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Fantasy Football: Start 'Em Sit 'Em Week 13

Fantasy Football: Start 'Em Sit 'Em Week 13

Week 13 is here and hopefully, you have clinched a playoff berth. It's time to stop wasting a roster spot on players that have continued to let you down. For the playoffs, I'm changing it up a little. Players listed in both categories will be standouts that are no-brainer starts each week. In the playoffs, you need as many points as you can get. For the playoffs, assuming you have both players at each position on your roster, this is the final decision I would make if you could only choose one of them.

Before we can get ready for Week 13, lineups need to be set, decisions need to be made and let's take a look at how last week's predictions fared.

Start 'Em

QB: Sam Darnold, New York Jets: 315 Passing YDS, 2 Passing TD, 16 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 28.2 PTS
RB: Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns: 37 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 2 Receptions, 9 Receiving YDS, 12.6 PTS
WR: D.K. Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks: 3 Receptions, 35 Receiving YDS, 6.5 PTS
TE: Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins: 3 Receptions, 28 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 11.8 PTS

Sit 'Em

QB: Daniel Jones, New York Giants: 150 Passing YDS, 2 Passing TD, 1 Fumble, 27 Rushing YDS, 14.7 PTS

RB: Brian Hill, Atlanta Falcons: 14 Rushing YDS, 3 Receptions, 13 Receiving YDS, 6.7 PTS
WR: John Brown, Buffalo Bills, 2 Receptions, 39 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 11.9 PTS
TE: Jimmy Graham, Green Bay Packers: 1 Reception, 7 Receiving YDS, 1.6 PTS

Week 1: 5/8
Week 2: 6/8
Week 3: 4/8
Week 4: 6/8
Week 5: 4/8
Week 6: 2/8 
Week 7: 6/8
Week 8: 4/8
Week 9: 6/8
Week 10: 6/8
Week 11: 6/8

Week 12: 6/8

Start 'Em

QB: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Opponent: at New York Giants

The Packers are sitting at 8-3, but it doesn't feel like it. Aaron Rodgers has the opportunity to change that perception this Sunday. Through eleven games, Rodgers has only eclipsed the 26-point mark on two occasions. This week he heads to Metlife Stadium to take on Daniel Jones and the Giants who are allowing the 24th most points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season. Look for Rodgers to finish in the top-3 in Week 13.

RB: Josh Jacobs, Oakland Raiders
Opponent: at Kansas City Chiefs

I'm not going to sugarcoat it. The Raiders were flat out embarrassed in Week 12 against the Jets on the road. They were outplayed in every facet of the game, and the score doesn't even do the game justice. I'm not going harp on the loss, because I think this is what this team needed. This Raiders' unit has proven that they have a foundation, they have cornerstones, and that the future is extremely bright. One of those cornerstones is rookie running back Josh Jacobs, who had arguably the worst game of his short career last week. If you know Josh Jacobs, then you know this kid does not quit, and no speed bump will slow him down. A matchup at Arrowhead against the Chiefs' rush defense allowing the most points to opposing running backs in the NFL will give Jacobs the platform to put his Week 12 outing in the rear-view mirror.

WR: D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers
Opponent: vs. Washington Redskins

D.J. Moore's ascension in his second season for the Panthers has really been overshadowed due to the historic numbers that his teammate Christian McCaffrey has been putting up. The former Maryland star has found his groove despite the QB carousel and finds himself at WR16 with a terrific matchup against the Redskins. Moore has scored at least 17 points in every game over the last month including a 31.4 outing last week at New Orleans and should be in for quite an afternoon

TE: Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers
Opponent: at Denver Broncos

The Chargers' 2019 season has been a complete disappointment. From a string of injuries to Philip Rivers' regression to Melvin Gordon's holdout and return, it has been a very forgettable season for Anthony Lynn. One of the bright spots, however, is tight end Hunter Henry. Finally healthy from his ACL tear early last season, Henry has been one of the most reliable tight ends over the past 6 weeks, posting at least 13 points in five of the Chargers' last six games. Keenan Allen has had an up-and-down season. Austin Ekeler has had much of the same. But Henry has been Mr. Reliable, and you should be confident to have him in your lineup.

