Fantasy Football Week 13 Start 'Em and Sit 'Em: Bear down and win with Jordan Howard

Week 13 Rankings: Standard | PPR

We're a week away from the Fantasy playoffs in the majority of leagues, so this is crunch time for many of you. It's either locking up your playoff seeding or trying to get into the postseason tournament, and every point matters.

Isn't this fun?

We hope your season continues for at least one more week, and this year has been crazy with injuries and out-of-nowhere performances from nearly every position. We never expected guys like Todd Gurley, DeAndre Hopkins and Allen Robinson to be busts, and that you'd be starting (with confidence) guys like Colin Kaepernick, Stefon Diggs and Eric Ebron in Week 13.

But here we are, and the only thing that matters is winning. You want to advance to your Fantasy championship, and we hope you get there. So good luck to all of you at this crucial part of the season.

Editor's Note: Projections are provided by CBS Sports and not Jamey Eisenberg.

Start of the Week

Jordan Howard RB / Chicago Bears (vs SF)
FPTS: 13.3

Jordan Howard has been the Bears' best offensive player this year, and he's done a nice job lately despite everything around him falling apart. He should play well again this week against the 49ers at home.

Alshon Jeffery is suspended for two more games, the offensive line is banged up and Jay Cutler (shoulder) could miss the rest of the season. But Howard has at least 99 total yards in each of his past three games, and he's scored at least eight Fantasy points in a standard league in eight of his past nine outings.

This week is a dream matchup for Howard against the 49ers, who are playing their second consecutive road game. A running back has scored double digits in Fantasy points against San Francisco in 10 games in a row, and the only team without a running back hitting that mark was the Rams in Week 1. Poor Gurley.

For the season, the 49ers have allowed 17 touchdowns to running backs and 14 have scored double digits in Fantasy points. Eight running backs have rushed for at least 100 yards, and Howard has the chance for one of his best games of the season.

It wouldn't be a surprise if Howard is a top-five running back this week, and he's a must-start Fantasy option in all leagues.

I'm starting Howard over: Melvin Gordon (vs. TB), LeGarrette Blount (vs. LAR), Devonta Freeman (vs. KC), Jay Ajayi (at BAL) and Todd Gurley (at NE)

Quarterback

Start 'Em

Philip Rivers QB / San Diego Chargers (vs TB)
FPTS: 22.6

Rivers has been on a solid three-game stretch with at least 23 Fantasy points against Tennessee, Miami and Houston, and he has the chance for a strong finish against Tampa Bay, Carolina, Oakland and Cleveland through the Fantasy playoffs. He has at least 22 Fantasy points in four of five home games this year, with the lone exception against Denver. And Tampa Bay has allowed three of the past five opposing quarterbacks to score at least 21 Fantasy points, so Rivers should have the chance for another solid outing this week.

Matthew Stafford QB / Detroit Lions (at NO)
FPTS: 22.1

Stafford has not been a good Fantasy quarterback for a while now, and he has scored 19 Fantasy points or less in five games in a row. But we expect him to top 20 points for the first time since Week 6 in what should be a fun game with the Saints. New Orleans has allowed seven quarterbacks this season to score at least 20 Fantasy points, including Jared Goff in Week 12 at home when the Rams rookie had 22 points. Stafford played at New Orleans in Week 15 last year and passed for 254 yards and three touchdowns for 28 Fantasy points, and a similar performance could easily happen this week.

Colin Kaepernick QB / San Francisco 49ers
FPTS: 20.2

He has been amazing of late, and we hope he stays hot through the end of the season. It's easy to trust him this week given the matchup with the Bears. Chicago has allowed three quarterbacks in a row to score at least 21 Fantasy points, and five quarterbacks have reached that total in the past seven games. Kaepernick has scored at least 23 Fantasy points in four games in a row, including 38 points last week at Miami when he was 4 passing yards shy of 300 to go with 113 rushing yards. He has scored at least six Fantasy points in four of six games with his rushing stats alone, and he should have another outstanding outing this week.

