Week 13 DFS Locks of the Week
While we could start this article with “start Julio Jones in every lineup,” that wouldn’t quite fit what we try to do here. If this is your first time visiting the locks of the week, this is where you’ll get a good idea as to who you should consider building your daily team around. But the catch is that we attempt to find the cheapest options at each position, while still being able to rely on them with almost no risk. These are players with premier matchups, who may be a tad lesser owned than the studs like Jones who will surely be locked into plenty of lineups. Inside, you’ll get two quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers, and one tight end. Week 12 is in the rearview, so let’s welcome Week 13 with a bang.
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (vs. Chiefs)
Since his hot streak that started the started the season, it seems that Ryan has been almost unattainable at his price. Of the 11 games that he’s played, eight of them included prices of $7,000-plus on DraftKings, but they’re giving a discount that you should be taking advantage of in Week 13. The Chiefs are going to be traveling on a short week after playing Sunday night in a hard-fought overtime win against the Broncos. In that game, they allowed Trevor Siemian 368 yards and three touchdowns. That’s really nothing new for a Chiefs defense that allowed 331 yards to Jameis Winston in the prior week. Their struggles have been at cornerback, and their perimeter cornerbacks specifically. This is important, because Julio Jones will match up against those cornerbacks (Phillip Gaines and Marcus Peters) on 75 percent of his routes. Those two have allowed a 60-percent catch rate and a robust 15.9 yards per reception on the season, but Gaines has been even worse as of late, allowing 19 receptions for 394 yards and two touchdowns in his coverage alone since the start of Week 9. So while most people will play Jones, you are getting a piece of him with Ryan at a fraction of the cost. On top of that, if the Chiefs sell out to stop Jones, we know that Taylor Gabriel is more than capable to win a one-on-one matchup. Ryan is the play at quarterback this week.