We’re in a special period for the NFL and fantasy football leagues where some teams are locked in, but most can still make a last minute push for the playoffs or fall from the top and miss. You may have some serious starters you trust week in and week out; trust your gut and find out who those guys are you can rely on for the next five weeks.
It will help to look at which teams have something to fight for as the season winds down. If it’s the last week and a team has nothing to go for, there’s higher potential for unexpected sits and more opportunities for players deeper on the depth chart you may not have.
Aside from those, I’d say be bold and make some trades. I know you might be afraid to tank your season on a risky move that backfires, and that’s understandable. Still, I wouldn’t let your roster stagnate, especially as the season enters the most crucial phase. Get rid of some players who have been performing well for you but you don’t trust completely and pick up some backup for your weekly starters.
Week 13 Fantasy Picks
Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers WR
Without a doubt, I was on the bandwagon to ditch Bryant and move on from his cry baby antics. While I don’t appreciate it his character anymore, he has proven he still has a crucial role in the Steelers offense. He had four catches on six targets for 40 yards and a touchdown against Green Bay, as well as five catches for 72 yards in the two games since Tomlin sat him in Week 8 (followed by a bye).
The crucial factor that makes Bryant worth a trade (50% owned, toss up if he is available) is the fact that Juju Smith-Schuster has been fighting a hamstring injury and did not play against Green Bay. If he returns Bryant’s stock will drop, but he is still a worthy wide receiver target if you need depth.
Brett Hundley and Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers QBs
I know this may look confusing, but both players make a case for a pickup. Hundley just had his best fantasy game of the season Monday night against Pittsburgh. He’s also heading to face the Buccaneers (who just got shredded by the Falcons) before a favorable matchup with the Browns dumpster fire.
Aaron Rodgers is eligible to return from his collarbone injury in Week 15. Although this won’t matter for owners expected to miss the playoffs, if you already punched your ticket and need an option at quarterback he’s your man. Don’t rely on him too much though, he has tough matchups against the Panthers and Carolina upon returning which limit his ceiling.
J.D. McKissic and Mike Davis, Seattle Seahawks RBs
Don’t worry, I’m laughing too. Picking up Seahawk running backs may seem like the stupidest decision you can make after the season we’ve seen, but hear me out. The waiver wire is thin at this time of the year so anybody with a chance to take a starting back role is notable.
Russell Wilson has put the weight of the offense on his shoulders and completely revamped the team’s offense, but I think an impressive Eagles pass rush will force the Seahawks to rely on their running backs.
Davis performed well in Seattle’s last game against San Fran with two catches for 41 yards and six carries for 18 yards before leaving with a groin injury. The sad fact is three yards per carry buries the rest of the competition in that backfield, namely Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls, and if he plays next week he’ll be the main back for the Hawks.
Stay informed on his status, if he isn’t likely to play grab J.D. McKissic. He isn’t much, but neither are any of the Seahawks running backs. Despite that he catches out of the backfield which actually means something now that Russell Wilson has been running a deadly passing game.
Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns WR
Cause why the hell not? Gordon is an absolute beast who just can’t stop smoking pot. I think he finally figured out he won’t be able to buy the bud without a paying contract though and has gotten his head straight. Either way the Browns are going to get better with him; not because he’s guaranteed or even likely to succeed, but because the rest of the team is so collectively bad.