Derek Carr QB / Oakland Raiders (vs BUF)
FPTS: 21.0

The only concern we have with Carr is his pain tolerance with his injured pinkie on his throwing hand, but he's expected to be fine after playing through the injury in Week 12 against Carolina. He had 22 Fantasy points in a standard league against the Panthers, and he's scored at least 22 points in three of his past four games and in four of six games at home this season. The Bills have allowed three of the past four opposing quarterbacks to score at least 25 Fantasy points, and Carr is a No. 1 quarterback in all leagues.

Tyrod Taylor QB / Buffalo Bills (at OAK)
FPTS: 20.1

Taylor got back on track in Week 12 against Jacksonville with 21 Fantasy points after scoring just seven in Week 11 at Cincinnati. The difference was a rushing touchdown, which he's scored in four of his past five games. He also has at least 21 points in four of his past six games, and he's scored at least 25 points in two of his past three road games. The Raiders have allowed at least 19 Fantasy points to three of their past four opposing quarterbacks, including two with at least 22 points. And Taylor's stock should continue to rise now that Sammy Watkins is back from his foot injury.

Sleepers

  • Jameis Winston (at SD): Two of the past three opposing quarterbacks against the Chargers have scored at least 22 Fantasy points.
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs. IND): Eight quarterbacks in a row have scored at least 20 Fantasy points against the Colts.
  • Alex Smith (at ATL): Three of the past four quarterbacks against the Falcons have scored at least 21 Fantasy points.

Sit 'Em

Eli Manning QB / New York Giants (at PIT)
FPTS: 16.4

Manning has been on a nice roll of late with at least 21 Fantasy points in four games in a row. He's also gone two games in a row without an interception for the first time all season, but we expect him to struggle this week on the road. Manning has two games with at least 24 Fantasy points on the road this year and three games with 11 points or less. Four quarterbacks have scored at least 20 Fantasy points at Pittsburgh this season with Andy Dalton, Smith, Tom Brady and Dak Prescott, who has the high at 22 points, and Manning could easily be in that range. But after playing Philadelphia, Cincinnati and Chicago at home and at Cleveland in the past four games this feels like a letdown spot for Manning. He's faced the Steelers three times in his career and is averaging just 169 passing yards with three total touchdowns and two interceptions.

Andy Dalton QB / Cincinnati Bengals (vs. PHI)
FPTS: 17.8

A.J. Green (hamstring) is not going to play again in Week 13, and you saw the impact it had on Dalton in Week 12 at Baltimore. He completed just 54 percent of his passes for 283 yards and one touchdown and ran for 14 yards with two lost fumbles. Dalton has now scored 17 Fantasy points or less in three games in a row, and he should struggle again this week. While the Eagles have allowed four of the past five quarterbacks to score at least 24 Fantasy points, those guys were in better standing than Dalton when he doesn't have Green, including Prescott, Manning, Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers. Dalton is a borderline option in two-quarterback leagues this week.

Blake Bortles QB / Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. DEN)
FPTS: 14.8

Bortles has done a nice job of late with his Fantasy production despite still looking awful on the field. He's scored at least 21 Fantasy points in four of his past five games, and last week at Buffalo was just his third game this season without an interception. But things could get ugly for Bortles this week against the Broncos, and then he faces Minnesota and Houston, which are tough matchups. Denver has allowed just two quarterbacks to score more than 16 Fantasy points, Cam Newton and Drew Brees, and we doubt Bortles can add his name to that list. He's a questionable starter even in two-quarterback leagues this week.

Ryan Tannehill QB / Miami Dolphins (at BAL)
FPTS: 14.5

Tannehill has been playing well of late with at least 22 Fantasy points in two of his past three games, but this is a tough spot for him on the road. His offensive line is still banged up, and DeVante Parker (back) is also hurt. Jimmy Smith (back) could return for the Ravens secondary, which would make this a tougher challenge, and Baltimore has allowed one quarterback in the past three games to score more than 14 Fantasy points. Tannehill is a low-end No. 2 Fantasy quarterback this week.

