RealTime DFS Strategy: Week 13

Fri Dec 4 9:30am ET
Contributing Writer

Gallman is a good play Week 13

It took us six days from when it started, but we finally made it through Week 12. With COVID-19 impacting the schedule, Week 13 now has two Monday games and a Tuesday contest. That should make for an interesting DFS slate. Let’s dive into the matchups and discuss some players to target at various price points, as well as some to possibly avoid.


Taysom Hill, NO at ATL ($6,200): Hill’s first start while filling in for Drew Brees (ribs) came against these same Falcons just two weeks ago. He thrived in that matchup, throwing for 233 yards and rushing for 49 yards and two touchdowns. He also recorded two rushing touchdowns last week against the Broncos, although he struggled through the air with only 78 yards. Despite the potential for inconsistent contributions in the passing game, Hill’s ability to produce on the ground makes him a worthwhile option to target.

Kirk Cousins, MIN vs. JAC ($6,100): Make no mistake about it, the Vikings’ offense is built around Dalvin Cook. However, that hasn’t prevented Cousins from being productive. He has five games with at least three touchdown passes this season and he has recorded at least two passing touchdowns in six of the last seven games. On top of that, he has thrown for at least 292 yards three straight contests. The Jaguars have allowed the fourth-most passing yards per game in the league, setting up Cousins to potentially provide another valuable stat line.

Player to Avoid

Matt Ryan, ATL vs. NO ($6,100): While Hill played well the last time these two teams met, the same can’t be said for Ryan. He didn’t record a single touchdown pass, finishing with 232 passing yards and two interceptions. Ryan has had problems recording touchdowns this season, finishing with one or none in a game six times. He’s facing an uphill battle here considering the Saints have allowed the fifth-fewest passing yards per game.

Running Backs

Wayne Gallman, NYG at SEA ($6,600): Despite an ugly 4-7 record, the Giants enter the week leading the NFC East. The problem for their playoff prospects is that Daniel Jones left last week’s game with a hamstring injury. As a result of his absence, Gallman received a season-high 24 carries, which he turned into 94 yards and a touchdown. It seems unlikely that Jones will play this week, which should mean added work for Gallman, once again. Combine that with him scoring at least one touchdown five straight games and he’s difficult to resist at this salary.

Frank Gore, NYJ vs. LV ($6,000): Working our way down the salary scale even further brings us to Gore. He was busy last week with La’Mical Perine (ankle) on IR, rushing 18 times for 74 yards. He even caught all three of his targets for 12 total yards. Since there isn’t much depth behind him, expect Gore to once again be the team’s featured back this week. Their struggling offense hasn’t given him many opportunities to get into the end zone, but he might this week given that the Raiders are tied for the most rushing touchdowns allowed.

Player to Avoid

Alvin Kamara, NO at ATL ($7,600): Initial results have indicated that Hill being the Saints’ quarterback is not good news for Kamara. Across the last two games, he has rushed for a total of 99 yards and a touchdown. The more problematic stat, though, is that he only has one reception for minus-two yards during that stretch. Hill hasn’t attempted a lot of passes, which has left just three targets for Kamara. At this lofty salary, it might be best to keep him out of your entry given the current state of the Saints’ offense.

Wide Receivers

Allen Robinson, CHI vs. DET ($7,300): Imagine if Robinson was playing with a quality quarterback? Despite the struggles of Nick Foles and Mitchell Trubisky, Robinson still has 71 receptions for 829 yards and five touchdowns, two of which came last week against the Packers. He already has 108 targets, putting him on pace to record at least 150 targets for the fourth time in his career. Considering his heavy workload, he could be in line for a monster performance against a Lions team that is tied for the most passing touchdowns allowed and has allowed the seventh-most passing yards per game.

Denzel Mims, NYJ vs. LV ($5,300): If there is a young player to be excited about within the Jets’ offense, it’s Mims. Their second-round pick in the 2020 draft has been busy since returning from injury, receiving at least seven targets four of five games. While he’s still looking for his first touchdown, he has received three red zone targets. Also, he’s recorded at least 62-receiving yards three straight games. The Raiders have allowed the sixth-most passing yards per game, so don’t be surprised if Mims provides another respectable stat line, given his cheap salary.

Player to Avoid

Travis Fulgham, PHI at GB ($6,400): Things are trending the wrong direction for Fulgham. Over the last three games, he has a total of four catches for 32 yards. Last week’s performance against the Seahawks was especially concerning for a couple of reasons. First, his two targets were his fewest in a game all season. On top of that, he was on the field for only 52.1 percent of the Eagles’ offensive snaps, which was also a season-low. The team’s health situation is improving around him, so Fulgham could be in line for more quiet performances down the stretch.

Tight Ends

Darren Waller, LV at NYJ ($6,200): The Raiders’ offense was a disaster last week in what was a favorable matchup against the struggling Falcons’ defense. Derek Carr couldn’t get much going, which resulted in Waller finishing with only four receptions for 23 yards. As ugly as that game was, Waller did receive a red zone target, leaving him with 18 on the season. Given his involvement in that area and the fact that the Jets have allowed an average of 29.3 points per game, Waller could bounce back in a hurry.

T.J. Hockenson, DET at CHI ($5,300): The Lions have to be pleased with the emergence of Hockenson, who enters Week 13 with 530 yards and five touchdowns. He’s been one of their most consistent receiving options and is coming off of a season-high 89 yards last week against the Texans. This is another favorable opportunity for him to be productive given that the Bears have allowed 62 receptions, 635 yards and eight touchdowns to tight ends this season.

Player to Avoid

Jonnu Smith, TEN vs. CLE ($5,000): For the first time this season, Smith failed to receive a single target in Week 12 during a matchup with the Colts. He hasn’t finished with more than 40-receiving yards in a game since Week 3 and he has posted six games with two or fewer receptions. Given the fact that Hockenson is heavily involved in the Lions’ offense and checks in at a salary that is only $300 more, taking a chance on Smith having a productive week seems unnecessary.

Mike Barner has been covering fantasy sports since 2007. His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Yahoo, SportsLine and RotoWire. Mike was also a finalist for the 2018 FSWA Basketball Writer of the Year award. Follow Mike on Twitter @rotomikebarner.

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