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Fantasy Football Week 13 Rankings, Grades & Start/Sit Advice (2023)

Fantasy Football Week 13 Rankings, Grades & Start/Sit Advice (2023)

Welcome to Week 13, friends. As always, we’re here to provide you with some fantasy football Quick Grades (or Start/Sit Grades, if you prefer) for the week.

We tapped into our consensus projections and rankings and Derek Brown’s weekly Primer to generate this week’s Quick Grades. See below for the results and accompanying notes.

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Week 13 Quarterback Start/Sit Grades

Rank Grade Name Team Week 13
1 A+ Jalen Hurts PHI SF
2 A+ Tua Tagovailoa MIA WAS
3 A Dak Prescott DAL SEA
4 A Patrick Mahomes II KC GB
5 A- C.J. Stroud HOU DEN
6 B+ Brock Purdy SF PHI
7 B+ Trevor Lawrence JAC CIN
8 B Justin Herbert LAC NE
9 B Sam Howell WAS MIA
10 B Kyler Murray ARI PIT
11 B Russell Wilson DEN HOU
12 B- Jared Goff DET NO
13 C+ Jordan Love GB KC
14 C+ Gardner Minshew II IND TEN
15 C Baker Mayfield TB CAR
16 C Kenny Pickett PIT ARI
17 C Derek Carr NO DET
18 C- Matthew Stafford LAR CLE
19 C- Geno Smith SEA DAL
20 D+ Jake Browning CIN JAC
21 D Will Levis TEN IND
22 D Bryce Young CAR TB
23 F Desmond Ridder ATL NYJ
24 F Bailey Zappe NE LAC
25 F Joe Flacco CLE LAR
26 F Tim Boyle NYJ ATL
27 F Mac Jones NE LAC
28 F P.J. Walker CLE LAR
29 F Malik Cunningham NE LAC
30 F Clayton Tune ARI PIT
31 F Zach Wilson NYJ ATL
32 F Jameis Winston NO DET
33 F Trevor Siemian NYJ ATL
34 F Drew Lock SEA DAL
35 F Mitch Trubisky PIT ARI
36 F Sam Darnold SF PHI

Gardner Minshew: Since assuming the starting gig for the rest of the season in Week 6, Minshew has been the QB21 in fantasy points per game. Since Week 6, among 33 qualifying quarterbacks, he has ranked 25th in yards per attempt, 29th in passer rating, and 28th in CPOE. Minshew should be able to conjure up strong QB2 stats this week against a burnable Titans’ secondary. Since Week 7, Tennessee has allowed the 10th-most yards per attempt and passer rating while also giving up the third-highest CPOE. Week 13 Positional Value: QB2

Will Levis: Since Week 9, Levis has been one of the most inaccurate quarterbacks in the NFL. Among 35 qualifying quarterbacks, he has ranked 24th in yards per attempt, 23rd in CPOE, and 33rd in adjusted completion rate and catchable target rate. Levis has not eclipsed 13 fantasy points in his last four starts. Tennessee should look to feed their ground game this week against an improved Colts’ pass defense. Since Week 7, Indy has allowed the 11th-fewest yards per attempt, the lowest passer rating, and the third-fewest fantasy points via passing. Week 13 Positional Value: Sit

Derek Carr: Carr could be dealing with a depleted receiver cupboard this week. Even with a full complement of weapons, he has been the QB24 in fantasy points per game this season. Carr ranks 23rd in yards per attempt, 19th in passer rating, and 22nd in adjusted completion rate. If Carr had all of his skill players healthy this week, he could make some noise. Since Week 7, Detroit has allowed the second-highest yards per attempt and passer rating while also giving up the fifth-highest CPOE and the 11th-highest adjusted completion rate. Week 13 Positional Value: QB2

Desmond Ridder: Ridder is the QB23 in fantasy points per game with three QB1 outings this season. Among 40 qualifying quarterbacks, Ridder ranks 15th in yards per attempt, 20th in CPOE, 31st in highly accurate throw rate, and ninth-worst in off target throw rate. Ridder has to face a Jets’ secondary that since Week 7 has held passers to the sixth-lowest yards per attempt, the seventh-lowest passer rating, and the 10th-lowest adjusted completion rate. Good luck, Ridder. Week 13 Positional Value: Sit

Tim Boyle: Boyle played about as expected in Week 12. Terribly. Among 34 qualifying quarterbacks last week, Boyle ranked fifth-lowest in yards per attempt, 10th-lowest in CPOE, 16th in catchable target rate, and 31st in fantasy points per drop back. The opponent weekly matters little. Boyle is a career backup and he likely continues to play like it. I don’t even know if he finishes Week 13 under center if he continues to play like this in the first half which is the likely outcome. Week 13 Positional Value: Sit

Kyler Murray: In his three starts, Murray has finished as the QB13, QB6, and QB9 in fantasy. He has a rushing touchdown in each game while averaging 28.7 yards on the ground with two red zone carries per game. Murray’s rushing production has propped up some rather pedestrian passing numbers. Among 40 qualifying quarterbacks, he ranks 25th in yards per attempt, 30th in passer rating, and 39th in CPOE and adjusted completion rate. With a banged-up receiving depth chart, Murray is in trouble this week. Since Week 9, Pittsburgh has been one of the best pass defenses in the NFL, allowing the tenth-fewest yards per attempt, the fourth-lowest passer rating, and the seventh-lowest CPOE. Murray will need every bit of rushing production this week to sneak into the QB1 ranks. Week 13 Positional Value: Borderline QB1

