2020 Fantasy Football Week 13 Start-Sit

by Mike Bonni
2019 Fantasy Football Week 2 Drop List

Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 13 Start-Sit article. Before I dig into fantasy football you long-time readers may be wondering where the original writer, Dylan Clemons, is for this article and why he isn't doing it this week? Well, I have no clue either can someone call him and see if he is okay? No, I'm just kidding he was super busy with the family so he brought in the agent of chaos for the replacement this week. If you didn't know I'm the agent of chaos.

So... fantasy football addicts welcome to the most important regular-season week of your life. Yeah! That's right. It's the final week before the playoffs baby!! This is the week where you can become a hero and clinch yourself a spot in the playoffs, or this is the week where you finally lose all hope in fantasy and are eliminated from the playoffs. Which also means hiding in a dark room and wondering where it all went wrong this year.

With two very important teams on bye (Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers) hopefully I can help you with these Start-Sit decisions to fill those bye week holes. So readers let's clinch those playoff spots and welcome all to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 13 Start-Sit article.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 13 Start-Sit

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Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears vs Detroit Lions

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L.A. Chargers vs RB's (Season)= Allow 10th most points with 23.8; thank you FFtoday for these numbers.

This might not be the sexiest choice for a Quarterback start, but if there is any time to play Mitch Trubisky it would be against the Detroit Lions. His career against the Detroit Lions has been the highlight of his career. He is 4-2 with 14 touchdowns, four interceptions, and a 106 passer rating.

In his last four games vs the Lions, he has averaged 22 completions, 69% completion percentage, 277 yards, 3 touchdowns, .25 interceptions, and a 125.25 passer rating. In terms of fantasy, he has hit 20+ fantasy points against the Detroit Lions in three out of his last four games including one 30+ fantasy performance back in 2018.

Those are some impressive numbers for Mitch, good enough to where I would feel confident starting him over a multitude of Quarterbacks for a number of reasons. Not to mention in his return to signal-calling he posted a 20 point fantasy performance against the Green Bay Packers.

Some of these bigger name QB's that I would start Trubisky over include Taysom Hill vs Atlanta Falcons, Matt Ryan vs New Orleans Saints(who I will talk about later), Ryan Tannehill vs Cleveland Browns, and Ben Roethlisberger vs Washington Football Team.

James White, RB, New England Patriots vs Los Angeles Chargers

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L.A. Chargers vs RB's (Season)= Allow 10th most points with 24.8

The Chargers also allow the 7th most catches to RB's on the season with RB's averaging roughly six catches a game. This is good news for my running back start James White.

For the majority of the season, White has been borderline roster worthy, but that looks to be a thing of the past as he is finally starting to get his role back in this offense. It just took a Rex Burkhead injury for him to start making a difference. In the two games without Rex Burkhead, James White has rushed the ball a meager 10 times but for two scores. He has also received 10 targets in the passing game catching seven of them. White has scored over 14 fantasy points in both of these games.

For some reason, the Los Angeles Chargers are in a shootout almost every week. If that happens to be the case this week, Cam Newton will be looking at James White quite a lot. I can see James White putting in another one of his signature performances where he catches around eight balls for multiple scores, absolutely smashing his projection of 14.

Some of the names I would be starting James White over include Antonio Gibson & J.D. McKissic vs Pittsburgh Steelers, Wayne Gallman vs Seattle Seahawks, Jonathan Taylor vs Houston Texans, and Kenyan Drake vs Los Angeles Rams.

Sterling Shephard, WR, New York Giants vs Seattle Seahawks

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Seattle Seahawks vs WR's (Season)= Most points allowed to WR's with 51.4 average.

When Sterling Shepard has been healthy he has been a very consistent WR3 for all of the owners who have stuck by his side. In his seven active games, he has gone over 10 fantasy points in six of those games.

Even though Daniel Jones is looking like he might not play, I still believe this is a juicy matchup for New York's best wide receiver going against the softest secondary in the league.

Seattle's defense is allowing the most catches, yards, and points to WR's this year so I couldn't be any more excited for Sterling Shepherd this week. Plug him in your lineups and you can feel super confident with his floor being around 10 and a ceiling that can reach the 20's.

Noah Fant, TE, Denver Broncos vs Kansas City Chiefs

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Kansas City Chiefs vs TE's (Season)= 13th most points allowed with 13.2

Holy cow! We are going to actually have a QB signal calling for the Broncos this week. It should be Drew Lock which is good news for the pass catchers of this offense even though they're playing the Kansas City Chiefs.

This is even better news for Noah Fant (as long as he stays healthy) as the Kansas City Chiefs are allowing 13.2 points a game to TEs. In the last three weeks, they have actually been allowing the most points to TEs with an average of 27.7 points a game. The Chiefs have also allowed the 2nd most yards allowed to TEs and tied for 2nd with most catches allowed. This is a recipe for a TE1 fantasy performance this week from Noah Fant.