Bust Alert

Cam Newton QB / Carolina Panthers (at SEA)
FPTS: 15.4

Last year, Newton went into Seattle in Week 6 and scored 21 Fantasy points, which was a solid performance as part of his MVP campaign. This year, scoring at least 21 points has been hard to come by since he's done it just five times, and he's been a bust as a Fantasy option given the expectations from last year. We hope he can finish the season strong, but this is a tough spot to trust him, especially behind a banged up offensive line. Seattle has allowed three quarterbacks to score at least 20 Fantasy points this season, but the past three quarterbacks against the Seahawks -- Brady, Carson Wentz and Winston -- have scored 19 points or less. Newton will likely be held under 20 Fantasy points again and is only worth starting in two-quarterback leagues.

Running back

Start 'Em

Carlos Hyde RB / San Francisco 49ers (at CHI)
FPTS: 10.9

Workload and situation should be good for Hyde this week. He has at least 18 touches in each of his past two games against New England and Miami, and every time he's had at least 18 touches this season he has scored double digits in Fantasy points, which has happened five times. The Bears will be without two linebackers this week --Danny Trevathan (knee) and Jerrell Freeman (suspension) -- and have allowed a running back to score double digits in Fantasy points in three games in a row. Hyde should have his third game in a row with double digits in Fantasy points this week.

Mark Ingram RB / New Orleans Saints (vs. DET)
FPTS: 11.5

We were wrong to doubt Ingram last week against the Rams, and he was simply dominant at home with 14 carries for 146 yards and a touchdown and one catch for 21 yards and a touchdown. This is now six games with at least 15 touches for Ingram on the year, and he's scored double digits in Fantasy points in five of them. Tim Hightower will continue to share touches with Ingram, and we like Hightower as a sleeper this week and potential flex option. But Ingram should be considered a must-start option once again after his explosive performance in Week 12. Detroit also has allowed a running back to score or gain over 100 total yards in four of the past five games.

Doug Martin RB / Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at SD)
FPTS: 10.9

Martin had his best rushing performance of the season in Week 12 against Seattle with 23 carries for 87 yards (3.8 yards per carry), and he caught two passes for 3 yards with a lost fumble. He hasn't been effective, but he has gotten plenty of volume with at least 17 touches in three outings since being out six games with a hamstring injury. We expect another heavy workload against the Chargers, who have allowed a running back to score double digits in Fantasy points in four of the past five games. Martin has faced San Diego once in his career and had 119 total yards, and we expect another outing with double digits in Fantasy points will happen this week.

Thomas Rawls RB / Seattle Seahawks (vs CAR)
FPTS: 10.3

Rawls burned us last week as the Start of the Week with only 12 carries for 38 yards and no catches at Tampa Bay, but the entire Seattle offense was out of whack against the Buccaneers, who played great defensively in that matchup. The Seahawks should bounce back this week, with Rawls having the chance for a strong showing, especially if Luke Kuechly (concussion) remains out. In the past two games with Kuechly out or injured, Hightower and Latavius Murray both scored double digits in Fantasy points. Keep an eye on Kuechly's status this week, but if he's out again, start Rawls with confidence in all leagues.

Jeremy Hill RB / Cincinnati Bengals (vs PHI)
FPTS: 10.9

Hill did not run well last week at Baltimore with 12 carries for 21 yards, but he set a new career high with six catches for 61 yards, which is important to note in the first game without Giovani Bernard (torn ACL). If the Bengals are going to continue to feature Hill in the passing game then his Fantasy value will rise dramatically, including this week against the Eagles. Philadelphia has allowed a running back to score or gain over 100 total yards in five of six road games this year, and Hill should have the chance for 15-plus touches this week. He has double digits in Fantasy points in three of six games this season with at least 15-plus touches. We like Hill as a solid No. 2 Fantasy running back in all leagues.

Sleepers

  • James Starks (vs. HOU): He's been great in PPR leagues with 13 catches in three games since coming back from a four-game absence with a knee injury.
  • Theo Riddick (at NO): Five running backs have at least four catches against the Saints this year, including Gurley last week.
  • Wendell Smallwood (at CIN): A running back has a touchdown or at least 80 total yards against the Bengals in seven games in a row.
  • Kenneth Dixon (vs. MIA): He had a career-best 17 touches in Week 12 against Cincinnati and finished with 80 total yards. We hope the Ravens keep feeding him.

