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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 13 Rankings

Lamar Jackson Note
Lamar Jackson photo 1. Lamar Jackson BAL (at PIT)
Let's start by declaring that Jackson is the QB1 this week. He's averaging 23.3 fantasy points per game this year, trailing only Josh Allen in that category. Jackson will be facing a so-so Steelers pass defense that could be without edge rusher T.J. Watt (COVID-19) and CB Joe Haden (foot). We should note, however, that Jackson has been in a passing slump for the last five games. He's thrown seven TD passes and eight interceptions over that stretch while averaging 218.6 passing yards per game and 6.3 yards per pass attempt. It's not a cause for alarm - Jackson averaged 303.8 passing yards and 9.1 yards per attempt over his first five games, and his running ability is unparalleled at the QB position. You're riding him as far as he'll take you in season-long leagues. He's a solid DraftKings value at $7,800.
4 hours ago
Tom Brady Note
Tom Brady photo 2. Tom Brady TB (at ATL)
It's easy to recognize that Brady hasn't exactly been crushing it for fantasy football over the past few weeks. He's finished inside the top-12 QBs just once over the past three games coming out of their bye week and he's thrown for more than 230 yards just once in that time span. And with that being said, he still leads the league in passing touchdowns and is second in the NFL in passing yards with 3,403. He's not necessarily delivering top-5 production anymore at the QB position for fantasy, but that could all change this week against Atlanta. The last time that Brady took on the Falcons this season, he had 276 passing yards and five passing touchdowns. This performance resulted in 30 fantasy points and the QB3 finish on the week. We should have zero reservations about starting Brady this week despite his recent slide and he can be viewed as a borderline top-5 play.
1 hour ago
Josh Allen Note
Josh Allen photo 3. Josh Allen BUF (vs . NE)
Monday night's Patriots-Bills showdown features arguably the two best pass defenses in the league. New England ranks second behind Buffalo in pass defense DVOA and opponent passer rating. The Patriots are giving up only 13.2 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. Allen leads all quarterbacks with 24.7 fantasy points per game, and he's coming off a 260-yard, four-TD game against the Saints on Thanksgiving night. You're obviously playing Allen in season-long leagues despite the tough matchup. He's the QB3 in this week's rankings.
4 hours ago
Patrick Mahomes II Note
Patrick Mahomes II photo 4. Patrick Mahomes II KC (vs . DEN)
Did you know that Mahomes has finished outside the top-20 QBs on the week in three of his last five games? Yes, Mahomes has a QB1 finish on the week sprinkled in there, but he's been a major disappointment in recent weeks versus the slam dunk option we thought we were getting when we drafted him in August. There's the possibility that the Chiefs took time to reconfigure their offense coming out of the bye week - and you're never really sitting Mahomes in your fantasy lineups - but we at least need to recognize that there's been a low floor with the star QB recently. In a matchup against the Broncos defense that's allowing the 5th fewest fantasy points to opposing QBs this season, we shouldn't be viewing Mahomes as the unquestioned QB1 on the week.
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Kyler Murray Note
Kyler Murray photo 5. Kyler Murray ARI (at CHI)
Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury has expressed optimism that Murray will be able to make his first start since Week 8 after missing three games with a high-ankle sprain. Murray had practiced on a limited basis in Week 11, but the Cardinals elected to keep him sidelined until after their Week 12 bye. Murray is averaging 23.1 fantasy points per game to rank QB5 in that category. If indeed Murray returns, he'll be facing a run-funnel Bears defense against whom opponents have run the ball on 55% of their offensive snaps. But it's not as if the Chicago pass defense is to be feared. The Bears rank 28th in opponent passer rating and are giving up 7.7 yards per pass attempt. Use Murray in season-long leagues if he's back in action, but don't spend $7,500 on him in DraftKings contests. If competent backup Colt McCoy makes a fourth consecutive start, consider him a low-end QB2.
