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Daily Fantasy Football Sleepers for NFL Week 13 (2020)

| December 1, 2020 3:33 am PDT
NFL DFS Sleepers for Week 13 2020

Two weeks ago, my NFL DFS sleepers were hot garbage. Last week kind of made up for that. Derek Carr was impossibly bad, but I hit on several nice value plays across the board.

I hand out three viable sleeper picks for each major position each week in daily fantasy football, and last week I objectively had five solid plays.

Wayne Gallman Jr. balled out, the Titans and Panthers defenses were both good-to-great, Breshad Perriman topped 10 fantasy points, and Evan Engram went nuts.

It was a solid day at the office for my daily fantasy football value picks, and I can feel good heading into a new week of action.

The one thing to consider is that I push out my NFL DFS sleepers early in the week. It’ll be up to you to track injuries, line movement, and anything else that can open up value.

For the betting side of things, get a head start on the week with my early week 13 NFL betting odds breakdown. If you just want instant access to my NFL DFS sleepers for week 13, read on.

Quarterback NFL DFS Sleepers for Week 13

  • Cam Newton – Patriots ($5.8k)
  • Mitch Trubisky – Bears ($5.4k)
  • Mike Glennon – Jaguars ($4.8k)

Cam Newton showed us his horrendous floor last week, but he is still a pretty good DFS player thanks to his rushing ability. James White stole two short rushing scores and had he not, Newton could have smashed last week.

I tend to think he bounces back in week 13, yet he’s under $6k in a pretty positive matchup against the Chargers. L.A. has allowed the 8th most fantasy points to quarterbacks on the year, and I doubt they suddenly turn into a stingy unit in this spot.

Mitch Trubisky wasn’t great in his return to the starting lineup last week, but it wasn’t all bad. He used a soft Packers defense in a blowout to churn out 21.7 fantasy points last week, after all.

Trubisky isn’t easy to trust, but he faces a Lions defense that got torched by Deshaun Watson on Thanksgiving Day. It doesn’t feel good, but there could be quite a bit of points here at a low price.

Dare we double down on Mike Glennon? The DFS gods may spurn us, but the guy was more than passable with 18 fantasy points in a spot start for Jacksonville.

Should a super cheap Glennon get the start again in week 13, who hates his chances of putting up numbers against a spotty Minnesota secondary (23 TDs allowed to QBs)?

Week 13 Running Back Sleeper Picks

  • Wayne Gallman Jr. – Giants ($5.6k)
  • David Montgomery – Bears ($5.5k)
  • Nyheim Hines – Colts ($5.3k)

Gallman has been a regular in my weekly NFL DFS sleepers, and with DraftKings resisting the urge to jack up his price, he remains in the bargain bin.

Keep an eye out on the status of Devonta Freeman, but I don’t really see a reason to get away from Gallman if his role remains intact. The date with the Seahawks isn’t ideal, but his role and scoring potential at this price might be too good to ignore.

I also won’t fully fade David Montgomery, who reminded us that he exists with this run.

Montgomery did more than that, too, as he racked up 28 fantasy points against the Packers. He has another beatable matchup this week against Detroit, and he remains a bit too cheap.

There’s also Hines, provided Jonathan Taylor is out for the second week in a row. Hines registered a solid 17 fantasy points last week and would get a favorable matchup against a bad Texans defense this week.

Wide Receiver NFL DFS Values for Week 13

  • D.J. Chark – Jaguars ($5.4k)
  • T.Y. Hilton – Colts ($4.3k)
  • Breshad Perriman – Jets ($3.9k)

Chark will be a waste of space in my week 13 NFL DFS sleepers column if he can’t suit up, as he did sit out last week with an injury. However, he could be back, and you know he has the ability to make big plays.

The inconsistency at the quarterback position has frustrated Chark all year, but he has two 29+ fantasy point outings that display his upside. With a guy like Glennon that has nothing to lose – and a date with a bad Vikings secondary – Chark would be a smash play if he can return to the field.

I don’t see a ton of other wide receiver sleepers I’m enamored with this week. However, Houston’s defense stinks, and we finally saw T.Y. Hilton get going with a touchdown last week.

If Hilton is gearing up for a mild resurgence, we should consider rolling with him at this cheap price tag.

Perriman also remains way too cheap. Yeah, he plays for the Jets, but he’s a big-play threat and is getting plenty of work. He’s safely topped 11 fantasy points in three straight games, and a 30-burger three games ago reminds us of what he’s capable of.

Week 13 NFL DFS Sleepers at Tight End

  • Mike Gesicki – Dolphins ($4.2k)
  • Jonnu Smith – Titans ($4.1k)
  • Robert Tonyan – Packers ($3.7k)

Ryan Fitzpatrick could get another start this week, and if so, I love Miami stacks. Gesicki scored with Fitzmagic back in week 12, and would again be an attractive value play at a bad tight end position.

He’s fairly touchdown-dependent, but his matchup with a leaky Cincinnati defense (28th vs. TEs) looks great on paper. It certainly doesn’t hurt that Evan Engram completely shredded them last week, either.

Everyone will be on Derrick Henry after another blow-up game, but I actually dig the Titans passing game weapons. Henry should still be fine, but Cleveland’s run defense is pretty good.

Their pass defense? Not so much. That could have Jonnu Smith taking on a bigger role than he did a week ago (0 receptions), and Cleveland’s suspect pass defense (31st vs. TEs) may allow for a big day.

Don’t forget about Tonyan, who popped back up with a touchdown on Sunday Night Football. A healthy Packers offense actually has a lot of viable options in the passing game these days, and Tonyan could be a sneaky stack option with one of my top NFL DFS picks in Aaron Rodgers.

Tonyan is just really cheap, and his matchup against the Eagles (26th vs. TEs) looks good on paper.

Best Defense Sleepers for Week 13 NFL DFS

  • Atlanta Falcons ($2.4k)
  • New England Patriots ($2.4k)
  • Cincinnati Bengals ($2.3k)

It pays to, well, not pay for your defense. I know there is a perceived safety in paying up for your defense, but every time I do it, that defense seems to tank.

I do think the top options are fairly reliable in week 13, but the savings you get with these cheap groups may demand an attempt.

It starts with the Falcons, who are at home against a non-quarterback starting under center for the Saints. Their defense was amazing last week, and New Orleans is a lot easier to defend these days.

I also don’t mind the Pats, assuming their solid play of late is a sign of things to come. They stifled Kyler Murray last week, and I don’t hate their chances to keep rookie quarterback Justin Herbert in check this week.

There’s also the Bengals, who aren’t good but may run into Colt McCoy this week. Just make sure Daniel Jones is out first.

McCoy can be a decent game manager, but he offers no ceiling to a Giants offense that already kind of offered no ceiling. Cincy is in play here, shockingly enough.

Summary

There are always going to be a plethora of viable NFL DFS sleepers to target in daily fantasy football contests. You can see quite a few that are already worth a look, and as I noted earlier, even more, will open up as the week matures.

Still, several of these week 13 NFL DFS sleepers are bound to be helpful. Some will even crush.

It’s up to you to decide which ones to roster, as well as which studs to pay up for to surround them with. Start your process off with a look at my week 13 NFL DFS picks, and then pick some value plays that create the optimal lineup.

Should you need further assistance in creating the latter, be sure to look out for my favorite NFL DFS lineups later in the week, as well.

Noah Davis
Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.

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