Sit 'Em

Jonathan Stewart RB / Carolina Panthers (at SEA)
FPTS: 7.9

Stewart had a big game last week at Oakland with 17 carries for 96 yards and two touchdowns, and he has now scored three touchdowns in his past two games. As we know, Stewart is touchdown dependent because in the games where he's failed to score this season he's scored six Fantasy points or less, which has happened four times in eight outings. The Seahawks have allowed three rushing touchdowns at home this season, and Stewart had 20 carries for 78 yards and two touchdowns at Seattle last year. But with centers Ryan Kalil (shoulder) and Gino Gradkowski (knee) on injured reserve, and right tackle Daryl Williams (ankle) banged up, Stewart should struggle in this matchup. You're not going to be happy with his production if he fails to score.

Rashad Jennings RB / New York Giants (at PIT)
FPTS: 10.7

Jennings had a rough day in Week 12 at Cleveland with 15 carries for 55 yards and two catches for 4 yards, which snapped a two-game streak with at least 10 Fantasy points. The workload is nice with at least 17 touches in three games in a row, but Jennings could struggle this week if the Giants are chasing points against the Steelers, which is what I expect to happen. He only has one game this season with 100 total yards without scoring a touchdown, so if he doesn't score you could be looking at about seven or eight Fantasy points in a standard league. That makes him a potential flex option this week, but he should not be considered a must-start running back in any format.

Terrance West RB / Baltimore Ravens (vs MIA)
FPTS: 8.5

West has one game with double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league in his past five outings, and it's because he scored a touchdown in Week 11 at Dallas. Otherwise he's scored seven Fantasy points or less in his four other games, including just five points against the Bengals last week. Dixon had more touches (17 to 16) and total yards (80 to 64) than West, and we hope that is a sign of things to come. West should become the backup in Baltimore to Dixon, and he's definitely just a reserve Fantasy running back this week.

Todd Gurley RB / Los Angeles Rams (at NE)
FPTS: 10.7

Gurley is more of a bust alert than a must-sit option because he's going to get plenty of work and has a floor of about eight Fantasy points in a standard league, which he's scored six times in his past nine games. The problem is he's only topped eight points three times this season, and he has proven to struggle when the Rams get blown out. Last year, Gurley had one game with more than four Fantasy points in three games when the Rams were beaten easily, and he combined for 12 Fantasy points in the two games this year when the Rams lost by at least two touchdowns. The point spread on this game is just under two touchdowns, so you can guess what will likely happen with Gurley. The Patriots have also allowed just one rushing touchdown this year. Gurley should be viewed as just a flex option this week.

Bust Alert

Jay Ajayi RB / Miami Dolphins (at BAL)
FPTS: 9.2

Ajayi will benefit if left tackle Brendan Albert (wrist) and left guard Laremy Tunsil (shoulder) return to action this week, and both were able to practice Wednesday. But center Mike Pouncey (hip) is still expected to be out, and that could be trouble for Ajayi in this matchup. His production has slowed of late with seven Fantasy points in a standard league in two of his past three games, and he was held to 18 carries for 45 yards and a touchdown against the lowly 49ers last week, who made a concerted effort to take away Miami's run game. Look for Baltimore to do the same, and the Ravens allow the fewest Fantasy points to opposing running backs this year. Baltimore has not allowed a running back to score in the past four games, including matchups with Ezekiel Elliott and Le'Veon Bell over that span. It's hard to bench Ajayi in the majority of leagues, but he's just a low-end No. running back at best in this matchup.

Wide receivers

Start 'Em

Brandin Cooks WR / New Orleans Saints (vs DET)
FPTS: 9.1

Cooks went without a target in a blowout win against the Rams in Week 12 and has since complained about his role. This feels like a squeaky wheel scenario, and he should get back on track against the Lions. Cooks has scored double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league in four of six home games this year, and the Lions have struggled with slot receivers for most of the season. Don't give up on Cooks yet, and Michael Thomas is a must-start receiver this week, with Willie Snead a solid No. 3 Fantasy receiver.

