The Perfect Lineup: Week 13's FantasyScore Team
Out of the playoff hunt in your season-long fantasy leagues? Well, the season's not over - you can still play meaningful fantasy football at FantasyScore.com for cash prizes. If you've never played before and aren't sure who to pick or how to construct your lineup, our algorithms have you covered for Week 13.
Here's this week's FantasyScore Perfect Lineup. (Keep in mind, this lineup excludes the Thanksgiving Day games.)
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
Tannehill's coming off a monster game against the Broncos where he finished as fantasy football's third-best quarterback. He'll face a Jets defense in Week 13 that's now allowed at least two touchdown passes in all but one game this year, surrendering the most fantasy points to opposing signal-callers. What's not to like?
Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Charles is an obvious play each week, but should see a lot of volume against Denver as the Chiefs try and keep pace with the Broncos offense. The Broncos rank eighth in fantasy points against to the running back position, but they've allowed three receiving touchdowns to running backs, the seventh-most in the league. Charles always has the ability to be the top producer at running back each week, and given he's not the most expensive back (despite such a high floor), he makes for a strong play.
Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Like Charles, Le'Veon Bell is a strong play each week. He's yet to finish worse than 16th at the running back position in a given week, and his lowest PPR total on the year is a crazy 14.5 points. The Steelers will face the Saints this weekend, a team that not only was just gashed by the Ravens, but now ranks dead last against the run according to our metrics.
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Antonio Brown could be considered the Le'Veon Bell of wide receivers, as he's scored double-digit points in every game he's played this year. Don't mistake this high floor with a low ceiling though - Brown has seven top-10 performances this season, including four 30-plus point games. He makes for a strong play against a New Orleans secondary that's had trouble this season.
Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers
Allen's sophomore season has been a disappointment, but his price on FantasyScore this week - tied as the 38th most expensive receiver - makes him a great value play. The Ravens have struggled against the pass, and since cornerback Jimmy Smith's season-ending injury, the secondary has dropped from 9th to 19th in our rankings.
Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
No defense faces more pass attempts than the Denver Broncos, Travis Kelce's Week 13 opponent. Kelce, who's been one of the most efficient tight ends in football this year according to our Net Expected Points (NEP) metric, has lacked volume to be a consistent high-end tight end option this year. Against Denver, volume shouldn't be a problem, making him a great play.
Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens
It's tough to bet against Forsett right now, who's scored a little over 56 PPR fantasy points over his last two games. On the year, Forsett hasn't dipped below 9.5 fantasy points, and has been a top-16 running back in each of his last four games. San Diego will be traveling to Baltimore this weekend, and the Chargers are a middle-of-the-pack team against the run.
Cairo Santos, Kansas City Chiefs
Santos is one of the least-expensive kickers on FantasyScore this week, and in a game that should be higher scoring than usual for his Chiefs' team, he should get plenty of opportunity. That's good enough to warrant a spot in this week's lineup.
New York Giants' Defense
The Jaguars have allowed a top-10 defense in all but one week this year. Though the Giants' defense has essentially been a fantasy football wasteland this year, simple math tells us that they'll be a strong option against a struggling Blake Bortles.