While fantasy purists who’ve chosen to ignore the world of daily fantasy football are worrying if Week 13 will be their last, those of us who’ve embraced the one-week wars still have plenty of time to enjoy the season. Of course, it’s tough to enjoy those weekly wars if you fantasy genius doesn’t pay off.
This week, some intriguing match-ups dot the fantasy horizon as the Denver Broncos’ two-headed backfield heads to San Diego, a potential shootout involving three of the top fantasy wide receivers is set for the Big Apple, and Andy Dalton and company will take on the inconsistent defense of their in-state rivals.
Among the many promising options, starting both Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson against San Diego’s suspect run defense is one of the week’s most popular fantasy plays in any format. But after both backs came through in Week 12, expecting the same on Sunday may be too much to ask.
That doesn’t mean that we should completely avoid starting an all-Bronco backfield. But it’s extremely rare for two running backs on the same team to produce solid fantasy numbers in the same game, and the odds definitely don’t favor it happening in consecutive weeks—especially at the running back position.
Obviously, duos such as Denver’s Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas have shared the fantasy spotlight on many occasions. And through the first 12 weeks of the season, no fantasy tandem has been more reliable than New York Jets’ wideouts Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker.
Heading into Week 13, Decker and Marshall have already scored touchdowns in the same game on six occasions. And even when one of them hasn’t reached the end zone, in last month’s loss to Oakland when Decker scored and Marshall didn’t for example, the other, in this case Marshall, still finished with 9 receptions for 108 yards.
That’s about as close to guaranteed fantasy production as we could ask for, and when you consider that Decker and Marshall will be facing the Giants’ generous pass defense on their home turf, this weekend’s match-up could see both Jets finish with some of their best numbers of the season.
But if you’re still not convinced that Decker and Marshall may be on the brink of some serious fantasy production, I’ve decided to end this week’s column with a list of the receivers and tight ends who’ve already torched the Giants this season.
Julio Jones [13rec, 105yds], Jordan Reed [6rec, 96yds], Charles Clay [9rec, 111yds], Anquan Boldin [8rec, 107yds, TD], Benjamin Watson [9rec, 147yds, TD], Marques Colston [8rec, 114yds, TD], Brandin Cooks [6rec, 88yds, 2TD], Willie Snead [6rec, 70yds, 2TD], Mike Evans [8rec, 150yds], and Rob Gronkowski [5rec, 113yds, TD].
As always, the prices listed below have been stolen from the good folks at Fanduel.com and Draftkings.com, and are listed in that order [FD-DK]. Enjoy.
Andy Dalton-at Cleveland-[8,000-6,4000] Ben Rothlisberger-vs Indy-[8,100-6,600] Jay Cutler-vs San Francisco-[7,000-5,100] Reach Of The Week-Ryan Fitzpatrick-at N.Y. Giants-[7,500-5,200]
Russell Wilson-at Minnesota-[7,800-5,600] Tyrod Taylor-vs Houston-[7,400-5,200] Phillip Rivers-vs Denver-[7,600-6,600]
Giovani Bernard-at Cleveland-[6,200-4,500] Jonathan Stewart-at New Orleans-[7,200-5,300] C.J. Anderson-at San Diego-[6,800-3,500] Reach Of The Week-Alfred Morris-vs Dallas-[5,600-3,700]
Todd Gurley-vs Arizona-[8,400-7,300] DeMarco Murray-at New England-[7,400-5,800] T.J. Yeldon-at Tennessee-[6,100-4,800]
Odell Beckham Jr.-vs N.Y. Jets-[9,400-8,900] Brandon Marshall-at N.Y. Giants-[8,100-7,100] Allen Robinson-at Tennessee-[8,000-7,300] Reach Of The Week-Donte Moncrief-at Pittsburgh-[6,400-4,600]
Tavon Austin-vs Arizona-[6,100-4,300] Stefon Diggs-vs Seattle-[6,200-4,700] Vincent Jackson-vs Atlanta-[6,300-4,700]
Greg Olsen-at New Orleans-[6,600-6,400] Delanie Walker-vs Jacksonville-[6,000-5,700] Reach Of The Week-Heath Miller-vs Indy-[5,400-3,300]
Jason Witten-at Washington-[5,600-4,700] Crockett Gilmore-vs Miami-[5,600-3,600]
New England-vs Philadelphia-[4,800-3,400] Arizona-at St. Louis-[5,400-3,900] Reach Of The Week-Tampa Bay-[4,200-2,500]
K.C.-at Oakland-[4,700-3,000] N.Y. Jets-at N.Y. Giants-[4,600-2,700]