If you’re still alive in week 13, congratulations. This should be the last week before your postseason begins, so if you have to make any critical lineup decisions, I can help with these guys who should be in your starting lineup.
5. Torrey Smith, WR, RavensREAD MORE: Black Restaurant Week is underway in Atlanta through August 14
The former Maryland Terp got off to a rough start this year but has come on of late, scoring six TD in his last eight games and registering at least 13 fantasy points in seven of those eight contests. It’s clear when coach John Harbaugh came out after week three’s comeback win over the Browns and said “we need to get Torrey more involved” that he meant it. Not a PPR machine but more of a deep threat, Smith should burn the otherwise ordinary Chargers secondary for a score or two on Sunday.
4. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Dolphins
Making plays with his legs as well as his arm, the Miami QB has really taken his game to another level lately. Registering at least 30 fantasy points in half of his last six games, he has vaulted himself into must start status at the QB position. Unless you have a Rodgers or a Brady or a Manning, you should take a serious look at a guy who threw three TD on Sunday in Denver and ran for another score. Oh, and the Jets have allowed the most fantasy points to QB’s this season.
3. Tre Mason, RB, RamsREAD MORE: Trump says he took the Fifth in questioning in New York Attorney General fraud investigation
Mason sure is getting the bulk of the carries and is one of my favorite plays for week 13. The Rams come home as a favorite for the first time in eons, and get the Raiders who give up a ton of yards on the ground. The former Auburn Tiger has 37 fantasy points his last three games but two were against the Cardinals and Broncos. Those two opponents rank in the top five of the league in rush defense. Mason gets the green light against Oakland Sunday. Expect 100 and a score.
2. Brandon LaFell, WR, Patriots
Through 11 games, LaFell has 48 catches for almost 700 yard and five TD’s. He certainly has emerged as Brady’s deep threat after flameouts by Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins. LaFell has at least 17 fantasy points in four of his last six and should be involved in a shootout at Lambeau late Sunday afternoon. Start LaFell in all formats.
1. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, SteelersMORE NEWS: Clean air advocates urge Georgia school systems to apply for school bus rebate funding
After a week off and coming off a pedestrian performance against the Titans, expect Big Ben to roll against the Saints secondary which has been one of the biggest disappointments in the entire NFL. Now Ben won’t throw for six TD’s like he did in consecutive weeks almost a month ago, but three or four isn’t out of the question as the Steelers try and keep pace in the ultra competitive AFC North.