Aaron Rodgers status week 13

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The news: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is expected to play against the Bears on Sunday.

What it means in fantasy: Rodgers confirmed this Tuesday on The Pat McAfee Show. His initial concern was that he might have a punctured lung. Rodgers had an X-ray after Sunday night’s Packers game against the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. X-rays showed he had no broken ribs and it was reported he would undergo additional tests in Green Bay on Monday. Because Rodgers didn’t specify what the scans showed, it’s assumed they didn’t show any other damage. He’s a low-end QB1 against the Bears this week. Rodgers has scored 19 fantasy points in each of the Packers’ last two games.

The news: NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that Raiders RB Josh Jacobs won’t be practicing much this week and “hopes” to play the Chargers on Sunday.

What it means in fantasy: Fantasy executives will be keeping a close eye on Jacob’s calf injury situation after his epic performance against the Seahawks in Week 12. He finished that game with 48.3 fantasy points, the second highest fantasy points this season behind Joe Mixon’s Week 9 tally. Jacobs’ matchup this week is against a Chargers defense that allows the fourth most fantasy points per game , so when active, Jacobs can be considered a high-end RB1. If he’s ruled out, fantasy managers should consider Zamir White or Ameer Abdullah as contingencies.

The news: Giants TE Daniel Bellinger is trending in the right direction for Week 13 against the Commanders, according to head coach Brian Daboll.

What it means in fantasy: Bellinger suffered a fractured orbital bone in his left eye in Week 7 against the Jaguars. It was a unique injury, recovery and rehab process for a soccer player. Bellinger returned to a full-pads workout Tuesday with a visor attached to his helmet for added protection. Bellinger would be a streaming option for fantasy managers in deeper formats if he were active.

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The Read: (E+) NFL Top 25 Under 25: Ranking of the best players aged 24 and younger

Fantasy Snack: ESPN’s Matt Bowen, Matt Miller, and Jordan Reid did a fantastic job with this column, and one thing I took away was the number of wide receivers that made the list and how that translates to goalies and dynasty fantasy manager impacts.

Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase took second and third place. As of 2020, Jefferson has accumulated 4,248 receiving yards, averaging 19.3 fantasy points per game. While Chase has missed games this season, he has averaged 18.6 fantasy points with the Bengals throughout his career.

Jaylen Waddle and DK Metcalf finished 13th and 14th respectively. With Geno Smith at the helm, Metcalf has exceeded fantasy managers’ expectations this season. He has scored 13 or more fantasy points in seven games. Meanwhile, Waddle enjoys a great season with the dolphins. He hasn’t yarded for less than 66 yards in any game since Week 5, averaging a 17.1 fantasy point. As the Cowboys’ #1 receiver, CeeDee Lamb is ranked 19th. He has scored 10 or more fantasy points in nine games this season, including five with 17 or more fantasy points.

Amassing as many wide receivers as possible is good best practice for fantasy managers in keeper or dynasty formats. There were 204 wide receivers who scored 258 or more fantasy points between 2000 and 2021. About 71% of the wide receivers who met or exceeded that number were between the ages of 25 and 31. This gives managers guidance on which receivers to prioritize on trades. When evaluating annual stats for wide receivers, goals are the most predictable stats. Goals lead to receptions, yards, and touchdowns, which in turn translate to fantasy points. A receiver should be on your radar when it is, or will be, able to see an increase in targets in the near future.

Today on ESPN.com/Fantasy and on the ESPN Fantasy App

Mike Clay’s Shadow Report: Analyzing matchups between wide receivers and defensive backs

Seth Walder’s next-gen stat advantage: Mismatches to exploit

DFS cheat sheet for DraftKings and FanDuel

• Rankings for individual defensive player leagues

• Fantasy Focus Podcast (10am ET)


Field Yates Fantasy Field Pass for week 13

Mike Clay’s TNF Playbook: Bills vs. Patriots

Tristan H. Cockcroft’s positional matchup card

Fantasy film room by Matt Bowen

Al Zeidenfeld’s DFS best buys for week 13

• Fantasy Focus Podcast (10am ET)

In case you missed it:

• Week 13 fantasy football rankings at each position (PPR and NPPR)

Streaming pickups by Matt Bowen: deeper picks for lower leagues and emergencies

Eric Karabell’s Flex and Superflex rankings for week 13

• NFL Nation’s Fantasy Fallout: Defeat reporters on Zay Jones, Mike Evans and more

• Eric Karabell’s trade index and rankings for the remainder of the season for week 13 and beyond

• Fantasy Focus Podcast: Field Yates, Daniel Dopp and Stephania Bell recap a tight MNF, talk to some star players who could return this week and debate which borderline fantasy starters to trust for the rest of the season. Also, Eric Moody is joining the show to discuss the players you need to add for week 13. Listen | watch

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