With the bye weeks complete we have a full stable of weapons at our disposal for the upcoming week. Of course there are still injury issues, among other things, but why would we expect anything to be easy? After all, for most fantasy owners the last week of the regular season really is the first week of the playoffs. So let’s take a look at how our options rank for Week 13:
- Christian McCaffrey – Carolina Panthers – vs. Washington
- Dalvin Cook – Minnesota Vikings – at Seattle
- Alvin Kamara – New Orleans Saints – at Atlanta
- Leonard Fournette – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Tampa Bay
- Nick Chubb – Cleveland Browns – at Pittsburgh
- Ezekiel Elliot – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Buffalo
- Derrick Henry – Tennessee Titans – at Indianapolis
- Saquon Barkley – New York Giants – vs. Green Bay
- Josh Jacobs – Oakland Raiders – at Kansas City
- Le’Veon Bell – New York Jets – at Cincinnati
- Aaron Jones – Green Bay Packers – at NY Giants
- Mark Ingram – Baltimore Ravens – vs. San Francisco
- Chris Carson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Minnesota
- Melvin Gordon – LA Chargers – at Denver
- Todd Gurley – LA Rams – at Arizona
- Devonta Freeman – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New Orleans
- Phillip Lindsay – Denver Broncos – vs. LA Chargers
- Tevin Coleman – San Francisco 49ers – at Baltimore
- Jonathan Williams – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Tennessee
- James White – New England Patriots – at Houston
- Kenyan Drake – Arizona Cardinals – vs. LA Rams
- Benny Snell – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Cleveland
- Miles Sanders – Philadelphia Eagles – at Miami
- Bo Scarbrough – Detroit Lions – vs. Chicago
- Ronald Jones – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Jacksonville
- Aaron Ekeler – LA Chargers – at Denver
- Tarik Cohen – Chicago Bears – at Detroit
- Joe Mixon – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. NY Jets
- Carlos Hyde – Houston Texans – vs. New England
- Kareem Hunt – Cleveland Browns – at Pittsburgh
- Damien Williams – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Oakland
- David Montgomery – Chicago Bears – at Detroit
- Sony Michel – New England Patriots – at Houston
- Devin Singletary – Buffalo Bills – at Dallas
- Derrius Guice – Washington Redskins – at Carolina
- Jamaal Williams – Green Bay Packers – at NY Giants
- Jaylen Samuels – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Cleveland
- LeSean McCoy – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Oakland
- Nyheim Hines – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Tennessee
- Latavius Murray – New Orleans Saints – at Atlanta
- We spent a lot of time in the waiver wire article building up the Jets, so let’s continue that trend. They are facing the Bengals this week, and Cincinnati has made top five options out of opposing fantasy running backs this season. That brings us to Le’Veon Bell, who is still a borderline RB1 to this point. As Sam Darnold looks more comfortable, Bell will only benefit. As a runner Bell has been less than impressive (3.4 yards per carry), but it is production in the passing game that has helped to preserve his value (51 receptions for 368 yards). While he gained just 49 yards on 12 carries last week, he was an impressive weapon in the passing game catching five passes for 59 yards. Perhaps this is the week that he eclipses his season high of 70 rushing yards?
- Nothing went right for Josh Jacobs last week, but the same could be said for the Raiders as a whole as game flow took him out of the equation and left him with just 34 yards. This coming week things will likely bounce back to normal for the rookie as he faces the Chiefs who are at the top of the list for most points allowed to opposing running backs (5.1 yards per carry). With 957 rushing yards on the season, 4.8 yards per carry, and seven touchdowns it is a pretty good bet that Jacobs will surpass the 1,000 yard mark this week. It does hurt his value that with just 18 receptions he is not much of a factor in the passing game, but he is the clear bell-cow in Oakland’s offense as he looks to bounce back from the worst game of his career.
- With Jordan Howard banged up the thought was that Miles Sanders would perhaps take a step forward in the Eagles offense. However, while Sanders hasn’t been a complete disappointment, that has not been the case. Philadelphia has been cautious with him from a running perspective, and the 12 carries he had last week was one less than his career high. It’s not like Sanders struggled, as he did impress with 63 rushing yards while also catching three passes for 23 yards. For the most part it seems like Sanders catches three balls per game, and with just two touchdowns overall on the season there isn’t much upside.
- Perhaps one of the bigger surprises on this week’s running back slate is the Arizona situation. David Johnson appears to be healthy, but at this point the Cardinals’ backfield appears to be under Kenyan Drake’s control. Prior to Arizona’s bye week Drake gained 67 yards on 16 carries, but more importantly he caught six passes (for the second straight week) for 13 yards. While Johnson has been battling health issues, he has also been less than impressive while on the field (3.7 yards per carry). It’s hard to even feel confident in starting Johnson, and we have to be aware that this is not the same Drake we saw in Miami.
- At this point let’s assume that John Conner will be sidelined another week with his shoulder injury. That means we have another week of Benny Snell on the heels of him taking advantage of Cincinnati’s run defense last week. This week he gets the Browns and that success should continue, as once again he is slated to be the main recipient of carries in Pittsburgh’s backfield. The track record isn’t there this season thanks both to Conner and Snell’s own knee injury, but with 21 carries for 98 yards he was more than up to the task.
- With three games under his belt this season, let’s check back in on Kareem Hunt. It is clear that Hunt’s role is to support Nick Chubb in the running game, and that is certainly to the delight of Chubb owners as he is already at 1,117 yards with five games of more than 100 yards. Last week the game was a blowout in Cleveland’s favor, so it’s no surprise that Hunt saw a season high in carries with eight (for 37 yards) while catching two passes for nine yards. Hunt’s rushing touchdown saved the day from a fantasy perspective, as in the two previous games he had 13 receptions for 90 yards. Tread carefully in your FLEX spot, but in PPR leagues he warrants strong consideration.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 13 rankings: