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Sat Oct 17 12:12am ET
By CHARLIE WIEGERT
Contributing Writer

As of now, the mad bat virus hasn’t halted any games this weekend.  The Seahawks, Chargers, Saints and Raiders get the weekend off with a bye.

The exciting news is the Chiefs signing of Le’Veon Bell.  Just what Andy Reid needs, another explosive weapon to add to his battle plans!  Bell won’t be in uniform for the game against the Bills on Monday, but he will be learning the playbook.  Exactly how Andy Reid is planning to use Bell remains to be seen, but it’s a good bet it will start with Bell getting goal-line carries.  Bell was an All-Pro running back not that long ago.  He had the benefit of a great team around him, which had a lot to do with his success.  He went for the money, which the Jets gladly gave him.  But he got a coach he didn’t get along with and a team without much talent.  His chances of regaining his elite status with the Jets was nil.  Now, he gets a chance to play for a great team with a realistic chance to play for and win a Super Bowl.  The big question is can he fit in?  He won’t be the only superstar on the Chiefs.  Will his ego let him become a team player? Will he be willing to do what is best for the team?  What else we know is Clyde Edwards-Helaire has not been everything the Chiefs have hoped for, especially with goal-line carries.  As with most rookies, it takes time to adjust to playing in the NFL.  Bell can give him that time.

I have a few sleeper plays I like this week.  Andy Dalton takes over at quarterback for the Cowboys.  While he’s not Dak Prescott, he is very capable of leading the high-powered Cowboys offense.  This week, he gets his start against a Cardinals team that lost their best pass rusher, Chandler Jones.  Arizona’s defense has allowed seven passing touchdowns this year.  Dalton is in a great spot to show the Cowboys he can lead their offense, which they need since the Cowboys defense can’t seem to stop anyone.  Another reason to like Dalton is they will have to outscore other teams to win.  And he has the weapons to make it happen.

A couple running backs that could surprise this week are Phillip Lindsay and D’Andre Swift.  Lindsay’s opportunity could come from Melvin Gordon’s DUI.  If Gordon faces discipline and misses the Patriots game this Sunday, Lindsay becomes the starter. The Lions had a week off to access where they are, 1-3.  While Adrian Peterson has done a good job, is he the Lions future?  It’s time to see if D’Andre Swift is!  And Jacksonville is the team to find out against. The Jaguars have given up six rushing touchdowns already.

The Texans have a date with a Tennessee defense that gives up 200-plus receiving yards to wideouts.  While Will Fuller and Brandin Cooks will get their share of targets, Randall Cobb could be the star.

I always look to see which team has been generous to tight ends.  The Falcons have allowed seven touchdowns and the Vikings are coming to town.  Irv Smith is not exactly a household name, but he gets the chance to put up some big numbers this week. The other team that has allowed big days to tight ends is Cleveland. The Browns have allowed four touchdowns and four receptions per game.  Eric Ebron has been a favorite target of Big Ben, with five receptions  each of his last two games, so this matchup has pick me written all over it.

If you’re streaming defenses, a couple teams you might find on your leagues waivers are the Giants and Dolphins.  Neither team you’d want to play normally, but the Giants get a really bad Washington Football Team and a chance for their first win of the season.  The Dolphins get an even worse team with the Jets, a team starting Joe Flacco at quarterback and playing without recently departed Le’Veon Bell.  Pick one of these two if you can.

Charlie Wiegert was the sixth person to be inducted in the Fantasy Sports Hall Of Fame in 2001. He is a founder of CDM Fantasy Sports and Fantasy Sports Trade Association. He has been playing and winning fantasy baseball leagues since 1984. If you have any questions for Charlie, email them to cwiegert@cdmsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GFFantasySports.

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Theo Riddick Dec 4 10:13pm ET

Las Vegas Raiders RB Theo Riddick was removed from the Exempt/COVID-19 list Friday, Dec. 4, and now counts toward the active roster.

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Chase McLaughlin Dec 4 10:10pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Chase McLaughlin is not a viable starter this week. Though he has made all three of his field-goal attempts and both of his extra-point attempts in two games played this season, the sample size is too small and it's fair to question his reliability compared to other kickers who have played most of the season. As a result, there are better options to start at the position for Week 13.

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Lamarcus Joyner Dec 4 10:03pm ET

Las Vegas Raiders DB Lamarcus Joyner was removed from the Exempt/COVID-19 list Friday, Dec. 4, and now counts toward the active roster.

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Tyler Eifert Dec 4 10:00pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Tyler Eifert is not a worthy starter this week against Minnesota. In nine games played, the TE has only surpassed 40 yards once, and he has also been very inconsistent in his weekly numbers. Because the Jaguars don't have a strong passing attack, this makes Eifert too risky to start and thus irrelevant for fantasy purposes.

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Jacksonville Jaguars Dec 4 10:00pm ET

The Jacksonville Jaguars Defense should remain benched or on waivers this week. The Jags play Minnesota, a team that has solid receivers in Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson, an elite back in Dalvin Cook, and a QB in Kirk Cousins who can get hot any given week. Meanwhile, Jacksonville ranks among the bottom of the league in most defensive categories, which keeps this unit well off the fantasy radar this week.

