Week 13 Pickups: Fantasy Football Options That You Can't Resist

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Week 13 Pickups: Fantasy Football Options That You Can't Resist
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Week 12 of the 2013 NFL regular season has been as unpredictable as any that's transpired this season. There were stunning upsets, breakout performances by lesser-known players and individuals who have dramatically improved their long-term fantasy football value.

The question that every fantasy football owner is hoping to answer is, which players have developed sustainable success? Some players have proven to be one-hit wonders, while others truly are worth acquiring.

Here are the players that you shouldn't resist signing.

 

Harry Douglas, Atlanta Falcons

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Position: Wide Receiver

Week 12: 9 REC, 79 YDS, 0 TD vs. New Orleans Saints

Week 13: at Buffalo Bills

2013 Season Statistics

11 GP; 60 REC, 86 TGTS, 833 YDS, 2 TD

It's been a rough first 12 weeks for the Atlanta Falcons. Julio Jones suffered a season-ending injury early in the year, Roddy White can't seem to stay healthy, and Atlanta is currently 2-9 heading into Week 13.

If there's one reason for encouragement, it's the play of wide receiver Harry Douglas.

Through 11 games, Douglas has 60 receptions for 833 yards and two touchdowns. In his most recent outing, he torched the New Orleans Saints' much-improved defense for nine catches and 79 receiving yards.

In point-per-reception leagues, that's a 16-point performance.

That's been the story of Douglas' year since Jones and White have been struck by the injury bug. He's posting a career year in terms of receptions and yards, and for all that's been made about Atlanta's record, Matt Ryan is still an elite quarterback.

Douglas is currently owned in 78.9 percent of leagues, per ESPN, which means he's available 21.1 percent. Sign him. Now.

 

Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles

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Position: Quarterback

Week 12: Bye

Week 13: vs. Arizona Cardinals

2013 Season Statistics

128.0 RAT, 1,554 YDS, 63.6 CMP%, 16 TD, 0 INT; 30 ATT, 123 YDS, 2 TD

If you're still one of the people who's labeling Nick Foles of the Philadelphia Eagles as a fluke fantasy star, stop it. He's maintained his elite-level play since taking over the starting job, and with the exception of one poor performance, he has been one of the best fantasy football players in the NFL.

Foles is currently owned in just 67.4 percent of fantasy football leagues, per ESPN. Don't be foolish enough to allow another owner to pick him up.

In eight games played, Foles currently has 1,554 passing yards, 16 touchdowns and no interceptions. Foles also has two rushing touchdowns, with both coming in his past five games.

Furthermore, he has at least two passing touchdowns in four of his past six outings and 10 during his past three appearances.

The key for Foles is that he's registered at least eight rushing attempts in each of his past two games. He's not a Michael Vick type of runner, but he's responsible with the football and has a feel for when to tuck it and run.

The numbers will continue to impress, and Foles will remain a fantasy football star. Get him on your roster for the final stretch of the season.

 

Rashad Jennings, Oakland Raiders

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Position: Running Back

Week 12: 16 ATT, 73 YDS; 4 REC, 49 YDS vs. Tennessee Titans

Week 13: at Dallas Cowboys

2013 Season Statistics

11 GP; 109 ATT, 553 YDS, 2 TD; 27 REC, 237 YDS

Rashad Jennings has been one of the most pleasant surprises in all of fantasy football. The 28-year-old has re-invented his career by shining in Darren McFadden's absence for the run-heavy Oakland Raiders.

He's also owned in just 72.7 percent of fantasy football leagues, per ESPN.

Jennings broke out during Week 9, pairing 15 carries for 102 yards and one rushing touchdown with seven receptions for 74 yards. One week later, he had 107 yards of total offense, and he followed that up with a 150-yard, one-touchdown rushing performance in Week 11.

In a Week 12 meeting with the Tennessee Titans, Jennings posted 73 rushing yards and 49 receiving yards. Start him.

Oakland will play the Dallas Cowboys, who currently rank No. 29 in opponent rushing yards and No. 32 in opponent passing yards per game. That opens the door for Jennings to shine as both a runner and as a receiver on screen plays.

There's always risk when you're starting a player on the Raiders, and Darren McFadden's potential return could cut into Jennings' touches, but he's done enough to warrant a high number of opportunities. Sign Jennings before it's too late.

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