Fantasy Football Week 13: Start Em’ Sit Em’ for Falcons-Buccaneers


Which players should you start in your fantasy football lineups in the matchup between the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

We have reached December, which means it’s fantasy football playoffs time. Or at least you’re very close. Every game on your schedule from here on out is important, and you need to be making the right decisions to give your team the best opportunity to win a championship.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-6) host the Atlanta Falcons (6-5) in a huge NFC South contest that could have a number of playoff implications for both teams. And it could for your fantasy playoffs, too. Let’s dive in.

Start with confidence

Julio Jones

There is no matchup you should ever consider dropping Jones for. Even if Jones was guaranteed to be covered by all 11 players of the opposing defense, you play him. He only put up 5.60 points last week, but he’s too good to put on your bench, and the matchup is better this week. Jones scored 20.20 fantasy points in the last game with the Bucs.

Devonta Freeman

Freeman is expected to return from a concussion after missing the Vikings game last week. Again, he’s matchup prove and is a must start this week. This isn’t an amazing matchup, but it’s not bad either, and Freeman’s versatility paired with the amount of touches he receives makes him a must start.

Doug Martin

At times, Martin has been a frustrating fantasy player this year. But his good far outweighs the bad, and he is a must-start even with a tough matchup. He posted 7.80 points in Week 8, but he is a solid RB2 for this week.

Buccaneers D/ST

The Falcons are turning the ball over for fun, and there’s no reason to believe it will stop this week. Matt Ryan has thrown six interceptions in his past four games, and he gifted the Vikings D/ST free points last week.

Be cautious

Matt Ryan

Ryan’s numbers have been OK this year, but nothing to write home about. If you are desperate due to injury, go ahead and start him. But Ryan’s turnovers have been damaging to his fantasy numbers.

Jameis Winston

Winston has been an inconsistent fantasy player this year. He posted a solid 19.48 in the previous meeting of the teams. Again, if quarterbacks with better matchups are available, for example Blake Bortles (at Tennessee) or Jay Cutler (vs. San Fransisco), pick them up and start them.


Tevin Coleman

Coleman’s value rises if Devonta Freeman is out for a second consecutive week, but with Freeman expected to play, you should sit the rookie. If Freeman is out, Coleman is a decent RB2 or flex option.

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Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson

This is a tough matchup. Atlanta allows the second fewest number of points to opposing wide receivers. Mike Evans scored just 4.80 points in the last game.

Roddy White and Leonard Hankerson

Neither of these players have been consistent enough. Hankerson is an injury doubt, but he is capable of finding the end zone if he is able to go. But I wouldn’t hesitate to bench both guys.

Falcons D/ST

At this stage, there should be better options available to you if you’re streaming defenses. Washington, Miami and Chicago could be worth picking up due to their matchups.

Both kickers

Again, if you’re in need of a kicker, there should be better options available to you.