2021 Fantasy Football Week 13 Start-Sit

by Dylan Clemons
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Welcome back, Fantasy nerds, it is that time again to start setting your lineups for the week, and I'm here to help with the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 13 Start-Sit article.

There are four teams on the bye this week, The Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, and the Tennessee Titans. So make sure to pull your guys from those teams from your lineup.

We are two weeks away from the start of most leagues playoffs, so this is a must-win for your team.

In the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 13 start-sit article, I will be giving you a start and a sit at each position.

In addition, I'll be here every week trying to help by giving you a few deeper guys to start, and a few guys who the consensus believes should be in your lineup that week but whom I can't entirely agree with.

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Start

Taylor Heinicke, QB, Washington Football Team (ECR QB17)

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Don't look now but the Washington Football Team has won three in a row, and quarterback Taylor Heinicke is a big reason why.

During that three-game stretch, Heinicke has completed at least 72% of his passes and has a touchdown interception ratio of five to one. Heinicke is also QB9 through that span of games averaging just over 17 fantasy points per game.

The best part about Heinicke's fantasy appeal is the fact that he has only thrown the ball less than 30 times in just two of his starts this season so the volume is there.

He also has a decent rushing floor as well rushing for over 40 yards three times this season with a high of 95 yards in Week 7 against the Packers.

The Matchup - Las Vegas Raiders

The Washington Football Team is traveling to Las Vegas to take on the Raiders. The Raiders allow the sixth-most fantasy to opposing quarterbacks through the first 12 weeks of the season.

They have also allowed the seventh-most touchdowns to the position and have forced the least amount of interceptions in the NFL with four. This game has sneaky shootout potential and I want a part of this game.

Jamaal Williams, RB, Detroit Lions (ECR RB23)

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The ceiling for Jamaal Williams heading into this week depends on the shoulder injury that D'Andre Swift suffered on Thanksgiving.

If Swift plays I believe you can still start Williams in your flex spot. However, if Swift doesn't play, Williams has low-end RB1 upside this week in my opinion.

Last week after Swift went down with injury Williams saw a massive uptick in touches. Williams saw 15 carries for 65 yards on the ground and saw five targets through the air catching all five for just 18 yards.

Williams should be the workhorse back if Swift is out, and I don't see any reason why the Lions should rush to bring Swift back with how their season has unfolded.

Quarterback Jared Goff ranks 36th in air yards per attempt with 5.9 so Williams should see a ton of work in the passing game.

The Matchup - Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings travel to Detroit for a divisional battle against the Lions. The matchup is a solid one against the Vikings who give up the ninth most fantasy points to the running back position.

I expect the Vikings to handle the Lions without an issue so Williams should see a ton of work in the passing game, and should see at least 10 carries on the ground.

I would start Williams over guys like Melvin Gordon and Clyde Edwards-Helaire this week, who are both ranked higher than Williams this week.

Christain Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals ( ECR WR35)

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Christain Kirk has quietly had a very solid season as he is currently WR28 in Half PPR formats. Some of that has to do with DeAndre Hopkins being on the shelf with a hamstring injury.

But I still feel that he would have put up solid numbers even with Hopkins in the lineup, which could be the case this weekend after he had time to rest coming off a bye. Kirk has seen at least five targets in every game since Week 5.

Christain Kirk even put up solid numbers with Colt McCoy at quarterback with Kyler Murray being down with an injury for the last three games.

He also scored over 12 fantasy points in two of the three games with McCoy at quarterback. Kyler should be back this week so Kirk's ceiling gets an upgrade.

The Matchup - Chicago Bears

The Arizona Cardinals are on the road in Chicago this week to take on the Bears. The Bears have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season.

The Bears get beaten up especially from the slot position where Kirk lines up 43% of the time. I believe Kirk will give you low-end WR2 upside in this matchup.

I'd start him over guys like Kendrick Bourne and Courtland Sutton this week.

Cole Kmet, Tight End, Chicago Bears (ECR TE18)

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Cole Kmet has shown a few flashes of being able to be counted on as a TE1 option in your lineup.

Unfortunately, he just hasn't been able to sustain consistent fantasy success for more than just a one-game sample size in a row. The last three weeks alone have been a roller coaster.

Kmet has finished TE6, TE41, and TE9 last week.

With Andy Dalton at quarterback on Thanksgiving Day Cole Kmet saw a season-high in targets with 11 catching eight of them for 65 yards for 10.5 fantasy points.

I believe Dalton will start once again this week, and when Dalton is under center there is more volume to go around for the pass catchers.

Andy Dalton has attempted over 38 passes in each of his two starts, rookie quarterback Justin Fields has thrown over 30 times just once this season.

