Lost password?

Don't have an account?
Join the Best Live Fantasy Chat Community!


Receive free daily analysis


Already have an account? Log In


Forgot Password


Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Weekly Rankings
Compare Any Players
Starts and Sit
Daily Fantasy
Who To Pickup
Fantasy Updates
24x7 News and Alerts

Fantasy Football Risers and Fallers - Week 13

Garrett Wilson - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Sleepers, Waiver Wire Pickups - icon rotoballer

Week 12 is now officially in the books. We have a lot of good information we can use to help make decisions as we head into Week 13 and beyond.

In this weekly column, we'll be looking at players whose arrows may be pointing up, and players whose arrows may be pointing down based on the previous week's games. We'll try not to overreact, but instead, use relevant data to make informed decisions about certain players.

Here are the key risers and fallers coming out of Week 12 of the NFL season. Note: I could put Josh Jacobs as the biggest riser, but that's no fun!

Featured Promo: Get any full-season NFL Premium Pass for 50% off and win big in 2023. Exclusive access to our Premium articles, 15 lineup tools, new Team Sync platform, Lineup Optimizer, Premium DFS tools and cheat sheets, and much more! Sign Up Now!


Week 13 Fantasy Football Risers

Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Godwin finally looks 100% after returning from ACL reconstruction surgery a year ago. He played almost every snap in Week 12 coming out of the Bucs' bye in Week 11. He's led Bucs receivers in target share the last two weeks at 27.6% and 31%, respectively. Godwin has also scored a touchdown in each of the last two games.

He's essentially played seven full games this season and has seen double-digit targets in six of those contests. The Bucs are also leading the league in pass attempts per game at 42.8 attempts, which should continue to yield results for Tom Brady's seemingly favorite target in the most important moments of a game.

Godwin and the Bucs will be in Tampa Bay for Week 13 against the Saints, then in San Francisco to take on the 49ers in Week 14, then back in Tampa Bay for Week 15 against the Bengals, and then off to Arizona to face the Cardinals in Week 16. The warm weather in Weeks 13-15 and the indoor game in Week 16 can only help Godwin and the passing attack. Giddy up!

Garrett Wilson, New York Jets

Wilson is now averaging 10.3 targets per game in four games not quarterbacked by Zach Wilson. With Mike White now the starter moving forward, the arrow is pointing straight up on Wilson's stock. Not to mention his only touchdowns (four of them) have come from Joe Flacco and White.

Wilson has now played over 85% of the snaps in each of his last four games after being more of a part-time player early in the season. In Week 12, he had a route participation percentage of 93.3%, the highest of any player on the team.

With favorable matchups against the Vikings, Bills, Lions, Jaguars, Seahawks, and Dolphins the rest of the way, Wilson is in for a huge end to his rookie campaign. Buckle up.

Amari Cooper, Cleveland Browns

After being heavily faded this offseason (admittedly by myself included), Cooper is the overall WR8 in fantasy football. He's currently seventh amongst all wide receivers in total targets with 93 of them. And that's with Jacoby Brissett under center. In Week 13, he'll be catching passes from Deshaun Watson, who will return after his 11-game suspension.

Prior to this season, Cooper's career-high target share was 22.3% back in 2016. This season, Cooper's target share sits at a whopping 26.4%. Per PlayerProfiler, he's averaging a career-high 105.4 air yards per game. This is the first season he's been over 100 air yards per game. The last time Deshaun Watson played (in 2020), he averaged 300.2 air yards per game, good for fifth amongst all quarterbacks.

James Conner, Arizona Cardinals

Conner has been a bell cow in every sense of the term the last three weeks. He's playing an every-down role and getting almost all of the RB opportunities for the Cardinals. In fact, he's played more than 95% of the snaps in two of his last three games. In his last three games, Conner is averaging 23.7 opportunities per game.

With the Cardinals on a bye in Week 13, Kyler Murray should have his full complement of wide receivers available in Week 14. That includes DeAndre Hopkins, Marquise Brown, and likely at least one of Rondale Moore or Greg Dortch. That should only mean more production for Conner and more goal-line opportunities for him to punch it into the end zone.

He now has four touchdowns in his last three games. You'll remember back to the 2021 season when Conner was a touchdown machine, scoring 18 total on 241 opportunities. His opportunities right now feel eerily similar to what they were last season at this time.

