Week 13 is here and hopefully, you have clinched a playoff berth. It's time to stop wasting a roster spot on players that have continued to let you down. For the playoffs, I'm changing it up a little. Players listed in both categories will be standouts that are no-brainer starts each week. In the playoffs, you need as many points as you can get. For the playoffs, assuming you have both players at each position on your roster, this is the final decision I would make if you could only choose one of them.
Before we can get ready for Week 13, lineups need to be set, decisions need to be made and let's take a look at how last week's predictions fared.
QB: Sam Darnold, New York Jets: 315 Passing YDS, 2 Passing TD, 16 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 28.2 PTS
RB: Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns: 37 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 2 Receptions, 9 Receiving YDS, 12.6 PTS
WR: D.K. Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks: 3 Receptions, 35 Receiving YDS, 6.5 PTS
TE: Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins: 3 Receptions, 28 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 11.8 PTS
QB: Daniel Jones, New York Giants: 150 Passing YDS, 2 Passing TD, 1 Fumble, 27 Rushing YDS, 14.7 PTS
RB: Brian Hill, Atlanta Falcons: 14 Rushing YDS, 3 Receptions, 13 Receiving YDS, 6.7 PTS
WR: John Brown, Buffalo Bills, 2 Receptions, 39 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 11.9 PTS
TE: Jimmy Graham, Green Bay Packers: 1 Reception, 7 Receiving YDS, 1.6 PTS
Week 1: 5/8
Week 2: 6/8
Week 3: 4/8
Week 4: 6/8
Week 5: 4/8
Week 6: 2/8
Week 7: 6/8
Week 8: 4/8
Week 9: 6/8
Week 10: 6/8
Week 11: 6/8
Week 12: 6/8
QB: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Opponent: at New York Giants
The Packers are sitting at 8-3, but it doesn't feel like it. Aaron Rodgers has the opportunity to change that perception this Sunday. Through eleven games, Rodgers has only eclipsed the 26-point mark on two occasions. This week he heads to Metlife Stadium to take on Daniel Jones and the Giants who are allowing the 24th most points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season. Look for Rodgers to finish in the top-3 in Week 13.
I'm not going to sugarcoat it. The Raiders were flat out embarrassed in Week 12 against the Jets on the road. They were outplayed in every facet of the game, and the score doesn't even do the game justice. I'm not going harp on the loss, because I think this is what this team needed. This Raiders' unit has proven that they have a foundation, they have cornerstones, and that the future is extremely bright. One of those cornerstones is rookie running back Josh Jacobs, who had arguably the worst game of his short career last week. If you know Josh Jacobs, then you know this kid does not quit, and no speed bump will slow him down. A matchup at Arrowhead against the Chiefs' rush defense allowing the most points to opposing running backs in the NFL will give Jacobs the platform to put his Week 12 outing in the rear-view mirror.
D.J. Moore's ascension in his second season for the Panthers has really been overshadowed due to the historic numbers that his teammate Christian McCaffrey has been putting up. The former Maryland star has found his groove despite the QB carousel and finds himself at WR16 with a terrific matchup against the Redskins. Moore has scored at least 17 points in every game over the last month including a 31.4 outing last week at New Orleans and should be in for quite an afternoon
TE: Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers
Opponent: at Denver Broncos
The Chargers' 2019 season has been a complete disappointment. From a string of injuries to Philip Rivers' regression to Melvin Gordon's holdout and return, it has been a very forgettable season for Anthony Lynn. One of the bright spots, however, is tight end Hunter Henry. Finally healthy from his ACL tear early last season, Henry has been one of the most reliable tight ends over the past 6 weeks, posting at least 13 points in five of the Chargers' last six games. Keenan Allen has had an up-and-down season. Austin Ekeler has had much of the same. But Henry has been Mr. Reliable, and you should be confident to have him in your lineup.
QB: Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals
Opponent: vs. Los Angeles Rams
The Cardinals are coming off of a bye and Kyler Murray was just added to the injury report on Friday with a hamstring issue. If he does play against the Rams, who were just torn to pieces on Monday on national television, I'm assuming he won't be as much of a factor on the ground as he usually is. I wouldn't risk it.
RB: Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars
Opponent: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Leonard Fournette was en fuego in Week 12 against the Titans for his best performance of the 2019 season with 36.9 points, but it was nice while it lasted. Week 13 presents a new challenge for the former LSU star. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are currently allowing the third-fewest points to opposing running backs, and Fournette will be grounded in Week 13.
WR: DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
Opponent: vs. New England Patriots
DeAndre Hopkins is the most talented wide receiver in the NFL. That being said, he faces his toughest task of the season against Patriots' star Stephon Gilmore on Sunday afternoon. The Patriots have allowed the fewest points to opposing wideouts and the fewest receiving yards to the position as well. Gilmore held Cowboys' star Amari Cooper in check in Week 12 and the former couldn't pull in a single reception. Hopkins will not be held without a catch, but temper your expectations.
TE: Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens
Opponent: vs. San Francisco 49ers
The Ravens are the best team in the AFC and they head home in Week 12 after dominating the Rams on Monday Night Football. The problem, however, is that the San Francisco 49ers will be in town looking to pull an upset. The 49ers know that Lamar Jackson will be ready to play, but their best course of action is to shut down his main playmakers, including tight end Mark Andrews. With a defense that already allows the fewest points from opposing tight ends in the NFL, I'd look for an alternative and keep Andrews on the bench.