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Keelan Cole Dec 4 9:50pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Keelan Cole Sr. is only a low-end flex for this week. Cole has produced at least five targets in three of the past five games but has only gotten over 40 yards in two of the past five games. The Jaguars don't have a strong passing attack due to their multiple changes at QB. Cole should not be trusted this week given his inconsistent stats.

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D.J. Chark Dec 4 9:40pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver D.J. Chark Jr. is a WR3 for Week 13 against the Vikings. As the WR1 on the team, Chark does see targets, but he doesn't always produce. The WR has gotten at least seven targets in four of the past five games but has only gotten at least 45 yards in three of those contests. Nevertheless, his weekly volume should keep him in the starting tier against a Minnesota team allowing the second-most points to fantasy wideouts.

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Laviska Shenault Jr. Dec 4 9:40pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. should be considered nothing more than a lower-end flex against the Vikings this week. In the past four games, the rookie has only eclipsed 40 yards and five targets once. Jacksonville has no stability at QB and its passing attack isn't high-powered. As a result, Shenault doesn't produce consistent and decent numbers each week. There are better options to start this week.

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Mike Glennon Dec 4 9:30pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Mike Glennon will once again get the start this week but should remain benched in fantasy. Glennon posted 235 yards and two touchdowns last week in an impressive performance, but that was only one game and the journeyman has not proved he is worthy of a start each week. The Vikings are middle-tier against fantasy QBs, but there are certainly better, proven options out there.

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James Robinson Dec 4 9:30pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson is an RB1 this week against the Vikings. The 22-year-old has now rushed for at least 99 yards in four of the last five games and has been stellar this season as the lead back for the Jags even though his value in the passing game has been minimal. The Vikings are middle-tier against fantasy backs, but Robinson's high weekly volume sets him up to produce once again.

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Chris Moore Dec 4 9:23pm ET

Baltimore Ravens WR Chris Moore (thigh) was designated to return from the Reserve/Injured list Friday, Dec. 4.

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Maliek Collins Dec 4 9:23pm ET

Las Vegas Raiders DT Maliek Collins (hamstring, ankle) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Friday, Dec. 4.

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Lamar Jackson Dec 4 9:03pm ET

Baltimore Ravens QB Trace McSorley will be the starting quarterback for the Week 13 game if QB Lamar Jackson (illness) is not cleared to play.

Fantasy Spin: Fantasy players will need to monitor the situation to see if McSorley or Jackson will be the starter. Jackson should be a starter in all fantasy leagues if he is cleared to play. McSorley had one big play in the Week 12 game but should be avoided in fantasy leagues if he starts.

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Hunter Renfrow Dec 4 9:00pm ET

Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow had a good performance last week against the Falcons, and he will look for another solid performance this week against a poor Jets secondary. He is a consistent possession receiver but lacks the explosion to be considered a viable fantasy option. Renfrow is averaging 3.5 catches and 46 yards per game this season, so those numbers make him a fringe flex option. He has not found the end zone in four consecutive games, but the Jets Defense allows a lot of points. He consistently catches passes every game, but his ceiling is low.

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Carlos Hyde Dec 4 8:43pm ET

Seattle Seahawks RB Carlos Hyde (toe) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 4, and is listed as questionable for Week 13.

Fantasy Spin: Hyde may be a game-time decision, so fantasy players will need to check the inactive list for his official status. He will have a role in the running game if he is active for the game but can be avoided in most leagues.

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Chris Carson Dec 4 8:43pm ET

Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson (foot) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 4, and is not on the injury report for Week 13.

Fantasy Spin: Carson likely will receive plenty of carries this week against the New York Giants this week and should be a starting option in all fantasy leagues.

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Darren Waller Dec 4 8:40pm ET

Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller disappointed last week against a bad Falcons Defense but will likely bounce back this week against the Jets. The Jets Defense ranks 29th against opposing tight ends, and Waller is the second-most expensive DFS tight end this week. Waller has had a few bad performances this season but always seems to bounce back. He has followed up his disappointing performances this season with at least five catches in the following game. Look for Waller to rebound in a big way this week. He is definitely a must-start TE1 in Week 13.

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Nelson Agholor Dec 4 8:23pm ET

Las Vegas Raiders WR Nelson Agholor (ankle) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 4, but is not on the injury report for Week 13.

Fantasy Spin: Agholor has been targeted 15 times over the last two weeks and has five touchdowns in the last eight games. He will have a favorable matchup this week and can be a No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues if he plays.

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Trey Burton Dec 4 8:13pm ET

Indianapolis Colts TE Trey Burton (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 4, and is not on the injury report for Week 13.

Fantasy Spin: Burton has been targeted 11 times over the last two games and has two touchdowns during that span. He could be a possible low-end No. 1 tight end in deeper leagues.

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Devontae Booker Dec 4 8:13pm ET

Las Vegas Raiders RB Devontae Booker (back) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 4, and is not on the injury report for Week 13.

Fantasy Spin: Booker likely will receive most of the work at running back with Josh Jacobs ruled out. He will have a favorable matchup this week and can be considered a low-end No. 2 running back or flex option.

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