Our Week 13 start ‘em features regular fantasy starters, as well as lesser-known players, who are likely to exceed expectations based on a favorable matchup. For your final lineup decisions, check out our Week 13 player rankings and if you have any fantasy football questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.

Quarterbacks

Eli Manning NYG @JAX

Scrap the trash and garbage written about Eli this season. He turns the ball over more than Shawn Kemp decides to have child-bearing sexual partners. But in all seriousness he seems to have developed an amazing chemistry with Odell Beckham Jr. (Did you see that catch?!?). With Jennings back that opens up the screen game too. Jacksonville is everyone’s offensive therapy, ride Eli this weekend.

Ryan Tannehill MIA @NYJ

Monday Night Football promises to put the most irrelevant team in the New York Jets against a Miami team that will certainly fall short of the AFC East leading Pats. There are still playoff implications for the Dolphins, mainly because Tannehill has been on fire of late. The Jets got steam-rolled last Monday by the Bills and I expect more of the same this time via Tannehill’s arm. Jets run defense is decent, so look for Tannehill to air it out.

Running Backs

Marshawn Lynch SEA @ SF

“Yeah,” “Maybe,” “Yeah” and “Juicy?” These are the key one-line take-aways from Marshawn’s unbelievably descriptive press conference. Beastmode most certainly will be more interesting on Thanksgiving as the Seahawks enter the 49ers house with huge playoff ramifications on the line. It’ll be a physical game per usual with these two teams. I expect Marshawn to carry the pigskins at least 20 times and there to be skittles served with his cranberry sauce and sweet potato pie.

Daniel Herron IND VS WSH

Gobble up some of the Boom Herron this weekend! Danny goes Boom is primed to push past T-Rich in the pecking order of the Colts’ backfield. Washington hasn’t been a push-over defensively lately, but Andrew Luck will open up the run with his passing skills and Herron should see the goal line carries.
Boom! 15 plus points for Herron this week.

Wide Receivers

Jarvis Landry MIA @NYJ

Spoiler Alert: Landry is no longer a rookie. This first year receiver is playing like a seasoned veteran and he’s a must start at the flex position this week against a very generous Jets pass defense. Landry caught 2 touchdowns last week against the Broncos and expect that to continue as he’s become a favorite red zone target for Tannehill.

Josh Gordon CLE @ BUF

The time is now for those who held on to Gordon to deploy the bad-boy Browns receiver. Gordon saw 120 yards on 16 targets. He looks impressive for having missed 11 weeks and even though Buffalo is a very good defensive team, there is too much upside with Gordon to bench. He should be viewed as a tier 1 wideout the rest of the way.

Tight Ends

Tim Wright NE @ GB

The time is Wright for owners to put Tim in their lineups. He’s posted 7 touchdowns over the last 6 weeks and the Patriots are on fire offensively. He’s just too good to be sitting on the waiver wire anymore. Put the big fella in this week. Unless there is a torrential snow storm (check on that seriuosly) at Lambeau then I expect points to be soaring in this shoot-out type of game.

Delanie Walker TEN @ HOU

I’ll admit, I’ve been wrong about the Titans new Quarterback. He’s no Jake Locker, but he loves Delanie Walker. Houston can defend, but Walker is a beast and Mettenberger looks his way as a release valve often. He’ll be running for his life and away from J.J. Watt so expect Walker to come in handy quite a bit this week.

Defense

Detroit Lions DET VS CHI

The Lions got served a piece of sweet “humble” pie against the red-hot Patriots last Sunday. But it’s all about the opponent and this week it’s Chicago and the Jay Cutler interception show on Thanksgiving. Plan for the Lions to gobble up some fumbles and put the Bears in a bind. I like 10 plus points for these Turkey Day warriors of the gridiron.