Kenny Pickett: Last week, in his first game with a new playcaller, Pickett looked like a serviceable NFL quarterback. Among 30 qualifying quarterbacks, he ranked sixth in yards per attempt, ninth in passer rating, 11th in aDOT, and second in highly accurate throw rate. He led all quarterbacks with a 12.1% hero throw rate. I got some preseason Pickett vibes. It’s wild to say, but Pickett could post QB1 numbers this week against Arizona. Since Week 7, the Cardinals have allowed the 11th-highest yards per attempt, the second-most passing touchdowns, and the fourth-highest CPOE. Pickett will have a chance to prove if last week’s showing is real. Week 13 Positional Value: QB2 with upside

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Week 13 Wide Receiver Start/Sit Grades

Rank Grade Name Team Week 13
1 A+ Tyreek Hill MIA WAS
2 A+ CeeDee Lamb DAL SEA
3 A+ A.J. Brown PHI SF
4 A+ Amon-Ra St. Brown DET NO
5 A+ Keenan Allen LAC NE
6 A Michael Pittman Jr. IND TEN
7 A Brandon Aiyuk SF PHI
8 A Mike Evans TB CAR
9 A Tank Dell HOU DEN
10 A Jaylen Waddle MIA WAS
11 A DeVonta Smith PHI SF
12 A Ja’Marr Chase CIN JAC
13 A Calvin Ridley JAC CIN
14 A- Deebo Samuel SF PHI
15 A- Nico Collins HOU DEN
16 A- Puka Nacua LAR CLE
17 A- Cooper Kupp LAR CLE
18 B+ DeAndre Hopkins TEN IND
19 B+ DK Metcalf SEA DAL
20 B+ Christian Kirk JAC CIN
21 B+ Adam Thielen CAR TB
22 B Courtland Sutton DEN HOU
23 B Garrett Wilson NYJ ATL
24 B Diontae Johnson PIT ARI
25 B Terry McLaurin WAS MIA
26 B Rashee Rice KC GB
27 B Josh Downs IND TEN
28 B Marquise Brown ARI PIT
29 B- Amari Cooper CLE LAR
30 B- George Pickens PIT ARI
31 B- Tyler Lockett SEA DAL
32 B- Chris Godwin TB CAR
33 B- Curtis Samuel WAS MIA
34 C+ Brandin Cooks DAL SEA
35 C+ Jayden Reed GB KC
36 C+ Drake London ATL NYJ
37 C+ Christian Watson GB KC
38 C+ Jaxon Smith-Njigba SEA DAL
39 C+ Romeo Doubs GB KC
40 C+ Elijah Moore CLE LAR
41 C Jerry Jeudy DEN HOU
42 C Jahan Dotson WAS MIA
43 C Chris Olave NO DET
44 C Justin Watson KC GB
45 C A.T. Perry NO DET
46 C Rondale Moore ARI PIT
47 C Jonathan Mingo CAR TB
48 C Zay Jones JAC CIN
49 C- Tyler Boyd CIN JAC
50 C- Robert Woods HOU DEN
51 C- Tutu Atwell LAR CLE
52 C- Greg Dortch ARI PIT
53 C- Jameson Williams DET NO
54 C- Marvin Mims Jr. DEN HOU
55 C- DJ Chark Jr. CAR TB
56 C- DeVante Parker NE LAC
57 C- Jalen Guyton LAC NE
58 D+ Trey Palmer TB CAR
59 D+ Michael Gallup DAL SEA
60 D+ Josh Reynolds DET NO
61 D JuJu Smith-Schuster NE LAC
62 D Tee Higgins CIN JAC
63 D Quentin Johnston LAC NE
64 D Marquez Valdes-Scantling KC GB
65 D Alec Pierce IND TEN
66 D Jalen Tolbert DAL SEA
67 D Skyy Moore KC GB
68 D- Nick Westbrook-Ikhine TEN IND
69 D- Kalif Raymond DET NO
70 D- Noah Brown HOU DEN
71 D- Cedric Tillman CLE LAR
72 F Dontayvion Wicks GB KC
73 F Jauan Jennings SF PHI
74 F Cedrick Wilson Jr. MIA WAS
75 F Trenton Irwin CIN JAC
76 F Dyami Brown WAS MIA
77 F Julio Jones PHI SF
78 F Tyquan Thornton NE LAC
79 F Jake Bobo SEA DAL
80 F Kyle Philips TEN IND
81 F Van Jefferson ATL NYJ
82 F Lynn Bowden Jr. NO DET
83 F Treylon Burks TEN IND
84 F Xavier Gipson NYJ ATL
85 F KaVontae Turpin DAL SEA
86 F Chris Moore TEN IND
87 F John Metchie III HOU DEN
88 F Braxton Berrios MIA WAS
89 F Allen Robinson II PIT ARI
90 F KhaDarel Hodge ATL NYJ
91 F Olamide Zaccheaus PHI SF
92 F Calvin Austin III PIT ARI
93 F Jason Brownlee NYJ ATL
94 F Donovan Peoples-Jones DET NO
95 F Byron Pringle WAS MIA
96 F Derius Davis LAC NE
97 F Alex Erickson LAC NE
98 F Keith Kirkwood NO DET
99 F Deven Thompkins TB CAR
100 F Kadarius Toney KC GB
101 F Demarcus Robinson LAR CLE
102 F Scott Miller ATL NYJ
103 F Jamison Crowder WAS MIA
104 F Isaiah McKenzie IND TEN
105 F Lil’Jordan Humphrey DEN HOU
106 F Ray-Ray McCloud III SF PHI
107 F Simi Fehoko LAC NE
108 F Allen Lazard NYJ ATL
109 F Charlie Jones CIN JAC
110 F Malik Taylor NYJ ATL
111 F Mack Hollins ATL NYJ
112 F Mike Strachan CAR TB
113 F Quez Watkins PHI SF
114 F Richie James Jr. KC GB
115 F Zach Pascal ARI PIT
116 F Austin Trammell LAR CLE
117 F Xavier Hutchinson HOU DEN
118 F Ben Skowronek LAR CLE
119 F Andrei Iosivas CIN JAC
120 F River Cracraft MIA WAS
121 F Tim Jones JAC CIN
122 F Malik Heath GB KC
123 F David Bell CLE LAR
124 F Joshua Palmer LAC NE
125 F Steven Sims Jr. HOU DEN
126 F David Moore TB CAR
127 F Marquez Callaway NO DET
128 F Miles Boykin PIT ARI
129 F Ihmir Smith-Marsette CAR TB
130 F Robbie Chosen MIA WAS
131 F Irvin Charles NYJ ATL
132 F Ronnie Bell SF PHI
133 F Randall Cobb NYJ ATL
134 F Terrace Marshall Jr. CAR TB
135 F Antoine Green DET NO
136 F Parker Washington JAC CIN
137 F Britain Covey PHI SF
138 F Juwann Winfree IND TEN
139 F James Proche II CLE LAR