5 hours ago
Justin Herbert Note
Justin Herbert photo 6. Justin Herbert LAC (at CIN)
Herbert has been a better fantasy quarterback than real-life quarterback in recent weeks. He's thrown seven interceptions in his last six games and had a passer rating of 80.0 or lower of four of those games, yet he's averaged 21.6 fantasy points a game over that span - more than anyone except Josh Allen and Aaron Rodgers. Overall, Herbert's 2021 numbers are strikingly similar to his 2020 numbers other than a slight uptick in his interception rate (2.3% this year vs. 1.7% last year). Herbert faces Cincinnati this week. The Bengals haven't been an easy matchup, giving up 16.4 fantasy points per game to opposing QBs. Herbert is the QB8 this week.
5 hours ago
Jalen Hurts Note
Jalen Hurts photo 7. Jalen Hurts PHI (at NYJ)
Hurts turned in an atrocious performance this past week against the New York Giants that led to a QB27 fantasy finish on the week. He threw for just 129 yards and zero touchdowns to three interceptions. His 10 fantasy points were the worst of his entire career up to this point and he certainly disappointed fantasy managers that had come to rely on him as a safe and steady option. It's important to note though that he did add 77 rushing yards in Week 12, which saved his fantasy outing. Looking ahead to Week 13, it's an incredibly favorable matchup against the Jets, but there are plenty of reasons to be concerned with Hurts from a fantasy perspective this week. Hurts came out of last week a little bit banged up with an ankle injury, which could affect his ability to take off and run. If that's the case, we might not see the rushing yardage totals from Hurts that we have come to appreciate and the floor might be lower in this game than we might want. The matchup still indicates that we should be starting Hurts as a QB1, but he's more of a low-end QB1 this week in rankings versus a mid-range and must-start QB1.
1 hour ago
Dak Prescott Note
Dak Prescott photo 8. Dak Prescott DAL (at NO)
Prescott's fantasy managers had a bad taste in their mouths after Dak's QB28 finish on the week in Week 11, but that was quickly washed out with the bounce-back performance on Thanksgiving. Dak went 32-of-47 for a whopping 375 yards and two touchdowns. This was solid enough to end up as the QB3 on the entire week and his 375 passing yards led the entire league last week. Over his last seven games, Dak has now finished as the QB7, the QB11, the QB3, the QB9, the QB2, the QB28, and the QB3. If we didn't have the disappointing performance in there against Kansas City, everyone would be talking about Prescott as a league-winner and that's just what we need to start recognizing. Heading into the Thursday night matchup this week, the perception of the Saints defense is that their a tough unit to face and one that we should shy away from a fantasy perspective, but they've been gashed recently by opposing QBs. They're currently allowing the 8th-most fantasy points to opposing QBs this season with 21.5 per game. Fire up Dak as a top-5 option yet again this week now that he's likely to get more of his receiving weapons back.
1 hour ago
Matthew Stafford Note
Matthew Stafford photo 9. Matthew Stafford LAR (vs . JAC)
Through eight games, the Rams were 7-1 and Stafford was averaging 23.4 fantasy points a game. During the Rams' current three-game losing streak, Stafford is averaging 16.6 fantasy points per game. He's averaged 279.7 passing yards per game during the three-game skid, but after throwing 22 touchdown passes and only four interceptions over his first eight games, Stafford has thrown five touchdown passes and five interceptions over his last three contests. He's also been sacked nine times over the last three games after being sacked just seven times during that 7-1 start. A home matchup against the Jaguars would seem to be a tonic for whatever's been ailing Stafford and the Rams' passing game, but the only quarterback to finish in QB1 range against the Jaguars over the last five weeks was Geno Smith. However, Jacksonville's pass defense ranks dead last in Football Outsiders' DVOA metric. Stafford is the QB9 this week.
5 hours ago
Kirk Cousins Note
Kirk Cousins photo 10. Kirk Cousins MIN (at DET)
Cousins had been on an absolutely tear for fantasy over the previous three games leading into Week 12 against San Francisco. He had 8 passing touchdowns to zero interceptions over those games and had been racking up the passing yardage. Unfortunately, Cousins came back down to earth a little bit in Week 13 and it wasn't all because he lined up to take a snap underneath the guard at one point. He completed 20-of-32 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns to one interception. Even with those uninspiring numbers, Cousins still finished as the QB13 on the week and he's still a valuable fantasy asset. He has 23 touchdowns on the season now to just three interceptions. Those three interceptions equate to just a .7 INT rate, which is the best in the NFL right now by a wide margin based on his volume of pass attempts. Looking ahead to Week 13, he now gets to take on the Detroit Lions who just allowed 317 passing yards to Andy Dalton. Fire up Cousins as a low-end QB1 this week with plenty of upside.
