After four quarterbacks started the season for the first time in Week 12, Week 13 is expected to see just one new signal caller under center. The Browns’ Deshaun Watson was typically at the top of the fantasy football ladder in Houston, but it’s been almost two years since he’s snapped in a meaningful way. Should you put him right back in the Week 13 fantasy football lineup against his former Texan roster, which is among the friendliest to opposing QBs? There are pros and cons to using Watson, making him one of the more complicated starting sit choices for week 13 fantasy football. Before you set your fantasy football lineup for week 13, be sure to check out the fantasy football week 13 rankings from SportsLine’s trusted computer model.
When it comes to player grading, SportsLine’s model has beaten human experts in fantasy football for the past few seasons, especially when there have been huge differences in grading. Over the course of a season, that can literally mean the difference between winning the championship and going home empty-handed.
Last week, the model was extremely high on Raiders running back Josh Jacobs and said he would finish as a top-five player at his position. The result: Jacobs ran 33 times for 229 yards and two touchdowns while also catching six passes for 74 yards. Anyone who had him in their lineup was well on their way to a big week.
Now the model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, has released its fantasy football rankings for week 13 of the 2022 NFL season. Go to SportsLine now to see them.
Top football tips for fantasy football week 13
One player the model is aiming for this week: Steelers wide receiver George Pickens. The second-round pick was one of the few bright spots in Pittsburgh’s sluggish offense, and ranks third among rookies in receiving yards (510) despite being the 11th wideout draft. He’s also maintained a high level, either catching or producing 83-plus yards in six of his last eight games.
With the Falcons hosting Pittsburgh on Sunday, Pickens has a better chance of hitting his ceiling than his bottom. Atlanta has the No. 28 pass defense and has conceded the third most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Week 13 fantasy football predictions produced Pickens as a top-12 receiver on Sunday, giving him WR1 rating in most major leagues. Pickens is also expected to outperform bigger names at this position, including Mike Evans and DK Metcalf. See who else to contact here.
And a massive shocker: Dolphins running back Jeff Wilson Jr., who produced 267 scrimmage yards and three touchdowns with Miami in three weeks, stumbles violently and does not even crack the top 35 in his position. The long-time backup from San Francisco was at the beginning was a fantasy football Waiver Wire star that season when 49ers running back Elijah Mitchell went down with a knee injury, but the acquisition of Christian McCaffrey briefly made Wilson a bench-or-drop candidate again.
However, Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel acquired Wilson at the close of trade, and Wilson’s familiarity with McDaniel’s offense allowed him to transition into the lineup. Wilson averaged just 3.0 yards per carry last week while suffering a lower leg injury early in the game. Now Raheem Mostert is expected to return to the lineup in Week 13, which could ease Wilson’s workload. See who else to fade here.
How to set week 13 fantasy football rankings
The model also calls for a surprise quarterback you don’t even think about to finish in the top 2 of the Week 13 fantasy football rankings. This choice could be the difference between winning big and going home with nothing. You can only see who that is here.
So who should you start and sit this week? And which surprising quarterback could lead you to victory? Visit SportsLine now to get the week 13 fantasy football rankings for each position and see which QB will come out of nowhere to crack the top 2, all from the model that has far outperformed experts Has.