NFL Week 13 Top Plays
Philip Rivers $16,650
This week should be a pretty fun one, and I don’t expect any one QB to be way higher owned than the rest. There are a bunch of guys that should be around 8-10% owned, and Rivers should be one of them. The Bucs have been one of the worst teams in the league against the pass, and have ranked 29th against the QB. This spot sets up perfectly for Rivers and this could be one of his few huge games every year. He is a viable play in both cash games and tournaments, but he is a guy who is typically more of a tournament option.
Tyrod Taylor $17,650
I haven’t really targeted Taylor much this year, but with Sammy Watkins coming back, you have to take a look here. The Raiders have sported the absolute worst pass defense in the league, and it is by a good margin. Taylor has the ability to run as well, so that always presents a ton of upside. Like I mentioned, Sammy Watkins has returned from injury and immediately made a big impact last week. I like him in all formats. He should also be pretty low owned, which is great for GPP’s.
Le’veon Bell $19,300
Bell, David Johnson and Ezekiel Elliott are the 3 best fantasy running backs in the league. With Elliott playing on Thursday, we are left with Bell and DJ on the high end. I prefer Bell this week, as his match up is a little better and I think he gets more looks this week. The Giants have a decent run defense, but Bell is a different monster and can also get it through the air. Bell has only 3 less catches than Antonio Brown since coming back from suspension, which really puts things into perspective. Bell is a fantastic play in all formats.
Jordan Howard $12,500
One of the first few things I do when looking at a slate is to look for who the 49ers are playing. I then make sure to have the opposing RB in my cash games. This week it is Jordan Howard. Howard has played well recently, and the Bears are giving him the looks. The 49ers have given up 179 yards per game on the ground, which is 20 plus yards more than anyone else. While Jay Ajayi didn’t necessarily go crazy last week, the Dolphins were missing 3 starting offensive linemen. Don’t put too much into that.
Odell Beckham Jr. $17,300
Remember when Beckham wasn’t having fun, and was a huge distraction? Ya, me neither. He is back to the superstar receiver who rarely has a bad week. This week, they take on a Steelers team who has no way to stop any WR1. They have ranked 30th in the league against the WR1, and that has a lot to do with their lack of any good cover safeties. Beckham should be able to get over the top and have a big game here against the Steelers.
Tyrell Williams $12,000
I always like to match up my QB and a WR. If I play Rivers, I am going to take a long hard look at Tyrell Williams. Williams has stepped in and been an immediate WR1. Over the last 3 games, he has 19 catches, 260 yards and a TD in all games. Like I mentioned, the Bucs aren’t very good against the pass and this should be a high scoring game. Williams is not a common name, so he should be pretty low owned in the smaller dollar tournaments.
Sammy Watkins $10,050
If you want to match a guy with Tyrod Taylor, I would go with Sammy Watkins. The Raiders have ranked dead last against WR1 this year, and Watkins has as much upside as anyone. I will not touch him in cash games, but you have to give him some serious consideration in tournaments. He is also way under-priced, and will give you elite upside below market value.
Eric Ebron $12,850
Ebron disappointed a ton of people last week, but I am going to jump right back on the train. Before last week, he was great for 3 straight weeks and was very consistent. The Saints are a notoriously bad pass defense, and are nothing to worry about. Stafford will be one of the higher owned QB’s on the week, and Ebron will likely be left off a lot of lineups. With the horrible week last week, Ebron should be pretty low owned. Stafford owners will likely pivot to Tate and Jones, though those guys are good plays as well.
Tyler Eifert $8,700
The Eagles are a defense that I don’t mind targeting. They are a pretty talented defense, but they give up yards and they give up points. So far this year, the Eagles have given up the 11th most points, and the 10th most through the air. Eifert is a huge target for Dalton in the redzone, and I see him picking up a TD this week. He should be around 3-5% owned.