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Fantasy Football 5 Up, 5 Down: Lamar Jackson, Chris Carson Up; Alshon Jeffery, DeAndre Hopkins Down for Week 13

Fantasy Football 5 Up, 5 Down: Alshon Jeffery

Fantasy Football 5 Up, 5 Down: Alshon Jeffery

Some fantasy owners look at Week 13 as the last week of their season. For most leagues it is the last week of the regular season. However, for some owners it’s literally win-and-you’re-in. When the playoffs start in Week 14, a win is needed to either get in or possibly earn a much-coveted bye week. At this point, putting together the best lineup is key.

No more teams are on bye, so all players are available. However, some players are injured (or suspended), and fantasy owners should be scouring the waiver wire in case someone was dropped that might be useful. Fantasy owners that made the playoffs can start looking ahead, but don’t lose track of Week 13.

Please note 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. You also can see how my Week 12 calls turned out at the bottom.

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

5 Up

Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens 

The Ravens face the Falcons in Week 13. The Falcons have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. While Jackson isn’t the typical quarterback (in that he rushes for nearly as many yards as he throws for), he should still find success. The most rushing yards the Falcons have given up to a quarterback is 42 (to Cam Newton in Week 2). However, they haven’t faced many mobile quarterbacks. Expect Jackson to continue to play well and exceed his No. 12 ranking.

James White, RB, New England Patriots 

The Minnesota Vikings have been tough against running backs, although they haven’t defended pass-catching running backs as well. They’ve allowed three rushing and three receiving touchdowns to running backs this year. White can score either way, and Tom Brady may have a tough time against this defense. Look for Brady to dump off to White, and in PPR formats, he should finish higher than his No. 27 ranking.

Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks 

The Seahawks are facing the 49ers and it seems that they should win this game. If they get ahead, the team will likely fall back on their running game. Carson is the No. 1 back for the Seahawks, and they are a team that likes to run the ball, regardless of the score. The game script for this one seems like it will favor Carson. He’s scored touchdowns in three of the past four games he’s played in, and he might just find the end zone again in Week 13. He’s ranked No. 18, but is a high RB2.

Chris Conley, WR, Kansas City Chiefs 

Assuming Sammy Watkins is out, Conley will step into his role. Watkins has yet to practice this week, coming out of the bye, which does not bode well for his availability on Sunday. Conley had eight targets in Week 11, and he caught seven of them for 74 yards and two touchdowns. Granted, Patrick Mahomes threw 46 times for 478 yards and six touchdowns in that game, but Conley should still have value in Week 13. He’s ranked No. 77, not even on the fantasy radar, but he could find his way into lineups. While Week 13 isn’t always the best time to trot out a dart throw, some fantasy owners are desperate and Conley may end up with WR3/4 value.

Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins 

Even though the Philadelphia Eagles have been pretty decent against tight ends, Reed has Colt McCoy. While this sounds like it may be a bad thing, McCoy is going to utilize short passes. In Week 12, Reed had eight targets. He caught six of those for 75 yards. While the season has been tough for Reed overall, in the last three weeks he has at least four receptions and 50 yards in each game. He has two touchdowns on the year, one of which just came in Week 11. He’s ranked No. 10, but could finish higher than that.

5 Down

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers 

The Steelers host the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday night. Roethlisberger at home, and in primetime, is usually a recipe for success. However, the Chargers have played very well against opposing quarterbacks, allowing the third-fewest fantasy points to the position. The only quarterbacks who have thrown at least three TD passes against the Chargers are Patrick Mahomes (four in Week 1) and Jared Goff (three in Week 3). Roethlisberger is ranked No. 4 for Week 13, but he may not finish there.

Dion Lewis, RB, Tennessee Titans

The Titans face the Jets, who have allowed running backs in the past two games to rush for more than 100 yards and a touchdown. However, Lewis hasn’t been used as much in the running game. In Week 12, he had seven carries for eight yards. He also caught seven passes that went for just 33 yards. Constantly being stuffed in Week 12, Lewis showed that he couldn’t get open or into space. He’s going to have a tougher time in Week 13 and should finish below his No. 22 ranking, especially in non-PPR leagues.

DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans 

Hopkins is ranked No. 3 for Week 13, but should finish well below that. He’s a WR1, but fantasy owners should temper expectations. Deshaun Watson hasn’t attempted more than 25 passes since Week 5. While Hopkins still has gotten his share, the lack of passes does not bode well for a receiver on a week-to-week basis. He’s only had five receptions in each of the last two games, which is how long Demaryius Thomas has been with the Texans.

Alshon Jeffrey, WR Philadelphia Eagles 

Fantasy owners of Jeffery have been disappointed in their WR2 over the past four games. Since the Eagles' Week 9 bye, Jeffery has not had more than four receptions or 50 yards. In the first four games of the season, Jeffrey had 25 receptions for 306 yards and four touchdowns. In his last four games, he has 15 receptions for 155 yards and no touchdowns. The addition of Golden Tate certainly hasn’t helped Jeffrey. He’s ranked No. 23 on name value; he certainly hasn’t lived up to WR2 status lately.

Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots 

Even though Gronk finally returned in Week 12, he may not reach his No. 3 ranking for Week 13. The Patriots face the Minnesota Vikings, who did allow a big game to Zach Ertz, but not many other tight ends. Gronk was added to the injury report this week (again), although his status for Week 13 is not currently in doubt. Rather, he hasn’t had more than three receptions in a game since Week 5. He scored a touchdown in Week 12, but that will be the only way he hits his ranking this week.

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5 Up (4/5 correct)

Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns (Ranked: 14, Actual: 5)

Josh Adams, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (Ranked: 29, Actual: 15)

Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts (Ranked: 12, Actual: 24, left with a concussion)

Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks (Ranked: 24, Actual: 5)

Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Ranked: 16, Actual: 11)

5 Down (2/5 correct)

Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers (Ranked: 5, Actual: 9)

Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans (Ranked: 24, actual: 6)

Josh Gordon, WR, New England Patriots (Ranked: 14, Actual: 39)

Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans (Ranked: 26, Actual: 4)

Eric Ebron, TE, Indianapolis Colts (Ranked: 9, Actual: 1)

— 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.