Week 13 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Saints vs Falcons

Max Staley
Taysom Hill fantasy outlook makes him a great start in Week 13.
Taysom Hill fantasy outlook makes him a great start in Week 13. / Chris Graythen/Getty Images
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The Taysom Hill-led New Orleans Saints will take on the Atlanta Falcons in this Week 13 NFC South clash. New Orleans is currently a 3-point favorite over Atlanta, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.

If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 13 Saints-Falcons showdown.

Taysom Hill Fantasy

Start Taysom Hill, QB, New Orleans Saints: Taysom Hill wasn't great in his second career start at QB, but he absolutely shredded this defense in his debut as the team's starter. Hill put up 24.2 fantasy points, finishing as the third-best QB of the week in that one. Though Atlanta's defense has played better recently, the Falcons still rank No. 26 against the pass, per Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics. Hill should be in for a nice outing in Week 13.

Calvin Ridley Fantasy

Start Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Calvin Ridley has become an every-week start at wide receiver. While a tough matchup against the stingy Saints' defense may give some fantasy managers reason for pause, Week 13 is not a time to get cute. Ridley put up 14.0 PPR points the last time he faced New Orleans, and a potential absence for Julio Jones could lead to a significant uptick in volume for the Falcons' No. 2 receiver.

Jared Cook Fantasy

Sit Jared Cook, TE, New Orleans Saints: Jared Cook is still rostered in 74% of Yahoo! leagues, but it's not exactly clear why. He hasn't even topped 3.0 PPR points – an extremely low bar – since Week 8. Since Hill has taken over for Drew Brees, Cook has only seen a total of 3 targets over that two-game span. Plus, he's losing playing time to Adam Trautman. He's not someone you want to be starting, or even rostering, in fantasy right now.

Todd Gurley Fantasy

Sit Todd Gurley, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Todd Gurley isn't a lock to suit up for this one, but he's not someone you want to start even if he does play. New Orleans has been tremendous against the run recently, limiting opponents to 57.0 rushing yards per game since Week 7. That's going to make life tough for Gurley, who isn't going to be 100% even if he is active.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. 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.

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