The IDP Guys’ NFL Week 13 Start/Sit List: Offense

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Find success this weekend with the NFL Week 13 Start/Sit offense list!

Do you want the good news or the bad news first? The bad news? Ok then.

The bad news is that more devastating injuries pilled up during the Week 12 slate. Injuries to Fantasy Football studs included: Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook, D’Andre Swift, Deebo Samuel, and Darren Waller. McCaffrey was placed on season-ending IR while the rest of them may be only a multi-week absence. The timing of these injuries is brutal as the Fantasy Football Playoffs are just around the corner.

Some other injury-based availability questions remain revolve around Darrell Henderson, Miles Sanders, and Pat Freiermuth. These situations amongst others will require close attention as the updates are revealed throughout the weekend from the Friday practice reports to Sunday morning inactive lists.

Now for the good news. Just kidding, more bad news; week 13 has four teams on bye. The teams on Bye include Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, and Tennessee Titans. Another round of a heavy Bye and injury-riddled week of NFL action isn’t exactly my idea of a fun time. No need to worry, because the good news is that every matchup on the Week 13 slate will be covered below.

Every matchup will follow the same format of a start/sit confidence spectrum to assist with your lineup setting needs. These decisions that have to be made are very much league setting and roster size-dependent, but I lay out what I think is the best blueprint for success in Week 13! First, let’s get re-familiarized with the start/sit system for lineup optimization.

The “Trust, If You Must, and Bust” System:

Trust” = Strong start, a player who should be started in all formats!

If You Must” = Weak start, a player who is good enough to be a starter, but faces a tough matchup or holds an unclear opportunity in a good offense. Some caution should be used while the risk is recognized, as this is often league format dependent.

If you play in a shallow league, I would lean towards benching this player if you have a decent replacement option. In a deep league, I would lean towards starting, since the options may be more scarce. Either way, expectations should be managed.

Bust” = Keep on your bench, at least for now. These players should be avoided since stronger options at the relative position should be considered first. These are players who fit into one of the following categories:

  1. A player in a tough matchup or currently holds ambiguous weekly opportunities in the offense.
  2. A strong bench stash for season-long purposes but currently in a “wait and see” period. Wait and see if their role expands for starter caliber consideration. For example, this type of player may be a strong backup RB behind a stud in an elite offense or could be in line for a big workload if the starter misses time.
  3. Currently lacking a clear offensive opportunity in either a projected good or bad offense
  4. Is too volatile on a week-to-week basis. There is no need to play boom or bust type players if you can help it.

Weekly Start/Sit Decision Reminders

Be sure to always be mindful of weekly injury reports and gameday inactive announcements as this could pivot a weak starter into a strong starter!

Be sure to always leave the FLEX spot(s) free of Thursday night players!

Thursday Night Football

Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints
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TrustDak Prescott QB, Ezekiel Elliott RB (if active), Amari Cooper WR (if active), CeeDee Lamb WR (if active), Dalton Schultz TE

If You MustTony Pollard RB (Trust if Elliott is inactive), Michael Gallup WR (TRUST if Cooper or Lamb are inactive)

Bust Cedrick Wilson WR


TrustAlvin Kamara RB (if active)

If You MustTrevor Siemian QB or Taysom Hill QB, Mark Ingram RB (TRUST if Kamara is inactive), Marquez Callaway WR

Bust TreQuan Smith WR


Sunday Early Afternoon Slate
Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets
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TrustJalen Hurts QB, DeVonta Smith WR, Dallas Goedert TE, Miles Sanders RB (if active)

If You Must – Boston Scott RB (TRUST if Sanders inactive )

BustJalen Reagor WR, Quez Watkins WR, Kenneth Gainwell RB (If You Must if Sanders inactive)


If You MustCorey Davis WR, Jamison Crowder WR, Elijah Moore WR, Tevin Coleman RB, Ty Johnson RB

BustZach Wilson QB


Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons
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Trust – Tom Brady QB, Mike Evans WR, Chris Godwin WR, Leonard Fournette RB, Rob Gronkowski TE

If You Must Ronald Jones RB


TrustKyle Pitts TE, Cordarrelle Patterson RB

If You MustMatt Ryan QB, Russell Gage WR

Bust – Mike Davis RB


Arizona Cardinals at Chicago Bears
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TrustKyler Murray QB (if active), DeAndre Hopkins WR (if active), James Conner RBZach Ertz TE

If You MustChristian Kirk WR, Rondale Moore WR, A.J. Green WR


Trust –  David Montgomery RB

If You MustJustin Fields QB (if active), Cole Kmet TE, Allen Robinson WR (if active), Darnell Mooney WR