Golden Tate WR / Detroit Lions (at NO)
FPTS: 8.1

We'd love to see history repeat itself here since Tate was great against the Saints the past two seasons. He's played the Saints once in each season and has a combined 16 catches for 199 yards and three touchdowns in those outings, with at least 16 Fantasy points in a standard league in each game. Now, we know Tate has been inconsistent this year, with at least seven Fantasy points in four of his past six games and two outings with four points or less. But New Orleans has allowed six receivers to score at least nine Fantasy points in the past four games, with five touchdowns to receivers over that span, and Tate should be Detroit's best receiver in this matchup. Anquan Boldin and Marvin Jones have some sleeper appeal this week, but Tate is a solid No. 2 Fantasy receiver in all leagues in this matchup at New Orleans.

Stefon Diggs WR / Minnesota Vikings (vs DAL)
FPTS: 8.8

Diggs is returning from his one-game absence with a knee injury at just the right time since the Cowboys have struggled with slot receivers all year. There have been eight times where a slot receiver has scored at least eight Fantasy points in a standard league against Dallas this season, and Diggs has at least nine Fantasy points in three of his past four games. We hope he's 100 percent healthy for this matchup on Thursday night, and he's a solid No. 2 Fantasy receiver in standard leagues and a borderline-No. 1 option in PPR.

Donte Moncrief WR / Indianapolis Colts (at NYJ)
FPTS: 6.6

We've seen Moncrief mostly struggle when Andrew Luck hasn't played the past two years, so it was nice to see him have a quality stat line in Week 12 against Pittsburgh when Luck was out with a concussion and replaced by Scott Tolzien. Moncrief had six catches for 45 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets, and he's now scored a touchdown in all five games he's been able to finish this year. We'd love to see more yards from him since he hasn't topped 55 since Week 1, but his red-zone production is stellar and makes him a solid No.2 Fantasy receiver in the majority of leagues this week. The Jets have allowed 12 receivers to score at least nine Fantasy points in a standard league this year.

Brandon Marshall WR / New York Jets (vs IND)
FPTS: 9.5

Marshall got back in the good graces of Fantasy owners last week with his performance against the Patriots with six catches for 67 yards and a touchdown on nine targets, which snapped a five-game streak without a touchdown. He should be poised to finish the season strong, and this is a great matchup for him against the Colts. Indianapolis has allowed a receiver to score in four games in a row, with nine touchdowns to receivers over that span. Quincy Enunwa is a great sleeper this week as a high-end No. 3 Fantasy receiver, but Marshall is a must-start option once again in all leagues.

Sleepers

  • Tyreek Hill (at ATL): Jeremy Maclin (groin) could return this week, but Hill has scored at least nine Fantasy points in four of his past six games and should do well on turf.
  • Malcolm Mitchell (vs. LAR): His value could be tied to Rob Gronkowski (back), but he's scored three touchdowns in the past two games with Gronkowski out or limited.
  • Taylor Gabriel (vs. KC): He's scored a touchdown in four games in a row and should be worth starting as a No. 3 receiver or flex option this week given his home-run potential.
  • Marquess Wilson (vs. SF): He led the Bears with 11 targets last week and finished with eight catches, 125 yards and a touchdown vs. Tennessee. He has a better matchup now.
  • Sammy Watkins (at OAK): If his foot is healthy then you should feel comfortable with him as a No. 2 Fantasy receiver. Oakland has allowed four touchdowns to receivers in the past three games.
  • Mike Wallace (vs. MIA): I love revenge games, and Wallace already torched one of his former teams in the Steelers in Week 9 for 18 Fantasy points.

Sit 'Em

Kelvin Benjamin WR / Carolina Panthers (at SEA)
FPTS: 7.7

Benjamin is dealing with a shoulder injury, but hopefully he'll be able to play against the Seahawks. If not, things could be even worse for Newton. He finally scored in Week 12 at Oakland, which snapped a six-game streak without a touchdown, but he only has four touchdowns on the season. His targets and catches have also declined the past two games with 10 and five, respectively, and has just 109 yards over that span. The matchup with Seattle is tough, and the Seahawks have allowed just four touchdowns to receivers at home this year. It's hard to sit Benjamin in the majority of leagues when healthy, but he's just a No. 3 Fantasy receiver at best in this matchup on the road.

