By Mark Ackerman, CBS4 Fantasy Football Pro
DENVER (CBS4) – After a heartbreaking loss to the Chiefs on Sunday night, the Broncos look to bounce back against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 13. This is likely your last game before the playoffs – so make it count!
Which Broncos should you start against the Jaguars?
The Jaguars defense gives up 26.6 points per game, which ranks 6th worst in the NFL. That means expectations should be higher for a Broncos offense that performed well, in the second half, against the Chiefs. After eclipsing 100 total yards on Sunday, Devontae Booker (RB-DEN) will be worth plugging in to your lineup.
Emmanuel Sanders (WR-DEN) is also a sure start after a breakout Week 12 (7 catches, 162 yards, 1 TD). Demaryius Thomas (WR-DEN) should also get a good hard look this week. He’s lacked big-play potential this year, but he’s sheer number of targets should keep him in your lineups. Trevor Siemian (QB-DEN) and A.J. Derby (TE-DEN) could both be sneaky plays, showing chemistry in crunch time last week. Brandon McManus (K-DEN) is also worth a look, but I don’t expect Coach Gary Kubiak will be letting him kick from over 60 yards this time.
Which injuries should you watch throughout the week?
You’ll have to watch injury reports all week to see if two of the top tight ends and wide receivers will be able to suit up. Rob Gronkowski (TE-NE) and Jordan Reed (TE-WAS) are both questionable.
T.Y. Hilton (WR-IND) and Stefon Diggs (WR-MIN) are also both banged up, but have a slightly better chance of seeing the field this week. Only Tennessee and Cleveland have the Week 13 Bye, so make sure to sit Marcus Mariota (QB-TEN), Demarco Murray (RB-TEN), Delanie Walker (TE-TEN) and Terrelle Pryor (WR-CLE), or any other Titans or Browns you might have on your roster. Don’t miss out on a playoff spot because you have an inactive player in your lineup!
Who are the top Waiver Wire pickups for Week 13?
While the 49ers are still one of the worst teams in the league Colin Kaepernick (QB-SF) is quietly putting together a solid fantasy season. With his ability to run and throw he’s put up at least 20 points in his last four games, including a big 34 point game against the Dolphins on Sunday.
At running back, Kenneth Dixon (RB-BAL) is the best out there for Week 13. The Ravens want him to take over the starting role, and he’s finally out-touching Terrance West (RB-BAL).
There’s also a lot of buzz surrounding a late season return for Adrian Peterson (RB-MIN). I don’t put a lot of stock in it, the Vikings backs haven’t performed well all year, but if you have a roster spot available now is the time to snag him.
The wide receiver situation is a lot more intriguing. Malcom Mitchell (WR-NE) has come out of nowhere to post big back-to-back games for the Patriots. The Chiefs are finding all sorts of ways to get the ball into the hands of explosive playmaker Tyreek Hill (WR-KC) who scored three touchdowns against the Broncos (rushing, receiving, returning).
Which defenses should you be targeting now and in the future?
The old saying defenses win championships could be true if you choose wisely down the stretch.
In Week 13: New England, Seattle, Miami, Denver, Baltimore, Philadelphia
Planning Ahead for the playoffs:
Week 14: Minnesota, New England, Miami, Atlanta, Cincinnati
Week 15: Minnesota, Dallas, Philadelphia, Miami, Houston, Buffalo, Seattle
Week 16: New England, Philadelphia, San Diego, Tennesse
Mark Ackerman’s credentials: CBS4 Producer. AFC North Expert. Childhood ruined by Drive & Fumble. Drafted Antonio Brown in the first round before it was fashionable.