Other Risers: Skyy Moore, Zay Jones, Marquise Brown, DeAndre Carter


Week 13 Fantasy Football Fallers

DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals

"Adam, you're nuts, how can D Hop be a faller after averaging 20.7 PPR points per game through six games?" Well, let me explain. Both Kyler Murray and Marquise Brown returned in Week 12. Hopkins saw just six targets on 26 routes (23.1% target rate) in that game vs. the Chargers. In comparison, Hollywood was targeted eight times on 29 routes (27.6% target rate). That was the first game Hopkins played with Brown this season. Hopkins also played just 74% of the snaps while Hollywood played 95% of the snaps.

Yes, it's a small sample size, but Brown is sure to take valuable targets away from Hopkins as the season progresses. The Cardinals have their bye in Week 13, but then they'll likely get back Rondale Moore in Week 14. Moore has been really good this season as well, garnering a target share of 19.5% with a target rate of 22.6%.

With a full complement of good receiving options at his disposal, don't expect Murray to hyper-target Hopkins as he had been in Weeks 7 and 8. The Cardinals also don't have the easiest of schedules for receivers after the bye, facing the Patriots, Broncos, and Buccaneers in their next three games. Temper expectations.

Curtis Samuel, Washington Commanders

Check this out:

Those splits are reminiscent of Garrett Wilson playing with and without Zach Wilson. It's amazing what a change at quarterback can do for a receiver. In the case of Curtis Samuel, playing with Taylor Heinicke has been awful for his fantasy value.

In fact, Samuel has turned into more of a running back while playing with Heinicke. In his last five games, Samuel has had 15 rush attempts to just 14 targets. That's definitely not what we want out of our wide receivers in PPR leagues, especially. Additionally, he's playing on a fewer percentage of snaps. Through Week 7, Samuel had a snap share of 80%. In Weeks 8 through 12, that number has dipped to just 67%.

To make matters worse for Samuel and the Commanders' passing attack, up next is the Giants, who have made it tough on wide receivers all year long. Then they'll have a bye, and face off with the Giants yet again in Week 15. Don't be afraid to not only bench Samuel, but to cut him loose should there be a better option out there on the waiver wire.

Dameon Pierce, Houston Texans

This one stings. Pierce was so good between Weeks 3 and 10. In fact, he averaged 17.2 PPR points over that stretch of seven games, good for 12th amongst all running backs. But in his last two games, Pierce has averaged just 4.2 PPR points per game. He's totaled a miserable 33 yards on 20 touches in those games.

These poor performances were likely a product of the Texans getting beaten badly by the Commanders and Dolphins, respectively. This forced the Texans to throw the ball more than normal. The problem, however, is that we should realistically expect more of the same with upcoming matchups against the Browns, Cowboys, and Chiefs.

It may feel like a challenge to outright bench Pierce this week at home vs. a Browns run defense that isn't all that good, but this game could get out of hand as Deshaun Watson returns to Houston to face his former team. You can't feel as good about starting Pierce these days as you may have been during the middle part of the season.

JuJu Smith-Schuster, Kansas City Chiefs

JuJu played on just 38% of the snaps in Week 12 after practicing all week in full. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid talked about not knowing how much Smith-Schuster could handle after suffering a concussion back in Week 10, but it's odd that he'd be a full participant in each day of practice and then not return to a full-time role in the offense. Take a look:

It's possible Reid is being completely honest here, but it's also possible he's trying to get more opportunities for some other guys, including Skyy Moore and Justin Watson (believe it or not). Watson has played a nearly every-down role, while Moore has been a little more limited in his route participation and snap share. Despite the low routes run, Moore has garnered targets at a very high rate.

It truly does feel like Reid wants to rotate receivers, and that includes JuJu. Travis Kelce will always be the big dog, with the other tight ends and receivers getting the leftovers. With Patrick Mahomes spreading the ball around to lots of different guys, it'll be tough for JuJu to live up to early-season expectations.

Other Fallers: Greg Dulcich, Tyler Higbee, Drake London

Download Our Free News & Alerts Mobile App

Like what you see? Download our updated fantasy football app for iPhone and Android with 24x7 player news, injury alerts, rankings, starts/sits & more. All free!

