2019 Fantasy Football Week 13: Starts/Sits
Week 13 is... still here, thanks to Thanksgiving giving us the first three games on the slate, with the others coming tomorrow and Monday! To that end, we've got some starts and sits for you to help you make those final lineup decisions to help propel you into your fantasy playoffs if you're not already there!
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That said, let's get right into it!
START Carson Wentz, PHI @ MIA
Well, Carson Wentz started out the week with a bruised hand suffered last week against Seattle but now, he gets Nelson Agholor and Alshon Jeffrey back in a dreamy matchup worthy of the cover of Tiger Beat. The Dolphins allow over 25 fantasy points to the quarterback position and while Wentz has struggled mightily this season, he's getting into a very pedestrian home stretch of opponents that includes these Dolphins, the Giants twice, Washington, and the Cowboys. He may not have Zach Ertz available as he is a gametime decision, but if he's unable to go, Dallas Goedert should be able to seamlessly fill right in. I have Wentz as a top 12 play this week, who should be able to take advantage of this matchup with most of his starters now available to him.
SIT Tom Brady, NE @ HOU
Tom Brady has fallen from a solid, bankable fantasy starter to a good real life quarterback that just can't hack it in fantasy. He started out 2019 with five 20-plus fantasy points in his first six contest this season, but in his last five contests, he doesn't have one. He's been doing all he can to keep the Patriots machine moving, as it always does, but without the fantasy results we've been accustomed to with such a successful team. With the recent track record, he's hard to trust as a starter going forward. Don't go chasing the name value here, folks.
START Miles Sanders, PHI @ MIA
A running theme... the Dolphins. Miles Sanders has the backfield to himself with Jordan Howard still out. We were a bit worried with the Jay Ajayi addition to the Philadelphia roster with how much of the workload he would get, and he only received 6 touches to Sanders' 15. I'm confident in Sanders this week with his talent and opposing defense to be able to just reach that RB1 status this week with both rushing and receiving work. He's a quality play this week.
SIT Joe Mixon, CIN vs. NYJ
Just when you think you can start Joe Mixon again... but the defense in front of him won't help matters either. Mixon has averaged over 21 touches per game with Ryan Finley as quarterback from Week 10 forward. Before the Bengals' Week 9 bye and with Andy Dalton installed, Mixon averaged just 15 touches per game. The Jets have also allowed a league-best 2.99 yards per carry this season and with the change back to Andy Dalton, I think he's going to want to throw it a ton to finally get in the winning side of the ledger at home this week. FOr me, Mixon is a FLEX play in Week 13, just outside of my top 24 running backs.
START Cooper Kupp, LAR @ ARI
I mean, it's not like I have a #FFPieBet attached to Cooper Kupp or anything... but Kupp has been pretty subpar the last three weeks, with admittedly a difficult three game stretch with the Bears, Steelers, and Ravens to contend with. Kupp should get back to normal against a leaky Cardinals secondary that can't defend the slot (averaging over 150 yards in the last two games to slot receivers). I have him as my overall WR4 this week and he should flirt with WR1 this week in a tantalizing matchup.
SIT Emmanuel Sanders, SF @ BAL
Emmanuel Sanders has essentially been a decoy the last couple weeks here with his rib injury, and while that may be getting somewhat healthier, his matchup against Baltimore is anything but for the 49ers passing attack and Sanders. With playoff positioning on the line, you can't possibly try and slot him into your lineup and expect any sort of result. With the confidence out the window, Sanders is only startable in the most dire of situations.
START Jack Doyle, IND @ TEN
With Eric Ebron on season-ending IR, that opens up a majority of the work for Jack Doyle. He was already getting a large portion of the snaps but not the pass routes, but it should change now to Doyle's benefit. A solid projection of 7-9 targets makes Doyle a top 12 option based on volume alone, even if the matchup at home vs. Tennessee isn't the greatest.
If you're not rostering anybody inside of the top 9-10 at the position, your options are touchdown or bust. Hard to recommend anybody to truly sit.