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Scott Barrett’s daily fantasy focus: Top plays, strategy, and advice for Week 13

Nov 10, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle (84) spikes the ball after scoring a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

This article is long, so I’ll spare you a lengthy intro. Here’s everything need to know for fantasy football in order to dominate your Week 13 DFS tournaments and cash games

Note: This article is published Friday mornings, so it can fall behind some of the more important late-week updates regarding injuries. Be sure to keep an eye on news throughout the weekend, and to apply some of your own intuition on who to play.

Quarterback

Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens

(DK: QB2, FD: QB1)

By schedule-adjusted fantasy points per game, Patrick Mahomes draws the second-best matchup of the week, while Jackson’s matchup ranks second-worst. Given this disparity, I expect Mahomes to be much more highly owned than Jackson, and, for that reason, for Jackson to be the better tournament play. Though San Francisco is a tough matchup, Jackson is a freak of nature, on pace for the greatest fantasy season by any quarterback in NFL history. Though San Francisco is a tough matchup, New England was statistically tougher, and Jackson scored 28.6 fantasy points against them four weeks ago. Even in this tough matchup, Jackson shouldn’t be as cheap as he is, and he should never be projected to be as low owned as he is.

Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals

(DK: QB26, FD: QB24)

Dalton is $100 cheaper than Drew Lock and Mike Glennon on DraftKings. He’s minimum priced on FanDuel. For this reason alone, he’s your top salary-saving cash play, but he actually has a good deal more upside than that. Despite getting benched halfway through the season, Dalton has exceeded 17.5 fantasy points in six of eight games. For perspective, 17.5 fantasy points per game would rank 13th, sandwiched in between Kirk Cousins and Drew Brees. He also has a top matchup, against a Jets pass-funnel defense that ranks best in yards allowed per carry but 12th-worst in schedule-adjusted fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. As an added bonus, his primary stacking options are egregiously cheap.

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