Last week was a below average one for my fantasy surprises, but with the fantasy playoffs approaching, hopefully I got the tough loss out of the way. For many, week 13 will signify the end of the regular season in their leagues. Hopefully your team will be moving on to play next week, but if you’re in a “win and in” scenario, some of these players could possibly make a huge difference for you. Others would qualify as better options for daily fantasy games.
QB: Blake Bortles vs Colts: Throw aside that the player in question in Bortles, everything about this matchup you’d want your fantasy quarterback to have this time of year. He won’t be effected by cold weather, and the Colt secondary has been decimated by injuries. Most importantly, with the Jaguar running backs failing to get anything going last week, the team used some read options with Bortles which worked extremely well. While two rushing touchdowns is unlikely, the added bonus of 30-40 rushing yards to go along with a decent passing day could makes a big difference. Expect around 270 total yards and two touchdowns.
RB: Kenyan Drake vs Broncos: On paper, the matchup for Drake isn’t great this week. The Bronco defense is still extremely talented, and the Dolphins offense has really struggled of late. At this point though, Drake is really the only healthy back the team has left and since Jay Ajayi was traded has shown flashes of the talent he offers. The Broncos have struggled against pass catching backs as well, so Drake could be very valuable in formats that reward receptions. Assuming at least 15 to 20 touches, he will be a difference maker in your lineup. Expect around 90 total yards and a touchdown.
WR: Sterling Shepard vs Raiders: Shepard has missed the past few weeks with migraines, but at this point in time is expected to play Sunday. While Geno Smith replacing Eli Manning would have many people rule out Shepard, to me he makes sense as a contrarian play in daily fantasy tournaments. The Raiders have struggled against the pass all year minus the half they played Paxton Lynch, and if the Giants get down early, Shepard could see double digit targets. Expect around 70 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Adam Shaheen vs 49ers: Shaheen followed up his eye opening week 11 with a one catch for one yard performance this Sunday, but there’s reason for optimism. In pass coverage against tight ends, the 49ers are not the Eagles and with emphasis expected on the run, it could create a big play or two down the seams for Shaheen. It wouldn’t surprise me if he is used in a lot of daily fantasy tournaments, but if you’re a risk taker he’s worth a shot in year long leagues as well. Expect around 50 yards and a touchdown.
K: Josh Lambo vs Colts: Fantasy kickers are all about opportunity and like his quarterback, Lambo should have them on Sunday. Whether it’s from extra points or the offense being unable to capitalize off a turnover, all those kicks can add up. For someone who is available in the majority of leagues Lambo should provide a nice value. Expect around two field goals and three extra points.
DEF: Titans vs Texans: While I don’t think the Titans will be able to stop DeAndre Hopkins, they should be able to get to the man throwing him the ball. For that reason alone, they’re a very interesting option in terms of a streaming fantasy defense. The Texans have had trouble with left tackle all year and are now down to their third at the position. Tom Savage isn’t a quarterback known for his ability to move around the pocket, so the pressure could result in sacks and turnovers. Expect around three sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.