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Fantasy Football Start/Sit Rankings & Advice: Defense (Week 13)

Dec 2, 2022
Fantasy Football Start/Sit Rankings & Advice: Defense (Week 13)

Here are rankings from our analysts for Week 13 of the fantasy football season. You can find our expert consensus fantasy football rankings for the week here. And you can also sync your fantasy football league for free using our My Playbook tool for custom advice, rankings, and analysis.

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Fantasy Football Week 13 Rankings & Start/Sit Advice

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Week 13 Player Notes & Start/Sit Advice

SEA @ LAR: After leaving Week 11 to enter concussion protocol, Matthew Stafford missed Week 12 with a strained neck. In his absence, QB Bryce Perkins, who the Rams signed as an undrafted free agent in 2020, made his first career start. Sean McVay is hasn’t said if Stafford will play in Week 13, but it seems unlikely – I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets shut down for the season. As such, my projections are based on the assumption that Perkins will play again. Perkins’ performance last week was about what you expect from a backup QB without much pedigree: two interceptions to just one touchdown, and three sacks. Unless he surprises us, the Rams will be a good DST target as long as Perkins is starting.

CLE @ HOU: Going in to last week, Texans QB Davis Mills was benched for Kyle Allen, who made his first start for the Texans. Previously, Allen started most of the 2019 season for the Panthers in relief of an injured Cam Newton, and started 4 games for Washington in 2020 before his own season-ending injury. Allen is not the worst backup in the league, but he is still a backup, and it showed last week, with two interceptions, five sacks, and just 15 points. As far as we know, Allen will start the rest of the season. The Texans should remain a good defense target, whoever they start.

ATL vs PIT: The Kenny Picket-led Steelers offense has shown signs of life in the last couple of weeks, but not enough yet for me to really be scared of them in fantasy. Pickett still takes a solid 2.9 sacks per game, and has only managed three passing TDs in eight starts. This is my “backup plan” pick of the week. A defense I’m not really excited about, but one with very low rostership, meaning you can almost certainly get them if better options aren’t available.

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If you want to dive deeper into fantasy football, be sure to check out our award-winning slate of Fantasy Football Tools as you navigate your season. From our Start/Sit Assistant – which provides your optimal lineup, based on accurate consensus projections – to our Waiver Wire Assistant – which allows you to quickly see which available players will improve your team and by how much – we’ve got you covered this fantasy football season.

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