The turkey has been eaten, the pumpkin pie served, and three games of football already played in Week 13. Fantasy football owners are likely still in a food-induced coma, hopefully made better by some positive fantasy players. This week is a must-win situation for many, so the pressure is on to get players into your starting lineup that will give you as many points as possible.
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.
Sam Darnold, QB, New York Jets
Darnold is in the midst of a nice string of matchups, continuing with Cincinnati in Week 13. In the past three weeks, opposing quarterbacks have thrown for five touchdowns vs. the Bengals. Darnold himself in the past two weeks has thrown for six (he's also run one in himself). He isn't a great quarterback, but he takes advantage of good matchups. This is one of those weeks for him and he should exceed his No. 21 ranking.
Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Fournette had a great game in Week 12, with 97 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns, and 12 targets in the passing game (he caught nine for 62 yards). The Jaguars are using him as much as they can and that should continue in Week 13. He's the No. 14-ranked running back this week, but he should be considered an RB1 against Tampa Bay, who allow the most fantasy points to the position.
Jonathan Williams, RB, Indianapolis Colts
While Marlon Mack has been injured the past two weeks, Williams has rushed for more than 100 yards. Mack has shown no signs of returning, so it will be Williams again. The Colts face the Titans, who just gave up a big game to Leonard Fournette. With T.Y. Hilton (calf) already ruled out, look for Williams to be involved in the passing game. He’s ranked No. 23, but should be a solid RB2.
Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams
It's tough to trust Jared Goff, but Woods has been playing well. Even in Monday night's disaster of a football game, Woods had six receptions for 96 yards on nine targets. In the past two games, he's had over 90 yards. Granted, the potential for a dud game is there, but the matchup against the Cardinals is a good one. Woods is ranked No. 32 but should finish ahead of that.
Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts
With T.Y. Hilton already ruled out and Eric Ebron on injured reserve, Doyle should have a bigger role in Week 13. The Titans are a decent matchup, but the biggest key for Doyle is opportunity. Jacoby Brissett has looked to him. Since the bye, Doyle has had at least four targets in five of six games. He only had more than 50 yards in one of those games, but a 5/60/0 stat line is not out of the question for him. He's ranked No. 16 but could give PPR owners double-digit fantasy points.
Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans
Watson has been a top-tier quarterback, but being ranked No. 5 for Week 13 against the New England Patriots is awfully high. In an equally tough matchup against the Ravens two weeks ago, Watson threw for 169 scoreless yards. He added an interception and 12 yards on the ground. It's going to be hard to trust him against the Patriots. They are known for shutting down opposing teams, and Watson is no exception.
Tevin Coleman, RB, San Francisco 49ers
Ever since Week 8, fantasy owners have been hoping that Coleman would have a game at least close to that three-touchdown performance. No luck so far, and it doesn't seem like it will happen this week either. Matt Breida returned to practice this week and will likely play. Based on the way Coleman has been playing, Breida will regain the starting role with Coleman and Raheem Mostert chipping in. Coleman is ranked No. 19 but should finish well below that.
Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
The Denver Broncos allow the sixth-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers. Last week, Allen found the end zone for the first time since Week 3. He's had eight receptions in the past two weeks, but he hasn't had a 100-yard game since Week 3. Allen has had good games and he's struggled. Based on the matchup, it seems that Week 13 might be another disappointing outing. Allen is ranked No. 15 but is a low WR2.
Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos
There are rumblings that Drew Lock might make an appearance in Week 13. It's hard to say how that will affect Sutton, but a rookie quarterback's first start is often rocky (unless your David Blough apparently). Lock may focus on Sutton, which would push him above his No. 22 ranking in PPR formats. Or, he may struggle and look to throw to tight end Noah Fant and the running backs. The matchup against the Chargers is also a tough one, so Sutton is a risky WR2 this week.
Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Brate is ranked No. 13, which is on the cusp of TE1 status. This following his goose egg in Week 12. Yes, he had a great Week 11 (10/73/0), but that seems to be an outlier when the season as a whole is examined. He has only had two games with six or more targets. Week 11 is his only game with more than 50 receiving yards. He hasn't had a touchdown since Week 6. He's a low TE2 at best.
Full Disclosure from Week 12
5 Up (3/5 correct)
Jeff Driskel, QB, Lions (Ranked: 25, actual: 16)
James White, RB, Patriots (Ranked: 30, actual: outside top 50)
Allen Robinson, WR, Bears (Ranked: 16, actual: 6)
DeVante Parker, WR, Dolphins (Ranked: 28, actual: 25)
Vance McDonald, TE, Steelers (Ranked: 15, actual: 45)
5 Down (3/5 correct)
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, 49ers (Ranked: 9, actual: 12)
Joe Mixon, RB, Bengals (Ranked: 14, actual: 22)
Devin Singletary, RB, Bills, (Ranked: 17, actual: 12)
Marquise Brown, WR, Ravens (Ranked: 29, actual: 7)
Darren Waller, TE, Raiders (Ranked: 1, actual: 12)
— 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.