Marquise Brown: Brown opened this week with a DNP (heel). Brown had a limited practice to open last week before back-to-back DNPs to close last week. Brown ended up playing last week. He played 87% of the snaps last week, drawing a 26.7% target share, a 48.2% air-yard share, and a 33.3% first read share with 2.15 YPRR. We’ll see what the rest of the week looks like for his practice participation, but I’m currently projecting him to play in Week 13. Since Week 8, Pittsburgh has had the third-highest rate of single-high (66.7%). Brown has had a 27.4% target share, a 43.5% air-yard share, 1.97 YPRR, and a 33.3% first-read share against single-high. Brown’s biggest worry is shadow coverage from Joey Porter Jr. Since Week 9, Porter Jr. has shadowed three times following Ja’Marr Chase, Amari Cooper, and DeAndre Hopkins on at least 76.5% of their routes. Only Chase managed more than 40 receiving yards in Porter Jr.’s (41.2% catch rate and 59.2 passer rating) primary coverage. Week 13 Positional Value: WR3

Diontae Johnson: In the six games since his return from injury, Johnson has three games as a WR2 or higher in weekly scoring (WR23, WR20, WR6). Since Week 7, he has had a 26.9% target share, a 45.4% air-yard share, 1.84 YPRR, and a 31.6% first-read share. Since Week 8, Arizona has had the second-highest rate of two high (63.9%). Since Week 7, against two high, Johnson has a 25.6% target share, a 42.3% air-yard share, 1.74 YPRR, and a 30.8% first read share. Johnson should smash this week. The Cardinals have allowed the third-highest PPR points per target to perimeter wide receivers this season. Week 13 Positional Value: WR2

George Pickens: Pickens has faded into the background with Johnson back. Since Week 8, Arizona has had the second-highest rate of two high (63.9%). Since Week 7, against two-high, Pickens has a 14.4% target share, a 30.3% air-yard share, 0.71 YPRR, and a 16.9% first-read share. Pickens is always a threat to catch a deep bomb, but he likely doesn’t see a ton of volume this week. Week 13 Positional Value: WR3/4

Adam Thielen: After his hot start to the season, Thielen has cooled off considerably since Week 8. Over his last five games, he has surpassed 70 receiving yards only twice, with a 24.4% target share, a 25.5% air-yard share, 1.15 YPRR, and a 30.2% first-read share. Since Week 8, Tampa Bay has utilized single-high at the 11th-highest rate (59.8%). Thielen has been the team’s single-high beater this season with a 26.8% target share, a 33.1% air-yard share, 2.15 YPRR, and a 35.8% air-yard share. Thielen will run about 70% of his routes against Christian Izien (80% catch rate and 104.1 passer rating). This could be the Thielen bounceback spot. Tampa Bay has allowed the fourth-most PPR points per target and the second-most receiving yards to slot receivers this season. Week 13 Positional Value: WR2

