DRAFT Fantasy Targets for Week 13
Most of us that play daily fantasy sports do so via DraftKings and Fan Duel. However, this season I have ventured my way over to another platform and that is DRAFT. The site that hosts live daily fantasy football drafts that take just minutes to complete. The cool thing about DRAFT is the fact that you and only you own the player you draft in the contests you enter. So if you are confident on a guy, grab him, if you are sure a guy will be a bust that week, fade him and maybe your opponent will draft him. On DRAFT there’s no worrying about your opponent having the same player as you. But hey, there is a good chance you already know this about DRAFT and that is why you are reading this article, and if you didn’t, make sure you get over to draft.com and check it out. In this article, I will give you my top two targets on DRAFT at each of the three eligible position spots: QB, RB, and WR/TE.
It is already Week 13. For those of you who are eliminated from your season-long fantasy playoffs, this is a perfect time to start redeeming yourself on DRAFT, but before we get into this week’s article, let’s take a look at our results from last week:
Week 12 Recap:
- Tom Brady – 18/28, 227 Yards, 4 TD – 21.68 DP
- Russell Wilson – 20/34, 228 Yards, 3 Total TD – 24.62 DP
- Ingram/Kamara– 11 ATT, 31 RUY – 4.60 DP / 5 ATT, 87 RUY, 6 REC, 101 REY, 1 TD – 33.80 DP
- Kareem Hunt – 11 ATT, 17 RUY – 3.10 DP
Wide Receiver/Tight End:
- Antonio Brown – 10 REC, 169 REY, 2 TD, 1 2PC – 35.90 DP
- Brandin Cooks – 6 REC, 83 REY, 1 TD – 18.40 DP
Week 13 Targets
DRAFT Quarterback Targets
Chargers vs. Browns
- Draft Point Average: 17.1
- Gridiron Experts Week 13 Ranking: 5th
After Philip Rivers threw for a season-high 434 yards, three touchdowns and 28.86 DP on Thanksgiving against the Cowboys, this may seem like a points-chasing play but the reality is, he is in an amazing spot and he has played his best football of the season as of late. Rivers has thrown more than one touchdown in four of his five last five games and he now owns a 20:7 touchdown-to-interception ratio. In his last three games, he has the second-best passer rating in the NFL and during that span he is averaging 9.02 yards per attempt, which is a league high.
Cleveland is good against the run and has become a pass funnel defense. They struggle to get pressure on the quarterback as they are graded second-worst in rushing the passer this season according to Pro Football Focus. The Browns will likely resort to blitzing Rivers, who is known as a traditional pocket passer that struggles to move. Last week, Rivers posted a perfect 158.3 QB rating against the Cowboys’ blitz and he was amazingly efficient in the pocket as he finished with a 149.1 passer rating when throwing from within the tackles.
Some may be scared off due to the fact that WR Mike Williams will not play in this game but he did not damage the ACL in his right knee like was originally thought. His absence is not enough to fade Rivers. Travis Benjamin is more than capable of filling in for the rookie wideout. Play Rivers with confidence.
Rams @ Cardinals
- Draft Point Average: 17.7
- Gridiron Experts Week 12 Ranking: 8th
Jared Goff may have gotten off easy last week with the better parts of the New Orleans Saints secondary on the sidelines, but nevertheless, the 2nd year pro led the Rams to victory over a top NFC opponent. The University of California product threw for 354 yards, two scores and racked up 20.86 DP. He was sharp, as he completed passes to eight different receivers. He did throw an interception on a Sammy Watkins intended pass that Watkins tipped and landed in opposing arms.
In the four games since the Rams’ bye, Goff finished second, third, and 10th in fantasy scoring and he has had top-15 fantasy weeks in seven of his last 11 starts. This week, he will face a pass-funnel Cardinals defense giving up the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing passers this season and that has yielded top-12 results to eight of the last 11 quarterbacks they have faced.
Sean McVay and the Rams coaches will draw up a game plan to try and exploit the Cardinals’ weakest link on the back end and as we have heard all week, McVay will continue to use all of the time he is allowed to talk with Goff through his in-helmet headset pre-snap. Goff told the LA Times that his head coach is great on the headset. Whatever McVay is doing, it’s working and I don’t expect it to change this week. The last time these teams met Goff completed 22 of 37 passes for 235 yards and a touchdown, with one interception, in a 33-0 victory in London.
The strategy to take Goff this week, allows you to draft your top RB and WR targets first. The hope is, when you enter a H2H, your opponent takes their QB early and then you can wait until your last pick to select Goff.
Also considering: Tom Brady, Tyrod Taylor, Marcus Mariota, Derek Carr, Cam Newton
DRAFT Running Back Targets
Steelers @ Bengals
- Draft Point Average: 17.6
- Gridiron Experts Week 13 Ranking: 1st
It is well known that Ben Roethlisberger struggles in a majority of his games on the road. The prime beneficiary to this trickle-down effect is none other than Le’Veon Bell. The Workhorse running back is a massive reverse home-road splits player who averages .63 more yards per carry, nearly 20 more yards per game, and has scored 13 more touchdowns in only two more games in opposing stadiums. This season, Bell has scored all five of his touchdowns on the road.
