Fantasy Football News and Updates: Week 13 Players to Watch
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 13 Players to Watch
November 28, 2023
Week 13 Players to Watch
Andre Johnson - Johnson and the entire Texans offense struggled last week at home against the Jaguars. The Texans offense has been shaky all year, but it has gotten even more unstable since Keenum was benched two weeks ago. Perhaps Keenum was stressed out and pressing last week against Jacksonville because he was benched the week before, but whatever the reason, fantasy owners are hoping Keenum will get his confidence back and start slinging the rock to Andre Johnson like he did in his first few starts. The Texans have a great schedule as they should have great game conditions for their remaining games, and they do not play any of the top passing defenses. Johnson has the potential to be a stud during the fantasy playoffs, but Keenum will have to find his mojo in order for Johnson to get back to his stud form.
Ray Rice - Rice had an awesome game two weeks ago against the Bears terrible rush defense, but he came back down to Earth last weekend against the Jets top ranked rush defense. Rice was actually really bad last week as he had 16 carries for only 30 yards and he caught one pass for -3 yards. Fantasy owners are once again frustrated with Rice, and the first round fantasy pick is back to looking like a player who should ride the fantasy pine during the playoffs. There is still hope, however. Ray Rice and the Ravens take on the Steelers on Thanksgiving, and this game is the perfect litmus test to see if Rice can be trusted in the fantasy playoffs. The Ravens vs Steelers matchup will be a playoff atmosphere, and both teams will leave everything on the field. The Steelers have been improving on defense as the season has progressed, but they are still ranked 22nd in the league for rushing defense as they are giving up an average of 118.8 rushing yards per game. If Ray Rice can have a solid game against a heated division rival with an improving defense in a playoff atmosphere, then fantasy owners may start to trust Ray Rice during the fantasy playoffs.
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Roddy White - White has been atrocious all year, and now fantasy owners are really getting nervous about even keeping him on their rosters. White has been a reliable fantasy stud for many years now, but this year he has taken a dive straight off the cliff into the fantasy cemetery. White has a great matchup this week against a bad Buffalo secondary, and this will be the last chance for White to redeem himself before the fantasy playoffs begin.
Percy Harvin - Fantasy owners will be watching to see how Harvin performs this week since Pete Carroll has stated that Harvin will play without restrictions. Harvin needs to get back into "football shape" before the NFL playoffs start, and this week looks like his first true test. If harvin has a solid game and does not suffer any setbacks, he will be poised to make a strong run through the fantasy playoffs as he gets tuned up for a January Super Bowl run.
Frank Gore - Gore has been quiet lately as he has only carried the ball 26 times for 79 yards in the 49ers last two games. It is possible the 49ers decided to rely on Kaepernick a little more in order to help him build some confidence for the NFL playoff push. However, the 49ers are at their best when they are cramming Gore down the throats of their opponents, and fantasy owners will be watching to see if Gore can get back to producing elite numbers.
RGIII - Griffin has had a very turbulent season, and there is really no reason to think he will be able to get off the circus train he has helped to create this year. Griffin was not drafted as a starting fantasy quarterback in most leagues, but he has arguably the best schedule of any quarterback in the fantasy playoffs. The Redskins get the struggling Chiefs at home in week 14, and this one could be a bit tough. But then the Redskins go to Atlanta and then they get the leagues worst passing defense, Dallas, at home for week 16, fantasy championship week. Right now Griffin is too risky a start to trust during the fantasy playoffs, but if he can calm the storm, he could be the key to winning a fantasy football championship.
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