Matt Hicks, Staff Writer
39-60, 450 passing yards, 6 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. That’s what Siemian is capable of. With Paxton Lynch out for the season, it’s possible we could see Siemian, who has struggled since his hot start, return to form. He posted a 107.04 QB rating in Week 12, going 11-21 for 149 yards and 2 touchdowns. He’s a great streaming option in Week 13 against a Dolphins defense that’s 9th worst against opposing quarterbacks this season and 4th worst over the last month. Siemian is available in 97.1% of ESPN leagues.
Alex Smith has fallen hard from fantasy grace. Smith has been at the helm of a crumbling Chiefs offense, and the normally conservative quarterback has turned the ball over 5 times the last 4 games. The Chiefs have lost their last 3 games and are barley leading a weak AFC West. Although Smith is likely to finish the season, he’s lost any hope of coming back next season. Dynasty players who have a roster spot to spare should grab Mahommes and stash him while you can; he’s still available in 99.1% of leagues and will inherit a dynamic offense that will include: Kelce, Hunt, Hill, and Ware.
The low-profile back out of Western Colorado is slowly making himself into a fantasy relevant player. Ekeler has seen an increased workload in both the rushing game (22 carries for 97 yards, 1 touchdown) and the passing game (10 receptions for 150 yards and two touchdowns) over the last three games. He’s currently rushing for 5 yards/carry and has caught 85% of his targets. Ekeler makes for a sneaky stream in PPR leagues, but his value remains primarily with dynasty owners who should stash him for next season, where he’s likely to be much more involved. He’s available in 76.5% of leagues.
Ellington took the fantasy world by storm earlier this season when he caught 28 of 40 targets for 257 yards through the first 5 weeks of the season. Once the Cardinals traded for Peterson they tossed aside Ellington and it led to him being cut halfway through Week 12. Ellington has much to contribute to a Houston Texans offense which could desperately use a spark. Look for Ellington to be a solid streaming option in Week 13 (against Tennessee) and Week 14 (San Francisco) in PPR formats. He’s owned in just 10.9% of leagues.
Kupp showed up well in his first appearance since Woods’ injury. He caught 8 of his 11 targets for 116 yards. This was the 8th game of the season where Kupp saw at least 6 targets but set season records in both receptions and receiving yards. Kupp’s fantasy success has come with just two touchdowns on the season; if he can find more redzone action he’s a high-end WR2 option. In the meantime, he’s a great flex play/low-end WR2 and should be started in all PPR leagues. He’s available in 39.8% of leagues.
Coleman is a fantasy gem, and needs to be claimed. In just 4 games this season, Coleman has 32 targets. Those 8 receptions a game are well above the next most popular Browns receiver, Ricardo Lewis, who has 5.1 targets per game. Coleman has translated those targets into 15 receptions, 206 yards and 1 touchdown. These impressive stats have come against 4 of the most difficult match-ups for a receiver this season: Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Jacksonville, and Cincinnati. Coleman has the Chargers and Packers coming up, two opponents which give him a great opportunity to break through. Watch for Coleman to be an impact streaming option moving forward. He’s available in 67% of leagues.
I’ll be honest, I had lost hope in Jones; who seemed so promising in the preseason. Jones, however, now has 7 targets in 4 of his last 6 games. In those games, he’s put up 33.8 yards/game and 2 touchdowns. I don’t see him making an impact for the rest of this season, but he’s available in 89.5% of leagues and has shown enough to be worth a dynasty stash.
Josh Gordon is officially back in the NFL. It’s been awhile but Hue Jackson has already come out and said he’s impressed with Gordon, both in his physical ability and in his dedication to return to football. Gordon shouldn’t be played in Week 13, since we have no idea what his volume will look like, however, he has the ability to make an impact in fantasy playoffs if he shows flashes of the Josh Gordon we used to know. He’s available in 65% of leagues and needs to be claimed, just in case.
If you knew who Seals-Jones was before Week 12 you’re either a Cardinals fan or a liar. This man has come out of nowhere to become a very relevant fantasy option. He’s caught 7 of his 11 targets for 126 yards and 3 touchdowns. He’s become the centerpiece of a surging Cardinals offense, who is throwing the ball 36 times a game since Week 12, in an attempt to make a playoff push. Seals-Jones is available in 98.5% of leagues.
The Chargers have been absolutely electric the last two weeks. Their defense has capitalized on fantastic match-ups against a Bills team led by Nate Peterson and a Cowboys offense led by a moderately better Dak Prescott. This week things get even better; they face off against the Browns and DeShone Kizer; who has personally turned the ball over 18 times this season. If you listened to us last week, stick with the Chargers D/ST. If not, they’re still available in 57.6% of leagues.
Chicago has held up surprisingly strong in a tough slate of recent games against the Packers, Lions, and Eagles. They’ve given up an average of 25 points against these high powered offenses, and forced 4 turnovers. In Week 13 they take on the 49ers offense, which has been everything but high powered. Expect Garappolo to be thrown into the San Francisco offense two quickly and add to the 15 turnovers the Bears have forced this season. The Bears D/ST is available in 70.9% of leagues.
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