As we know, Bell is a complete all-purpose back and has set consecutive season highs in targets (11, 14) in the last two weeks. This week, he gets division rival Cincinnati, whose defense has allowed the NFL’s fourth-most catches (68) to running backs and allowed Bell’s second-highest receiving-yardage total of the year (58) back in Week 7. The Bengals have given up 110 or more rushing yards in six straight games and allowed the Browns running backs to average 5.91 yards per carry.
Opposing teams are averaging 10.8 red zone plays per game against Cincy, the most in the NFL this season. Consequently, Bell leads the league in touches inside of the red zone (55) and inside of the 10-yard line (23). Last week’s game against Green Bay was Bell’s seventh career 20-point game without scoring a touchdown, odds are he will not make an eighth this week.
In his career against Marvin Lewis’s squad the Steelers are 5-1 and Bell has scored four times in six career games. Bell will be my #1 ranked player again this week.
Raiders vs. Giants
- Draft Point Average: 9.0
- Gridiron Experts Week 12 Ranking: 17th
As crazy as it seems the Oakland Raiders at 5-6 still have their playoff hopes alive. Many had speculated throughout the first half of the season that the Raiders may have been saving their prized off-season acquisition Marshawn Lynch for when they need him most down the stretch. Whether or not that was the case, the Raiders need him now more than they have all season long.
Oakland will be without WR’s Michael Crabtree (suspension) and Amari Cooper (concussion) this week and it seems to only bolster the chances that Lynch will get a similar workload to last week’s season highs in touches (29), snaps (69%), and total yards (111). He was involved in the passing game as well catching three balls for 44 yards. A 20 or more touch game for Beast Mode seems extremely likely considering that the Giants run defense ranks 25th in DVOA, has allowed 4.70 yards per carry and the third most rushing yards to running backs in their last three games.
We have to be encouraged in a game in which, backup quarterback Geno Smith will be leading the charge for a Giants franchise in total disarray. This should lead to a positive game script for the home favorite RB Lynch.
Also Considering: Leonard Fournette, Alvin Kamara, LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Williams, Kenyan Drake, Rex Burkhead
DRAFT Wide Receivers/ Tight Ends Targets
Chargers vs. Browns
- Draft Point Average: 13.7
- Gridiron Experts Week 12 Ranking: 3rd
Is there anyone hotter than Keenan Allen? I don’t think so. The talented slot wideout is coming off of back-to-back 11-12 catch games, has racked up a total of 331 yards and has scored three times. Allen joined elite Charger company as he became the first Chargers’ player to have 150 receiving yards in back to back games since Charlie Joiner accomplished it in 1981. I don’t expect Allen to cool off this week, as he should have another monstrous game against the Cleveland Browns.
The Browns have struggled against wide receivers in the slot recently allowing the combo Tyler Boyd and Alex Erickson to go for 3/35/1, Golden Tate 5/97/1 and Adam Thielen 5/98/1 in three of their last four games. According to Pro Football Focus, Allen should be matched up with Briean Boddy-Calhoun for around 50% of this game and they give him a 21% matchup advantage this week.
Stack up Rivers and Allen if at all possible. This could be a lethal combination this week.
Texans vs. Titans
- Draft Point Average: 17.2
- Gridiron Experts Week 12 Ranking: 7th
Many thought that DeAndre Hopkins fantasy returns were going to crash like the 2008 stock market after red-hot rookie Deshaun Watson was lost for the season to injury. I was not one of them and went on record on The Coach and Cole Show to say that Hopkins’ stat lines wouldn’t drop much, if at all. I went as far to make a $1,000 wager with co-host Cole Fouts that Hopkins would reach 10 receiving touchdowns on the season. He is currently at nine and I wouldn’t doubt if I become $1,000 dollars richer on Sunday because this week’s Texans opponent is the Tennessee Titans, who have allowed a league-high nine touchdowns to opposing WR1s.
Nobody in the NFL gets more of his team’s target share than Hopkins, who leads the league at 34.2 percent. Tom Savage’s last four starts Hopkins stat lines are 6/86/1, 7/111/0, 4/76/1, and 7/125/0. Expecting a 100-yard game is reasonable against a Tennessee defense that is allowing the NFL’s seventh-most fantasy points to receivers. They have allowed at least 14.6 DP to every WR1 they have faced except for T.Y. Hilton and Kenny Britt.
On top of all of this, Hopkins averages 103.3 receiving yards per game against Tennessee in his career, his highest total versus an opponent he’s faced on multiple occasions. He has had at least 94 yards receiving in seven of his nine career games against the Titans. Sign me up for as much Hopkins as I can get this week.
Also Considering: Julio Jones, Adam Thielen, Rob Gronkowski, Davante Adams, Mike Evans, Zach Ertz, Cooper Kupp
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