FANTASY PLAYS: Players to start and sit for NFL Week 13

Thu Dec 2 12:08pm ET

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Green Bay Packers' Rasul Douglas breaks up a pass intended for Los Angeles Rams' Van Jefferson during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

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The start-or-sit dilemma is part of managing a fantasy football team.

Having the foresight to start the wide receiver who goes for 100 yards and a touchdown in a matchup while sitting a receiver against a shutdown cornerback is one of the keys to victory.

For this version of a start-or-sit, I'm going to be listing all relevant fantasy football players each week and placing them into tiers.

And to take some of the guesswork out of it, I'll be leveraging thousands of slate simulations that are based in numberFire's player projections with dynamic measures for variance, such as quarterback rushing, running back receiving, and receiver target depth.

The results will boil down to three tiers: players we should be confident about starting, players we can consider starting whenever we don't have better alternatives, but who aren't must-plays and players we should try to bench whenever we do have better alternatives.

These players are listed in order of frequency of hitting the stated threshold (i.e. QB12, RB24, WR24, and TE12 performances and higher on the list means more start-able).

The groupings reflect a 12-team, single-quarterback league with the following hypothetical in mind: if I had other viable options on my bench or the waiver-wire, should I start this player this week?

Players not listed should be presumed sit-worthy in a shallow or standard-sized league, and all fantasy points references and rankings reflect half-PPR scoring.


Start with confidence: These players are at least 50% likely to finish the week as a top-12 quarterback, according to the slate simulations.

- Patrick Mahomes vs. DEN (68%)

- Lamar Jackson at PIT (67%)

- Matthew Stafford vs. JAC (63%)

- Kyler Murray at CHI (62%)

- Tom Brady at ATL (61%)

- Jalen Hurts at NYJ (61%)

- Dak Prescott at NO (59%)

- Josh Allen vs. NE (57%)

- Justin Herbert at CIN (55%)

- Derek Carr vs. WSH (54%)

- Kirk Cousins at DET (51%)

Via the simulations, 11 quarterbacks rate out more likely than not to return a QB1 week, which means that, in a 12-team league (which is what this article is geared toward), we shouldn't really need to be streaming very often. Unless league-mates are hoarding quarterbacks on their rosters.

Consider if needed: This tier has odds between 35% and 49% to post a top-12 week.

- Joe Burrow vs. LAC (48%)

- Carson Wentz at HOU (43%)

- Taysom Hill vs. DAL (43%)

- Russell Wilson vs. SF (42%)

- Tua Tagovailoa vs. NYG (39%)

- Taylor Heinicke at LV (38%)

- Tyrod Taylor vs. IND (35%)

But if you need to stream, you're in a pretty good situation. Joe Burrow profiles for a pretty high floor even against a Los Angeles Chargers defense that ranks 12th in adjusted pass defense and second in pressure rate. Burrow has been solid against high-pressure teams. In three games against teams inside the top 10 in pressure rate, Burrow has averaged 18.0 fantasy points via 281.7 passing yards and 2.0 touchdowns per game.

Taysom Hill may get the starting nod for the New Orleans Saints. Last season as a starter, Hill averaged 208.5 passing yards, 1.0 touchdowns, 0.5 interceptions, 9.8 carries, 52.3 rushing yards, and 1.0 rushing touchdowns. Start him if you need him.

Tua Tagovailoa is one of only six quarterbacks to post a Passing Net Expected Points (NEP) per drop back rate of at least 0.20 - which is double the NFL average - in at least 70% of his qualified games this season. He's been good and consistent. The New York Giants are 10th in adjusted pass defense this season but are 30th in pressure rate.

Bench if possible: These quarterbacks are under 35% likely (18th or worse) to net a top-12 result and likely aren't in the one-quarterback-league conversation.

Jimmy Garoppolo at SEA (34%); Teddy Bridgewater at KC (32%); Zach Wilson vs. PHI (30%); Matt Ryan vs. TB (30%); Trevor Lawrence at LA (29%); Ben Roethlisberger vs. BAL (28%); Mac Jones at BUF (28%); Jared Goff vs. MIN (25%); Justin Fields vs. ARI (07%)(asterisk); Daniel Jones at MIA (06%)(asterisk); Andy Dalton vs. ARI (03%)(asterisk); Mike Glennon at MIA (03%)(asterisk).

