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Daily Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet For Week 13

Daily Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Week 13 DFS Tips for games on 12/4/16

December 4, 2016

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Here is my NFL lineup for week 13. We are just one week away from the 4th-quarter of the season, while the last few teams are finishing up their bye weeks for the season, we are out trying to put together winning lineups, so why not do it for another week?

Here’s my lineup for week 13.

Daily Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet For Week 13

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Quarterback: Drew Brees, NO

Opponent: vs. DET

Salary: $7,600

Analysis: Please allow me to partake if you will, in jumping onto the Drew Brees bandwagon. He’s head-manning the hottest offense in the entire league right now and is going to be a key part in what I feel is going to be a shootout between the Lions and Saints. Brees has 20 points or more in 6 of his last 7 games and is sure to make it 7 of 8, barring a catastrophic performance. I’d recommend taking Brees first and building around him, because he needs to be in your lineup this week.

Running Back #1: LeVeon Bell, PIT

Opponent: vs. NYG

Salary: $9,200

Analysis: This is a week where I felt that it was necessary to spend some money to get a quality RB1. I was torn between Arizona’s David Johnson and LeVeon Bell, and while I took Johnson last week, I’m flipping the script this week and backing Bell. First reason? Johnson showed up on the injury report with a dislocated finger and I’m not down with taking a gamble on injuries to a key part of playing the position. You need your hands to hold onto the ball for crying out loud. Second reason, it’s going to be cold in Pittsburgh on Sunday, which leads to a grind it out, ground and pound style of game. With how often Bell is on the field, combined with the atmosphere, expect Bell to have a solid game here.

Running Back #2: Kenneth Dixon, BAL

Opponent: vs. MIA

Salary: $3,700

Analysis: After spending almost $17k on my first two picks, I had to find value elsewhere which is why I picked Dixon at RB2. His playing time has increased from week-to-week since the Ravens’ bye week, and as the team’s pass catcher out of the backfield, Dixon could prove valuable if he finds himself in open space. It’s a lottery ticket I feel is worth taking a chance on as Dixon will probably be used sparingly if at all in other leagues.

Wide Receiver #1: Michael Thomas, NO

Opponent: vs. DET

Salary: $6,900

Analysis: DFS sites are starting to catch on to Michael Thomas, as when he scores, he scores in bunches, as shown by his week 12 performance where he notched 34.8 points on 9 receptions for 108 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The weakest part of the Lions defense is their secondary, and I expect another big game from Thomas after he exposes the Detroit defensive backs.

Wide Receiver #2: Mike Evans, TB

Opponent: @ SD

Salary: $8,600

Analysis: Like Thomas, Mike Evans seems to score in bunches too, but the problem is unlike Drew Brees in New Orleans, Jameis Winston is one of the more turnover-prone quarterbacks in the NFL. Despite that, I like Evans to have a big game against an average Chargers secondary. After all, Evans burned all-pro defensive back Richard Sherman, en route to his 2nd-highest game in terms of fantasy points this season in week 12, why can’t it carry over to the warm, comfortable climate in San Diego?

Wide Receiver #3: Malcolm Mitchell, NE

Opponent: vs. LA

Salary: $3,600

Analysis: This pick may seem questionable to some, but let me explain. After finding out that Rob Gronkowski will be out for 8 weeks, everyone went running to backup tight end Martellus Bennett. The fact of the matter is that not every single pass can go the way of Bennett, so there are bound to be some beneficiaries along the way. Even with Gronk in the lineup, Mitchell has 9 catches on 12 targets for 140 yards and 3 touchdowns in his last 2 games. Even if I get some secondary scoring from Mitchell, the play will be well worth it.

Tight End: Travis Kelce, KC

Opponent: @ ATL

Salary: $4,700

Analysis: I was thinking about taking Coby Fleener to make it a triple stack in New Orleans with Brees and Thomas but I decided to go with Kelce here. Atlanta is around the middle of the pack against the tight end position this season, but the Falcons are also pretty bad at defending receivers as a whole. Kelce had 15 targets and 8 receptions against a solid Denver defense, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he surpassed them here against a suspect Falcons secondary.

Flex: Julius Thomas, JAX

Opponent: vs. DEN

Salary: $2,800

Analysis: Before you go raising your eyebrows at me, hear me out. Sure, Thomas has not looked good at all this season. However, Thomas is facing his old team, and would like to be a positive note for the Jags as they look ahead to next season, and I wouldn’t mind if he caught a red-zone touchdown for my troubles. That and flex was my last spot to fill so there’s that too.

Defense/Special Teams: Green Bay Packers

Opponent: vs. HOU

Salary: $2,900

Analysis: Again, another pick that might make you give me a questionable look on the other side of the screen. But the fact of the matter is, the Packers rebounded in their first must-win game of the season, and racked up double digits in the points column for just the 2nd time this season. Now Green Bay gets to feast on a Houston offense that struggles to move the ball on offense, possessing the 3rd-fewest total yards this season. Green Bay needs strong performances from here on out to punch their ticket to the postseason, and I think they get it done here with a massive statement win.

Salary remaining (Out of a $50,000 budget): $0

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