Win Big With RotoBaller

Be sure to also check out all of our other daily fantasy football articles and analysis to help you set those winning lineups, including this new RotoBaller YouTube video:

More Fantasy Football Analysis


Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Weekly Rankings
Compare Any Players
Starts and Sit
Daily Fantasy
Who To Pickup
Fantasy Updates
24x7 News and Alerts


Will Gordon22 mins ago

In The Field At Pebble Beach
Thomas Detry31 mins ago

Set For Pebble Beach Debut
Jordan Spieth42 mins ago

Always An Option At Pebble Beach
Viktor Hovland51 mins ago

Set To Play At Pebble Beach
Maverick McNealy1 hour ago

A Nice Option At Pebble Beach
Giannis Antetokounmpo1 hour ago

Dominates Hornets On Tuesday
LaMelo Ball1 hour ago

Posts Another Triple-Double In Loss
Nikola Vucevic1 hour ago

Posts Strong Stat Line In Loss To Clippers
Kawhi Leonard1 hour ago

Leads All Scorers In Win Over Chicago
Jalen Brunson2 hours ago

Drops Game-High 37 Points
LeBron James2 hours ago

Collects His First Triple-Double Of The Season
Danny Green2 hours ago

Questionable To Make His Debut On Wednesday
Jalen Green2 hours ago

Officially Ruled Out For Wednesday
Alperen Sengun2 hours ago

Off The Injury Report For Wednesday
John Wall2 hours ago

Still Without A Return Timetable
Tom Brady3 hours ago

Announces Retirement From The NFL
Nick Suzuki3 hours ago

Dishes Out Two Assists
Thomas Chabot3 hours ago

Delivers Three Assists In Tuesday's Win
Erik Gustafsson3 hours ago

Tallies Two Assists
Johnny Gaudreau4 hours ago

Stays Hot With 14th Goal
Sebastian Aho4 hours ago

Extends Goal Streak With Game-Winner
Andrei Svechnikov4 hours ago

Sets Up Two Goals
Drew Doughty4 hours ago

Has Historic 112th Multi-Point Game
Anze Kopitar4 hours ago

Gets Three Points Against Carolina
Evgeny Kuznetsov10 hours ago

Registers Two Points Tuesday
Trevor Van Riemsdyk11 hours ago

Trevor van Riemsdyk Tallies Two Goals Tuesday
MON11 hours ago

Rafael Harvey-Pinard Continues To Stay Hot For Montreal
Tony Gonsolin12 hours ago

