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Quick Grades Week 13 – Weekend Update (Fantasy Football Start or Sit Advice)

by Bobby Sylvester | @bobbyfantasypro | Featured Writer
Nov 29, 2019

Lamar Jackson has another tough matchup against the 49ers this week

With three Thanksgiving games this week, I came out with the initial Quick Grades article two days early but I figured it would be useful to repost it today with updates for the weekend. This article is for those of you who would love to sit down and read a detailed start/sit article for 90 minutes but just can’t carve out the time at this stage in your life. Instead, I’ll give you all the information without any of the words. Here is how it works: it’s quick-hitting advice with an overall grade and start/sit recommendation for every fantasy-relevant player based on four simple criteria: Matchup, expected volume, fantasy ability and surrounding talent.

Unsurprisingly, Sam Darnold has had a great month in part because of such easy opponents

Expected Volume
Latavius Murray piled up fantasy points when he had the bulk of the Saints workload

Fantasy Ability
Tom Brady is a superior real-life quarterback to Josh Allen, but QBs who can run are a fantasy cheat code

Surrounding Talent
It certainly doesn’t hurt Jameis Winston to have Chris Godwin and Mike Evans to throw to

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The grades listed below range from 1 to 25 with overall grades made to mimic a school grade (1-100 with letter grades). The four grades will not add up to the overall grade since each position weights the four criteria differently. For instance, volume is king for running backs, but matchups are much more important for quarterbacks. The start/sit recommendations are for 12-team half-PPR, 1-QB leagues. Slight adjustments would be made for moderate rules changes. Additionally, I’ll name a start of the week, stream of the week and fade of the week at each position. Obviously the #1 player from each player is the top start so rather, start of the week refers to a player you wouldn’t always start. Stream of the week is a player you can typically pick up off the waivers if you are desperate for a fill-in so don’t be surprised if they are down at the bottom of a table since most useful players are already rostered. Fade of the week is the opposite of start of the week, as it is a player you would typically start, but shouldn’t this week because of matchup or game script. Because the tables are a screenshot of an excel table, I’ve added a quick search/find list at the bottom of the article in case you are looking for one or two immediate answers. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me on Twitter @BobbyFantasyPro.

Quick Link to view the entire spreadsheet and search for players quickly at this link.

Running Backs

    • Please refer to the FantasyPros homepage for updates on game-time decisions Sunday morning
    • Start of the Week: Benny Snell Jr. (remember, this is a player you wouldn’t always feel comfortable starting, not the best player)
    • Stream of the Week: Raheem Mostert (remember, this doesn’t mean he is a great start, it means he is the best of what is available on waivers)
    • Fade of the Week: Kareem Hunt
  • Break in the chart is between RB36/RB37

Wide Receivers

    • Please refer to the FantasyPros homepage for updates on game-time decisions Sunday morning
    • Start of the Week: Sterling Shepard
    • Stream of the Week: Auden Tate (remember, this doesn’t mean he is a great start, it means he is the best of what is available on waivers)
    • Fade of the Week: Will Fuller
  • Break in the chart is between WR40/WR41


    • Please refer to the FantasyPros homepage for updates on game-time decisions Sunday morning
    • Start of the Week: Tom Brady
    • Stream of the Week: Nick Foles
    • Fade of the Week: Deshaun Watson

