Every Sunday in the weekly fantasy chats, I get asked about my favorite plays of the week or who is my player pool that weekend for DFS.
This article series covers exactly that.
I will go through the players I am targeting as core plays for all formats here. I will cover tournament plays and games to target for stacks in other posts.
The idea is that this will paint a clearer picture of framing lineups.
Week 13 DFS Content:
Our core players are the players that we will have the most exposure to in their positions.
They can be played in cash games and tournaments and are the players we are primarily building our lineups with.
I will have some analysis on the player selections and game writeups, but check out the Week 13 Worksheet for a fully detailed breakdown of the players and games.
Tua Tagovailoa ($7,900 DraftKings/$8,400 FanDuel)
The most explosive passing game in the NFL against a defense that is allowing the most explosive pass plays in the NFL.
Miami has a league-high 87 passing plays that have gained 15 or more yards.
The Commanders have allowed a league-high 82 passing plays of 15 or more yards.
Washington is allowing a league-high 19.6 passing points per game.
They are allowing a league-high 6.6% touchdown rate to go along with 7.9 yards per pass attempt (30th) and 12.4 yards per completed pass (31st).
Every single quarterback to face Washington since the season opener has scored more fantasy points than they were averaging entering the matchup.
10 of the past 11 quarterbacks have closed the week as a top-10 scorer with the lone exception being Mac Jones. Seven of those passers were top-five scores that week.
Brock Purdy ($6,100/$7,800)
Purdy still leads the league in just about every passing category.
He sits at the top of the league in completion rate (70.2%), yards per attempt (9.4 Y/A), and yards per completion (13.4).
We did not get to see Purdy for long in this matchup last postseason as he was injured on the opening drive and then had to return to the game unable to throw a pass.
This is a much different Philadelphia pass defense than that one a year ago.
The Eagles have worked through a plethora of defensive injuries.
They have allowed the QB1 or QB2 scorer in three of their past four games to Sam Howell (30.9 points), Dak Prescott (28.4 points), and Josh Allen (39.7 points).
Overall, the Eagles are ninth in yards allowed per pass attempt (6.6 Y/A), but they have allowed a 5.0% touchdown rate (27th) while being a pass-funnel defense, facing a league-high 41.5 attempts per game.