- Some of these quarterbacks have partial projections because of uncertain starters. None are priority starts either way.


Start with confidence: These running backs are at least 60% likely to finish the week inside the top 24, according to the slate simulations. You're starting them.

- Jonathan Taylor at HOU (88%)

- Alexander Mattison at DET (80%)

- Najee Harris vs. BAL (78%)

- Joe Mixon vs. LAC (78%)

- Alvin Kamara vs. DAL (77%)

- Eli Mitchell at SEA (73%)

- James Conner at CHI (73%)

- Austin Ekeler at CIN (72%)

- Leonard Fournette at ATL (70%)

- Saquon Barkley at MIA (68%)

- Josh Jacobs vs. WSH (68%)

- Antonio Gibson at LV (67%)

- Myles Gaskin vs. NYG (67%)

- Cordarrelle Patterson vs. TB (64%)

- Jamaal Williams vs. MIN (62%)

- James Robinson at LA (62%)

- Ezekiel Elliott at NO (62%)

Similar to quarterback, the running backs with heavy top-24 odds make a long list (17).

Consider if needed: This tier is sitting between 40% and 59% for an RB2 week, and you're probably starting some of them even if they're shy of that top tier.

- David Montgomery vs. ARI (57%)

- Tony Pollard at NO (49%)

- Javonte Williams at KC (49%)

- Clyde Edwards-Helaire vs. DEN (48%)

- Melvin Gordon at KC (47%)

- Devonta Freeman at PIT (46%)

- Sony Michel vs. JAC (46%)

- Darrell Henderson vs. JAC (45%)

- Darrel Williams vs. DEN (42%)

The lengthy list of starters at running back leaves behind a small tier of consider-if-needed backs.

Committees are the name of the game in this tier, but one player to whom that doesn't apply is David Montgomery. His role is solid. He has averaged 14.7 carries and 2.0 targets per game while playing 87.5% of the Chicago Bears' snaps in three games since returning from an injury. He's a true feature back.

There is some confusion on the Ezekiel Elliott/Tony Pollard split. The sims do place Elliott above Pollard, but Pollard is viable as a high-end FLEX option.

Though part of this is related to injury, Javonte Williams has out-snapped Melvin Gordon in two straight weeks in Denver. In that span, Williams has averaged 11.0 rushes, 3.0 red zone rushes, and 3.5 targets; Gordon is at 13.0 carries, 2.0 red zone carries, and 3.0 targets. It remains an even split, yet it's tilting toward Javonte at the moment. Both remain viable as capped-ceiling season-long starts.

Bench if possible: These backs are under 40% likely to net a top-24 result.

David Johnson vs. IND (38%); Tevin Coleman vs. PHI (36%); Devin Singletary vs. NE (35%); Damien Harris at BUF (35%); Rhamondre Stevenson at BUF (34%); Rex Burkhead vs. IND (34%); Alex Collins vs. SF (33%); Kenyan Drake vs. WSH (33%); Ty Johnson vs. PHI (33%); Matt Breida vs. NE (27%); Godwin Igwebuike vs. MIN (27%); Kene Nwangwu at DET (25%); J.D. McKissic at LV (25%); Mark Ingram vs. DAL (25%); Jeff Wilson at SEA (24%); Boston Scott at NYJ (23%); Mike Davis vs. TB (22%); Miles Sanders at NYJ (19%).


Start with confidence: You're starting these guys in a 12-team league.

- Cooper Kupp vs. JAC (89%)

- Chris Godwin at ATL (73%)

- Tyreek Hill vs. DEN (72%)

- Justin Jefferson at DET (71%)

- Keenan Allen at CIN (64%)

- Stefon Diggs vs. NE (63%)

- Mike Evans at ATL (59%)

- Ja'Marr Chase vs. LAC (59%)

- Adam Thielen at DET (58%)

- DeAndre Hopkins at CHI (57%)

- Diontae Johnson vs. BAL (54%)

- Marquise Brown at PIT (53%)

- CeeDee Lamb at NO (52%)

- D.K. Metcalf vs. SF (51%)

- Hunter Renfrow vs. WSH (51%)

Consider if needed: These players are more matchup dependent for this week than the tier above but are likely where we are looking for a lot of our WR2, WR3, and FLEX plays this week.

