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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Some physical standouts for the Texans as the youngsters get to work

What you need to know from Texans rookie minicamp

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The Texans hosted a part of their rookie minicamp Friday and here is what you need to know. Obviously, the caveat is these are all rookies or players with very little NFL experience at all so take it for what it is worth.

Kahale Warring is an absolute specimen

When people talk about physical specimens you usually don't get the full effect until you see them in person. Such is the case with the Texans new tight end. He had some very nice catches and reps going out as a pass catcher.

Just on his size and movement he had more than a few moments that turned heads. He is fluid in his movement on the field. You can tell every now and then he hasn't been playing the position long but those flashes are few and far between.

He will have to grow into a role and experience in joint practices and preseason games will be important for him this year. It is easy to see how he can eventually fit on a team.

The Bouncers at tackle

I don't know if I can get the nickname to stick but I want to see Tytus Howard and Max Scharping on one of those campy 90's posters with Deshaun standing behind them like he is already in the club.

Both of these guys are physically imposing for different reasons. Howard looks like a monster athlete and showcases it with ease. He moves so well for someone at his size and it is easy to see why he draws Duane Brown comparisons when people are discussing his body and body type. Scharping is built like a brick wall. He is thick and you can see how powerful he is from just looking at him.

There is obviously a long way to go, even to either one of these guys starting, but if it works out like the Texans hope Howard is the team's left tackle and Scharping is the team's right tackle of the future (and hopefully the near future).

Go Johnnie go

Johnnie Dixon is fast and he has a chance to work his way into the conversation at wideout. The former Ohio State pass catcher has crazy fast feet frequently showcasing his agility. He can scoot too and it wouldn't surprise me if he was one of the fastest players on the field Friday.

The wideout room is a little crowded. Obviously DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller, and Keke Coutee are on the team without question. DeAndre Carter is the team's specialist with returns so he will have to fight to keep his special teams spot as well as his wideout spot. The other spot has Vyncint Smith as the early leader since he played with the team last year but he can absolutely be challenged.

I will be anxious to see what Dixon can do when he is catching passes from Deshaun Watson and A.J. McCarron.

Kentucky's imposing duo

Lonnie Johnson looks a lot bigger in person than he does on television. He is every bit his 6 foot 2 inch frame and has some thickness to his frame as well. The Texans have rarely had a cornerback with his physical makeup and presence. He had some nice reps staying with wideouts today.

His former Kentucky teammate Derrick Baity is on the team too. He is also huge standing an inch taller than Johnson. Though I didn't see a ton of his reps he had some success in a few team reps and forced one wideout come down with a ball out of bounds that would have not been a catch.

Johnson is obviously on the team but his former teammate's journey to be his teammate again is something to watch.

Duke Ejiofor's career on hold

The Texans announced second-year linebacker Duke Ejiofor was placed on injured reserve. He had a shoulder injury before last year's draft that caused him to drop and he also got injured with the Texans last year. Bill O'Brien addressed Ejiofor's placement on IR.

"It's been unlucky. Duke's a great guy and he just has had some bad luck. He'll be back, though. He'll be back at some point and he'll have a chance to be a good pro football player. He's a good guy, he can do a lot of different things, he's a versatile player. It's just one of those things. It's tough. It was a fluky thing. It's just bad luck really, to be honest with you."

Longshot to roster spot

It is early to be thinking about an undrafted player making the roster but Bill O'Brien laid out Friday there are plenty of Texans players who started as undrafted free agents.

"So, really the message is – the draft is important," O'Brien said. "Like, don't get me wrong. But it's a small portion of the roster building. You have seven draft picks, you have 35 guys out here. So, if you're on the 90-man roster, I think we've proven as an organization that it's what you do when you get here. It's not how you got here, it's what you do when you enter the building from that point forward."

The Texans entire special teams unit is made up of players that weren't drafted. New safety Tashaun Gipson carved out a role in the NFL after his name wasn't called. Brennan Scarlett and Brandon Dunn were two defensive role players who started as free agents who didn't get drafted.

Here is my early longshot to roster spot player: Chris Johnson, safety, North Alabama.

He ran a 4.42 at a regional combine. He flashed a little today with play recognition and athleticism. He will likely do most of his work when the pads are on and he can showcase a little more of what he brings from the safety spot. There is room in the defensive back room for someone to contribute right away on special teams.

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