Need some quick tips to assemble your fantasy lineup for Week 13? We’ve combed the far reaches of the Internet and culled only the choicest fantasy tips and advice for your quick consumption. Below you’ll find easily digestible nuggets from multiple fantasy experts, addressing some of the critical situations fantasy owners will face from week to week.
Dig in. And dominate.
Danny Amendola, WR, Patriots: The wideout (knee) practice on a limited basis Thursday. With Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman out, and New England facing a tasty matchup in the Philadelphia Eagles, Amendola has a chance to have a breakout game. But as always with Amendola, proceed with caution.
Tyler Eifert, TE, Bengals: Cincinnati’s star tight end has not practiced all week after pinching a nerve late in last weekend’s victory over St. Louis. He’s listed as doubtful so if you were hoping he’d be fine, better start thinking of a replacement.
Andre Ellington, RB, Cardinals: Arizona already is without Chris Johnson and won’t have Ellington this weekend either. Ellington is out with a turf toe injury. Those who grabbed David Johnson (mentioned below) can rejoice. He’ll see plenty of touches for the Cardinals.
Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons: Good news for Freeman owners: The running back is set to return in Week 13 and not a moment too soon. Now that he’s cleared, owners hope to see the Freeman that was dominating prior to his concussion.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots: New England will be without Gronk this week, and likely next as well. Since the Patriots had their bye week early in the season, owners probably will be scrambling to get a tight end, but no matter, production is sure to take a hit.
Allen Hurns, WR, Jaguars: Jacksonville will be without one of its top two wideouts as Hurns is still dealing with a concussion he suffered in last weekend’s game against the Chargers. There’s probably no one to consider on the Jaguars given that quarterback Blake Bortles is likely to lean on Allen Robinson and Julius Thomas a little bit more in Hurns’s absence.
Ryan Mathews, RB, Eagles: Once again, Philadelphia will be without the services of Mathews, who is dealing with a concussion and a groin injury.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers: While there’s some dispute whether Roethlisberger suffered a concussion last week, the Pittsburgh play-caller went through the league’s protocol and would appear probable for Sunday’s matchup against the Colts.
Karlos Williams, RB, Bills: Williams had some moments early in the season filling in and spelling LeSean McCoy at times for Buffalo. There will be none of that Sunday as Williams is out with a shoulder injury.
Shaun Draughn, RB, 49ers: With 20 touches for three consecutive weeks, Draughn represents great value in daily leagues and might become a potential lineup fixture down the stretch. He’s generally getting about 60 yards on the ground and grabbing a few receptions for approximately 40 yards since being acquiredin a deal with Cleveland. The Cheat Sheet isn’t advocating that Draughn will take on a larger role or become a bigger fantasy stud, but if he maintains his current production and tosses in a touchdown every now and then, that’s not a bad day for owners. Draughn is still a free agent in about 40 percent of ESPN leagues.
Lamar Miller, RB, Dolphins: After Miami fired Joe Philbin as coach in October, Miller exploded for a pair of 100-yard efforts, including 175-yard outing on just 14 carries. The past couple of weeks, however, Miller has been pretty ordinary, though he has supplemented poor rushing games with touchdowns and solid receiving numbers. A lack of commitment to the run game reportedly led to the dismissal of Bill Lazor as offensive coordinator earlier this week. Expect interim OC Zac Taylor to give Miller a lot more touches and put off worrying about his situation for at least one more week.
Latavius Murray, RB, Raiders: Given where Murray was drafted on average, the bulk of his owners likely entered the season with him being their No. 2 tailback. Unless owners were fortunate later in the draft or struck big in free agency, Murray is likely still No. 2, maybe No. 3, on most rosters. As a Murray owner in one league in which I’m on the verge of clinching a playoff berth, Murray is arguably No. 3 behind Doug Martin and Chris Ivory (mind you, this is a 14-team league). Most weeks, all three have been in my lineup because I typically lean toward touches over the home-run factor that other players might offer. Murray hasn’t produced a double-digit scoring week since Week 8 and his schedule isn’t very favorable until Week 16. Where does that leave us? In an interesting tidbit, it might be worth keeping an eye on the status of Oakland center Rodney Hudson leading up to kickoff on Sunday; he’s been a key to Murray’s successful performances. Hudson did return to practice Thursday, but his status for Sunday is unclear. Hudson’s status aside, starting and sitting Murray really comes down to what your other options are … which likely means you’re flipping a coin between him and another fringe player. Good luck with your decision.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Bills: There’s no question Watkins is a talented player; he has flashed great potential at times. He can also leave owners scratching their heads, wondering whether he can be trusted in the lineup. Watkins only has two games with more than 60 yards, but both came in the past month. While Sunday’s opponent, the Houston Texans, isn’t a soft defense by any means, Watkins is fully capable of providing solid production. By that same token, owners can’t be surprised if he falters. He’s an enigma, no doubt, but the lean here is he’s worth the risk this weekend.
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David Johnson, RB, Cardinals: If there is such a thing as a no-brainer in the lottery section of the Cheat Sheet, Johnson represents it, much like Thomas Rawls and Jeremy Langford before him — backup running backs suddenly in a situation where they’re going to get more reps. With Chris Johnson’s season over with a broken tibia, David Johnson will have competition moving forward, but this week his supporters believe he’s a strong play in Arizona’s matchup against the St. Louis Rams.
DeVante Parker, WR, Dolphins: In a bit of a surprise, Parker received 10 targets last weekend. He hauled in four receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown. Now, teammate Rishard Matthews is hurt, which could mean Parker will continue to see the kind of playing time he saw in Week 12 (59 snaps). What makes Parker even more tantalizing is Miami’s matchup against the Ravens secondary. Baltimore enters Sunday’s matchup ranked 24th in passing defense.