1 hour ago
Joe Burrow Note
Joe Burrow photo 11. Joe Burrow CIN (vs . LAC)
Through the first eight weeks of the season, Burrow was averaging 20.7 fantasy points per game. Over the last three weeks, he's averaged 11.9 fantasy points per game. Cause for concern? Nah. The first of those games, a Week 9 blowout loss to the Browns, was just one of those days. In Weeks 10-11, Burrow completed 75.5% of his passes in easy wins over the Raiders and Steelers. The game scripts simply didn't call for heavy passing volume, and the Bengals were happy to follow the script, letting Joe Mixon pound away on the ground. Even if the Bengals' Week 13 game against the Chargers is more competitive, Cincinnati may choose to stick with a run-heavy attack. The Chargers have a run-funnel defense, with opponents having run against them 48% of the time. (The Lions are the only team in the league against whom opponents run the ball a higher percentage of the time.) Consider Burrow a low-end RB1 this week. I'm fading him in DraftKings contests at a price of $6,300.
5 hours ago
Derek Carr Note
Derek Carr photo 12. Derek Carr LV (vs . WAS)
The NFL generally does a good job of not putting one team at a disadvantage against another due to scheduling. This week's Washington-Las Vegas matchup is a glaring exception. The Raiders will have had nine days off after playing on Thanksgiving. The Football Team will have had only five days off after hosting the Seahawks on Monday night, and they'll have to make a near-cross-country flight for this one. Could that give Carr a slight edge in preparation for this week? Maybe. Even without the extra rest, this looks like a good matchup for Carr. Washington's pass defense ranks 30th in DVOA and is giving up a league-high 25.6 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks.
5 hours ago
Russell Wilson Note
Russell Wilson photo 13. Russell Wilson SEA (vs . SF)
Wilson's struggles continued last week in a 17-15 Monday-night loss to the Washington Football Team. In the three games since making his return from a gruesome finger injury, Wilson has thrown two TD passes and two interceptions while averaging 205.0 passing yards a game and 6.3 yards per pass attempt. Usually, a magician when it comes to making plays on an improvisational basis, Wilson has struggled when things go off-script, and his pinpoint accuracy has abandoned him. It doesn't help that his protection has been lacking and that the Seahawks have no running game. Wilson is too good to stay down for long, but it's hard to start him in fantasy with any degree of confidence. He's the QB13 this week against San Francisco. In a Week 4 game against the 49ers, Wilson had 149 passing yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions, adding 4-26-1 rushing.
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Taysom Hill Note
Taysom Hill photo 14. Taysom Hill NO (vs . DAL)
All indications are that Hill is going to be the starting QB for the Saints on Thursday against the Cowboys. It's been a while since we've seen Hill as the starting QB for New Orleans, but he was a very viable fantasy asset during that stretch. It's important to remember though that he had playmakers like Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara on the field during that stretch and he might not have either of them here in Week 13 against the Cowboys. We certainly know that Thomas is out, but there hasn't been any clarity on whether Kamara will be active for this game. Without many playmakers on offense for the Saints, Hill is going to have to be utilized heavily as a runner to return top-12 production at the QB position. In his first week as the starter, it's probably best to exercise caution with Hill and view him as a mid-range QB2. However, he's absolutely worth picking up and rostering if he's still available in your league as we get ready for the fantasy playoffs.
1 hour ago
Carson Wentz Note
Carson Wentz photo 15. Carson Wentz IND (at HOU)
Do you know who is 4th in the NFL in PFF's Passing Grade over the last two weeks? In a list that includes names like Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady above him, Wentz is quietly playing very solid football. While the stat sheet from last week will show two interceptions, that doesn't fully tell the whole story of Wentz's day. One interception was a beautifully thrown ball deep downfield to Pittman that was intercepted on an incredible play from Antoine Winfield Jr. The other interception was a desperation heave to the end zone on the final play of the game that should be viewed essentially the same as a Hail Mary. Otherwise, Wentz was solid and kept the Colts in it against the reigning Super Bowl champs until the very end. With all that being said, Wentz now gets to take on the Texans defense that has started to turn things around recently, but is still one of the most favorable matchups for opposing QBs. There's always the possibility that the running game takes center stage for the Colts, but if you're in need of a streaming option for Week 13 and Wentz is available in your league, he's a borderline top-12 play.
