It is now the final week until the start of the fantasy football playoffs, which has hammered home the point on the importance of each option in your starting lineup. That could easily be the difference between competing for a championship and sitting on the outside looking in while contemplating what could have been. With that all in mind, here are five must-plays for Week 13 action.
5. Robert Woods
ESPN PROJECTIONS: 10.0 PTS
It has turned into quite a frustrating season for the Los Angeles Rams that has seen them fall nearly on the verge of missing the playoffs altogether with five games to go. The bulk of that has come with their offense being in shambles in comparison to last year.
That said, Woods has continued to prove to be a consistent option in the passing game as his last two games garnered at six catches for 95 receiving yards in each contest. The Rams are set to play the Arizona Cardinals, who are 23rd in fantasy against opposing wide receivers allowing 31.4 points per game.
It could be the game matchup that the Rams need to get back on track offensively, and that could easily feature yet another strong performance from Woods.
4. Philip Lindsay
ESPN PROJECTIONS: 13.1 PTS
The hope was that heading into the season, Lindsay could build off his success from his breakout rookie campaign. He has had his ups and downs along the way but has maintained his spot as the top option out fo the backfield.
Lindsay has an opportunity to put forth a strong outing against the Los Angeles Chargers, who have struggled against opposing running backs ranking 26th, giving up 24.5 fantasy points per game. That includes more than 30 points four times with the Broncos garnering 30.4 points in Week 5.
It was a game that saw Lindsay put together his only 100 rushing yard performance of the season with 114 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown along with four receptions for 33 receiving yards. All that shapes up for another prime opportunity for him to take it to the Chargers defense.
3. Devante Parker
ESPN PROJECTIONS: 10.7 PTS
Over the last several weeks, Parker has emerged as one of the most consistent fantasy options at wide receivers. Regardless of how terrible the Miami Dolphins may be, he has continued to prove to be a strong weekly option and had made it quite head-scratching why he was on the waiver wire for so long.
That will once again be the case against the Philadelphia Eagles’ secondary, which has struggled tremendously throughout the season. Philadelphia is currently ranked 27th against opposing wide receivers, giving up 32.2 fantasy points per contest. That’s a trend that will continue for Parker as he should be on course to record his ninth straight double-digit output.
2. Eagles D/ST
ESPN PROJECTIONS: 7.6 PTS
The Eagles have had their struggles documented throughout the season with their play defensively. However, they are the latest team to make its rounds to taking on the Dolphins’ porous offense.
Unsurprisingly, Miami ranks last against opposing defenses, allowing 13.1 points per contest. The Eagles are coming off a respectable outing against the Seattle Seahawks, where they had six sacks, a forced fumble, and an interception. That momentum should translate into success against the Dolphins.
1. Alshon Jeffery
ESPN PROJECTIONS: 10.6 PTS
It’s no secret that the Eagles offense has been impacted significantly by the number of injuries to their wide receiver core. That has been primarily the case with Alshon Jeffery being out of the lineup as it has put the team without their biggest threat in the passing game.
Jeffery was expected to make his return in Week 12, but he looks to be on track to get back on the field against the Dolphins. The Eagles are in desperate need of him being back in the mix, which bodes well against the Dolphins defense that is 28th against opposing wide receivers while giving up north 40 fantasy points in each of the last two games.
If Jeffery plays in Week 13 action, fire him up in your starting lineup.