Sneaky Starts: Week 13

Sneaky Starts: Week 13

By John Paulsen (Senior Editor), last update Dec 2, 2016

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John was named the Most Accurate Fantasy Football Expert by FantasyPros for the 2010 and 2014 seasons, finished as runner-up in 2011 and 4th in both 2012 and 2015 for a total of six Top 6 seasons in the last seven years. Cumulatively, John was the most accurate expert from 2010-15 while also winning the 2011 Fantasy Sports Trade Association award for the most accurate draft rankings. 

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All but the luckiest fantasy owners need to find the proverbial diamond in the rough at some point – a waiver wire or bench player capable of putting up some points in a pinch. This weekly feature is dedicated to that part of fantasy football. It's not pretty, but it's part of the game.



Owners who have Colin Kaepernick can continue to start him. He’s the #7 QB since he took over as the starter in Week 6.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jets (vs. IND)
Fitzpatrick managed 269 yards and two scores against the Patriots, looking more like last year's version than the 2016 edition. He has another good matchup this week against the Colts, who are last in the league in QB aFPA.

Alex Smith, Chiefs (@ ATL)
Smith is not trustworthy, but as a road dog in a matchup with a shaky Falcons secondary (sans top corner Desmond Trufant), he's likely to pass more than usual.

Matt Barkley, Bears (vs. SF)
Barkley surprisingly produced a nice fantasy line last week against the Titans (316 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT) and has a great matchup this week against the 49ers (#30 in QB aFPA).

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