Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to my weekly Start and Sit advice column with the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 13 Start Sit.
Moderately successful advice for Week 12, including the advice to start Gardner Minshew and Jordan Love. Also, hopefully, you were able to sit Justin Herbert. Having Joe Mixon and AJ Dillon on your bench worked out beautifully.
Trusting Kyren Williams in his first game returning from injury made some nervous, but not me. Williams ended up exploding for 200 total yards and two scores. Unfortunately, the tight end position was not kind.
I hope you don't have an unlucky Week 13. Create your luck by following these Week 13 recommendations in the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 13 Start Sit.
2023 Fantasy Football Week 13 Start Sit
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Start-Russell Wilson, QB, Denver Broncos
Here is one fantasy manager who felt Russell Wilson was washed and Sean Payton should have stayed in the broadcast booth. Look who is eating crow now.
Wilson has thrown a passing touchdown in each game this season, including seven across his last three games. Add in his rushing ability, which resulted in 94 rushing yards and a score in those contests, and we have a QB1.
Wilson and the Broncos head to NRG Stadium to take on the surging Houston Texans. With two of the top-scoring teams in the league facing off, fantasy managers should want a piece of that offensive action. Ride the resurgence of Wilson in Week 13 in what should be a shootout in Houston.
Other QBs to Start: Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars; Jordan Love, Green Bay Packers
Sit-Geno Smith, QB. Seattle Seahawks
After winning the Comeback Player of the Year, Geno Smith was high on everyone's must-draft list coming into this season. However, Smith has been quite disappointing. He is barely startable and has only produced two top-ten finishes this season.
The excitement of Smith slinging the ball to his elite trio of wideouts had fantasy managers salivating. Injury issues and poor play have pushed Smith to the point of having zero faith in helping you reach your fantasy playoffs. Look elsewhere.
Start-Zach Moss, RB, Indianapolis Colts
Zach Moss is one of the best waiver wire adds and a league winner this season. Moss stepped in with Jonathan Taylor holding out and was a fantasy force. Moss produced two 100-yard games and three touchdowns while Taylor was out and helped ease the blow of Taylor being not in your lineup.
Taylor returned and eventually became the lead again, but now, with Taylor requiring thumb surgery and being out multiple weeks. Moss surges back into the RB1 role.
The Colts are set to take on their division rival, Tennesse Titans, in what has been regarded as a tough matchup for running backs. The last time Moss took on the Titans was in Week 5, and Moss had 23 carries for 165 yards and two touchdowns. Do not hesitate to plug Moss in your Week 13 lineups.
Start-Antonio Gibson, RB, Washington Commanders
Fantasy managers in PPR leagues should look at Antonio Gibson this week. Gibson shares the Commander's backfield with Brian Robinson Jr., but he is the team's passing down back.
Gibson is coming off a four-game stretch, producing 18 receptions on 20 targets, which will bode very well in this week's matchup against the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins average 30.8 points per game, the second-highest in the league, and get ready to take on the Commanders defense who allow the most points per game in the NFL
That combination is a fantasy jackpot. The negative game script that the Commanders will face throughout this Sunday will force Sam Howell to pass a ton to keep up. Gibson excels in this type of game and should get plenty of looks and fantasy points.
Sit-James Conner, RB, Arizona Cardinals
It's hard to be pessimistic about James Conner. You have to respect the man. However, since his return three weeks ago, he has not produced fantasy numbers that warrant being in your fantasy lineups.
Conner faces off against his former team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, in a tough matchup. It would be wise to avoid Conner this week and hope he returns healthy and refreshed after his Week 14 bye to help you cruise into the playoffs.
Sit-Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
Trusting any player on the Cincinnati Bengals offense is quite a challenge now with Joe Burrow out for the season. With defenses not scared of the passing game and doubling up Ja'Marr Chase, the ground game has come to a screeching halt.
The matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars this week does not scare me, but the Bengals offense entirely does.
Other RBs to Avoid: Miles Sanders, Carolina Panthers
Start-Rashee Rice, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs may finally found a wide receiver to take the pressure off Travis Kelce. Rashee Rice has stepped up immensely lately, including exploding in Week 12 with ten receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown.
Rice has now scored in three of his last five games and looks to continue his hot streak in his Week 13 matchup against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night.
It feels like there is a different player that steps up weekly, but Rice has been ascending of late and should be on everyone's radar this week in a game that should be high-scoring with Jordan Love and the Packers starting to click.
Start-Nico Collins, WR, Houston Texans
Speaking of offenses that are clicking, look no further than the Houston Texans led by rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud. With plenty of weapons, Stroud has exploded on the fantasy scene.
One of Stroud's favorite targets is wide receiver Nico Collins, who has produced 14 receptions on 20 targets for 169 yards and a score across his last two games. Collins is a big-body wideout who is the perfect complement to the speedy, elusive rookie Tank Dell.
The Texans take on another surging team in the Denver Broncos this week at home in what should be a tremendous, high-scoring game. Fantasy managers should get all of your Texans and Broncos players in their lineups this week, including Collins, who will continue to ride the hot hand of Stroud to another fantasy stud finish.
Sit-D.K. Metcalf, WR, Seattle Seahawks
As mentioned earlier, the Seahawks offense is struggling enough that fantasy managers must avoid their weapons. Hopefully, Geno Smith and the offense can turn it around, but they have a daunting task against the stifling Dallas Cowboys' defense this week.
The fantasy production will be bleak, and you will have to pray on a breakdown for Metcalf to score on a long score. The odds are not in your favor.
Sit-George Pickens, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Shockingly, the Pittsburgh Steelers offense looked better after they fired offensive coordinator Matt Canada. That sentence is dripping with sarcasm.
While the offense did look better, it still has a long way to go before you can trust either wide receiver. Quarterback Kenny Pickett is also part of the problem in the Steelers' offense. His inaccuracy and unwillingness to air it out stifle the offense and their weapons, especially George Pickens.
Pickens is a highlight waiting to happen. He makes a lot of splash plays, but they happen so infrequently that it causes heartache for fantasy managers and Steelers fans; until we see some consistency from Pickett and that offense, it is best to avoid Pickens.
Start-Juwan Johnson, TE, New Orleans Saints
Juwan Johnson was a deep sleeper this season but failed to produce. Some of this can be attributed to a calf injury that forced him to miss four games. Although when on the field, Johnson has only scored one touchdown and has not been fantasy-relevant.
This week brings an intriguing situation for Johnson in their Week 13 matchup against the Detroit Lions. The Saints were already without veteran wideout Michael Thomas, but we saw wide receivers Chris Olave and Rasheed Shaheed go down last week. Their availability is still in the air this week, and fantasy managers must keep their eyes and ears open to the latest status. Their absence allows Johnson to walk into a bucket of targets he has to experience this season. In a week with six teams on bye, plugging in Johnson should be rewarding.
Other TEs to Start: Pat Friermuth, Pittsburgh Steelers; Cade Otton, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sit-Tyler Higbee, TE, Los Angeles Rams
Please do not be fooled by Tyler Higbee's two scores in Week 12. Most fantasy managers chase points, but you can stop running to get Higbee in your lineup this week.
Even though Higbee and the Rams face a difficult matchup against the tough Cleveland Browns defense this week, Higbee should be on your bench.
Higbee did not score a touchdown until last week, then popped off for two scores. If that isn't an outlier, I am unsure what is anymore.