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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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New head coaching candidates uncomfortable with Redskins power structure, per report

New head coaching candidates uncomfortable with Redskins power structure, per report

The Redskins might struggle to get the new head coach they want due to the organization’s unique front-office structure, according to a new report. 

Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer reported that some potential head coaching candidates are not sure they can properly function in Washington under the leadership of team president Bruce Allen and the existing front-office infrastructure. 

“My understanding is they've gotten some pushback on the current structure of the organization from some of those candidates,” Breer said during an appearance on 106.7 the Fan’s Grant and Danny program. 

The Redskins fired head coach Jay Gruden after he opened the season 0-5 and promoted Bill Callahan to interim head coach. In the weeks since Callahan took over, Washington is 3-4 and on a two-game win streak with the Green Bay Packers on tap this Sunday. 

While Callahan has stabilized the Redskins to some degree, it seems highly unlikely that he keeps the job in 2020. It’s also unclear if Allen will remain as team president and football boss. NBC Sports Washington and other reports have shown that Allen is under more scrutiny than ever in his 10-year tenure as team president and could be gone after this season. 

It’s been a rough year for Allen, as the team is in the middle of an awful season and standout left tackle Trent Williams has called him out personally for ugly tactics during a contract holdout. 

What that means going forward remains to be seen. 

Breer said NFL teams are starting to make covert outreach to potential coaching candidates, particularly college coaching candidates, and that the team is getting “pushback” because of the existing power structure. 

"My sense is that they've already gotten the feeling that the head coach search is going to be affected by the way that the building has operated for the last 10 years," Breer said.

The past 10 years mark Allen’s tenure, the era of no playoff wins and many, many embarrassing situations. 

If coaching candidates have reservations, it’s hard to blame them. 
 

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Redskins at Packers Week 14: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

Redskins at Packers Week 14: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

The Washington Redskins (3-9) take a two-game winning streak to Wisconsin to take on the Green Bay Packers (9-3).

The game will serve as a reunion for a couple of former Redskins. First-year Packers head coach Matt LaFleur was the Redskins' quarterbacks coach from 2010-2013, and linebacker Preston Smith spent the first four seasons of his career in Washington before joining Green Bay this year.

LaFleur has led the Packers to a 9-3 record, including a 31-13 rout of the New York Giants last week, and Smith leads one of the league's top defenses in sacks. The Redskins took down the underperforming Carolina Panthers 29-21 last week thanks to a dominant performance from Derrius Guice.

The Packers lead the all-time series 20-16-1, however, the Redskins have won the last two matchups, both of which were played at home. Washington's last win in Green Bay came in October 1988.

Here's everything you need to know about their Week 14 matchup:

REDSKINS at PACKERS WEEK 14

Who: Washington Redskins (3-9) vs. Green Bay Packers (9-3)

What: Week 14 of the 2019 NFL regular season

When: Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, 1 p.m. ET

Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisc.

TV Channel: FOX

Live Stream: Stream on FuboTV, Pregame and postgame coverage streaming on NBCSportsWashington.com

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Spread: Packers, -12.5

Over/Under: 42

Weather: 40 degrees, mostly cloudy

REDSKINS at PACKERS TV SCHEDULE:

8:30 a.m.: Pro Football Weekly

9:00 a.m.: Redskins Talk: Week 14

10:00 a.m.: Inside the Redskins

11:00 a.m.: Redskins Coaches Show

11:30 a.m.: Redskins Nation

12:00 p.m.: Redskins Kickoff Live

4:00 p.m.: Redskins Postgame Live 

REDSKINS 2019 SEASON SCHEDULE:

Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 8, Redskins at Eagles (L, 32-27)

Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 15, Cowboys at Redskins, (L, 31-21)

Week 3: Monday, Sept. 23, Bears at Redskins, (L, 31-15)

Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 29, Redskins at Giants, (L, 24-3)

Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 6, Patriots at Redskins, (L, 33-7)

Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 13, Redskins at Dolphins, (W, 17-16)

Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 20, 49ers at Redskins, 1 p.m. (L, 9-0)

Week 8: Thursday, Oct. 24, Redskins at Vikings, 8:20 p.m. (L, 19-9)

Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 3, Redskins at Bills, 1 p.m. (L, 24-9)

Week 10: BYE

Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 17, Jets at Redskins, 1 p.m. (L, 34-17)

Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 24, Lions at Redskins, 1 p.m. (W, 19-16)

Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 1, Redskins at Panthers, 1 p.m. (W, 29-21)

Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 8, Redskins at Packers, 1 p.m.

Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 15, Eagles at Redskins, 1 p.m.

Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 22, Giants at Redskins, 1 p.m.

Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 29, Redskins at Cowboys, 1 p.m.

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