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Maximum Value Match-up: Week 13

Thanksgiving is in the books and while my beloved Cowboys didn’t win, there were plenty of fantasy points to be had across the board. Looking to the weekend, there are several unlikely match-ups that can produce fantasy value for a team dealing with injuries and still looking to make a playoff push. These guys probably won’t lead you to a championship, but if you just need one more week to squeeze into the postseason, this article might provide some help.

Miami Dolphins’ Passing Game and Oakland Raiders’ Passing Game

These match-ups are not flashy, just functional. Let’s first look at Miami.

Ryan TannehillRyan Tannehill has been up and down as a fantasy quarterback this season, but for the quarterback streamer he makes an excellent week 13 play. The Jets rank as the 3rd-easiest match-up for fantasy quarterbacks this season, giving up an average of over 20 points per game to the position. With all the turmoil going on in New York and an important divisional game looming for the Dolphins, Miami should be rocking while the Jets are reeling. Tannehill’s running ability gives him a boost in this favorable match-up.

Looking at the receivers, several Dolphins are in play. Mike Wallace should be a plug-and-play option against a weak secondary, although you shouldn’t be surprised to see him outscored by a teammate. The Jets focused on taking away rookie phenom Sammy Watkins against the Bills last week and in doing so paved the way for Robert Woods to have a career day. Look at add Jarvis Landry, if he hasn’t already been snagged, for a high-ceiling play this week. If you’re really desperate, Brian Hartline could also see the benefits of an atrocious Jets secondary.

Tight end Charles Clay is a sneaky play this week. The Jets allow the 2nd-most points to tight ends and Clay is looking healthier these days.

The Oakland Raiders are soaring after their first win of the season and now they get the St. Louis Rams on the road. St. Louis has been up and down, one week looking porous on defense, the next week holding the Broncos to a shocking 7 points. As bad as the Raiders have been, they match up well with the Rams. A rejuvenated pass rush will go against Oakland’s surprisingly decent offensive line, which should give rookie Derek Carr enough time to find his receivers and make a game of it.

The Rams are the 9th-softest fantasy defense against QBs and the 5th-softest against WRs. Carr will do if you’re in a bind. If you’re looking for help at receiver, try Andre Holmes. James Jones might technically be Oakland’s #1, but Holmes has more potential for a big day.

Although the emerging Mychal Rivera might look tempting against the Rams as well – and many owners have been depending on the oft-targeted Rivera in the depleted TE slot this season – keep him on the bench this week. He is touchdown-dependent, as many TEs are, but the Rams are the 7th-toughtest defense against fantasy TEs and haven’t allowed a touchdown to the position since Week 7.

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