Week 13 Fantasy Sleepers: Lamar Jackson, Justin Jackson are two rookies worth starting in good matchups

Written By Jacob Camenker

We've got one week of regular season fantasy football left (for most leagues). This is it. It's now or never. The fantasy playoffs are upon us, and winning now is critical for most teams. Bye weeks are over, and that will make some difficult start/sit decisions as teams are now loaded with depth. There is still some talent available on the waiver wire, but for the most part, teams will be looking internally to find sleeper candidates (barring an injury to a top player like Melvin Gordon).

Our hot streak in picking sleepers continued on last week as many of our top picks were smash hits. At running back, Josh Adams and Gus Edwards both scored in the double-digits and emerged as true RB2s. At QB, Baker Mayfield led the charge with a massive game against the Bengals while Lamar Jackson and Jameis Winston also put up respectable numbers. We also predicted the Antonio Callaway "breakout" game (he had a TD) and saw Jordan Reed, Cameron Brate, and the Cowboys D/ST succeed as well. We'll try to stay on a roll with our fantasy advice as the season continues on.  

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Week 13 Rankings:
Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker

These sleepers should give fantasy owners a chance to win their games this week and potentially ride a sleeper into a berth in the fantasy playoffs. At the same time, don't overdo it with these sleepers. If you're plugging them in as FLEX plays or lower-level options, that's fine. But don't bench a stud for a sleeper. If you need more guidance, check out our start 'em, sit 'em advice for Week 13.

WEEK 13 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiverTight end

Week 13 fantasy sleepers: Running backs

Jordan Howard, Bears @ Giants (Jacob Camenker). I really like Howard this week. The Giants have struggled against bigger, physical runners in recent weeks -- really, since trading Snacks Harrison -- as both Peyton Barber and Josh Adams were able to gash them. Howard fits that mold as a big, physical runner who could do some damage and help take pressure off the Chicago QB, whether that’s Mitchell Trubisky or Chase Daniel (currently, it looks like Daniel may be the guy).

Dion Lewis, Titans vs. Jets (Vinnie Iyer). If Tennessee can’t run to big things with a lead here, it would be shocking against a reeling New York run D. Lewis has big upside as a result.

Justin Jackson, Chargers @ Steelers (Matt Lutovsky). The season-long stats don’t necessarily back this up, as Pittsburgh is 23rd in fantasy points allowed to RBs, but since Week 4, they’ve allowed at least one rushing TD in all but one game. Over the past three games, they’ve allowed six total RB touchdowns. Austin Ekeler will be the primary back for the Chargers, but Jackson could poach a TD or two to go along with 50 rushing yards.

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Week 13 fantasy football sleepers: Quarterbacks

Carson Wentz, Eagles vs. Redskins (Camenker). The past two weeks have sent Wentz from one of the top fantasy QBs in the game to being benched by many owners. However, he has a chance to bounce back against the Redskins in Week 13. Playing at home, Wentz gets to take on a hot and cold Redskins defense that has surrendered two 30-plus point performances to QBs and two of 14 points or less in their last four outings. Because of this, Wentz is a feast or famine option, but the prime-time home matchup on Monday Night Football should certainly help him get closer to feast level.

Case Keenum, Broncos @ Bengals (Iyer). He has enough weapons to have a strong streaming day against a now totally awful pass defense.

Lamar Jackson, Ravens @ Falcons (Lutovsky). The high-floor Jackson train isn’t going to be derailed this week. Atlanta allows the second-most fantasy points to QBs, and although a lot of that damage has been because of TD passes -- something you can’t expect a ton of from Jackson -- they’re still vulnerable to big plays. Jackson will have between 50-100 yards on the ground, another 150-200 through the air, and at least two total TDs.

Full Week 13 QB rankings

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Week 13 fantasy football sleepers: Wide receivers

David Moore, Seahawks vs. 49ers (Camenker). Everybody likes to focus on Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett, and with good reason. However, Moore has been targeted 13 times in the past two weeks and has posted eight catches for 160 yards and a TD in that span. The 49ers haven’t been particularly good against the pass this year, and they have given up the eighth-most fantasy points to receivers. That could open the door for another solid week for Moore. Feel free to plug him in as a FLEX in a good matchup.

Mohamed Sanu, Falcons vs. Ravens (Iyer). The Ravens are most vulnerable against slot receivers and Sanu usually does well in those spots.

Josh Doctson, Redskins @ Eagles (Lutovsky). Doctson has established himself as the Redskins’ top wide receiver, and with the Eagles allowing the second-most fantasy points to the position, he should be get plenty of opportunities in a must-win game for both teams.

Full Week 13 WR rankings

Week 13 fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends

Matt LaCosse, Broncos @ Bengals (Camenker). With Jeff Heuerman out, LaCosse is the top TE in Denver. Last week, he caught three passes for 34 yards and a score against the Steelers. This week, he gets a Bengals defense that has allowed the second-most fantasy points to TEs this year and just allowed the Browns TEs to score twice against them. LaCosse is a risky play, but he is one of the better sleepers on the board.

Kyle Rudolph, Vikings @ Patriots (Iyer). New England has struggled mostly with inside receivers, especially at the tight end position. That makes Rudolph a solid start.

C.J. Uzomah, Bengals vs. Broncos (Lutovsky). The Broncos snapped a three-game tight end TD streak last week -- but just barely thanks to a Vance McDonald drop in the end zone. Uzomah has been a disappointment, but a new QB in Cincinnati could help spark him.

Full Week 13 TE rankings

Week 13 fantasy sleepers: Defenses

New Orleans Saints @ Cowboys (Camenker). Quietly, the Saints have put up some solid numbers on the defensive side of the ball in recent weeks. They are averaging 13.3 fantasy points in their past three outings, and they should have a chance to force some turnovers against Dallas, especially if they can get the Cowboys to play from behind early. Now is the time to jump back on the Saints D/ST bandwagon, as they should handle the Cowboys and then take on the Bucs in Week 14.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Redskins (Iyer). They haven’t a big game in a while, but it should come here in prime time at home against Colt McCoy.

Full Week 13 D/ST rankings

Indianapolis Colts @ Jaguars (Lutovsky). The Colts defense has been up and down lately, and it was particularly disappointing against Jacksonville at home a few weeks ago. Now on the road, it would seem like the Colts have less upside, but facing Cody Kessler (and not facing Leonard Fournette) for a down-and-out Jags team should fire them up.

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