Mike Evans: Evans has been amazing this season. He has rebounded nicely this season after everyone (myself included) wrote him off, with Mayfield chucking him passes. Evans is the WR8 in fantasy, ranking second in deep targets and 16th in red zone targets. 55% of his red zone target volume this season has come in the last four games. Evans has a 23.3% target share, a 41% air-yard share, 2.57 YPRR, and a 30% first-read share this season. Since Week 8, Carolina has utilized single-high at the fourth-highest rate (63.8%). Among 123 qualifying receivers against single-high, Evans ranks 12th in expected fantasy points per route run. Carolina has allowed the 10th-most PPR points per target this season to perimeter wide receivers. Week 13 Positional Value: WR1

Chris Godwin: Godwin has endured a tough season as the WR41 in fantasy. Godwin hasn’t cracked double-digit fantasy points since Week 8 against Buffalo, which was only the second time all season he has surpassed 14 fantasy points in a game. Since Week 8, Carolina has utilized single-high at the fourth-highest rate (63.8%). Against single-high, Godwin has a 22.7% target share, a 23.3.% air-yard share, 1.84 YPRR, and a 29.1% first-read share. Among 123 qualifying receivers against single-high, Godwin ranks 39th in fantasy points per route run and 41st in expected fantasy points per route run. Carolina has allowed the 10th-most PPR points per target this season to perimeter wide receivers, so maybe there is some hope Godwin has a mini bounce-back week. At this point in the season, I won’t be surprised if this is just another Evans game. Week 13 Positional Value: WR3

Jaylen Waddle: Waddle has raised his season-long stock recently to WR20 after posting top 15 wide receiver finishes in three of his last six games (WR13, WR6, WR15). The problem is in his other three games in that sample, he has finished as the WR27, WR39, and WR36. Waddle still has a similar weekly ceiling as last year, but in 2023, the weekly floor can bottom out at any time. Hill is absorbing so much target oxygen from the passing room weekly that it crushes Waddle’s fantasy stock at times. Since Week 8, Washington has utilized man coverage at the second-highest rate (42.0%). This is likely one of those weeks where Waddle has a middling game. Against man, Waddle has an 18.9% target share, a 26.5% air-yard share, 2.57 YPRR, and a 20% first-read share. Since Week 7, Washington has allowed the eighth-most PPR points per target and the second-most receiving yards to perimeter wide receivers. Week 13 Positional Value: WR2/3

Terry McLaurin: McLaurin is the WR32 in fantasy points per game, ranking 13th in deep target, but he is only 43rd in red zone targets. He has only one target in the red zone over his last four games. Since Week 8, Miami has the sixth-highest rate of zone coverage in the NFL (81.2%). In the nine games this season in which Curtis Samuel has played his usual role, McLaurin has had an 18.8% target share, a 26.5% air-yard share, 1.44 YPRR, and a 25.2% first-read share against zone coverage. McLaurin has only one end zone target in this sample. Since Week 8, Miami has allowed the 13th-lowest PPR points per target and the seventh-fewest receiving yards per game to perimeter wide receivers. Week 13 Positional Value: WR3/4

Curtis Samuel: Samuel is the WR48 in fantasy points per game who has flashed a high ceiling when the matchup is right. He has four WR2 or higher finishes this season and could add another this week. Since Week 8, Miami has the sixth-highest rate of zone coverage in the NFL (81.2%). In the nine games this season in which Samuel has played his usual snap amount, he has had a 13.9% target share, 1.62 YPRR, and a 17.5% first-read share against zone. Miami has allowed the seventh-most receiving touchdowns (tied) and the 12th-highest passer rating to slot receivers this season. Samuel will run about 73% of his routes against Kader Kohou (84.6% catch rate and 129.8 passer rating). Samuel should eat this week. Week 13 Positional Value: WR3/4 with WR2 upside

Jahan Dotson: Dotson has had a disappointing season, to say the least, as the WR54 in fantasy points per game. He has only four games this season in which he has finished as a WR3 or better. Since Week 8, Miami has the sixth-highest rate of zone coverage in the NFL (81.2%). In the nine games this season in which Samuel has played his usual snap amount, Dotson has had a 14.3% target share, a 20.7% air-yard share, 0.68 YPRR, and an 18.9% first read share. Since Week 8, Miami has allowed the 13th-lowest PPR points per target and the seventh-fewest receiving yards per game to perimeter wide receivers. Week 13 Positional Value: Sit

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Week 13 Running Back Start/Sit Grades

