Time to Shine or Ride the Pine: Week 13 Start or Sit

Thanksgiving has passed as has the stomach problems caused by Howard and Blount trading places. Young studs Chubb and Adams continued to impress, and old horses McCoy and Crowell are on their last leg. After reviewing last weeks results, check out which players can help you move on to the playoffs in week 13 start or sit.

Running backs who will shine

Ty Montgomery (Bal@Atl 1pm est)

Finally, being inserted into the offense, Montgomery replaced Javorius Allen as the primary backup and pass catcher for the Ravens last week. He played on 28 offensive snaps to Allen’s 1 while rushing 8 times and catching 3 passes. His pass catching abilities, along with his success as a runner with Green Bay make Montgomery a weapon the Ravens have sorely needed.

Prediction: 7 car 28 yards, 5 rec 41 yards 1 td: 15.4 pts

Royce Freeman (Den@Cin 1pm est)

Although he has performed much more like a lemon, Rolls Royce Freeman is still somebody who can help push fantasy owners into the playoffs if you’re short on depth. Denver will likely be pounding the rock much of the afternoon against the Bengals while seeing ample red zone opportunities. Freeman is still getting carries on the goal line and will plow one in for a score at Cincy this week.

Prediction: 11 car 52 yards 1 td: 11.2 pts

T.J. Yeldon ([email protected]Jax 1pm est)

I think Leonard Fournette wanted an extra week off. He has been suspended for this week leaving the unimpressive Carlos Hyde and pass catching extraordinaire TJ Yeldon with the ground game duties. Jacksonville will likely hand Carlos most of the early down work, but TJ should see an increase in rushing attempts on top of his normal passing game role. The Colts are on fire right now and could commit to stopping the run leaving Jacksonville to lean on short passes. Yeldon will be the main target in a game-plan predicated on short passes and that will be the case this week.

Prediction: 8 car 36 yards, 6 rec 48 yards 1 td: 17.4 pts

Put a splinter in their backsides

Ito Smith ([email protected]Atl 1pm est)

Atlanta has been a hot mess the last 3 weeks losing to Cleveland, Dallas, then the Saints. This week Atlanta hosts the Baltimore Ravens who led by Lamar Jackson, will try and control as much of the clock as possible. This will leave limited plays for the Falcons and thus decrease Smith’s playing time even more. He has only 14 carries over the last 3 weeks and in close games Atlanta will lean on their passing game. Leave Ito on his right place, the Bench.

Prediction: 8 car 28 yards, 1 rec 11 yards: 4.4 pts  

Jordan Wilkins (Ind@Jax 1pm est)

Will we see an athlete with the combined skills of Michael and Dominique? I don’t think so. Jordan Wilkins has been “meh” as a runner for the colts. Although he is running with a 5.6 yds/car average, one td with 14 receptions are not exciting and Nyheim Hines should see most if not all the passing game duties. He may potentially start for the Colts this week, but not on your fantasy team.

Prediction: 12 car 39 yards, 1 rec 5 yards: 4.9 pts

Peyton Barber ([email protected]TB 1pm est)

He’s back to sitting in the main Barber chair, but Peyton is facing that tantrum throwing kid this week, the Carolina Panthers. He has seen 18 carries and scored a touchdown in each of the last 2 games, but his success stops this week. Carolina has already proven an ability to limit Barber as they allowed him only 31 rushing yards in week 9. More of the same is on the horizon as well as some shameful haircuts for fantasy owners relying on Peyton Barber.

Prediction: 13 car 57 yards, 1 rec 8 yards: 7 pts

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Wide Receivers/TE in the spotlight

Dan Arnold (NO@Dal TNF 8:20 pm est)

Hey Arnold! No, not the kids show from the 90’s, Dan Arnold has shown some impressive chemistry with Drew Brees lately. The former college wide receiver is a matchup nightmare for linebackers with his height of 6-6 and surprising speed. If Arnold suits up, he’ll be facing one of fantasy’s worst defenses against the tight end position. With lots of attention being paid to Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara, and others, we may all be saying Hey Arnold! He’s pretty good.

Prediction: 3 rec 42 yards 1 td: 11.7 pts

Tyler Boyd ([email protected]Cin 1pm est)

The potential Return of A.J. Green as well as Denver committing to stopping Joe Mixon may leave Boyd some more space to work. He has been seeing no.1 corners while Green has sat, but this week he’ll be back to his complimentary role where he averaged 6.5 rec & 85 yards while adding 5 tds from weeks 2-8. Although I expect Denver to limit the Bengals with Jeff Driskel starting, Boyd should help fantasy owners move into the playoffs.

Prediction: 6 rec 64 yards 1 td: 15.4 pts

Adam Humphries ([email protected]TB 1pm est)

Since week 9, Humphries has scored 4 tds and had over 50 yards in each game. Carolina is beatable through the air, and his ability to get open will allow Jameis to find him multiple times this week.

Prediction: 7 rec 61 yards 1 td: 15.6 pts

Splinter Time

Sterling Shepard ([email protected]NYG 1pm est)

Real Sterling silver doesn’t rust but Shepard is in serious need of polishing. He hasn’t surpassed 37 yards receiving in any of his last 4 games. Scoring has also eluded him as he’s danced only once during the last 7 games. Facing a Bears defense which will be smothering Eli all game, expect more of the same from Shepard.

Prediction: 4 rec 43 yards: 6.3 pts

Jarvis Landry (Cle@Hou 1pm est)

We thought everything had changed for the better. That is not the case for Jarvis Landry since Hue Jackson’s firing. Jarvis was targeted a team high 12 times during Jackson’s last game but only gained 39! Yards on 8 receptions. He has seen his target share decrease, and his yds/tar plummet to 5.2. He just isn’t a downfield threat for Cleveland and facing a tough Texans defense in Houston this week will make his job even harder. Fade Landry before he costs you a playoff spot.

Prediction: 6 rec 55 yards: 8.5 pts

49ers receivers except Kittle (SF@Sea 4:25pm est)

Seattle still has an elite pass defense and with the 49ers traveling to Seattle, expect Nick Mullens to be shaking in his boots.

Prediction: Not good for any of them


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