Week 13 FanDueling

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Before we move on to Week 13, let’s take a look at the results from Week 12:


Good showing last week, as I doubled my money in each of the contests I entered. Sure, it was mostly because of Demaryius Thomas, but I’ll take it.

Fine, Isaiah Crowell was good too. The Seahawks defense was good, and Mark Sanchez was adequate. Coby Fleener was a disappointment, and so was DeMarco Murray considering his price tag. Luckily, it didn’t matter.

Not much to complain about this week. On to Week 13! Here’s the team I’m rolling with this week:

QB – Ben Roethlisberger (NO@PIT) – $8,300

Roethlisberger hasn’t looked great in his previous two games, but they were both on the road. He’s been exceptional at home, though. I don’t think he’ll throw for six touchdowns again, but I’m expecting a decent outing. Especially since he’s going against the Saints outdoors in cold weather.

This really came down to a choice between Roethlisberger and Ryan Fitzpatrick. I wouldn’t call myself a Fitzpatrick fan, but he’s only $5,000 and the Titans don’t have a great defense. The deciding factor was that teams have mostly been gashing the Titans on the ground, so I think the Texans will defer to Arian Foster or Alfred Blue.

Also considered: Ryan Fitzpatrick ($5,000)

RB – Rashad Jennings (NYG@JAX) – $7,100

I’m expecting a decent workload for Jennings in this one. In the two games since he returned from his injury, he’s gotten 37 carries and 12 receptions. The Jaguars are giving up 4.4 yards per carry, and Jennings used to play for them, so I imagine he’ll want to stick it to them for letting him go.

RB – Tre Mason (OAK@STL) – $6,000

Mason has been getting the bulk of the carries for the Rams over the last month. I’m happy to pay just $6,000 for a high-volume running back going against the Raiders.

Also considered – Le’Veon Bell ($9,200), Arian Foster ($8,700), C.J. Anderson ($7,800), Justin Forsett ($7,600), Daniel Herron ($5,800)

WR – Demaryius Thomas (DEN@KC) – $9,400

I don’t feel great about this. He’s a high-priced player, but I don’t trust the Broncos quite as much on the road. I actually like the value with Odell Beckham ($8,500) and Josh Gordon ($8,100) a bit more.

The thing is, I couldn’t find a way to spend the money I would save from switching to one of those players. I switched Thomas with Gordon (the football players, not the trains) and couldn’t find an upgrade at any of the other positions with the extra money.

Well, everybody seems to love Thomas this week, and he has a pretty high floor. Hopefully he can replicate last week’s performance.

WR – Antonio Brown (NO@PIT) – $9,200

The stuff I put for Roethlisberger goes here as well. Brown has been a consistent performer, and as long as he doesn’t burn me with fumbles again, he should have a good day.

WR – Kenny Stills (NO@PIT) – $5,100

And here’s yet another player from the Pittsburgh-New Orleans game. I’m not expecting a monstrous performance from Stills, but he’s the second or third best receiver in an offense that throws a lot, and he’s only $5,100. I thought he was incredible value.

Also considered: Randall Cobb ($8,500), Odell Beckham Jr. ($8,500), Josh Gordon ($8,100), John Brown ($6,500), Marqise Lee ($4,800)

TE – Travis Kelce (DEN@KC) – $5,300

The Broncos have allowed the second most receptions to tight ends this season, and Kelce is arguably the Chiefs’ best weapon in the passing game. With so much money tied up in wide receivers, I needed a value play at tight end. I think Kelce is the best tight end value this week.

Also considered: None

K – Mason Crosby (NE@GB) – $4,900

Thought of going with Shaun Suisham here, but I was a little uncomfortable going even more all-in on the Steelers-Saints game. I’m a little scared of going against the Patriots at the moment, but I can’t ignore how dominant the Packers’ offense is at home. Crosby has a high ceiling.

Also considered: Shaun Suisham ($4,900)

D/ST – Minnesota Vikings (CAR@MIN) – $4,500

The Panthers’ offense has been atrocious lately. They are giving up the fifth most fantasy points to opposing defenses. The Vikings D has been torched at times this year, but that was by good offenses. The Panthers are a lot of things, but I don’t think I’m out of line when I say “good” isn’t one of them.

Also considered: None


TOTAL – $59,800

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