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Fantasy Football: 5 sleeper plays with upside for Week 13

2T32PAF Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett, left, congratulates wide receiver George Pickens after Pickens made a catch during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Oct. 22, 2023, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett has a dream matchup in Week 13 against the Arizona Cardinals: With the Cardinals allowing the second-highest touchdown percentage in the league to date this season, Pickett’s in a prime spot to notch the second multi-touchdown game of his career.
  • Fantasy managers can look to Devin Singletary for a bounceback week: After totaling just six carries in Week 12, fantasy managers might feel a bit wary of trusting Singletary in lineups, but a plus matchup against the Carolina Panthers should be a good one to target.
  • Houston Texans TE Brevin Jordan is trending up: An injury to Dalton Schultz could put Jordan in a starting position against the Denver Broncos – the league’s best matchup for fantasy tight ends.
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The NFL scheduling team really wanted to stick it to your fantasy football teams this year, and Week 13 is definitive proof of that, as the Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Las Vegas Raiders, Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants are all on a bye week. With that, your fantasy football lineups may be looking rather bare, needing to delve deep into the darkest realms of the waiver wire to make ends meet.

If you need a high-upside flex or streaming quarterback for your fantasy football lineups, here are five sleeper plays to consider with high upside (albeit, often high risk) for Week 13.

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QB Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh Steelers

If you can’t start Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett in your fantasy football lineups in Week 13 against the Arizona Cardinals, chances are you won’t ever be able to count on this second-year quarterback. So, if you’re brave enough, saddle up for what could be a fruitful outing for the quarterback in a week where most other quarterbacks available on waivers have similarly daunting outlooks.

In the Steelers' first game since firing Matt Canada as offensive coordinator, Pickett posted the second-highest passing yard total of his career at 278 yards, completing passes at a 72.73% clip that marked his highest all season. Though he failed to notch a touchdown in the box score, he did have a pass to WR Diontae Johnson in the end zone that should have been ruled such, which would have helped his fantasy day. Now, carrying some offensive momentum into Week 13, the Steelers will host the Arizona Cardinals defense that’s allowed the third-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks all season. The Cardinals have allowed the second-highest NFL passer rating all season long to pair with the second-highest passing touchdown percentage (5.3%) – the perfect cure for Pickett’s ailment (a lack of scoring touchdowns).

RB Devin Singletary, Houston Texans


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