Josh Jordan

Fantasy football under-the-radar plays — Week 13

Lamar Miller should have another nice game. Bobby Ellis/Getty Images

It's the last game of the regular season for most fantasy leagues, so I’m back to give out more sleeper plays. My standard for a good fantasy game is around 100 total yards and/or a TD, and this is for PPR scoring. A game with a lot of catches helps too, obviously. Of course, the bar is a little lower for TEs. 

I went 8-4 last week, and you can check out that article here. Hopefully, I can nail my picks again with playoff aspirations on the line. My plays are below and these players are in no particular order.

QB

Case Keenum (DEN): The Bengals are trash and they’ve opened a can of quit. Also, they’re giving up over 30 FPTS/G to QBs over the last month.

Jameis Winston (TB): I’m not a big Jameis Winston guy, but his mathcup is fantastic. The Panthers are giving up 3 TDs a game to QBs over the last month, and allow almost 28 FPTS/G during that span.

RB

Phillip Lindsay (DEN): I’m starting to see a trend here. Yeah, start all your Broncos this week because the Bengals stink. Over the last month, Cincinnati has allowed almost 35 FPTS/G to running backs, and given up 8 TDs to the position. Yikes, FIRE HIM UP!

Lamar Miller (HOU): I wish I had him in this article last week, but the numbers say he’ll have another big game. The Browns are a great matchup for backs. They allow over 5 yards/carry and 32FPTS/G to the position over the last month.

Matt Breida (SF): This one is a little tricky because the matchup is great, but I could see this game getting out of hand pretty fast. Hopefully, Breida gets his points early, and he hauls in a lot of catches while they chase points. Seattle is allowing almost 6 yards/carry over their last 5 games, and have allowed 6 TDs to the RB position over their last 5 games.

Josh Adams (PHI): The Redskins are a Top 8 matchup for RBs over the last month and allow just under 30 FPTS/G to the position over that span. Also, Adams is really starting to come on and the Eagles are in must-win mode.

WR

Kenny Golladay (DET):  The matchup doesn’t get any better with the Rams giving up over 50 FPTS/G to WRs over their last 4 games. That is incredible! Golladay will get a ton of attention as their only good receiver, but the numbers say you have to start him. Plus, the Lions should be chasing points and throwing for most of the game.

Larry Fitzgerald (ARI): The Packers are allowing an astonishing 46 FPTS/G to receivers over their last 4 games, so Larry should be safe to start. Some garbage-time production should be coming his way.

D.J. Moore (CAR): Funchess is banged up and McCaffrey can’t be expected to score all the points. Plus, the numbers are in his favor and he’s been money the last 2 weeks.

Adam Humphries (TB): The Panthers have given up 7 TDs in their last 4 games to receivers, and he scored against them twice in Week 9. I know he’s not a sexy start, but he should come through.

TE

David Njoku (CLE): He’s hard to trust, but the Texans really struggle against TEs giving up over 20 FPTS/G to the position over their last 4 games.

Cameron Brate (TB): Nothing scary about the matchup and Winston loves to go to Brate in the red zone.

 

That’s all I have for this week. For more fantasy info, make sure you check out my show Moneyline on ESPN 97.5 every Sunday from 10-noon. Jerry Bo and I will get you ready for kickoff and answer any questions you may have. Also, follow us on Twitter.

Good luck in Week 13!

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Saints 36, Bears 25

Saints vs Bears: Good, bad and ugly

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The Saints went into Soldier Field and took on the Bears minus several key players. Despite being shorthanded, they easily handled the Bears 36-25. Here are my observations:

The Good

-Michael Thomas did Michael Thomas things (nine catches for 131 yards). But it was Latavius Murray filling in for Alvin Kamara who did the heavy lifting. He ran for 113 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns. He added five catches for another 31 yards. Murray looked like the 2015 Pro Bowl version of himself.

-The defense was awesome! The Bears went two full quarters between getting a 1st down (2nd to 4th). Not to mention a safety, two fumble recoveries, a blocked punt, two sacks, allowed 17 yards rushing and gave up only 10 points. I know Mitchell Trubisky just returned from a shoulder injury and the Bears offense hasn't gotten more than 300 yards of offense in any game this year, but this was impressive.

-Right tackle Ryan Ramczyk got some praise from the announcers for his play. Not only did he do a good job on Khalil Mack, but they wondered why he hasn't been to a Pro Bowl. Ramczyk has consistently handled himself well against some of the best pass rushers in the league and should see his first Pro Bowl this year.

The Bad

-Right after recovering a fumble and going up 9-0, the special teams gave up a 102-yard kickoff return. Momentum swings like this can deflate one team and ignite another. Far too often the Saints shoot themselves in the foot like this. When they're playing well, they don't give up easy scores after they've scored.

-Kicker Will Lutz had made 35 straight field goals on the road with his first attempt against the Bears. It set a new NFL record. Unfortunately, he missed his next two. One went wide right, the other fell short. It didn't cost the Saints the game, but here's to hoping Lutz gets his mojo back.

-Too many cheap yards given up when the game was already decided. I know when you're up by three or four touchdowns, attention seems to fade. They gave up a final score when Allen Robinson juked rookie Chauncey Gardner-Johnson out his shoes and caught a skinny post for a touchdown. Icing on the cupcake was the Bears' tight end Adam Shaheen caught the two-point conversion over Eli Apple.

The Ugly

-J.T. Gray and Patrick Robinson both left the game in the first quarter. With P.J. Williams serving a two-game suspension, the defense needs defensive backs to stay healthy. The defense has been playing very well over the last month or so. The next couple games could test that. More icing on the cupcake: Apple went down with what looked to be a pretty bad leg injury with under a minute left.

-34 seconds before halftime, the Saints force a punt. Deonte Harris returned it 67 yards for a touchdown, but it was called back because of a holding penalty on Zach Line. I thought the league was going to go easy on ticky tack holding calls? Obviously not as this one took points off the board.

-With 4:33 left in the game and it's clearly over with the Saints up 36-10, Gardner-Johnson stopped Tarik Cohen for a six yard loss after catching a pass. He and Apple proceeded to make height-mocking gestures to Cohen. They weren't flagged, but it was pretty dumb. Two guys who haven't done a damn thing in this league making fun of a guy who made the Pro Bowl and All-Pro team last season is beyond dumb and really pissed me off!

No Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara, Jared Cook? And this team won on the road again? Time to stop doubting those who are non-believers. This is arguably the best team in football right now. Most of the credit goes to defensive coordinator Dennis Allen and the defense. They've collectively rallied and turned themselves into the best defensive unit over the last five plus games. Head coach Sean Payton has called plays masterfully. They made Teddy Bridgewater the highest paid backup in the league for a reason. Teddy Two-Gloves is now 5-0 as a starter this year. Brees is trying to come back next week against the Cardinals. I say let him chill until they play the Falcons after the bye week...unless he's healthy. This team will be a real problem once they're all fully healthy down the stretch. The rest of the league is on notice.

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