Jonathan Taylor missed the 12th week after being placed on the Reserve / COVID-19 list, but before that, he had a breakout game. He had 26 touches in that game, which he has had since week 2 so far. He finished with 114 yards, the second in his game this season. What I like most is that he had four goals and caught all of them. That may not seem like much but this season he is only the fourth game beyond two goals. Enthusiastic use on the field and in the passing game is encouraging. If you haven’t sold out yet, he also played 56 percent of the snaps in Week 11, all behind the Colts and in most Taylor weeks. Don’t forget all this because he was out last week.
This week, he had a fantastic match against the Texans, who would drop the highest-running yards per game to the RBs (142.2). They are also tied for the fastest touchdowns that are allowed to run backwards at 14 years old. Niehim Hines had no offense, but he could not carry all the work on earth by himself. Here is a chance for Taylor to step back, get the equivalent of week 11 and have a good day in this great match. He’s the most up-to-date Flex pick this week.
Here are more Week 13 Sleepers!
Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings
Kirk Cousins played better than you currently realize. From the 9th week, he is QB8 in Fantasy. He has scored 20 fantasy points in three of his last four games and has had multiple passing touchdowns in those four games. But it is not only his sleep that makes him a sleeper. He faces the Jaguars who have allowed the third most fantasy ppg per cubic this season (21.99). Oh, and this game is in Minnesota, which is big for cousins. At home this year, he averaged 22.48 fantasy ppg, compared to just 11.11 on the road. He may get me out of QB1 and Mafi wire this week.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Miami Dolphins
Tua Tagovilova may return this week so you must note, if not, Fitzgerald is a good QB sleeper in a good match. Ryan Fitzpatrick had to start last week and scored almost 20 fantasy points. He has scored 19 fantasy points in five of his last six starts, all but one of those games involving multiple passing TDs. Fitzpatrick Dolphins played as well as QB and could not bench due to his game. This week, he will face the Bengal defense not to scare you. They have allowed the first seven fantasy cubes in three of their last six games. QB1 will be upside down for him if he is a starter this week. Also, Devante Parker is a very good fantasy choice if Fitzgerald gets a start!
Carlos Hyde, RB, Seattle Seahawks
With Chris Carson back last week, I’m back too. Carlos Hyde led the backfield with 61 per cent snaps, compared to 37 per cent of Carson’s. Hyde has more carries (15 to eight) and more targets (three to two). This may be an occasion to bring Carson back into the game as Carson is the first player to return from injury, but Hyde played well in his absence and could form a character in this offense. Against the Giants this week, who can be without Daniel Jones, The Seahawks play with dominance, which means we can score a lot of them. Hyde is a flex option that will be somewhat upside down this week.
Com Acres, RB, Los Angeles Rams
Com Acres scored his best game of the season last week, scoring 14.4 fantasy points in nine touches. It was his third game with nine or more touches from the last four. He also did TD for the second consecutive game, receiving the first, split run last week. While the Ackers have been playing better lately and the Rams are running back for consistent production, there is reason to think they will give more work to their second round pick. Of course, Sean McVeigh could have continued with a three-headed attack in the backfield, but the Ackers appeared to be the best runner, at least late. I argued that he should be boarded everywhere. Starting him, should be left to those who need to dive deeper or for deeper leagues.
Sterling Shepherd, WR, New York Giants
Sterling Shepard leads the Giants WR in goals per game this season (7.1) and he scored goals from Colt McCoy last week (four). It’s a small sample size, but there’s no reason to believe that he will suddenly stop looking at those goals regardless of who is playing QB for the Giants. It is important that the matchup does not get any better against the Seahawks, who receive the most fantasy points (51.23) and yards (240.3) in the WRs in NFL history! Shepard is on the border of the WR3 or the upside down Flex option.
Breshad Periman, WR, New York Jets
Don’t watch now but Breshad Periman WR15 in Fantasy from 9th week. He scored two-digit fantasy points in each of his last three games and had a total of three TDs during that period. Last week, he had eight goals, which would add to his season, but he also had four goals of 20-plus air yards and caught two of them, both season highs. Periman showed us at the end of last season that he could make consistent runs this way. Now, I expect nothing like he gave us with the Bucks last season, but will he be WR3 against the Raiders this week? Absolutely. This season, Vegas has been in the middle of the pack against receivers, but they have allowed five top-20 fantasy WRs combined in their last five games. Periman had some boom in him, but given the way he was playing and the match-up, he was a flex option this week.
KK Cooty, WR, Houston Texans
It hurts. There is nothing against Keke Couti, but he was only included in this article because Will Fuller was suspended for the rest of the season. This leaves 21 per cent of team goals and 30 per cent in air yards to grab. This is a large amount of time and Brandin Cooks can’t take it all in, so someone else has to step up. Cooty has been active for the past two weeks managing the slot with Randall Cobb, running 20 lanes per game and even achieving a TD two weeks ago. Isaiah Coulter is the other WR that can step in here, because Texans currently need healthy bodies to replace the receiver. But again, there is so much volume to grab now, anyone can get up and take it!
Joanne Smith, TE, Tennessee Titans
Joan Smith didn’t score a fantasy point last week or even get on target! It does everything but trusts him as a sleeper. But still, that game looks like an outlier. He has seen six goals in two consecutive games before, each of which includes Red Zone goals. He had TD in three games before last week and had seven scores in the season, tying the most at the tight ends. This week, he faces the Browns, who allow the second-most fantasy PPG of the season (15.69), with eight TDs allowed for the spot – second in the league. At this point, all you need from your TE is TD and they will complete a week as TE1. Smith loves the chances of finding the end zone this week.
If you read this article every week, you know the drill now! Broadcast against the Eagles every week. During the season, the Eagles allow the most bags (4.2) per game and the third highest prize per game (1.9). They allowed the top-12 fantasy defense every week, but two this season. The Packers defense has also been playing well lately. You can start them off with confidence this week.