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Start & Sit: Week 13

Each week the DFF Army analyzes upcoming games, researches team injury reports, and checks-in on any depth chart movement – all in an effort to offer you weekly start/sit recommendations. Our starts feature some under-owned, off-the-radar, sleeper-types week-in and week-out – and our sits feature more popular players that we think will underperform. While this is useful when setting your weekly lineups in your season long leagues, this can also be a valuable tool if you’re playing daily fantasy sports (DFS). Follow along as Eric Iannaccone, Kyle August, Shaun Crandall, Josh Brickner, and myself bring you all the best start/sits so you don’t have to stress over lineup decisions.

Featured Starts

Brett Hundley, QB, Green Bay Packers

With a very solid performance at Pittsburgh in Week 12, Hundley seems like he may have turned a corner. It was easily his best game yet and came against a Steelers’ D that has been stout against the pass all season. Hundley now gets the Buccaneers, who are giving up the most passing yards in the league and the 10th most passing touchdowns. After a game like that against the Steelers, the Bucs should be a piece of cake.

– Eric Iannaccone

Alex Collins, RB, Baltimore Ravens

After not scoring a TD the first nine games of the season, Collins now has two TDs in his last two games since Baltimore’s Week 10 bye week. Collins and the Ravens get a great matchup in week 13 against a Lions team that has given up 14 rushing TDs on the year (second only to Buffalo) including 8 in their last 6 games. I’m starting any workhorse back against the Lions these days.  

-Kyle August

Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins

Crowder has once again become a favorite of Kirk Cousins due in large part to the season-ending injury of Chris Thompson. Crowder flourished in the underneath and swing routes last year, but Thompson had primarily been receiving those targets this year. Crowder now becomes a weekly start and if a team is strong at the receiver position, he is an excellent Flex. He faces a Cowboys defense, which has allowed multiple top 12-24 performances to Sterling Shepard, Cooper Kupp, Emmanuel Sanders, and last week… allowed 11 receptions to Keenan Allen! Crowder himself played well against the Cowboys in Week 8, when he caught 9 receptions for 123 yards. Start Crowder with confidence this week.

-Shaun Crandall

Vernon Davis, TE, Washington Redskins

One target for zero receptions and zero yards: That was Vernon Davis’ stat line on Thanksgiving night in a plum matchup against the New York Giants. I apologize to everyone who took my advice to start Davis and had to stare at the goose egg in their tight end spot all weekend. However, I view last week’s performance as a fluke and, with Jordan Reed no closer to suiting up, will have the 12-year vet in my starting lineup once again in Week 13 against Dallas. Even factoring in the Thanksgiving failure, Davis is still averaging nine PPR points per game this season when Jordan Reed does not play. Given the scarcity of the position this season in fantasy football, I’d be ecstatic for nine points a game from my starting TE. Start Davis with confidence against a Dallas D who has not only been shredded by the TE position (23/247/3) the last four weeks, but are giving up the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing TEs over that same time span.

-Josh Brickner

Defense/Special Teams

Los Angeles Chargers. Not that the Chargers have a home-field advantage, or even an actual “home” for that matter, but either way they are hosting the awful Browns this week who are awful at home and on the road and have been trending downward this season. Opposing defenses have averaged 16.8 fantasy points against the Browns over the last 5 games – and on the road this year, it’s been just under 14 fantasy points per game.

-John Di Bari

 

Staff Starts

Eric Iannaccone

Running Back: Marshawn Lynch, Oakland Raiders

Wide Receiver: Kenny Stills, Miami Dolphins

Tight End: Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers

D/ST: New York Jets

 

Kyle August

Quarterback: Brett Hundley, Green Bay Packers

Wide Receiver: Jamison Crowder, Washington Redskins

Tight End: Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers

D/ST: Chicago Bears

 

Shaun Crandall

Quarterback: Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars

Running Back: Jamaal Williams, Green Bay Packers

Tight End: Ricky Seals-Jones

D/ST: Chicago Bears

 

Josh Brickner

Quarterback: Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers

Running Back: Kenyan Drake, Miami Dolphins

Wide Receiver: Ted Ginn Jr. New Orleans Saints

D/ST: Los Angeles Chargers

 

