I’ve broken this column down into three categories; Studs, Value and Match ups. The studs are the backbone of your team, these are the guys that will score you the most points (hopefully!) Value plays are players that are cheap for the amount of points they are capable of putting up for the game. They allow you to fit more studs into your team. Match ups are players that might be playing a team that’s weak in a specific position. They might be a mixture of studs, mid-priced and value. If you’re tossing up between two players, it generally helps to go the one with the better match up. Balancing out these three categories will give you the best chance of scoring well.
Week 13 contests
Todd Gurley, RB, LA Rams, $8,900
TG’s worst score this past month has been 13 points versus a tough Vikings defence, but he did put up over 23 points last time he played Arizona.
Keenan Allen, WR, LA Chargers, $8,200
Allen has exploded these past two weeks, with over 330 yards and three touchdowns. He may have a tough situation against the Cleveland secondary, but runs over 35% from the slot position where he has a three-inch height advantage against Boddy-Calhoun.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston, $8,100
Hopkins has 622 yards and three touchdowns over his last five games and come up against a Titans defence ranked 7th in points to WRs. He has carried the team despite losing a star QB and an injured second receiver.
Phillip Rivers, QB, LA Chargers, $8,100
Smashed the Cowboys last week throwing for over 400 yards and three touchdowns. They host the Browns who have a stout run defence but give up points in the slot; also ranking 9th in fantasy points to opposition QBs.
Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans, $8,000
Looking across the whole season, Carolina rank 10th fewest fantasy points to QBs, but when you look at each week, it’s because when they’ve shut a QB down, they’ve *really* shut them down. But Brees was able to manage over 20 points earlier in the season, and the blossoming of Kamara’s passing game will definitely help Brees here.
Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland, $5,900
Well… it finally happened. Flash Gordon has been reinstated. He’s arguably the most talented guy in the league but you just don’t know what he’s gonna dish up. Very boom or bust for those with the cajones.
Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay, $5,800
Williams had his best game last week, going over 60 yards on the ground and in the air, and also scoring via both means. With Montgomery and Jones still injured, or at least not 100%, he will be given the volume to take it to the Buccs defence.
Hunter Henry, TE, LA Charger, $5,500
Cleveland give up the second-most points to opposing TEs and Henry has nine redzone targets so far this season.
Ricky Seals-Jones, TE, Arizona, $5,500
Came from the clouds these past two weeks putting up statlines of 3-54-2 and 4-72-1. Is he the star in Gabbo’s eye? Stay tuned.
Dede Westbrook, WR, Jacksonville, $4,800
Was targeted 10 times last week and has a great matchup against a porous Colts secondary. He’s at home and Hurns has been hampered by injury.
Robby Anderson, WR, NY Jets, $7,300
Had a monstrous week last week with 146 yards and two touchdowns from only six receptions. Should have a great game against a Kansas City defence giving up the second-most fantasy points to opposing receivers.
Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay, $6,600
Adams is Hundly’s go-to-guy, averaging nine targets per game over the last four. He put up 82 yards and a TD last week and meets a Tampa Bay secondary giving up the most fantasy points to WRs.
Dion Lewis, RB, New England, $6,400
Lewis has emerged as the Patriots primary running back and looks to improve on his 100-plus-yard performance last week when he meets a Bills defence giving up the third-most fantasy points at the RB position.
Cooper Kupp, WR, LA Rams, $6,300
Kupp shouldn’t have any trouble finding the ball, as he won’t line up against Patrick Peterson. The Rams are also without WR, Robert Woods.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Oakland, $6,300
Lynch looks like he can top his effort last week where he scored over 18 fantasy points. Cooper is in the concussion protocol and Crabtree lost a week and another chain. If you can bank on the game script going the way of an Oakland team facing Geno Smith, Lynch certainly looks like value.
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