Our Week 13 Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em is an in-depth look at the weekly NFL matchups and how they will impact your lineup decisions for your fantasy football team. Our list of Week 13 wide receiver starts and sits features regular fantasy starters, as well as lesser-known players, who are likely to exceed expectations based on a favorable matchup, or fail to meet expectations due to the strength of their opponent.
Coming off a Week 12 thrashing of the Rams, Brandin Cooks left his fantasy owners with the unpleasant goose egg. While many owners have scrambled around this week trying to question what that means moving forward, I can re-assure you that Cooks is still the focal point of the Saints aerial attack. The only variable that questions the consistency of that is what we saw last week; Drew Brees likes to spread the ball around to other targets. With Michael Thomas emerging as a legitimate fantasy WR2, it obviously cuts into some of Cooks’ usual dominance in the passing game. However, Cooks’ numbers on the year still solidify his own WR2 status, despite last week’s empty statline. With Cooks making news this week by complaining about his role in the offense, I actually think that bodes well for his performance this week against the Lions. We all know what Brees and the Saints do at home and I think Cooks is a tremendous candidate for a big, bounceback line this week.
Mike Wallace already torched one of his former teams this season, as he burned the Steelers for a 95-yard TD reception in their Week 9 matchup. This week, Wallace and the Ravens will host the Dolphins, a team Wallace played for from 2013-2014. While Wallace has been a nice story this year as a wide receiver who has had a nice bounceback year, he’ll look to find the end zone for the first time in four weeks. While the ‘Fins rank 9th against the pass this year, they’re coming off a Week 12 performance where they made Colin Kaepernick look like Michael Vick in his prime. With Steve Smith Sr. coming off a lackluster performance last week to the Bengals, it should be more of Wallace in Week 13.
After being held out of the end zone for weeks on end, Brandon Marshall scored his first touchdown since Week 5 in Pittsburgh. B-Marsh was targeted early and often by Ryan Fitzpatrick and he’ll once again be on the WR2 radar for the foreseeable future. This week, Marshall has a golden opportunity at stringing together back-to-back big outings, as the Jets host the Colts and their 30th ranked pass defense. With Vontae Davis still bothered by a groin injury it should be giddy-up for Marshall owners on Monday Night Football. Start ’em!
Posting his first touchdown since Week 7 in last week’s defeat to the Saints, Tavon Austin still only provided fantasy owners with a mere 4 receptions for 45 yards. While the Rams offense looked more the part of an NFL offense with Jared Goff last week, it’s still tough to think of Austin as anything more than a TD-dependent WR5. This week, Los Angeles will travel to New England to take on the Patriots. While Goff took a big step forward last week, you can bet that Bill Belichick will throw some defensive looks that the rookie hasn’t yet seen. That is a formula that doesn’t bode well for the Rams signal-caller. Austin won’t carry any sustainable fantasy value, as we head towards the fantasy playoffs.
Coming off his second biggest fantasy performance of the season, with a whopping 162 yards on 7 catches, Emmanuel Sanders finally provided fantasy owners with a spark. However, much of his season has been marred by Trevor Siemian’s inconsistent play at the quarterback position, as the Broncos have looked out of sync through the air for much of the year. This week, the Broncos travel to Jacksonville to play a Jaguars defense that is better than it looks on paper. Sanders will be more of a WR3/WR4 in this week’s matchup and it’s difficult to expect him getting close to last week’s numbers. I’d expect more of a 5 catch, 55 yard performance out of the SMU product this week. Sit!
In his first season as a member of the Falcons, Mohamed Sanu has posted a solid statline. He’s hauled in 47 receptions for 495 yards and 3 TDs, but in recent weeks he has seen his production go down due to the emergence of Taylor Gabriel. With Gabriel becoming the big-play machine in the Atlanta offense, Sanu has been relegated to more of an after thought type of role in the potent Falcons offense. While he’s still capable of posting a solid line, it’s more TD dependent than before with Gabriel in the mix. This week, the Falcons will have their hands full with the pesky Chiefs defense and it’s tough to see Sanu being a fantasy stalwart in Week 13. Sit ’em!