1 hour ago
Tua Tagovailoa Note
Tua Tagovailoa photo 16. Tua Tagovailoa MIA (vs . NYG)
Did you know that Tua is only the 4th QB in NFL history to complete more than 80% of his passes in back-to-back games with a minimum of 30 attempts? He's been incredibly accurate so far this season and he's doing this with essentially Jaylen Waddle as his only reliable receiving option. While he hasn't been a top-5 QB or anything, he's still an option that fantasy managers can plug into lineups in a pinch and feel pretty good about. Against the Giants defense this week that was allowing 20.8 fantasy points per game on average before they faced Jalen Hurts, Tua should be a safe streaming option.
1 hour ago
Taylor Heinicke Note
Taylor Heinicke photo 17. Taylor Heinicke WAS (at LV)
Since taking over as the starter for the injured Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week 2, Heinicke has been the QB13 in fantasy points per game. He's had only one 300-yard passing game over that stretch, but Heinicke has given his investors a sturdy weekly floor. He's the QB15 this week against a Raiders pass defense that ranks 25th in DVOA and is giving up 19.6 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks.
5 hours ago
Jimmy Garoppolo Note
Jimmy Garoppolo photo 18. Jimmy Garoppolo SF (at SEA)
It appears the 49ers will be content to keep Trey Lance on the bench for his rookie year, at least until they fall out of the playoffs. They're 6-5, and with the expanded playoffs, the Niners should be in contention for at least another two or three weeks. That means Garoppolo investors probably don't have to worry about a quick hook if Jimmy G. throws a couple of early interceptions. Then again, Garoppolo is probably only an every-week starter in 2QB and superflex leagues. He's the QB21 this week against the Seahawks.
4 hours ago
Tyrod Taylor Note
Tyrod Taylor photo 19. Tyrod Taylor HOU (vs . IND)
Taylor has now done enough over the past two weeks to be a top-15 QB each game, but he has just a total of 265 passing yards over that time frame. His rushing floor is certainly saving his fantasy output - and that has value in Superflex formats - but it makes relying on him as a starter in 1QB leagues very difficult. With that being said, Taylor might just be right back on the streaming radar in Week 13 against the Colts. Indianapolis has now allowed the 4th-most fantasy points to opposing QBs this season with 22.2 per game. Should we trust Taylor as a guaranteed top-12 play? Absolutely not. However, if you're in a pinch and in need of a fill-in option, Taylor should be available in your league and he can be viewed as a mid-range QB2 this week.
1 hour ago
Mac Jones Note
Mac Jones photo 20. Mac Jones NE (at BUF)
Jones is strengthening his Rookie of the Year candidacy. He's helped the Patriots rattle off six consecutive wins. Over his last three outings, he's completed 79.0% of his passes for 715 yards with six touchdowns and one interception. He has a difficult matchup Monday night against a Bills defense that ranks first in Football Outsiders' DVOA metric and opponent passer rating. Buffalo is giving up just 5.7 yards per pass attempt, has yielded a league-low eight TD passes, and has recorded 16 interceptions. However, the Bills have lost ace CB Tre'Davious White to a torn ACL. Jones checks in at QB19.
4 hours ago
Teddy Bridgewater Note
Teddy Bridgewater photo 21. Teddy Bridgewater DEN (at KC)
Bridgewater was able to find the end zone last week on a scramble drill, which helped boost his fantasy output, but he also got a little banged up in that contest against Los Angeles. There's no guarantee that Bridgewater is going to even be well enough to play in this game against KC, but if he does he's unlikely to be at 100%. The Chiefs defense has tightened things up here recently and Bridgewater should be viewed as nothing more than a mid-range/low-end QB2 in this one.
