As we head into the weekend, be sure to check out all the content rolling onto the Rotoworld Daily page. Here’s a list of articles looking at the NFL DFS Week 13 slate. I will be updating as new columns are added, so consider this section as your DFS Table of Contents.
NFL DFS Bargains by Renee Miller
DFS Building Blocks (VIDEO) with John Daigle & Ian Hartitz
NFL DFS Stacks by Renee Miller
Fantasy Football Forecast by Hayden Winks
NFL DFS Starting Points by Renee Miller
NFL DFS Fades by Renee Miller
NFL GPP Pivots by Spencer Limbach (coming soon)
NFL DFS Single Game Breakdown (check back for Sunday & Monday Night Football)
Now onto the NFL DFS Must Plays for Week 13!
Just a reminder, this column includes only Sunday afternoon games (not SNF), as that’s considered the main slate on DFS sites.
PLATINUM: Build your lineup around these guys
Patrick Mahomes - QB - Kansas City (vs. Oakland)
Let’s address the elephant in the room right away: there could be 20 mph winds in Kansas City on Sunday. Having said that, I still have confidence in Patrick Mahomes, Andy Reid, and this entire Chiefs’ offense to move the ball with regularity. The Raiders have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season, and they were just torched by Sam Darnold in New York last week. Mahomes has one of the better matchups among elite quarterbacks in the main slate, and I’m looking his way for cash games.
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GOLD: Next wave to consider in terms of priority
Tyreek Hill - WR - Kansas City (vs. Oakland)
The write-up of Mahomes is usually followed by Hill, assuming he’s healthy. That appears to be the case heading into Sunday’s game, as KC’s go-to receiver practiced in full this week. That’s good news considering the matchup against Oakland, who has allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to receivers this season. Hill was a complete beast while catching 17-of-28 targets for 297 yards and two touchdowns over his last two games before a hamstring injury slowed him in Week 11. He should be ready for a full workload, and I absolutely love this spot for DFS purposes.
Leonard Fournette - RB - Jacksonville (vs. Tampa Bay)
The Buccaneers have allowed the second-least fantasy points to opposing running backs this season, as most teams decide to attack their vulnerable secondary. I still believe in Fournette’s fantasy prospects despite the not-so-great matchup, as secure volume of 25-30 touches goes a long way. Jacksonville should be able to move the ball with regularity on Sunday, and Fournette should benefit from numerous scoring opportunities.
SILVER: Good options that narrowly rank ahead of similar players
Travis Kelce - TE - Kansas City (vs. Oakland)
I’m not afraid to stack Hill and Kelce alongside Mahomes in the same cash lineup. The Raiders rank 14th against the run and 28th against the pass this season, representing a true “funnel defense” that plays into the hands of Mahomes and company. Oakland has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to tight ends this season, and this is a great spot for one of the best of the position to thrive.
Le’Veon Bell - RB - NY Jets (at Cincinnati)
Bell has been somewhat mediocre in recent weeks, but I’m expecting a breakout on Sunday. His opponent, Cincinnati, ranks dead last against the run while allowing the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Bell’s work as a receiver serves as potential icing on the cake. The veteran should see 20+ touches in this mouthwatering draw, representing a huge breakout opportunity with multi-touchdown upside.
BRONZE: Not 100% necessities, but they mix well into a quality lineup
Miles Sanders - RB - Philadelphia (at Miami)
Sanders makes for a strong flex bargain, assuming Jordan Howard does not play. That will be a situation to monitor, as Howard is truly questionable with a shoulder injury. If he’s out, Sanders will soak up more snaps against a Miami team that has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to running backs this season.
Dede Westbrook - WR - Jacksonville (vs. Tampa Bay)
I already mentioned that Tampa’s secondary is vulnerable, as they have allowed the most fantasy points to receivers this year. With Nick Foles back for Jacksonville, Westbrook has caught 12-of-15 targets for 101 yards over the last two weeks. If you recall, Westbrook was getting a ton of preseason hype for his rapport with Foles. We could finally see that come to fruition in this exploitable matchup, making Westbrook an interesting value filler with upside.
Nelson Agholor - WR - Philadelphia (at Miami)
Agholor is expected to return on Sunday, and he’ll square off against a struggling Miami secondary. The Dolphins have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to receivers, and they were absolutely shredded by the passing games of Buffalo and Cleveland in the past two weeks. Agholor has seen eight or more targets in each of his past two games, and this is a great spot for him to finally cash in on that volume.
PARTICIPATION RIBBONS: Fell just short of a featured spot
Lamar Jackson - QB - Baltimore (vs. San Francisco)
Christian McCaffrey - RB - Carolina (vs. Washington)
Josh Jacobs - RB - Oakland (at Kansas City)
Jonathan Williams - RB - Indianapolis (vs. Tennessee)
Davante Adams - WR - Green Bay (at NY Giants)
Cooper Kupp - WR - LA Rams (at Arizona)
D.J. Chark - WR - Jacksonville (vs. Tampa Bay)
Zach Ertz - TE - Philadelphia (at Miami)
Panthers Defense (vs. Washington)