Week 13 is a big one for seasonal fantasy leagues, and perhaps if you are already out of contention you may be dabbling in some Daily Fantasy Football (DFS) this weekend. Well look no further as I have you covered with some of my top picks as well as value plays to help fit in some top valued guys.
This week has some good NFL games with tougher matchups, but there is still a full slate along with plenty of great picks to make your lineup unique and successful this week. Week 12 was a rough one for me so getting back on track would be nice.
I will be focusing more on the cash game strategy, and by default may be intending these posts for the more novice DFS players. I am not a high-stakes tout, nor will I pretend to be and I am not intending for someone to read these posts and enter high entry tournaments expecting a big win.
What I will be doing each week is listing some top plays for the week at each position as well as a few value plays to help you start building your DFS lineup(s) for the upcoming week.
So, now that my synopsis is out of the way let’s get into my Week 13 DFS Picks shall we? If this is one of your first times playing DFS feel free to check out my "10 Tips to Win at DFS."
As always any questions, arguments, or glowing praise can be sent to me via Twitter @fantsychillpony.
Week 13 Core Plays
These will be my top plays of the week. These are players who I will try to have in as many lineups of mine as possible. If I can, I will use three or all four in one lineup. A reminder that for cash games going with an elite quarterback is typically recommended. If you go value at quarterback he MUST meet value for your loaded lineup to be worth it.
QB: Russell Wilson, Seattle vs. Philadelphia ($8,200 FanDuel/$7,100 DraftKings)
Wilson remains a QB1 and it makes sense since he has been averaging 19-plus DraftKings points over his last six games. In fact in only one of those games was he held under 20 points. He also has three 32-point games on the season. In a game that has playoff potential written all over it Wilson will be a lock for me. He is the focal point of the offense and using his legs to score in back-to-back weeks along with two or more touchdown passes in his last six games. Even with his propensity as of late to turn the ball over he seems to come on strong in the second half every time.
RB: Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams at Arizona ($8,800 FanDuel/$8,200 DraftKings)
Gurley has been doing it all for the Rams this season and although he has cooled somewhat since his torrid start he is a solid play this week. Gurley has had at least 15 carries in all but three of his games and he’s been more active in the passing game. The Cardinals come in ranked 21st against running backs and Gurley is due for a TD catch.
WR: Mike Evans, Tampa Bay at Green Bay ($7,500 FanDuel/$7,100 DraftKings)
With Jameis Winston expected back, Evans may have more luck if he receives 12 targets again. He faces the defense that let Antonio Brown run wild (10 rec., 169 yds., TDs) last week. And while Evans may not quite be in Brown’s class, he’s still one of the best WRs in the NFL. On top of that, the Packers are 25th in the league against the pass and one of the most generous fantasy defenses to opposing wideouts. What’s not to like here?
WR: Demaryius Thomas, Denver at Miami ($6,700 FanDuel/$5,300 DraftKings)
Wow, did Thomas disappoint DFS owners last week. He had been on a roll over his previous three games with 21, 15.4 and 17.4 DraftKings points. This week he should be able to bounce back facing off against the 17th-ranked passing defense. It is doubtful the eight-plus targets will go away for Thomas so upside is here along with a dud game in Week 12 to keep ownership down.
TE: Zach Ertz, Philadelphia at Seattle ($7,500 FanDuel/$6,900 DraftKings)
If you look at Rob Gronkowski’s history you will see why he will be the most owned tight end on the slate. For my money though I am sticking with the guy who has been consistent and reliable all season long and costs significantly less too. Last week’s numbers (12 targets, 103 yards, TD) may not be likely against the Seahawks’ defense but it shouldn’t matter and won’t change Ertz being Carson Wentz’s favorite red-zone target.
Value Plays of the Week
QB: Blaine Gabbert, Arizona vs. Los Angeles Rams ($6,400 FanDuel/$4,700 DraftKings)
How is this possible you may be thinking, but Gabbbert has been solid since taking over the starting job. He has five touchdowns, and 21.58 and 19.34 DraftKings points over these two weeks. This week he has a tough matchup, but not worse than the Jaguars last week. The Cardinals will likely be behind and throwing plenty. He will be my favorite GPP target this week for sure. It is Gabbert so a stinker is certainly possible, but it is a value pick right?
RB: Jamaal Williams, Green Bay vs. Tampa Bay ($5,700 FanDuel/$4,700 DraftKings)
Williams should continue to get the bulk of the carries, but beware of Aaron Jones who has been practicing (and possibly Ty Montgomery). If Jones returns, Williams’ touches and value will certainly take a hit. Jones is the better option because of his playmaking ability. If Jones misses another game, then lock and load Williams due to volume alone. He had a very nice game against the Steelers, including a long TD on a screen pass on his way to an impressive 29.5 DraftKings points.
WR: Paul Richardson, Seattle vs. Philadelphia ($6,000 FanDuel/$4,600 DraftKings)
If I am playing Russell Wilson I may opt for Jimmy Graham or if you need to save some pennies look towards Richardson who has been consistent with tremendous ceiling. At this price on DraftKings in particular you could do much worse. This game should be close and Wilson will be throwing as much as he has this season, which is plenty.
— Written by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including socalledfantasyexperts.com. Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.