Sterling Shepard WR / New York Giants (at PIT)
FPTS: 5.8

Shepard has done a nice job for Fantasy owners this season, including scoring three touchdowns in each of his past three games prior to Week 12 at Cleveland when he went without a target. That will change this week against the Steelers, but this is a tough matchup on the road. Pittsburgh is tied with Denver with the fewest touchdowns allowed to receivers at six, and only five receivers have scored double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league against the Steelers. And while Shepard has done a nice job finding the end zone of late, he hasn't topped 50 receiving yards since Week 3. He should be considered a low-end No. Fantasy receiver in the majority of leagues this week.

Randall Cobb WR / Green Bay Packers (vs HOU)
FPTS: 7.4

The production for Cobb has been relatively dreadful over the past four games as he's battled a hamstring injury and watched Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams emerge as the top two threats for Rodgers. Cobb has one touchdown over that span and eight Fantasy points or less in each outing in a standard league. He's not making many plays down the field, and the Texans are a tough matchup with the third-fewest Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers. You're starting Nelson and Adams with confidence at home, but Cobb should be considered just a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in the majority of leagues in this matchup.

Jarvis Landry WR / Miami Dolphins (at BAL)
FPTS: 7.0

Parker's status this week could impact Landry, who would get a boost in targets if Parker is out. But this has been a down year for Landry, who hasn't scored double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league since Week 3 and has just two touchdowns on the season. He's averaging just five Fantasy points a game in a standard league in his past four outings, and it's hard to trust him right now given his recent lack of production. He's only worth starting as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in PPR leagues.

Bust Alert

Allen Robinson WR / Jacksonville Jaguars (vs DEN)
FPTS: 7.1

It's never a good thing when you can list the number of receivers with double digits in Fantasy points against an opposing defense on one hand after 12 weeks of the season, but that's the case with the Broncos heading into this week. Kelvin Benjamin, Travis Benjamin, Snead, Cooks and Hill are the only receivers with at least 10 Fantasy points in a standard league against the Broncos, and we don't expect Robinson to make it six. He's been a bust this season, mostly due to Bortles and his inefficient play, and he only has four games with double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league. Marqise Lee is starting to outplay Robinson, and it's hard to trust him against this secondary. He's a low-end No. 3 Fantasy receiver at best in Week 13.

Tight end

Start 'Em

Antonio Gates TE / San Diego Chargers (vs TB)
FPTS: 7.2

Week 12 was tough as a Gates owner since he went without a target at Houston, and he snapped a three-game streak with a touchdown. He's only gone once this season with consecutive games without a touchdown, and we don't expect that to happen again in Week 13. Gates has scored in all but one home game this year, and Tampa Bay has allowed a tight end to score at least nine Fantasy points in three of the past five games. I like Hunter Henry as a sleeper also this week, but Gates should return as a top-flight tight end against the Buccaneers.

Eric Ebron TE / Detroit Lions (at NO)
FPTS: 8.2

Like Gates, Ebron had a frustrating day in Week 12 on Thanksgiving against the Vikings. He only had one target and finished with no catches, which came after three games in a row with at least seven Fantasy points in a standard league and 14 points in PPR. He should rebound in a potential shootout with the Saints, and New Orleans has allowed two touchdowns to tight ends in the past four games, including Lance Kendricks in Week 12. Ebron should rebound this week as a No. 1 Fantasy tight end in all leagues, and he had four catches for 79 yards at New Orleans last year.

Cameron Brate TE / Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at SD)
FPTS: 6.7

Brate has now gone two games in a row with four Fantasy points or less in a standard league after scoring in three games in a row. Now, those two games were against Kansas City and Seattle, and this is a much better matchup against the Chargers, even though they have allowed just three touchdowns to tight ends this year. But the Texans pair of tight ends in C.J. Fiedorowicz and Ryan Griffin combined for eight catches and 78 yards last week, and Brate should score at least seven Fantasy points in a standard league in this matchup. He's worth trusting as a starter in the majority of leagues.