Rank Grade Name Team Week 13
1 A+ Christian McCaffrey SF PHI
2 A+ Travis Etienne Jr. JAC CIN
3 A+ Tony Pollard DAL SEA
4 A Kyren Williams LAR CLE
5 A Rachaad White TB CAR
6 A Derrick Henry TEN IND
7 A Alvin Kamara NO DET
8 A Bijan Robinson ATL NYJ
9 A Jahmyr Gibbs DET NO
10 A Isiah Pacheco KC GB
11 A Austin Ekeler LAC NE
12 A- Zack Moss IND TEN
13 A- Rhamondre Stevenson NE LAC
14 B+ D’Andre Swift PHI SF
15 B+ Jaylen Warren PIT ARI
16 B+ David Montgomery DET NO
17 B Breece Hall NYJ ATL
18 B Raheem Mostert MIA WAS
19 B Javonte Williams DEN HOU
20 B Devin Singletary HOU DEN
21 B Najee Harris PIT ARI
22 B- Zach Charbonnet SEA DAL
23 B- Joe Mixon CIN JAC
24 B- Brian Robinson Jr. WAS MIA
25 C+ Jerome Ford CLE LAR
26 C+ De’Von Achane MIA WAS
27 C+ James Conner ARI PIT
28 C+ AJ Dillon GB KC
29 C Chuba Hubbard CAR TB
30 C Kareem Hunt CLE LAR
31 C Tyler Allgeier ATL NYJ
32 C Ezekiel Elliott NE LAC
33 C Rico Dowdle DAL SEA
34 C Tyjae Spears TEN IND
35 C Samaje Perine DEN HOU
36 C Royce Freeman LAR CLE
37 C- Dameon Pierce HOU DEN
38 C- Miles Sanders CAR TB
39 C- Antonio Gibson WAS MIA
40 D+ D’Ernest Johnson JAC CIN
41 D+ Jeff Wilson Jr. MIA WAS
42 D Kenneth Gainwell PHI SF
43 D Jamaal Williams NO DET
44 D Joshua Kelley LAC NE
45 D- Jaleel McLaughlin DEN HOU
46 D- Elijah Mitchell SF PHI
47 F Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC GB
48 F Dalvin Cook NYJ ATL
49 F Chase Edmonds TB CAR
50 F Michael Carter ARI PIT
51 F Cordarrelle Patterson ATL NYJ
52 F DeeJay Dallas SEA DAL
53 F Emari Demercado ARI PIT
54 F Trey Sermon IND TEN
55 F Chris Rodriguez Jr. WAS MIA
56 F Boston Scott PHI SF
57 F Patrick Taylor Jr. GB KC
58 F Israel Abanikanda NYJ ATL
59 F Pierre Strong Jr. CLE LAR
60 F Tank Bigsby JAC CIN
61 F Jerick McKinnon KC GB
62 F Trayveon Williams CIN JAC
63 F Craig Reynolds DET NO
64 F Jordan Mason SF PHI
65 F Kyle Juszczyk SF PHI
66 F Dare Ogunbowale HOU DEN
67 F Chase Brown CIN JAC
68 F Alec Ingold MIA WAS
69 F Darrynton Evans MIA WAS
70 F Kenny McIntosh SEA DAL
71 F Raheem Blackshear CAR TB
72 F Derrick Gore WAS MIA
73 F Tony Jones Jr. ARI PIT
74 F Keith Smith ATL NYJ
75 F Sean Tucker TB CAR
76 F Anthony McFarland Jr. PIT ARI
77 F Corey Clement ARI PIT
78 F Nick Bawden NYJ ATL
79 F Hunter Luepke DAL SEA
80 F Rashaad Penny PHI SF
81 F Michael Burton DEN HOU
82 F Zach Evans LAR CLE
83 F La’Mical Perine KC GB
84 F Keaontay Ingram KC GB
85 F Adam Prentice NO DET
86 F Alex Armah Jr. WAS MIA
87 F Ke’Shawn Vaughn TB CAR
88 F James Robinson GB KC
89 F Ty Montgomery II NE LAC
90 F Elijah Dotson LAC NE
91 F Godwin Igwebuike PIT ARI
92 F JaMycal Hasty NE LAC
93 F Isaiah Spiller LAC NE
94 F Tyrion Davis-Price SF PHI

Javonte Williams: Since Week 7, Williams has averaged 21.4 touches and 85.6 total yards as the RB18 in fantasy points per game. Williams has played anywhere from 49% of the snaps to 70% of the snaps (last week) weekly. Among 55 qualifying backs, Williams is sixth in explosive run rate and 18th in yards after contact per attempt. Williams will run into brick walls all day against a Houston run defense that since Week 7 has allowed the 12th-lowest explosive run rate and the fifth-lowest yards after contact per attempt while also flaunting the highest stuff rate. Williams is a volume-driven RB2. Week 13 Positional Value: RB2

Samaje Perine: Perine has played less than 30% of the snaps in three of his last five games, averaging 5.6 touches and 47.6 total yards. Perine is the RB41 with only two red zone touches in his last six games. With a tough matchup on deck, Perine is a must-sit. Since Week 7, Houston has allowed the 12th-lowest explosive run rate and the fifth-lowest yards after contact per attempt while also flaunting the highest stuff rate. Week 13 Positional Value: Sit

Devin Singletary: Last week, with Pierce returning, Singletary still played 82% of the snaps with 12 touches and 72 total yards. He saw a huge uptick in pass game usage with seven targets, six receptions, and 54 receiving yards. Since Week 10, Singletary has played at least 81% of the snaps weekly, averaging 22.3 touches and 117 total yards as the RB6 in fantasy. Singletary is eighth in missed tackles forced per attempt and 36th in explosive run rate. Since Week 7, the Broncos have continued to struggle to stop rushing attacks, ranking eighth in explosive run rate and second in yards after contact per attempt with the highest missed tackles per attempt. Houston could feed Singletary another 20-25 touches this week. Week 13 Positional Value: RB2 with RB1 upside

Dameon Pierce: In his return, Pierce played a distant second fiddle to Devin Singletary with only 11 snaps played (18%), six touches and 18 total yards. It looks like this backfield belongs to Singletary. Pierce is droppable. Week 13 Positional Value: Droppable

