. He has 215 receptions, 3,277 receiving yards, and 25 touchdowns in his short career.
Tampa Bay has a good young nucleus in Jameis Winston at QB and Evans at WR. I’m lucky enough to have Evans on my roster and he’s been consistent all season. That’s what you need in fantasy, consistency in all of your players throughout the season to be successful.
The Buccaneers travel to the West Coast to face the Chargers. I expect this to be a high scoring game which bodes well for Mike Evans.
Evans is Jameis Winston’s favorite target so he’ll be able to get at least seven receptions for 125 yards.
Drafted in the third round of the 2015 draft, Johnson has been unstoppable. In only his 2nd full season in the league, he’s putting up fantastic stats.
The good thing about David Johnson is that he’s a duel threat runner. He can catch the ball out of the backfield as well as bust a long run.
Johnson will have success on Sunday as the Redskins don’t have the best run defense. I think he will be able to get 140 yards rushing with two touchdowns. He will also have six receptions for 55 yards to keep the Redskins defense honest.
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You know this guy is cool, when he has his own reality show. I personally haven’t seen it, but I’ve seen the commercials.
He only has three touchdowns this season, but you still need to watch out for him. At any given moment, he can break away from a tackle and score. He towers over most, if not all defenders in the secondary at 6’6″
With a lot of injuries on the offensive side of the ball, expect Alex Smith go target Kelce a lot on Sunday. Kelce is Smith’s security blanket, which means that Kelce could have a HUGE game against the Falcons.
Kelce is one of my favorite players in the league. He seems to always have fun out on the field and off the field. It doesn’t hurt that he’s a great player as well, but it’s nice to see player’s having fun.
Since the Falcons have given up seven touchdowns to tight ends this season, I expect Kelce to increase those numbers. He will have nine receptions, 110 yards, and two touchdowns.
Nov 27, 2016; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Kenneth Dixon (30) is forced out of bounds on a run by Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Josh Shaw (26) at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
Thoughts Of The Week:
Are you satisfied with the way your Fantasy team has been this season? If you could go back and do the draft all over again, what changes would you now make?
I know I said last week that fantasy football is a distraction from the real world, but some people take it a little too far.
Injuries are part of the game, but don’t take it on the player if they get hurt and cost you a win, etc. All they will do is laugh at you for acting like a child. I’ve seen plenty of stories where fans reach out to players on twitter after they left a game early due to injuries and complain that they cost them the game and or championship.
Some people need to realize that it’s just a game and it doesn’t affect real life. It’s good to have that distraction, but you shouldn’t take it too seriously. Just look at the title of it…it’s fantasy. Nothing more than that.
I hope you all have a great weekend of football! I’ll be taking a closer look at my five players that I’ve picked this week and see how they stack up