Sleepers

  • Vance McDonald (at CHI): He's scored a touchdown in two of his past four games, and the Bears have allowed a tight end to score in three games in a row.
  • C.J. Fiedorowicz (at GB): The Packers have allowed a tight end to score at least seven Fantasy points in a standard league in two of their past three games.
  • Coby Fleener (vs. DET): If there's ever a week to trust Fleener this is it at home against the Lions, who are tied with Cleveland for the most touchdowns allowed to tight ends.

Sit 'Em

Vernon Davis TE / Washington Redskins (at ARI)
FPTS: 5.1

Davis is expected to start with Jordan Reed (shoulder) banged up, but this a tough matchup against the Cardinals. Arizona is the lone team yet to allow a touchdown to a tight end, including Greg Olsen, Jimmy Graham, Kyle Rudolph and Martellus Bennett. Davis has scored at least nine Fantasy points in a standard league in three of his past nine games, but he should not be considered a starter in this matchup.

Jared Cook TE / Green Bay Packers (vs HOU)
FPTS: 3.8

Predictably, Cook followed up his big game in Week 11 when he had six catches for 105 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets at Washington with a dud in Week 12 at Philadelphia with one catch for 7 yards on two targets. Cook has been unreliable as a Fantasy option in his career, even now with a great quarterback like Aaron Rodgers. The Texans have been great against tight ends all year with only Jack Doyle in Week 6 scoring double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league, and Cook should struggle this week. He's a No. 2 tight end at best in most leagues.

Jason Witten TE / Dallas Cowboys (at MIN)
FPTS: 3.9

Witten has not been a good Fantasy tight end this year, especially in standard leagues. He has only two touchdowns this season and one game with double digits in Fantasy points. He also has eight games with five Fantasy points or less in a standard league, including three in a row. The Vikings have allowed four tight ends to score at least eight Fantasy points in a standard league in their past five games, but it's hard to count on Witten to take advantage of the matchup. He's a No. 2 Fantasy tight end at best in PPR leagues.

Bust Alert

Martellus Bennett TE / New England Patriots (vs LAR)
FPTS: 4.5

The lingering ankle injury that has been bothering Bennett could be the reason for his recent poor play. He's combined for three Fantasy points in a standard league the past two weeks despite Rob Gronkowski (chest/back) being in and out of the lineup. Bennett also has just one game with more than four Fantasy points in his past six outings, and Gronkowski has yet to be ruled out in Week 13. The Rams have allowed two tight ends to score double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league this year, and it's hard to trust Bennett as anything more than a low-end starter if Gronkowski is out again. If Gronkowski plays then you can bench Bennett in all leagues.

Defense/Special teams

Start 'Em

Patriots (vs. LAR)

  • Projected FPTS: 11.0

The Patriots DST hasn't been a dominant unit this season, although two of their better games have come in the past two weeks against San Francisco and the Jets with an average of 10 Fantasy points in a standard league. They had six sacks, two fumbles and allowed 17 points in both outings over that span. This week they get the Rams at home, and this is consecutive road games for the first time in Jared Goff's career. He played well in Week 12 at New Orleans with 214 passing yards, three touchdowns and one interception, but the Saints DST still scored 13 Fantasy points in a standard league. Five DST units in a row have scored at least 11 Fantasy points against the Rams, who have scored 10 points or less as a team in four of the last five outings. The Patriots DST is an amazing starting option in all leagues this week.

Sleepers

  • Cowboys (at MIN): The Vikings have scored 16 points or less in four of their past six games and have allowed at least two sacks in five games over that span.
  • Packers (vs. HOU): The Packers defense woke up last week with four sacks and an interception against the Eagles. Now they get Brock Osweiler at home. That's a plus.
  • Redskins (at ARI): In their past five games, the Cardinals have allowed 20 sacks with six interceptions and three fumbles. The Redskins DST is worth a look on the road this week.

Sit 'Em

Giants (at PIT)

  • Projected FPTS: 7.6

The Giants DST has been on a nice roll of late with at least 10 Fantasy points in a standard league in three games in a row and four of the past five outings, including 25 points in Week 12 at Cleveland. But facing the Browns is different than facing the Steelers in Pittsburgh. With Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers average 32 points at home in four games this year, and the Giants will struggle to slow down this offense. Now is the time to move on from the Giants DST as a starting option.