John Di Bari

Quarterback: Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills

Running Back: Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns

Wide Receiver: Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans

Tight End: Julius Thomas, Miami Dolphins

 

Featured Sits

Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons balled out in Week 12 and Julio Jones finally flashed his full potential this season. Unfortunately, this passing attack should come crashing back to earth against a much tougher Vikings D. Minnesota has given up only 12 passing TDs this season (T-4th fewest in the league) – allowing 2 passing TDs in a game only three times, and never more than two. They also have held teams to 0 passing TDs three times (two of them being Stafford and Goff). Matty Ice has a really low ceiling this week.

– Eric Iannaccone

DeMarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans

Don’t let the double-digit fantasy points last week fool you. Yes, I had Murray as my start last week and was lucky enough to get bailed out by a TD plunge at the goal line, but I think the writing is on the wall. Over the last four games, Murray has totaled just 80 yards on 43 carries and has failed to eclipse 37 yards receiving in any game. He’s going up against a Houston defense that is second best in the league against RBs, only giving up 3 rushing TDs on the year. No thanks.

-Kyle August

Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets

This is a tough call based on his recent performance as well as his performance overall this season. Anderson has scored a touchdown in five straight weeks and has had four receptions in five of the last six weeks. I’ll pivot off these statistics as he faces Kansas City, who recently signed Darrelle Revis to bolster the secondary, a unit which already fared well against WRs of Denver, Buffalo, and Washington. Expect the Chiefs to shadow Anderson and limit him as a deep threat, while giving more opportunity to Jermaine Kearse.

-Shaun Crandall

Tyler Kroft, TE, Cincinnati Bengals

Yes, Tyler Kroft has converted three red zone targets into two goal-line touchdowns over the last two weeks (one in Week 11; one in Week 12). Unfortunately, he’s done almost nothing else (5 Targets, 3 Recs, 24 yards) outside of the two TD catches in two plus-matchups against Denver and Cleveland. Over the last three games, it looks as if Brandon LaFell (21 Targets, 12/165/1) has overtaken Kroft (13 Targets, 6/30/2) as the #2 option in the Bengals’ aerial attack. Leave Kroft firmly planted on your bench against a Steelers’ D that has given up the third fewest fantasy points to opposing TEs on the season.

-Josh Brickner

Defense/Special Teams

Buffalo Bills. Don’t get too caught up in last week’s defensive showing on the road against the formerly high-powered Chiefs offense. The Chiefs are regressing and the Bills performance was an outlier. Coming off that performance, they get to face the Patriots at home, and that’s never good for your fantasy defense.  

-John Di Bari

 

Staff Sits

Eric Iannaccone

Running Back: Kenyan Drake, Miami Dolphins

Wide Receiver: Golden Tate, Baltimore Ravens

Tight End: Tyler Kroft, Cincinnati Bengals

D/ST: Carolina Panthers

 

Kyle August

Quarterback: Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

Wide Receiver: Sammy Watkins, Los Angeles Rams

Tight End: Tyler Kroft, Cincinnati Bengals

D/ST: Seattle Seahawks

 

Shaun Crandall

Quarterback: DeShone Kizer, Cleveland Browns

Running Back: Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs

Tight End: Tyler Kroft, Cincinnati Bengals

D/ST: Detroit Lions

 

Josh Brickner

Quarterback: Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

Running Back: Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs

Wide Receiver: Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns

D/ST: Kansas City Chiefs

 

John Di Bari

Quarterback: Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

Running Back: DeMarco Murray, Tennessee Titans

Wide Receiver: TY Hilton, Indianapolis Colts

Tight End: Cameron Brate/OJ Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

We hope you find this useful and we are always happy to interact on Twitter if you have any questions or concerns. Be sure to check out the rest of our weekly in-season content right here as we give you the tools and content to win every week of the season. Good luck this weekend!

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jdibari

Chicagoan living in Las Vegas. Fantasy Football writer & Director of In-Season Analysis for Dynasty Football Factory, blogger for USFantasy and contributor to TheFakeHockey. Member FSWA.

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