Here we are, Week 13. Can you believe it? And just like that, the fantasy football playoffs are fast approaching. Bye weeks have not ended, and neither have player injuries. So you’ll probably need to know who to start and who to sit. That’s where I, Roxanne, come in. In my latest article, we will look at a few of the most critical and exciting wide receiver matchups. Then, we’ll look at matchups to exploit or avoid, focusing on the defense, coverages, and corners a wide receiver might be facing. With that said, here are the matchups I’m keeping an eye on for Week 13.
Week 13 Wide Receiver Matchups
Josh Palmer @ Las Vegas Raiders
I really like Joshua Palmer this week. First off, it’s a big divisional game against the Raiders, and second, Mike Williams is out again. This means extra targets for Palmer. In the past four weeks, Rock Ya-Sin has been bad, allowing 18 of the 22 targets thrown his way to be caught. That’s 81%! He lets his opponent get downfield, then gives up yards after the catch. Palmer should see or be very close to double-digit targets this week. He is the Chargers’ leader in receiving yards.
This will be the week Herbert will have no hesitation in throwing Palmer the ball. I know he had a fumble last week, but it’s his only one this season, and I don’t think that will discourage this offense from taking advantage of this matchup. Past matchups between these two teams have resulted in just a little over 52 points per game, leading me to believe there will be plenty of fantasy points, and Palmer should be on the receiving end of some of them.
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Mike Evans vs New Orleans Saints
This one always pains me to suggest, but I must do it—Mike Evans against Marshon Lattimore.
Back in Week 2, when these teams last faced each other, after the game, I got a text from an opponent asking me why I sat Evans and told me if it was him, he couldn’t do it. I told him Lattimore owns Evans, always has, and I had no reason to believe any different. That week resulted in 61 yards for Evans and no end zone appearance.
In 2021 they met two times. Evans had a total of 62 yards and one touchdown. Evans and Lattimore have a severe dislike for one another, and this is always one of my favorite matchups to watch. Now ok, before you ask, yes, I know Lattimore has been hurt and not playing, but he is trending to play Monday night and was a limited participant at practice Thursday and Friday. We should know more after Saturday’s practice.
I would suggest keeping an eye on the situation. I know for a fact he wants to play this game and will do whatever it takes to get in. If, for some reason, he doesn’t play Monday night, I would be more inclined to play Evans but waiting until Monday night is not ideal to decide when you probably have better options that are playing Sunday.
Did these wide receiver matchups affect our rankings? See for yourself!
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