The Matchup - Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals defense is improved this season. They especially limit opposing tight ends, only allowing 4.5 fantasy points a game to the position, which is the second-best in the NFL.


That doesn't scare me off in this one however because I can see the Bears trailing this entire game, which means having to air it out most of the game.

Kmet should at least see five to seven targets in this positive game script and with that volume, I would start him over Noah Fant and Dallas Goedert this week.

Sit

Jalen Hurts, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (ECR QB7)

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Jalen Hurts has been better in fantasy football than I anticipated as he currently sits as QB2 only behind Josh Allen averaging 21 fantasy points per game.

The Biggest reason why he has found so much success in fantasy football is the work he does with his legs. Hurts hasn't rushed less than seven times in any game this season, and hasn't rushed for lower than 30 yards.

Unfortunately for Hurts and his Fantasy managers, he is now banged up for the first time this season, and dealing with an ankle injury.

I can all but assume that ankle is going to slow him down on the ground. I have a feeling that Hurts is going to try and do his work from the pocket this weekend and leave the groundwork for the running backs.

The Matchup - New York Jets

The Philadelphia Eagles won't need Jalen Hurts to run all over the field to beat the Jets. Heading into last week the Eagles had run the ball on 65% of their plays their last three games.

The Jets have given up the third-most rushing yards to running backs this season, and I expect the Eagles to stick to that game plan.

The last time the Eagles played a team as bad as the Jets it was in Week 8 against the Lions. Hurts had his worst game of the season that week with 11 fantasy points.

They didn't need him to have a big day to win, and I expect that to be the same in this game against the Jets.

David Montgomery, RB, Chicago Bears (ECR RB17)

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As a bear fan, I am a big David Montgomery guy but unfortunately, this just hasn't been the year for him. Through the first four weeks of the season, David Montgomery was RB8 on the season averaging 13.5 fantasy points, then he got injured and missed the next four weeks with a knee injury.

In the three games since Montgomery came back from injury, he has looked good but hasn't been putting up the numbers we were used to during the first four games of the year.

In the span of those three games, he is RB38 during that span averaging just over 8.5 fantasy points per game in half PPR formats.

The volume hasn't taken a huge since he's come back but the scoring opportunity has. Montgomery found the end zone three times in the first four games but hasn't found it since.

The Matchup - Arizona Cardinals

With the Bears playing the Cardinals this week, it just makes me push Montgomery even further down in my rankings.

The Cardinals defense haven't allowed a rushing touchdown to a running back all season long. They also allow the second-fewest fantasy points to the position in the NFL.

If you can afford to put Montgomery on your bench this weekend, I would, or at least temper your expectations.

Kendrick Bourne, WR, New England Patriots (ECR WR34)

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I am not really buying all this Kendrick Bourne stock that has been floating around the last few weeks. He has been very inconsistent most of the year and especially the last six weeks.

While his good weeks have been great scoring 13.8, 22.1, and most recently 20.6 fantasy points in half PPR formats. Bourne has also had three very bad weeks of 3.8 4.9 and 6.9 fantasy point weeks.

That could ultimately kill your season now with being down to the last couple of weeks of the season. There just isn't enough passing volume to go around for Bourne to sustain success.

Bourne has also only seen more than four targets in those six games twice. His fantasy production is predicated on the big play or him scoring a touchdown.

The Matchup - Buffalo Bills

Kendrick Bourne and the New England Patriots have to travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills in a battle for first place in the AFC East.

Star cornerback Tredavious White is out for the rest of the season after tearing his ACL, but I still don't want any New England receiver in this matchup.

The Bills are allowing six fewer fantasy points to opposing wide receivers than any other team in the NFL. I want no part of Bourne this week in this matchup.

I would start Christain Kirk and Rashod Bateman over Kendrick Bourne this week.

Noah Fant, TE, Denver Broncos (ECR TE14)

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There were a lot of fantasy contributors that thought Noah Fant was going to be a top-eight fantasy tight end including myself.

Unfortunately, that is not the case, Fant is currently TE13 on the season averaging just eight fantasy points on the season.

Fant hasn't scored double-digit fantasy points since all the way back in Week 6 when he scored 20 half PPR points.

Fant isn't a tight end you want to be relying on upon down the stretch of your fantasy season or playoffs.

The Matchup -  Kansas City Chiefs

The Denver Broncos are traveling to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs in the first of two games against one another this season. The Chiefs defense has been playing well as of late.

However, they do allow the fifth-most fantasy points to tight ends this season at just under 10 fantasy points a game. The matchup still isn't good enough for me to want to start Fant.

I would start Cole Kmet over Noah Fant this week.



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