Week 13 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Lions vs Bears

Larry Rupp
The Lions' struggles against running backs makes David Montgomery a great start in Week 13.
The Lions' struggles against running backs makes David Montgomery a great start in Week 13. / Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Two teams fighting to stay alive in the NFC Wild Card race meet head-to-head in Week 13 as the Detroit Lions (4-7) take on the Chicago Bears (5-6). It's a battle within the NFC North division and the Bears head into this game as 3-point favorites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL betting odds.

If you need help with your fantasy football lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for the Week 13 Lions-Bears showdown.

D'Andre Swift Fantasy

Start D'Andre Swift, RB, Detroit Lions: Rookie D'Andre Swift was a game-time decision last week before he was eventually ruled out, which means it is likely he will return to the field this week. The matchup may seem tough on paper, but the Bears' defense is giving up 121.2 rushing yards per game this season (No. 20 in the NFL). Swift has seen double-digit carries and surpassed 60 rushing yards in each of his past two games as he has become the clear-cut starter in the Lions' backfield. He may not be able to crack RB1 status quite yet, but he should put up solid RB2 numbers this week in his return. Don't overthink it and start Swift.

David Montgomery Fantasy

Start David Montgomery, RB, Chicago Bears: Here is another running back that seems to be getting better and better as the season rolls on. David Montgomery rushed for a season-high 103 yards on 11 carries in Week 12 while also hauling in 5 of 6 targets for 40 yards and a touchdown. It was easily his best game of the season and now he draws a great matchup against a poor Lions' defense. Detroit has given up 1,279 rushing yards to opposing running backs this season (No. 29 in the NFL) to go along with 14 rushing touchdowns (T-No. 32 in the NFL). They have also been vulnerable to pass-catchers out of the backfield allowing 7 receiving touchdowns to running backs (No. 32 in the NFL). This is a matchup Montgomery should exploit, which makes him a must start this week.

Matthew Stafford Fantasy

Sit Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions: Matthew Stafford has had a rough go of it lately and it doesn't seem likely that'll change this week. Stafford has thrown for under 300 yards in each of his past four games and has just 1 passing touchdown over the past two weeks. Even with the Lions playing from behind much of the time, Stafford is unable to rack up any kind of fantasy points. He now faces a Bears' defense that is giving up 223.7 passing yards per game (No. 11 in the NFL) and has allowed just 16 passing touchdowns this season (T-No. 9 in the NFL). It would be best to stay away from Stafford this week and go with a quarterback with higher upside.

Jimmy Graham Fantasy

Sit Jimmy Graham, TE, Chicago Bears: Jimmy Graham has been a bit of a surprise this season as he has become a quality streaming tight end almost every week. However, this is not one of those weeks. Graham has struggled as of late catching 3 of 6 targets for just 32 yards over the past two games. Also, having Mitchell Trubisky take over at quarterback will not help Graham as he has been known to target wide receivers more than anything. The Lions have only given up 33 receptions (No. 1 in the NFL) and 344 receiving yards (No. 2 in the NFL) to opposing tight ends all season. As long as you have other options, it would be best to keep Graham on the bench this week.

SIGN UP AND GET AN INSTANT DEPOSIT BONUS UP TO 500! We'll match 20% of your first deposit on FanDuel Fantasy Sports. Max bonus $500

Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.