- Brandin Cooks vs. IND (49%)

- Terry McLaurin at LV (49%)

- Tyler Lockett vs. SF (49%)

- Brandon Aiyuk at SEA (48%)

- Elijah Moore vs. PHI (48%)

- Odell Beckham vs. JAC (47%)

- Tee Higgins vs. LAC (47%)

- Amari Cooper at NO (47%)

- Michael Pittman Jr. at HOU (44%)

- DeVonta Smith at NYJ (43%)

- Chase Claypool vs. BAL (42%)

- Mike Williams at CIN (38%)

- Jaylen Waddle vs. NYG (38%)

- Darnell Mooney vs. ARI (36%)

- Jerry Jeudy at KC (36%)

- Van Jefferson vs. JAC (35%)

Brandin Cooks ranks seventh among all receivers in target market share (27.7%). In four games started and finished by Tyrod Taylor, Cooks' target share is down to 23.7%, yet he still sees 2.0 downfield and 1.0 red zone targets per game in that split. He remains one of the best volume-based bets at the position.

Brandon Aiyuk has gone from mid-round upside selection to droppable to the San Francisco 49ers' top receiver given that Deebo Samuel is out. Over the past four games - with George Kittle back - Aiyuk actually leads the team in target share (24.3%) while seeing 1.8 downfield targets per game.

Odell Beckham Jr. and Van Jefferson have carved out great roles in an efficient passing offense for the Rams. While their top-24 odds don't come close at all to teammate Cooper Kupp's, their Week 12 roles did. Beckham, in his first post-bye game with a new team, tied with Kupp for a team-high 10 targets. Beckham also saw 3 of 10 downfield targets go his way. Jefferson had nine targets a week ago, four of which were downfield.

Sure, Michael Pittman Jr.'s game log was down in Week 12 (four catches for 53 yards), but his role wasn't for the Colts. Pittman Jr. had 10 targets (a team-high 23.3%) with 149 air yards (37.4%) and four of eight downfield targets. His output (7.3 half-PPR points) was only half as good as his expected fantasy points based on his usage (14.6).

Bench if possible: These players finished as a WR2 or better under 30% of the time.

Michael Gallup at NO (34%); DeVante Parker vs. NYG (32%); Marvin Jones at LA (31%); Allen Robinson vs. ARI (27%); Jakobi Meyers at BUF (26%); Courtland Sutton at KC (26%); Kenny Golladay at MIA (25%); Jamison Crowder vs. PHI (24%); Amon-Ra St. Brown vs. MIN (23%); Christian Kirk at CHI (23%); Josh Reynolds vs. MIN (21%); Rashod Bateman at PIT (21%); Nelson Agholor at BUF (21%); Tim Patrick at KC (21%); Cole Beasley vs. NE (20%); Russell Gage vs. TB (20%).


Start with confidence: Tight end is running seven deep this week, per the simulations.

- Travis Kelce vs. DEN (78%)

- Mark Andrews at PIT (66%)

- Rob Gronkowski at ATL (59%)

- George Kittle at SEA (59%)

- Kyle Pitts vs. TB (58%)

- T.J. Hockenson vs. MIN (54%)

- Dallas Goedert at NYJ (52%)

Consider if needed: You'll likely be starting these options if you don't have a top-tier tight end.

- Tyler Higbee vs. JAC (44%)

- Mike Gesicki vs. NYG (44%)

- Darren Waller vs. WSH (41%)(asterisk)

- Noah Fant at KC (38%)

- Dalton Schultz at NO (38%)

- Zach Ertz at CHI (35%)

- Pat Freiermuth vs. BAL (34%)

- Dawson Knox vs. NE (34%)

- Hunter Henry at BUF (32%)

- Logan Thomas at LV (32%)

- Tyler Conklin at DET (31%)

- Foster Moreau vs. WSH (30%)(asterisk)

There are a bunch of fringe options at tight end whom we will need to decide between.

I know it's difficult to trust Tyler Higbee's production at this point. However, with three receivers at the top of the pecking order, his role isn't any different than it was entering the season. The Jacksonville Jaguars rank 26th in adjusted fantasy points per target allowed to tight ends, and Higbee's team should move the ball efficiently. That's a better case than a lot of these tight ends can make.

