This past week may have turned out to be a down week for many playing daily fantasy football. Two huge reasons? Julio Jones and DeAndre Hopkins. I know I personally paid up big for these two studs receivers, only to get disappointed with neither topping even 11 fantasy points over at DraftKings.
Another dud? How about Todd Gurley? The Rams ended up being insanely one-dimensional in a blowout loss in Cincinnati, and Gurley wound up having just four fantasy points to show for it. If you went value elsewhere so you could roster those three would-be “locks”, well, daily fantasy football just wasn’t your bag this past week.
But week 13 brings new hope and at the top, new targets. Rob Gronkowski is banged up and Jimmy Graham is out for the year, while Devonta Freeman returns from a one-week break. Which top-priced guys are worth paying up for and which guys trump even the priciest of picks? Read on as we break down the top picks at each position in week 13 of daily fantasy football:
QB: Tom Brady – Patriots ($8k) and Cam Newton – Panthers ($7.4k)
Brady needs no introduction. He’s been down many weapons, yet in week 12 on the road against a good Broncos defense, he tossed three scores. Rob Gronkowski might not even miss any time (knee) and Danny Amendola is already expected back for week 13. At home against a hapless Philly team, Brady could go nuts. He’s worth paying up for as long as he’s got a few healthy bodies to throw to.
Newton has just been money for much of 2015, while his 11-0 Panthers can get to 12-0 if they can just beat a bad Saints team. New Orleans let the Texans drops 24 points on them last week and Newton dropped 32 fantasy points on them last time in Carolina. I doubt there is much resistance here and Newton crushes and the Panthers stay undefeated.
RB: Devonta Freeman – Falcons ($8k) and Adrian Peterson – Vikings ($6.6k)
Freeman gave way to Tevin Coleman due to a concussion last week, but he’ll be back in the saddle against the Buccaneers in week 13. Freeman didn’t score in his last meeting with the Bucs, but he was still as heavily involved as ever and got DFS fiends over 19 fantasy points. He’s virtually unstoppable for whatever reason, so I fully expect him to do something close to that and also add a score. It’s just what he does.
Peterson smashed the Falcons last week for 158 yards and two touchdowns, but we already knew he was a monster. He’s been a total machine save for a random turd showing at home against the Packers two weeks ago, but even in that game he still got 13 fantasy points. The Seahawks are a brutal draw, but they did just give up 24 fantasy points to DeAngelo Williams. It’s all about the value here, anyways. As if you’re not using freaking All Day at $6.6k in week 13.
WR: Julio Jones – Falcons ($9k) and DeAndre Hopkins – Texans ($8.8k)
You can vouch for these two stud wide receivers every week, but I’m especially going to be all over them going into week 13 for one big reasons – they stunk this past weekend. Yes, they’ll still be highly owned, but due to both failing, one or both could see a dip in ownership. They both did drop in price and have beatable matchups, so I see no reason not to confide in them again. Toss caution to the wind.
The Gronk is on the mend and some other tight ends I’d normally be all about have tough matchups. That has Olsen as my #1 and Kelce as a close second. Olsen has been really good for weeks and is Cam Newton’s top option, while he also gets a really bad Saints defense that he torched for two scores earlier this year.
Kelce is way cheaper and may be more attractive, especially since he’s coming off of a huge game and gets a Raiders defense that is a bottom-5 unit against tight ends on the year. Delanie Walker just torched them a bit last week, so I’d be surprised if Kelce was a failure this week.
Def: Arizona Cardinals ($3.9k) and New England Patriots ($3.4k)
I’m not looking for tough sells with my team defense in daily fantasy football right now. I’ve tried going cute and once again this past week I got burned when I went with a middling value team that was a “no brainer” (Chiefs). Neither has worked out, so I’m going with the best possible matchups. Arizona gets a Rams offense that can’t throw the ball and has struggled to even run the past four weeks. The Patriots get an Eagles team that can’t do anything right and seems to have quit on Chip Kelly. Both have some mild risk, but it’s the low end of mild and I’m going in, full head-first dive.
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