Fantasy football Week 13: Unlucky for some

A really mixed affair last week, but I am enjoying managing the Gents Quidditch team which seems to be doing quite well in a limited player small league. Thursday night football threw up some duffs, Eddie Lacy and Theo Riddick two players who should have been benched and not started as I did. Let us look at who might be a good option this week.

The number of injuries keeps on building, I know one of my teams I have three players out this week.

The biggest loss is Gronk. Scott Chandler is therefore your go to man here. If Brady had other options to throw to I would say Scott is a bit risky. But Brady hasn’t, the Eagles are a bit of a mess, I think Chandler will do well. If you can’t get him, Crockett Gillmore of the Ravens may be as good a bet as any if you need someone off the waiver wire, if your league’s waiver wire is as sparse as the Gents leagues ones. These options also stand you in good stead wither Tyler Eifert out for the Bengals. You could try Ryan Hewitt who is the Bengals back-up here, he is likely to get at least some targets, though I suspect Sanu, Jones, Hill and Bernard will take up most of the slack.

Wide receivers have also been taking a hit and not just starters but players we would have on the bench. In many leagues the waiver wire makes depressing reading and then you consider this weeks match ups. Good news is Danny Amendola is back for the Patriots, and is a good start against the Eagles who have been burned enough times in recent weeks. With Rishard Matthews out for the Dolphins, DeVante Parker is in line to take the 2nd receiver spot. The Ravens are currently third in points conceded to the position, so there is a chance Parker could get some targets and maybe a TD or two. I have actually gone with Anquan Boldin who has show a rapport with Gabbert and has scored a handy number of points in the last few weeks. The Bears have conceded the 9th highest number of receiving touchdowns this season but actually concede the 11th  lowest points per game to receivers.

With running backs, C.J. Anderson has probably been on a lot of people’s benches, but is probably a good start against the Chargers who have given up the most points to the position so far this season. Maybe only play him as a RB2 or in a flex position if you are not sure who else to pick, as I suspect he is still a bit of a risk. With Chris Johnson out, Cardinals’ David Johnson is likely to see a fair share of carries, and as good as we think the Rams defence can be against the run game, they are fair middling when it comes to restricting fantasy points wise, 18 points per game. So maybe 9 points from DJ there.

So what about Duke Johnson of the Browns? Well the Bengals allow around 16 points per game to to running backs and Duke has been equal to Isiah Crowell. Personally, I think only a flex if say you have Karlos Williams (who is out), maybe Brandon Boldin or are not too sure who to play.

I suppose better cover some defensive players to start. Well the Bengals Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins are two obvious ones. Dwight Lowery of the Colts has been pretty good last few weeks. Josh Norman of the Panthers as well. Cardinals Deone Bucannon is also generally available, I think has a fair matchup. Muhammad Wilkerson I think has a great chance of getting points this week up against a Giants o-line that allowed Washington to get at Manning quite a few times. Cameron Heyward is actually having a fair season and has a favourable matchup against the Colts.

Ok well that is my view of starters for the week. Share your views with us on Facebook or Twitter.

Good luck and until next week,

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