NFL Draftkings Picks: Week 13
NFL Draftkings Picks
Well, the fantasy Gods were not kind to us in Week 12. Gone for the season is Christian McCaffrey. Alvin Kamara still is not available, and D’Andre Swift and Darren Waller are likely out multiple weeks. To top it all off, we have four solid teams on a bye with the Browns, Packers, Panthers, and Titans on a bye. W have eleven games on the main slate this week. There are other injury situations to monitor on top of and as always, be sure to check the inactive lists and follow the breaking injury news. It can often result in a “free square” for your lineup. Each week Fantasy Data will bring you 20 players that we like for the Draftkings Sunday main slate. Let us get right to it.
Studs to Splurge For
Here we will highlight two players at each position that are in the top-five of their respective position and are deemed worthy of “paying up” for in your lineup. Please note these players will likely be highly owned so if you are looking to differentiate, you will want to pull more players from the next two sections.
Lamar Jackson | $7800 | BAL @ PIT
What got into Lamar Jackson in Week 12 against the Cleveland Browns? Jackson threw a career-high four interceptions and it was the second straight week the stud quarterback failed to reach 20 points. Look for him to bounce back in a big way against the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 13. The Steelers have allowed the seventh-most points to the position over the past five weeks, including 22.1 to rookie Justin Fields in Week 9. Lamar has historically struggled against the Steelers, but this is a different defense than the one he has faced in the past.
Matthew Stafford | $7300 | JAX @ LAR
Matthew Stafford came out of the bye week getting back on track and posting 26.98 DK points on the road against a good Green Bay Packer defense. The Jacksonville Jaguars come to town this week and have been solid against the quarterback position lately but did allow Geno Smith to score 24.6 against them back in Week 8. The Rams are averaging 36.9 passing attempts per game, good for the 11th most in the league. Stafford has been a model of consistency, scoring 20 or more points in all but three contests this season, and now has had time to work with Odell Beckham Jr. This will only boost the potent offense even more. Look for the former Lion to continue his productive ways in Week 13.
Jonathan Taylor | $9200 | IND @ HOU
Jonathan Taylor was held to “only” 19.7 DK points by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 12. Tampa boasts one of the best run defenses in the league. Look for JT to bounce back against a Houston Texans team allowing 25.1 DK points per game to the running back position. The former Badger is averaging 3.1 DK points per game more than the next closest back on the slate. Taylor has been successful against the Buffalo Bills and the aforementioned Buccaneers. There is no reason to believe that the Texans can slow him down.
Joe Mixon | $8100 | LAC @ CIN
Another team being gashed on the ground are the Los Angeles Chargers and they get the pleasure of traveling to Cincinnati and facing the red hot Joe Mixon in Week 13. The Chargers have allowed the seventh-most points to the position in 2021. Mixon has put up 25.1 or more DK points in five of his last six games. It is hard to envision that changing in Week 13. This one should have plenty of fireworks and has a total of 50.5, tied for the highest on the slate with the Tampa Bay-Atlanta game. More on that one later. Plug Mixon in and move on. There is plenty of value on this slate to pay up for him or Taylor this week.
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Jeff Smith has been playing fantasy sports (football and baseball) for nearly 20 years. Jeff is a member of the FSWA and a Senior Writer at DLF. Despite growing up in Buffalo Bills country, he is an avid Chicago Bears fan. It was Walter Payton that did it. When not writing or researching fantasy sports or playing DFS, Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife and their Bichon Poo, Daisy. He also likes video games, craft beer, and recently became the owner of his own business.