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Fantasy Football Week 13 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Running Backs

The NFL season continues to roll along and Week 13 is already upon us. In Week 12, there were quite a few running backs who had standout performances in fantasy football.

For another week, Leonard Fournette showed off his much-improved receiving skills as he led all running backs in scoring in Week 12. The Jacksonville Jaguars’ bruising back had 159 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns as he totaled 36.9 fantasy points.

Despite facing a stout run defense of the New Orleans Saints, Christian McCaffrey continued his success with 34.3 points. The do-it-all running back has now scored at least 30 points in six out of his 11 games for the Carolina Panthers.

What running backs are poised to have a stellar outing in the upcoming week of games? All of the picks in this article are based on PPR (points per reception) scoring and can be used in season-long or DFS (daily fantasy sports) leagues.

Provided that, here are the running backs to start and sit in your fantasy football lineups in Week 13.

RBs to Start in Week 13

Raiders’ Josh Jacobs (vs. Chiefs): Josh Jacobs had his second-worst game in terms of fantasy football production in Week 12 versus the New York Jets. The Oakland Raiders’ rookie rusher was held to only 36 yards from scrimmage on 11 touches.

Fortunately, Jacobs has a perfect matchup to bounce back against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 13. Kansas City’s defense has given up 5.1 yards per attempt (second-most in the NFL) and 31 fantasy points per game to RBs (most in the NFL).

Broncos’ Phillip Lindsay (vs. Chargers): Even though the Denver Broncos have had a downtrodden season, Phillip Lindsay is quietly having another productive year. Lindsay has rushed for 708 yards and five touchdowns as he’s been the 14th highest scoring running back in fantasy so far.

The undrafted running back will square off against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 13; who he scored 24.7 points against the last time these two teams faced one another. The Chargers have given up an average of 27.3 points per game to opposing RBs (seventh-most in the NFL).

Colts’ Jonathan Williams (vs. Titans): Jonathan Williams has done a wonderful job filling in for Marlon Mack while he recovers from a fractured hand. In the past two weeks, the Indianapolis Colts’ backup running back has combined for 36.8 points.

Williams will look to continue his momentum versus the Tennessee Titans, who allowed 36.9 points to Fournette in Week 12. Along with that, Tennessee’s defense has surrendered 25.1 points per game to RBs (12th most in the NFL).

Other RBs to Start: Redskins’ Derrius Guice (vs. Panthers), Rams’ Todd Gurley (vs. Cardinals), Buccaneers’ Ronald Jones (vs. Jaguars), Eagles’ Miles Sanders (vs. Dolphins)

RBs to Sit in Week 13

Texans’ Carlos Hyde (vs. Patriots): Carlos Hyde’s first season with the Houston Texans has gone overlooked by many. The veteran running back has rushed for 836 yards and four touchdowns as the team’s featured back.

While Hyde has been fairly consistent on the ground, it’s tough to imagine having success on Sunday versus the New England Patriots. The Patriots’ defense has simply been remarkable, allowing only one rushing touchdown this year (fewest in the NFL).

Bengals’ Joe Mixon (vs. Jets): Joe Mixon had somewhat of a resurgence before scoring only 7.9 points in Week 12. In Weeks 8, 10, and 11, the Cincinnati Bengals’ versatile back had three straight games of scoring 17 or more points.

Despite Andy Dalton being named the starting quarterback, Mixon will have a tough matchup against the Jets this week. New York’s defense struggles against the pass but has only given up an average of three yards per rushing attempt (fewest in the NFL).

Lions’ Bo Scarbrough (vs. Bears): Over the past two weeks, Bo Scarbrough has seemingly seized control of the Detroit Lions’ backfield. While he’s gotten 32 carries in the past two weeks, he’s only managed to score 19.3 points.

The Lions’ new starting running back has an unfavorable matchup versus the Chicago Bears in Week 13. On Sunday, the Bears were able to contain Saquon Barkley to only 60 yards from scrimmage on 19 touches for a mere eight points.