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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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Houston dropped two of three

Astros drop series finale to Oakland, A's win series

Jose Urquidy couldn't hold Oakland back on Saturday. Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

With Oakland finally ending their drought against the Astros on Friday night to split the first two games of the series, and with the Angels staying in step with them as both teams started the day 6-2, the Astros needed a win to keep momentum in their favor on Saturday.

Instead, Oakland would outslug Houston once again to take the series finale and take the series win. The loss moves Houston to 6-3 and down to second place, at least for now, until the 6-2 Angels complete their game on Saturday evening.

Final Score: A's 7, Astros 3

Astros' Record: 6-3, second in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Frankie Montas (1-1)

Losing Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (0-1)

Urquidy gives up four over six

Much like the night before, Oakland was able to bring in runs against Houston's starter, this time Jose Urquidy, Saturday afternoon in their second time through the order. Their first time through, Urquidy was cruising, allowing just one baserunner in the first three innings on a single in the top of the third.

Things shifted in the top of the fourth, with the A's getting back-to-back singles to set the stage for a two-run frame with dual RBI-singles to take a 2-0 lead. Oakland doubled that in the fifth, getting a two-out single to set up a two-run homer by Ramon Laureano to make it 4-0. Urquidy would go on to finish six innings, but with no run support to that point, would leave in line for the loss. His final line: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 93 P.

A's pad their lead before Houston gets on the board

Meanwhile, although getting five hits, the Astros could not get anything on the board against Frankie Montas through six innings. Brandon Bielak took over out of the bullpen for Urquidy in the top of the seventh, but after loading the bases, he would allow a dagger two-RBI single to make it a 6-0 deficit for Houston.

With Montas starting the seventh looking to face a batter or two before Oakland moved to their bullpen, Kyle Tucker would finally get Houston on the board with a leadoff solo home run, cutting the lead to 6-1 and ending Montas' day. Houston would get a two-out rally going, with an RBI-double by Jose Altuve followed by an RBI-triple by Michael Brantley to make it a three-run game at 6-3.

Oakland takes the series win

Ryne Stanek tried to keep it a three-run game and give the Astros a chance to stay in it in the top of the eighth but instead would give up a two-out solo home run to push Oakland's lead back to four. That 7-3 score would go final as Houston would go scoreless in the eighth and ninth.

Up Next: Houston will have a day off on Sunday before continuing this homestand Monday night by welcoming in Detroit and former manager A.J. Hinch for three games. In the series opener, the Tigers will send young star Casey Mize (0-0, 2.25 ERA) to the mound, while the Astros will get another start by Zack Greinke (1-0, 1.38 ERA).

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