Dodgers, Tony Gonsolin Agree To Two-Year Deal Tuesday
Tim Stützle12 hours ago

Tim Stutzle Leads Ottawa to Victory Tuesday
Adrian Kempe12 hours ago

Notches Two Goals In Kings Loss
Rudy Gobert13 hours ago

Remains Questionable Against Warriors
Robert Williams14 hours ago

III Listed As Questionable To Play Wednesday
Desmond Bane14 hours ago

Questionable Versus Portland
Jamal Murray14 hours ago

Set To Play Tuesday Night
Lamar Jackson17 hours ago

Likely To Be Franchise Tagged
Houston Texans17 hours ago

Texans Hire DeMeco Ryans As Head Coach
Denver Broncos17 hours ago

Broncos Acquire Sean Payton As Next Head Coach
Anthony Davis17 hours ago

Expected To Start Against Knicks
LeBron James17 hours ago

Expected To Play Tuesday
Marcus Morris18 hours ago

Sr. Remains Out With Rib Injury
Robert Covington18 hours ago

Will Play Against Chicago
Reggie Jackson18 hours ago

Will Play Tuesday
Anton Forsberg18 hours ago

Tries To Beat Montreal Again
Ben Simmons18 hours ago

Will Remain Out Wednesday
Gabe Vincent18 hours ago

Available To Play On Tuesday
Pheonix Copley18 hours ago

Looks To Stay Hot In Carolina
Charlie Lindgren18 hours ago

In Washington Goal Against Columbus
Joonas Korpisalo18 hours ago

Gets The Nod Tuesday
Marcus Bjork18 hours ago

Joins Blue Jackets Lineup Tuesday
Jaccob Slavin19 hours ago

Misses Another Game Tuesday
Matt Andriese19 hours ago

Dodgers Sign Matt Andriese To Minor-League Deal
Yandy Díaz19 hours ago

Rays Finalize Three-Year Extension With Yandy Diaz
Wily Peralta19 hours ago

Nationals Sign Wily Peralta To Minor-League Deal
Yairo Munoz19 hours ago

Diamondbacks Sign Yairo Munoz To Minor-League Deal
Jandel Gustave19 hours ago

Agrees To Minor-League Deal With Arizona
Adeiny Hechavarria19 hours ago

Braves Sign Adeiny Hechavarria, Among Others
A.J. Alexy19 hours ago

White Sox Claim A.J. Alexy Off Waivers From Twins
Jonathan Davis19 hours ago

Tigers Sign Jonathan Davis To Minor-League Deal
Roberto Pérez19 hours ago

Roberto Perez Signs With Giants
Jason Vosler20 hours ago

Mariners Release Jason Vosler
Joe Ross20 hours ago

Giants Sign Joe Ross To Minor-League Deal
Francisco Alvarez20 hours ago

Not A Candidate For DH Role
Chad Green20 hours ago

Blue Jays Sign Chad Green
Ben Griffin21 hours ago

Set To Make AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Debut
Beau Hossler21 hours ago

Looks To Repeat Success At Pebble Beach
Kurt Kitayama21 hours ago

Searching For Form
Dexter Fowler21 hours ago

Announces Retirement
Russell Knox1 day ago

Looks To Stay Consistent At Pebble Beach
PGA1 day ago

Matt Fitzpatrick An Elite Fantasy Option At Pebble Beach
Adam Fugitt1 day ago

Set For A Very Tough Test
Yusaku Kinoshita1 day ago

Japanese Finisher Yusaku Kinoshita Set For UFC Debut
Taylor Pendrith1 day ago

Seeking Better Fortune At Pebble Beach
Justin Lower1 day ago

Sets Up Well For Pebble Beach
Davis Riley1 day ago

Not On Many Radars For Pebble Beach
Matthew NeSmith1 day ago

Trying To Turn Back Clock At Pebble Beach
Justin Rose1 day ago

Needs To Avoid Mistakes At Pebble Beach
Nick Blankenburg1 day ago

Still Troubled By An Upper-Body Injury
Adam Boqvist1 day ago

Remains Day-To-Day
José Leclerc1 day ago

Jose Leclerc The Front-Runner For Rangers Closer Role?
Chad Pinder1 day ago

Reds Agree To Minor-League Deal With Chad Pinder
Shohei Ohtani1 day ago

Mets Expected To Make Bid On Shohei Ohtani In 2023
Zack Britton1 day ago

Angels Have "Strong Interest" In Zack Britton
Miguel Vargas2 days ago

Has A Chance To Start At Second Base
Grayson Rodriguez2 days ago

Expected To Be In Opening Day Rotation
Brock Purdy2 days ago

Will Have Surgery On Elbow
Brock Purdy2 days ago

Out Six Months With UCL Tear
Kyle Pitts2 days ago

' Rehab "On Schedule"
Tyler Boyd2 days ago

Has Two Catches On Sunday, Exits Due To Injury
Kadarius Toney3 days ago

Questionable To Return To AFC Championship Game
Kansas City Chiefs3 days ago

L'Jarius Sneed Being Evaluated For A Head Injury
Mecole Hardman3 days ago

Cleared For AFC Championship
Josh Johnson3 days ago

Won't Return To The NFC Championship
Travis Kelce3 days ago

Will Suit Up For AFC Championship
Josh Johnson3 days ago

Exits Sunday's Game Versus Philly
Brock Purdy3 days ago

Returns To NFC Championship Game
Josh Johnson3 days ago

Enters With Brock Purdy Questionable To Return
Justin Herbert3 days ago

Undergoes Shoulder Surgery
Travis Kelce3 days ago

Experiencing Tightness, Will Be Game-Time Decision
Elijah Mitchell3 days ago

Ruled Out For NFC Championship
Aaron Rodgers3 days ago

Packers Prefer To Trade Aaron Rodgers?
Tom Brady3 days ago

Dolphins Not Expected To Pursue Tom Brady