Antonio Brown did not pay off as a high-priced daily fantasy play last Sunday in just an average week for the recommended lineup, but the Week 13 daily fantasy slate has plenty of options with no teams on a bye.
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QB: Jared Goff @ DET
DraftKings: $6,400 | FanDuel: $8,400
Off the bye last year, the Rams had their highest point total of the season with 51 points in a rout of the Giants. Jared Goff threw for 311 yards and four touchdowns on just 14 completions. Coming off their 2018 bye, LA’s offense should continue clicking after some tweaks from Sean McVay. The Lions have shown stretches of strong play defensively under new head coach Matt Patricia, but you shouldn’t shy away from Goff as one of the best QB options this week and every week.
RB: Christian McCaffrey @ TB
DraftKings: $8,800 | FanDuel: $8,800
Christian McCaffrey is as good as it gets in fantasy lineups right now, especially in daily fantasy formats that award points per reception. McCaffrey is coming off a 100/100 game against the Seahawks a week ago, and now he gets a matchup against a Buccaneers team that’s 30th in points allowed to opposing running back. The second-year running back had 32.7 fantasy points in his first game against Tampa Bay in Week 9.
RB: Aaron Jones vs. ARI
DraftKings: $6,700 | FanDuel: $7,600
The Packers have gotten Aaron Jones involved as an all-around weapon the last five weeks, and he’s been putting up nice overall numbers while still averaging a league-high 6.0 yards per carry this season. The yardage and a few receptions should be there every week, and the Cardinals have given up an NFL-worst 16 rushing scores through 11 games. Jones offers top-three upside at a discount.
WR: Julian Edelman vs. MIN
DraftKings: $7,100 | FanDuel: $7,200
Some are likely scared away by a matchup with the stingy Vikings defense, but Tom Brady is likely to target Julian Edelman inside as he looks to keep the offense ahead of the chains to avoid long third-down situations against the NFL’s best third-down defense. Edelman might not go for 125-150 yards for the Patriots, but he should get several receptions and could find the end zone in a potential shootout.
WR: Josh Reynolds @ DET
DraftKings: $4,900 | FanDuel: $5,800
In his last two games with Cooper Kupp out, Josh Reynolds has put up lines of 3/42/2 and 6/80/1. The second game came in an uncommon shootout with over 100 points scored, but Reynolds’ knack for the end zone is undeniable. Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks are the preferred Rams WRs to play, but Reynolds offers WR1 upside at a great cost.
WR: Courtland Sutton @ CIN
DraftKings: $4,200 | FanDuel: $5,400
He’s made big plays this season, but everyone is still waiting for a huge explosion game from rookie receiver Courtland Sutton. It could come this weekend against a Bengals team that’s defending the pass as poorly as any team in the league. Pairing skill with on-paper matchup, Sutton could be set for his first 100-yard game this Sunday.
TE: Rob Gronkowski vs. MIN
DraftKings: $5,400 | FanDuel: $6,700
The Vikings have been excellent against tight ends in recent weeks, but Rob Gronkowski is a different animal. In a big late-afternoon game in December, Gronk should come up big for his team. Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz are enticing, but Gronk offers 20-point upside at a much better cost.
FLEX: Jordan Howard @ NYG
DraftKings: $4,000 | FanDuel: $5,700
In every game aside from the season opener, Jordan Howard has needed a touchdown to deliver startable fantasy value for owners. Even with Mitchell Trubisky still likely out, the gameflow in this one could lead to Howard getting into the end zone and getting 15-20 carries if the Bears get a lead over the Giants. Howard offers a low floor, but he’s been too productive since entering the league to not have at least one big game this season.
D/ST: Chiefs @ OAK
DraftKings: $2,500 | FanDuel: $4,300
There are a lot of good D/ST options this week, but the Chiefs look like a really good option in Eric Berry’s potential return to the lineup. Andy Reid’s teams are great off the bye, so the offense might jump ahead, which could lead to Justin Houston, Dee Ford, and the defense playing aggressively to get some sacks and turnovers against an offense that has a few games without touchdowns this season.