Jerome Ford: Ford has played at least 64% of the snaps in three of the last four games. In those three contests, Ford averaged 18.6 touches and 88.3 total yards. Ford is the RB25 in fantasy, ranking 17th in carries and 13th in targets. Ford has been one of the best tackle breakers in the NFL this season, ranking 19th in missed tackles forced and 13th in yards after contact per attempt. Ford will be running uphill all day against a run defense that, since Week 7, has allowed the lowest explosive run rate and yards after contact per attempt, along with the fifth-lowest missed tackles per attempt. Ford is a volume play only. Week 13 Positional Value: RB3

Kareem Hunt: Hunt didn’t practice on Wednesday as he is dealing with a groin issue. Even if he suits up this week, he’s a sit. Last week, he played his lowest snap rate since Week 7, with only 26% of snaps played with seven touches and 22 rushing yards. Hunt looked like a shell of himself all season. The Rams are not a team to run on, so I doubt Hunt has success this week. Since Week 7, Los Angeles has allowed the lowest explosive run rate and yards after contact per attempt, along with the fifth-lowest missed tackles per attempt. Week 13 Positional Value: Sit

Kyren Williams: Don’t let last week’s 61% snap share fool you. Bellcow Williams is back. Last week, in the first half with the game within two scores, Williams played 77% of the snaps for the Rams. If the Cardinals could have kept the game close, we would have seen a 70-75% snap rate for Williams. The reduction in second-half snaps didn’t stop Williams from destroying the Cardinals for the second time this season with 22 touches, 204 total yards, and two scores. Williams is an elite play this week. Williams ranks 14th in explosive run rate, 16th in missed tackles forced per attempt, and 14th in yards after contact per attempt. The Browns’ secondary has been fearsome all season, while their run defense has been as soft as a sponge. Since Week 7, it has allowed the highest explosive run rate, the ninth-highest missed tackles per attempt, and the third-highest yards after contact per attempt. Week 13 Positional Value: Elite RB1

Royce Freeman: Royce Freeman is a volatile flex play this week that could pay off. Last week, Freeman had 13 carries for 77 rushing yards and a score while playing 34% of the snaps. Williams played 77% of the snaps in the first half, so Freeman’s usage could have looked different if the Cardinals could have kept it closer. The same type of runaway Rams win could play out this week. If it does, Freeman could see 10-15 carries in a fantastic rushing matchup. Among 55 qualifying backs, Freeman ranks 20th in missed tackles forced per attempt and 15th in yards after contact per attempt. Since Week 7, Cleveland has allowed the highest explosive run rate, the ninth-highest missed tackles per attempt, and the third-highest yards after contact per attempt. Week 13 Positional Value: Dice roll flex play

D’Andre Swift: Swift is the RB12 in fantasy, averaging 19.3 touches and 96.8 total yards (since Week 2). Swift ranks 14th in snap share, 13th in opportunity share, and 10th in weighted opportunities. He is also sixth in carries and 12th in red zone touches among running backs. Swift ranks 12th in explosive run rate and 31st in missed tackles forced per attempt. He should shred the 49ers’ run defense that has massive discrepancies in what they’ve allowed to zone and gap runs this season. The 49ers haven’t been impervious overall, ranking 15th in explosive run rate and ninth in yards after contact per attempt since Week 7, but where they truly struggle is against zone runs. Against gap runs, they have allowed only 3.16 yards per carry, but versus zone they have given up the tenth-highest yards per carry (4.53) and the second-highest success rate since Week 7. Swift should see 15-20 touches this week. Week 13 Positional Value: RB1/2

Isiah Pacheco: Pacheco is the RB17 in fantasy points per game, averaging 17.6 touches and 81.1 total yards (since Week 2). Pacheco ranks 16th in explosive run rate and 25th in missed tackles forced per attempt. He is 19th in snap share, 12th in opportunity share, 18th in weighted opportunities, and ninth in red zone touches. Pacheco should slice through the cheesehead run defense. Since Week 7, Green Bay has allowed the seventh-highest explosive run rate, the fifth-highest missed tackles per attempt, and the eighth-highest yards after contact per attempt. Week 13 Positional Value: RB1/2

A.J. Dillon: Dillon didn’t practice on Wednesday as he is still dealing with a groin injury. At this point, I expect him to suit up again this week. In his four starts this season, Dillon has been underwhelming, and that’s putting it kindly. He has averaged 16 touches and 63.2 total yards with RB33, RB56, RB13, and RB25 weekly finishes. Dillon has been running like a fullback this season. Among 55 qualifying backs, Dillon ranks 40th in explosive run rate and 46th in missed tackles forced per attempt. Dillon’s matchup this week is amazing. Since Week 7, Kansas City has allowed the 11th-highest explosive run rate, the fourth-highest yards after contact per attempt, and the highest yards per carry to zone runs (Dillon 51.1% zone). It’s fair to question if Dillon can take advantage of this amazing matchup, though. Week 13 Positional Value: RB3 (if Jones is out)