Logan Thomas returned to play on 77.2% of Washington's snaps last week. He turned six targets (17.6%) into 31 yards. He had a downfield target and an end zone target in that sample. Through his four full games, his target share sits at a viable 16.4%, and he has a 30.8% red zone target share with a 42.9% end zone target share. The Las Vegas Raiders rank 27th in adjusted fantasy points per target allowed to the position.

- Darren Waller has a partial projection. If he starts, you start him. If not, you can start Foster Moreau. Moreau, in Week 7 without Waller, drew six targets (a 17.6% target share) with two red zone targets (22.2%). Last week with Waller leaving early, Moreau had an 89.5% snap rate and was targeted on 5 of 27 routes. He had just one catch, yes, but the role was there - and should be again if Waller misses.

Bench if possible: These tight ends aren't in the starting conversation in 12-team leagues unless you're desperate.

Evan Engram at MIA (29%); Jared Cook at CIN (27%); Cole Kmet vs. ARI (24%); C.J. Uzomah vs. LAC (22%); James O'Shaughnessy at LA (22%); Gerald Everett vs. SF (21%); Ryan Griffin vs. PHI (20%); Jonnu Smith at BUF (20%).

Player Notes
Travis Kelce Jan 24 3:43am ET
Travis Kelce

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes finished 33-for-44 for 378 yards and three touchdowns versus the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Divisional Round. Mahomes also ran for a team-high 69 yards and another score. RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed for 60 yards on seven carries and caught one of two targets for another nine yards. RB Jerick McKinnon ran 10 times for 24 yards and hauled in five of seven targets for 54 yards. WR Tyreek Hill caught 11 of 13 targets for 150 yards and a touchdown. WR Byron Pringle hauled in five of seven targets for 29 yards. WR Mecole Hardman ran for 31 yards on two carries and hauled in his only target for 26 yards. TE Travis Kelce caught eight of his nine targets for 96 yards and the game-winning touchdown in overtime.

From TheHuddle

Jason Pierre-Paul Jan 24 1:23am ET
Jason Pierre-Paul

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) told reporters he will undergo surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff, and will decide whether he wants to continue his career 'after [his] surgery.'

From TheHuddle

Josh Allen Jan 24 12:53am ET
Josh Allen

Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen completed 27 of 37 passes for 329 yards and 4 TDs against the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Round matchup on Sunday, Jan. 23. He also ran 11 times for 68 yards. RB Devin Singletary carried the ball 10 times for 26 yards and a touchdown; in addition, he caught four passes for 25 yards. WR Gabriel Davis led the team with eight receptions, 201 yards and 4 touchdowns. WR Stefon Diggs managed just three catches for seven yards, though he did catch a two-point conversion. WR Cole Beasley caught six of eight targeted passes for 60 yards, finishing second on the club in both categories. WR Emmanuel Sanders had one reception for 16 yards. On defense, LB Matt Milano posted a team-high 11 tackles, including six solo.

From TheHuddle

Tyrann Mathieu Jan 24 12:53am ET
Tyrann Mathieu

Updating an earlier report, Kansas City Chiefs S Tyrann Mathieu (head) sustained a concussion during the team's win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, Jan. 23.

From TheHuddle

Stefon Diggs Jan 23 11:10pm ET
Stefon Diggs

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs was held completely under wraps during Sunday's loss to the Chiefs, finishing with just three receptions for a season-low seven yards. Diggs' prior season-low mark was 23 yards back in Week 11, an outing that he salvaged from a fantasy perspective by scoring two touchdowns. Gabriel Davis was Josh Allen's favored target in the Divisional Round, hauling in eight catches for 201 yards, including a record-setting four touchdowns. Diggs, who led the league in receptions and receiving yards just one year ago, was back among the league's elite this season, earning his second straight Pro Bowl nod after setting a career high with 10 receiving touchdowns. He figures to reprise that top-tier role heading into 2022, but his ice cold finish to the year could give some fantasy managers pause.

From RotoBaller

Travis Kelce Jan 23 10:50pm ET
Travis Kelce

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce hauled in the game-winning grab during Sunday's victory over Buffalo, capping a wild, topsy-turvy contest. Kelce finished with eight grabs for 96 yards, including the score, which marks five consecutive outings with him finding pay dirt dating back to the regular season. His production came on just nine targets, giving him his highest catch percentage of the year when it mattered most. Coming short of the 100-yard plateau, Kelce saw his four-game streak of exceeding the century mark in the postseason snapped. Next up, he faces off with a Bengals defense that he accrued 25 yards against on five catches in Week 17, albeit with one crossing the goal line. He and Tyreek Hill stand to continue seeing massive passing game interest from Patrick Mahomes during what stands to be another shootout in the AFC Championship Game.

