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Week 13 Fantasy Busts: Wayne Gallman, Ben Roethlisberger among risky ‘starts’ in tough matchups

Week 13 Fantasy Busts: Wayne Gallman, Ben Roethlisberger among risky 'starts' in tough matchups

Wayne Gallman has turned out to be one of the best fantasy football waiver-wire additions in recent weeks. He has logged six TDs in his past five games and is on a five-game scoring streak, but expecting him to continue to keep that going may not be the best idea. Gallman is taking on a Seattle defense that has been strong against RBs this season, and he’s among our Week 13 fantasy bust candidates. He’s joined by Ben Roethlisberger, Carson Wentz, Giovani Bernard, Allen Lazard, Dallas Goedert, Evan Engram, among others.

As always, our bust picks are just recommendations of players to avoid based on a variety of factors, including poor matchups, workload issues, or players who have just gone cold. You’re welcome to trust any of these players, especially if you don’t have a comparable option on your bench, but be aware that their floors and ceilings may be lower than some of the other available streamers, sleepers, and fill-in options.

WEEK 13 FANTASY: Sleepers | Start ’em, sit ’em

Our bust picks were decent in Week 12. Of course, it helped that we had a couple of members of the Broncos — Melvin Gordon and Jerry Jeudy — on that list and they ended up playing without a true starting quarterback, but the likes of Jonnu Smith, Jared Cook, Taysom Hill, and Jordan Reed didn’t have great days and neither did any of our defense choices. We’ll try to do better at QB next week after whiffing on Kirk Cousins and Matt Ryan, but aside from that, things went just fine.

WEEK 13 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Week 13 Fantasy Busts: Running backs

Giovani Bernard, Bengals @ Dolphins (Jacob Camenker). The Dolphins have allowed at least 68 rushing yards to five different RBs in their past four games, but this still doesn’t figure to be a good matchup for Bernard. He is averaging only 26.7 rushing yards per game in his past three outings, and though he’ll continue to see plenty of snaps with Joe Mixon (foot) out, he is mostly TD and reception-dependent at this point. There are options with better upside to trust instead of him this week.

Todd Gurley/Brian Hill/Ito Smith, Falcons vs. Saints (Vinnie Iyer). Don’t go chasing Smith’s production against the Raiders for this backfield because the Saints are a way tougher matchup, maybe the toughest in the league.

Wayne Gallman, Giants @ Seahawks (Matt Lutovsky). Gallman has been a fantasy savior for many owners over the past month, but Seattle allows the third-fewest rushing yards per game (89.3) and third-fewest yards per carry (3.7). With Colt McCoy under center, New York likely won’t move the ball quite as well, further limiting Gallman’s scoring chances and making it less likely that he can salvage his day with a short TD. 

WEEK 13 DFS TOURNAMENT LINEUPS: DraftKings | FanDuel

Week 13 Fantasy Football Busts: Quarterbacks

Carson Wentz, Eagles @ Packers (Camenker). Wentz has yet to throw for more than two TDs in a game and has thrown a whopping 15 picks on the year. His stats have been inflated by garbage time, and the Packers present a tough matchup. If the Eagles fall behind big in this one, Wentz may not get garbage-time opportunities, as Jalen Hurts may get a chance to play late. No matter how you look at it, Wentz’s upside is low, so trusting him is less than ideal in this spot.

Matt Ryan, Falcons vs. Saints (Iyer). He still feels like a big trap at home, especially if Julio Jones (hamstring) misses another game, and it’s hard to shake his Week 11 dud against the Saints here.

Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers vs. Washington (Lutovsky). Washington has the top-ranked pass defense in the NFL, and even though Roethlisberger has really opened things up over the past three games, he still can’t be counted on to have high-enough volume to throw for a lot of yards in this one. That makes him even more touchdown-dependent than usual, which in turn lowers his ceiling and his floor.

WEEK 13 DFS CASH LINEUPS: DraftKings | FanDuel

Week 13 Fantasy Football Busts: Wide receivers

Marquise Brown, Ravens vs. Cowboys (Camenker). In his past four games with Lamar Jackson at the helm, Brown has averaged 4.3 targets per game but just 1.5 catches for 13.8 yards in that span. The Cowboys are an excellent matchup, but there are a multitude of ways to beat them. Brown could get enough to be a decent flex, but his floor is so low that it’s really hard to trust him.

CeeDee Lamb, Cowboys at Ravens (Iyer). He will be eaten up in the slot by Marlon Humphrey with Andy Dalton struggling to get him the ball.

Allen Lazard, Packers vs. Eagles (Lutovsky). Lazard has looked good since returning from his core injury, clearly establishing himself as Green Bay’s No. 2 receiver. That doesn’t always translate to big production, though, as Davante Adams hogs so many of the targets. The Eagles have been above average against WRs all year, and just twice this year have they allowed more two receivers on the same team to have good games (Bengals, Giants). 

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Week 13 Fantasy Football Busts: Tight ends

Logan Thomas, Washington @ Steelers (Camenker). Thomas has seen at least four targets in every game this year, but his matchup against the Steelers won’t be easy. The Steelers have allowed the second-fewest FPPG to TEs (4.5) on the season. They’ll look to shut down Thomas second to Terry McLaurin, so expect them to have a shot at making his life difficult.

Evan Engram, Giants at Seahawks (Iyer). You probably need to play him with the tight end landscape, but expect a major cool down without Daniel Jones.

Dallas Goedert, Eagles @ Packers (Lutovsky). Goedert has established himself as a top TE the past two games, but with Zach Ertz (ankle) expected back this week, his target share is sure to take a hit. He could still produce at a decent clip, as he saw plenty of targets earlier in the year when Ertz was healthy, but against a Packers defense that’s allowed just 5.8 FPPG to the position, we’re not optimistic about his chances.

WEEK 13 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Week 13 Fantasy Busts: Defenses

Cincinnati Bengals @ Dolphins (Camenker). Some people looking for a streamer might see Ryan Fitzpatrick is likely to start and may think the Bengals are a sneaky-good play after posting a solid game against the Giants last week. That said, Fitzpatrick is playing well right now, and the Bengals benefited greatly from a kickoff return TD that boosted their D/ST. As such, the Bengals will have a tough time repeating their success from a week ago.

Arizona Cardinals vs. Rams (Iyer). The Rams can have clunkers with Jared Goff, but it’s hard to trust a team that makes limited defensive big plays.

Los Angeles Rams @ Cardinals (Lutovsky). Arizona was mostly stymied last week by the Patriots, but that still resulted in just two sacks and one takeaway. The Rams are a stout defense, but their ceiling and floor this week are much lower than usual.

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Erin is a sports enthusiast who loves indulging in occasional football matches. She is a passionate journalist who flaunts a perfect hold over the English language. She currently caters her skills for the sports and health section of Report Door.

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