Sit 'Em

QB: Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals
Opponent: vs. Los Angeles Rams

The Cardinals are coming off of a bye and Kyler Murray was just added to the injury report on Friday with a hamstring issue. If he does play against the Rams, who were just torn to pieces on Monday on national television, I'm assuming he won't be as much of a factor on the ground as he usually is. I wouldn't risk it.

RB: Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars 
Opponent: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Leonard Fournette was en fuego in Week 12 against the Titans for his best performance of the 2019 season with 36.9 points, but it was nice while it lasted. Week 13 presents a new challenge for the former LSU star. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are currently allowing the third-fewest points to opposing running backs, and Fournette will be grounded in Week 13.

WR: DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
Opponent: vs. New England Patriots

DeAndre Hopkins is the most talented wide receiver in the NFL. That being said, he faces his toughest task of the season against Patriots' star Stephon Gilmore on Sunday afternoon. The Patriots have allowed the fewest points to opposing wideouts and the fewest receiving yards to the position as well. Gilmore held Cowboys' star Amari Cooper in check in Week 12 and the former couldn't pull in a single reception. Hopkins will not be held without a catch, but temper your expectations.

TE: Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens
Opponent: vs. San Francisco 49ers

The Ravens are the best team in the AFC and they head home in Week 12 after dominating the Rams on Monday Night Football. The problem, however, is that the San Francisco 49ers will be in town looking to pull an upset. The 49ers know that Lamar Jackson will be ready to play, but their best course of action is to shut down his main playmakers, including tight end Mark Andrews. With a defense that already allows the fewest points from opposing tight ends in the NFL, I'd look for an alternative and keep Andrews on the bench.

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 13
Running Back Rankings: Week 13
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 13
Tight End Rankings: Week 13

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With three NFC East games to go, don't tell Bill Callahan that the rest of the Redskins season is meaningless

With three NFC East games to go, don't tell Bill Callahan that the rest of the Redskins season is meaningless

When December ends and a new decade is upon us, the Redskins will be doing something that's become far too familiar for the franchise over the past several years: watching the NFL playoffs from home. 

For all intents and purposes, since Washington has been officially eliminated from playoff contention following their Week 14 loss to the Green Bay Packers, the final three games of their 2019 campaign are meaningless. 

But don't tell that to interim head coach Bill Callahan.

While Callahan is likely on his way out the door after 2019 -- the team will almost certainly hire a new head coach and potentially make changes in the front office -- he still has plenty he wants to prove. And that starts with winning games in the division.

"I want to see us compete in the divisional games. We haven't been good," Callahan said. "I think we're 0-7 in our last divisional games. That hits hard. We're 0-5 against Philly in our last five games. So I'd like to see a competitive effort against the division. This is a chance to redeem ourselves in a lot of ways."

Part of the reason the Redskins have struggled to put together winning seasons over the past few years has been their struggles within the NFC East. Echoing Callahan's comments, the Burgundy and Gold have dropped seven straight divisional contests, including an 0-3 record this season. They finished 2-4 within the division in 2018 and 1-5 in 2017. The last time they finished with a division record above .500 was 2015, which was also the last time they won the division.

That record looks even worse when the NFC East is in the conversation for one of the worst divisions in NFL history. Currently, the 6-7 Dallas Cowboys hold the tiebreaker over the 6-7 Philadelphia Eagles for the top spot. 

During Washington's three divisional losses this season, it's been outscored 87-51, including an embarrassing 24-3 loss in Week 4 to the currently 2-11 New York Giants.

"These three divisional opponents, we didn't do well at the beginning of the year," Callahan said. "We've got a challenge. We have a chance to rectify that and make it right."