Tight Ends

Search, Find and Player Cards

Patrick Mahomes (QB – KC): 110, A+, Must Start
Travis Kelce (TE – KC): 110, A+, Must Start
Zach Ertz (TE – PHI): 103, A+, Must Start
Tyreek Hill (WR – KC): 100, A+, Must Start
Christian McCaffrey (RB – CAR): 100, A+, Must Start
Davante Adams (WR – GB): 99, A+, Must Start
Dalvin Cook (RB – MIN): 95, A, Must Start
Lamar Jackson (QB – BAL): 94, A, Must Start
Le’Veon Bell (RB – NYJ): 93, A, Must Start
Russell Wilson (QB – SEA): 93, A, Must Start
George Kittle (TE – SF): 93, A, Must Start
Aaron Rodgers (QB – GB): 93, A, Must Start
Darren Waller (TE – OAK): 93, A, Must Start
Hunter Henry (TE – LAC): 91, A-, Must Start
Josh Jacobs (RB – OAK): 89, A-, Must Start
Saquon Barkley (RB – NYG): 89, B+, Must Start
D.J. Chark (WR – JAC): 89, B+, Must Start
DeAndre Hopkins (WR – HOU): 89, B+, Must Start
Kyler Murray (QB – ARI): 88, B+, Should Start
Leonard Fournette (RB – JAC): 87, B+, Must Start
Stefon Diggs (WR – MIN): 86, B+, Must Start
Chris Godwin (WR – TB): 86, B+, Must Start
Mike Evans (WR – TB): 86, B+, Must Start
Julian Edelman (WR – NE): 85, B, Must Start
Jameis Winston (QB – TB): 85, B, Could Start
Tom Brady (QB – NE): 85, B, Could Start
Dallas Goedert (TE – PHI): 85, B, Strong Start
D.J. Moore (WR – CAR): 85, B, Must Start
Aaron Jones (RB – GB): 85, B, Must Start
Cooper Kupp (WR – LAR): 84, B, Must Start
Melvin Gordon (RB – LAC): 84, B, Must Start
Carson Wentz (QB – PHI): 84, B, Could Start
Odell Beckham Jr. (WR – CLE): 83, B, Must Start
Nick Chubb (RB – CLE): 82, B-, Strong Start
Derrick Henry (RB – TEN): 82, B-, Strong Start
Miles Sanders (RB – PHI): 82, B-, Strong Start
Nick Foles (QB – JAC): 81, B-, Could Start
Keenan Allen (WR – LAC): 81, B-, Strong Start
Sam Darnold (QB – NYJ): 80, B-, Could Start
Jarvis Landry (WR – CLE): 80, B-, Strong Start
Phillip Lindsay (RB – DEN): 80, B-, Strong Start
Todd Gurley (RB – LAR): 80, B-, Strong Start
Tyler Lockett (WR – SEA): 80, B-, Strong Start
Chris Carson (RB – SEA): 80, B-, Strong Start
Mark Andrews (TE – BAL): 79, C+, Could Start
Devante Parker (WR – MIA): 79, C+, Should Start
Ryan Tannehill (QB – TEN): 78, C+, Could Start
Kirk Cousins (QB – MIN): 78, C+, Could Start
Sterling Shepard (WR – NYG): 77, C+, Should Start
Jack Doyle (TE – IND): 77, C+, Could Start
Adam Thielen (WR – MIN): 77, C+, Should Start
D.K. Metcalf (WR – SEA): 77, C+, Should Start
Joe Mixon (RB – CIN): 77, C+, Should Start
Ronald Jones II (RB – TB): 77, C+, Should Start
Deshaun Watson (QB – HOU): 77, C+, Could Start
Jared Goff (QB – LAR): 77, C+, Could Start
Mark Ingram (RB – BAL): 77, C+, Should Start
LeSean McCoy (RB – KC): 77, C+, Should Start
Robert Woods (WR – LAR): 76, C+, Should Start
Jacob Hollister (TE – SEA): 76, C+, Could Start
Jonathan Williams (RB – IND): 76, C+, Should Start
Dede Westbrook (WR – JAC): 76, C+, Should Start
Emmanuel Sanders (WR – SF): 75, C, Could Start
Sammy Watkins (WR – KC): 75, C, Could Start
Deebo Samuel (WR – SF): 75, C, Could Start
Tevin Coleman (RB – SF): 75, C, Could Start
Courtland Sutton (WR – DEN): 75, C, Could Start
Derek Carr (QB – OAK): 75, C, Shouldn’t Start
Greg Olsen (TE – CAR): 75, C, Could Start
Terry McLaurin (WR – WAS): 74, C, Could Start
Brandin Cooks (WR – LAR): 74, C, Could Start
Christian Kirk (WR – ARI): 74, C, Could Start
Darius Slayton (WR – NYG): 74, C, Could Start
Ryan Griffin (TE – NYJ): 74, C, Could Start
Chris Conley (WR – JAC): 74, C, Could Start
Kyle Rudolph (TE – MIN): 74, C, Could Start
Sony Michel (RB – NE): 74, C, Could Start
Tyler Boyd (WR – CIN): 74, C, Could Start
Benny Snell Jr. (RB – PIT): 74, C, Could Start
Auden Tate (WR – CIN): 73, C, Could Start
Alshon Jeffery (WR – PHI): 73, C, Could Start
Jamison Crowder (WR – NYJ): 73, C, Could Start
Austin Ekeler (RB – LAC): 73, C, Could Start
Marquise Brown (WR – BAL): 73, C, Could Start
Noah Fant (TE – DEN): 73, C, Could Start