1 hour ago
Matt Ryan Note
Matt Ryan photo 22. Matt Ryan ATL (vs . TB)
We've now gone three straight games where Ryan hasn't thrown for more than 200 passing yards. He's finished as the QB33, the QB29, and the QB24 each of the past three weeks and there's very little evidence to suggest that that is going to change any time soon. With very few reliable receiving weapons around him, Ryan isn't able to make things happen on his own enough to push his way into the top-15 consideration. He's a fine Superflex option this week due to the matchup against Tampa Bay's secondary that's allowing 21.5 fantasy points per game to opposing QBs, but there's very little upside to playing him at this point. He's a low-end QB2 at best in Week 13.
1 hour ago
Ben Roethlisberger Note
Ben Roethlisberger photo 23. Ben Roethlisberger PIT (vs . BAL)
Big Ben is averaging 14.4 fantasy points per game this season, which leaves him out of the top 25 in fantasy points per game among quarterbacks. He's had three multiple-TD games and one 300-yard games, and he adds zero rushing value. Pass.
4 hours ago
Andy Dalton Note
Andy Dalton photo 24. Andy Dalton CHI (vs . ARI)
Jared Goff Note
Jared Goff photo 25. Jared Goff DET (vs . MIN)
Goff has traditionally struggled against Chicago's defense over the years, but he actually put together a solid performance in Week 12 against the Bears. Goff went 21-of-25 for only 171 passing yards, but two scores and zero interceptions. With that being said, we're still not looking at Goff as a viable fantasy asset. He has just 10 touchdowns on the entire season up to this point and is merely just a Superflex desperation play. The Vikings are a decent matchup, so you could get away with Goff as a 2nd QB in your lineup, but we shouldn't consider him in our 1QB leagues.
1 hour ago
Trevor Lawrence Note
Trevor Lawrence photo 26. Trevor Lawrence JAC (at LAR)
There have been enough impressive throws to put together an eye-catching highlight package from Lawrence's rookie season. Unfortunately, the lowlight reel would run longer. We're still waiting for the watershed game where Lawrence puts it all together and convinces us he's destined to be a top NFL starter. It's too early to give up hope for the No. 1 overall pick in this year's NFL Draft, but it's not a good idea to use him in fantasy the rest of the way.
5 hours ago
Zach Wilson Note
Zach Wilson photo 27. Zach Wilson NYJ (vs . PHI)
Wilson has been an absolute nightmare this season for New York. He now has 4 touchdowns on the season to 10 interceptions and he's done very little to show that he was worthy of the No. 2 overall pick back in April. Jets fans hope that he can turn things around for the future, but there's no reason we should be looking his way in fantasy football in any format for the remainder of this year.
1 hour ago
Daniel Jones Note
Daniel Jones photo 28. Daniel Jones NYG (at MIA)
Trevor Siemian Note
Trevor Siemian photo 29. Trevor Siemian NO (vs . DAL)
Trey Lance Note
Trey Lance photo 30. Trey Lance SF (at SEA)
Mike Glennon Note
Mike Glennon photo 31. Mike Glennon NYG (at MIA)
Glennon is going to be stepping in as the starting QB for New York this week with Daniel Jones nursing a neck injury. Unfortunately, this not only means that we can't even consider the starting QB from the Giants this week for fantasy football, but we have to downgrade all of the other receiving options here in New York. Glennon should only be played as a desperation option in Superflex leagues this week.
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Justin Fields Note
Justin Fields photo 32. Justin Fields CHI (vs . ARI)
Gardner Minshew II Note
Gardner Minshew II photo 33. Gardner Minshew II PHI (at NYJ)
Joe Flacco Note
Joe Flacco photo 34. Joe Flacco NYJ (vs . PHI)
Marcus Mariota Note
Marcus Mariota photo 35. Marcus Mariota LV (vs . WAS)
Tim Boyle Note
Tim Boyle photo 36. Tim Boyle DET (vs . MIN)
Sam Ehlinger Note
Sam Ehlinger photo 37. Sam Ehlinger IND (at HOU)
Drew Lock Note
Drew Lock photo 38. Drew Lock DEN (at KC)
Colt McCoy Note
Colt McCoy photo 39. Colt McCoy ARI (at CHI)