Week 13 Start/Sit/Grab/Drop

Welcome to Start/Sit/Grab/Drop for Week 13, where I not only take a look at which players you should start or sit, but identify players to grab from waivers and disappointing players you can safely drop.

START

Taysom Hill (QB - NO) @ ATL


Hill was far from impressive this past week against the Denver Broncos in what may have been the weirdest NFL game of all-time, but things should change on Sunday when New Orleans travels to Atlanta. Hill made his first career start two weeks ago against the Falcons and tore them up through the air and on the ground, so I expect more of the same against a defense that allows 23.7 FPPG to the QB position. He may not pass for over 200 yards in this one, but Hill’s rushing floor is enough to make him a low-end QB1 this week.


Other QBs to start:


Derek Carr - LV (@ NYJ)

Kirk Cousins - MIN (vs JAX)



Giovani Bernard (RB - CIN) @ MIA


Let’s be honest, Bernard hasn’t been a great weekly play since Cincinnati Bengals’ RB Joe Mixon got injured. On top of that, Joe Burrow is done for the year after tearing both his ACL and MCL. You may be thinking that’s enough to avoid all Bengals in fantasy, but that’s not the case at all. The Miami Dolphins give up 18.6 FPPG to RBs and just allowed Frank Gore to rack up 86 total yards, so Bernard is definitely in play this week and should produce low-end RB2 numbers at worst.


Other RBs to start:


Damien Harris - NE (vs LAC)

David Montgomery - CHI (vs DET)

Frank Gore - NYJ (vs LV)



Henry Ruggs III (WR - LV) @ NYJ


Las Vegas got absolutely smoked last week by the Atlanta Falcons and looked a lot like the Raiders of old. Derek Carr and the entire offense was horrendous, but a matchup with the New York Jets is next, which is good news for all Raiders fantasy options. Henry Ruggs III is Las Vegas’ deep threat receiver and the Jets give up 25.7 FPPG to WRs, so expect him to have a good outing with a high probability of catching a long ball or two. Both Ruggs and Nelson Agholor could finish as top 24 WRs this week.


Other WRs to start:


Corey Davis - TEN (vs CLE)

Michael Pittman Jr. - IND (@ HOU)

DeVante Parker - MIA (vs CIN)




Mike Gesicki (TE - MIA) vs CIN


Yes, it’s the third week in a row I’m telling you to start a TE who plays the Cincinnati Bengals, but that’s the game you have to play when streaming TEs. It’s all about the matchups and this is a very good one for Mike Gesicki and the Miami Dolphins offense, assuming Ryan Fitzpatrick gets the start again. The Dolphins offense is much more conservative with Tua Tagovailoa behind center, but I think Mike Gesicki gets the job done this week regardless of who’s the starting QB against a Bengals defense giving up 10 FPPG to TEs.


Other TEs to start:


Austin Hooper - CLE (@ TEN)

Jonnu Smith - TEN (vs CLE)

SIT


Ben Roethlisberger (QB - PIT) vs WAS


The Pittsburgh Steelers offense has been clicking as of late due to Ben Roethlisberger and their three-headed attack at WR, but this Washington Football Team front seven is something special. Washington is only giving up 16.9 FPPG to the QB position and Roethlisberger doesn’t have the quickness to get out of the pocket and make defenders miss, so I expect Big Ben to have a down game this week. I would look for a good pivot option on the waiver wire, if you can find one.


Other QBs to sit:


Matthew Stafford - DET (@ CHI)

Cam Newton - NE (@ LAC)



Devin Singletary (RB - BUF) @ SF


The Buffalo Bills run game finally got going this week against the Los Angeles Chargers defense with Singletary handling more of the work. The second year RB had 14 touches for a total of 102 yards and a lost fumble while Zack Moss had 11 touches for 68 total yards. While Singletary was very efficient with his touches, it’s still a nearly 50/50 split and with a matchup against the San Francisco 49ers defense giving up just 15.9 FPPG to RBs up next, I would avoid both RBs this week.


Other RBs to sit:


Latavius Murray - NO (@ ATL)

Cam Akers - LAR (@ ARI)

Duke Johnson Jr. - HOU (vs IND)



Amari Cooper (WR - DAL) @ BAL


Cooper feasted on Thanksgiving Day against the Washington Football Team, but it’s going to be tough sledding for the Dallas Cowboys’ number one WR this week against the Baltimore Ravens and their stingy pass defense. Amari Cooper may be Andy Dalton’s favorite target, but all those targets likely won’t amount to much against a Ravens defense that gives up only 18.7 FPPG to WRs. You may have no choice but to start Cooper this week, so just keep your explactions much lower than usual.


Other WRs to sit:


JuJu Smith-Schuster - PIT (vs WAS)

Deebo Samuel - SF (vs BUF)

Jakobi Meyers - NE (@ LAC)



Evan Engram (TE - NYG) @ SEA


Just last week, Engram was one of my starts of the week before he went off against the Cincinnati Bengals, putting up a line of 9/6/129/0, so why is he now one of my sits of the week? Well, it’s half because of the matchup against the Seattle Seahawks and half because New York Giants starting QB Daniel Jones is likely to miss time with a hamstring injury. The Giants were finally starting to use Engram as the deep threat TE he is, but then Jones got hurt. I don’t expect Engram to be as successful with Colt McCoy at the helm and the Seahawks only give up 8 FPPG to TEs, so Engram is one to avoid this week.


Other TEs to sit:


Noah Fant - DEN (@ KC)

Eric Ebron - PIT (vs WAS)



GRAB


Devontae Booker (RB - LV) @ NYJ


Josh Jacobs left the game against the Atlanta Falcons last week with an ankle injury and did not return, which opens the door for Devontae Booker to be the starting RB for the Las Vegas Raiders this week against the New York Jets. If Jacobs’ ankle sprain forces him to miss a game, it would be a smash matchup for Booker, as the Jets allow 18.3 FPPG to RBs. Whether you are a Jacobs owner or not, make sure to prioritize Booker this week on waivers. He might help you win your most important matchup of the season.


Other players to grab from waivers:


Quarterbacks (QB)


Kirk Cousins - MIN (vs JAX)

Ryan Fitzpatrick - MIA (vs CIN)

Philip Rivers - IND (@ HOU)


Running Backs (RB)


Cam Akers - LAR (@ ARI)

Frank Gore - NYJ (vs LV)

Ito Smith - ATL (vs NO)


Wide Receivers (WR)


Breshad Perriman - NYJ (vs LV)

Gabriel Davis - BUF (@ SF)

Collin Johnson - JAX (@ MIN)


Tight Ends (TE)


Trey Burton - IND (@ HOU)

Kyle Rudolph - MIN (vs JAX)

Will Dissly - SEA (vs NYG)


Defense/Special Teams (DST)


Las Vegas Raiders - @ NYJ

Seattle Seahawks - vs NYG

Minnesota Vikings - vs JAX


DROP


Jared Cook (TE - NO)


Cook has been incredibly disappointing since Taysom Hill replaced the injured Drew Brees as the New Orleans Saints’ starting QB. He was producing as a low-end TE1 with Brees, but over the last three games, Cook has just one catch for 6 yards. That’s it. He’s not getting targeted at all by Hill, which means you could absolutely drop Cook with no regrets. Drew Brees isn’t expected to return until Week 15, so Jared Cook isn’t helping your team in any way right now. It’s time to cut bait and move on.


Other players to drop:


Matthew Stafford (QB - DET)

Mark Ingram II (RB - BAL)

Marquez Valdes-Scantling (WR - GB)


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