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NFL fantasy football, Week 13: Sneaky starts

Listen up, this is your last chance to make the playoffs

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Washington Redskins
Vernon Davis
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Hopefully a lot of you already have that beautiful little asterisk next to your not-so-clever team name, and this week you can relax. But for the rest, to quote the late Apollo Creed, “there IS no tomorrow.” Fantasy playoffs start next week, which makes this week do-or-die. With injuries abound, you may be forced to reach. Here are a few dart throws that may just help you to the promise land.

Denard Robinson, RB, JAX

Chris Ivory is out, and T.J. Yeldon is still hampered by an ankle injury. Last week when Ivory exited, Robinson out-touched Yeldon 17-6. The Broncos have been mediocre against the run, and with Paxton Lynch starting for Denver, the Jags have a shot to control the game on the ground.

Vernon Davis, TE, WAS

Jordan Reed is out, and Davis has looked reborn this year when given opportunity. The Cardinals do have the stingiest defense against TE’s in the league, but will be without the Honey Badger in the slot. Kirk Cousins spreads the ball around, but I still like big Vernon as a back end TE1.

Marquess Wilson, WR, CHI

Barkley to Wilson was somehow magical last week, and the assumption is that should continue against the 49ers league worst pass defense. Popping off for 8/125/1, there are decent odds Wilson has another productive game at home. Tough to trust this offense in a clutch fantasy week, but I’m banking on volume and opportunity.

Jacksonville Jaguars DST

This is truly a deep dive, but hear me out. The Jags are desperate for a win in front of their home, FRUSTRATED fan base. They have a lot of talent on defense, and get the Broncos offense led by two rookies; Paxton Lynch and Devontae Booker. Neither are to be feared, and I actually think the Jags could pull the upset. Even if that doesn’t come to fruition, I think there will be turnovers and low scoring, which equals fantasy success for a DST.