Kicker

Start 'Em

Brandon McManus K / Denver Broncos (at JAC)
FPTS: 9.6

The Jaguars come into this game with the most Fantasy points to opposing kickers, and seven kickers have made multiple field goals against Jacksonville and five have scored double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league. McManus has scored at least nine Fantasy points in five games in a row and eight times this year. Given the matchup, this should be one of his better games this season.

Sleepers

  • Matt Prater (at NO): He's made multiple field goals in five games in a row and has scored at least 10 Fantasy points in two of his past three outings.
  • Will Lutz (vs. DET): He's scored at least eight Fantasy points in a standard league in four of six home games this year, including three with at least 10 points.
  • Roberto Aguayo (at SD): San Diego has allowed seven kickers to score multiple field goals, and Aguayo has scored at least nine Fantasy points in his past three road games.

Sit 'Em

Graham Gano K / Carolina Panthers (at SEA)
FPTS: 5.8

Gano has had a rough year this season, especially on the road. He's averaging 6.0 Fantasy points in a standard league on the road, and his best game away from Carolina was Week 1 at Denver with eight points. He didn't attempt a field goal for the first time all season in Week 12 at Oakland and scored just two points, and the Seahawks have yet to allow multiple field goals at home this season. Seattle also hasn't allowed a field goal in the past two games against Philadelphia and Tampa Bay. This is an easy week to stay away from Gano in all leagues.

Full Disclosure from Week 12

I had a bad Week 12, and there's no way to sugarcoat it. Sure, we got a few right, but I selected players as starts and sits that failed to deliver -- and for that I feel like I let you down.

Before we move on, we have to review our failures. The biggest one might have been the headliner with the Start of the Week, Thomas Rawls, who only had three Fantasy points in a standard league at Tampa Bay. The entire Seattle offense was bad, and we also suggested to start Russell Wilson, who was awful.

On a positive note, we were right about the following players as starts, including sleepers, with Colin Kaepernick, Kirk Cousins, Ryan Tannehill, Eli Manning, Marcus Mariota, Carlos Hyde, Chris Ivory, Rishard Matthews and the Giants DST. And we said to sit guys like DeAndre Hopkins, Doug Martin, James Starks, Jameis Winston, Andy Dalton and Matthew Stafford, who all struggled.

But we missed big on start suggestions like Matt Forte, Rob Kelley, Eric Ebron, Steve Smith and Demaryius Thomas. And we said to sit guys like Mark Ingram, Emmanuel Sanders and Tyler Eifert, who were Top 5 options at their respective positions.

Week 13 will be better. And Jordan Howard will definitely deliver as the Start of the Week.

Full Disclosure

Start of the Week: Thomas Rawls, RB, Seahawks

  • Fantasy points: 3
  • Position rank: 39

Recommended starts who made us look good

Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins

  • Fantasy points: 35
  • Position rank: 3

Eli Manning, QB, Giants

  • Fantasy points: 25
  • Position rank: 9

Carlos Hyde, RB, 49ers

  • Fantasy points: 15
  • Position rank: 9

Recommended sits who made us look good

DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans

  • Fantasy points: 7
  • Position rank: 45

Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers

  • Fantasy points: 6
  • Position rank: 28

James Starks, RB, Packers

  • Fantasy points: 6
  • Position rank: 29

Recommended starts who made us look bad

Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks

  • Fantasy points: 10
  • Position rank: 30

Matt Forte, RB, Jets

  • Fantasy points: 4
  • Position rank: 34

Eric Ebron, TE, Lions

  • Fantasy points: 0
  • Position rank: 44

Recommended sits who made us look bad

Mark Ingram, RB, Saints

  • Fantasy points: 28
  • Position rank: 1

Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos

  • Fantasy points: 22
  • Position rank: 5

Tyler Eifert, TE, Bengals

  • Fantasy points: 12
  • Position rank: 2
Senior Fantasy Writer

Jamey Eisenberg has been a Senior Fantasy Writer for CBS Sports since 2006 with a focus on Fantasy Football. A University of Florida grad (class of '98), Jamey got his start in the newspaper business and... Full Bio

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