Although Noah Fant hasn't hit 10+ fantasy points since Week 8, I still have faith in him in Week 13 and will be starting him with absolute confidence.

I would be starting him over Hayden Hurst vs New Orleans Saints and Dallas Goedert vs Green Bay Packers.


Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons vs New Orleans Saints

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Saints vs QB's (Season)= 6th fewest points allowed with 19.9

The past two games have not been kind to Matt Ryan. He failed to reach 15 fantasy points in both games. To make matters worse he has only hit 20+ fantasy points in four of his 11 games. That is not good enough to be starter worthy in ten team leagues at least.

This is all before I get to the matchup against the New Orleans Saints this week. This is what makes it a no-go for me for Matt Ryan. The last time these guys played he threw two interceptions, zero touchdowns, and only had 7 fantasy points.

I honestly don't see things changing for Matt Ryan this week either especially if Julio Jones is out, which could be a very real possibility. Let me tell you why.

In the last three games, the New Orleans defense has been absolutely incredible, only allowing nine points a game to Quarterbacks. They have only allowed one touchdown throw in those three games and have picked off the QB six times also. These QBs in those games include Matt Ryan, Nick Mullens, and Tom Brady.

I would be starting Mitch Trubisky vs Detroit Lions, Kirk Cousins vs Jaguars, Phillip Rivers vs Texans, and Derek Carr vs Jets over Ryan this week.

Antonio Gibson, RB, Washington Football Team vs Pittsburgh Steelers

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Pittsburgh Steelers vs RB's (Season)= 2nd fewest allowed

Antonio Gibson has been stunning this season since the bye week in Week 8. He has had four straight games of 12+ fantasy points including a 22 and a 36 points performance which puts him as the number five running back so far this year. He has also scored a touchdown in five straight games, including a three-touchdown performance last week against Dallas.

Unfortunately, Antonio Gibson owners are going to have to temper their expectations big time this week as he has to go up against the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Steelers' defense has been great this year, especially their rush defense. They are only allowing 17 points a game to RBs, and this game can get away from the Football Team meaning we might see a little more of J.D. McKissic this week. This is also bad news because they have allowed the least amount of catches to running backs on the year.

Some of the RB's I like more than Gibson this week include Nyheim Hines vs Houston Texans, and James White just to name a few.

Tee Higgins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals vs Miami Dolphins

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Miami Dolphins vs WR's (Season)= 15th in points allowed to WR's

Higgins will be shadowed by Xavien Howard which according to playerprofiler is the 16th ranked cornerback.

This is going to be a tough matchup for my boy Tee Higgins. For many people, Higgins brought us a solid WR3 value all year. Most of us definitely didn't expect this from him. He has been amazing this year in his 11 career games going over 15 fantasy points five times, and 10+ fantasy points 8 times. Tee Higgins has also had 6+ targets in 8 of his 11 games but this was mostly with the face of the franchise QB Joe Burrow. Higgins now has Branden Allen throwing him the ball.

That last sentence is the reason why I will be fading Tee Higgins this week, along with his incredibly hard matchup with Xavien Howard. Higgins was able to get 15 fantasy points last week, but he received his lowest target output of the year with five. He only had 44 yards receiving and was saved by a last-second touchdown catch.

Fade him this week guys, I would be starting guys like Sterling Shepherd vs Seattle Seahawks and his teammate Tyler Boyd over him.

Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles vs Green Bay Packers

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Green Bay Packers vs TE's (Season)= 5th fewest points allowed

Now hear me out because this one might be controversial considering Dallas Goedert has had 18+ fantasy points in the past two games including 6+ targets, 75+ yards, and two touchdowns.

But the Green Bay Packers have been very solid all year against tight ends. They are 5th in fewest points to TE's this year with 9.2. Here are some other stats that will hopefully sway your mind into going a different direction at TE. The Green Bay Packers have allowed the 4th fewest catches, 7th fewest yards, and the Packers have only allowed three touchdowns all year to TEs. This is spelling out a disaster for Dallas Goedert this week.

Some of the TEs I would start over him include Noah Fant vs Kansas City Chiefs (see above), Jordan Reed vs Buffalo Bills, Austin Hooper vs Tennessee Titans, and Mike Gesicki vs Cincinnati Bengals.

If you have any questions on why I chose a certain someone, or if you have any other start or sit questions you can go to my Twitter @ike2121 and you can message me there.

That should do it for the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 13 Start-Sit article. I enjoyed filling in for my friend Dylan Clemons. He will be back writing these for all of your important playoff matchups, so look out for those in the coming weeks. Thanks for reading and have a good weekend in fantasy football you addicts.

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