Welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 13 Vampire League Starters article!
We are two weeks away from the playoffs, and of course, we have tons of teams on a bye. So, I hope many vampires have locked in your playoff spot like me because Week 13 looks like a tough slate.
I hope many of you other vampires were victorious last week. As mentioned before, I was able to lock down one of the final two playoff spots in my league, thanks to Jalen Hurts and DeVonta Smith. My newest addition to my team is Jaymir Gibbs; he'll be a nice depth piece for my team in the playoffs. Plus, he'll be a great starter for me in the next few weeks since Kenneth Walker is still dealing with injury.
Enough of complaining (or bragging) about my team issues, and let's get to the real reason you click on this article (because work is so tedious) and get to setting a winning lineup to get you to the playoffs because that's when vampires really start to have fun.
2023 Fantasy Football Week 13 Vampire League Starters
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Brock Prudy, San Francisco 49ers
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Prudy is continuing his fantastic season, averaging 261 yards and 1.7 touchdowns. He has the highest quarterback rating in the NFL right now, in part due to his recent production in his last five games. In those previous five games, Prudy has an average of 295 yards and 1.8 touchdowns, slightly better than his season averages. Those averages could increase in Week 13 with Prudy's matchup against the Eagles.
The Eagles defense has been a gold mine for quarterbacks this season. They allow the second-most fantasy points to quarterbacks, allowing 21.4 fantasy points, 275.2 yards, and 2.1 touchdowns per game. The Eagles' defense quarterback struggles have worsened; they have allowed the most fantasy points (28.3) to QBs in the last four weeks. All lights are green for Prudy to carry vampires to the playoffs.
Kyren Williams, Los Angeles Rams
It's so good to have Kyren Williams back in vampire lineups. He showed up just in time with one heck of a performance in Week 12 coming off the IR. He exploded with 143 rushing yards, 61 receiving yards, and two touchdowns.
I don't expect Williams to put those numbers in Week 13; he is facing a much better defense in the Browns. The Browns have been a great defense this year, and their only struggle (if you can call it that) is against the running game. So, Williams has a shot at putting up a decent outing against this elite Browns defense, which allows 18.6 fantasy points, 86.1 yards, and 0.5 touchdowns.
Jaylen Warren, Pittsburgh Steelers
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Despite having an early fumble in the game in Week 12, Warren was able to put together a decent game, 14 carries for 49 yards and three receptions for 13 receiving yards. Even though Najee Harris was balling out, the Steelers continued to split the workload between Harris and Warren. All signs point to the Steelers sticking with the committee approach in Week 13, which is excellent news for vampires with Pittsburgh's juicy matchup against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals allow the second-most fantasy points to running backs this season. They allow 28.6 fantasy points, 120.4 yards, and one touchdown per game to running backs. Those are crazy averages, and I'm willing to take half of those numbers for one of my starting running back spots in Week 13.
Adam Thielen, Carolina Panthers
After crushing the first half of the season, Thielen has started to slow down, averaging 5.6 receptions and 43.8 yards in his last five games. I'll admit there are many questions surrounding the Panthers' offense since they fired head coach and primary offensive play caller Frank Reich. So we have no idea what the Panthers' offense will look like in Week 13, but it can't get worse, right?
I understand if you want to avoid the Panthers' offense during an important week, but Thielen is an excellent wide receiver with a fantastic matchup against Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers allow the fourth-most fantasy points to wide receivers, allowing 18.7 fantasy points, 189.4 yards, and 1.1 touchdowns per game.
Demario Douglas, New England Patriots
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Demario Douglas has shot up the ranks among Patriots wide receivers (not that there is much competition there), averaging 7.6 targets and 53.4 yards during his last five games. Douglas is the Patriots' receiving yardage leader, and he pretty much earned that title in his previous five games.
In Week 13, he has a great matchup against the Chargers, who allow the third-most fantasy points to wide receivers, which is surprising if you have watched that unit play because they are awful enough to be the number one by a mile. San Diego allows 40.9 fantasy points, 303.6 yards, and 1.5 touchdowns per game to wide receivers this season.
Demario Douglas did leave last week's game with a head injury, so Vampires need to monitor that throughout Week 13. If Douglas is inactive for Week 13 and you still want to be a Patriots' wide receiver because of their matchup against the Chargers, then DeVante Parker would be the next in line.
Dalton Schultz, Houston Texans
Schultz had two clunkers of games these past weeks after a five-week stretch where he averaged 5.4 receptions, 66.4 yards, and 0.6 touchdowns. Vampires don't need to worry about Schultz this week because he has an incredible matchup against the Broncos, which should get him back on track to being the Dalton Schultz from earlier in the season.
The Broncos' defense needs to realize they can tackle tight ends because they allow the most fantasy points to tight ends. They allow 16.4 fantasy points, 70.5 yards, and 0.5 touchdowns per game to tight ends this season. If that is what the Broncos are handing out to tight ends, count me in on the Schultz's hype train for Week 13.
*Well, Dalton Schultz is out on Sunday; why do injuries always ruin our fun? The good news for us vampires is the matchup against the Broncos is so good you can start Schultz's backup, Brevin Jordan, in his place.
Jauan Jennings, San Francisco 49ers
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This week, I'm looking for a dart throw that will hit in the middle of the bullseye, and I'm going with Jauan Jennings. I understand if you want to avoid taking the fifth option on the Niners' offense, but San Francisco's matchup against the Eagles is too good to let it pass by.
The Eagles allow the most fantasy points to wide receivers this season, allowing 46.5 fantasy points, 195.3 yards, and 1.5 touchdowns per game. It may be simplistic to select the best option for vampires because of a great matchup, but that is sometimes the game we have to play as vampires. Plus, trying to stack an option with your starting quarterback always helps.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Lately, I've been targeting offenses with quarterback issues, and the Panthers' offense fits that bill. As previously mentioned, the Panthers fired their primary offensive playcaller this week, and there are many questions surrounding the team. It bodes well for the Buccaneers' defense that it's their first time facing Bryce Young, so they can try out all kinds of blitz packages on him. Young averages four sacks per game and 0.8 interceptions, so turnovers and sacks will be guaranteed for Tampa Bay's defense.
Be warned, the Buccaneers' defense can be scored on, so if all the recent shakeups for the Panthers end up helping them, then starting the Buccaneers can backfire. What are the chances that the Panthers' offense improves that much in one terrible week?
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