Best NFL DFS Sleepers for Week 13 – Taylor Heinicke and Others
Value is key in trying to score a big win in NFL DFS circles. Last week was a painful reminder that landing the right NFL DFS sleepers isn’t the only thing you need to get right, but it still remains crucial for most tournaments.
As we all try to forget the abomination that was week 12 in daily fantasy football, let’s look forward to week 13.
In doing that, I’ve uncovered a few NFL DFS sleepers that could help you afford some high dollar studs such as Jonathan Taylor, Cooper Kupp, and others.
Let’s see which value plays stand out going into the new week, then mix and match with my week 13 NFL DFS picks to climb up GPPs.
Taylor Heinicke, QB, Washington ($5.6k)
This is not the week to dumpster dive at the quarterback position. Heinicke is a perfectly viable option, but he’s as low as I’d go.
I still think he’s a fine try, however, as he has a palatable matchup in a big game against the Las Vegas Raiders. This Raiders defense has been better than previous renditions, but it hasn’t been perfect.
- 8th most fantasy points allowed
- 10th most pass TDs allowed
- 9th most rushing yards allowed
Las Vegas hasn’t been too bad in terms of passing yardage allowed, but they aren’t great at keeping teams out of the end-zone. They also allow passers to do some work with their legs.
Last week, Dak Prescott put up 28 fantasy points against them. It’s not like Heinicke comes without risk, but he can offer a nice floor if he takes off running, and he’s displayed some upside (20+ fantasy points four times in 2021).
Saving cash at quarterback isn’t the way to go in week 13, but if you do it, Heinicke is your best bet.
Jamaal Williams, RB, Lions ($5.4k)
It’s early as we all sort things out for week 13, but Jamaal Williams certainly does appear to be one of the best NFL DFS sleepers out there.
The price is nice, and a healthy Williams often held a solid role with the Lions, no matter what. His touches are only going to be on the rise now that De’Andre Swift is slated to miss week 13.
Dan Campbell says D’Andre Swift is pretty sore.
Says it’s hard to see him playing this week, but they’ll see throughout the week.
— Pride of Detroit (@PrideOfDetroit) November 29, 2021
Williams was very busy in relief of an injured Swift last week, as he handled the ball 20 total times.
The return (13 fantasy points) wasn’t amazing, but you’re looking at a featured role against a Minnesota defense that has given up the 6th most fantasy points to running backs the last four weeks.
Jauan Jennings, WR, 49ers ($3.1k)
I don’t have an insane amount of confidence in Jennings, just because he isn’t a proven player and I don’t know how much the 49ers will have to throw this week.
That said, Jennings did flash solid ability (10.4 fantasy points) last week, and he’s scored twice on the year. More importantly he saw plenty of work last week, and could be in for a bigger workload with Deebo Samuel doubtful to suit up.
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) November 30, 2021
Samuel’s likely absence leaves a lot of passing work to go around. Brandon Aiyuk is the clear winner there, but Jennings is almost the bare minimum at DraftKings.
I’m willing to roll the dice with him if/when Samuel is ruled out.
Foster Moreau, TE, Raiders ($2.7k)
Anytime there are injuries in the NFL, you want to see who may benefit the most. Looking at the Raiders, star tight end Darren Waller is one guy that could be in trouble.
I don’t really care if he’s the chalk value play at tight end, either.
Moreau has proven he can deliver in this type of spot, he’s cheap, and the Football Team ranks just 20th versus tight ends in 2021.
Washington Football Team Defense ($2.5k)
While I don’t mind eating the chalk value with Moreau at tight end, I actually really like the defense he’s facing.
The Football Team should be regressing after losing star pass rusher Chase Young for the season, but they’ve only been getting better.
Check out the points Washington has allowed over their last four games.
- Week 12: 15 points
- Week 11: 21 points
- Week 10: 19 points
- Week 8: 17 points
One of those games came against the defending champions, and the Raiders have been at best an inconsistent team in 2021. Now they’re probably without their top offensive weapon.
Washington has the ability to rack up sacks and turnovers in this spot. At the end of the day, however, they’re simply way too cheap.
Other Week 13 NFL DFS Sleepers
- Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers ($5k)
- Rex Burkhead, RB, Texans ($4.8k)
- DeSean Jackson, WR, Raiders ($4.2k)
- C.J. Uzomah, TE, Bengals ($3.2k)
- New York Giants Defense ($2.7k)
The cupboard is bare if you want more NFL DFS sleepers. However, Ben Roethlisberger is probably a little too cheap when you look at his supporting cast.
Baltimore weirdly ranks 24th against fantasy passers, too, so maybe he’s not the worst punt out there. I could say the same for Burkhead. He isn’t sexy, but the touches are there and he’s quite cheap.
D-Jax is a fine GPP play, as well. He has flashed his big-play ability at times in 2021, and last week he churned out 22.2 fantasy points. With Waller likely out, he could keep slaying.
Uzomah is a nice pivot away from the certainly chalky Moreau. He’s been quiet lately, but he draws a tasty matchup with the Chargers (29th vs. TEs).
I like the Washington defense, but the G-Men are a good pivot if they’re chalky. The Giants have been ice cold lately, and could easily be a problem for Tua Tagovailoa.
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