Fantasy Football Fillers Week 13


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Wide receiver Taylor Gabriel is responsible for five of the Atlanta Falcons' scores in the past four weeks.

In most fantasy football leagues, playoffs are approaching or have now begun, and it is critical that owners pick the right starters. Owners who started Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill were rewarded, as he was the first player since Gale Sayers to run, catch, and return a touchdown in a single game. Below are players who can make or break your week.


New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandon Cooks was shutout without a single catch while Drew Brees managed to pass for 310 yards. One reason to keep him as a starter this week is the Saints play a porous Detroit Lions defense that has allowed 22 touchdowns to receivers this season ranking fourth worst. Look for Brees to get his top deep threat back into the offense this week at home.

Sammy Watkins is simply one of the most gifted receivers in the NFL and is finally back from his foot injury. Last week he lined up against the Jacksonville Jaguars and posted three catches for 80 yards. In his last seven games he has posted 80 or more receiving yards in  and six touchdowns in those games. This week he travels to Oakland to face a Raiders team who allows the ninth most touchdowns and the ninth most yards to receivers.

The Saints will host the Detroit Lions this week in what will be an old-fashioned shootout. Lions running back Theo Riddick will feast on the Saints defense that has allowed the fourth most rushing touchdowns to opposing runners. However, he will do most of his damage through the air as he is one of quarterback Matt Stafford’s most reliable targets, catching the second most passes on the team and the second most touchdowns.


The Dallas Cowboys have been rolling on their 10 game win streak, but expect them to run into a wall this week as they travel to Minnesota to face the Vikings. This is easily the best defense they will face all year, and it is on the road. The player that this tough matchup will affect the most is wide receiver Dez Bryant, because Minnesota ranks fifth in yards and touchdowns allowed this season. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes is having a pro bowl season and will likely shadow Bryant in what will be a quiet game for the star receiver.

Week in and week out the Jacksonville Jaguars are shutting down receivers this season allowing the third fewest yards and the tenth fewest touchdowns. Demaryius Thomas and the rest of the Denver Broncos will take the trip across the country to face the Jaguars. On paper it appears to be a good matchup, but don’t be mistaken and veer away from Thomas this week.

Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi has been tearing it up this season rushing for 847 yards and seven touchdowns. In the Dolphins six game win streak he ran for 730 yards and six touchdowns. Last week he was missing three of his starting lineman and it showed as he averaged two and a half yards per carry against the San Francisco 49ers worst run defense in the NFL. This week he faces the best run defense and the second best total defense in the Baltimore Ravens. They allowed the fewest rushing yards and the fewest touchdowns to opposing running backs this season. Expect little yardage in what will be a frustrating day for Ajayi.