Ryan Tannehill

Chances are this is your last fantasy football game of 2019 (Cue Celine Dion's “My Heart Will Go On” or Limp Bizkit  “Break Stuff” -- both are equally appropriate for the end to a season.) This week is put up and sneak into the playoffs, snag that first round bye, or shut up week.

Teams on bye: n/a

Injury Watch List: Evan Engram (NYG), Rhett Ellison (NYG), James Conner (PIT), JuJu Smith-Schuster (PIT), A.J. Green (CIN), Auden Tate (CIN), Austin Hooper (ATL), Devonta Freeman (ATL), Jordan Howard (PHIL), Alshon Jeffery (PHI), Matt Stafford (DET), Chris Thompson (WAS), Adrian Peterson (WAS), Delanie Walker (TEN), Mohamed Sanu (NE), Matt Breida (SF)

Quarterbacks

  • Ryan Tannehill, Titans @ Colts … Indy is allowing the 4th highest completion percentage in the NFL this season (68.4%) and Tanny has scored atleast 19 fantasy points in every game he’s started
  • Sam Darnold, Jets @ Bengals … Darnold should make it four straight 20+ point fantasy outing after week 13 against a Cincinnati D that is allowing a league worst 13.6 yards per catch
  • Nick Foles, Jaguars v. Buccaneers … while Foles looked rusty last week he’s going to have to throw to keep Jacksonville in the game against a Tampa D that is only allowing 62.27 rushing yards a game while giving up over 300 yards per game

Running Backs

  • Rashaad Penny, Seahawks v. Vikings … after starting the season in the dog house, Penny has slowly gained the trust of Pete Carroll. Fortunately for him Chris Carson has had some trouble hanging on to the ball of late so Penny could see his role expand to or beyond the 14 totes in week 12
  • Jonathan Williams, Colts v. Titans … with Marlon Mack sidelined, Williams has proven to be the lead back in Indy with 100 yards in back to back games on 13 and 26 carries
  • Nyheim Hines, Colts v. Titans … while strong against the run, Tennessee is allowing the 2nd most receptions per game (6.55) and the 6th most yards per game (49.45) in the league to running backs
  • Darrel Williams, Chiefs v. Raiders … In another crowded backfield, two weeks ago Williams led Kansas City’s backfield in touchs with 13. Will he lead it again? TBD. But Oakland is beatable on the ground and through the air for RBs

Wide Receivers

  • Chris Conley, Jaguars v. Buccaneers … the much talked about Foles to Conley connection should provide dividends finally in week 13 against one of the worst pass Ds in the NFL
  • Mecole Hartman, Chiefs v. Raiders … if Tyreek Hill sits against or is reinjured then Hartman becomes a must play. Either way his speed will test an Oakland secondary that’s allowing 15.6 Yard per catch
  • J. Brown, Titans @ Colts … while last week was Derrick Henry game, Tennessee’s offense should feature a bit more of an aerial attack “In the Anapolis”

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Tight Ends

  • David Njoku, Browns @ Steelers … in the WWE game of the week, Njoku is slated to return from his wrist injury that landed him on the IR for most of the season. In week 13 the athletic TE will face a Pittsburgh D that has a tendency to allow TEs into the endzone. Also as a bonus, Njoku draws 2 positive match ups in weeks 14 and 15 against Cincinnati and Arizona
  • Vance McDonald, Steeler v. Browns … while generally Cleveland has stymied TEs they have been victimized by “athletic TEs” this season like George Kittle, Noah Fant, and Mark Andrews making Vance worth a look in week 13
  • Mike Gesicki, Dolphins v. Eagles … again not a matchup to target. Philadelphia has allowed only 2 TEs to score over 10 points this season, but Gesicki has recorded at least 6 targets in 4 straight games

Defense

  • Panthers Redskins … Haskins might not be the answer in DC
  • Eagles @ Dolphins … Philadelphia’s line should be able to get to Ryan Fitzpatrick forcing a few ill advised throws and assuredly a few sacks
  • Jets @ Bengals … followed by a match up against Miami in the Meadowlands in week 14
  • Jaguars Buccaneers … Jameis Winston is the NFL’s version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with 6 TD throws and 8 INTs in his last 3 games

Kickers… Pay attention to the weather man this weekend with some rain in the forecast

  • Zane Gonzalez, Cardinals v. Rams … There’s no place like dome
  • Jake Elliott, Eagles @ Dolphins … Eagles should sore in south beach
  • Chase McLaughlin, 49ers @ Ravens … a Super Bowl rematch and preview?

 

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