Fantasy Football Rankings Week 13: Sleepers, starts, sits | Kyren Williams, Diontae Johnson and more
Here are the fantasy football rankings for Week 13, along with a fun new scrimmage list. While trade deadlines have passed, the debates continue, and with Marvel’s Phase 4 over (and Christmas specials on the way), it’s time to rank things Marvel. Don’t worry, I still have your sleepers, starts and sits… and don’t forget!… check out the 101 pieces below for all weather, wait/start risk questions and more before you ask those questions.
Disclaimers | Strength of ranks in the schedule
Fantasy Football 101 (starts, sits, trades, more)
Everything in football (video pod)
Week 13 2022 Fantasy Football Sleepers
🚨 WARNING 🚨 These are sleepers. It won’t mimic my ranking 100%. This runs the gamut and often carries more risk.
POSSIBLE STARTER: Trevor Lawrence, JAX — First, the Lions give up 3.3 more FPPG than any other team. Yes, part of that is because of touchdowns allowed (six), but that includes rushing scores for Geno Smith, Daniel Jones and Josh Allen. Every game in which Lawrence completed at least 70% of his passes resulted in 16.7+ points. The one game in which Lawrence scored 18.7 points but fell short of that mark (51.2%), followed by a rushing touchdown against the Giants. The Lions are top half of the league in allowing quarterback completions (64.7%) and are more likely to finish in a high-scoring affair at home.
POSSIBLE STARTER: Dameon Pierce, HOU — As mentioned in the disclaimers, it’s Infinity Duck time. The concern couldn’t be worse, but if there’s a good game, it’s against the Browns. Only the Bengals failed to reach double figures against the Browns, who have the highest APA at the position. They also lead the league in rushing yards (1,592) and touchdowns allowed (14). If Pierce can’t finish in the top 20 in Week 13, he’s done.
HAIL MARY START: Kyren Williams, LAR — The Seahawks are another good matchup — just ask Josh Jacobs. Even before that, Leonard Fournette and Rachaad White had no problem running the Seahawks, and the Seahawks allowed other receiving yards to run backs. Williams had 70.9% of his snaps in Week 12, but more importantly, 61.5% passing to just 37.5% for Cam Akers.
POSSIBLE START: Allen Lazard, GB — Even with a line of just 3-2-24 in Week 12, Lazard still had the highest Snap% (100) and Route% (96.4) of any receiver and tight end. Christian Watson’s breakout definitely hurts Lazard a bit, but the Bears’ matchup is far from worrisome. The only problem is that some teams didn’t go that far due to the ease of beating the Bears. That’s another reason why Lazard is a possible/sleeper start and not in the Top 30 guaranteed range. Mike White had no trouble against the Bears last week, finding Garrett Wilson and Elijah Moore for a combined three touchdowns, and that’s the hope we can have for a Lazard touchdown, even with Watson getting his own.
POSSIBLE STARTER: Diontae Johnson, PIT — Johnson is still 25th in TmTGT% (24.9) and eighth in targets (94) among all wideouts. It didn’t result in a touchdown…or even 85 yards. It’s the new Johnson… the old Jakobi Meyers? And that’s why DiontBAE is just DiontMAY…be…start. On top of that, the Falcons can run the clock by constantly running the ball, so a 10-target opportunity could be slim. Still, most receivers with 8+ targets against the Falcons posted a Top 30 day… most.
HAIL MARY START: DJ Chark, DET — Chark played in five games, and only four with at least 65% snaps (just 15.9% in Week 11, first game back from injury in Week 3). In four games, Chark has a 16.1 TmTGT% for a combined 23-9-114-2, or 13.2, 0.0, 6.1 and 8.6 points. As mentioned with Lawrence, this could be a sneaky, high-scoring affair, especially with Jared Goff better at home. Chark is worth a deep flyer play for a touchdown.