Week 13 Tight End Start/Sit Grades

Rank Grade Name Team Week 13
1 A+ Travis Kelce KC GB
2 A George Kittle SF PHI
3 A- Sam LaPorta DET NO
4 B+ Evan Engram JAC CIN
5 B+ Trey McBride ARI PIT
6 B Taysom Hill NO DET
7 B Jake Ferguson DAL SEA
8 B- David Njoku CLE LAR
9 C+ Pat Freiermuth PIT ARI
10 C Juwan Johnson NO DET
11 C- Logan Thomas WAS MIA
12 D+ Cade Otton TB CAR
13 D+ Kyle Pitts ATL NYJ
14 D Gerald Everett LAC NE
15 D Tyler Conklin NYJ ATL
16 D Chigoziem Okonkwo TEN IND
17 D Hunter Henry NE LAC
18 D Tucker Kraft GB KC
19 D Tyler Higbee LAR CLE
20 D Jonnu Smith ATL NYJ
21 D- Tanner Hudson CIN JAC
22 F Adam Trautman DEN HOU
23 F Donald Parham Jr. LAC NE
24 F Noah Fant SEA DAL
25 F Mike Gesicki NE LAC
26 F Durham Smythe MIA WAS
27 F Brevin Jordan HOU DEN
28 F Noah Gray KC GB
29 F Irv Smith Jr. CIN JAC
30 F Kylen Granson IND TEN
31 F Jack Stoll PHI SF
32 F Luke Schoonmaker DAL SEA
33 F Stephen Sullivan CAR TB
34 F Will Mallory IND TEN
35 F John Bates WAS MIA
36 F Jeremy Ruckert NYJ ATL
37 F Colby Parkinson SEA DAL
38 F Will Dissly SEA DAL
39 F Connor Heyward PIT ARI
40 F Luke Farrell JAC CIN
41 F Tommy Tremble CAR TB
42 F Darnell Washington PIT ARI
43 F Andrew Ogletree IND TEN
44 F Josh Whyle TEN IND
45 F Foster Moreau NO DET
46 F Mo Alie-Cox IND TEN
47 F Brock Wright DET NO
48 F Eric Saubert HOU DEN
49 F Ian Thomas CAR TB
50 F Elijah Higgins ARI PIT
51 F Drew Sample CIN JAC
52 F Stone Smartt LAC NE
53 F Geoff Swaim ARI PIT
54 F Julian Hill MIA WAS
55 F Harrison Bryant CLE LAR
56 F Jordan Akins CLE LAR
57 F Andrew Beck HOU DEN
58 F Brenton Strange JAC CIN
59 F Cole Turner WAS MIA
60 F Chris Manhertz DEN HOU
61 F Pharaoh Brown NE LAC
62 F Tyler Kroft MIA WAS
63 F C.J. Uzomah NYJ ATL
64 F Peyton Hendershot DAL SEA
65 F MyCole Pruitt ATL NYJ
66 F Nate Adkins DEN HOU
67 F Albert Okwuegbunam PHI SF
68 F Ben Sims GB KC
69 F Payne Durham TB CAR
70 F Trevon Wesco TEN IND
71 F Rodney Williams PIT ARI
72 F Brycen Hopkins LAR CLE
73 F Blake Bell KC GB
74 F Josiah Deguara GB KC
75 F Ross Dwelley SF PHI
76 F Parker Hesse ATL NYJ
77 F Charlie Woerner SF PHI
78 F Mitchell Wilcox CIN JAC
79 F Hunter Long LAR CLE
80 F James Mitchell DET NO
81 F Davis Allen LAR CLE
82 F Sean McKeon DAL SEA
83 F Ko Kieft TB CAR
84 F Jimmy Graham NO DET
85 F Grant Calcaterra PHI SF
86 F Kevin Rader TEN IND

Tucker Kraft: Last week, Kraft had an 82% route run rate, a 6.3% target share, and a 4.3% first-read share. Both of his targets came inside the red zone last week. He spiked a touchdown to save his day and finish as the TE11 in fantasy. This is not the week to consider streaming him. Kansas City has allowed the second-fewest fantasy points per game and receiving yards per game to tight ends this season. Week 13 Positional Value: TE2

Evan Engram: Engram should have had his first touchdown of the season last week, but Lawrence fastballed him and zoomed the ball over his head in the end zone. Engram is the TE7 in fantasy, ranking fourth in deep targets. He has four red zone looks over his last four games. Since Week 8, the Bengals have utilized single-high on 59.3% of their defensive snaps. Against single high, Engram has had a 22.1% target share, 1.83 YPRR, and a 25.1% first-read share. The Bengals have been burned all season by tight ends, allowing the second-most fantasy points per game and receiving yards per game to the position. Week 13 Positional Value: TE1

Sam LaPorta: Ballgame is the TE4 in fantasy, ranking 14th in deep targets and ninth in red zone targets among tight ends. After a small dry spell, he has rebounded with top-nine finishes in three of his last five games (TE4, TE9, TE3). Ballgame has five red zone targets over his last four games. Among 49 qualifying tight ends, he is eighth in target share (19.0%), ninth in YPRR (1.72), and ninth in first-read share (20.2%). The days of the Saints being a lockdown defense against tight ends are over. They have allowed the 13th-most fantasy points per game and the most receiving touchdowns per game (tied) to the position. Week 13 Positional Value: TE1

