Hungry for More: The Fantasy Footballers’ Predictions for Week 13

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We are just on the cusp of getting into the fantasy playoffs and finding a player to add to your lineup who can take a step forward could be all the difference! Every week the Ballers are looking for players they’re wanting to see more from based on their recent fantasy performances who could be game-changers in the near future in Hungry for More presented by Uber Eats!

Each week the Ballers will pick a player who super-sized their game in the past week and decide if they’ll continue to eat at the big guy’s table or go back to the kid’s table. Of course, I’ll give you an extra side dish or two to go along with Andy, Mike, and Jason’s main course! Let me know if you think we’re cooking up a high-end meal or if it’s more like gas station sushi!

Rashee Rice, Kansas City Chiefs – WR

Week 12
Receptions Receiving Yards TDs
8 107 1

After the best week of his rookie career, Andy is wanting the good times to keep rolling with Rashee Rice. Rice finished as the WR4 in Week 12 behind a career-high 10 targets and playing his second-highest snap percentage so far this season. What’s more impressive was Rice having the first 100-yard receiving game for a Chiefs WR since Week 7 of the 2022 season. With Kadarius Toney and Mecole Hardman out of the picture, the targets were consolidated at the WR position and Rice made the most of his opportunity.

While the season has been a bit quiet for the rookie in Kansas City, Rice is seeing a target on 25% of his routes run and ranks 11th in the league with 2.42 yards per route run. Whenever Rice gets the ball in his hands, he’s making things happen and averaging 8.1 yards after the catch per reception which is good enough for second in the NFL. The schedule down the stretch of the fantasy year doesn’t have home run matchups for WRs, but as long as Rice continues to catch the eye of Patrick Mahomes, there should be plenty of fantasy output there worth having him in your lineup.

Calvin Ridley, Jacksonville Jaguars – WR

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Week 12
Receptions Receiving Yards TDs
5 89 1

It took a while, but Calvin Ridley has strung together back-to-back top-12 WR finishes for the first time since the 2020 season and has Jason’s mouth watering for a trifecta. Ridley’s 192 yards he’s had over the last two weeks is more than he had in his last four games combined. Not only is Ridley a bigger part of the passing game for Jacksonville, he’s getting into the end zone which is where all the spice is coming in his fantasy dish. Since Week 11, Ridley has seen four red zone targets that have resulted in three TDs. 

For Ridley to give fantasy managers the push forward that they need into the fantasy playoffs, he’s going to have to continue being involved in the Jaguars’ passing game despite some tougher matchups over the next few weeks. In three of their remaining five games this fantasy season, Jacksonville will play top-five defenses against fantasy WRs in Cleveland, Baltimore, and Carolina. Despite the matchup, it’s tough not to stay in the flames with a player like Ridley who can be a week winner.

Keaton Mitchell, Baltimore Ravens – RB

Week 12
Carries Rushing Yards TDs
9 64 0

Despite the Ravens being on their bye, Mike is hot and bothered about Keaton Mitchell’s involvement in the Ravens’ offense. Over the last four weeks, Mitchell has been a top-24 RB in three games despite never seeing more than 50% of snaps. What’s encouraging is Mitchell is seeing a gradual increase in snaps each week for Baltimore with 11 total opportunities coming his way in Week 12 against the Chargers. 

A lot of the attention in Baltimore’s backfield has been focused on Gus Edwards, but most of his fantasy production came from the nine TDs he punched in through a five-game span. Mitchell on the other hand is averaging nearly five more yards per carry and seems to have more explosiveness to his game that the Ravens have lacked at the RB spot for quite some time. Coming out of the bye, we could see even more Mitchell down the stretch of the fantasy season and could look back at Mitchell as a league-winning player.

Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh Steelers – TE

Week 12
Receptions Receiving Yards TDs
0 120 0

After what seemed like forever, the Muth finally got Luth for the first time in the 2023 season. Pat Freiermuth returned to our fantasy hearts this week with a career-high in receiving yards and a TE2 finish without a TD. It may be an incorrect correlation, but it feels like the change at offensive coordinator for the Steelers was a contributing factor in Freiermuth’s huge game, so it will be exciting to see how much he’s used going forward.

Down the stretch, Freiermuth could be a huge contributor in the Pittsburgh offense and has the matchups to contribute in a big way for fantasy managers. In his next five games, Freiermuth will face two of the worst teams against TEs in the league with the Colts and Bengals in Weeks 15 and 16. Of the remaining three matchups – Arizona, New England, and Seattle – the Cardinals just allowed the TE1 in Week 12 and the Seahawks have allowed two top-eight TE finishes in their last five games.

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