HAIL MARY START: David Njoku, CLE — Honestly, just play Njoku. Since Week 3, Njoku has just three single-digit scores compared to four double-digit games, with the two single-digit scores still coming at 7.3 and 9.2, the other being his first game back and limited. Even with the limited play and missed time, Njoku is TE8 as of Week 3 and fifth in FPPG. Oh, and he got a matchup with the Texans this week.
Fun with ranking!
Marvel Phase 4 Rankings
Since Marvel Phase 4 has wrapped up now that the Guardians of the Galaxy holiday special has aired — and the Christmas viewing season is starting — I thought, “Why not rank all of Marvel Phase 4?” Well, you could argue that it was a lot of “meh.” , but we’ll have fun debating the lines anyway, shall we? It’s basically a solid TV/movie position — a few great ones and a lot of, eh, I guess.
- Spider-Man: No Way Home — Travis Kelce of Phase 4. It’s this and then everything else, because No Way Home is the best superhero movie yet.
- Loki — Great. This is how you plant the seed and create a Marvel series.
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever — Drama? An excellent and tasty transition. My main issue is outside of the introduction of Namor, the new Black Panther, and Ironheart (who they didn’t even name), nothing develops outside of potential future relationships.
- WandaVision – Sure, the later episodes explain some of the first few, but man, the first three episodes – and probably some of the finale – give this show a low floor despite a high ceiling. It’s Gabe Davis.
- Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special — He ties up some topics, checks everything and has a good laugh. Add it to your Christmas movie list.
- Thor: Love and Thunder — I understand the hate, I just don’t agree with most of it. Is it a throwaway Marvel movie? Sure, but most of Phase 4 was a bit thrown out and loosely tied. It was still fun.
- Hawkeye — It’s Die Hard as a superhero show… and more Christmas than Die Hard. Why the hate?
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness — Some redundancy from WandaVision for Wanda, but even so, with the love-it-or-hate-it music scene (I hated it) and focusing more on Wanda than Dr. Strange, this movie was good.
- What if…? — He teased us with an episode of Dr. Strange (that it could be a big part of the movie’s plot), but we got superhero zombies and more interesting “what ifs.”
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings — Another fun movie, even with the over-the-top CGI-fest of the ending (and too much Awkwafin).
- Black Widow — Due to release time (moved), it is out of place in the overall story arc. Still a decent mix of the usual with more spy stuff.
- I’m Groot — Short fun…however, one episode is pretty dark.
- Werewolf by night — I have a feeling that some people liked it. It was fine. Similar to the GotG special, a themed (Halloween) short that’s fine for what it is.
- The Falcon and the Winter Soldier — Pretty meh. I could just tell you that Sam Wilson is the new Captain America… which you probably already knew and assumed.
- Moon Knight — No matter how haphazardly you try to work your way through the plot. As with most of Phase 4, credit to Marvel for trying new things, but this doesn’t feel like it “stuck” to the wall.
- She-Hulk: Lawyer — Speaking of trying new things… I’m not even sure She-Hulk knew what she wanted to be, or was trying to be, from episode to episode. Just watch this instead.
- mrs. Marvel – I tried. Really tried. I couldn’t even finish this, and sure, it probably works to get teenagers invested in Marvel material, but I’m long past that demographic. Get off my lawn!
- Eternals — Wow. Cool effects and action, but… that’s it.
Week 13 Fantasy Football Projections
🚨 HEADS UP 🚨 They may differ from mine and my ranks ranks are the order I would start players outside of additional context, such as “The highest increase is required, even if it is risky”. Also, based on 4 point TD for QB, 6 point rest and Half-PPR
***These are NO updated sunday morning FYI***
Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings
🚨 HEADS UP 🚨
- We found a solution to the ranking widget problem using Fantasy Nation (via Football Diehards). All three scoreboards are working and editable (unlike before), and the widget will let you scroll on Android (browser) without using two fingers! YAY!
- It’s updated regularly, so check back until the line-up is locked.
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