Welcome to the Bottom of the Barrel 2023 NFL DFS Week 13 WR Edition!
Today is December 1st. From the fall to winter and Thanksgiving to Christmas just like that. When we look upon the landscape of the NFL a lot has changed. While most stayed the same. This has always been the beauty of professional football. The unexpected and what will happen next?
We never know what will happen next! That is why we keep coming back and back and back for more! When I started this week's DFS journey I just knew the wide receiver portion of Bottom of the Barrel would be my favorite. Why you may ask? It allows me to dig even deeper than I normally do while coming up with the most outlandish ideas possible. All while filling Bottom of the Barrel with the names of the men who I think will help those ideas come to life!
This certain article is just full of them! Thirteen of them to be specific. Enjoy the article and enjoy Week 13!
Bottom of the Barrel 2023 NFL DFS Week 13 WR
Tyreek Hill Chiefs at Commanders(31st)
Ten thousand dollars is a lot of money for me. In this case, it is a fictitious 10K but still a ton of dough in the DFS world! We had just talked about CMC being equally as expensive a few weeks ago. Yet, there have only been two games this season where Hill didn't score a touchdown and just four games where he's had less than 100 yards receiving. Tyreek Hill has been unbelievable leading up to this Week 13 match-up.
Tyreek Hill, in my opinion, will catch 7 passes for 110 yards and one touchdown as a floor projection. I do not find it wise to always be rattling off wild and crazy stat lines for players but occasionally, there is no other way. Case in point, Tyreek in Week 13.
Jerry Rice holds two of the top-5 best individual games by a wide receiver in NFL history. I don’t think it’s nuts to say Tyreek could find a spot in the top 10 games of all time at the WR position this week against Washington.
Josh Downs Colts at Titans(25th)
The rookie receiver is starting to come out of his shell. Just a touch ahead of Jaxon Smith-Njiba in Seattle. Well in terms of receptions and yardage. While the Colts didn’t plan on Gardner Minshew being their starting QB most of the season they have fared well!
Josh tied teammate Michael Pittman for the team lead in targets last week but wasn’t as effective. Which is fine by me given Minshew’s affinity for looking Pittman’s way as much as he does. Week 7 of the NFL season has been the rookie’s best game as a professional so far and I think Josh is, able to top, or equal that here in Week 13.
Expect Downs to see around 7-8 targets, 5-6 catches, 120 yards, and a touchdown!
Curtis Samuel Commanders vs. Dolphins(19th)
I am expecting the Washington Commanders to not be a very popular choice on Sunday. Which is lovely given the format we are playing in! Furthermore, if folks flock to Washington, they will probably choose Terry McLaurin and Jahan Dotson. They are leaving Curtis wide open for those of us willing to take the risk.
The idea behind Samuel in Week 13 is simply a cat-and-mouse type game. The Dolphins should do fine on offense leaving the Commanders in a pickle and playing from behind. Curtis is fresh off his best game of the 2023 season! On Thanksgiving, he caught 9-of-12 targets for 100 yards against the Cowboys.
Curtis Samuel has been up and down all year with his usage and statistics, but he has also battled a nasty turf toe injury which looks to be healed! I am expecting big things from Curtis this week. To the tune of 7-8 targets, 5-6 receptions, 75-80 yards, and a touchdown!
A.T. Perry Saints vs. Lions(27th)
The 6’5 rookie has shown some flashes! Perry also played 53 offensive snaps last Sunday. Which was the highest of any other Saints receiver. He still finished with only one catch for 7 yards but also saved Derek Carr’s butt but falling on one of his QB’s fumbles. That’s the kind of stuff coaches love to see!
What I would love to see is 4-5 solid targets with 3-4 catches for 50 yards. Just the process of elimination makes Perry viable in GPPs this week. The Saints WR room has been bitten by the injury bug. Chris Olave and Rashid Shaheed are both questionable. Olave is trending in the right direction after a concussion while Shaheed has yet to practice this week.
Time to give the rookie WR a bump. The Lions have been less than desirable on defense giving A.T. Perry some room to roam.
DJ Chark Panthers at Buccaneers(29th)
The Panthers offense isn’t exactly rolling right now. Rookie quarterback Bryce Young is still finding his way. DJ Chark’s primary role is to help stretch the field. Not exactly one of Young’s strongest attributes yet. A road date against Tampa Bay may help the young kids’ confidence.
I wouldn’t call Chark a shot in the dark this week but 4-5 targets and 3-4 catches for 45-50 yards could be a real thing.
Jonathan Mingo Panthers at Buccaneers(29th)
A second Carolina Panthers WR mentioned this week in Bottom of the Barrel. I must be completely out of it. I promise you I am fully with it and aware of my surroundings. I won't recap everything that happened in Carolina in Week 12. Just two little things.
Last week the Titans sold out to stop Adam Thielen which benefited Mingo. Also, Carolina fired their head coach Frank Reich on Monday, and offensive coordinator Thomas Brown is now calling the plays.
Now, Jonathan Mingo is starting to see some steady targets. Mingo did pop up on the team’s injury report Thursday with a slight Achilles injury. However, he has been practicing on a limited basis. Something to keep an eye on. If active on Sunday I have the rookie to see 7-8 targets, 4-5 receptions, and 55-60 yards.
Alec Pierce Colts at Titans(25th)
Alec Pierce caught four passes for 27 yards on six targets in Sunday's win against Tampa Bay. This normally wouldn’t be newsworthy, but it is a slight change in usage seeing how he only had one catch for 21 yards in the previous two games combined.
Last week the Titans sold out to stop Carolina’s WR1 and the secondary wideouts found some success. Lest we forget this is Bottom of the Barrel and it's Week 13 of the NFL season. Gardner Minshew II and the Colts are without Jonathan Taylor so here’s hoping they take to the air more often.
We can safely expect 4-5 targets, 2-3 receptions, and 35-40 yards from Alec on Sunday.
Jalen Guyton Chargers at Patriots(24th)
Jalen Guyton could be the WR1 for the Chargers on Sunday. Guyton is the fastest pass catcher on the team and always a favorite of Bottom of the Barrel when active and healthy. Another process of elimination type thing as Keenan Allen did not practice on Wednesday as he tends to a quadriceps issue.
This Chargers team still has the services of Quentin Johnston and Derius Davis, but both are rookies and that would make Jalen the elder statesman in this scenario. With Guyton, all it takes is one play. One pass for a long touchdown and everyone is in business. Plus, it's time for Jalen to take that next big step in his professional football career. Look for one big ass step in Week 13!
Let’s expect 5-6 targets, 3-4 catches, 60 yards, and a touchdown!
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