From RotoBaller

Devin Singletary Jan 23 10:40pm ET
Devin Singletary

Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary enjoyed a touchdown deluge to conclude the 2021 year, including adding one final rushing score during Sunday's loss to the Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Round. Singletary was utilized for just 10 carries and 26 yards on the ground, but he did add four receptions for 25 yards through the air. Dating back to Week 15 of the regular season, Singletary scored nine touchdowns (eight rushing, one receiving), emerging not only as the lead back for the Bills, but as a potentially game-changing back heading into the '22 season. The 24-year-old had a six-game stretch during the regular season where he did not so much as log double-digit carries once, collecting just one touchdown in that span; now, he stands to be a low-end RB1 or high-end RB2 ahead of his fourth professional year.

From RotoBaller

Josh Allen Jan 23 10:30pm ET
Josh Allen

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen saw his year come to a close during Sunday's loss to Kansas City, but it certainly wasn't due to his lack of production. Allen followed up his five-touchdown performance from the Wild Card Round with a four-touchdown showing in an epic duel against Patrick Mahomes. Allen finished 27-for-37 through the air, adding 329 passing yards to his team-high 68 yards accrued on the ground. The 25-year-old combined for nine touchdowns and just 14 incompletions in his two playoff outings, finishing with 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions over his last three games dating back to the regular season. Allen will be in the conversation for top quarterback honors in 2022 drafts, although offensive coordinator Brian Daboll stands to be a highly coveted head-coaching target over the coming months.

From RotoBaller

Tyreek Hill Jan 23 10:30pm ET
Tyreek Hill

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill was once again a game changer during Sunday's win over Buffalo, which sent the team to the AFC Championship Game. Hill hauled in 11 of his 13 targets for a reception, none bigger than the 64-yard touchdown that he peeled off late in the fourth quarter, seemingly sealing the contest. Ultimately, Hill would compile 150 receiving yards, the third time this season he reached that mark. Next up is a meeting with the Bengals' defense, which held him largely under wraps back in Week 17, limiting his six catches to just 40 yards and no touchdowns. Still, the Patrick Mahomes-Hill connection remains as potent as they come, with the wideout having ripped off a 100-yard performance in four of his last six postseason appearances.

From RotoBaller

Patrick Mahomes Jan 23 10:20pm ET
Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes led his squad back to the AFC Championship Game with a victory over the Bills on Sunday that saw the signal caller sling three passing touchdowns, in addition to adding a rushing score. Arguably Mahomes' most impressive moment came with just 13 seconds remaining in regulation, when he got his team into field-goal range, thereby forcing overtime. Mahomes finished 33-for-44 through the air, slicing the elite Bills defense for 378 passing yards. If being the game's preeminent pass maestro wasn't difficult enough to gameplan, Mahomes also led Kansas City's ground attack with a season-high 69 rushing yards. He next squares off with a Bengals defense that he dropped 259 passing yards and two touchdowns on back in Week 17. He remains the premier DFS threat on any slate due to his propensity for finding the end zone.

From RotoBaller

Gabriel Davis Jan 23 10:10pm ET
Gabriel Davis

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Gabriel Davis became the first player in NFL history to haul in four receiving touchdowns during a game in Sunday's defeat to the Chiefs. Davis' scintillating stat line also included eight receptions for 201 yards, easily pacing his team in both categories. During the regular season, Davis did not exceed five receptions in any single outing, with his domination of the Chiefs' defense coming as Stefon Diggs was largely held under wraps (three catches, seven yards). Looking ahead, Davis figures to remain a focal point of the potent Buffalo offense for years to come, having combined for 13 regular-season receiving touchdowns over his first two professional seasons.

