Week 13 WR Rankings & Projections (PPR): A.J. Brown Faces Banged Up Cleveland Secondary

Last week belonged to Tyreek Hill, who finished with a 13-269-3 line. We also saw some big games from Will Fuller, Jarvis Landry, and Allen Robinson. The disappointing names were Stefon Diggs, Michael Thomas, DeAndre Hopkins, and DJ Moore. There are a few injuries to report on this week but hopefully, we get some returning names for the playoff stretch. With all the chaos each week it is important to have some backups ready to roll if needed and the wide receiver position is never short of streaming options each week. Week 13 should be a high scoring one for receivers as there are some juicy matchups. We also have two bye week teams but they do take a good chunk out of the wide receiver position, being Tampa Bay and Carolna.

Week 13 WR Rankings & Projections

Week 13 RankPlayerOpponentWeek 13 Projection
1Davante AdamsPHI18.9
2Tyreek HillDEN18.4
3AJ BrownCLE17.8
4DK MetcalfNYG17.5
5Adam ThielenJAX17.3
6Michael Thomas@ATL16.8
7Stefon Diggs@SF16.6
8Allen RobinsonDET16.3
9Calvin RidleyNO16.1
10DeAndre HopkinsLAR15.8

Week 13 Studs

DK Metcalf is one of the studs of the week and to nobody’s surprise. He is WR3 on the season with nine touchdowns and faces a Giants defense that ranks bottom ten against the pass. You won’t see them being a favorable matchup in fantasy points allowed, but they have faced an atrocious schedule for passing offenses. Metcalf and Lockett are very strong plays. AJ Brown is in a spot where he can add to his top-20 scoring this season. The Browns are allowing the 10th most fantasy points to wide receivers this season and that is even with a game against Jacksonville and some horrendous weather games that limited offenses. Denzel Ward is banged up and likely out again. He covered a lot of the mistakes in Cleveland and this is a game where Tennessee can go off.

Allen Robinson is coming off a two-touchdown game and gets the Lions secondary this week, who have allowed the 8th most fantasy points per game. Robinson continues to thrive despite the quarterback play, which I prefer Trubisky. He will start again this week and actually is a deep streaming option with how bad Detroit’s defense is. Robert Woods has been on fire of late and gets a Cardinals team he put up a 20-239-1 line against in 2019. He sits outside the top-ten but is certainly no stranger to some top-ten finishes. Stefon Diggs is coming off a bad game against the Chargers and faces the 49ers this week. San Francisco has allowed some big games to WR1s this season. Diggs has been on that level this season, ranking 13th in scoring on the year.

Week 13 Duds

Christian Kirk is a dud this week going up against the Rams secondary that has allowed 16.9 PPR points per game to wide receivers. DeAndre Hopkins took a hit in the rankings this week because of the matchup. Amari Cooper and the rest of the Cowboys wide receivers are in for a potential bust week. Baltimore has one of the top secondaries in football and has allowed 18 fantasy points per game to wide receivers on the season. Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick might get the volume to be useful but despite the Chiefs being ahead most weeks, they still don’t allow much production from the wide receiver position. Week 12 was enough for me to call it quits on the Bengals WRs. I can’t buy into this offense the rest of the year with how bad their offensive line is and the spread-out numbers that will be limited already. Chances are you are going to find better options than them each week moving forward.

Week 13 WR Streaming Options

Corey Davis (51%) is floating around in half of leagues everywhere and he is in a great spot this week. This also continues to be a mystery as to why he isn’t picked up more. He is currently WR35 in PPR scoring this season and that is on nine games. The Titans face the Browns this week and their secondary is one to target. They are missing bodies and have allowed the 10th most fantasy points per game to wide receivers. Michael Pittman (37%) had a down game against Tennessee, but he did have nine targets in a trailing effort. He faces Houston this week, who are allowing the 9th most fantasy points per game to wide receivers. I would go back to the well with Pittman. Keelan Cole (17%) is in play if Chark is out again this week. They face the Vikings, who have allowed the third-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers.

Week 13 Injury Corner

Julio Jones ended up sitting out this past week with a hamstring injury. Atlanta won regardless but it was more the defensive side and Younghoe Koo. Jones needs to return to get the passing offense back in shape because Matt Ryan has struggled without him. Jones was a game-time decision and that will be what he is this week. I would expect either no practices to limited practices most of the week. There won’t be a definitive sign as we have no dealt with this a few times this season. Kenny Golladay has yet to return and this is a bit odd given he had one day two weeks ago where he practiced in full and now has been nowhere to be found. Matt Patricia leaving might give him a jumpstart to get back into the lineup. It is a tough week for Golladay to return to as the Bears have allowed the 4th fewest fantasy points per game to wide receivers.

DJ Moore left late against the Vikings and while the Panthers are on bye this week, there is a concern for Moore missing the rest of the season. This would give Robby Anderson and Curtis Samuel a major bump but the offense would certainly miss Moore, who has having a great season, posting a 50-924-4 line in 12 games. DJ Chark didn’t return this week as he is dealing with a rib injury. If he misses time, Keelan Cole is the guy, as mentioned above. Chark does have a nice matchup but we would appreciate it if Gardner Minshew could come back to improve the quarterback play.

  
Jason has been playing fantasy football for 20 years, starting back when Marshall Faulk was the top fantasy pick. He is well versed in various fantasy formats, from dynasty to super-flex. Jason not only enjoys playing, but helping others further their game.

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