Fantasy football Week 13 cheat sheet: Injury decisions and fringe starters
By John Romero
The Washington Post|
Nov 30, 2018 | 2:45 PM
Need some quick tips to assemble your fantasy lineup for Week 13? This weekend represents the end of the regular season in the majority of fantasy football leagues. We've combed the far reaches of the internet and culled only the choicest fantasy tips and advice. Below you'll find easily digestible nuggets from multiple fantasy experts, addressing some of the critical situations fantasy owners will face from week to week.
Dig in. And dominate.
Devin Funchess, WR, Panthers
Funchess was back at practice Thursday as he appears recovered from a back injury. It's difficult to recommend Funchess, given that his production has fallen off considerably since Week 7. For those owners who find themselves in dire need of a WR2/flex play, you can take comfort that Funchess and Carolina get to face a porous Tampa Bay secondary.
While this is common knowledge at this point, Gordon will miss at least one week, and possibly more, with a medial collateral ligament sprain. It comes at a brutal time for owners, who are looking to secure a playoff berth. If you have a chance to grab the two backups in San Diego, they could be helpful in a pinch.
A.J. Green, WR, Bengals
Green was limited in a Thursday practice session, so monitor Friday's injury report. If Green is able to take the field, he'll have a backup quarterback at the helm in Jeff Driskel. Green is a bit of a risk, but it's hard to bench a player of his caliber.
Kerryon Johnson, RB, Lions
The Detroit rookie did not practice Thursday and is likely to sit out another week with an ailing knee. LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick will pick up the slack in the matchup against the Rams. For owners looking to take a gamble on Blount or Riddick, the lean here is Riddick, with Detroit needing a weapon to help keep pace with the high-octane offense of Los Angeles.
Tevin Coleman, RB, Falcons
Coleman's production has been abysmal in recent weeks, and Week 12 was only salvaged with a late touchdown. Now he faces a Baltimore defense that has been stingy vs. opposing running backs this season. Coleman owners probably want to search for an alternative whether they're vying for a playoff spot or looking to play spoiler; the Atlanta tailback simply can't be relied on.
Austin Ekeler, RB, Chargers
Ekeler's ownership has skyrocketed this week with the injury to teammate Melvin Gordon. Ekeler stands to inherit a lot of touches and has a chance to provide his owners a big game in a Week 13 matchup against the Steelers. The game could feature a lot of offense and Ekeler's versatility offers a ton of upside. Start him with confidence.
Henry was likely selected in drafts with owners dreaming of a breakout season after he served as Tennessee's backup for the past couple of years. That hasn't happened, and owners likely had Henry on the bench when he did provide solid results. But it's Week 13 and owners in need of a win should be looking in every direction as they search for the best lineup. You won't find a lot of pundits advocating for Henry, but if you are looking for positives, he has out-carried teammate Dion Lewis in recent weeks. And a matchup against the 27th-ranked run defense of the Jets is certainly a factor to consider. Add all those things up and Henry has a decent chance of having a nice outing for Tennessee. Henry is available in 41 percent of ESPN leagues.
Carlos Hyde, RB, Jaguars
Like Ekeler, Hyde finds himself in the position of filling in for the team's No. 1 running back. Leonard Fournette was suspended for the week following a fight in Week 12. In his absence, Hyde will likely serve as Jacksonville's primary ballcarrier while T.J. Yeldon operates as the third-down back in passing situations. All that said, the Colts have been very tough against opposing running backs. For Hyde to provide a serviceable week, he probably needs to get into the end zone. That won't be easy and the Jaguars are also down one offensive lineman. Yeldon could be the benefactor if the running game isn't producing.
Cameron Brate, TE, Buccaneers
Tampa Bay's Week 13 opponent, Carolina, has been generous to opposing tight ends. With the strong rapport between Brate and quarterback Jameis Winston, it wouldn't be a shock to see the Bucs' tight end find the end zone for the second week in a row. Brate is available in 39 percent of ESPN leagues.
While the aforementioned Ekeler will pick up the bulk of the duties in the wake to the injury to Gordon, Jackson could also see some playing time. In mop-up duty in Week 12, Jackson had seven carries for 57 yards. Gordon is a stat machine and Ekeler is unlikely to provide the same production; that could allow Jackson to contribute as well. Jackson is available in 90 percent of ESPN leagues.