Most fantasy football leagues are heading into the playoffs either, so this week could be critical to making them. Here are Utter-Fantasy’s Week 13 Start Em and Sit Em recommendations for your fantasy football league, based on match ups and who’s healthy. Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 13, 2016 players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start NO QB Drew Brees at home vs #31 ranked Detroit defense ) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my opinions on them, as well as reading yours. Good Luck this week!
Week 13 Byes: Tennessee and Cleveland
Start Em Sit Em Week 13
Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 13
ATL QB Matt Ryan ( vs KC )– Solid weapons on offense.
SD QB Philip Rivers ( vs TB )– Good week despite an improved Buc’s defense.
SEA QB Russell Wilson ( at CAR )- Should not disappoint on Prime time Sunday night.
DET QB Matt Stafford ( at NO )- Ought to be a great game for both offenses.
NYJ QB Ryan Fitzpatrick ( vs IND)- Colts now have the worst defense in the NFL.
Sleeper…. CHI QB Matt Barkley ( vs SF )-
Running Backs NFL Start Em Week 13
CHI RN Jordan Howard ( vs SF )- 49ers 30th vs the run.
NYJ RB Matt Forte ( vs IND )- Forte will be a borderline RB1 in this great match up.
BUFF RB LeSean McCoy ( at OAK )- Been saving his best play for the end of the season?
DET RB Theo Riddick ( at NO )- Limited in practice this week, but primed for a nice game against the Saints.
KC RB Spencer Ware ( at ATL )- If Ware cannot produce in Week 13, he can’t be counted on for fantasy playoffs.
No Brainer…. SD RB Melvin Gordon ( vs TB )- Locked-in RB1 next week against the Bucs.
Sleeper PHIL RB Darren Sproles ( at CINN)- RB Ryan Mathews (knee) has been ruled out for Week 13 against the Bengals.
Deep League Sleeper PPR…JACK RB Denard Robinson ( vs DEN)- Chris Ivory (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 13 against the Broncos. Allen Hurns (hamstring) has also been ruled out.
Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 13
NOP WRs B Cooks/ M Thomas ( vs DET )- Lions #32 worst vs the pass.
GB WR Davante Adams ( vs HOU )- Fixed the drops from 2016, and scoring on a weekly basis.
NE WR Julian Edleman ( at NYJ )- QB Brady’s favorite target with Gronk out, and the Jets can’t cover anyone.
NYJ WR Quincy Enunwa ( vs IND)- TD Week 12, should get another Week 13.
Sleeper CHI WR Marquess Wilson ( vs SF )- Chemistry with new QB M Barkley. 125 yards and 1 TD in Week 12.
Sleeper ATL WR Taylor Gabriel ( vs NYG )- Likely have his 5th nice week in a row.
Sleeper NYG WR Sterling Shepard ( at PITT )- Zero targets in Week 12. Expect a correction this Sunday. Prior to Week 12, Shepard had drawn at least six targets in each of his past nine games.
Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 13
SD TE Antonio Gates ( vs TB )- His no-catches in Week 12 won’t happen again in Week 13.
WASH TE Vernon Davis ( at ARI )– Tough match up but TE Jordan Reed (shoulder) remained sidelined Thursday. Reed was never likely to practice on Wednesday or Thursday. Should see lots of targets.
SF TE Vance McDonald ( at MIA )- Currently the #15 TE in the NFL.
No Brainer- KC TE T Kelce ( at ATL)-
Defenses NFL Start Em Week 13
CHI ( vs SF )- Both of these defenses should fair well in Week 12.
NYJ ( vs IND )- IND QB Andrew Luck (concussion, shoulder) was officially “limited” on Thursday.
NE ( vs LAR )- LAR QB Goff’s day will be a lot harder vs NE, than it was in Week 12 vs the Saints.
Quarterbacks NFL Sit Em Week 13
JACK QB Blake Bortles ( vs DEN )- Really a no-brainer.
MIA QB Ryan Tannehill ( at BALT )- Ravens currently the #1 defense.
CINN QB A Dalton ( vs PHIL )- Few weapons.
Very risky… OAK QB Derek Carr ( vs BUFF )- I prefer a better match up.
Running Backs NFL Sit Em Week 13
ATL RB Devonta Freeman ( vs KC )- Play him if you must, but sharing time with RB Coleman and I prefer a better match up.
IND RB Frank Gore ( at NYJ )- Jets #3 vs the run.
JACK RBs ( vs DEN )- Trust no Jag in Week 13.
CINN RB Jeremy Hill ( vs PHIL )- I prefer a better match up.
Sit Em if you can…….SEA RB Thomas Rawls ( vs CAR )- WASH RB Rob Kelley ( at ARI)
Wide Receivers NFL Sit Em Week 13
ALL CINN WRs ( vs PHIL )- I prefer a better match up.
CAR WR Kelvin Benjamin ( at SEA )- Nicked up (shoulder) but returned to a limited practice on Thursday.
SF WRs ( at CHI )- Trust no SFs wide outs. Only TE Vance McDonald.
MIA WR Jarvis Landry ( at BALT)- Tough match up and hasn’t topped 53 yards a month.
Tight Ends NFL Sit Em Week 13
NE TE Martellus Bennett ( vs LAR )- With TE Gronk likely out again, Bennett hopefully rebounds from Week 11 & Week 12, but tough match up.
DET TE Eric Ebron ( at NO )- Even against the Saints, too unreliable. Only TD reception in 2016 came in week 1.
Sit Em if you can……IND TEs ( at NYJ)-
Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 13
LAR ( at NE ) –Pats will score regardless of who they are facing.
CINN (vs PHIL )- Still without WR AJ Green and RB Gio.
OAK ( vs BUFF )- Buffalo doesn’t make a lot of mistakes.
No Brainer DEF sits: DET ( at NO)…NO ( vs DET)