Roundtable Week 13

The Footballguys Roundtable panel discusses and debates preemptive playoff stashes, the best and worst fantasy values of Week 13's NFL games, and reflect on what they would have done differently based on the events of the 2020 season. 

Welcome to Week 11 of the 2020 Footballguys' Roundtable. Our intrepid and oddball panel of fantasy pundits discuss and debate the best and worst NFL games for fantasy in Week 13, preemptive playoff stashes, and reflect on how they'd draft if they knew what they know now about the 2020 season.

Let's roll...

Preemptive Playoff Stashes

Matt Waldman: Name a player you believe has a shot of becoming a worthwhile playoff contributor that you should preemptively stash. You cannot name a player who fits one of the factors below:

  • Top 15 QB
  • Top 36 RB
  • Top 48 WR
  • Top 15 TE
Who is your choice?

Jeff Haseley: Michael Pittman Jr...

Maurile Tremblay: Pittman is a great choice for a playoff stash. He's clearly become the Colts' WR1, in my opinion, leading the team in targets since Week 7's bye.

Haseley. He has a good schedule, too, Maurile. The Colts have games at Houston, at Las Vegas, and Houston again in Weeks 13, 14, and 15. Michael Pittman Jr continues to lead all Colts wide receivers in snaps since he returned from a calf injury in Week 8, and he leads all Colts players in targets since Week 9.

He is WR29 in PPR since Week 9 and has more fantasy points in that range than Tyler Lockett, Tee Higgins, Cooper Kupp, and CeeDee Lamb. I already mentioned the favorable schedule, but it gets even better.

Both the Texans and Raiders are dealing with injuries (or in Houston's case, suspensions) at the cornerback position. Texans CB Bradley Roby has been suspended six games by the league for performance-enhancing drugs and Las Vegas has injuries to both corners, Damon Arnette and Trayvon Mullen.

The Colts are in the middle of a playoff push with a favorable next stretch of three games which is a great time for Pittman to continue to show why the Colts selected him in the second round of the 20202 NFL Draft.

Adam Harstad: You didn't ask about kickers, but...

Waldman: I don't care about your kickers. But, readers probably will so please share.

Harstad: Jason Myers has been the No.2 fantasy kicker since his bye and his next three games are against the Giants, Jets, and Football Team. Despite this, he's only on 21.1 percent of fantasy league rosters, which ranks 20th at the position.

Why is that? Because prior to his bye the Seahawks had a ludicrous TD-to-FG split that depressed Myers' scoring (he attempted 21 extra points against just two field goals), which means any time anyone has sorted the available kickers by "points scored to date", Myers has never been near the top of the list.

But if your league uses kickers, he's a Top 5 option going forward who is probably available for free.

Waldman: You redeemed yourself with Seahawks talk.

Harstad: I'm unredeemable.

Jason Wood: No truer words have ever been admitted by an individual on our staff.

Waldman: The lovefest continues.

Jeff Pasquino: While I like the call of Pittman, I'm going to lean towards a tailback. Raheem Mostert is probably not available, but Myles Gaskin could be.

He should return to action this week and has a good playoff schedule:

  • Week 14 vs Kansas City
  • Week 15 vs New England
  • Week 16 at Las Vegas

These are all positive strength of schedule matchups. All three teams have given up plenty of touchdowns to tailbacks, including Kanas City in Week 8, New England in Week 10, and Las Vegas in Week 14. Gaskin's definitely worthy of a fantasy start, especially in PPR leagues, down the stretch.

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