Fantasy Preview: Week 13 Early Slate Part 1

  • Steelers (-115) @ Falcons (-1): O/U: 43

    Broncos (+330) @ Ravens (-9.5): O/U: 39.5

    Packers (-3.5) @ Bears (+155): O/U: 45

    Jaguars (-110) @ Lions (-1): O/U: 51


    Steelers @ Falcons

    Key Storylines/What to Watch

    An interesting matchup between two teams that are similar in nearly every statistical category besides the Falcons having more success in the rushing department. We will be watching Kenny Pickett to see if he will show us he can be a viable fantasy option for the fantasy playoffs but we shouldn’t count on it. The big story for the Steelers is their backfield situation, Najee Harris suffered an injury but has practiced on Friday putting him on track to start Sunday while Jaylen Warren remains questionable. With Najee getting the start and Warren looking like he’s not quite ready to return, we should expect a big workload for Najee as the game could be close for the most part allowing Najee to be the focal point of the Steelers offense. The passing game however is a bit of a mess with Diontae Johnson not doing nearly enough to be a viable fantasy starter and while George Pickens has looked better as of late, neither are must-start options. Pat Freiermuth has been a top-12 option at tight end so he remains in play.


    The Falcons are only a half game behind the division leading Buccaneers and will look to take their spot back at the top of the division against the Steelers despite having a losing record. Quarterback Marcus Mariota is more of a superflex play than single quarterback league play as the offense lacks the passing capacity and he just isn’t running enough himself. Cordarrelle Patterson can be seen as a FLEX play or more of an RB3 in a tough matchup and is still in a time share with Tyler Algeier and Caleb Huntley rendering all three shaky starts with the upside belonging to Patterson. With Kyle Pitts on IR, the only receiving option we can try to trust is Drake London but he will be a hard to trust WR3 with the team’s reluctance to pass.


    Top Starts

    RB Najee Harris: With Jaylen Warren potentially out Sunday, we should expect the backfield to belong to Najee and his workload  should remain the same, making him in play as a volume-dependent RB2 with RB1 upside if he can find the endzone.


    TE Pat Freiermuth: When the team needs plays late in the game they turn to Freiermuth and we can too as his volume allows him to be a viable starting tight end that stands out amongst the mess with the receivers.


    RB Cordarrelle Patterson: Vegas projects this to be a tight medium scoring game and if that is the case then the script bodes well for Patterson who should see the bulk of the carries and goal-to-go situation plays.


    Boom/Bust Dart Throws

    WR George Pickens: Pickens has been Pittsburgh’s best receiver as of late, overshadowing Diontae Johnson and actually scoring touchdowns compared to zero for the veteran. If you’re looking for some upside, Pickens could be a week-winning play while also having a low floor.


    WR Olamide Zaccheaus: Zaccheaus was the receiver who stepped up in the absence of Kyle Pitts, catching five of eight targets for 91 yards. While 45 of those yards came on one play, the volume is what peeks our interest and it wouldn’t be crazy for him to lead the Falcons in receiving again.


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    Broncos @ Ravens

    Key Storylines/What to Watch

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