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WR Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Week 13: Are Brandon Aiyuk, Van Jefferson, and Elijah Moore trustworthy?

With the fantasy football playoffs inching closer, who makes the list of the top WR start 'em and sit 'em options for Week 13?

As we make our push towards the end of the fantasy football season and upcoming playoffs, making WR start ’em or sit ’em decisions in Week 13 begin to carry even more weight as teams separate themselves from the pack. With not all matchups being equal, here are our top wide receiver start ’em and sit ’em plays for Week 13 of fantasy football.

Week 13 Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Wide Receivers

We are now officially in the back half of the fantasy regular season. Every start or sit decision begins to mean just that little bit more every single week. Let’s get into this week’s start ’em and sit ’em plays at the wide receiver position. Which wide receivers are starts heading into Week 13?

Start ‘Em | Brandon Aiyuk, San Francisco 49ers (@ SEA)

As the 49ers move forward without Deebo Samuel for at least this week, Brandon Aiyuk becomes a must-start for fantasy. After getting out of Kyle Shanahan’s dog house, Aiyuk has been all over the field. Since Week 8, he has 23 receptions on 32 targets for 336 yards with 2 touchdowns and has scored double-digit fantasy points in four of his last five games.

When he faced the Seattle Seahawks last season, Aiyuk went off for 91 yards and a TD on 8 receptions. Could lightning strike again? I’ll start him in the hopes he comes through again as a WR2 in Week 13.

Start ‘Em | Hunter Renfrow, Las Vegas Raiders (vs. WAS)

Hunter Renfrow has moved from a fringe player to a must-start fantasy option in Week 13. He has scored 12 or more PPR points in four of his last five games. Renfrow also had 8+ targets in four of those contests and is coming off a 134-yard outing in Week 12.

The Raiders enter Week 13 without Darren Waller, who has accounted for 23% of the targets and 25.9% of the air yards. Washington has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to receivers at 39.39. Renfrow is a must-start option in all formats.

Start ‘Em | Kendrick Bourne, New England Patriots (@ BUF)

Since Week 6, Kendrick Bourne is the No. 14 WR in PPR scoring. I don’t think anyone has realized this. When targeted, Bourne is hauling in over 79% of his receptions and is 17th in receiving yards with 416. He’s only seeing 4.4 targets per game but is averaging a massive 16.6 yards per reception with 7.3 of those yards after the catch.

The Bills are no joke as a defense, but losing CB Tre’Davious White for the season (torn ACL) is massive. I don’t see Bourne finishing as a high-end WR2 as he is currently, but as a WR3/flex play, Bourne makes a ton of sense in Week 13.

Start ‘Em | Van Jefferson, Los Angeles Rams (vs. JAX)

Despite all the hype directed at Odell Beckham Jr., Van Jefferson is the receiver to roster and start in Los Angeles not named Cooper Kupp. Jefferson has seen 7+ targets in four of his last five games and 6+ in seven of his previous nine. He is coming off a 3-reception, 93-yard game with a score last week.

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Jefferson has played on over 93% of the snaps in four of his last five games. Furthermore, he’s run routes on 96.1% of his passing downs. I love Jefferson to get his second score in as many games against the Jaguars as a must-start WR3.

Week 13 Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Wide Receivers

Sometimes, wide receivers have a problematic matchup. Or maybe it comes down to inconsistent play, which forces them to remain on your bench. Whatever the reason, these WRs should be left off your starting roster in Week 13.

Sit ‘Em | Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos (@ KC)

I hate benching objectively good players. Regardless of his season so far, Courtland Sutton is an objectively good player. With that said, Sutton is not startable in fantasy right now. Last Sunday, Sutton was only targeted 3 times, recording 2 receptions for 17 yards. It was the fourth straight game he generated 40 yards or less and scored 6 or fewer PPR points. 

Since Week 8 — when Jerry Jeudy rejoined the Broncos –, Sutton has seen 10.4% of the targets and is averaging 1.8 receptions and 23.8 yards per game. Can things get right? Sure. But for now, Sutton can’t be trusted with any confidence.

Sit ‘Em | Elijah Moore, New York Jets (vs. PHI)

I hate this, and the part that worries me the most is I saw it coming. I stated last week I was worried Zach Wilson might ruin Elijah Moore, and we were going to be wishing we had Joe Flacco back in our lives. Well, guess what? Apparently, we aren’t allowed to have nice things, as Moore saw a massive drop-off in Week 12. While he did see 8 targets, he had just 4 receptions for 46 yards, totaling 9.3 fantasy points. 

That’s a massive dip for the guy who was the No. 1 WR in PPR scoring from Weeks 8-11. The workload remains a positive, but the quality of targets has declined with Wilson. Add in Darius Slay and the Eagles’ No. 3 defense against WRs, and Moore might be better left on your bench for now.

Sit ‘Em | Kenny Golladay, New York Giants (@ MIA)

Kenny Golladay saw 7 targets last week against the Eagles, catching 3 for 50 yards, which was his best game since Week 4. Golladay could see another heavy target load in Week 13 with Sterling Shepard and Kadarius Toney dealing with quadriceps issues. 

With that said, we don’t even know who the quarterback will be for the Giants as Daniel Jones is dealing with a strained neck. We could see this offense operated by Mike Glennon. It’s usually a great matchup to target against the Miami Dolphins, who allow the third-most points to WRs (40.69), but Golladay could struggle against Xavien Howard. 

Sit ‘Em | Marvin Jones, Jacksonville Jaguars (@ LAR)

Marvin Jones had a sensational catch last week, but that’s also about where things ended. Jones caught 4 of 7 targets for 43 yards and remained the top target in this offense, but that doesn’t mean all that much when you play on the Jaguars.

Outside of James Robinson, I don’t think there is a Jacksonville player that needs to be in your lineup. Plus, we have a Jalen Ramsey revenge game which clearly tips the scales. 

Tommy Garrett is a Fantasy Analyst for Pro Football Network and is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA). You can read all of Tommy’s work here, listen to him on PFN’s Fantasy Football podcast, and check out his contributions in PFN’s free fantasy newsletter. Give him a follow on Twitter: @TommyGarrettPFN.

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