Sneaky Fantasy Football Players to Start in Week 13
We're in the home stretch of the fantasy football season, and with the heavy dose of change the NFL seems to bring us every week, most fantasy teams have been shaken up significantly since draft season. Injuries, breakout stars and disappointing performances have all been wreaking havoc on lineups, leaving plenty of teams with holes to fill.
Whatever the case, here are three sneaky players to start in fantasy football in Week 13, all of whom are owned in fewer than 25 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues.
1. A.J. Brown, WR, Tennessee Titans (24% Owned)
A.J. Brown's five targets from Week 12 may not have looked like much, but Ryan Tannehill attempted only 18 passes in that game, meaning Brown's market share was actually really solid at 27.8 percent. He also had no trouble turning that volume into production, with 135 yards and a touchdown. His role has really expanded recently, with his three highest single-game snap shares of the season coming in the last three games, and he leads the team in both targets (16) and air yards (238, a 34 percent market share) in that stretch. As the Titans' No. 1 WR with proven big-play ability, Brown makes for a solid boom-or-bust option this week.
2. Jay Ajayi, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (13% Owned)
Jordan Howard has still yet to be cleared for contact as of Thursday afternoon, and that calls his status into doubt for a Week 13 matchup with the Miami Dolphins. Jay Ajayi didn't do a ton of work with Howard sidelined in Week 12, but the Philadelphia Eagles' offense as a whole struggled in that game. That shouldn't be the case this week though, as they're 10-point favorites on FanDuel Sportsbook, giving Ajayi some additional TD upside while also creating the potential for the type of run-heavy game flow that would likely earn him a much bigger workload than his six carries from Week 12.
3. Zach Pascal, WR, Indianapolis Colts (18% Owned)
T.Y. Hilton's return was short-lived, as he's been ruled out once again after playing just one game in his return from a calf injury. This means Zach Pascal should see his volume bounce back significantly after recording only one target in Week 12. Pascal saw at least six targets in all three games Hilton missed from Weeks 9 to 11, accounting for a team-high 20 percent of the Colts' targets and 33 percent of the air yards. His volume could get even higher this week, as Eric Ebron is also out, and he was second to Pascal in both targets and air yards in that stretch.
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