NFL Week 13 Player Breakdown


Tom Brady (vs PHI, DK - $8,000, FD - $9,400) – Brady has now lost Edelman, Gronkowski, and Lewis as his weapons, and yet he’s the most expensive quarterback option on both DraftKings and FanDuel. Those loses may cause him to be a bit under-owned the week. He gets a great matchup against the Eagles, who have allowed 10 passing touchdowns between Jameis Winston and Matthew Stafford over the last two weeks. Brady has been Mr. Consistent this season, and he was even successful against an elite Denver defense in the snow. Brady should have very little problems picking the Eagles secondary apart. Brady can be used in all leagues this week.


Cam Newton (at NO, DK - $7,400, FD - $9,000) – This is a week to pay up for quarterback. Newton gets a great matchup against the Saints, who currently rank dead last in the NFL against quarterbacks. They are allowing 284.2 passing yards per game, and Newton is essentially the Panthers offense. On the season, he has 2,466 yards and 20 touchdowns through the air, but he also has 427 yards and 7 touchdowns on the ground. He’s a true duel threat in the NFL, which gives him a great floor and a great ceiling. This is an ideal matchup for Newton, and he can be used in all leagues this week.


Ryan Tannehill (vs BAL, DK - $5,300, FD - $7,300) – The Dolphins have been firing coaches left and right, which makes it a bit tough to fully get behind Tannehill right now. Still, he has been throwing the ball quite a bit, and he flashed great upside last week against the Jets. This week, he gets a much easier matchup against the Ravens, who have been one of the worst defenses in the NFL against quarterbacks. Tannehill’s coaching question marks make him a bit too risky for cash games, but he’s cheap enough for tournaments this week.


Adrian Peterson (vs SEA, DK - $6,600, FD - $9,100) – Peterson gets a tough matchup against the Seahawks, who have been one of the best run defenses in the NFL. Peterson is one of the most matchup proof running backs in the NFL, as he will likely see 20+ carries this week with a couple of receptions, as well. On the season, Peterson is averaging 105.8 yards and nearly 1 touchdown per game. The Vikings will likely try to ride Peterson to a victory this week, and he has flashed his upside with a 200+ yard game against the Raiders earlier this year. The elite running backs aren’t great options this week, but Peterson does come with some consistency and great upside this week.


Javorius Allen (at MIA, DK - $5,400, FD - $6,800) – Buck Allen is the clear-cut number one option for the Ravens now. He has scored 18.4 and 16.5 fantasy points over the last two weeks. His price is still a bit too low for his production, and he gets a great matchup against the Dolphins this week. Miami is allowing 138.5 rushing yards per game, which ranks last in the NFL. Allen touches the ball in a variety of ways, which makes him a fairly safe option, as well as a high upside option. Allen will likely see more touches this week, and he can be used in all leagues for his price.


Spencer Ware (at OAK, DK - $4,900, FD - $6,500) – There is a ton of value at running back this week, as Thomas Rawls also makes a great option. Ware gets the write up, however, as he’s a bit cheaper and he also has great upside. In his last two games, Ware has totaled 30 carries for 210 yards and 2 touchdowns. This week, he gets a great matchup against the Raiders, who have struggled to stop anyone on defense. Ware could lose a bit of value when Charcandrick West is healthy, but Ware has been playing more than well enough to earn himself the bulk of the carries. He’ll likely see a few more touches this week, and Ware can be used in all leagues.


DeAndre Hopkins (at BUF, DK - $8,800, FD - $8,900) – Hopkins is coming off a down week in a great matchup. It was the first week he saw targets in the single digits, which had to do with the Texans jumping out to a quick lead against the Saints. This week, Hopkins gets a great matchup against the Bills, who allowed Jeremy Maclin to post a 9-160-1 line last week. Hopkins will likely get back to double digit targets this week, which will give him the upside he has flashed for most of the season. Some players may avoid Hopkins because he flopped last week, but he gets a great matchup against the Bills, and he can be used in all leagues again this week.


Alshon Jeffery (vs SF, DK - $6,900, FD - $7,700) – Jeffrey has been underpriced all season because of nagging injuries, but he has been a great play when he is active. In games that he didn’t miss time for injuries, he’s averaging 8.8 receptions, 100.8 yards, and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He has been an elite receiving option during that stretch and his price doesn’t represent that. He played last Thursday, which meant he was healthy enough for that game, and he has now had over a week to recover. He gets a great matchup against a weak San Francisco defense, and Jeffery should be used in all leagues this week.


Danny Amendola (vs PHI, DK - $4,700, FD - $6,700) – The Patriots lost Gronkowski to an injury last week, and there will be targets to go around this week. Amendola is currently questionable, and if he is active this week, he can be used in all leagues. Before he was injured, Amendola recorded 19 catches for 196 yards. The Eagles have been the worst secondary in the NFL of the last two weeks, and the Patroits should be able to score at will this week. Amendola will be the feature receiver with Edelman, Gronkowski, and Lewis all injured. He’s an extremely safe option if he is announced healthy, but you’ll have to wait till later in the week for that.  


Travis Kelce (at OAK, DK - $4,700, FD - $6,200) – Kelce has been a huge disappointment this season, but he has flashed upside at times. He gets a great matchup against the Raiders, who have really struggled against the tight end this season. Kelce’s struggles also caused his price to drop a bit. He has two touchdowns in his last four games, and he has at least 4 receptions in each of those games. He comes with quite a bit of risk, but he’s a good tournament option this week.


Scott Chandler (vs PHI, DK - $2,500, FD - $5,300) – Chandler’s price is a bit higher on FanDuel than DraftKings, but he’s a great play on both sites. The Gronk suffered an injury this last week, and he’s going to miss this game. Chandler will step into the starting role at tight end, and the Patriots are a very depleted offense right now. Chandler is coming off a 5 reception, 58 yard, 1 touchdown game, and he gets a great matchup against the Eagles, who have really been struggling recently. Chandler can be used in all leagues this week.


Washington Redskins D/ST (vs DAL, DK - $2,300, FD - $4,400) – The Redskins defense looked great last week for most of the game before the Giants started to make a late comeback. This week, they get a great matchup against a Dallas Cowboys team without Tony Romo. The Redskins defense has flashed at times this season, and they are extremely cheap. Washington has also played extremely well at home this season, and their defense can be used as a cheap option this week.  

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