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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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McCullers Jr. out-pitched friend and former teammate Dallas Keuchel on Father's Day. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

With three impressive wins to start this series against the once AL-leading Chicago White Sox, Houston tried to extend their winning streak to seven games and finish a four-game sweep on Father's Day. Thanks to a big inning against former-Astro Dallas Keuchel, they would win to keep their hot streak going.

Final Score: Astros 8, White Sox 2

Astros' Record: 43-28, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Lance McCullers Jr. (4-1)

Losing Pitcher: Dallas Keuchel (6-2)

Rough return to Houston for Keuchel

In his first game against his old squad, Dallas Keuchel would not have a memorable start on the mound for Chicago. Houston made him labor in the first inning, loading the bases though they only came away with one run on an RBI single by Abraham Toro, grabbing the early 1-0 lead. After going down 1-2-3 in the second, they got after Keuchel again in the third.

They ended up batting around against him that inning, including a two-RBI single by Yordan Alvarez, RBI double by Taylor Jones, and bases-loaded RBI-walk by Jose Altuve, which would end Keuchel's day very early and leave the bases juiced. Chicago's bullpen would walk another batter to give Keuchel another earned run, making it a 6-2 game, with all six going against the former Houston ace. Carlos Correa extended the lead to five runs in the next inning, hitting a leadoff solo home run to make it 7-2.

McCullers Jr. gives up two over six

That gave Lance McCullers Jr. a nice lead to work with, and he managed it well. He had one big mistake in the early goings of the game, giving up a one-out single in the second to set up a two-run home run, which at the time put Chicago in front 2-1 before Houston's offense came alive. He followed that up with four scoreless innings, erasing a walk in each with some tremendous defense behind him—his final line: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 94 P.

Astros complete the sweep to jump on top of the standings

Still a six-run game in the top of the seventh, Blake Taylor entered as the first reliever out of Houston's bullpen, tossing a 1-2-3 frame. He continued in the top of the eighth, getting two strikeouts in another scoreless inning. The 8-2 score would go final as Ralph Garza Jr. would enter as the third pitcher of the day to wrap things up with a scoreless top of the ninth to finish the four-game sweep. The win, their seventh straight, paired with an Oakland loss earlier in the afternoon, moves Houston into the top spot in the AL West based on winning percentage.

Up Next: This long stretch of consecutive games continues on Monday in Baltimore, as the Astros pick up a seven-game road trip starting with a three-game set against Baltimore getting underway at 6:05 PM Central. Jake Odorizzi (1-3, 5.68 ERA) will get the start for Houston, going opposite of Keegan Akin (0-2, 5.76 ERA) for the Orioles.

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