Week 13’s fantasy football rankings are here, along with a new fun list to discuss. As the trade deadlines pass, the debates continue, and with Marvel’s Phase 4 wrapped (and Christmas specials on the way), it’s time to rank Marvel stuff. Don’t worry, I still have your sleepers, start and sit… and don’t forget!… check the 101 piece below for all the weather, wait/risk start questions and more before you ask those questions.
Waivers | Strength of Schedule Ranks
Fantasy Football 101 (Start, Sit, Trade, More)
Everything in football (video pod)
2022 Week 13 Fantasy Football Lies
HEADS UP These are sleepers. They will not mimic my rankings 100%. This is chasing upwards and often involves more risk.
POSSIBLE START: Trevor Lawrence, JAX — First, the Lions give up 3.3 times more FPPG than any other team. Yes, part of that is due to the rushing touchdowns allowed (six), but that also includes a rushing score for Geno Smith, Daniel Jones and Josh Allen. Any game where Lawrence has completed at least 70% of his passes has resulted in 16.7+ points. The only game in which Lawrence scored 18.7 points but failed to reach that completion percentage (51.2%) came with a rushing touchdown against the Giants. The Lions are in the top half of the league in allowing quarterback completions (64.7%) and are more likely to get into a high-scoring affair at home.
POSSIBLE START: Dameon Pierce, HOU — As stated in waivers, it’s Infinity Duck time. The worries can’t get any worse, but if there’s a tie, it’s against the Browns. Only the Bengals failed to achieve a double-digit running back score against the Browns, who have the highest APA for the position. They also lead the league in rushing yards (1,592) and rushing touchdowns (14) allowed. If Pierce can’t finish the Top 20 in Week 13, he’s done.
HAIL MARIA START: Kyren Williams, LAR – The Seahawks are another good match – just ask Josh Jacobs. Even before that, Leonard Fournette and Rachaad White had no trouble running on the Seahawks, and the Seahawks have allowed the second most receiving yards to run back. Williams had 70.9% of snaps in Week 12, but more importantly, 61.5% of passing downs to just 37.5% for Cam Akers.
POSSIBLE START: Allen Lazard, GB – Even with a rule of only 3-2-24 in week 12, Lazard still had the highest Snap% (100) and Route% (96.4) of all receivers and tight ends. Christian Watson’s breakout certainly hurts Lazard a bit, but the Bears matchup is far from worrying. The only problem is that some teams haven’t passed that many times because of the ease with which they can beat the Bears. That’s the other reason why Lazard is a possible/sleeper start and not in the Top 30 guaranteed range. Having no issues against the Bears last week, Mike White found Garrett Wilson and Elijah Moore for a three touchdown combination, which is the hope we can have for a Lazard touchdown even if Watson gets his.
POSSIBLE START: Diontae Johnson, PIT — Johnson is still 25th in TmTGT% (24.9) and eighth in goals (94) among all wideouts. It didn’t result in a touchdown… or even 85 yards. That’s the new Johnson… the old Jakobi Meyers? And that’s why DiontBAE is just a DiontMAY…be…beginning. In addition, the Falcons can speed up the clock by constantly running the ball, so the chance of 10 goals might be slim. Nevertheless, most receivers with 8+ goals against the Falcons put up a Top 30 day… most.
HAIL MARIA START: DJ Chark, DET — Chark has played in five games, and only four with at least 65% snaps (only 15.9% in Week 11, first game back from injury in Week 3). In the four games, Chark has a 16.1 TmTGT% for a combined 23-9-114-2 and 13.2, 0.0, 6.1, and 8.6 points, respectively. As said with Lawrence, this can be a sneaky high-scoring affair, especially with Jared Goff better at home. Chark is worth a deep kite play for a touchdown.
HAIL MARIA BEGIN: David Njoku, CLE – Honestly, just play Njoku. As of Week 3, Njoku has only three single-digit scores compared to four double-digit games, with two of the single-digit attempts still coming in at 7.3 and 9.2, and the other being his first game back and limited. Even with that limited game and missed time, Njoku is TE8 as of week 3 and fifth in FPPG. Oh, and he’s getting a matchup with the Texans this week.
Fun with rankings!
Ranking Marvel Phase 4
With Marvel Phase 4 wrapped up now that The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special has aired – and it’s also kicking off watching Christmas – I thought, “Why not rank all of Marvel’s Phase 4?” Well, you could argue against it because it was a lot of “meh”, but we’ll have fun arguing the ranks anyway, right? It’s essentially the tight end position of TV/movies – some great ones and a lot of, um, I think so.
- Spider-Man: No Way Home — Travis Kelce of Phase 4. It’s this and then everything else, because No Way Home is the best superhero movie yet.
- Loki – Awesome. This is how you plant seeds and create a Marvel series.
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever — Dramatic? Great and tasteful transition. My main issue is outside of introducing Namor, the new Black Panther, and Ironheart (who didn’t even say her name), nothing is developing outside of possible future pairings.
- WandaVision – Sure, later episodes explain some of the first few, but man, the first three episodes – and maybe some of the finale – give this show a low floor despite the high ceiling. It’s Gabe Davis.
- The Guardians of the Galaxy holiday special – Connects some wires, checks everyone in and has a good laugh. Add it to your Christmas movie list.
- Thor: Love and Thunder — I understand the hate, I just disagree with most of it. Is it a throwaway Marvel movie? Sure, but most of Stage 4 was somewhat disposable and loosely bound. It was still fun.
- Hawkeye — It’s Die Hard like a superhero show… and more Christmas than Die Hard. Why the hate?
- Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness – Some redundancy of WandaVision for Wanda, but still, and with the love-it-or-hate-it music scene (I hated it) and more focused on Wanda than Dr. Strange, this movie was a good one.
- What if…? – Teased us about the Dr. Strange episode (that it could be a big part of the movie’s plot), but we’ve got superhero zombies and more interesting “what ifs.”
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – Another fun movie, even with an over the top, CGI fest of an ending (and too much Awkwafina).
- Black Widow – Due to release timing (pushed back), it’s out of place in the overall storyline. Still a decent mix of the norm with more spy stuff.
- I am tall – Short fun…although one episode is pretty dark.
- Werewolf at night — I have a feeling some loved it. It was okay. Similar to the GotG special, a themed (Halloween) short film that is fine for what it is.
- Falcon and the Winter Soldier – Nice. I could just tell you that Sam Wilson is the new Captain America… which you probably already knew and assumed.
- Moon Knight – No matter how messy it was to work your way through the plot. As with a lot of Phase 4, thanks to Marvel for trying new things, but this feels like one that didn’t “live” on the wall.
- She-Hulk: lawyer – Speaking of trying new things… I’m not even sure She-Hulk knew what it wanted to be, or try, from episode to episode. Watch this instead.
- Mrs. Marvel – I’ve tried. Really tried. I couldn’t even finish this though, and sure, it probably works to get teens invested in Marvel material, but I’m way past that demographic. Get off my lawn!
- Eternals — Woof. Cool effects and action, but… that’s all.
Week 13 Fantasy Football Projections
HEAD UP These may differ from my rankings, and my ranks are the order in which I would start players outside the added context, such as “Need the highest benefit, even if it’s risky.” Also based on 4-point TDs for QB, 6-point rest and Half-PPR
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***These are NOT updated Sunday morning, FYI***
Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings
- We have found a solution to the ranking widget issue by using Fantasy Nation (via Football Diehards). All three scores work and can be edited by me (unlike before), and the widget lets you scroll on Android (browser) without using two fingers! YES!
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