Fantasy Draft Week 13 Bargain Buys

Alex Smith made his first Pro Bowl in 2013 (USATSI)

You’ll find yourself doing your favourite touchdown dance when you set your Fantasy Draft Week 13 line-ups because we finally have a full slate of Sunday and Monday games! This means that there is no end of good fantasy options headlined by the Panthers going hosting the measly Saints. That means most line-ups will be stacked with Cam Newton and Greg Olsen but finding bargains is crucial given the high price of these two players. However, there are also a couple of good cheap options at the QB and tight end positions if you want to go against the grain this week.

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Alex Smith, $10,200, KC @ OAK: Smith is really starting to roll as the season progresses and, in a bizarre twist, now actually throws the ball downfield. This week he gets to face the Jekyll and Hyde Raiders who average 19 points a week against QB’s. Smith is finally starting to utilise all of his targets and a 20 point is game is highly possible if your budget doesn’t stretch to Cam.

Ryan Tannehill, $10,500, BAL @ MIA: Tannehill has been up and down this season but this week he gets a less than fear striking Baltimore Ravens defense to go against. One of Miami’s biggest issues this year has been its O-line but Baltimore’s pass rush has been poor since the loss of Suggs. Tannehill is getting a new offensive co-ordinator, which won’t make an instant impact, but this week may be the perfect bedding in week against a defence who gives up nearly 20 fantasy points a week to QB’s.

Thomas Rawls, $10,100, SEA @ MIN: Rawls is surprisingly still price at only $10,100. Even with a  tough week against the Vikings defense, Rawls is still the lead man in a running game that can have its way with people when it wants. Whilst Russell Wilson went mad last week with five passing TDs, this offense is still mostly about the run and option game. I expect them to get back to it this week in what is a huge game for the NFC playoff picture.

Jonathan Stewart, $10,000, CAR @ NO: Stewart gets an opportunity to go up against the most pathetic defence in the league this week and is priced at just $10,000. Yeah, I don’t need to say much more here.

C.J. Anderson, $6,500, DEN @ SD: Anderson looked explosive and full of burst last week for the first time this season. When the Patriots had their best run defender in, he was still able to carve out yards unlike Hillman who struggled early. Anderson shone down the stretch last season and now with a QB who can actually move around back under center, he could repeat last years end of season performance. Add in that he gets to face the worst defence against running backs this week and all signs point towards a big week for Denver’s running game.

Sammy Watkins, $10,500, HOU @ BUF: I betrayed my own faith last week and sat Watkins in one of my most important leagues, but I reaped the benefits in daily formats where he drove me into the paying positions across the board. This week he gets the tougher threat of an improved Texans defense but I believe in his talent to be a top 10 receiver in the league and think he can overcome this.

Vincent Jackson, $9,200, ATL @ TB: Jackson had a second decent game in a row since his return last week. This week he gets the Falcons defense who don’t have the shutdown option that Vontae Davis is in their defensive backfield. Jackson is a quality receiver and at this price is well worth a gamble in given his potential to be a game changer in another big playoff picture match-up.

Tavon Austin, $8,400, ARI @ STL: The Rams tend to have three or four games a year where they just click and take games off teams you don’t expect them to. Coming off a thrashing from the Bengals and welcoming division rivals the Cardinals into their dome strikes me as a prime opportunity for a big game. In order to get this offense going, they will need to lean on their run game with Gurley and their trickery with Austin. Austin always seems to perform best at home on the turf and has been the spark for this offense at times this season and I see a big game coming this week against the Cardinals.

Travis Kelce, $8,700, KC @ OAK: Kelce is finally showing why people rated him so highly in the offseason, as he has now put together a few nice games in a row. This week he gets the Raiders D who give up on average 12.4 points to tight ends and Smith is now looking his way regularly. Olsen is my pick of tight ends but if I have to go cheap I’m looking for Kelce.

Julius Thomas, $7,800, JAX @ TEN: Just going to chuck this one in because I saw the Jags make a real effort to target him more the last few weeks and I think they will go his way in the red zone this week. Just a hunch but a really cheap hunch.

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