Juwan Johnson: Last week, with the Saints’ depth chart depleted of receiving options, New Orleans turned to Johnson. He had an 85% route run rate, an 18.4% target share, 1.32 YPRR, and a 20% first-read share. These are all TE1 usage numbers. Johnson was already seeing more work with five red zone targets over the last four games he played. Johnson is a plug-and-play TE1 this week against a Detroit defense that has allowed the 12th-most fantasy points per game and yards per reception to tight ends. Detroit is also tied for the most receiving touchdowns per game given up to the position. Week 13 Positional Value: TE1

Taysom Hill: Over the last two weeks, Hill has seen his playing time reduced to 30-35% of the snaps played, but that likely changes this week with the Saints running out of healthy bodies on offense. Since Week 6, he has been the TE5 in fantasy points per game, averaging nine touches and 60.8 total yards without counting on his passing production. Hill is a weekly dice roll that can pay off big time with a top-five tight-end finish. Week 13 Positional Value: TE1

Kyle Pitts: Pitts is the TE19 in fantasy points per game with zero red zone targets since Week 6. Pitts has surpassed 50 receiving yards only once in his last six games. We’ve reached the point (actually surpassed it) that Pitts is droppable. Until someone else is calling plays in Atlanta, the dream for Pitts to dominate is dead. Pitts hasn’t seen more than five targets in a game since Week 7. New York has smothered tight ends, allowing the eighth-fewest receiving yards per game and the 12th-lowest yards per reception to the position. Week 13 Positional Value: TE2

Jonnu Smith: Smith is in the same boat as Pitts. He is the TE18 in fantasy points per game. Smith has only one red zone target over his last four games. He has surpassed 40 receiving yards in only one game since Week 6. Smith will likely have more streaming-worthy weeks this season, but this isn’t one of them. New York has blanketed tight ends, allowing the eighth-fewest receiving yards per game and the 12th-lowest yards per reception to the position. Week 13 Positional Value: TE2

Pat Freiermuth: Last week, Freiermuth crushed with a 62.2% route run rate, 33.3% target share, 36.6% air-yard share, 5.22 YPRR, and a 37.9% first-read share. Since Week 8, Arizona has had the second-highest rate of two high (63.9%). It is an incredibly small sample size, but over the last two weeks against two high, Freiermuth has a 29.2% target share, a 47.1% air-yard share, 5.71 YPRR, and a 31.8% first-read share. If you expand the sample against two-high to include every game he has been active this season, Freiermuth’s numbers against two-high still pop with a 16.1% target share, a 24.1% air-yard share, 1.94 YPRR, and a 24.6% first-read share. Freiermuth has returned to the TE1 good graces. Week 13 Positional Value: TE1

Week 13 Defense / Special Teams Start/Sit Grades

Rank Grade Name Team Week 13
1 A+ Dallas Cowboys DAL SEA
2 A Miami Dolphins MIA WAS
3 A Pittsburgh Steelers PIT ARI
4 A- Jacksonville Jaguars JAC CIN
5 B+ Atlanta Falcons ATL NYJ
6 B+ New York Jets NYJ ATL
7 B Tampa Bay Buccaneers TB CAR
8 B Kansas City Chiefs KC GB
9 B Cleveland Browns CLE LAR
10 B- Los Angeles Chargers LAC NE
11 B- Los Angeles Rams LAR CLE
12 B- San Francisco 49ers SF PHI
13 C+ Indianapolis Colts IND TEN
14 C Detroit Lions DET NO
15 C Denver Broncos DEN HOU
16 C Houston Texans HOU DEN
17 C- Tennessee Titans TEN IND
18 D+ New Orleans Saints NO DET
19 D+ Philadelphia Eagles PHI SF
20 D+ New England Patriots NE LAC
21 D Cincinnati Bengals CIN JAC
22 D Arizona Cardinals ARI PIT
23 D- Carolina Panthers CAR TB
24 D- Seattle Seahawks SEA DAL
25 F Green Bay Packers GB KC
26 F Washington Commanders WAS MIA

 

Week 13 Kicker Start/Sit Grades

Rank Grade Name Team Week 13
1 A+ Brandon Aubrey DAL SEA
2 A- Harrison Butker KC GB
3 B+ Brandon McManus JAC CIN
4 B- Jason Sanders MIA WAS
5 C+ Riley Patterson DET NO
6 C+ Matt Gay IND TEN
7 C+ Jake Moody SF PHI
8 C+ Jake Elliott PHI SF
9 C Blake Grupe NO DET
10 C Cameron Dicker LAC NE
11 C Chris Boswell PIT ARI
12 C Wil Lutz DEN HOU
13 C Nick Folk TEN IND
14 C Younghoe Koo ATL NYJ
15 C Chase McLaughlin TB CAR
16 C Matt Prater ARI PIT
17 C- Matt Ammendola HOU DEN
18 C- Jason Myers SEA DAL
19 C- Dustin Hopkins CLE LAR
20 C- Joey Slye WAS MIA
21 D+ Lucas Havrisik LAR CLE
22 D Anders Carlson GB KC
23 D Eddy Pineiro CAR TB
24 D Greg Zuerlein NYJ ATL
25 D Evan McPherson CIN JAC
26 D- Chad Ryland NE LAC

 

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