From RotoBaller

Jimmy Garoppolo Jan 23 8:30pm ET
Jimmy Garoppolo

San Francisco 49ers left tackle Trent Edwards (ankle) suffered a right ankle injury during the win over the Green Bay Packers on Saturday night. Fortunately, X-rays were negative, showing no fractures, which increases his chance of being available for the NFC Championship versus the Los Angeles Rams. However, the All-Pro still has a way to go before getting the green light to suit up, and if he doesn't, things may become more challenging for Jimmy Garoppolo, who has struggled during the postseason thus far.

From RotoBaller

AJ Dillon Jan 23 8:10pm ET
AJ Dillon

Green Bay Packers running back A.J. Dillon (ribs) sustained a fracture during the narrow Divisional round loss to the 49ers on Saturday night. Although Aaron Jones was the lead man out of the backfield, Dillon still finished the regular season with just over 800 rushing yards and seven total touchdowns. The 23-year-old has proven to be one of the best backups in the league, and with the Packers hinting at a rebuild, there is a chance Dillon could see an enhanced role during the upcoming 2022-23 campaign.

From RotoBaller

Josh Allen Jan 23 8:00pm ET
Josh Allen

Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu (concussion) will not return to Sunday's game versus the visiting Bills. The defensive specialist suffered the injury during the first quarter, and after going to the locker room for an evaluation, he now finds himself in concussion protocol. The 29-year-old led the team in interceptions while ranking fourth in total tackles this season, so this certainly isn't the update the Chiefs' coaching staff was hoping for. Nonetheless, without Mathieu on the field, Josh Allen will have one less thing to worry about as he attempts to lead Buffalo to the AFC Championship versus the Bengals.

From RotoBaller

Mike Evans Jan 23 7:40pm ET
Mike Evans

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans caught 9-of-16 targets for 119 yards and one touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams. In this raging comeback attempt with absurd passing volume, Evans sometimes looked like the only aspect of the Buccaneers offense that was working. In 2022, with Antonio Brown gone, Chris Godwin starting the season injured and possibly being on another team, and Rob Gronkowski aging, Evans may find himself in an unfamiliar position in 2022 with fairly minimal competition. Regardless of what this offense looks like, as long as he has Tom Brady as his quarterback, Evans should be drafted in the first three rounds. Albeit in different ways, whether or not he has competition, Evans will succeed in fantasy.

From RotoBaller

Cam Akers Jan 23 7:20pm ET
Cam Akers

Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers had 24 carries for 48 yards and two extremely costly fumbles against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The sophomore runner still looked impressive at times, and considering the Buccaneers have one of the best run defenses and were expecting the Rams to run, this wasn't that discouraging. Fantasy managers should continue to monitor that his fumbling doesn't become a recurring issue, but other than that, this performance was not as bad as it seems. Plus, even after his initial fumble, the Rams remained confident in their young runner, illustrating that they trust him and prioritize his talent over the risk that he brings in terms of ball security, even in the playoffs. In 2022, Akers should be drafted in the early second round as a workhorse back with some lingering questions but elite talent and opportunity.

From RotoBaller

Cooper Kupp Jan 23 7:10pm ET
Cooper Kupp

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp collected 183 on nine catches and one touchdown, including a spectacular grab that led to the game-winning field goal against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It's not completely logical, but the chemistry that Kupp and Matthew Stafford share has been truly unparalleled andat timesunstoppable this season. Kupp isn't necessarily the fastest nor most agile, but his football IQ is unmatched and he seemingly always finds a way to produce. Historically, this illogical confidence can lead to disappointment, however. Kupp should be drafted as a top three wide receiver in 2022, but fantasy managers shouldn't expect him to replicate what he did this year.

From RotoBaller

Matthew Stafford Jan 23 7:10pm ET
Matthew Stafford

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford had a phenomenal statistical output going 28-for-38 for 363 yards, two touchdowns, and a rushing touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, he made a number of almost costly mistakes. Fantasy managers must realize that this wasn't a fluke, and it's just part of the Stafford-experience; that isn't necessarily a bad thing though. For fantasy a quarterback that plays recklessly is typically not penalized that much, and this style of play can lend itself to fantasy stardom by means of comeback attempts. Sometimes, a reckless quarterback such as this can fail in the comeback attempt or even be benched, but Stafford is so talented that neither of these general concerns are major issues. In 2022, with the collection of Cooper Kupp, Odell Beckham Jr., and Robert Woods along with Cam Akers and a stellar offensive line, Stafford must be considered a top quarterback in all leagues.

From RotoBaller