In what has turned into a disappointing and lost season for the Redskins, there are still a few bright spots and building blocks for the future. Rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin has emerged as a legit NFL wide receiver. Running back Derrius Guice has struggled to stay on the field but has been a force when playing. Dwayne Haskins has had his fair share of growing pains but also gave few glimpses of what he's capable of down the line.

Callahan wants to use the final three division games as a way to demonstrate to his young core that divisional games are one of the most critical things to succeed in the NFL.

"[I want to] really set the tone for next season. We have a lot of young players, players that are going to be here," Callahan said. "They've got to realize that the divisional games are the most critical games. Just because it does tie into your playoff factor initially. You're going to see these teams twice a year. It gives you a catalyst if you win those games and then begin to compete."

This week poses an opportunity for the Redskins to play the spoiler role. If they beat Philadelphia, the Eagles' playoff chances look bleak. Washington hasn't beaten Philadelphia since 2016.

Many current Redskins remember the image of FedEx Field in Week 17 last year. The stadium was a sea of people sporting Eagles' green and black as they shut out the Redskins, 24-0. While defeating the Eagles would not mean much in terms of the Redskins' 2019 season, a victory over Philadelphia would go a long way moving forward.

"I think our guys are all playing for something: pride," Callahan said. "Division games are always great battles. You never know how those are going to end. They're always tight, close games. This will be a lot of fun, and we're looking forward to the challenge on Sunday."


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Running back is one position where things could look very different for the 2020 Redskins

Running back is one position where things could look very different for the 2020 Redskins

Not much has gone to plan for the 2019 Redskins. Congratulations, you won't read a more obvious thing all day.

Running back is one such spot on the team where the preseason expectations haven't been met. A surprise benching in Week 1, injuries and inconsistent production have plagued what was supposed to be one of the most stacked positions on the roster.

Because of those issues, there may be a lot of RB turnover this offseason, leading to what could be a different-looking depth chart in 2020.

The main reason for that possible shuffling is Derrius Guice's unfortunate health problems. Guice has actually been placed on injured reserve twice since Week 1, with the second trip to I.R. ending his year. If you count exhibition contests, he's suited up for the Burgundy and Gold seven times as a pro and has had to leave three of those contests with knee injuries.

There was so much hope that Guice would be able to prove himself this time around and convince the Redskins he could be their go-to option for the future, and when he dominated the Panthers for 129 yards and two scores, his long-discussed talent and potential popped.

But with a torn ACL, a torn meniscus and a sprained MCL already in the NFL, the franchise can't move forward with him as their surefire No. 1 back. This was the season where he could've seized the job, yet instead, indications are he'll need to be grouped together with other pieces.

Elsewhere in the backfield, Chris Thompson very well could be playing in his last three games for Washington. The 29-year-old is incredibly helpful in a lot of ways, but he, too, has difficulty staying on the field. After seven campaigns with the organization, it might be time for both sides to move on.

Then there's Bryce Love, the team's fourth-rounder who's essentially been redshirted as a rookie. The Stanford product has to show that he can recover from his own knee struggles — he had another surgery on it in late October — but he's got a lot of speed and should be more than ready to be a factor in 2020.

Oddly enough, Adrian Peterson has yet again been the steadiest running back for the Redskins. After Jay Gruden's decision to sit him for the opener, the 34-year-old has rebounded and shown he still can be a valuable asset. He's under contract and seems like a logical choice to keep in town for one more season. 

So, when added all together, the team has quite a few questions at running back. They've got to decide whom to trust out of a crop that includes someone who's super-skilled but often dinged up, a mainstay who could be on his way out, a totally unproven draft selection and an aging but still useful veteran, while also considering possibly acquiring other bodies.

Coming into 2019, RB looked like an area of strength for the Redskins. Now, nearing the end of 2019, it appears to be an area of mystery.