Corey Davis (WR – TEN): 73, C, Could Start
Mike Gesicki (TE – MIA): 73, C, Could Start
Curtis Samuel (WR – CAR): 73, C, Could Start
Derrius Guice (RB – WAS): 72, C-, Could Start
A.J. Brown (WR – TEN): 72, C-, Could Start
N’Keal Harry (WR – NE): 72, C-, Could Start
Irv Smith Jr. (TE – MIN): 72, C-, Shouldn’t Start
Daniel Jones (QB – NYG): 71, C-, Shouldn’t Start
Mike Williams (WR – LAC): 71, C-, Could Start
Kenyan Drake (RB – ARI): 71, C-, Could Start
Jimmy Garoppolo (QB – SF): 71, C-, Shouldn’t Start
Jamaal Williams (RB – GB): 71, C-, Could Start
Royce Freeman (RB – DEN): 71, C-, Could Start
Tyrell Williams (WR – OAK): 71, C-, Could Start
O.J. Howard (TE – TB): 71, C-, Shouldn’t Start
Carlos Hyde (RB – HOU): 71, C-, Could Start
Larry Fitzgerald (WR – ARI): 70, C-, Could Start
Nick O’Leary (TE – JAC): 70, C-, Shouldn’t Start
Kareem Hunt (RB – CLE): 70, C-, Could Start
Andy Dalton (QB – CIN): 70, C-, Shouldn’t Start
Adrian Peterson (RB – WAS): 70, C-, Could Start
Jacoby Brissett (QB – IND): 69, C-, Shouldn’t Start
Jonnu Smith (TE – TEN): 69, C-, Shouldn’t Start
Will Fuller (WR – HOU): 69, C-, Could Start
James White (RB – NE): 69, C-, Could Start
Ryan Fitzpatrick (QB – MIA): 69, C-, Shouldn’t Start
Zach Pascal (WR – IND): 69, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Vance McDonald (TE – PIT): 68, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Josh Gordon (WR – SEA): 68, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Demaryius Thomas (WR – NYJ): 67, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Kyle Allen (QB – CAR): 67, D+, Crazy Start
Raheem Mostert (RB – SF): 67, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Mecole Hardman (WR – KC): 67, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Peyton Barber (RB – TB): 67, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Rashaad Penny (RB – SEA): 66, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Baker Mayfield (QB – CLE): 66, D+, Crazy Start
Allen Lazard (WR – GB): 66, D+, Shouldn’t Start
David Njoku (TE – CLE): 66, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Jay Ajayi (RB – PHI): 66, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Darrell Williams (RB – KC): 66, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Diontae Johnson (WR – PIT): 65, D, Shouldn’t Start
Nyheim Hines (RB – IND): 65, D, Crazy Start
Jimmy Graham (TE – GB): 64, D, Crazy Start
Marquez Valdes-Scantling (WR – GB): 64, D, Shouldn’t Start
Demarcus Robinson (WR – KC): 64, D, Shouldn’t Start
Alex Erickson (WR – CIN): 64, D, Shouldn’t Start
Jaylen Samuels (RB – PIT): 63, D, Crazy Start
Adam Humphries (WR – TEN): 63, D, Shouldn’t Start
Mohamed Sanu (WR – NE): 62, D-, Crazy Start
Cameron Brate (TE – TB): 62, D-, Crazy Start
Kalen Ballage (RB – MIA): 62, D-, Crazy Start
Jordan Howard (RB – PHI): 62, D-, Crazy Start
Hunter Renfrow (WR – OAK): 61, D-, Crazy Start
Phillip Dorsett (WR – NE): 61, D-, Crazy Start
Kenny Stills (WR – HOU): 61, D-, Crazy Start
James Washington (WR – PIT): 60, D-, Crazy Start
Darren Fells (TE – HOU): 60, D-, Crazy Start
Allen Hurns (WR – MIA): 60, D-, Crazy Start
John Ross (WR – CIN): 60, D-, Crazy Start
Philip Rivers (QB – LAC): 60, D-, Crazy Start
Duke Johnson (RB – HOU): 60, D-, Crazy Start
Darrel Williams (RB – KC): 59, D-, Crazy Start
Robby Anderson (WR – NYJ): 59, D-, Crazy Start
James Conner (RB – PIT): 59, F, Crazy Start
Benjamin Watson (TE – NE): 59, F, Crazy Start
Rex Burkhead (RB – NE): 57, F, Crazy Start
Gus Edwards (RB – BAL): 56, F, Crazy Start
Tyler Eifert (TE – CIN): 56, F, Crazy Start
Chase Edmonds (RB – ARI): 55, F, Crazy Start
Jordan Wilkins (RB – IND): 55, F, Crazy Start
David Johnson (RB – ARI): 55, F, Crazy Start
Devlin Hodges (QB – PIT): 51, F, Crazy Start
Dwayne Haskins (QB – WAS): 48, F, Crazy Start
Brandon Allen (QB – DEN): 45, F, Crazy Start

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