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Five NFL daily fantasy plays for Week 13, and the Chiefs’ pick of the week

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Here’s who we’re looking at to start in your daily fantasy lineup this weekend.

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Below, you’ll find a list of players I have spotlighted for daily fantasy selections leading into Week 13 of the NFL season. I’m mostly looking for affordable options who will provide good value.

I use the following criteria to try and find players — NFL Vegas totals, NFL team stats, what the fantasy gurus are saying and my GUT.

Without further ado, let’s see who’s made my list of five players this week!


Phillip Lindsay, RB Broncos

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The Broncos offense is fortunate enough to play a Bengals team that is having an absolutely horrible time stopping anyone as of late. The Bengals have played some of the worst defensive football ever since they faced the Chiefs in October.

The Bengals give up the most fantasy points per game to running backs (26.7), and I’m looking for an energized Broncos team coming off a win against the Steelers, to play well against the Bengals.

I’m expecting Lindsay to have a solid game.

D.J. Moore, WR Panthers

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This is one of those — buy cheap and hope for the best kind of picks.

The Panthers are facing the Buccaneers who have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to wide receivers through the 2018 season.

Add into the mix the over/under at a whopping 55.5 points, and we could have a pass-happy game on our hands.

With the Bucs having so many issues in the secondary, D.J. Moore may be high risk/high reward type pickup for teams who have very little cash left and need a receiver.

Spencer Ware, RB Chiefs

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With Kareem Hunt out in Kansas City, Spencer Ware will be expected to shoulder the load for the Chiefs rushing attack. Make no mistake, Spencer Ware isn’t your typical backup running back. In 2016, Ware would have rushed for over 1,000 yards had he played a full season.

Add in the fact the Raiders are the fifth-worst team in the NFL in terms of allowing fantasy points to running backs and we should see a solid game from Ware.

Lamar Jackson, QB Ravens

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If your fantasy team is anything like mine, you’re having a lot of trouble at the quarterback position. Seriously, I’ve been cycling through Ryan Fitzpatrick and Matthew Stafford all through the year.

It got so bad I was happy to see Mitch Trubisky had hit the waiver wire and I was able to acquire him.

All that said, if you’re looking for a fantasy quarterback, and you don’t have a lot of cash on hand — Lamar Jackson may be your guy.

The Falcons have allowed the second most fantasy points to quarterbacks in 2018, and they’ve also allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to running backs. If the Falcons have a hard time stopping the run, they could be in deep trouble trying to contain Jackson.

Fantasy points are fantasy points, doesn’t matter if Jackson gets them running or passing.

Kenny Golladay, WR Lions

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Kenny Golladay may be a little rich for teams on a tight budget, but I’m anticipating he will have a good game on Sunday against the Rams.

I say this because the Rams have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to wide receivers so far in 2018. Also to note, the Rams/Lions game has an over/under of 55 points.

So we have a game in a dome, a high over/under, and a team that doesn’t do a great job stopping wide receivers — sounds like the perfect storm for a strong showing from Golladay.


Now that we’ve covered the five fantasy picks of the week, let’s get to the Chiefs pick of the week. This week I’m going with.....

Chiefs D/ST

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This will be the third time I have picked the Chiefs defense this season. The prior two times were against the Jaguars, and the Cardinals — which to my credit, the Chiefs defense dominated in both of these games.

When the Raiders face the Chiefs on Sunday, they bring with them the 30th worst scoring offense in the NFL. The Raiders have also allowed the fifth-most sacks in the NFL, while the Chiefs have the fourth-most sacks.

Add into the equation the fact Bob Sutton has abused Derek Carr ever since Sutton came to Kansas City, and we should see a strong game from the Chiefs defense.