The 5 Up/5 Down column took a holiday break last week for some turkey, stuffing and fantasy wins (and losses). However, it's back in time for Week 13, the week most fantasy owners need to win in order to get into the playoffs. For many, it's the last week of the regular season, which is sad and crazy all at the same time. For those needing a win, be sure to look at matchups. Look at what is going on with teams. Look at injuries. From there, make the decisions that will get your team to the playoffs.
Please note that 5 Up/5 Down is a guide on players that should exceed or fall below their rank this week. This is based on past performance, injury status and matchup. This is not a start/sit column, but rather a guide.
Josh McCown, QB, New York Jets
Since Week 5, McCown has had at least two touchdowns in all games but one. He's only thrown five interceptions in that span as well. For both real-life purposes and fantasy purposes, he actually has value. Against the Carolina Panthers, who were supposed to be a tough pass defense, McCown threw for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns. In Week 13, the Jets face Kansas City, who has allowed big games to quarterbacks. He's ranked No. 13 this week but could make it into the top 10.
Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins
Drake is ranked No. 23 among running backs, but he can easily exceed that ranking. This is because of the volume he's going to receive. With Damien Williams likely out (shoulder), Drake will be the primary running back for the Dolphins. He has yet to see double-digit carries this season, but that should come in Week 13. The Dolphins play the Broncos, but their run defense has not been as stout as it was at the beginning of the season. Drake should find the end zone this week.
Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams
The Los Angeles Rams face the Arizona Cardinals in Week 13, but Kupp won't see Patrick Peterson. Rather, Peterson will likely be on Sammy Watkins, leaving the field open for Kupp. In Week 12, Kupp had career highs in targets (8), receptions (11) and yards (116). He likely won't hit those numbers again, but with Robert Woods still sidelined, Kupp will likely be the focal point of this passing offense. He's ranked No. 23 and is a solid WR2.
Dontrelle Inman, WR, Chicago Bears
Somehow, Inman is the Chicago Bears No. 1 receiver. He's ranked No. 49 this week, but he should be in the flex consideration for fantasy purposes. In Week 12, he had the most targets on the team by far (9). In Week 11, he had the most targets out of all WRs (5, RB Tarik Cohen had six). He's being targeted and while the Bears aren't putting up a lot of passing yards, he's likely going to have the most receiving yards. Inman has a great matchup this week against the 49ers and may just find the end zone.
Jared Cook, TE, Oakland Raiders
Cook is ranked No. 5 among tight ends, so there is little room to move "up." However, this is to say that he is a great fantasy option in all formats this week. The New York Giants are terrible against tight ends. They gave up either a touchdown or 100 yards to all opposing tight ends until last week. For Oakland, Michael Crabtree is suspended and Amari Cooper is likely out (concussion, ankle). Derek Carr is going to need to get the ball to someone, and Cook will be a great option.
Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers face the New Orleans Saints in Week 13. The Saints' defense has been solid all year, although in the past two weeks, they did allow quarterbacks to throw for 300 yards and multiple touchdowns. They also were missing some key defensive players. The problem with the Panthers is the lack of pass catchers. Newton likely won't have Greg Olsen again this week. Devin Funchess is banged up and Christian McCaffrey is dealing with a shoulder injury. Newton is ranked No. 6, but he may not finish that high.
Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Facing the New York Jets this week, Hunt should finish below his No. 13 ranking. He's struggled over the past four weeks and the Jets' run defense is actually quite good. On the season, they've allowed the seventh-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs. Jonathan Stewart scored a rushing touchdown last week, but prior to that, no running back had scored a rushing touchdown since Week 6. Hunt, after scoring six touchdowns in the first three weeks of the season, hasn't found the end zone since.
Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons
Two factors go into Coleman not being able to get to his No. 18 ranking. First, Devonta Freeman was cleared from the concussion protocol and will be active in Week 13. He'll be active and go back to handling his regular workload. When Freeman plays, Coleman has a backup role. Second, the Minnesota Vikings allow the fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs. Even though Coleman has scored in the past three weeks, this week is a much tougher test.
Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants
In the last game he played (Week 10), Shepard had a season-high 11 receptions for 142 yards. He missed the past two weeks with migraines, but he is on track to play in Week 13. However, the Giants have announced that Geno Smith will be their Week 13 starting quarterback against the Oakland Raiders. When Smith has played in the past, it hasn't been great, which means all pass catchers are downgraded. Shepard is ranked No. 27, but is barely in the WR3 consideration.
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings
Ranked the No. 11 tight end this week, Rudolph is coming off a great Week 12. He had four receptions for 63 yards and two touchdowns. He has been consistently getting at least four receptions per game since Week 5, but the touchdowns are fluky. The Atlanta Falcons have allowed the 10th-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends. They've only allowed two tight ends to score a touchdown this season. While Rudolph may find the end zone, he is only a TE2 this week.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.