Bust – Khalil Herbert RB

Los Angeles Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals
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TrustJustin Herbert QB, Austin Ekeler RB, Keenan Allen WR, Mike Williams WR

If You MustJared Cook TE


TrustJoe Burrow QB,  Ja’Marr Chase WR, Tee Higgins WR, Joe Mixon RB

If You MustTyler Boyd WR, C.J. Uzomah TE

Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions
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TrustKirk Cousins QB, Alexander Mattison RB, Justin Jefferson WR, Adam Thielen WR

If You MustTyler Conklin TE


TrustD’Andre Swift RB (if active), Jamaal Williams RB (if Swift inactive) T.J. Hockenson TE

If You MustAmon-Ra St. Brown WR, Jared Goff QB


New York Giants at Miami Dolphins
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TrustSterling Shepard WR (if active), Saquon Barkley RB

If You MustDaniel Jones QB (if active), Evan Engram TE, Kenny Golladay WR, Kadarius Toney WR (if active)


TrustMike Gesicki TE, Myles Gaskin RB, Tua Tagovailoa QB, Jaylen Waddle WR


Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans
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TrustJonathan Taylor RB, Michael Pittman WR, Carson Wentz QB

If You MustJack Doyle TE, Nyheim Hines RB, T.Y. Hilton WR


TrustBrandin Cooks WR

If You MustNico Collins WR, Tyrod Taylor QB

BustDavid Johnson RB, Rex Burkhead RB

Sunday Mid Afternoon Slate
Washington Football Team at Las Vegas Raiders
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Football Team

TrustAntonio Gibson RB, Terry McLaurin WR, Logan Thomas TE

If You MustTaylor Heinicke QB, J.D. McKissic RB (if active)


TrustDarren Waller TE (if active), Josh Jacobs RB, Hunter Renfrow WR

If You Must – Derek Carr QB, Foster Moreau TE (if Waller inactive)

Bust Zay Jones WR, Bryan Edwards WR, Kenyan Drake RB

Jacksonville Jaguars at Los Angeles Rams
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Trust –  James Robinson RB

If You MustMarvin Jones WR, Laviska Shenault WR

Bust Trevor Lawrence QB


Trust –  Matthew Stafford QB, Cooper Kupp, WR, Darrell Henderson RB (if active), Odell Beckham Jr. WR,  Van Jefferson WR

If You MustTyler Higbee TE, Sony Michel RB (borderline Trust if Henderson is inactive)


Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
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TrustLamar Jackson QB, Mark Andrews TE, Marquise Brown WR

If You MustRashod Bateman WR, Devonta Freeman RB

Bust – Latavius Murray RB, Ty’Son Williams RB


TrustNajee Harris RB, Diontae Johnson WR, Chase Claypool WR, Pat Freiermuth TE (if active)

If You MustBen Roethlisberger QB


San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks
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TrustGeorge Kittle TE, Deebo Samuel WR (if active, unlikely), Elijah Mitchell RB

If You MustJimmy Garoppolo QB, Brandon Aiyuk WR


TrustRussell Wilson QB, D.K. Metcalf WR, Tyler Lockett WR

If You MustAlex Collins RB, Gerald Everett TE

Sunday Night Football

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
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Trust –  Courtland Sutton WR, Jerry Jeudy WR, Noah Fant TE

If You MustMelvin Gordon RB, Javonte Williams RB, Tim Patrick WR, Teddy Bridgewater QB


TrustPatrick Mahomes QB, Tyreek Hill WR, Travis Kelce TE, Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB

If You MustDarrel Williams RB, Mecole Hardman WR

Bust Jerick McKinnon RB

Monday Night Football

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills
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TrustHunter Henry TE

If You MustRhamondre Stevenson RB, Damien Harris RB, Jakobi Meyers WR, Mac Jones QB, Kendrick Bourne WR

BustJonnu Smith TE, Nelson Agholor WR


TrustJosh Allen QB, Stefon Diggs WR, Dawson Knox TE

If You MustDevin Singletary RB, Cole Beasley WR, Emmanuel Sanders WR

BustGabriel Davis WR, Matt Breida RB, Zack Moss RB


Good luck with your Week 13 start/sit offense selections and enjoy the games!

Thank you for reading my NFL Week 13 Start/Sit list for offensive players! You can find more of my work on my IDP Guys Author Page. Feel free to reach out anytime on Twitter at @FantasyLadder for any fantasy football-related advice, questions, or discussion so you can climb the ladder of fantasy football success with me
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