After struggling with some tougher defenses, Wentz gets to face the Dolphins on Sunday
Week 13 is underway for fantasy owners, and trying to decide who to start and who to sit has never been more important than it is this week. Fantasy owners need to win to get into the playoffs in many cases, and in order to win, the start/sit decisions seem so much more monumental this week than they do in September or October. Take a deep breath, make a decision with confidence, and hope for the best.
START These Quarterbacks
Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles at Miami Dolphins
After two tough matchups, Wentz gets to face the Dolphins. It's a get-right game for him and his fantasy owners. He should get Alshon Jeffery back, although keep an eye on Zach Ertz's status. Wentz has thrown for at least one touchdown in every game so far, no matter how difficult the matchup. In this one, he should throw multiple touchdowns and is a QB1 for this week.
Nick Foles, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Foles has thrown for more than 270 yards in the two games he's started since his Week 1 injury. He looked good in Week 11, but struggled in Week 12. In Week 13, he gets to face the Buccaneers, who give up the second-most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Prior to last week's game against Atlanta, Tampa Bay had allowed 14 touchdowns to QBs in four games. Foles should have a good game and be a QB2 this week.
START This Tight End
Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks (Mon.)
All five of Rudolph's touchdowns have come in the past five weeks. Coincidentally, Adam Thielen left Week 7 with a hamstring injury and has not truly returned. With Thielen's status in doubt for Week 13, Rudolph is a solid fantasy option. He faces the Seattle Seahawks, who allow the third-most fantasy points to tight ends. Even if Thielen is active, consider Rudolph a solid TE start.
START This Defense/Special Teams (DST)
New York Jets at Cincinnati Bengals
The Jets put on a great performance in Week 12 against the Raiders, and they face the Bengals in Week 13. It seems like Andy Dalton will be back at quarterback for Cincinnati, although for an opposing defense, it doesn't matter who the quarterback is. The Jets had six sacks in each of the two games before facing Oakland. They are finding ways to get fantasy owners points and that should continue in Week 13.
SIT These Quarterbacks
Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers
Mayfield has looked terrible this year, but he's also put together some decent games against some not-so-great teams. In Week 13, the Browns face the Steelers (again), which is tough for an opposing quarterback. When these two teams met two weeks ago, Mayfield had 193 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran one in himself. It was a solid outing, but without the rushing touchdown, it was just an okay day. Mayfield is a QB2 this week.
Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs
In three terrible quarters in Week 12, Carr threw for 127 yards and an interception. The Jets defense is good, but they aren't outstanding. Carr was just that bad. It's hard to say what the issue was… did he miss Hunter Renfrow that much? Either way, the Chiefs are, on paper, a tougher matchup than the Jets. This does not bode well for Carr. Fantasy owners should look elsewhere.
SIT This Tight End
Jimmy Graham, Green Bay Packers at New York Giants
The Packers face the Giants, who are surprisingly tough against tight ends. On top of that, Graham hasn't found the end zone since Week 7. He hasn't had more than 70 receiving yards yet this year. He only has one game with more than four receptions. It hasn't been a great year for the 33-year-old, and that's not likely to turn around in Week 13.
SIT This Defense/Special Teams (DST)
San Francisco 49ers at Baltimore Ravens
The 49ers have been one of the best DSTs all season. However, this week they face the Ravens. This game is in Baltimore and a west coast team travelling east is always tough. Additionally, Lamar Jackson has been a handful for any defense to try and slow down and don't forget about the Ravens' punishing running game as well. If possible, find a streaming DST for this week (but don't drop the 49ers).
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.